Well, friends, it is time for me to say good-bye. As of Saturday, July 1, 2017 Pocket Your Dollars will have a new owner, Josh Elizetxe (he’ll introduce himself in a separate blog post).
In 2009 I felt compelled to put information on the internet to help my real life friends and family survive the Great Recession. Here we are after nearly:
- 8 1/2 years
- 19,000 blog posts
- 150,000 comments
- 8.5 million different visitors
- 57 million viewed web pages
After all these blog posts and all these years I can say that I feel proud.
I feel proud of this community. I have both witnessed and experienced the kindness, support and ethics of the people who congregate on this little corner of the internet. Thank you. My life is richer because you’ve been part of it.
I feel proud of your success. You have shared your stories with me. Stories of living with chronic disease. Stories of blended families and adopted children. Stories of debt paid off and crises averted. Stories of transformation. Stories of opportunities. In all the stories you’ve told me, I have heard your triumph. I am honored to have played a small part in your journey.
I feel proud of the Pocket Your Dollars team (who are all staying on to help Josh carry Pocket Your Dollars forward, by the way). You could not assemble a more trustworthy, committed crew if you tried. I am grateful to each team member – present and past. You have taken this community into your heart and allowed me into your life. Words fail me to adequately thank each of you for all you have done. I owe especially a debt of gratitude to Laura, Mary, Allie, Shannon, Emmy and Sommer who have each carried this community and website forward in their own unique ways.
For a starter like me, eight and a half years is an incredibly long time to stay focused on a single thing – even a crazy adventurous thing like this! My future direction is uncertain right now, but I’m not the least bit fazed by the fog. In time my next steps will become clear and I will carry all that you have taught me into the seasons that lie ahead. I ask you to do the same.
I am better today than I was in 2009 because you all have been part of my life. Thank you for all you have given me.
I wish you all the best,