It was quite the challenge, moving to a new quiet town, not having a social circle established yet in the Netherlands and not having internet access to keep my new project up and running. It meant, and this is vital to admit, that I actually was heading down the depression spiral. I didn't want to get out of bed in the early morning, I became addicted to watching the TV, I was making excuses not to do exercise, I realised one day that I was lonely.
As soon as I admitted this to myself, I spoke to Simon about it that night and he was really understanding about it. I was scared he was going to judge me. I mean he's off working full-time and I'm at home "bludging". But he knew that it was tough for me at the time and a lot of the things I had going on, including doing the Payroll consultant work all meant I needed the internet.
So I seemed to snap out of it quite quickly after that. I got into Pilates at home (the downloaded video's we had were much much better than the Yoga one's Simon grabbed for me), I tried to go to the library as much as I could to get ahead on the Payroll consultant work. This has been going well and the first training day is scheduled for June! I get to go to London; I get to "travel" for work!
On the flip side of all of this I did still have access to some "very poor excuse" for internet on my phone so I still had Facebook, my friends to follow and with all the blogs I follow I could stay mostly up to date. Why am I mentioning this? Well Adele at Vegie Head put out an invitation to join her first ever affiliate program. I sat with the thought of applying for over a week. I mean I only just started this world of blogging, I'm not a vegetarian, let alone a vegan but I thought, just as I did when I applied for the job at The Kitchn; "What have I got to lose" and just applied. I was transparent and honest about where I was as a blogger at the moment and if nothing else I was trying to add more veggies into my diet from recipes that inspired me to do so and Adele's do. Fantastically, I was accepted into the program! It felt great!
On the same day and email came around from "Oh my Veggies", Kiersten also decided to be transparent and share how she makes money from her blog and why you shouldn't be ashamed about it.
So it's time for me to make some professional changes to my blogging and to do this I need to admit that I need some financial help.
I need you all to know that I will never promote any product, book, blog, person or place without it being something I've used, trust or admire highly. Anyone who's ever asked me for advice in the past will know that I'm as honest as they come - sometimes brutally (I'm still working on that).
I want to make my page as interactive as possible and this can only be done with the help of my followers and their participation in questions asked, questions given and projects etc. To open up to my audience more I am also starting a Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram account so I hope to see you around the world wide web soon!