• Update: The past 12 months – Where have I been?

    If you’re reading this, thank you. I don’t know if I need to explain but I feel like I have to.

    I’ve not been around for around 12 months, away from the blog, YouTube, Social media and I feel quite liberated having given myself a break.

    I have had Leah XL as a blog (in various guises) since 2010 and have enjoyed the process of either reviewing something and giving my opinion or sharing how I feel to people who enjoy what I have to say.

    update 1

    You may have noticed that I have been on hiatus and I wanted to update you on what’s been happening.

    October 2017

    • I started a new job. A job that I have done before but in a different sector and an hour away from home. The job is high pressured (which I really enjoy) and is deadline driven. I needed to focus my energy in this job to get to know the business and get settled in.
    • Claire, my wife, had a serious change in her health. One morning she woke up and fell to the floor. She was signed off for two months and the final diagnosis was prolapsed discs in her back, one of which is pushing on to the sciatic nerve causing not only pain but debilitating numbness.
    • Rupert (our dog) diagnosed with early stage kidney failure (don’t worry – it’s controlled very well by diet and he will live forever)

    December 2018

    • A very busy time at work, many late nights and time away from home

    March 2018

    • Due to the health issues Claire changes jobs from an industry she has been in since leaving university. An easier job but with less money

    April 2018

    • Claire and I start an online retail business to help subsidise the gap in earnings.

    May 2018

    • My mum, who is on dialysis because of Kidney failure, has been taken off the donor list due to some other issues. Lots of worry and stress

    July 2018

    • Mum given diagnosis that heart isn’t working well and will need an operation

    August 2018

    • No operation date yet, many delays in the pre-op prepping and procedures.
    • Claire and I decide to join Weight Watchers to help with taking the pressure off her back.

    And here we are in September.

    These aren’t excuses but I am in a good place (although there is still stuff happening with mum) but I needed the break. Not only from my blog but also from social media and YouTube.

    I thought I could maybe turn my blog in to a full time business but I actually think there is warrant in me doing this as a release, as a hobby, as a place for me to take to when I need to. Mainly as I already work in a high pressured environment, why make my blog somewhere high pressure too?

    I also fell out of love with Makeup. I have sold so much and decluttered it out of my life (don’t get me wrong there is still so much) but I needed to reevaluate the balance of buying makeup that wasn’t being used for review purposes and saving money as a family. Of course my family comes first.

    So what’s next?

    LeahXL Blog:

    I am coming back. I am coming back with a blog that is more personal. Less review focused and is thoughtful and eclectic.

    I want to talk about married life, owning a gorgeous pup, making lifestyle changes, health in general, family, work and all the things inbetween.

    Leah XL Youtube:

    This is being shut down. I know, I know. It’s got a good following but it’s no longer who I am. Fear not though – I still do some live videos on a new channel to do with Ebay (not massively regular but some times) so if you want to find it and learn more about our business then please check it out here.

    Social Media:

    • Instagram – I have changed this back to a personal account. I don’t need it to be business and I am just not great at a stylised, perfectly lit feed. I can’t do it. It’s not natural to me. Instead it will be filled with fun things and life.
    • Twitter – Used for interactions but not as frequently as I used to and not promoting every single post constantly. I want it to be organic not mechanic.
    • Facebook – I know it seems outdated but I still use facebook and I will continue to post my posts to there. It’s a great place that people still use so I will carry on.
    • Snapchat – Not happening – It just drains my battery. I just can’t. (ANYONE ELSE?)
    • Others – Any others that have surpassed my 37 year old brain will just fall in to the metaphoric Social Media bin.

    I see this post as a new start. A turning point in my life and there will definitely be some changes happening (good and bad) during the course of my time writing.

    If you have any questions please comment below. If you want to know more and want me to do future posts about general life updates then again, comment below.

    My email, twitter inbox and facebook messenger is always open so please get in touch if you want to chat.

