Been Away For Awhile-A Lot Has Happened

Last Update: Oct 2, 2022

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Hi to all my friends!

I've been MIA for a while. Have you missed me? Ha Ha!不不

Most of you know that my mom passed away nearly a year ago and I've been having a difficult time dealing with the fact that she's no longer on this earth or in my life.

Her death isn't the only thing that has set me back some and slowed me down in the enthusiasm department.

In March I went up against the Veterans Administration in a video appeal with an appeals judge. It only took six years to get to that point. After testifying to my disabilities, I waited about two months before I heard anything regarding the increase in my disability rating I was requesting. It was a favorable decision for three of the six issues I was appealing in the case. Three issues were remanded and are still waiting final decision.

April rolled around and I was diagnosed with fractures to my sacrum. Most likely cause was all the radiation I had to treat my cancer. Anyway, my orthopedic doctor ordered me to be on bed rest for at least six weeks. No problem doing that because when May strolled in, COVID struck twice and my bed rest was extended even further.

Had a tough time with Mother's Day and it also marked what would have been my parents sixty-ninth wedding anniversary. A double whammy for me.

Before I knew it, it was June and I really wasn't looking forward to celebrating my 65th birthday without my mom.

However, a day or so after my birthday, I received a card in the mail from my daughter that changed my entire outlook.

I never in a million years did I think it was going to happen to me, but it did and I'm pretty ecstatic to share with you the news that I will be a grandmother come February. It was revealed last weekend that I'm going to have a grandson. This news couldn't have come at a better time. I have a joyous event to look forward to that not only has made me very happy but has pulled me from a very deep and sad slump.

During all this time I have been quietly working on a new ebook project, which I'm about to submit to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Just finishing up the design of the cover page before I submit it.

Look for it shortly. It's a follow-up to my previous ebook "Blogging Your Way To A New Career." The new book is based on the theme of my website Living on Lean Means and the title of it is "The Journey From Fixed Income To Successful Business." It reflects on the personal struggles of living on a fixed income and how I learned to overcome the obstacles by building an online business through Affiliate Marketing.

Also during my self-induced sabbatical, I revamped my poetry manuscript and sent it to a local publishing company for publication. I am happy to share that my publisher is now marketing my book to thousands of outlets around the world.

It has a new-look and a few additional pieces of poetry. You can check it out on my publishers website: Newman Springs Publishing嚜.

Okay, so what does all this have to do with Wealthy Affiliate, you ask?

Well, indirectly it shows how often times life stuff happens to pull you down, sends you reeling and throws you off course.

Although, I haven't been an active participant in the Wealthy Affiliate community lately, I'm still using the skills I've acquired at Wealthy Affiliate, to create digital products such as my ebook and poetry book, to see my dreams of being a writer come to fruition.

My two Affiliate Marketing websites are seeing some traffic and I'm receiving numerous inquiries regarding articles I've written, requesting advice or information about one topic or another.

In the next few months, I will be creating new articles for each of my site along with attracting additional customers for my freelance business.

Currently, it takes me a bit longer to create and publish articles due the pain in my lower back creating difficulty with sitting for long periods of time.

Yes, I've been MIA FROM the WA platform but now you have a good understanding of why I have chosen to be inactive for all this time.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, productive and successful fall season and into the holiday season. Is it that time already 喫喫云云.

Take care my friends. Until next time!

~~ Barbara

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Great to hear from you again here my dear friend!

You have definitely been missed!

There is not much more I can say that hasn't been said during the last year Barbara...

Time is the best healer and I am so proud of the progress you have made with your online businesses recently..

Keep up the great work and send all my best to your wingman ok!

And you always know where I am my friend...

Hey Nick,
How are things with you these days?

Thank you very much for all your kind words. I've really appreciated your friendship this past year. It's really been a difficult one for me.

I don't guarantee that I'll be on the platform much in the future.

Wingman Chance celebrated his sixth birthday just the other day. Thank you for asking about him.

Take care and keep in touch.

Well... you know me my friend, soldiering on as best as I can!

I know that things have not been easy for you this last year... but hopefully you are able to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel now...

