I knew 2019 was going to be such a transitional year for me, but I didn’t think things would happen so soon. As you know, the changes in my body and appearance post-partum were hard a challenge to overcome but slowly, I’m starting to feel better about my self again.
Three months after giving birth, I started doing light exercises and I dieted a bit. I was not making a full effort when I worked out because 1) stitches and 2) zero core power. I’ve never felt so out of shape, my balance is terrible and my abdominal muscles are mush!
It was disheartening, but I soldiered on thinking that at least I am doing something about it. I started going to the gym twice per week, which isn’t often enough, but it will do for now considering how busy I get these days.
Almost five months into it, I decided to do something about the things that were bothering me, starting with the skin tags. Guys, I’m posting a totally disgusting image so you can see how severe the problem was:
I had skin tags all over my neck, tiny ones that look like small moles or skin discolorations. The aesthetician patted topical anesthesia all over the skin tags and the growths were zapped minutes later. The whole procedure does not hurt at all and the skin tags were gone immediately.
Also, I was wearing my hair in a ponytail during and after the pregnancy because the shit ton of hormones somehow restored the kind of hair that I had when I was a tween. Like, salay ng ibon levels. And let’s not beat around the bush, I was still fat months after giving birth:
I needed to have my hair straightened at the salon, but I was putting it off because I knew that the process would take 3 hours. Well, I was wrong, it took 4.5 hours to straight my unmanageable hair. And yes, I had to take a picture because my pregnancy skin tags were gone, I lost 5 pounds, my hair is silky straight, and I felt like my old self again.
My online store has launched on Instagram and Facebook 3 months ago and I got a real taste of what it will be like if I continue pursuing my new venture. It was one hella busy first few weeks.
I find it incredible that we now live at a time when anyone could become a business owner. It’s crazy! I just set up a business a few weeks ago and already, I was filling orders a few days later. Isn’t that something?
The goal was to offer something a little different from what’s out there on the market. The whole experience was full of lessons but I still have a lot to learn.
I will say, however, that the new venture is making me a little anxious. It’s normal, methinks, pouring a lot of money into something with no guarantee if you’ll be able to recoup your capital. But I think that’s essentially what building a business is all about, it’s a gamble and it’s something that I have to remind myself.
I’m fully committed to growing this business as organically as possible. I am pretty hands-on with this new venture because my goal is to turn this into my main moneymaking and eventually build a physical shop with customization options. Of course, that remains a pipe dream. For now, I am using my writing and marketing skills to the fullest. I’m still trying to gather a larger following, which is kinda harder than it looks.
So yes, between my work as a writer and managing an online store, I have my hands full. I’m also taking care of a baby, which is definitely challenging. But I wouldn’t have it any other way!
There is a silver lining to losing long-time clients, I was able to find new ways of earning a living while indulging in one of my passions. It’s been an amazing journey so far and it’s one that needs my constant attention, which is why I haven’t updated my blog in a while!