Crazy title I know! Just bear with me on this. I started this blog in 2017 with the hope to make this blog a business. Due to health issues, I really wanted and needed to be able to work from home and on my own terms. For several months I was doing well with my Pinterest VA business, unfortunately, I wasn’t making enough to cover all the bills, medical insurance, and medical costs Which meant going back out into the workforce. Also, another challenge as I cannot physically do all the things, I used to so I needed something that wouldn’t be too physically strenuous. Luckily, I was able to find a desk job which so far has worked great for me physically. (Not so much mentally)
In 2020 I did have Covid and was on a ventilator for a few days. This was the worst health-related issue I have ever experienced!! Long Covid is also a nightmare. Though many reports talk about it as something that lasts weeks or months 2 years later, I still suffer from issues related to my having Covid. Boy is it tough trying to explain to people who have never experienced brain fog, forgetfulness, and trouble concentrating what it’s like to be in this body/brain. Especially when you have some days that you function normally or as close to normal as I can be.
It was tough for the first year, so I backed away from blogging and my Pinterest VA business. I’m ready to get back into blogging and at some point, would love to get back into the Pinterest game, because I love Pinterest!! Pinterest has changed so much over the past 2 years so I’m in the process of going back through the Pinterest VA Course I took. (The course is updated regularly thankfully)
Pinterest is a different beast, some say it’s social media but that’s far from true what works on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter doesn’t work on Pinterest. Pinterest is a visual search engine. I really don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been to Pinterest at least once looking for ideas!
More Side Hustles
I’m all about trying new things. Etsy is another side hustle I’ve added to my list. Recently I started selling pintables and templates on Etsy. There are some creators who have multiple Etsy shops and are earning a substantial income. As of right now I only have one shop and have made a few sales and am considering opening one possibly two more myself. First things first though, to finish the Pinterest Course and get back on track with the blog as well.
Ok, honestly, I am all about checking into all types of side hustles. Let’s talk about the Silhouette Cameo 3 I purchased and am completely obsessed with!! Creating, crafting, and selling. I’m so in love with it even if it wasn’t making me a little bit of money on the side, I would still be in love with it! The things I make with it may be one of my next Etsy shops or possibly a store here on the blog.
Here is another huge issue with me! I am easily sidetracked. See how fast I went from talking about making this blog a business and getting back into Pinterest went straight to Etsy and crafting!! Please tell me I’m not alone!! Literally have ideas running through my mind constantly.
On a very serious note, since I am writing this as an update, can we talk about depression and what an ugly monster it is? I’m going through a very rough patch at the moment and it’s getting harder and harder to keep hiding it from everyone. I try to act tough, pretend I’m fine…I’m not. For sure I do know I am not alone in this struggle but why do I still feel the need to hide behind fake smiles and forced conversations? What I really want right now is to go into a dark room close the door hide from the world and just sleep until this feeling leaves.
I cannot emphasize how hard it is to deal with brain fog and forgetfulness. To have to live a life full of sticky notes, reminders, and alarms so you don’t forget the important things. The rude comments by others, being laughed at, made fun of, and complained about constantly when there is absolutely nothing, I can do to fix myself.
The lack of understanding and empathy for people who suffer from autoimmune illness, chronic pain, chronic illness, and side effects from other factors is just mind-blowing. I get that it might be hard for others to fully grasp and understand but how about just being kind? Or has this concept completely died like so many others?
If you are someone who prays please say an extra prayer for me to stay strong as I navigate this chapter of my life. Pray for the hearts of those who have lost compassion for others.
Thank you to everyone who has stuck it out with me in my crazy journey in life!!