And don't worry about being on the platform my friend, we should always do what is best for us in the long run (but your presence here is always missed)...

His sixth birthday already, wow!

Please give him these (virtual) treats from me...巧

My Fifi will be three next month... time is certainly flying by at the moment!!

Take care ok, and you always know where I am if you need to converse...

I'm really not overly concerned about being on the platform because I have things to keep me busy, especially with the blessed event coming in a few months.

My content writing and the promotion of my book and writing the other book will keep me moving forward as well.

Wingman said thanks for the virtual treats. I take it that last treat was for me.

Talk soon my dear friend.


I'm so happy that you are keeping yourself busy my friend...

And yes, the last treat was for you!!

Talk soon ok.. :-)))

Thanks for being happy for me. And thank you for that very last treat!


Always my friend!! 樹

Right back at cha, Nick!樹

Welcome back, Barbara. It's great to see you here again. You certainly were missed.

I'm so sorry about the loss of your beloved mother. I'm also sorry about what you are experiencing with your health.

It's great to read about your success as a published author, and thanks for sharing that information.

I'm very happy for you that you have the exciting news of soon becoming a grandmother. That is very special.

Take care, and I look forward to seeing you again soon.


Hi Valerie,
Thank you very much for all your kind words.

I guess you can say I've been physically and emotionally under the weather for the past year.

I have done one thing all this time and that's to stay true to my writing whenever I've gotten the chance.

Thank you for allowing me to share my updates with you. I sincerely hope that you will consider checking out my work.

Can't wait to be a grandmother and I'm sure that's going to consume a great deal of my time going forward.

Take care,

Welcome back Barbara! Glad to see you back. Hoping for better days to come your way. Congratulations on your new book and your grandson.

Take care and stay strong!

Hi James,
It's great hearing from you.
Thanks for letting me indulge myself with providing all my personal updates.

I appreciate your kindness.


Hey Barbara
Welcome back to the platform!
You were badly missed!

So sorry that you had all those experiences
But I know you are a very determine lady who has the inner strength to persevere

Well done and congratulations on your manuscript and book
Success to you all the way
And a prosperous and productive remainder of the year 2022

Hi Simone

Thank you for all your kindness, support and encouragement over the past year. I truly appreciate you having my back.

It's very true that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So, I'll keep on keepin' on.

I will be keeping very busy in the months to come with grand baby on the way and other writing efforts.

Take care and enjoy fall.

Barbara, I did promise to always have your back :)
A friend will always be a friend
So glad you're on your way up again :)

I certainly appreciate it Simone!
I truly hope you are doing well too.


Busy like crazy but definitely getting there

That's fantastic Simone

It's awesome :)

Good to hear you are having some good success on your book, Sis! Nice.

Sorry about your mother and the grief you are experiencing, but I know time will heal you. It's nice that you have a grandson is on the way!

Sorry to hear about all the trouble with the VA. It sounds likr you got some of it sorted out though.

Keep succeeding!


Hey Brudda!
Thanks for all your kindness words. You know that I appreciate them.


I do, indeed, Sis! Keep succeeding!


Thanks Brudda!
I'm doing my best.


I know that you are, Sis, and you WILL succeed!


Thank you so much Brudda.

You're very welcome, Sis, and you deserve the success you are finally getting!


Happy to see you back, Barbara.
Congrats on your new book and grandson on the way.
Stay strong, and hang in there.
Enjoy the weekend.

Hi Muslimah,
Great to hear from you again.
Thank you for stopping by and offering your congratulations on my grandchild news.

Hope you are doing well.

I missed you! Glad to catch up.


Hi Rosana,
Thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement.

Missed you as well.
Talk soon. Take care.


YOU ARE MAGNIFICENT! What a story! I lost my dad Dec 3, 2021 and yes, there is a hole in my heart. I am thankful that I still have my mom but it's kinda awful. I totally understand where you are coming from!

I am glad you have things to look forward to and that will make you smile!

Keep going! Woohoooo!

Thank you very much for your kind words of understanding. You don't understand how much it helps to know someone else gets where you are coming from.

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