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Moving On

A.J.

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I found this site initially back in 2004. I'd read a story on Nifty and an author said new chapters would first be posted here. I didn't join until 8 years later in 2012. Must have had other things on my mind like college and guys. I was only a member about 4 months before I joined the staff. I've really enjoyed being a staff member and serving in a number of roles the last 4 years. I've met some amazing people, built lifelong friendships, shed many tears at the loss of beloved members, and hopefully helped countless members and authors enjoy their experience here.

 

Lately I've had a lot less time to spend on the site. I've been trying to get my life back together for years now. As many of you know I struggle with anxiety and depression, which has only gotten worse the last several years. It's far easier for me to sit at home and interact with a website, than to force myself to go out and enjoy life. I decided in November that it was time to step down as an administrator and time to get serious about my future. I gave myself almost two months to make sure that this was the right decision for me, so today I'm announcing publicly that I'm resigning as an administrator.

 

The other site administrators have been amazingly supportive of my decision. They've seen first hand my struggles over the years and have shown me nothing but love and support. I'm honored to call them friends. I'm not vanishing entirely from the site, but I'll no longer be involved in administration or moderation functions after today.

 

In closing, I'd like to quote JSmith's resignation letter from a few years ago. I read it again today and one line really stuck out to me: "It's been a great journey, but it's time for me to move on with my life and see what else awaits."

 

All the best to each of you. It's time for me to see what else is out there.

 

A.J.

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Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to GA over the years.  Glad to hear you're still sticking around and I wish you the best in all you do.  :hug:  

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AJ, thank you so much for all the things you have done for this site and for its members. :hug: And I'll echo what LBO said, I wish you all the best for the future.

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Just drop in and let us know how you are!

 

As for the rest, we will have to learn to post pics and the like without you.

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I think you have always done your best by everyone and I respect you and I respect your decision. Whilst I only joined this site last year, although I knew about it long before that, in the little interaction that I have had with you I can say honestly you have done great job :)

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AJ,

 

We appreciate all your hard work and dedication.  Hopefully you'll be around to simply enjoy interacting and reading.  You are awesome!!!

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A.J.

 

I'm going to miss working with you. I've learned a lot being a moderator these past eight months with your wisdom and insight being no small part of my education. Your absence will be felt of that, I have no doubt. 

 

Best wishes good luck to you in the future. :hug:

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Sounds like you're doing what's best for you, A.J., and I'm happy for you. Thanks for always being there every time I needed you after doing something stupid :)  . You were GA's knight in shining armor for me. It's nice you'll still be around... cheers... Gary....

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You've been a tireless supporter of the site. I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors :yes:

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I hope you find everything you're looking for ... your heart's desire. All the best.

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Wherever life takes you, I hope your journey is made in the company of good friends. Best of luck to you AJ.

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AJ,

 

Thanks for helping us take a wonderful ride into dreams, fantacy and the wonderful imaginations of the authors here on GA.  Please check in as time allows and have a wonderful time on your voyage through life  :hug:

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AJ. I've always respected you and supported you where I could.  I hope you find what you're looking for and may it bring a lifetime of happiness.

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Thanks for your service over the year.  Live happy and prosper, okay?

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All those before me have said it in so many ways. My wish to you is the same, times ten. A member, then author and finally administrator, as you step down, know that you made a difference here at GA and a better place. All those that matter, know and wish you the best, they like you are the life, blood and spirit that makes GA what it is. The ever silent thousands of others, just fill in the site numbers total.

 

I hope that on your page you put back up for your group title Author. For you will always be a GA Author, now and forever more.

 

Lastly, I hope and pray that you find what you are looking for, as you step forward, looking forward to what ever may come your way.

 

Carpe diem

sandrewn

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Take care of yourself and enjoy your life outside GA. We'll always be here and happy to see you when you drop in.

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All the best A.J.

If the site had a Hall of Fame for service and quiet achievement I'd demand you should have a place in it.

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You were there for me when I needed you and I promise to return the favor if you ever need me to. My best to you, buddy. Maybe we can get together for a drink next time I ride up your way?

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I can only echo the others in wishing you all the best.  Get out and experience as much as you can while you are still young and have the energy.  Hopefully, it will give you the stamina to keep going for years to come.  I'll be seventy this year and while I have slowed down some, I am not afraid to try or learn new things and continue to enjoy my life. 

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All the best for the future, A.J. :hug: Your help behind the scenes has been very much appreciated by one and all. Now get out there and enjoy life! :D

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