Well, needless to say, a lot's happened since then. In early 2013 I started feeling very ill and it was found that I was having gallbladder issues. After my gallbladder removal, my condition and symptoms kept getting worse and I was later diagnosed with the chronic illness Gastroparesis. Over the past 3 years my conditions have worsened and developed into several other Auto-Immune diseases, including but not limited to: Leaky Gut Syndrome, Inflammation, and Chronic Fatigue. I won't go into all the details of that journey, other than to say it took a LONG time to find the right doctor to help manage and try to treat my conditions. It's been a long, difficult journey, and one I'm still struggling with every day.
Because of my illness and all that comes with it, I could no longer keep 3 shops going. In 2013 I closed BeccaTheBaker on Etsy, but still post and share Vegan recipes on Facebook and Twitter.
Unfortunately, I was unable to give BeyondCrochetToo the loving attention it needed and it got lost among all the other great Etsy artisans out there. In August 2015, I decided to close BeyondCrochetToo and combine items into one large shop emporium in my original shop BeyondCrochet. It was a humbling decision, but one that I'm happy with. It taught me to slow down and not take too much on at one time. "Slow and steady wins the race."
It's ironic that my shop and I first became known and recognized for my turtles. That was completely accidental, and not what I thought I'd be known for when I first started out. But, it's fitting, and I love being "the turtle lady". Turtles are symbolic of walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. As well as: Ability to stay grounded, even in moments of disturbances and chaos; Slowing down, pacing yourself; Determination, and persistence; Emotional strength and understanding.
Thank you for reading my story, and joining me on my journey. All the support and kind words from my customers mean more to me than I can possibly say. Thank you so very much. - Becca