Happy Friday, I hope everyone has such a great weekend 🙂 My family is coming to visit and we can’t wait for them to arrive!! I am sharing some news with you all today and I cannot tell you how many times in the last two weeks that I have started this blog post and couldn’t finish it. But today is the day! I apologize for the poor wording and babble that is about to take place but…this is my final blog post on My Goodness Blog so I’m going to fit a lot in this post. My stomach gets weak even typing that but it is a decision I finally made and feel okay about after a LOT of prayer, discussion with Nick, my Mom, and some close girlfriends. This was a really tough decision for me, much harder than I ever imagined and although that may sound silly to some people who are not close to me, it’s true. Maybe this is the right thing, or maybe I will regret this decision but I have to trust my gut on this. Let me attempt to explain why I am stepping away from my blog.
I have always had a fire inside of me to help others! My Goodness Blog helped me do that by creating my own platform to spread around some goodness 😉 Throughout the last 3.5 years I have had SO MUCH FUN sharing tips to live out a healthy lifestyle, sharing recipes, workouts, designing personal workout programs for people literally all over the country, building some everlasting friendships, expressing myself, collaborations with some amazing companies, spreading around grace, joy, and love! None of that has changed for me. My fire and passion to help others is who I am and that will continue to show in me and personally and throughout my other social media platforms, but my fire to make this blog what I have dreamed for it to be has started to fade. So instead of dragging something out, I would rather close this chapter while it’s still something I am so proud of! I have said it more times than necessary, but becoming a Mom has changed me in ways I could have never prepared for. It changes everyone. And figuring out how to navigate through life with these changes is exciting and challenging.
I remember when I told one of my girlfriends I was pregnant, she said how she could already picture my blog. The transformation of my blog turning into how to live out a healthy life with a family. Posts about our experiences, baby nurseries, breast feeding tips, challenges we face, and everything parent related. At that time, that thought got me so excited! I could picture it and couldn’t wait! And then our daughter was born. Not even touching on the obvious time struggle it has been attempting to keep up on blog posts as a full-time working momma who is trying to stay present in her friendships, marriage, family, and faith roles. Besides that, I found myself not wanting to share all about JoMarie’s little life. Something about drafting blog posts about our nursing story, sleep routines, and family time just did not feel right to me. This feeling was a struggle because I have made so many amazing relationships and receive many emails from loyal readers of my blog who I would have no problem sharing all of this with. But just knowing anyone could stumble upon such personal information and detail was not sitting well with me. Sure, I could share nothing about Jo and my family and only focus on health and wellness but that isn’t fully ME. I’ve always done my best to keep it real on my blog and having a blog and dedicating so much time to it and not posting about my family just wouldn’t be real life for me. Let me be clear, I LOVE social media and think it is a wonderful thing (has it’s downfalls obviously) and I will continue to post cute moments and not so cute moments as well on other social media outlets. There are so many mommy bloggers who I love to follow and they are amazing!! I’ve just realized I can’t make my blog what I envisioned it to be when I was pregnant with Jo and that is okay!!
My husband and I recently had a date night/monthly financial meeting. We got to talking about the school year starting (he is a teacher for those of you who do not know) and what we have on our plates and things we have to look forward to. I sat there and soaked in every word he said and that is the night I knew I was ready to be done with my blog. He LIT UP talking about how excited he was for the school year to start and things he will be doing to be the absolute best teacher he can be. He looked at me and said “why would I just do the work to get by, I want to be the best at what I do. In all aspects of my life” and this just set a light bulb off in me. If I’ve realized I can’t make my blog what I wanted it to be, then to us it just makes sense to move on instead of getting by and not putting my all into it. We talked about how our time is so much more precious now that we are parents and there is no time to do things or be around things that drag us down. We discussed how we strive to be so much more intentional in all that we do instead of just going through the motions. We agreed that when we are apart and doing our own things (which is very important to do), that is time away from our family so why waste it not being fully present. This talk made me realize that God is placing this decision on my heart about my blog because it is time to move on and embrace these changes in me 🙂
I want to thank each and every one of you. Sincerely, thank you so much for your love and support throughout these super fun almost 4 years of blogging. I will absolutely miss catching you all up on some goodness BUT I promise I will still be sharing little moments and health/fitness inspiration on my Instagram, FB, and snapchat. You can find me on Insta and Snapchat under “Jordynashley” THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!!! This is not easy for me as I can’t express the time, love, and hard work that has gone into My Goodness, but I can walk away saying I am proud at what I was able to do through my blog in these last years and that is a very fulfilling feeling. Thank you for your support with this decision!!!
I also want to thank all of the amazing companies who have worked with my blog and provided so many fun giveaways, discounts, and products to my family as well as my followers!!!! Forever grateful!
Some logistics: I have not decided if I will keep my blog out there so that you can still search previous posts, or if I will make it private to keep out there for myself when I need to go reference something. But if it does go away, you can always email me with any questions or posts you would like sent to you. My personal email is Jordynelioff@gmail.com. I am also 100% open to helping any of you with fitness plans and healthy lifestyles in general!! I am very blessed to have the partnership I do with IdealFit and I am still an athlete for them and that will not be changing 🙂 The only thing that is different is that my discount code is now JORDYN at checkout so you can use that now instead. Living out a healthy lifestyle and sharing that with you all is not changing!!
big decisions equal big opportunities to put your trust in God
Thank you!!! 🙂