Hi! I’m excited to Welcome you to the NEW “Gusto Ramblings” website! Nearly 2 years ago, April 9th, 2010 to be exact, I awoke early one morning and a thought occurred to me; “You’ve got so much inside that you want to express, so many experiences you wish to share and the lessons you’ve gained from them, why not start your own website? A platform by which you might inspire others?”
I had reached a point in my life that I knew I needed an outlet. Up until then, I was merely sharing some of my musings and thoughts on my personal Facebook page, a forum I had joined in early 2009, after suffering a rapid series of tragic events beginning in mid-2007 until June 2008. I knew that most people were using Facebook for informal socializing, keeping up with friends and family, and the usual banter that goes on there. But it wasn’t enough. Not for me anyway.
Plus I knew some of what I was sharing was a little much for some folks, although I had many friends who were “picking up” what I was “laying down.” Some had even started calling me Gusto, merely for fun. Ironically, unbeknownst to them, Gusto was a nickname given to me by my father as a young boy. The Ramblings part? It sorta just popped into my head, since I tend to “ramble” when I write or speak. Not that it doesn’t contain substance or value. It does. I’ve just never cottoned to the concept that “less is more”, although I know it certainly has it’s place. I’m a story-teller. That’s what I do. That’s the gift I’ve been Blessed with, the power of the written word. A power that I’ve since discovered was bestowed upon me by an unseen spiritual force. Whatever term you, as the reader, choose to describe that force; the universe, coincidence, a tree, a doorknob, karma, God, or whatever, I respect that. I, however, choose the latter, although everyone knows I’m not a religious man in the sense of bible-quoting or going to church every Sunday. I believe. It’s as simple as that.
THE FIRST STEP….
Still, I didn’t have the first clue on how to go about creating a website. I had zero experience. None. On top of that, I’d just recently returned to Southern California the prior month by way of my native state of Kansas, having arrived on March 17th, 2010, to start a new life and new career. I’d lived in SoCal once before, from 1975-1982, finishing my last two years of high school before graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Administration. Once I arrived back in the San Diego area, however, a set of personal events occurred in a very short period of time that led me to a place of personal anguish, despair, and heartache, the details of which will remain private, at least for now.
WHAT THEN? Google It!
So, as I said, needing another “outlet”, I decided to create my own blog, a place where I could delve deeply into my inner-most thoughts, feelings, and experiences. At first, that’s all it was. Just a place to write. Not knowing how to create a website or even what a blog was, though I’d heard of them, I did what most of us do. I Googled it! Next thing I know, at roughly 2:30 a.m. on April 9th, 2010, gustoramblings.com was born. (*note to the reader, that website domain cost me a grand total of $10) From that “moment”, everything opened up. I was like a geyser, gushing forth huge amounts of energy in the form of words, stories really, about my life.
SECOND STEP? Take it to Social Media!
But it STILL wasn’t enough! How was I going to fulfill this insatiable desire to reach out and share this with others? Could it be that perhaps it might help them? That it might INSPIRE them to “new ways of living and thinking?” The same things I’d learned after over a half-century of experiences on this planet, some of which were tragic and yet some triumphant? Of course, the first avenue that came to mind was Facebook. A personal friend of mine from Kansas, a man I’d known since childhood, had created his own “page”, which I had been following. Turning to him for advice, he said it was fairly simple.
So off I went! The Facebook page called “Gusto” was born the very same day as it’s counterpart and website. I began inviting personal Facebook friends to “like” my page. And boy, did it take off! Slowly at first, but by March 2011, I had nearly 200 “fans.” And since I’d obtained the skills necessary from another friend who showed me how to “link” YouTube videos, sharing blog posts from the website was a snap. I dove in, eagerly sharing what was emerging from somewhere deep in my soul. The website and Facebook page, like me, continued to evolve and grow, nurtured and fed by this strong force coming from within. I knew I was on to something quite beautiful early on. In fact, I had “foreseen” something like this happening as far back as mid-2009, which I expressed in an online chat conversation with a friend of mine who lived in the San Diego area.
I was still in Kansas at the time, alone, and still rebuilding my life from the tragic events that had occurred in 2007-2008. Of course, at the time, none of this existed and all I had were 100 or so personal Facebook “friends.” One day, after sharing one of the more inspiring “notes” I had created on my personal page, she remarked online; “I could read what you write forever. Do you have any idea how many people you’re helping?” In my reply, I said; “All I know is something BIG is about to “happen.” And it goes FAR beyond Facebook.” Ending the conversation, she said; “You need to get out of Kansas. Your star is much too bright there.”
MOVING TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF VIBRATION!
So here I am. Today, the website and blog called “Ramblings” has been viewed by people representing over 50 countries around the world, nearly 20,000 views in all, with 62 people “following” there. The Facebook page called Gusto today has just short of 8,000 members and has been viewed over 5 million times by people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Race, color, religion, gender, social status, none of that matters to me. All I want to do is HELP others. Where will it lead? How “BIG” is this to become? I don’t know. That’s not in my hands. As I’ve said many times; “I’m not driving this bus. He is. I’m just a passenger like anyone else. But one who wants to enjoy it the best I can and, in the process, make the ride more pleasant, pleasing, and fulfilling for everyone else on board.”
That’s my mission and purpose in life. As a writer, life coach, mentor, and advisor, my role is to simply help guide you along the way, pointing out obstacles in your path, tips on how to avoid them, energy to keep you moving forward in a positive manner, helping you to discover “new ways of living and thinking.” Or, to put it another way, which is the title tentatively planned for my book; “Inspiration at the END….Discovering NEW Beginnings.”
YOU ARE LOVED….
I WELCOME you with an open and compassionate heart, hands stretched out in loving gratitude and humility for coming here. And though we all know there are no guarantees in life, I can promise you this. It will be an experience unlike anything you’ve been a part of before, because I know in my heart each of you are here for a reason. You have value and you’re worthy of all the best that life has to offer. You have meaning and purpose. You are loved beyond measure, more than you might realize.
Put it this way….”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the ONLY thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
~ Humbly yours, Gus Rowe, aka “Gusto”