Bring on the cake, the confetti, the kazoos.
Put on your party clothes, raise your glass, and sing your lungs out.
This week I turn 41!
I can hardly believe another year has gone by. Only one year ago I was celebrating the big 4-0 in a tiny village in the gorgeous Quilatoa Loop of Ecuador. It was magical, and I got a little verklempt talking about it with ya’ll.
(Oh yeah, I just mixed Yiddish with Southern slang. You can do stuff like that when you get to be my age.)
Just two years ago we were still knee-deep in possessions and working hard to rid ourselves of the last few sentimental things. My good friends in Seattle came by to help me out, buying 39 of my favorite items so they didn’t have to go to strangers (and forcing me to drink way too much wine while singing along to Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain – I’m glad no one brought a video camera). What I thought was going to be a traumatic experience turned into a the best birthday of my life, opening up the emotional space to receive so much more in the coming year.
This year we are on yet another continent and I am celebrating in beautiful Thailand. Next week we reach a major milestone as we submit our first book proposal, and I’m celebrating with a massage, a new turtle tattoo and dinner with my man. There is no gift I could receive that is better than living the good life we worked so hard to achieve and sharing the journey with you.
But if you were so inclined to get me a gift, I’ll make it easy.
Betsy’s Dirt-Cheap Birthday Wish List:
- Get a little something for yourself. Sign up for our Try Something New ezine. Twice a month we interview regular, everyday people who have tried something new, give you the inside scoop and resources to try it yourself. You probably won’t want to try everything, but you will be motivated by their stories to add a little more zing to your own life. Let’s all commit to trying something new in 2012. (and did I mention, it’s free?)
- Take a load off. You don’t have to go to the lengths we did to see a major energy (and cash) boost from getting rid of the stuff you no longer use. Reminders of the person you used to be or failed to be are preventing you from enjoying who you are in the present. We wrote the eBook Getting Rid of It: Eliminate the Clutter from Your Life and priced it at a low $4.99 on Amazon so you could get it now without adding to your load. Buy it, use it, and donate your proceeds to buying yourself a fun new experience (see, I never let up with this Try Something New thing) or contributing to option #3. You know you’re going to want this for your new year’s resolutions anyway, right?
- Lend a helping hand. Head on over to Fund the Farm, a program started by my friend Amber to bring awareness and help create a better life for foster kids in Louisiana. Amber is in the process of becoming a foster mom herself, and after seeing the breakdowns and problems in the system she decided to do something about it instead of complain. You can help her change young lives for as little as $5, and if you live in Louisiana you won’t want to miss the fundraising epic concerts she’ll be promoting in 2012. Amber’s heart is huge, but her wallet is not. We have already donated to Fund the Farm.
There you go. For $10 you can get the Try Something New ezine for motivation all year long, the Getting Rid of It eBook (which will pay you back at least 10-fold by the weekend if you have as much extra crap as most people), and help foster kids in Louisiana get out of the system and into a home. That’s a bargain any way you look at it.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for subscribing, watching, commenting, emailing, Skyping, tweeting, Facebooking, donating, buying our books, sharing and virtually traveling along with us on this journey. My life is richer because of you, and I can hardly believe how lucky I am to have you in my life.
If you feel even half the way about me as I do about you, we’re in for a serious love-fest in 2012. Are you ready?
(blowing out the candles now…let the singing begin!)