I can’t quite believe that I’ve been blogging 5 years! I started the blog, called Keeping Slim and Getting Stylish, back in January 2010. I know some of you have been reading for a long time so you’ll know what an incredible journey it has been. Blogging has given me so much I almost don’t know where to start. I guess the biggest thing is the belief and will to turn something I was so passionate about doing into a living. I’ve managed to create a successful business from something that started as a little online food diary to keep my weight loss on track, it’s unbelievable! Through blogging I’ve met some incredible people, been offered amazing opportunities and learned a huge amount about myself. Though the blog is now part of a business, I would still write it business or not, because I love it. I love being part of such a lovely community and I’m lucky in that all my years blogging I’ve hardly received any nasty comments. I love that I have this little online home to express myself, share the things I’ve learned and be creative.
So for a trip down memory lane, here’s some highlights from the past 5 years!
Me before I started blogging in 2009 at 14st10 and then at the end of 2010 a lot slimmer!
I did my first half marathon, the Great North Run!
This was also the year that I became a vegetarian.
I was featured as a healthy hero in Healthy Magazine before the big shoot (more on that in a mo).
A lovely meet up with some fab bloggers! Remember that ladies?
Another Great North Run!
This is me at the end of 2011 and my skinniest ever. I was not healthy at all, in fact most of 2011 was not good for me. Looking back I can completely see how ill I’d become. I had an extremely disordered relationship with food, I had turned vegan, was not eating enough and was working out too much. My periods had also stopped. This was probably my lowest point looking back through the blog.
I started my training to become a health coach getting my Diet and Nutrition advisors qualification and my Integrative Health Coach training.
I got a big new tattoo! The butterflies are direct copies of a brooch that was my Nana’s. This tattoo was a tribute to her.
I started my first community healthy living sessions and on my 30th birthday I registered Uniquely Healthy as a company!
I enjoyed an amazing 30th birthday including a fancy dress party!
The year ended with a photo shoot in London for the Healthy Magazine feature!
This was the year when I started to change around my approach to healthy living. I started eating all kinds of foods again and started a journey to try and heal my body and hormones.
The article in Healthy magazine was published!
I learned to hula hoop! Something I’m hoping to start again soon!
I met Gok Wan for the first time and was featured in a You Tube Video with him for Activia.
I continued to deliver community healthy living activities and loved it!
I wrote my first e book and e course!
I found out after 2 years of no periods that I was pregnant!
I had a great pregnancy, but my little man Finley arrived 5 weeks early.
A few days after he was born we found out he had a serious heart defect that would require open heart surgery. He was operated on at just 9 weeks old, but proved what an amazing little boy he is by recovering quickly and leaving hospital just 5 days post op. He’s incredible and motherhood is just amazing. So much love and joy, whilst also being the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do!
I changed the name of the blog from Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish to Wholeheartedly Healthy and set up lauraagarwilson.com . This year I became completely self employed!
I was nominated for a North East Blogger Award.
I was asked to write a recipe book! Grains as Mains is due out on 2nd March.
Me and my little family ♥
There’s been loads of other fabulous things as well. Blogging has enabled me to work with some great brands, attend parties and festivals and try out some of the newest healthy living products on the market.
The best thing about blogging without a doubt is you guys that read it. Thank you so much for visiting this little corner of the internet! It means so much to me, and the emails and comments I get from you that say I’ve inspired you in some way or that you can relate to what I’m going through mean so much. Thank you!
If you have a blog how long have you been blogging? What’s your favourite thing about blogging? Would you be tempted to start a blog?