I had a sentimental moment this morning when I logged on to WordPress and saw that Beyond the Gray has officially received over 10,000 hits. I don’t have children, but I have to imagine that the feeling I experienced was like sending your child off to her first day of school (my little blog is all grown up!). Okay, maybe that’s a little over the top, but I am definitely beaming with pride. After all, it was not long ago that this blog had only 10 hits (and I was just as excited back then).

Making the decision to start Beyond the Gray wasn’t an easy one. There was the question of what to write about and, of course, the huge time commitment to consider. But the biggest obstacle of all was the prospect of coming out of the literary closet and admitting my writing dream out loud. This may sound ridiculous, but I wrote my first book without telling a soul (except my hubby) because I couldn’t bear to imagine people’s reactions. When I came up with the concept for Beyond the Gray, I loved the idea of motivating people to follow their own dreams, but the thought of putting mine on display for the world to see was downright unnerving.

Now, nine months and over 10,000 hits later, I can say that starting Beyong the Gray has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Not only has it allowed me to profess who I really am and share my journey with the world, it’s introduced me to fascinating people I would’ve never met, allowed me to inspire and be inspired, and most importantly, it’s shown me that it’s okay to take a risk because you never know when you just might surprise yourself.

So this morning I’d like to raise my coffee mug to all of you. Thank you for joining me on my journey and allowing me to join you on yours!