It would not be an exaggeration to say that starting a blog changed my life.
Fresh off the boat in Melbourne over eight years ago, I was finding my feet in a new city and new state, excited but also adjusting to being away from family and friends for the first time. I was also about 13kg down towards a 27.5kg weight loss goal and felt the need for some more accountability.
And so began Skinny Latte....a little blog that's always worn its heart on its sleeve (much like its author) and that (again, much like its author) has changed significantly since that fateful September day in 2005. At the time I had no idea what I was doing, what this blog would come to mean to me or what magic it would bring into my life. I’ve made so many friends and found an amazing community; I’ve been able to share my warts-and-all transformation story and had the humbling experience of knowing it has helped many people; I’ve had a place to let my writing grow and shine; I've met some incredible kindred spirits I would never have met otherwise; I’ve received recognition and opportunities beyond my wildest imaginings.
It’s been fabulous. I’m so very grateful for it all.
You might have noticed that it's been rather quiet on SLSB for the last year or so. It hasn’t been quiet behind the scenes though – I’ve done a lot of work that I’m very proud of and have really started to spread my wings. But I realised, quite a while ago if I’m honest, that SLSB isn’t quite the right online home for me any more. As my days of counting Weight Watchers points in Hobart and Melbourne have grown further and further away, my priorities and professional focus have shifted and I have definitely changed and evolved as a person. I don't even drink skinny lattes any more! As a writer and as a person, I know I have moved beyond the story of this blog.
And so, my friends, it's time for me to wrap things up here at Skinny Latte Strikes Back.
This really hasn't been an easy decision - hence why it's taken me so long to cut the cord - because I feel so much affection for this space and for you lovely people who have taken the time to read it. But I have also felt for some time that SLSB has kept me with one foot in the past, if you know what I mean. I’m proud of what I've achieved and how far I've come, don't get me wrong. But I'm not a weight loss blogger any more. All that stuff was the best part of a decade ago now. I really feel, as far as the theme of this blog goes, that I've said all I can say but also that I don't need this big dramatic transformation story to justify and define my web presence any more.
It's hard and it's scary to move on from something that has been such a success and that has brought me so much. I hope it doesn't sound ungrateful to say “this has been great, but I want to do something else now.” I’ve been scared that what I do next may not live up to what I've done here and that moving on might be a big mistake. But I’ve known for a long time that SLSB would have an eventual end date and I’ve been waiting and waiting for the right time to bring it to a natural close (or perhaps I've just been in denial!).
But, as life has often taught me, there rarely ever is a perfect moment to do anything. It’s only looking back that you realise it was (or wasn't) the perfect time to do something. In the moment, you just have to decide. Or, as my friend Robyn put it, just f**king do it!
And so, Skinny Latte has struck back! At last!
But this is not the end for me. I'm not disappearing. I hope you'll come and visit me at my new web site, philippamoore.net. This is where I'll be blogging from now on - when the mood takes me - about life, about the work I'm doing and the things that interest me and get me fired up. If I ever get my novel published, this is where I'll be talking about it!
I'm not taking any Skinny Latte archives with me, this is totally starting afresh, and soon this site will be officially archived and there will be a redirect on. But don't be too sad, because there's a very special treat for you over there.....my very first e-book!
It's called The Latte Years and it includes some of my favourite blog posts from here as well as some new, never-been-published content. It's been a real labour of love for me these past few months and it's available for your reading pleasure at a bargain 99p! I really hope you enjoy reading it and reliving some of the high points of the last nine years with me.
I'm so excited about what the future holds, guys. This is a good thing. I really needed to do this. It's been a long time coming. So I hope you’ll join me as I start the next chapter…without a latte in sight!
To sign off, I extend my deepest gratitude to you, my friends, who've been reading all along the way. Thank you for your kind supportive words, your friendship and the sense of community you've given me in this space. It has made all of this possible and has meant more to me than you'll ever know.
Thank you for being such a special part of this journey. While there's been a few bumps and wrong turns, I'm glad the road led me here.
Whatever else you may have taken away from SLSB over the years, I hope you took this - that no matter what goals you want to achieve in your life, with a bit of hard work and self belief, you actually can do anything. Never give up. I believe in you.
Thank you for believing in me.
See you over at philippamoore.net!