All of you loyal readers may have noticed that I changed the name of my website recently to The Catholic Homemaker and across platforms too. I have been thinking about changing the name (Health By Sarah) for a while now. I did like the name when I chose it, but it never felt exactly like me. Health By Sarah was not even my first name as a blogger. It was Politically Incorrect Health.
Before we get into the reasoning behind the name change to The Catholic Homemaker, let me tell you the meaning behind the other names.
Politically Incorrect Health
I started out blogging and making videos on my YouTube channel in 2013. There were a number of health bloggers I was following back then when I was trying to turn my health around and some of them had such clever names. Of course I also wanted a clever name that was worth remembering.
Naming the Blog
I finally came up with Politically Incorrect Health for a number of reasons. After changing my diet and lifestyle and healing from my health conditions, I was so excited to share with others my new found knowledge who were also suffering! However, I soon found out that a lot of people did not care or that some people even got offended by my food choices. It reminded me how much you have to be careful about talking about your political and religious views around others in order not to alienate them.
This was strange for me to find out because I never knew that food could be political. That is how the name Politically Incorrect Health was born. I had many people compliment me on the name. My blog and the information I shared would be a place where I would talk about the truth about health, even if it was unpopular.
When I started the blog, I was working at my corporate IT job, which I hated. I had to be careful not to vent about my feelings here on the blog or to share at work about my blog because I did not want them to question my commitment to the job. It really was just a paycheck to me, and a good one at that. The scary thing about that is I had nothing else to fall back on that I loved or that would support me financially. I was single at the time, so I could not rely on someone to pay for any of my bills.
It really was a hard time for me because with the nature of my job, I felt like I was living two lives. I had to travel at least Monday through Thursday every week and then have a life at home on the weekends. This is not something I enjoyed or wanted to pursue, but I had to continue on to be able to support myself.
I really wanted to “make it” at a blogger and be able to quit my full time job eventually, but it was so overwhelming maintaining my job, putting in the work as a blogger and figuring everything out. It can be really isolating sometimes as a blogger since most of us work alone, especially when starting out. 2014 came and after a while, it was too much for me. I shut down my blog and just focused on my corporate job.
Losing My Domain Name
After a while, I had Wellness Media reach out to me to tell me that my domain name had expired and they had purchased it. They had purchased it for around $1000 apparently. I was given some options. They offered to pay me for all of the content I had written so far and on a regular basis or I could buy back my domain from them. I mulled it over for a while, liking the idea for getting paid for writing. Talking this over with my family, we all agreed that $1000 was too much to pay for my domain.
After some time, I decided to refuse both offers because I wanted to always own my content and I thought that maybe someday I could make more than $1000 on my writing. Looking back today, I am really happy that I declined because I am enjoying creating new content and I know I would have regretted signing over the content I created.
Health By Sarah
Fast forward to 2016 when I was attending IIN and earning my health coach certification. We were all encouraged to start our own websites. I decided to keep my old name of Politically Incorrect Health and buy the .net domain. Later, I was advised to choose another name because Wellness Media is so large that it is stealing my traffic away from me. I was really disappointed because I was so proud of the name I came up with and was not ready to let it go. Alas, I chose a new name.
Choosing a New Name
I was having a really hard time choosing the new name. A friend who was also a blogger suggested Health By Sarah. This one was more personal, as many commented to me about the name change. It spoke to me becoming a health coach. However, in the back of my mind, I was still lamenting about losing my old name. I stuck with the name for the past few years, but I didn’t feel attached to it.
The Catholic Homemaker
Over the past several months, I have been making YouTube videos consistently every week (sometimes more). It all started when I met Tabitha Kelley when I was in my 3rd trimester pregnant with my youngest. My friend Kristen from Everyday Catholic did a collaboration video with me when we met Tabitha and her family. This all inspired me to get back to making YouTube videos, but being consistent about publishing my content. After a few months, I was invited to join a Catholic YouTubers group. I participated in a couple of collaborations so far. I have been really inspired working with them to share our faith.
Sharing My Faith
I have been Catholic my entire life, but I have never truly questioned my faith. God has gifted me with unwavering faith and I am so grateful for it. My faith is such a big part of my life, so I have wanted to share more about it. This past Saturday, I was invited to a shower for a friend who will be getting married soon. As I was driving home, I was thinking about how much I love sharing about my faith on my YouTube channel, but sometimes I feel awkward about sharing about it because of the name I have chosen as a blogger.
I thought about Lauren, from Whole Catholic Living, who not only shares about her Catholic faith, but shares about healthy living too. She and her family eat according to the principles of Dr. Weston A. Price too! I was thinking, she has such a cute and clever name. I thought that I would love to change my name to something like that too. After going through ideas, The Catholic Homemaker popped into my head!
The Catholic Homemaker Meaning
It was like a light bulb moment. As soon as I thought of the name, I smiled and I was excited! The Catholic Homemaker suited me so much better. As I said before, my Catholic faith is such a big part of my life, that I feel compelled to share it with others. Although I was not always a homemaker, I always wanted to be a mother and a wife, and possibly a homemaker. I pursued my goals and education before getting married and I unfortunately looked down upon being a homemaker. This may be because in our modern day it is looked down upon frequently? The funny thing is I always wanted to stay home with any children I would have. This was especially true when my oldest was born and I could not imagine going back to my job.
Over the past few years, I have learned more about the value of homemaking. I am ashamed that I ever had a negative view of it. The Catholic Homemaker is a great name for me because it is a large part of who I am.
Thank you all for being loyal readers. I am grateful for you sticking here with me. I hope you are as excited as I am about the name change.