The Journey From Saving More Than Me To Winter and Sparrow
It’s hard to believe but I began doing this blogging thing back in 2008. At the time, I was in a depressed and isolated stage of my life because 1) I had just been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis 2) my symptoms were severe enough that I had to retire from mental health counseling 3) I felt miserable every day, all day and 4) I was bored.
While bedridden, I occupied myself by entering giveaways. Since my socioeconomic status changed drastically when I left counseling, I figured if I couldn’t afford to buy it, I’d win it! Anyway, I did win a few things but the most beneficial part of my online experience was the people I met through various forums and groups, There were stay at home moms, work at home moms, unemployed moms, women struggling through college, stay at home dads, and people fighting chronic illness (such as myself). Some had blogs and some didn’t but it didn’t take long for me to realize that blogging would give me a voice and a platform to communicate with others. After my first month blogging, I felt less isolated, less anxious, and less alone.
In late 2008, I started my very first blog on BlogSpot. It was called Living On Limited Income. If you’ve been a long-time reader, you may remember it. It was a freebie/deals/giveaway focused blog that I had tons of fun running until I realized that I wanted to post more substantial articles (crafts, stories about MS, pet posts, etc.,). With the help of my long-time online friend Jacqui, Living On Limited Income turned into Saving More Than Me. In 2011, I purchased my own domain and transferred to the wordpress.org content system. WordPress.org is what “professional bloggers” use so there was no turning back.
You might be wondering why I decided to name the blog Saving More Than Me. Well, I guess mainly because my goal was to use the blog to help people. I wanted those with chronic illness to know that they weren’t alone. I wanted those who were alone or lonely to feel less so, and I wanted people to know that the blog, and myself, were always there for them. What I just described is an extension of one of my personality traits—my need to help others. Have you heard that saying that whenever there’s tragedy, look for the helpers? Well, that’s me. A helper. I’m certain this innate helper trait is what led me to become a mental health therapist in the first place but hey, I digress.
One thing is for certain in life—things will change.
Sometime last year, it struck me that the name Saving More Than Me no longer applied to the content of my blog nor did it apply to the current season of my life. I’m no longer that lonely and depressed girl lying on the couch because she can’t walk. Don’t get me wrong, I still get depressed and my Multiple Sclerosis still kicks my butt but I am in a much better place, mentally, physically, and emotionally. The thing is, changing the name of an established blog is not an easy task. You lose name recognition plus there are a thousand things you have to update. I dragged my heels on the name change but then I remembered something.
For the past two years, my word of the year has been “joy.” At 46 years old, I am at that place in my life where I want to do more, see more, read more, and discuss more things that bring me joy. Yes, I will absolutely take the pain with the joy but I want to actively pursue joy. For me, pursuing joy means dabbling in a little bit of everything which is why the topics on the blog are so varied. I am who I am and that person loves many different things.
I like big things like trips and family get-togethers but I also love simple things like fall weather and coffee. This leads me to the new name of the blog: Winter & Sparrow. Have you ever seen a sparrow playing in the snow? Not only is it a beautiful sight but it’s a very joyful thing to watch. A sparrow in snow is the epitome of joy just like my granddaughter’s laugh. It would be weird to name the blog “My granddaughter’s laugh” (LOL) so I’ve given the blog a name that represents true joy to me: Winter & Sparrow. I hope you’ll continue to join me as I actively pursue joy and I hope to bring you some joy as well.
A few things to note
The content on the blog will not change much, however, look for the following:
- Posts about the major surgery I had on June 1st
- Articles on how to get into blogging and how to make money blogging (no spammy sales tactics)
- More DIY/crafts
- More FREE printables
- Reorganization of the blog categories so you can find what you need faster.
Friends, I hope the blog’s name change encourages you to stick around. I hope we can continue this journey together and increase the joy in both of our lives. If you have any suggestions on what topics you’d like to see more of, feel free to email me or leave a comment.