A time for everything – A time to move on
Ecclesiastes 3 says:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
I’ve been writing here on Gather Little by Little for over two years. I’ve shared my personal journey with you, shared what I’ve learned about personal finance and I’ve written more than 700 articles on various personal finance topics…of course always with a Christian perspective. Gather Little by Little provided me with knowledge and a creative outlet that I desperately needed at the time. I truly never dreamed that Gather Little by Little would grow to be the site it has become. I mean, 3100+ readers??? I remember when I was excited for having 5. Gather Little by Little has taught me so much about my life, my finances, my faith and my family. It has also opened many new opportunities for me. Gather Little by Little has truly been a dream come true for me, as I always wanted to start my own business and help others through ministry.
Over the past few months, I’ve started other blogs and as you are all aware my Empty Cabin Media business as well. At Empty Cabin Media, I help others build blogs and websites and assist them with making their business and web dreams come true. During these past few months, I’ve slowly reached a point where I am not only struggling with what to write about here on GLBL, but also feel the new areas I want to pursue are being held back due to the time GLBL requires. I’ve reached a point where GLBL is no longer the passion it once was, as I have other things I would like to pursue. I feel the pull of and excitement of new things and of a new journey.
After weeks of agonizing, the time has now come for me to move on. With a bizarre combination of both happiness and sadness, I’d like to announce that Gather Little by Little has been sold and effective this weekend will be in the capable hands of it’s new owners. I won’t steal their thunder and will let them introduce themselves as well as share their future plans for Gather Little by Little. I will say though that GLBL is being turned over to a great group of folks who I know will do an awesome job and make Gather Little by Little even better. Stew will continue to write as well, which I am very happy about. Oh, and I’ve pre-written about 2 weeks worth of articles for the new owners, so you’ll still be reading me for the next little bit!
Ironically enough, blogging about my personal finance journey has ended up becoming the end of the current chapter in my personal finance journey. While I can’t disclose the sale price, the sale of Gather Little by Little will make me completely debt free with the exception of my two mortgages!! I expected this particular chapter to take a few more years, but no more. I am now significantly closer to being completely debt free.
I cannot even express in words how wonderful just writing that makes me feel. While I know many of you are shocked, and maybe even upset with this announcement, I want you to be happy for me. I have now reached one of the goals I’ve been encouraging you all to reach. By doing so, I’ve not only become almost debt free, but proved to you that it is truly possibly with dedication and hard work. I worked hard. Each and every weekday morning for the past two years, I’ve risen at 5am. I’d write an article, then do the numerous other duties required of running a blog: email, forum participation, marketing, advertisement management, accounting, etc. Then head to my full-time job. I would then return in the evening only to do many of the same things late in the evening as well. Something I quickly learned about blogging is that it can be a great deal of work. But, as all hard work does, it paid off.
I will miss GLBL though, very much. More than anything, I’ll miss you. I’ve befriended literally hundreds of people over the past 2 years. The good news is you can always catch up with me at Empty Cabin Media where I’ll be posting about my new efforts on the Empty Cabin Media blog and continuing to grow that business.
So, this post ends the current chapter in my personal finance journey and I look forward to beginning the next. I promise I’ll avoid credit cards, continue to budget, continue to save, and hopefully begin a new chapter where I can start investing and growing my wealth rather than making the credit card companies richer!
With that, I’ll say good bye. Stay focused, stay committed and the current chapter in your financial journey will end as well. Thank you for an absolutely wonderful two years. You have all changed my life and made it so much better. I cannot say thank you enough for that. You have all been a true blessing in my life.
Now, why can’t you ever find a tissue when you need one…