Today marks 6 years years since the launch of montrealmom.com.
After having spent close to a year writing over 400 pages of content that formed the initial website, the site went live in the morning of January 18, 2010.
I remember counting down the hours until launch on Facebook (which was still a relatively new concept to me at the time).
I remember the moment it went live, thinking that something earth shattering would happen at that very instant and then – nothing. My heart sank. Nothing earth shattering happened. What if nobody liked it?
I remember my husband (who was just hours away from leaving on a business trip overseas) saying: “Can you give people a minute to look at it? To read something?”
Until about 10 or 20 minutes later when my laptop, house line, cell phone, text messages & Facebook messages started beeping all around me – with congratulations pouring in. This was the culmination (I thought) of a labour of love that had been conceived of years earlier but only brought to fruition once all 4 kids were out of the house for enough hours to allow me to pursue my dream.
This was not nearly the culmination – this was simply the beginning.
Who knew then where all of this would lead?
Over the next 9 months, I started using Twitter, launched the blog portion of the site and launched montrealmomTV on YouTube.
And it snowballed from there.
Last year, I had hoped to do something special to mark the 5 year anniversary, but things were so busy that I didn’t even think I ever got a blog post out about it.
Well, this year, we started celebrating last night
My family took me out for dinner and got me some beautiful gifts (not the least of which was holding off on the usual bickering, LOL!)
Today, I will celebrate by being grateful.
Grateful for 6 years of learning.
Grateful for 6 years of victories, both large and small.
Grateful for 6 years of stamina and energy to get this off the ground and to keep it going.
Grateful for 6 years of support from my family and friends in my endeavour.
Grateful for 6 years of opportunities and for the fabulous brands that I have the privilege of working with over the years.
And last but certainly not at all least- I am Grateful for 6 years of YOU, my readers.
Because if it were not for you stopping by for a read, then montrealmom.com would not be what it is today.
Thank you for reading, for watching, for commenting and for sharing.
While I am tempted to start listing things I have learned in my journey of entrepreneurship…I will leave that for another post. I will say this however:
If you can dream it, you can do it.
As per the caption on the journal that my family bought me: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
With that I am going to sign off…I have more I’d like to say, but truthfully, I’m feeling a little farklempt, so I think I will just sign off with that note….
and also with a big wish:
HAPPY 6th ANNIVERSARY montrealmom.com!!!
THANK YOU all for 6 fabulous years, I hope that you’ll continue to join me for another 6, at least!
Wishing each of you a day where you take one step towards making a dream come true