Hey bloggers,

I’m back and boy have I missed you.

It’s Beth, do you remember me?  I’m the girl with the hair and the ice cream.

This post is a bit more personal than I would normally write here on the Simple Blogging Network.  But It’s been over 2 years so I feel I need to provide you with a proper update on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.

So flashback to January 2014 – I quit my job.  It was probably one of the bravest things I had ever done.  For about 4 or 5 years prior to that. I woke up every single morning just dreading going to work.  It got pretty bad.  On one occasion I just couldn’t muster the effort to open my car door and walk to the office, I was physically sick and in a pretty dark place.  One of the reasons it took me so long to quit was the fact that I didn’t want to let my family down.  I had a young daughter and a mortgage and bills to pay, but the Simple Blogging Network was starting to do really well and I was soon able to go part time and then eventually quit my job.

Immediately I felt a sense of relief.  A massive weight had been lifted off my shoulders but now what was I going to do?  I thought perhaps another small part time job would be good, just for a bit of stability as I begin to grow my network further.

I applied for 166 part time jobs and in one week, early in February 2014, I had 6 interviews in one week.  – Crazy!!

One of the jobs that I had applied for was for an Events and Marketing Co-ordintator for a business support programme.  I wasn’t even going to go for the interview but my friend Debbie Short had convinced me to go.

I decided that I was going to go to the interview and just be myself.  I put all my trust in the Universe. I would prepare for the interview and just do my best.

Immediately when I entered the interview room, I felt at ease.  Two smiley friendly faces who did most of the talking for the best part of 20 minutes and then it was over to me.  The more I heard about the project, the more I thought that I really wanted to manage it. Everything about it screamed my skills and experiences.  I’d spent the previous 8 years managing some major projects and I just I kept thinking if I’m going to join this project I want to be at the helm.

I went away feeling that I had done my best and that I had strangely enjoyed the interview; but all the time thinking I needed to manage it.  Then a few days later I got a call from my interviewers.  “Would you mind coming back to see us, we’d like to talk to you about something.”.

We arranged to meet in a hotel and then I heard the words.  “If you want the part time Marketing and Events Co-ordinator job that’s fine, but we really liked you and we’d like you to manage the whole project.  We’ve already interviewed for the Project Assistant and we think you’ll be  a perfect match.”

Oh my goodness! This wasn’t the journey I thought I was about to embark on, I thought I was about to ramp up the Simple Blogging Network and drive off in to the sunset.  But this was a massive opportunity to help 1000s of business in the offline world.  To help businesses use social media, to help them with business advice, to manage a team running business events.  This was too good to pass up.

But there was a problem…

“Can I do this part time?” I asked.

“No I’m sorry” – They needed someone to work on it full time.  It was just too big a role to do part time.

So there I was with a massive decision to make.  It didn’t take me long to realise that I had to do this.  I mean, interviewing for junior positions and landing the top role doesn’t happen every day and there seemed to be some magic going on.  It just seemed like this was the thing I was suppose to do.

At first I thought maybe  could manage the project and run the Simple Blogging Network at the same time.  And for a time in the in the beginning it was manageable; but then as time went on, I just couldn’t keep up.  I was so exhausted when I got home and I had started to throw myself in to creating the best business support programme I could imagine with the support of my team.

Within a few months it had just become impossible and even though I wanted it to work, I had to let the Simple Blogging Network go; at least for the time being.  To say this was difficult would be a massive understatement.  Blogging had been one of the sole methods that had got me through the darkness and depression of not wanting to go to work everyday.

I felt guilty not being able to commit to blogging anymore and for leaving behind all the bloggers I had met over the past 5 years.

For the next 18 months I threw myself in to my new role.  We created amazing business events, we worked with Google, created a product that helped businesses with their online presence, our businesses advisors had 1 to 1s with over 400 businesses.  We created 55 digital marketing events.  We held a big social media show for over 300 delegates.  It was immense it was amazing and I loved every second.

Then came another project, this time supporting female business owners and start-ups.  It was a shorter project but this time we could use all the experience from the first project and make it better and more tailored.  Working with female entrepreneurs was special and if I could have bottled up the atmosphere at our launch and closing events I would.

And then In April of this year it was over.

Today I’m still working with businesses and entrepreneurs but I know now is the time to come back to my passion.

For the last few months, I’ve been spending time with my family and preparing myself for this next chapter.  The experience I have had was truly amazing.  Taking all the online business experience and working with businesses offline to help them to get on online.

And in a way, my own business was so online before – that I needed to immerse myself in offline brick and mortar businesses to see where I should be taking my own businesses next.

Now I’m ready to take The Simple Blogging Network to the next level.  Having supported almost 1000 businesses I feel now is the time to support my own.

And I’m ready.

I hope you’ll continue to follow my story and plese leave a comment below if you’ve ever found yourself in a similar situation that wasn’t exactly as you had planned.

To Your Simple Blogging Success,

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