“When life gives you lemons…you make lemonade”
It sounds so easy, doesn’t it?
Life hands you something challenging, so you turn it around and make it into something beautiful.
What you never realize, until you’re right in the middle of it of course, is that getting from point A (the challenge) to point B (something beautiful), is rarely straightforward.
There’s no path to follow. No map to guide you.
You’ve just got to take it a step at a time, and trust that at some point you’ll figure it out.
And that’s where I find myself right now.
At the starting point of a new challenge in my life.
This past Friday, I start experiencing some abdominal discomfort. As Friday turned into Saturday, and Saturday turned into Sunday, the pain started getting worse and worse.
Until finally I couldn’t take it any more and ended up going to the Emergency Department of our local hospital.
After a loooong day of tests, I was told the doctor suspects I might have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). So either Crohn’s or Colitis.
I have to tell you, this really threw me for a loop.
I’ve been struggling with a host of random health issues for the last 6-7 years. But for the most part, I’ve been able to manage my health and the busyness of the day to day life of a mom of 5, caring for my 100 year old live-in grandpa, and running my online business.
And I’ve done this by making sure I eat well, exercise, take breaks, get enough sleep, don’t over do it etc.
Now suddenly, it feels like my whole life has been turned upside down.
The thing about IBD is that it is completely tied to what you eat. The problem is that there are a lot of unknowns. There’s no straightforward list of “here’s what you can eat, and here’s what you can’t.”
While there are guidelines, it’s a very individual process of finding out what your body can tolerate, and what it can’t.
And let me tell you, it’s VERY time consuming. And it can be quite a painful learning process.
Pretty much overnight, I went from eating just about anything I wanted, to having to think about every single thing I put in my mouth…
From not really thinking about food, to having it dominate my life.
I was joking with my sister that I feel like most of my day now consists of research, meal planning, shopping, preparation, and of course the clean-up. On TOP of everything else.
So why am I telling you all of this?
Because figuring things out is taking so much time right now, I don’t have time for a lot else. And when I do have time, I just don’t have the energy.
Which means that I have to start making some hard choices about what I am spending my time on.
Which brings me to this blog.
For the past while, for the most part, I’ve been able to release new content every single week.
Unfortunately, until I get things figured out with my health, I’m just not going to have the same amount of time to spend on my blog and business.
What does that mean for you?
Well, I will continue with my monthly exclusive video tutorial for email subscribers. This is a video tutorial and PDF handout of an intermediate/advanced level card that gets emailed out at the beginning of the month to everyone on my email list. So if you’re not on my email list, and you enjoy my videos, then you’re going to want to be on my list.
Other than that, I’m really not sure how much time I’m going to have to post new content to my blog.
I suspect that for the next few months at least, you won’t see much other than that.
I’m hoping though, that as I start to figure things out, it will get easier. And my time will start to open up again. When that does, I’ll be back to posting regularly again.
I wish I could say I have a definitive timeline for you…sadly I don’t.
But I will do my best 🙂
In the meantime, I’ll be staying in touch via my email newsletter.