Today, I got an updated total from the University of Colorado. I am happy to report that contributions related to my walk totaled $105,000. We are so pleased that, thanks to the support of over 200 donors, we beat our goal for new funding to the Sam Deford Memorial Fund. This will allow Sam’s legacy to provide truly meaningful scholarships to CU students In recovery.
I thought it would also be fun to share with you some of the statistics from my blog. Since its launch on May 10th, the blog has had 1,772 unique visitors from 27 different countries in over 6,500 visits. I am encouraged to know that our message of hope and healing has had such a broad reach. The site still gets 7 to 10 visits a day, so the story continues to spread. Pass the word.
Now an update on me. So many people have asked about the impact of my Camino trek on my life. I’ll start with something a friend, who walked the Camino with me for several days, recently said. She feels that her life is running at a slower pace since her return. Wow, she is so good at identifying feelings and putting a label on them. I am feeling that too. For me, it’s not accidental, rather, it is something I am cultivating. I want to feel less rushed, have less pressure in my life, more time for reflection, as I did on the Camino. I don’t want to let life and its obligations run away with me. I remember that I once wrote in the blog about having new experiences when I got back to real life. At that time, my thoughts were oriented toward starting a new project or hobby. That hasn’t happened yet, but may still come. This has been a summer of settling in, writing notes of gratitude and finding moments of true peace, as I watch the ospreys soar over the river. Life is good. I’ll let you know when I’m ready for the next big thing.
Just for fun, I’m sharing a photo that conveys the joys of country life, the greased pig contest at the county fair.