My new blog platform will benefit you while it stresses me out!

Hi, Girlfriends and Guy friends.

What is your biggest frustration right now?

Is it your partner’s incessant clutter?

Or that wiry hair sticking out of your nose?

Perhaps it’s being locked out of your Verizon account (again!)?

My biggest stressor right now is staring you in the face.

It’s my new blog platform.  Yeah, it’s pretty (yay), but I’m still slogging through the Word Press Swamp of Stress.

picture of swamp

Anxiety attack  

If anyone tells you writing a blog is easy, they are lying and you should unfriend them- like immediately.

For the past seven weeks, I have been attempting to transition my blog from WIX to Word Press.

I had no idea that coding, plug-in’s, CSS, tag attributes, anchor text, CMS, HTML, RSS, were now going to be my new vocab.  Yikes.

Drying my sweaty palms

Luckily, my blogging friend, Liz of The Virtual Campground, directed me to a special person. Her name is Teresa Rosche Ott a.k.a. Word Press Guru of a Fearless Venture. Teresa focused me on tasks to successfully learn about Word Press coding.  Hooray for Teresa and thanks to Liz for pointing me in her direction!

And special kudos to my meet-up friend M. Nakazato-LaFreniere who walked me through coding craziness at a coffee shop- all the while managing three blogs Cactus Dreams.

Insert real life

While hiking up this learning curve a bunch of real-life stuff happened.  For instance:

  • Detouring from our final travel to install Battle Born Lithium Batteries. (Not cheap!)
  • Dry camping almost two weeks on the parking lot of said repair shop (in a slightly sleazy area of town.)
  • Addressing (and resolving) a year-long mold/mildew issue in the coach.
  • Sneaking in a one-week trip to Philadelphia to visit the sons and daughter-in-law.
  • Finding out that an acquaintance here at The Voyager had suddenly passed away.

Add it together

These weeks of transition and anxiety- segue ways into the new focus for my blog writing which is:

How to help you manage your stress and relationships on and off the road.

Yup.

I will continue to share my real-life-often-humorous-sometimes-stress-filled-RV-travel-stories.

But now I’ll be balancing each post with tips to help you deal with the crap that life and relationships throw your way.

I love this stuff!

My background in the healthcare field and life-coaching makes this relationship blog re-focus a no-brainer.  Plus, it’s what many of you have responded to.

Relationship or Relationshit?

  • Each week I’ll provide links to articles to help you and me de-stress and improve our relationships.
  • I’m also excited to share some guest bloggers insights as we work through our sh*%.

Here’s your first Relationship Helper.  I designed it for your friend who is facing the holiday season alone after a breakup or loss.

Follow the steps I list and I guarantee you will get a hug.  Or another beer.

Click on me for your first freebie!

Please let me know who you hugged and drank beer with. It will help us all be brave to help others!

Plus, it will help me get better at this blogging thing.

Wishing you all a less-stress holiday and Merry Christmas from your Unlikely RVer,

Gretty

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Halloween Hi’s and Two Unlikely Things

Hi, Girlfriends and Guy friends,

Happy Halloweening to all of you – wherever you are!

John and I are currently parked in Apache Junction, Arizona, at Weaver’ Needle RV park.  Our friends from Wisconsin, Kate and Tom Ebert, are the park managers here year-round, so it is great to have a few evenings to catch up with them.

Since this is a 55 and older RV park, I doubt we’ll be experiencing any door-to-door trick or treaters.  Instead, I’m making a couple slabs of baby back ribs in the Insta-Pot for our last evening with Kate and Tom.

Oh, there might be some chocolate as well…

Two Unlikely things

This is going to be a really short post.  I’ve been super busy traveling  2500 miles in four weeks, attending several events, and meeting up with numerous friends and family.  There hardly has been time to write!  But I do want to share a couple of things.  A couple of Unlikely things that have happened this past week.

First of all John and I snuck away for an Unlikely backpacking trip up into the Superstition Mountains two days ago. 

It. Was. Beyond. Awesome.

I will be dedicating an entire post to that outing in the near future.  Stay tuned.

Secondly, I have been contemplating the Unlikely nature of what my blog has turned into and what it continues to evolve into.

Writing is Weird

So, I’ll sit down at the keyboard write an outline for a blog post fully expecting it to end up a certain way and then it usually doesn’t.  The thoughts in my brain end up morphing into words I never expected as they slink their way down my arms out through my fingers.

It’s a mystery- and I usually enjoy what pops out.  Which leads me back to that second Unlikely “thing” from this week.

I’ve decided to switch my blog to a different platform.  Yup.  I’m really enjoying the writing experience but seem to be running into technical roadblocks that I won’t bore you with today.

Who doesn’t experience stress?

Secondly, I plan to focus my blog on what I’m passionate about.  That is, RV’s, Relationships, and managing the stress that life throws at us. I am super excited to share helpful information for ya’ll!

There may be some hiccups in this blog transition time.  That’s the truth.  It’s like learning a new language as I transition from my WIX platform to Word Press!  Yeesh.

Anytime you attempt to move content from one platform to another there’s bound to be some scary stuff that pops up. Kind of like those goblins that will show up at your door tonight.  I am grateful to have Teresa Rosche Ott of A Fearless Venture by my side to walk me through the process!

Well.  That’s it.  I gotta head back to cut up some honeydew finish the laundry, dump the tanks, etc.

How are you spending your Halloween?  What is your favorite Halloween joke?

Let me know if the comments below.  And if you haven’t signed up for my blog, please join me here! 

Be safe out there tonight!

Your Unlikely RVer,

Gretty