Construction sign with text overlay: Under Construction: Changes Coming to Reclaiming HOPE

Under Construction: Changes Are Coming to Reclaiming HOPE

Have you ever had an Aha! moment and realized you were just spinning your wheels and working outside your area of strength? That happened to me recently, and I realized that I needed to make some changes around here.

When I started Reclaiming HOPE, I wanted to help others who are living with fibromyalgia avoid the hopelessness I experienced at one point. I really wanted to give encouragement and help people find ways to thrive.

What I’ve realized recently, though, is that I’m not providing what people with fibromyalgia are really looking for, and I’m not sure I’m the one to do it. That’s because in writing about fibromyalgia, I’m working outside of my strengths.

If you’ve been part of the Reclaiming HOPE family for very long, you probably know my real passion is wellness. Ever since my first personal training certification in 1994, while I was still in the Air Force, I’ve worked to help people realize that wellness – true wellness, not just being “in shape” – is accessible for everyone.

So…. all that to say that rather than just doing Wellness Wednesday here on Reclaiming HOPE, it’s going to be all wellness, all the time.

Of course, as I said above, my desire is to help EVERYONE who has a desire to improve their wellness do so. That means those of us who live with chronic pain conditions or illness and know we’ll never have perfect wellness, people who are getting older and just need to learn to work with our changed bodies, those who have just not been able to make wellness a priority for various reasons…. in short, wellness for people who may have given up on wellness.

I want to help people reclaim the hope that they can do things to improve their wellness, whatever their starting point.

I really hope this will change the blog for the better, and give you information you want and/or need. For my friends in the chronic illness community, I hope you’ll stay with me, even though Reclaiming HOPE won’t be specifically chronic illness anymore. As someone who lives with a chronic condition, I will always look at the wellness information I’m providing through that lens.

I’ll try to get on a schedule with posting soon. I’ll be addressing those issues you said you wanted to know more about in https://reclaiminghopewellness.com/2020/05/13/wellness-what-would-you-like-to-know-about-wellness/ as well as updating some of the posts on the 8 dimensions of wellness.

Please bear with me as I make the change, especially since some of the posts you’ll see over the next few weeks may be information you’ve already seen over the last couple of years.

I appreciate each of you so much, and I look forward to this new adventure with you!

As I make this shift to a wellness-focused blog, what would you like for me to keep in mind to make sure I serve you better? Please let me know!

Blessings,

~ Terri

46 comments

  1. Thank you for your commitment to continuous improvement- not only in wellness but growing your blog by being agile. Look forward to continuing to grow and learn with and from you!

  2. I’ve been trying to broaden the scope of InvisiblyMe over time, too. Not just for those with chronic illness or those with stomas etc, trying to have more posts that are applicable to more people whatever their ‘starting point’, as you so well put. I’m regretting the blog title now actually as I feel more boxed in, but I’ve changed the header to put ‘your struggles may be invisible’ rather than ‘illnesses’. I don’t know, some days I feel like trashing the lot and starting again but I have nowhere near the energy for that. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a clue what I’m doing or whether it’s helping anyone in the slightest. Your blog, on the other hand, ticks off so much; a personal touch, varied support, varied topics, applicable suggestions and tips. Making a few changes sounds exciting – don’t put too much pressure on yourself because your readers already love you and the content (yes, I’m speaking for everyone when I say that but I’m confident in my statement 😉). Looking forward to the slight change in direction as your blog continues to grow, Terri.
    Caz xx

    1. Thank you so much Caz! I know exactly what you mean about “trashing the lot” – I’ve been there many times. I think you do a brilliant job of covering things that people want to read about, and you give people a safe place to learn and express themselves. That in itself helps a lot, and on top of that, you have quality content. I can see how you might feel boxed in with your title, but I think changing your tag line really took care of that. We’re all struggling in some way, and most of the time, those struggles are invisible to the rest of the world….not to mention that we often feel invisible when we’re struggling. So – I don’t think the name is boxing you in at all with your new tag line. Thanks so much for your encouragement and kind words. You are such a blessing to me!

