Happy Mother’s Day!

My posts are infrequent right now, due to the business of life. I am currently taking classes, and doing important work for the rescue I volunteer for, and I need to complete my homeschool daughter’s High School transcript this Summer. All of these are time-consuming and don’t leave much time for blogging. Plus, I am working extra hours at my nursing job to compensate for high gas and food prices eating away at our savings. So, for the next few months posts here may be sporadic, though I will try to update old posts when time permits. I also am going to be taking the updated Kidney Coach classes soon, I hope.

On this Mother’s Day, I would like you to consider a few things. I have two children, both will be adults as of tomorrow. I am almost 53 years old and have completed Menopause. My whole life I have not had to worry about my reproductive rights being infringed upon, and while I have passed the reproductive stage of my life, my daughter has not. If you are my age, then you too lived your whole reproductive life without having your rights infringed upon. You were able to decide what choices were right for you. Think about that. Whether you are pro-life, or pro-choice, you had a choice to choose which one. That choice may soon be taken away from our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc.

Something else to consider. I can no longer have children, my biological clock has stopped. However, a few years ago, I could have still had children. I have Kidney Disease and had this potential decision been made a few years ago I may have had to carry a child to term should I have gotten pregnant, which would have been extremely dangerous for me both because of age, and kidney disease, yet in Florida, the new law passed may have forced me to do just that as there is no longer an exception for the health of the mother. There is also no exception for rape or incest. Think about that as you approach Menopause and having a child is possibly the last thing on your mind, even if you are married or in a committed relationship.

I love my children with all of my heart and being a mom has been the greatest gift I was given. But, that doesn’t mean I think women should have their reproductive, and health choices decided for them by politicians.

Happy Mother’s Day! Remember to make your mom feel special today. Being a mom is hard work and a lifetime of work.

change is good, and change is coming!

Hello, and happy Memorial Day weekend! I would like to take a moment and thank all of those who serve and protect this great country. I have to work tomorrow so we don’t have any great plans. We had a small family cookout yesterday, and some pool fun today. I was actually able to safely get in the pool now that my shoulder is getting stronger again. Hooray!

So, what about all this talk of change? I am a true believer in self reflection, observing, learning, and then changing if needed. I have had the domain name healthbuddymelissa.coach for a year now. I do not really see any benefit at all to having it. So, change #1 I am probably going to let that expire and this blog will go back to being called healthbuddymelissa.wordpress.com I am good with that. I am keeping the blog name Health Buddy Melissa.

Possible change #2- letting go of my paid gmail account. I have not yet decided on this and I am actually leaning towards keeping it. It is secure and perfect for business purposes.

Change #3- Do I want to keep the premium paid option of WordPress, or just go back to the free version? The only two benefits to the paid version that I have is paid ads, which honestly I have only made a fraction of what I paid for the upgrade, and that I can add a Paypal button. I really don’t need to have that option either, as it is required to have a meet and greet before purchasing anything from me anyways. The only thing I can not find a definite answer to is whether I can still add my mailchimp newsletter signup on the free version, which of course I want. I am just not sure it is worth 96 dollars.

Change #4- I will be moving away from the Health Coaching part of this blog. This means the 30 day coaching plan will become inactive. My available plans page will be revamped and updated. While I still have my Health Coaching certificate it really is not serving me all that well. The market is saturated with Health Coaches as it is. I will be moving more towards my Wellness Certificates in Reiki, Guided Imagery, Herbs, and Essential Oils. I will be creating new graphics and plans all during the month of June. I will also be continuing with my monthly Wellness Challenges, and creating new paid content with updated paid content as well. These are Meals with Melissa, Lose Weight with Melissa, and Crafting with Melissa. These will all be revamped. You will see a newly updated disclaimer as well.

Change #5- Some new topics to target. Since I am still targeting the Middle Ages, 40-65, retirement, brain health, safety, mobility, diet, exercise, making money and relationships will be some of my targeted topics. You can’t be well if you can’t find a job. I will also be doing affiliate links, and possible paid reviews. I used to do these years ago on my Homeschool blog, which I really should get back to. Now that I will have a Senior next year, and then that is it, I can target Homeschool Consulting as a way to share my knowledge. I will only do affiliate links for products I would use myself, and honest reviews of any item I would review. If you would like to join the affiliate link website I joined, click here.

I probably will change the color scheme and logo as well. You will start to see these changes rolling out on June 1. I still have time to decide on the upgrades.

For the month of June I will be doing three different weeks of targeted topics.

June 1-7 will be Hurricane Preparedness. I will be expanding on the one post I did on this topic last year. It will cover a lot of things we did not think of until we actually had to evacuate for one.

June 8-21 This will be my two week Zero Point Food Challenge. You may have seen some people do these and it is based on a zero point food list from Weight Watchers. There will be a small catch, so be sure and follow along. I will share what I eat everyday. You do not have to be a member of my mailing list to see how I do. I will post right here on the blog.

June 22-30 This will be all about Brain Health.

So, June is going to be a very busy month with a lot going on here on the blog.

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