Domain Shame

Our credit card was hacked a while ago and had to be cancelled. It’s amazing how many automatic payments are scheduled to go out on one card!

Somehow in the midst of all the payments we were catching up on, I missed some emails to my inbox about my monicaswitzer.com domain.

Last week I received a message from someone saying they tried to go to my website, but the domain had expired.

Weird, I thought. I never even think of that payment, it just comes out.

Oh right, the credit card.

So while a little embarrassing, I wasn’t worried about it. We’d get it figured out.

It was a little more complicated than we expected, so Andrew called my domain provider.

I was at home with the kids when he called me.

“Honey, I’ve got some bad news. ok.”

Honestly, I thought someone died.

“What, what is it?”

“We missed a few emails and in the couple days your domain became available, someone else bought it.”

Ok, for a split second I was thankful no one died.

But then it hit me hard. I had owned that domain since I started blogging, and as much as this has remained a humble little blog, I had big dreams about it.

I had imagined my first book being available for order from it, my cookbook, a spot to book me as a speaker (I know, audacious), and maybe even a video blog or weekly podcast soon.

I was angry. Guaranteed my little site had attracted just enough traffic that some big business bought it up.

I thought through if I could sue to get it back. Nope, not an option.

Maybe I was at a cross road. Andrew and I have talked about joining forces on a blog before, maybe this was the timing.

Nothing sat right in my heart. I felt like someone had swept in and stole a dream.

Then I remembered what I had watched just earlier that week. I’ve shared a lot about how Havilah Cunnington’s study Eat, Pray, Hustle has been impacting me. Watching her talk on session 11 “Dreams Taken”, I wrote a few things down in my journal.

“If you aren’t confident in who God says you are, you will feel threatened in your dreams. No one can take the dream of God from us!”

Havilah said, sometimes just when we had things lined up for our dreams, someone swoops in and seems to mess it up.

She went on to show through the story of Abraham & Sarah that NOTHING can foil the plan of God, if we continue to walk humbly and with integrity.

My desire to sue was not pure of heart. In Genesis 12:9-13, Abram’s (later Abraham) nephew took the better peice of land, and it probably seemed that Abram was stuck with the leftovers.

Instead he allowed his nephew to take what was rightfully Abram’s, and then walked further into an explosion of God’s goodness in his life.

So if you’ve been following my blog over the last four and a half years, or maybe you’re new, I’m expecting that through this little upset I will be catapulted further into my dream for what this little space on the internet could be come.newdomain

Thank you for journeying with me. You can now find my blog at www.monicaswitzer.ca

Love + Blessings,

Monica

 

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