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If you’ve made it here to this site, then you probably know that I am blogger. If you read my About Me page, then you have a general idea of my background. In this article, I would like to expand on those things and share with you my path to blogging.

Let’s talk about who I used to be and then tell you my journey to freedom in this life. I am positive that some part of my story will speak to you in some way wherever you are at in your very own journey.

Where I was Before Blogging

In the years prior to making the decision to work from home by blogging, I battled some major health issues that had taken me from being a busy mother and paramedic to being in bed all day on most days.

I was also battling a lot of chronic pain. I was dependent on opioids, like morphine and oxycodone which left me so out of it Woman in Bed Sickmost of the time that I wasn’t able to make dinner for my family or even pick up a little around the house.

It was a long way from being the active woman who balanced work, family, friends, personal interests, and raising four children, one of whom has special needs.

The slow spiral into worthlessness began with a diagnosis of Common Variable ImmunoDefficiency (CVID), followed by a career-ending shoulder injury, followed by a flare of Sarcoidosis (Sarc). From there the back problems developed and the frequent migraines I had suffered since childhood became Daily Chronic Migraine.

I managed to be awake at least when my son with special needs would come home from school. I was able, from my bed, to help him with homework and to keep an eye on him until my husband came home. I attended his IEP meetings, helping develop his goals, and was able to help get him to those goals. I thought I was “powering through the pain” and doing the best for my family. But I wasn’t.

Friends drifted away as over a period of ten years, I became the least reliable person I knew. I was a far cry from the woman who showed up at stranger’s locations to help in their time of need.

Exactly when I reached this point, and exactly how long I stayed there is a bit fuzzy to me. The days melded into weeks, which melded into months, and months into years.

I do remember waking up on day and being utterly disgusted with myself. I had come to the realization, that while I loved my family, I hated my life and myself.

How I Got Started

Coming to blogging from that point took about a year, and it came in several fits and starts. I started by thinking I would get a part-time job, though I wasn’t terribly qualified for any that I wanted. I expressed an interest in working for a florist, so my husband purchased an online flower arrangement course for me. I started taking Plexus supplements and a friend talked me into sell Plexus.

Woman Working at ComputerNeither of those things went anywhere, though I did try. I soon realized that I needed something else., but not before getting utterly depressed and heading back to bed for a while.

I had studied to be a pharmacy technician before I became a paramedic, so I thought about going back to that. I completed an online refresher for that and even studied forensic psychology for a while online. I soon realized that I couldn’t stand on my feet for very long. I concluded that I needed a legitimate way to work from home.

Back online I went! I knew there were legitimate ways to make money online, but I didn’t know where to start. I knew medical terms, but I didn’t know coding, so I couldn’t make money by doing medical coding from home. I knew medical transcription was an option, but I had forgotten as much about medical things as I had know (or so it seemed).

I have a neighbor who makes tons of money off her website, but I had no idea how to start, and since she started by learning computer coding, I felt discouraged a bit. I kept searching online and in some classifieds I was having emailed to me.

I did find an opportunity to “get in the door” of working online for “little” money up front. The thing is all that did Frustrationwas get me in the door! To make a step forward, I would need to dish out the dough. In fact, it got more and more expensive with each step I tried to take. I soon gave up on that method.

I knew I wasn’t very good at MLM. The only thing I had made money selling in my life was Tupperware back in the early 90s when I was a preschool teacher with good connections with people who were starting to accumulate those sorts of things (young mothers). I didn’t have many connections left any longer. So that was out.

But I saw my neighbor’s success and I knew it could be done. I just had to find the right place. Luckily, that happened to be the next opportunity I came across.

Then it All Changed

It came to me as an article online much like this one. It did not promise to make me rich quickly, which was one of the things I have learned to look for when trying to weed out the scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it is! As a matter of fact, it didn’t promise I would make any money at all.

What it promised was a chance to learn how to set up your own blogging site that I could learn to monetize, for FREE! I wasWealthy Affiliate Banner 1 a little bit suspicious, but I decide to give it a look.

What I found was full access to all the resources and training for 7 days. The more I read and the more I interacted with the members there, the more I could see myself doing this. I opted for the premium level right away! I had never come across any company that would give you an all access pass to “test drive” what they had to offer before making a commitment.

So who was it that gave me this wonderful opportunity, you ask?

The company is Wealthy Affiliate. It was started by two friends, Kyle and Carson, who are both still very active on the platform. They decided years ago to share their method of success with everyone.

Wealthy Affiliate started as a keyword research site and grew into a university for learning affiliate marketing and blogging that it is today – over two million active members and growing!

The best thing is that I could learn to do what my neighbor was doing without having to learn any computer code! That’s right, I didn’t need any special skills beyond basic computer skills which you already have if you found this article.

More Benefits Besides the Money

That was over a year ago and I have reaped so many benefits from blogging besides the money. Becoming more active caused me to be more proactive with my health issues. I started to have some frank conversations with my doctors about what I expected them to do for me. To my surprise, they listened!

Happy Woman on the BeachFour months after I started blogging, I came off the opioids! My first site had to do with migraine relief. I found several new ways to treat migraine headaches and I started to look at things I had dismissed earlier in life, like diet and sleep patterns.

The very act of getting up and out of bed in itself decreased the number of headaches I had. I did physical therapy as a bridge to becoming more active for my back issues. My doctor even started using different treatment options for these issues.

Nine months after I started this I started a Thyroid Diet to try to lose some of the weight I had packed on. I have lost 48 pounds with the diet.

This past year, I coached my son’s Special Olympics track team and made all his meets. I made all of his basketball games except for the first two because I had the flu. I even made most of his baseball games this past year.

