Changes Behind The Blog

Ever since I could remember, I've always been the type of person who loves endless projects and busy work. When I was in nursing school, I had three jobs on top of clinicals, volunteer work, and exams/papers. During my master's degree, I was working a full time job and planning a wedding. Needless to say, I'm a workaholic.

Since I've started the blog [which I really enjoy doing], I've been busier than I've ever been. If I'm not at work for forty plus hours a week, I'm blogging. If I'm not blogging, I'm traveling, at a Kee Pieces photo shoot, or networking. The list goes on. Aaron jokes that my version of hanging out together watching a movie is different from his. Mine consists  of being  on my phone or computer doing blog related work as the movie plays in the background [LOL].

I love what I do so much that I started to sacrifice my health. I sacrificed sleeping so that I could finish a blog post, organize/schedule a photo shoot or make travel plans. But the biggest thing for me was not spending enough quality time with the ones I love.

I didn't realize what I was doing until I got hurt. I recently started feeling pain on my right hand that would shoot all the way up my arm. At first I thought I must have slept on it wrong until the pain wouldn't go away, especially worse when I was at work. Being a nurse, I knew what it was - I saw a nurse practitioner and she confirmed it, possible carpal tunnel and/or ulnar nerve entrapment. She ordered me to stay off of it for at least two weeks and be on NSAIDS [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory] around the clock. If I wasn't compliant, it would lead to surgery [yikes!]. Trying to be a good patient, I've been MIA for one week and been continuously icing. I've had to make alterations at work to let my arm rest and have temporarily broken up with my phone. 

During this mandatory hiatus, I've decided that I'm going to make some changes. Baby steps they may seem, but they're in the right direction:

  1. Aiming for those nightly Zs [between seven to eight hours, studies show anything less puts you at risk for diseases and immunosuppression]

  2. Eating more and eating healthy - no more sugary treats [okay, maybe a scoop of ice-cream here and there, but definitely incorporating even more veggies, dairy and gluten free meals]

  3. Being present for those quality time with hubby and family [time where I'm there mentally and emotionally and not my version of movie watching]

  4. Having more downtime in my daily schedule, even if it's just fifteen minutes to lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing

My professor once told me that you don't always have to give 110% and that 90% is just as acceptable, so here's to a new normal where everything isn't always about working - take time to smell the roses and enjoy the little things.


  1. I feel like God always has an interesting way of telling us to slow down, take a break, and enjoy life. I'm praying that you will completely heal and get better soon.

  2. Hey Jasper! Great and inspiring post! I can relate to all of this! Being a blogger is hard work and sooo time consuming. I’m running into the same quality time challenges as you! I hope to follow your footsteps and redirect my focus where it needs to be. I truly feel like I’ve been present in body but absent in mind in a lot of other non-blogging areas. Hopefully we can help each other through this! Thanks always for the support ! And I really pray and hope your arm heals soon!!! 😊😊

  3. Yesssssss!!! So happy you decided to write about this and even more so that you’ve committed to working less to enjoy more. Hope your arm gets better soon!

  4. Amanda you’re amazing! How can I not get better and healthier with the love and support you give. Thank you my friend!

  5. Thank you Jonia! He knows best and always has a plan - thank you for the prayers and positive vibes girl!

  6. We’re in the same situation and so glad to have someone who I can share this with and understand! Cheers to supporting each other! ❤️🙌🏻

  7. Oh Jasper I totally relate. Ever since I started blogging last year I've been overworked, tired and neglected family and friends so I decided to make same changes like you. Our health and sanity is so much more important. We can do this!

  8. I’m so glad to hear!! I guess people really don’t know what goes on behind the blog do they? Lol. So happy that we have such a great support group ❤️

  9. Oh Jasper, I can so relate to your situation... It can get so overwhelming. Look after yourself ♡

    Mio x

  10. Mio you are so sweet! I'm so glad there are other people who understand. Hope you're not getting too overwhelmed too!


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