When you put forth all the numbers that reflect HB's rich history, it becomes evident how far we've come since August 14, 2012 when Taylor and I set out to create a carefree place where a visible minority in the wrestling community can be heard. It's numbers like these that make you realize that through sheer passion, nurturing and effort, anything can be achieved. That's something I've learned and hope I can say the same for when I walk away and strive for more in the bigger world. But I think the most important number is 1,281 --- the number of members that without, none of this could have ever been achieved. I, as well as others behind the wheel, have expressed deep gratitude to all of you for making this possible and I don't know what else I could possibly say that hasn't been said with each passing year that HB has grown beyond compare. This forum has become a massive part of my life, so much so that I share things with a lot of you that I wouldn't even share with most in my day to day life and I sit here recovering from a sinus infection (following strep throat!), just wanting to say thank you from the heart for the millionth time. But what's next? That's the question myself and @Shoaib. have been asking each other as we see past goals of making women's wrestling matter be achieved, overall interest start to wane and members finding other avenues of social media for their voice to be heard. What I hope is next is that beyond myself, Shoaib and others who have called HB home for years, the forum will continue to prosper because there's still so much more that lies ahead and so much that has been put into this place already. But, as always, we're a community and it depends on you. So with that said, while wishing HB a monumental Happy 5th Birthday, share what this place has meant to you and if you feel another 5 years is yet to be written in the books/tell us what you hope is next.
Happy Birthday, Heartbreakers!