Behind the scenes of The No Fuss Vegan – I, Zach Spuckler, am in a little bit of turmoil.
It’s a bit hard to explain, but I’m going to give it my best shot:
Have you ever had something you really LOVED to do, like knitting, baking, scrapbooking, etc? Then one day someone said “you’re really good, you should sell those!?!”
You toil away trying to sell your idea, then in about 2-3 months time – you hit this point where your outlet, your escape, your joy in life feels lost.
That’s the point I hit with The No Fuss Vegan. 8 Months ago it started as a little project for the love of vegan food. But after a few months lots of things crept into the picture. Webinars, ebook sales, affiliates, conferences, business programs, and more.
Over the past 1-2 weeks I’ve felt so burnt out that I haven’t created any exciting dishes in my kitchen. I mean I’m not even cooking for myself much! I’m living on steam bag veggies, brown rice, and Chipolte (though I’m not sorry about that last one cause those Sofritas are the bomb!)
I spent the last week thinking that if I took a step back from my blog to reassess what I want to do, what expectations I had set for myself, and to determine what to do next I’d be letting down all you amazing readers who I sincerely consider friends. But I’m finally at a point where I have to appeal to you and ask with an open heart that you can try and understand where I’m coming from, mentally.
For a 21 year old college kid, I made a decent income from this blog (I’m not retiring my parents and owning an island, but maybe one day) – but I finally get what it means for “money to not matter.” The past week while “not blogging” I’ve still made ebook sales, gotten checks, etc – but it’s made me feel even worse.
If you’re reading this post – thank you. I’ve asked for so many favors over the past 8 months. I’ve asked you to share, and pin, and join me in my Facebook group – and you’ve willingly obliged me. It’s been humbling to see everyone with me – and that’s what made it so hard to finally posted this.
I’m going to be stepping back from The No Fuss Vegan for a short period to pursue other things. I’m thinking about 2-4 more works as of right now (if I figure out a more concrete timeline, I’ll come back and revise that sentence, I PROMISE!). The site will still be live and the ebooks, ecookbook, and everything else will still be available, but for now I’m giving myself permission to take a break!
I’m so thankful to have an amazing community and I hope you all understand how much thought and time has gone into this decision. Though we’re all foodies at heart so I break it down into a recipe for you too:
- 1 Master's Program
- 2 Exams Due This Week
- 1 Set of High Personal Expectations
- 1 New Dog in the House
- 1200+ Email Friends
- 2500+ Facebook Fans
- 2 eBooks for Sale
- 1 20-something in Crisis Mode
- Place all ingredients into one life and stir.
- Step back and watch s!@$ doesn't get real!
- When s#&! does get real - cut yourself some slack and take a break.
I love all of you – and I can’t wait to recharge, reenergize, and get back in the game.