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It’s Time For a Change

No one gets in to blogging for the money.

Well some people do, but whatevs.  I didn’t.

I started this blog because I wanted to help others going through the Great Recession like we were.  We were broke, Troy was jumping from job to job because he was in an industry that faced enormous lay offs.  I was scared, I had to get creative, and honestly I felt like I was annoying my friends sharing my “tips” with them.  So, starting a blog made sense so I could annoy strangers.  You’re welcome.

This blog was created out of a place of helping, and it’s a theme I have tried to carry throughout my five years in this space.  There have been some missteps, some laughter, some amazing moments, and a slow and steady growth that I couldn’t have ever imagined when writing my very first post.

During this time, I have worked to educate, entertain, and help people achieve my tagline of “living a champagne life on a sparkling cider budget”.  Whatever it is I have given you, you have given me so much more.  I’ve had a few verbal smack downs, and unbelievable amount of lifting up, and support from what amounts to “strangers”.

People, the internet is pretty darn awesome.

Throughout this process, I’ve worked hard to balance my family (both young and old, healthy and not so much), my budget, and a full-time job.  I can’t pretend I haven’t had some hiccups along the way, or things that I wish I could take back, but it is what it is, and something I am proud of.

My high school English teacher made us memorize and recite Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”.  It took me a bit of time, but it’s something I still remember to this day.  Basically it comes down to the fact that we all have two choices to make in life and some times taking the well-beaten path isn’t always the best choice.  But I’ve been walking down that path for so long and it’s so comfortable.  Some days it’s boring and leads me to tears, but it’s like a familiar room that you know so well you can navigate in the dark.

But I can’t pretend this is sustainable any more.  I feel like some weeks there is SO MUCH that I want to share, but the time just isn’t there.  Recipe development, blog outreach (hell, responding to emails in a timely manner no longer happens), and even taking photos with something other than my phone seems like “so 2013”.  And so choices have to be made.

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Sarah

:pause for vomiting and explosive sharting:

I have always done what is right and predictable and safe in life.  I’ve had the jobs with the benefits, and even though Troy was off pursing what seemed like crazy ass dreams, I was the slow and steady wins the race kind of girl.  I took the well-lit path that made sense.

This new adventure is both exhilarating and scary as shit to me.  I’ve had a job that was “not babysitting” since I was 14.  Most of those years, I had two or three at a time.  I have always worked hard, and someone has always given me a paycheck for that work.  I’ve never really owned it though.  It’s never been “mine”.  Standing up and taking full responsibility is scaring the beejesus out of me.  If this fails, it’s on me.  And no one else.  And I’ve been running the budget over and over for a year now.  Our lives are about to become incredibly tight.  Again. As in, you can put a grain of sand between my buttcheeks, and I’ll poop out a pearl (hmmmm, business idea).

But I feel like if I don’t take this leap now, I’m always going to find a reason to stay on the payroll of someone else.

And yet as exciting/terrifying/puke-inducing as this whole thing is, it won’t start immediately.  I gave notice today, but I’m staying on at work until the end of January 2016.  You might remember me talking about a giant 18 month project at work?  Yep, it culminates in the last two weeks of January.

Something I really want to do before the “launch of the freedom journey” is to redesign this site.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for while now, but my computer is really slow and the idea of creating a whole new site when it can take up to 10 minutes to type a paragraph is not my idea of a good time.  But we move on and we slog forward and I’m going to do my best to make it happen.

What does this whole thing look like starting February 2016?  Some ideas:

  • I would like to post more often.  I’m hoping four times a week.
  • I’m going to spruce up the place, make it more user-friendly, and more “legit”
  • I’m likely going to have to explore some sponsored posts to maintain this site, and try to make up for the chunk of missing monthly predictable paycheck.
  • I’m going to have to hustle to connect with sponsors, vendors, and others to grow this site to make it self-sufficient.  What that is going to entail, I’m not quite sure yet.
  • There will probably be some more ads on this site.  Sorry.  We like food.  And electricity.

