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Last Updated on June 27, 2019 by karissa ancell
I think we all have a story to tell and that story is important. Whatever your story is, no matter what the ups and downs may be it’s important for you to own it. Owning your story and what you have been through is an important first step to improving your life and discovering your purpose and life’s path.
I’ve shared parts of my story before. How I got started with blogging was through a tragic part of my life. I took the time though to heal from it and have grown a lot. I think it’s important to share where you’ve been especially if it was hard so you can remember that you are strong enough to get through tough times.
I’m proud of what I’ve lived through and have accomplished. I know that some of you already know mt story and what I’ve gone through. There are many new people to my blog, which is awesome and I welcome you. I hope this post helps you get to know me better and gives you the inspiration and courage to share your own stories.
I love being a blogger. I didn’t realize when I started my blog that over three years later I would still be blogging and loving it. I wanted to find something I enjoyed doing online but never really imagined it turning into what it has. See at the time it started I just needed a way to connect with people. I was still early into my journey of recovery and being disabled. I survived a stroke in 2010 at 25 and it changed the course of my life from that day forward. At the time I was working part time and in college part time.
After my stroke I couldn’t return to either and didn’t know what to do. I actually didn’t know what to do before the stroke either. I was working as a nanny which I enjoyed and it worked at the time because I had a young daughter and I could bring her to work with me. Once my daughter started school though I didn’t know what I was going to do.
That’s why I was going to school. I did alright in school. I’ve always enjoyed learning. I knew I hadn’t found my passion though. It was just going through the motions. Going to school because I knew a degree would be useful. I didn’t have any real plans of what to do when I got out of school. I guess I just thought I’d figure things out as they came along. Then one day that all changed. I was 25 disabled, couldn’t work and couldn’t drive.
So I spent that first 18-24 months after the stroke healing as much as I could and really trying to mentally and emotionally recover from what had happened to me. My marriage had changed, how I parented had changed, my relationships with family and friends were different. All in a blink of an eye my life was flipped upside down. So it was a good two years of trying to come to terms with what had happened. It was a combination of getting on the right medications and a lot of therapy.
So after two years I started looking for what to do with myself. Connecting to people was really hard for me. I felt broken and uncomfortable being around most people. Except for my husband and closest family. So I started reading blogs. It helped to read about other people’s lives and to feel a connection to these people. After a while I started thinking about starting my own blog.
I didn’t know what I would blog about but I knew I liked reading and writing and was looking for a connection. A way to reach out and make a connection this time as the blogger not the reader. So in June of 2012 almost two and a half years after my stroke I started A Fresh Start on a Budget. I really didn’t think anyone would ever read it but I was hoping it would help me to write it and if a few people did find me and started reading it then I would be thrilled. I never imagined it would be more than a handful of readers.
I never imagined how devoted to my blog I would become. It has grown beyond my wildest dreams and continues growing daily. All the time and energy I had put into working and going to school could now finally go into something new. That was very exciting for me. To have a new outlet for my time and blogging turned out to be that passion I was looking for and not finding before. I also get to constantly be learning and growing as a blogger.
I know that I still have so much that I want to learn and I can’t wait to see where I am one year from now and three years from now. I don’t think you can ever know everything there is to learn about blogging. The internet is always changing and what worked yesterday in blogging may not work tomorrow. I’ve learned you always have to be willing to learn and change if you want your blog to grow and be successful. Which I do and if you are reading this book I’m thinking you do too.
So while the stroke was probably the worst thing I will ever go through. It continues to be something I deal with and struggle to get through. There are lasting disabilities from suffering such brain damage. It also led me to find my passion and purpose.
I’ve grown up so much in the five plus years since it happened. I know I would have grown and changed anyways just from getting older. But going through that changed me and my life in ways I can’t even explain and I know I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t gone through it.
So if you are going through really difficult or trying times know that they can lead to blessings in the future. That those struggles can make you a better person and that you are growing and changing and it might be for the better, even if it doesn’t feel like it.