Hello There….

My last post here was on the 9th year mark of Austin missing. We’ve now passed 10 years. 10 years. It’s unimaginable, yet here we are.

And here I haven’t been. Haven’t been writing, haven’t been doing much it seems besides surviving day to day.

But I’ve updated all the fun technical website type things I had to, I’ve renewed my domain, and I’m writing again. No promises on how often or how insightful, or how long the next break will be. I realize that making grandiose plans often don’t work. So for today, I’m saying hello and I’ve taken the needed steps to have this space back.

Hello.

And I’ve done a little bit more, with some plans very fresh and wobbly and very uncertain, about how to make this more effective. Someone I know who first walked me through setting up this space has some big things going on herself, and I loved these words she shared today. Here’s a snippet from Julie:

“I can sit here and worry about so many things and they all just don’t matter when I line up my mission and vision with what the world needs. When I stop the bustle and just focus on the one thing that I am called to do. Because if I don’t, my life may be over in a blink and I will have missed my chance.”

I’d already planned to hand over my credit card to her once again to learn some things, but that made me get moving even quicker. More to come. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m excited again about the possibilities. And for today, that’s good enough.

xo

 

Milestones

Almost two years ago I started writing this blog, quite unsure of where it might go, if I’d keep it up and how much I’d really be able to share.  I had no real goals for it, besides being an outlet to share my story of losing Austin and our search for him, but also of my ongoing healing process.

Two days ago my blog hit a pretty big milestone, of having 10,000 page views (not counting my own, thank you).  For any noteworthy blogs, that’s a number they hit each day, so I realize it’s a very small number really.  But for me it’s big- it’s taken a lot of courage for me to write, and to ask others to read.  Each time I write I begin to question if what I said has any value in being put out there, if I’ve revealed too much, if I’ve painted to rosy a picture, if I’ve said anything that might help anyone.  So for someone have taken time to look at something I wrote, 10,000 times, means to me that this is worthwhile and may help someone as much as it helps me.

Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing, and thank you for encouraging me along the way.  Thank you.

I’m starting to set some goals, and starting to look into promoting this little project.  The views per post continue to grow, but if I’m to reach my real goal of sharing our story and our message of hope with a wider audience, I realize it takes more than just posting it.  But without your support, I never would have the courage to start trying to promote it, so again- thank you.

I care much less about the 10,000 than I do about the 1- the 1 who may read something they needed to read that day.  The 1 will always be my focus.

and p.s.  for my friends who long surpassed my little milestone, tips are welcome!