My outlook on life changed and I was able to take some serious family issue head-on and get them under control. My confidence definitely increased! And I have made some pretty good friends along the way.

In fact, one of the things I like the most about Wealthy Affiliate is the community there. Everyone is so helpful. If you ever have a question, day or night, you can get an answer because there are members from all around the world who understand and can help you with that. There are even a lot of members there who are willing to mentor you for free!

For the first time in years, I did not have to sit out of any of the activities on our family vacations. No being stuck in the hotel (or in this year’s case the house we were using) knowing that my family was out having fun without me.

In other words, I have my life back and it is awesome!

Let’s Take a Closer Look at What Wealthy Affiliate Offers

Wealthy Affiliate is your one-stop site for everything you need to become successful in an online business. Partnered with Jaaxy, Wealthy Affiliate is a training platform, website hosting and support platform, a content creation platform, and a community of others who have been wherever you are.Wealthy Affiliate Can Change Your Life

The Certification Course is your first step to learning how to set up your website and blog. There is even training on content creation and social media marketing. You need to have a niche first, though

A niche is the subject matter you choose to write about. You can choose any niche you want, but remember that you need to choose something you enjoy and will like to write about for a long time. The training walks you through finding a niche and how to go from there.

In fact, the training walks you through setting up your website, step by step and then it builds as it teaches you the things you need to know to be successful.

There are only two levels of membership at Wealthy Affiliate – Basic and Premium. Let’s look at what you can get with these levels.

Comparison of Wealthy Affiliate Membership levels

You get full Premium level access for the first 7 days. If you go premium during the first 7 days, you get a 59% discount on your first month ($19.00 first month/ $49.00 every month thereafter). Or you can choose to go yearly and save $205.00 /year (36% discount off monthly membership), that’s just $0.98/day!.

Sounds good, right? It is! There is no guarantee that you will be successful. In fact, they are very clear that your success is fully up to you and how much you can work.

That doesn’t mean you have to work at it full time. There are many, many people on the platform who can only work it on the side in addition to a full time job. As with anything worth having, it will take work on your part.

So what are you waiting for? There is no credit card or banking information needed to get started. That’s only needed when you decide to go Premium. The best part? If you start out monthly, you can stop if any time you feel it isn’t for you.

Join me on this journey! I’ll be waiting for you inside!

Get Started at Wealthy Affiliate Here


I would love for you to leave me your thoughts, feelings and experiences about this article. You can leave them in the comments section below. If you would rather keep your thoughts and feeling more private, you can use my Contact Me page to get in tough. Let’s continue the conversation!

10 thoughts on “My Unexpected Journey Online

  1. Hi Anita: Great article and an inspirational story for others facing challenges. Your very to the point style is good for its simplicity and direct route to the answer that people are looking for – Wealthy Affiliate. The benefits there are many and solve all the problems with other sites on the market. I know, because I built my website with Wealthy Affiliate and am now building traffic and developing plans to monetize my efforts.

    Keep up the good work. You have a mission to share.

    Many Blessings. Ted

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Ted! I am glad that you found the story inspirational and to the point. It’s nice to hear that I achieved one of my objectives with this post. I’m glad that you are doing well with your website and I wish you much luck now and in the future.



  2. Oh my, Anita, what a wonderful story. I am happy to hear that you ‘pulled yourself together’ for you and then you were also more ‘you’ for your family. It is such a blessing to be able to share your story with others. This is so motivating and I am sure that it will minister to some in a similar situation. I wish you continued success in all you do and the gift of great health as well.

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! I hope that my story will minister to others who find themselves in similar situations as well. It is nice to know that you are not alone when your health turns against you. I have met many people at Wealthy Affiliate who turned to bogging because their health makes things so that they are limited to working from the comforts at home. They serve as an inspiration to me.



  3. Hello Anita,
    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I think it speaks to so many people who were doing great in their lives and then are suddenly hit by illness or a chronic pain condition that changes everything. It’s really hard to accept the fact that things can’t go back to what they used to be. It become easy to lose hope and become depressed. Your post is an elegant lesson in how one, even in the midst of pain and doubt, can refocus and find renewed passion and reason for going on and finding success. Very nice job. I congratulate you for what you have already accomplished.


    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words, Thabo! I know that you are quite familiar with this kind of situation. It is something that people think, :That will never happen to me.” but later find themselves in the thick of things. Depression and self-loathing certainly are familiar themes. They can be overcome, however,, and I am hoping that my story can help those who are feeling this way.



  4. Hi Anita, and thanks for sharing your story!
    I’m so sorry for what you went through but so happy you’ve turned your life around and are now seeing success, both for you and your family.
    I’m sure many of your readers will be able to identify with you. There’s nothing more encouraging than realizing there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
    Your honesty is so refreshing, and I thank you for that.
    As a member of Wealthy Affiliate myself, I can honestly say it’s a wonderful platform to be part of. And like you, I’ve made many new friends and mentors…you being one of them!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Suzanne! There is always light at the end of any tunnel. Sometimes we have to look very hard to find it, and sometimes even have to just believe it is there. I am hoping that my article will inspire that in someone in similar circumstances. I am so glad that you found the article honest and refreshing! Thanks for stopping by!



  5. Oh Anita!
    Wow thanks for sharing your amazing story.I know it will help so many others.I am so grateful you are here.
    Great review about WA too.
    You so do matter.Big hugs for your courage and heart.
    In peace and gratitude

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Ariel! Hugs to you as well! I’m glad that you liked the review. I hope it will resonate with others who may be in the same situation I was in. Thanks for stopping by!



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