Meandering Mac’s One Year Anniversary

It’s officially been one year since my first post as Meandering Mac! 🙂 Well, a year and five days, so I’m a bit late, but I’ve had a lot of catching up to do since I got back from BC…

I still can’t believe the year I’ve had. This little blog of mine has allowed me to cover a cross-Canada tour, a ten-day residence in Vancouver, a weekend jaunt to Baltimore and my first solo trip to New York City. On top of that, I’m currently working on compiling posts on my most recent trek back to British Columbia and Alberta.

Aside from my trips I’ve also covered my participation in the Live Below the Line challenge and the ups-and-downs of my separation. If I didn’t have this platform to share my thoughts and experiences I probably would have gone crazy. Or ended up a hermit on a mountainside in British Columbia.

The experience I’ve garnered from writing for this blog has also given me the courage to submit my first piece to be considered for publication! I’M GOING TO BE PUBLISHED! Huzzah! 🙂 I’ll be able to share more about this in the coming months, but I can tell you it’s about me stepping into the world of solo travel since I became a soon-to-be-divorced twenty-something. When life gives you lemons, you make some bad ass lemonade.

The thing about this blog that still blows my mind is the amount of support I’ve gotten from all of you. I know I’ve expressed this before, but I will always remain humble about the support and love I’ve received. My writing has been cathartic for me, and honestly, I initially began Meandering Mac as a way to keep myself grounded when everything else was falling apart. What I often can’t express in spoken words, I put to paper. Anyone who knows me well enough knows this has always been true. Little did I know that one year after I started writing that I would have travelled so much; lived, loved, lost and learned so much; or that through my writing I’d be able to share with you all little pieces of me. Without writing I wouldn’t have been able to grow and heal.

The blog stats speak volumes. Since September 12, 2012, Meandering Mac has received nearly 8,000 page views from readers in 63 countries worldwide. I continue to have a hard time wrapping my mind around these numbers. I’ve had hits from as far away as Uganda, Nicaragua, Kuwait, Austria, Ukraine, Italy, Brazil, and Malaysia, just to name a few. Honestly, who are these people?! Better yet, how on earth did they find me? Mind. Blown.

From the bottom of my still-growing heart — THANK YOU. Thank you to everyone who continues to read my stories and for maintaining some sort of interest in my little world. Regardless if I know you and you continue to visit out of friendship, or if I’ve never met you and you somehow stumbled across this site by accident, thank you for your visits.

So cheers to all of you for stopping by and reading my stories; cheers to me for staying sane; cheers to travel, love, and life.

With love,

Ashley Mac

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