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#UBP13 Ultimate Blog Party 2013

As A Star is participating in the Ultimate Blog Party for the first time ever! I don’t really know what to expect, but I’m excited to see how this turns out. I guess the idea of this post is for me to tell the visitors from UBP about me and my site, so here we go.

My husband and I went to a Three Days Grace after party at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach

Me & My Love & 3DG

My name is Amy and I’ve been building website since 1997. In 1999 I began my first real website, Lala Land, while I was pregnant with my first son. It was all cute and pastel, I was in the baby mood. I had a lot of time on my hands being pregnant so I began making cartoon dolls and graphics and layouts for others who had personal sites. Over time, Lala Land grew to be such a huge site that I eventually bought my own server because there were only two choices in hosting: expensive OR unreliable. Shortly after I bought the server I set up a website where others could buy from me, too, and that would help pay the server cost. My friends told their friends and my website visitors wanted their own sites so it grew and grew and enabled me to stay home with my kids and raise them without going to a job, or paying for daycare.

My kids playing around in Tombstone.

Tombstone, AZ

My world is basically my kids, my husband, my business, and my dogs. Yes, in that order. As my kids got older I found I had less and less time to devote to websites (and let’s be honest, less interest). I joined the PTO, became a den walker, and became pretty much obsessed with my kids lives. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I did become a little dependent on them after that. I have a hard time spending time by myself and I definitely can’t leave the house without dragging one of them along with me. But they don’t mind, usually.

In January of 2010 I found out that I had a tumor and got it removed very quickly. By the time we found it, it was already the size of a cantaloupe!  I know what you’re thinking, “How did you not notice that?” Anyway, I fell into a depression that my doctor tried to medicate with anti-depressants, but it was really only a band-aid effect. That medicine helped me not to obsess over negative things, but it also helped me not to worry about all of the money (credit) I was spending. My life was basically all about eating out, buying things, and spending money. It got so out of control that I’m now saddled with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and about half the income I’m used to.

I know I got really heavy for a moment there, but that’s to explain to you the purpose of this blog. This has been my personal blog for years, but it’s been very on again, off again. Why? Because it wasn’t really of any interest to me. I was blogging for other people and that isn’t what a personal blog should be. So I’m reformatting the blog posts to include the things that are important to me. Those things are health/fitness, business, websites, kids, and money. My life needs some real work and with only 6 months left until my 30th birthday, I am determined not to reach it depressed about where my life is. Instead I intend to be proud of all I’ve accomplished and well on my way to the peace of mind I’ve been searching for my whole life.

  • Juliana RW


    I come for the party ^___*. I like to “meet” new bloggers friend through this party. Pls return to see my UBP blog post too in here: See you at my blog ;)

    • Amy

      What an adorable baby! And your photos are amazing. I am having trouble commenting, though, because I don’t have any of those services it wants me to log in to.

  • Jenn

    Umm.. I turn 30 in 6 months and 3 weeks……. WEIRD! Didn’t realize we were so close in age!

    That’s really scary about the tumor, and really I don’t think it’s all that surprising that you took advantage of being alive and being able to do things (and buy things!) after that because who knows how long we left in this life, right? Of course now that brings debt and other consequences like having to work more to pay off the debt.. and that’s unfortunate but ugh.. at least you are alive and have your family and life goes on!

    I think I’m going to join this blog party, seems like it will be fun!

    • Amy

      It’s not just fun.. it has prizes, too! I donated 2 hosting packages with domain names for a year.

      It was exactly the opposite, really. I felt like my whole world was crashing down around me. I felt like it didn’t matter how much I took care of myself, my body was still destroying itself. Everything I thought I knew was wrong.

      It’s been a few years now, though, so I’m doing a lot better and focused on being happy – no matter what that means.

      • Jenn

        Yes focus on being happy and looking at things in more positive ways! Glad things are looking up :)

  • Nicky

    I’m swinging through with the UBP and taking a moment to link up and wish you a great day. 30 really wasn’t so bad… I’m a year and a half from 40! Starting to get a little nervous about it!!! LOL!

  • Cham

    I hope you find the peace that you are looking for. You seem like a very strong woman to me, so keep calm and code the best life you can create! :)

    Dropping by from the #UBP13. Party Party!

  • Elisa

    Hi I just wanted to say it is nice to meet you :) I came by from UBP. Im sorry with your struggle through many obstacles in your life. I have been going through emotional issues since i was 13 but I have a system on how I handle myself. But I joined the blog world for another outlet. I wish you good luck through everything. :)

  • Lisa

    Hi, I’m stopping by from the blog party! It sounds like the tumor was a very scary thing. I don’t know how I would have handled something like that if it was me. Looking forward to reading more posts!

  • Cathi

    I’m late! I’m late! I’m stopping by from the UBP13. I hope you stop by our party for a slice of warm banana bread and cold milk.

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