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 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 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.