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Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my 42nd birthday. How I ended up in my 40s, I will never know, but nevertheless, I am here and I am rockin' it. My 40s are fabulous and, alliteration aside, I am blessed beyond belief.

I thought about ways to mark this occasion on Besote, and as a new blogger, I thought about taking the self promotion route, with a little getting-to-know-you trivia.

But I kind of already did that on my About Me page.

Then I thought, as a list-lover, today would be a great opportunity to set some goals for year 42.

And so I did. In my head.

See, 42 is a big number for any one list, but I can give you the quick and dirty.

In my twenties, my mom decided that 20 something candles in any cake was a fire hazard, so she decided that she would put in one candle in my birthday cake for each decade, plus the number of the particular birthday. For example, when I turned 27, I had 9 candles...2 for the decades and 7 for the years.

So, now I'm 42. And when my mom makes my special request, Duncan Hines strawberry cake with vanilla frosting this weekend, she will not give me 42 candles, but 6...1 for each decade and then 1 for each of the two years of my 40s.

Weird, I know. But back to the list in my head. My list of 42 was overwhelming, even for me, the list lover, so I decided to take my mom's approach.

Here are six things (in no particular order) that I hope I will get done in my 42nd year of goal for each candle.

1. Build my blog readership to 100 or more regular, active followers.

2. Walk or run and log 100 miles.

3. Read at least 10 books.

4. Publish at least three times per week and follow my editorial calendar.

5. Add one fabulous recipe per month to my repertoire.

6. Visit and explore at least two American cities where we have never been.

It's not a bad start. It's ambitious, but doable, with my hard work and with your help.

If there's ever something you like, please share it. And if there's ever a topic you would like to see covered, please propose it.

And in the meantime, please know, my dear readers, that you are appreciated. Your comments and feedback encourage me and reading your blogs inspires me.

I'm off to celebrate. Salud y suerte! Feliz cumpleaños a mí!

Un besote!



  1. Happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you so much! :-) And thank you for visiting...I really appreciate it.

  2. Happy Belated Birthday! I turned 43 this year - I have no idea how that happened either. I thought I'd help you out with #1 - following and excited to read what comes next! - Kim

    1. Hi Kim! Thank you so much and welcome to Besote! I'm thrilled that you are one of my newest followers. Thank you for helping me reach my goal. I hope you come back and visit often. :-) I'm looking forward to exploring your blog as well.