What a year! 365 days ago (give or take ;-0 ) I got a wild idea to start a blog. That blog would be an online diary of sorts. I would share my thoughts, experiences and ideas about money. My hope was that by simply paying a little bit more attention to where my family’s money was going and why, I would become more fiscally responsible and we would be more financially secure. That’s a little ambiguous, so a relative urged me to set goals. I did. As I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t quite meet all of my goals as defined, but I did learn quite a bit and I am thankful for that.
So, today is bittersweet. It is about goodbyes and thank you’s to the folks who made this possible and fun and who encouraged me along the way.
- First and foremost, I have to thank my husband. He makes sure that everyone is fed and clothed with a roof over our head making it possible for me to pursue crazy journeys such as this one. Thank you my dear!
- Then, there are old friends. My 400+ Facebook ‘friends’ did a great job of spreading the word about this little project of mine. In fact, they are very likely the reason that I was nominated for a Black Weblog award this year. I especially thank my girlfriend Michael. After nearly 30 years of friendship, we have reconnected in a powerful way. She shares my laughter and pain and always seems to know what I need when I need it. Thanks girl! I can’t wait until next week for our ‘funky good time’!
- Unexpectedly, there are many new friends that I have made in this last year. I am amazed that sharing my craziness on the Web has allowed me to make new friends, but I embrace them and appreciate their support. They push me to write when I really don’t feel like it. They tell me how a particular story or anecdote touched them or a money tip made a difference. They let me know that people are actually reading (and enjoying) what I write. In a way, they have empowered me to be myself and seek my own happiness. It’s nice to know that you can be appreciated for the person that you are — warts and all — without trying to put on ‘airs’. I’m especially thankful for Sonya. She fills my inbox with encouragement and when we get together, we giggle like schoolgirls who have known each other for a lifetime. Who would have thunk it? Lunch soon Sonya, OK?
- I was also quite surprised by the many groups and institutions that supported me this year. I was mentioned as one of the 50 best blogs written by business professors. I was asked to deliver a keynote speech at a local women’s conference. I was asked to speak to a wonderful group of sorority ladies at a local university. At my father’s urging, I am working on a book proposal. I gave a dozen or so media interviews. My own university features my blog on the home page for the School of Business. Whew! I really felt the love!
- I can’t forget my students. At times they had to read the blog when it related to a class topic. However, they didn’t seem to mind because it gave them a different perspective on a difficult topic. I appreciate their feedback and comments.
- Like the alpha and omega I begin and end my thank you’s with family. I truly appreciate my moms and dads. They didn’t necessarily read every day, but they let me know that they were out there supporting me and sharing my work with their friends and colleagues. In fact, every day I smile when I look at the card from my stepmother with Wonder Woman on the front cover. She is an awesome cheerleader! Also, not a week goes by that I don’t talk to my best friend — my brother. We often disagree, but after 40+ years we’ve learned to love each other unconditionally. I don’t know where I would be without him. Isn’t that what it’s all about? What’s better than the love and support of family?
So, I guess it is time to bid you all a fond farewell. Is this the end of the blog? Probably, but I’m not one to say ‘never’. I am tired and need a rest, so don’t expect to hear from me any time soon. However, if I get a ‘second wind’ I might come back or reinvent the blog in some other format. Just stay tuned. You never know what I might do next! Until then, I’ll leave you with this quote from Alan Alexandar (A.A.) Milne, the English author most famous for creating Winnie The Pooh:
“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.”