Change is the only constant thing in life
My life has seen many of them, both online and IRL (in real life). Even if I had to get knocked down a few times and repeat the lesson several more times, I’ve learned from change. My career has taken many twists and turns. I can confidently admit that I did not plan to be here, but I couldn’t be happier.
My online life as an “O.G.” nurse blogger has walked a similar path. I love to tell stories. I get excited to share the lessons I’ve learned over the years. I’m honored to share the emotions I’ve experienced, the happiness I’ve enjoyed and confidently pass on what pain, loss, and death has taught me to the new class of nurses. With each passing year, I learn a little bit more about myself, adjust my sails and keep moving forward.
Well… it’s time to adjust my sails again.
As you may have noticed… this blog has been a bit empty.
[Did anyone else hear the echo when reading this post?]
Life has kept me busy with other ventures and projects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. It’s been a good kind of busy.
- Guest speaker for an LPN class
- Guest speaker for an RN class
- Created my first webinar
- Co-hosted TWO podcasts with a new one on the way
- Guest speaker at a national nursing conference
- Attended TWO national nursing conferences
- Met numerous fans IRL
- Finally met almost a dozen of long-time online nurse friends IRL (a 10-year wait)
- Co-founded a new online resource website for new NPs
- Grew professionally on multiple levels
- Mentored, taught and trained more students and new Advanced Practice Providers
- Enjoyed our first summer in our new dream house
Yes, it was a busy year. So my lil’ blog has taken a back seat to… well pretty much everything else. I had aspirations of turning my blog into a ‘business’, had been mentored by numerous successful entrepreneurs on how to monetize and “make money” from my blog. I had created a plan and checked it twice. I knew that content on my blog is content that I own, versus content that I share on social websites.
But a plan is only as good as the delivery. A plan doesn’t really find much success if it just stays on paper. And my plan never got off the ground. I simply just didn’t have the time.
Every time you say YES to something, you are saying NO to something else.
I have been subconsciously saying “no” to this blog for pretty much the entirety of 2017. It holds a special place in my heart, and I don’t want to walk away from it. I’ve been blogging on MyStrongMedicine for almost my entire blogging career in some capacity. But, the writing is on the wall (heh heh, pun intended).
I created this blog to build a community. And through a series of unplanned events, I have accomplished my goal… just not here.
I’ve created a solid community on Facebook with my Facebook fan page (even though it’s been neglected).
I’m going to focus my limited time there. My blogging thoughts will live on my fan page with my videos on YouTube.
If you haven’t been over there yet, I hope you’ll hop on over and join the fun. In fact, I already posted a recent blog (over there it’s called a Facebook Note)
No, I’m not saying goodbye to this blog (just yet)… but you won’t find much content here starting in 2018.
Happy New Year tribe. Thanks for being a part of my world. And as always… check your own pulse first.
I hope to hear from you soon.