The anniversary of this blog launch snuck up on me. I’ve been writing away here on the blog for two years now and sometimes it feels sort of unreal. I’ve gone back and forth with pouring a lot of time and effort into it, and then not putting as much into it, but at the end of the day, my heart has always been here, in the writing. And it will remain here.
At this very moment there are over 1000 people subscribed to this blog, either through email or through WordPress. What a very wild thing that is. I’m not always the best at the networking side of WordPress so I imagine if I paid more attention to that side of things my reach would be greater, but I feel like the people who are here, reading these words, actually want to be here. Not because of networking but because they have found something safe with me. I really hope that is the case because that is all I have ever wanted.
I started this as a place to work through grief. I needed a safe place to process and express what I was feeling and experiencing upon losing my family members in 2016. And as most of you know, I write about death and grief a lot.
What is not known by most is less than one month after my mother passed I jumped into bereavement counseling at my local Hospice. For those of you unfamiliar, Hospice offers free bereavement counseling. I called them up and they started a class just for the adult children of deceased parents. It was the first time they’d had a class for our particular demographic and it was amazing how many people showed up.
There was clearly a need for that class but before I approached them, they hadn’t set one up. Our counselor joked that they should name the class after me. Looking around the room at the other people going through what I had gone through was like a light bulb going off. So, when our sessions ended in November of 2016, I launched the blog. I wanted to recapture what I found in our group therapy sessions: other people who understood what I was feeling.
During the last two years other things happened as well. My Instagram account took off, leading to my becoming a nano-influencer and product reviewer. This part of my life has been such a surprising aspect and one I did not expect. I have loved bringing my love of makeup and beauty to the blog.
Additionally, I became more active and vocal in the body positivity movement, sharing my body and my journey to love it with the world. This has been such a exciting outlet for me and I adore the community I belong to. I feel so seen and understood.
But, it all began with grief and with working through the grief. And writing about death will always be important to me. From the get-go, I’ve wanted to help create a safe space through my words that others can find solace in. This will always be my number one mission. And I am so glad I have been on this mission for two years now.
Thank you so much for following along with me on this journey. Thank you for commenting, for sharing your own stories, for listening, and for growing with me. I wish I could wrap all 1000+ of you in my arms, look you in the eyes, and really thank you for going on this journey with me. You have helped me make this dream come true. And I really cannot thank you enough.
Thank you for two years. I am so looking forward to the years ahead.