Hi friends! So I managed to take another unplanned blogging hiatus, and I wanted to tell you all about it. About a month ago, I got an email from my website host saying that my hosting plan was scheduled to renew in a few weeks. It was going to be a good chunk of change and I found myself reevaluating whether or not I even wanted to keep blogging, let alone spend too much money on hosting.

For the past few months, I haven’t felt much like blogging. I guess it started to feel too much like work? Work that I wasn’t getting paid for, which is the worst kind of work. I started blogging for fun, to find like-minded people and write about whatever I wanted. I definitely succeeded in finding my online tribe; the geeky lady blogging community is filled with amazing gals. But the more I got into trying to monetize my blog, the more I found myself crafting posts centered around affiliate links and sponsors. I was still writing about things I cared about, but my heart wasn’t really in it anymore.

So I took a step back. I know I don’t have to apologize for that. Life happens, and I had some decisions to make. Did I want to keep devoting my time to something I wasn’t really into anymore? Turns out that no, I certainly did not. For the past month or so, I’ve been playing more video games, reading, and trying out other hobbies, like writing the story that’s been stuck in my head for years.

I’ve been having a lot of fun, but of course, I started missing my good ol’ blog. I switched my content back to a free hosting site (Blogger), had to update like, a bajillion images, and had a panic attack when I thought I had lost all of my comments (turns out I didn’t). It’s been a pain in my neck, but I’m happy with the results and I have SO MANY ideas for blog posts. I’m definitely hoping that this newfound excitement for blogging lasts a while, because I missed being a part of the community, even for just a couple months.

Speaking of the community, I’ve been wanting to write another Boss Babes post for ages now. There are so many incredibly talented ladies that I’ve met through blogging, and they’re some of my favorite people to talk about=P So without further ado, let’s chat about Jess Holt and Leah Chiasson!

Jess is an artist based in Berlin who creates gorgeous, macabre oil paintings. I remember first learning of her work with her partner Jonas on their website Corgi Corn Core a few years ago. I fell in love with her work pretty much instantly, and I quickly found out that she’s a sweetheart of a gal to boot!

Her art always makes me feel so many different things. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I really appreciate that she touches on self-love and acceptance in so many of her pieces. She paints about gender roles, mental health, feminism, politics…all in her darkly beautiful, horror/macabre style. I’m not going to pretend that I know a damn thing about art, but I’ve never seen anything like what she does and I know I love it.

I own a couple of her pieces, but I’m especially happy that I’m able to wear my absolute favorite painting of hers, Speaking in Rainbows, around my neck! I’ve gotten so many compliments on this necklace, and I love the fact that I get to support one of my favorite people every time I leave the house with this on. Check out her online shop to snag one for yourself!
If you’ve never had the pleasure of talking to Jess, you totally should. She’s been nothing but supportive of my blog and she’s been there to give me virtual hugs when I needed them. She’s an awesome person who makes awesome art, which you can check out here.
Leah has been a huge inspiration to me over the past few months! Not only has she written and self-published a fantastic novel and novella with two badass leading ladies, she also runs a blog with tons of helpful advice for aspiring authors like myself.
Her first release, Marked for the Hunt, is such a fun read. It generated a lot of buzz among our geeky gal blogging community, since Leah was a familiar face, but I can say without bias that Marked is a great read!
It’s about Diana, the lone female Faoladh of her pack, who’s thrown into the middle of a power struggle for the next Clan Alpha when she’s forced to return to her hometown after her grandfather’s death. It’s all about treading the fine line between human and monster, and learning to trust the people that let her down in the past. Leah did a great job building her characters and their world, and I can’t wait to read more about Diana in the next book.
I love seeing people I know and care about achieve their dreams. Watching Leah go for it really gave me the kick I needed to devote more time to writing. I’ve always been an aspiring author, but I’m just lazy enough that none of the stories I think up ever reach fruition. Knowing that it took Leah a few years to finish Marked really gives me faith that I can do it too someday!
Check out Leah’s book here, and since you’ll be itching for more when you’re done, here’s a link to her novella Bound By Blood. It’s set in the same universe as Marked for the Hunt but introduces a new, non-Faoladh main character. It’s a super quick read, but still a lot of fun!
There you have it! Two more lovely, talented ladies from the geeky blogging community doing their thang. Do you know any badass boss babes who deserve a shout-out? Feel free to rave about them in the comments below!

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