    2. I’ve not put in the time or energy on my blog that either of you have and I’ve had similar thoughts about my blog. As you have seen, I’ve also “walked away” and stopped writing for a bit. As a your reader I would like to say I love what you both write and you do a damn good job! As your friend, I want to say do what makes YOU happy and make sure that YOU are getting what YOU need out of your writing. I am so glad to have found you both!

      1. Likewise, I’m honestly so pleased to know both of you and owe huge gratitude to the blogging world for that.
        Grace – Did you get the comment I left on your last post? It didn’t stick (can’t remember when I wrote it, maybe two days ago..?) so I don’t know if it’s maybe gone to your spam folder. I try to write all comments on the notes app of my macbook now for occasions like this! I’ll see if I’ve still got it and copy/paste, or just comment again if you’ve not got it. Not like it was a thrilling, awe-inspiring comment though so you’re not missing out 😂 xx

      2. Ah but I am missing out. 🙁 please repost and I will look for it. I attempted to go through spam, but way to many (emptying that folder now)

      3. Awww, Grace, thank you so much! I love your blog – you make me feel like I’ve stopped by for a visit whenever I read your posts. I guess a lot of us just get kind of burned out after a while. I’m glad we all found each other too – I feel like you and Caz both are family at this point. Thanks so much for the encouragement sweet friend!

  3. Does sound like a change so much as an insight, a better understanding of what your true subject is. I look forward to seeing what you have to share!

    1. Sue, I’m so sorry for the delay in answering…. I just found your comment in my spam folder when I was doing some admin work. Thanks so much for your encouragement, I really appreciate it! Blessings to you!

  4. That’s awesome Terri! I look forward to reading your posts and will no doubt learn new things. I am always better from what you have to say.

  5. It is great for our mental & emotional health to focus on what we can adapt, from experienced & professional advice into our everyday routine, for an improved wellness outcome, even with chronic health conditions.
    So this is great news Terri & very exciting! 😀
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

    1. Jennifer, I’m so sorry for the delay in answering! Somehow your comment ended up in my spam folder. I just saw it today when I was in my admin. Thank you so much for your encouragement! Blessings to you sweet friend!

  6. Terri, good luck with this. I am really looking forward to reading your posts. The funny thing is that I started my blog with the same kind of intention – learning to live well, despite pain. But most of my posts are about living with pain! But I think it’s a progression. People need to understand the pain you live, then they’ll understand your new focus and will travel this new journey with you. (I certainly will). Good luck.

    1. Thank you so much Liz! You do a brilliant job with your blog, and I think you’re right; it’s a progression. I know when I started blogging, I could barely leave the house by myself for fear I’d get out somewhere and not be able to make it home. I wasn’t even thinking about my overall wellness at that point. Thank you for your encouragement, and thanks for staying with me for the journey!

  7. I actually cover some of these aspects and don’t blog purely or specifically about my illnesses either, though from time to time I do. Hope to see you around for sure and good luck!

  8. Terri, I’m delighted seeing you adapt and change! Your posts are always so positive, looking and what we can do, never bogged down in what we can’t do! I wish you much happiness as you push out the boundaries of your excellent, informative, encouraging blog!

  9. Terri, I am so very happy for you! What an exciting change. Blogging is an adventure in learning. How we start is rarely how we finish. 🙂 When we know our own personal why and love what we do or write about, everything changes! I believe you’re on the right path by making this switch. As a believer, I know & trust that Holy Spirit is guiding you every step of the way and has BIG plans for you, my friend.

    I look forward to all of your posts in the future. You’ve got an amazing blog here, chock full of quality content. Your writing is brilliant and I’m grateful to have ‘met you’ here in the blogosphere!

    I am praying for nothing but the best success in your future. I have no doubt that you will be surprised how well received the change will be. ♥

    1. Awww….thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement Holly! I prayed about this a lot before I decided for sure to make the switch. This really is where my heart is, so I hope it will be helpful for other people who are struggling with their wellness also. Sending love and hugs your way!

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