If you haven’t visited for a while, you might notice a couple of changes around here, but before I explain more, I thought I would share a little of our history…
My first blog
Its been around 6 years since I first started blogging. My first blog was a weight-loss blog, writing about healthy eating and exercise as I was in the middle of my weight loss journey and had shed 3.5 stone.
I always thought I was big boned and made excuses about how I would never be slim. My dad is morbidly obese and has been obese for as long as I can remember. I was a size 18 at my largest after my pregnancy with Lily, I thought it was in my genes and I would just grow bigger and bigger.
When I slimmed down to a size 10 after having Lily, I wanted to shout it from the rooftops. I wanted to let others know that it is actually possible to be slim, even when you never thought it possible (although it is hard work!). I had started to read other blogs for inspiration during my weight loss, and decided that I wanted to share my story in the hope of inspiring others to continue.
A parenting blog
When I fell pregnant with my third baby, I found it hard to write about weight loss and fitness, as I was steadily gaining weight and had hyperemesis so could barley function, let alone exercise or eat healthily.
I started writing about parenting, instead and I felt like it made me a better parent. I wanted to take them on adventures, and I spent hours baking and crafting with them. At the time we were trying our hardest to clear our debt so our writing mostly focused on entertaining the kids on a shoestring budget.
But, there is always a but!
I wanted to expand from just writing about the children to writing about our passions. I wanted to write about our mission to pay our mortgage off before we are 40 and become financially free.
I wanted to share our experience with minimalism and the positive effects its having on our whole family.
I wanted to share how celebrating a simpler life makes you feel happier and content with what you have.
I wanted to write about my ongoing struggle with anxiety/depression in the hopes it would help someone else out there feel less alone.
But the words just didn’t come.
I thought that people reading about our mortgage free journey would feel like our children were deprived.
I was worried that people would judge us for wanting to lead a simpler life.
I felt like people would think I was crazy for writing about anxiety/depression and how someday’s just feel like a roller coaster. How they sometimes take hold and stop me from doing normal and everyday things, like leaving the house.
I was scared that people would think I was crazy.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a producer from channel four, asking us to be part of a documentary on ‘How to live mortgage free’. They found us via our blog (and this post or this one) and wanted us to share our story. They wanted us to talk about what is driving our passion to be mortgage free and how we plan to do it.
We decided against been a part of the show, just because they had really tight timescales and we are in the middle of far too many projects.
But its made me a little more determined to be brave and share our story, how we became debt free and how we are working towards mortgage freedom with only one income. And the other things that we are embracing along the way, with organisation, minimalism and our journey to seek simplicity.
The truth is I am crazy!
And, It really shouldn’t matter what people think. It takes a whole lot of bravery to share a part of yourself with the world, but if anything that I write helps just one other person then its worth it. Getting all these thoughts written down really helps me (even the ones I don’t press publish on)!
The simple things.
We change our blog name to The Simple Things (from ‘Little Owls House’) just over a year ago. Because we really do try and focus and be grateful for ‘the simple things’ and taking time to enjoy and savour them.
Life is never easy, every person we meet has battles and struggles – but we do have a choice. We can worry about the future, we can loose ourselves in the past, or we can choose to focus on the positives and savour the moment.
That’s what the simple things means to me – Mindfulness & finding joy in the little moments of our lives.
Listening to children’s laughter, friends, family, a good book, a relaxing bath.
Doing something you love, being with someone you love, sharing the love.
The biggest change is our web address. We decided to make it a little bit shorter from www.thesimplethingsblog.co.uk to www.thesimplethings.me, and at the same time we have had a little blog refresh.
This also means if you were following our blog on bloglovin‘ or by subscription and you still want to see us in your feed or your inbox, you will need to re-follow us.