It has been a fabulous journey being apart of this Steem community for the last 4 years (I know technically it hasn't been four years yet until July but hey it's around the corner)! I can proudly say I am a veteran of this blockchain, being here since the beginning and going strong since then. I have dedicated the last 4 years contributing what I could and how I could doing my part in making people feel at home here. I have invited family and friends along the way to join in on the fun as well. I have made so many friends whom I contact outside of Steem and also people I barter for business with. I have ABSOLUTELY no regrets of being apart of this epic foundation because I have gained so much from it. It's because of my blogging on Steemit that I have a new found love of being a content creator. I learned how to blog being apart of this blockchain. I have become a better photographer, gained many valuable insights and resources as a homeschooling parent, learned how to lead a community and work with others in leading a community (NeedleWorkMonday, Steemitmamas and HomeEdders). It has been quite enriching for my life.
Before joining I was never involved with any other social media platforms other than Facebook. I had no idea that being apart of this would fulfill so many things for me. I am more confident in the things I can do because of you all. The love, feedback, appreciation, support and excitement that was shown to me in response to my content and leadership will travel for miles and miles beyond this point. I am truly grateful for all of these things gained while being here.
Even before all of the recent disappointing events had taken place, I was already struggling with knowing it was time for me to depart. Those of you who are familiar with me know that I have a large young family with children ages 1, 3, 6, 8 and 9. I have had several people ask me this question:
How in the world do you have time to blog?
My response was always
I make time because I love it so much!
It's true! I would literally work overtime to get everything done from school, cooking, washing and everything else in between so I could have time to Steem It (I wrote it that way on purpose lol)! Sometimes that involved me missing hours of sleep to get my next post in or waking up before my kids to make sure the curation posts were done. Many times I didn't have time to write my own posts because I cared more about building the communities I was involved with and making sure our
members were shown love and supported properly.
I have made the decision to leave the Steem community. This decision is what is best for my health and for my entire family. There is so much going on right now and me stretching myself too thin to do it all has taken it's toll. I'm just simply tired and need to better care for myself in order to take proper care of my family. This may not be bye forever but it surely is bye for now. It is bitter sweet because I am so sad to be leaving but at the same time it will bring relief and open up more time for me to take care of priorities.
To the @NeedleWorkMonday Community:
Thank you for joining me in sharing your creative work on Monday's and throughout the week. It has been a pleasure leading this community, creating challenges and finding ways to reward your hard work. I've had the privilege of watching your blogs grow and become better and better as you shared the process of your work with engaging photos. I wanted the NeedleWorkMonday community to be an appealing yet comfortable place where people can come to learn a new skill, get encouraged to pick back up an old skill and to engage with like-minded people. I believe this was accomplished seeing that we have become the go to community for all things needlework and many have stated they feel this is their home. Several Steemians have recommended and promoted this community, mostly those who do not even do needlework. That in itself speaks loud! We went from being unknown to having curators and curation groups visit us EVERY Monday. Some of our members went from getting a few cents to nice size payout amounts on their posts. We have people and groups like @canadian-coconut, @appreciator, @curangel, @trafalgar, @therising, @smartsteem, @therealwolf, @ocd, @ocdb, @blocktrades, @tarazkp, @azircon, @tombstone, @gtg, @schlees, @minnowbooster, @curie, @shaka, @pharesim, @redpalestino, @suonghuynh, @smartvote, @neoxian, @redes, @kevinwong, @raindrop, @mariusfebruary, @c-squared and many others that have offered their support to thank!
My time here was more fun and enjoyable being able to share with you all. Needlework is my number one favorite thing to do and having a special place to share it was incredible. I am leaving you in good hands with administrators @muscara, @marblely and @shanibeer. I will be staying in contact with them through discord for the time being making sure they have the tools and resources they need to move forward without me. If you haven't yet read and upvoted Giving Flowers - @shanibeer, @muscara and @marblely I ask you to please do so. These ladies have done so well in helping me manage the community and the entire post payout will be split evenly between them. I have no doubt they will together do an amazing job keeping this awesome needlework Community going strong! I will truly miss each and every one of you along with your amazing needlework skills ~ ❤️
To the @Steemitmamas Community:
I learned the most about crypto being apart of this mama community. I learned so much from @metzli, @khimgoh and @mumma-monza about investing. They hyped up my interest in becoming more in tune with it all. I will always appreciate the love and support I received from all of you lovely mamas. It was comforting being able to share our experiences, fears, victories and failures as moms and then come together to encourage one another. I could always vent and express my feelings here without feeling judged and ask questions without feeling ridiculous. Us mamas just get each other.
I really loved working with the leaders of this community and I hope you will continue to support, uplift and encourage one another, it is very much needed. Much love here ~ 💓
To the @HomeEdders Community:
My time with this community was so short lived because it's still fairly new. Although home educators have been posting for some time now this is the first we have all joined together in one community. We thank @minismallholding for that :) She decided to start this community so that we can share our experiences, tools, resources and to support each other. It's very encouraging reading about others who are like-minded and have gone through similar things. Thank you @minismallholding for allowing me to help moderate the discord channel and come alongside you as an administrator for a short time. I am sure this community will continue to grow and flourish and more home educators will be open to share on the topics you post. Thank you for all of your support and feedback on my homeschooling posts. I wish I had time to connect with more of you, maybe sometime in the future :)
To the @NaturalMedicine Community:
I didn’t have a leadership position in this community but couldn’t leave without saying a few words about it. Thank you @riverflows for your endless dedication to this group of people. You and your leaders work overtime building and improving how this community is ran and pushing to reward your members more.
I enjoyed my time writing natural medicine pieces and I am forever grateful for the support and love that was always offered me. This is truly an awesome community and it was a privilege being able to share amongst you. I am also grateful for the boatloads of health information I have learned and can apply to my own personal life and family. 💚
I'm not going to talk about my opinions on the recent events because you have already read plenty of those. However, I will say that these last weeks have been very emotional and heart breaking. I know it has been an emotional time for everyone but I just ask that you think before you speak/type. Slandering fellow community members because their opinions may differ from yours is not okay. Everyone has the right to express their opinion and in times like this people are just trying to reach out to vent and let their feelings ring free. The best thing to do is be gentle, patient and willing to listen because everyone is going through the same thing as a community. Cursing at someone will not bring change only more frustration and division.
I hope that in due time everything gets worked out and the community can get back to it's regular programming...blogging about the things they love. On the upside it was quite amazing seeing the community come together as one voice to save what we love. I am glad I was still around to witness such a gathering. It is true we are stronger in numbers and change is possible when we all work together. No one knows what the final end result will be but I hope if I am able to come back...there will be something amazing to come back to :)
Keep believing, keep achieving and keep supporting one another no matter what!
Well I will excuse myself to go and clean my face because it is a mess. Wow, didn’t imagine it would be this hard to say goodbye.
If you would like to keep in touch with me please DM me in Discord and we can go from there :)
I plan on making more beginner crochet tutorials on YouTube one day, you can Subscribe to my channel to keep in touch too ~