Each week we are highlighting a different Chronic Illness Bloggers’ member as our ‘Blogger of the Week‘. As well as getting to know each other better, we hope that you enjoy this series and that you find the interviews with each member to be insightful and helpful.
This week our blogger of the week is Jennifer of Feasting on Joy.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am the founder of FeastingOnJoy.com. Through my personal experience and years of study and research, I have mastered what it takes to heal autoimmunity and live a healthy, holistic life in the areas of faith, health and home. By the grace of God I help my readers cultivate their own holistic life and heal their autoimmunity.
I am a health educator and life coach who transforms lives from merely surviving to sustainably thriving. Through conquering my own Hashimoto’s, my pain has become my purpose! When I’m not sharing my expertise, I am teaching my two boys in their homeschool, playing with my cats and Goldendoodle Patriot, reading the Bible or a good book, scrapbooking, organizing or planning something or enjoying God’s beautiful creation on hikes or exploration.
2. What is your blog called and how do you define your blog’s purpose?
My blog is called Feasting on Joy. It’s here that we help people navigate their personal path to healing and live out their God-given purpose! Our mission is to educate, bring awareness and provide sustainable, multi-disciplinary solutions to be well long term.
Through cultivating an intentional, holistic lifestyle in the areas of faith, health and home as well as purposing to conquer autoimmunity, we guide our clients and readers to thrive in life rather than just survive. We want our readers to look at outstanding health as multifaceted and understand the importance of discovering personal root causes which affect body, mind, and soul.
3. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging since 2010. Initially, it started as a creative outlet in a very, very low time in my life that was in shambles. In 2014, the year after my healing crisis where I almost died (you can read about that on the blog), the true mission and purpose of Feasting On Joy was born. Since then, Feasting On Joy is still my creative outlet but has become an amazing resource that I use to help people all over the world on their personal healing journeys.
4. How often do you post? What made you decide to post on this schedule?
I post once or twice a week. For me, that’s what works for the full life I have, being a homeschool mom and a lifelong learner.
5. Do you feel blogging has benefitted you? If so, how?
Blogging has benefitted me in so many ways. It has allowed me to utilize my bachelor’s degree in art/graphic design and it keeps my creative juices flowing. It has stretched me both personally and professionally and allowed me to grow in ways I never could have imagined.
More importantly than all of that, blogging at Feasting On Joy has benefitted thousands of others because they get to learn in an easier way what I had to learn the hard way about living a holistic life and healing from autoimmunity. It’s a win-win. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to be able to help someone feel better and see them morph from this sickly person who is just surviving through life to a vibrant thriving individual, living out their purpose God has for them. There’s nothing in blogging more beneficial or rewarding in my opinion!
6. Why do you feel it’s important to blog about chronic illness?
I feel it’s so important to blog about chronic illness because when I was trying to navigate my own healing journey there wasn’t very much information out there since research on autoimmunity was fairly new. Bringing awareness, education, and understanding to those who are suffering not only brings hope but it brings healing.
In the bigger picture, I feel that blogging about healing from chronic illness can and will change the tide of health care as we know it today because more people will understand the body has to be treated as a whole in a synergistic way rather than with conventional methods masking symptoms and not understanding the holistic nature of the body.
7. What are your top 3 blogging tips for other bloggers?
My top three blogging tips:
- Make your blog about your reader.
- Be authentic.
- Listen to your body and nurture it through the challenges of being a professional blogger. If you don’t have your health, you have nothing.