If you didn’t already know, my name is Leah Harris, and I am a healthy living blogger. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, soon to be mother. A friend, a co-worker, to a bunch of other people who are passionate about health and wellness. I run the natural living blog, a Natural Endeavor. So why did I star a natural living blog, and how is it totally a real job?
Today I am writing a post that isn’t like most of the blog posts on my website.
This post is not to suggest that I am going to start blogging about blogging. A Natural Endeavor is not just about that. I usually write about topics that are health related, and that are targeted mainly to helping others live a healthy life, but this one is about my journey and how I got to be a natural living blogger. This article is about Leah Harris.
Finding a Passion, that makes money too.
There were a lot of things that added up to my decision of becoming a blogger, including but not limited to the fact that I was VERY unhappy at my night shift desk job. The other main factor to my decision was the fact that my passion in life is to help people.
I so wanted to do something that I was passionate about.
Something rewarding. Something that didn’t leave me in tears multiple times over the course of a week, because I was so tired.
My passion for natural wellness started right not too long before I started college, and as most college kids, I changed my major over and over and over. But one thing always stuck… Herbal Medicine.
In college, I met my wonderful husband, Ashton.
He and I have the best life, because we have such a loving, trusting relationship, rooted in friendship and our love for God. When our journey toward marriage started, we had to make some decisions financially, which meant getting jobs that paid well.
Started my desk job shortly after, and I quickly learned it was not the place for me. I knew that eventually, after our wedding was paid for, I would find a job or career that I could be proud of.
What is a blogger? And what do they really do?
I searched online for hours and hours of breaks at work and weekends off for something, anything that could get me where I wanted to be. One day, in the break room at work, I scrolled past an article on Pinterest. It was titled, How to quit your job and become a full time blogger.
Obviously I immediately clicked on the article.
The woman who wrote it went on to talk about how she was in the same type of situation as me. Young, at a job that wasn’t going anywhere, and lots of bills to pay.
She founded her own blog, figured out all the hacks and tricks, and Pinterest marketing, and email sign ups, and she did it. She quit her job, and now works from wherever she wants to.
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My mentality is and always has been, “If there is one person in this world who can do it, so can I.”
In July of this year, I quit my office job. Without knowing if I would be employed the next month, or the next. Ashton and I prayed about it, and I applied to a lot of Natural health and wellness jobs and finally, in August I got a call back.
Why Natural Living?
Natural living has always been my passion.
My first job was in a health-food store, I started college wanting to get a holistic medicine degree, and I currently work at a Natural wellness store (which gives me lots of inspiration for a Natural Endeavor). I have always loved gardening, have experience growing and drying my own herbs and making candles and salves.
Ashton and I do our best to lead health oriented lives, and make what we can when it comes to healthy eating. Someday, I would love to open our own apothecary shop, but we will see what the future has in store for us.
For right now, getting to write about holistic living is a good start.
Doing something I love
Recently, this HAS become my second job. I have started making some money from blogging, and in the next few months I will start to publish some income reports to show you guys how possible it really is to live your dream.
Don’t get me wrong, it is hard work. But it is so worth it.
The end idea here, is that I love being a blogger. Helping people, getting to know other’s and what they need, and learning what is going on in their lives make’s the rough days worth it.
Finding something that you love doing, will ultimately be worth the months of not getting paid and figuring out your best strategies. Anything that is worth something, takes work.
Blogging is a rough gig. It is A LOT of work, and it’s not easy. But it gives me a creative outlet, a community, and a job that I can be proud of.
I am so glad that I took this jump, and finally started something I love.
Thank you guys for all your love and support, without you we couldn’t do what we do.
Thanks for reading, and as always, have an awesome and healthy day!
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