At the end of the day, I’m scared out of my wits, but am also so intrigued to see where this takes me.  If I fail, I fail, but at least I can look back when I’m old (super old because you know, kale and blueberries) and tell my grandkids “well, grandma tried”.  I appreciate your patience with me as I make this giant transition.  If you have any inclination to do so, prayers and happy thoughts would be pleasantly accepted.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
(yay bitches!)
-The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost, 1915
Addendum by Sarah, 2015
Special thanks to my friend Kat for her great Photoshop skills on the photos!

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111 comments on “It’s Time For a Change”

  1. Congratulations! I only started following your blog a few months ago and I love seeing a new post in my inbox! It’s always difficult to make a big leap, but a lot of times it proves to be the best thing you ever did! Life is too short not to try new things. Keep up the good work, keep having fun – I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  2. I discovered your blog last year and love it and will be looking forward to even more content. Prayers of peace and success coming your way!!

  3. I don’t know if this will help, but there is a blog called FunCheapOrFree and she did a few posts about how her blog makes money. It might have some details you could use. Congratulations!! and I look forward to all the new posts in the future!

  4. So happy for you! Love, love, love your blog personality and style. Congratulations and kudos to you for having the guts and work ethic to pull this off!

  5. Im proud of the choice you are making! You go girl!

  6. You go girl! You are dreaming big and acting on it. I look forward to your future posts, especially as your job ends in January.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!

  8. Go on and get it!! Good for you. & glad we’ll be hearing more from you.
    Always look forward to your posts. Thanks from NJ.

  9. It’s your life…live it!!! It’s what we were meant to do!!! Live it all and love it! Good for you!

  10. Oh, Sarah, I’m so happy for you. Leaving my job 3 years ago was the BEST thing I ever did. Yeah, money is unbelievably tight these days, but we have “enough.” My sanity is worth so much more. I wish you the best of luck!!

    xoxox

  11. I think that same voice that said “I can make my own bread”, or “I can raise laying hens” is the same voice guiding you now. Nothing like independence for breeding more independence. What an awesome example you are setting for your son!

  12. Congratulations! It’s a great thing to get to see someone realize a dream!

  13. Yay!!!! I shall look passed any ads and tolerate the sponsored posts. Just, try to be extra funny during the sponsored posts to make it up to us.

    Congratulations! I’m excited!

  14. SHARTED! Damn auto correct

  15. I also started when I thought you were getting rid of the blog! I have been reading and following for years. I love how you convey your life. I do believe if I lived closer and not in The Canada where it snows more than it doesn’t and people wear tooks year round that you and I would be friends……pause for creepy silence……
    I’m so glad you are taking this leap. Happy thoughts are being sent your way.
    *seriously I saw a kid wearing a black beanie today and it was 41 out….I uncontrollably yelled hooligan and shook my fist at him. It’s people like him that make us Canadians look like tools.*

  16. Good for YOU!!! I love reading your blog and will be interested to see who you have for sponsors (SUBARU?) I have an Outback, also!

  17. I, like many others, just about shit myself when I started reading this post…WHAT THE F***?!?!?! Sarah’s going to stop blogging?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Then I continued to read on, and was like, oh, hah, she really had me going!!

    Don’t ever do that again. Had I not been on the toilet, I would have needed one.

    Congrats!!! You’ll be fabulous!!

    • Ah, it’s fun to mess with people, so thankfully you were on the pot.

      I think in another life, I was a cat because I enjoy toying with people. 🙂

  18. I almost had a heart attack because I thought the blog was on the chopping block. So happy for you!

  19. GOOD FOR YOU! take the jump take the risk! I think its fabulous and I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! w00ho0ooooOOO00000 😉

    i’ll click the ads too 🙂

  20. I found this article at the most perfect time. I am currently in the process of building my own business by sharing essential oils. I truly enjoy educating people and helping them advocate for their own health in a purely natural way. It hit me that I too don’t want to be on a payroll other than my own. It’s effing scary – putting all the extra time I have into growing my team and business. But I know it will be worth it, and I know I’ll be able to provide for my family like I never have before. You are an inspiration to myself and many, and you are not alone!

    Thank you for this blog entry. It’s exactly what I needed.