In the four years I've been writing here at Fat and Not Afraid, I've had a lot to say about a lot of different things. From speaking freely and openly about my abortion, to LGBTQI and women's rights, frankly discussing the changes my body has been through before, during and after two pregancies and my feelings about those changes, parenting choices and practises, four moves over two of those years, and all the obesity and fat related news I could stomach (no pun intended), I've always knew this day would come. If I'm honest with myself and with you, I've run out of stuff to say.
There's only so many times I can rehash the same bullroar obesity panic related news story or press release full of garbage science, pull my hair out and mentally flip my computer over after reading about another parent or school or doctor putting a six year old on a diet, and while I'm plugging away at gathering sources and research and thoughts about the supposed childhood obesity epidemic for my book, I feel like I've mentally and emotionally hit a wall. Instead of not writing anymore, however, I've decided to instead expand what I write about.
Fat and Not Afraid is undergoing a metamorphosis; the next few weeks the site is going to be under construction while I reorganize and branch out into a few new pages. The plan so far is to add pages or sections to the site, with the main page being more of a landing area that leads to posts of various kinds in their right spots; family/parenting, wellbeing/fitness, fat and body acceptance, and geekery. Also, I'm going to be looking into selling ad space-I need income and the fish aren't biting my resume right now so a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do. You may notice more sponsored posts as well, but all will be fully marked because I Blog With Integrity, and nothing will be weight-loss related. (I get a lot of that right now that I turn down.)
After everything I've read and researched and written in the last four years, what I posted the very first day I was here still holds truth for me: "You can be fat and healthy. You are fine the way you are. You don't owe anyone anything when it comes to how you look. Your body is yours to take care of, or not, as you wish." It was empowering. It was a revelation in the truest sense. It has changed my life, it has changed ME and I have absolutely no desire to go back to my former self..." While I go through this transition, adding topics that are near and dear to my heart and moving things around, I send my thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you who has stuck with me for this long and keeps coming back week after week. If I didn't know you were out there I would've stopped a long time ago. Thanks, and stay tuned!