I thought it might be helpful to give you a little background to Balance Through Simplicity and what to expect when you visit here.
If you don’t know much about me, then hop over here to read my story. I created this website at the start of 2018 to share my experiences of simplifying life. The benefits I experienced were huge and I wanted others to feel the benefits too.
I have a ‘day job’ working with my husband, running our family business, but Balance Through Simplicity is my self-supported special space where I share what I’ve learnt over the years and continue to share what I’m still learning!
You won’t find any adverts on my site. I understand they generate an important income for many bloggers when a user clicks on an advert but from a user experience, I find them annoying and not in the ethos of what my site about simplicity and freeing ourselves from clutter is all about. If I can possibly manage to sustain my site without ads, then I’d rather do that, for both you and I.
No, for the same reason, I don’t do sponsored posts or reviews. Again, this is an integral source of income for many bloggers and I’m not against it at all. However, it’s a personal choice not to fill this site with recommendations for products that I don’t feel passionate enough about in my own life.
I’m an Amazon Affiliate and recommend books (and maybe a post about toys) but beyond that, the products you choose to use in your own home are totally your choice.
The same is true of links and guest posts. I have these on my site only if I feel they contribute meaningfully. I like to remain true to why I started my website and hope that over time you build up trust and loyalty with me, like an old friend!
My website is not hugely profitable in business terms. It’s my passion project, creative outlet and a space where I offer tips I’ve learnt in my own simplifying journey. The courses and resources I charge for are mostly to cover the costs of running the website (which soon mount up).
Although it means I sometimes have to cover a small shortfall myself, I’d rather do this because it means I can write from the heart. In turn, I think this makes for more heartfelt content from me and I hope for you too.
My day job is our family business and, for as long as that’s up and running, remains the place where I go to, day-to-day, to pay the bills for my home and family! In the early morning hours or after my kids have gone to bed, much of my free time is spent writing and creating here.
The resources I create are there to support your own path to simplicity. I really believe they add value (and they took many hours to create!). I don’t plug them with big sales pitches but they are there as an additional, detailed resource if you’d like them.
I keep the prices as low as possible so they’re accessible to whoever needs them. I believe they can help you if you’re stuck or need a little extra guidance, structure and support.
I value your trust and readership and hope that you might encourage friends and family to find me if you feel they’d benefit!
That being said, I do believe in charging for my work because the content is valuable and I couldn’t offer all the free content that I do without it.
There is a lot of free content on this site and it grows weekly as I try to be consistent with publishing new content in blog posts and to my email community. You’ll find it over here in the blog archives, with my free challenges, workbooks dotted around the site and the Simplify Library.
If you can’t find something that you’d like or have any suggestions for new content or feedback on existing, I’d love to hear from you.
In everything that I write about, I try to find a balance between inspiration, information and motivation. The tips that I share might not all be relevant to you and your simplicity journey might look different to mine, but I really hope you find them helpful as a starting point. Where it leads you is up to you.
I’d never want to tell you what to do, but sometimes I know we need a firm guide to get us started and make change, particularly when it’s difficult to start.
You are the author of your own story but I hope I can support you to write your best story.
If you have any questions, feedback or ideas to share, I’d always love to hear them. I try to reply to every email. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for being here.