I knew going into this Kickstarter that it was going to be an amazing lesson in gratitude and community. You can't create a project and have any hopes of success without the love and support of those close to you. You put it out into the world but it is your friends and family that spread the word beyond your reach. When I say I couldn't do this without your support, it isn't an exaggeration. It is the honest truth.
What has been so amazing though is not just the support from those that I talk to regularly (don't get me wrong that has been overwhelming and humbling) but those I haven't seen or spoken to in years. With the internet we are all so connected but how many times do you actually comment or reach out to that old high school buddy, or relative you haven't seen years, or friend you just lost touch with as you aged.
So many of these people have come out to pledge their support of what I am doing. I have reconnected with a number of people and it feels so amazing to not just scroll through their Facebook or Instagram posts and gather what is going on but to actually connect again. Best of all, since my project involves a huge road trip around the country, I am also making plans to see many of these people as I pass through their cities on my trip.
So today, I am feeling grateful for all of you out there near and far. Who I talk to everyday or who I haven't seen in years. Cue cheese part....because knowing each of you has helped bring me to where I am today.