#1,689 The Internet.

Because of the internet, I started a blog from my little desk at my day job for my freelance design work in 2008. I called my freelance work ‘Lucky Luxe.’

Because of the Lucky Luxe blog, a notable wedding photographer from NY contacted me asking for the handkerchief save-the-dates she saw I had done on the blog. She found me because of the StumbleUpon app, that the internet can put on your web browser.

Because I did those save-the-dates for her and she shared them with the masses on her website, the next morning I had 50 emails in my ‘ejrasberry@…’ inbox asking for the hanky save-the-dates.

Because I was getting so many requests for them, I started making myself a real website for Lucky Luxe with my very crippled knowledge of web design and iWeb on my cubicle computer.

Because the website started getting shared on blogs, I started getting orders from all over the world.

Because I stopped having time to eat dinner or wash clothes after my day job because I was working on Lucky Luxe, I began to consider leaving my day job.

Because I prayed about it and cried about it for nearly a year, I read this devotional and it told me in black and white what my heart had been screaming all along.

Because I knew it was time, I turned in my notice and left my day job in December 2009.

Because January 1, 2010 was my very first day of self-employment, terrified and optismitically, I began a blog to help me only document good things every single day.

Because of the blog, eventually I started making connections with people passing through my microscopic corner of the internet, and our house was featured on Hooked on Houses.

Because of Hooked on Houses, Lisa found this blog and sent me an email the night before her mastectomy.

Because of that email, we began praying for one another, and a friendship was made.

Because of that friendship, we stay in touch almost daily, we share our sorrows and joys, our funny stories and pictures.

Because Lisa is my (insomniac) friend that I run to when I need to vent or I need the right words or I need advice, we can talk on the phone on the porch at midnight.

Because of the internet, my life is sweeter. It gave me a career and a life worth writing about each day. Because it gave me a friend in each of you, dear readers.