    Leah

     

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    23 Comments

    1. September 14, 2018 / 5:49 pm

      Hi 🙂 I will admit I have missed your posts. I hope really hope your mom is ok, and I hope Claire is ok with her back. If it helps I don’t do Snapchat either lol. Glad to see you back xxx

      • admin
        Author
        September 14, 2018 / 10:08 pm

        I know right?!? Why is Snapchat a thing?

    2. September 14, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      I’ve missed your posts and videos but bloody hell you’ve had a year and a half haven’t you? It’ll be lovely to see you back posting – it’s definitely nice to have it as a release outside of a stressful job

      • admin
        Author
        September 14, 2018 / 10:07 pm

        Thank you. It’s so nice to see that people understand you… even after 12 months away. X

    3. September 14, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      What a 12 months you’ve had. Hope your mum and Claire are doing better. It’s a shame that you won’t be on YouTube anymore as I really enjoyed your channel, but I think it’s lovely that you have come back to social media in a way that’s good for you!! X

      • admin
        Author
        September 14, 2018 / 10:07 pm

        Thank you. It may not be for good… and I still am doing my other odd videos over on the other channel occasionally.
        I’m just quite comfortable with the freedom to write at the moment. X

    4. Debra Hillyard
      September 14, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      I’m sorry to hear that you and Claire have had such a rough time. I’ll miss the YouTube channel as I really learned a lot from you. Good luck with whatever you do xx

      • admin
        Author
        September 15, 2018 / 5:38 am

        Thank you. I think there comes a time when you have to take a step back and evaluate what you’re doing. X

    5. September 15, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Lovely to see you pop up in my feed. Look forward to reading your blog post x

    6. September 15, 2018 / 8:54 am

      I’m sorry to hear about your mum and your wife’s health. I think though, that there are many of us reading this who are thinking “I wish I was brave enough to take a step back too” – just to kind of recalibrate who you are as a person. Blogging can be so all consuming with often very little payback x

      • admin
        Author
        September 17, 2018 / 7:43 am

        Thank you – it definitely felt liberating to do it. I knew too that any readership would be there whether I have 3 months or 3 years off. We essentially buy in to people, not blog posts.

    7. September 18, 2018 / 10:34 pm

      I think sometimes it is good to take a step back and think about things. I hope everything goes OK with your Mum and can’t wait to see what the new LeahXL has to offer!

      • admin
        Author
        September 19, 2018 / 9:58 am

        Thank you Sarah, I am excited too 🙂

    8. September 18, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Wopw sounds like you have been through the mill with your wife Claire and mum’s health. Congrats on the new job too. Keep your chin up x

      • admin
        Author
        September 19, 2018 / 9:59 am

        Thanks – it’s been a rollercoaster but it’s a test of character isn’t it… staying positive 🙂

    9. September 19, 2018 / 4:10 pm

      Sorry to hear your Mum has been poorly, I hope she gets the help she needs. Welcome back to the wonderful world of blogging

    10. September 19, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      So sorry to hear about your Mum, it must have been difficult for you all. It’s great to see you back in the blogging world.

    11. September 20, 2018 / 11:10 am

      Good to see you back. Sorry to hear about your mum and Claire’s health. I hope everything will get better.

    12. September 20, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Hey, it’s so good to have you back 🙂 I’m sorry to hear that the last year hasn’t been the best, but hopefully things will get better from here. Sending big, virtual hugs.

      Louise x

    13. September 20, 2018 / 8:01 pm

      I hope everythings ok! You’ve been through so much, but you’re doing a great job. Well done 🙂 x

    14. September 21, 2018 / 12:18 pm

      Good to hear from you! You’ve had a lot to cope with over the past few months. I hope that your wife and your mum are ok. I’m looking forward to reading your new blog posts.

    15. September 22, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Ah welcome back and it sounds like this is exactly what you need, to make it in to something you can enjoy again.

    16. Rachel
      September 23, 2018 / 3:41 pm

      Great to see you back on the blog! Sending you best wishes! xo

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