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Thank You Reddit Community

A funny thing happened on Saturday. My website became famous after my son posted about me on Reddit. He asked the Reddit community—as a gift for his 30th birthday—to please read my travel blog. I had no idea this happened. I was staying in a cabin in the woods where I had planned a family birthday party for him on January 20. I didn’t even look at my website all day because we were busy grocery shopping, cooking and walking in the woods. 

Around 4:30 pm, I went online to check on clicks for my newly posted articles. I couldn’t understand the WordPress graphs. The numbers made absolutely no sense. It showed over 1,500 views. I called my son on FaceTime and said “What did you do?” And I saw his grinning face and I found out about what he wrote about me. It blew me away. So I want to thank every Reddit user who read my son’s post. Because you made my website grow to 2,100 subscribers in less than 24 hours. YOU blew me away by your awesome love and support. And you did this on his 30th birthday as a gift to him.

You see January 19 is one of the happiest days of my life. Thirty years ago, I gave birth to my son. And I knew from the second I held him in my arms and gazed at my husband that our lives would never be the same. Now I know it sounds sappy. But being a parent will change your life in so many ways that you can never imagine. You will laugh, you will cry, you will delight in them … and you will worry about your children every day of your life. And suddenly you will find yourself with an adult son and daughter who are your favorite people in the world. So I just want to thank you for reaching out to my son to let him know how much his Reddit post impacted you. He read every single post you wrote. I have also read and lingered over each of your posts to him. And I am extraordinarily impressed how you wrote about parents and grandparents who overcame divorce and death of their partner and illness. I also felt your pain and I am so sorry how life can suck right now. BUT I want to encourage you to take risks and be brave. We all get hurt in life. We carry a lot of sadness in our hearts. But we also have the capacity for extraordinary joy. I am pretty scared right now. I had a goal to get 100 subscribers for my travel blog in 2019. And suddenly I have over 2,000. I don’t want to disappoint anyone.

It took me four decades to get to this point. I tried to be a travel writer in my 20s. But I couldn’t earn enough to make a living so I became an editor of a trade magazine. When I turned 60 in September, I decided to take a gamble on myself and launch my own travel blog. This has been a dream come true for me.

Honestly the Reddit community has overwhelmed me with their support. And this all happened, like my son wrote, because I picked myself up after my life fell apart. And I want to encourage you to take risks and be brave. We all get hurt in life. We carry a lot of sadness in our hearts. But we also have the capacity for extraordinary joy.

My favorite modern poet, Mary Oliver, died on January 17. She influenced my writing so much with her love of nature and spiritual understanding of the world. I think her poems will speak directly to your heart.

“When it’s over, I want to say all my life, I was a bride married to amazement, I was the bridegroom taking the world into my arms.”—Mary Oliver

With my tears in my eyes, I want to thank you for amazing me yesterday. I love you Reddit community! Terri


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  • Lyn
    January 20, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    What. I don’t understand why I’m crying after having read this. Your attitude to life is fantastic, and you clearly have a wonderful relationship with your son. All the best to you and this excellent blog, and fulfilling your dreams as a travel writer.

    • admin
      January 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      I have to be honest. I cried when I wrote this letter. 😭

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:49 am

      Lyn your comment brought tears to me eyes. I considered myself blessed to be a mother. I am so glad you wrote me. I can’t wait to share future travel adventures.

  • Kaelyn
    January 20, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I’m so touched from first reading your son’s post and now seeing you receive some well deserved followers on your amazing blog! Can’t wait to read your future posts.

    • admin
      January 20, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you for telling me how much my son’s post meant to you. I still can’t believe what happened this weekend and the outpouring of love & support from the Reddit community.

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:47 am

      You have an open heart which is why my son’s post touched you. I too can’t wait for you to read my future posts. Puppies will be featured in the Saturday installment!

  • Liz
    January 20, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I’m so happy your son posted. I am rebuilding my life in a similar way and you’ve shown me it’s possible. Thank you. I needed some hope

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:46 am

      Liz you are going to look back on this period of your life where you were rebuilding and be amazed how brave you were. Plow through. There is a great future—your new life—ahead.

  • S
    January 21, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Great post, Terri. I got here via Reddit too, and honestly I did not just sign up for the blog just because your son asked, it was also because your posts were great. Keep writing, and happy travels!

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:45 am

      You are so kind. It means so much to mr that you are enjoying the travel posts. I promise lots of variety in my weekly posts.

  • Lisa
    January 21, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Love this! In the tick of single parenting….this boosted up my courage to face the rest of what as started as a very difficult day! 🙂 Also…can’t wait to travel vicariously through your blog! (And don’t worry about disappointing anybody but yourself! )

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:44 am

      Lisa hang in there! Those awful days can change in a second to terrific tomorrows! Remember you are everything to your child (or children) as a single parent. I love that you will travel vicariously with me through my little travel adventures.

  • Kate
    January 21, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Just so you know, I READ your blog because your son recommended it, but I SUBSCRIBED because of the fabulous blog YOU have created and I am looking forward to following your posts. Your son may have helped us discover your work, but we stayed because of you!

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:42 am

      Oh Kate thank you. My heart sings. I just want to write about the amazing places and people I meet. It is wonderful to find readers like you who want to read my posts.

  • Jenna
    January 21, 2019 at 8:35 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your son! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:41 am

      It made me cry! I hope you will enjoy my future blogs. I have some fun surprises ahead.

  • Burner
    January 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Happy tears all around. Im so happy to have stumbled upon your sons reddit post. You are an inspiration to me and many others. Looking foward to your blog posts. Much love from Colorado.

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:35 am

      Much love from Washington DC!

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Much love from Washington DC! Thank you for writing me.

  • Emma
    January 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

    I’m from Reddit and I’m so glad your son is an amazing person who did this for you; you know that means you’ve been a wonderful parent who’s raised him well! That’s one of the best and most challenging things you can do in life and I hope you’re proud of yourself. It warms my heart to see such a loving family bond. I look forward to reading your blogs! 🙂

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:39 am

      Family is the most important thing in the world. We can get through anything if we know there are people who love us. Thank you for your kind words Emma.

  • Carly van Daalen Wetters
    January 22, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    As others have said, I came here because of your son, but I subscribed because this blog is great! You are a talented writer and I love your photos! I can’t wait for future posts. I hope someday when my son is grown up, he will do kind things for me (he’s only 2 now). Happy Travels!

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:38 am

      You are so lucky. Enjoy every moment with your precious toddler. Read to him every night. I guarantee it will create bonds that you will share for a lifetime.

  • Martina
    January 23, 2019 at 12:17 am

    I’m so glad your son reached out to the Reddit community, because without it I don’t think I would have stumbled upon your blog.
    I’m a 30-something year old female solo traveler, and having someone else to read who goes out and experiences adventure as a woman on her own is inspiring and confidence building. I appreciate your writing, and have read through most of your blogs now, and really enjoy the content and experiences you have explored around the world.
    Thanks for sharing with me!

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:33 am

      I am so grateful to all the people who read my son’s Reddit post and wrote to tell me how much it meant to them.

    • admin
      January 23, 2019 at 6:37 am

      This makes me so happy! I think traveling the world is the best way to meet new people and widen our horizons. I can’t wait to see your future comments on your travel!

  • Zara West
    January 24, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I have a baby and I hope to have as great a relationship as you have with your son. You’re inspiring and I love your blog, to subscribe to your blog was one of the best gifts that I’ve given to anyone on the internet as it was a gift to myself as well.

    • admin
      January 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      Zara you made my day. Thank you for writing me. You have so many adventures ahead as a parent. Enjoy!

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