Nothing Like a Birthday To Get You Thinking About Death

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There’s nothing like a birthday, another milestone, to get you feeling depressed, anxious or excited about the future. You start thinking about all the things you have and haven’t accomplished in your life. You begin to see your final days on earth fast approaching.

And you’re wondering whether there’s any room left in the world for another dream-seeker, risk-taker, and career pioneer like yourself. 

I’m here to say that YES there is still room for YOU! And for ME!

STOP taking a back seat  in life. STOP wondering whether you’re good enough to do what you really want to do. STOP the pity-party. STOP peddling your feet.

The world’s not going to wait for you to step into your greatness. You have to take ownership of it and start stepping out on faith!

Today’s my birthday! Happy birthday to me!

I began this morning with a bit of reflection as I rushed downstairs to prepare a bottle for my daughter.

It was short-lived when I decided to catch a bit more shut-eye before I really began my day. (I stayed awake until about 2 a.m. last night — as I usually do cause it’s the quietest time of the day– brainstorming about some of my newest goals.)

I confess: I have a bad habit of not using opportunities, such as birthdays and other milestones, to sit down to reflect and really make some decisions on how I want to live the rest of my life. Life is way to short to live vicariously –on a whim. As the saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

So today, I’ve decided that I will carve out some time to plan for the next year or so, and develop a clear-cut vision statement for the next couple of years before I hit the big 3-0. 

(Yes, reaching another decade is big! But not necessarily in a bad way. So all of you 30 and older folks, don’t get it twisted. I’m trying to get to where you are!)

Here’s what I’ve mapped out so far:

  1. Continue to serve and meet the needs of others with words in print and on the computer screen.
  2. Write and publish my first nonfiction book.
  3. Start earning some (more) serious cash as a result of my published works.
  4. Garnish public speaking and media appearances as a result of my book, and platform.

I’m already on the right track with Number 1 and to completing numbers 2 and 3; with number 4 trailing not too far behind.

Within a couple of weeks from now, I will be releasing my first nonfiction book to the public.

As part of the book release, I’ll launch a spanking new website to promote the book along with my new platform.

(Keep in mind that I’m doing all of this on a shoe-string budget. So don’t hate if it’s not to up to your standards. . . It’ll look fresh. But the most important thing is that the content will be nothing short of high quality and meaningful, practical advice for the target audience.)

I’ll keep you posted on the progress and the step-by-steps to getting my book published. If you’d like to stay abreast before anyone else gets the goods, hit me up at 

(At that address, you’ll reach me directly. But don’t spam me or you will get reported.)

If you do decide to email me, there’s no need to include a message unless you want to tell me a little about yourself and offer any free advice or encouragement as I embark on this self-publishing journey. Just make sure you write the words ‘New Book’ in the subject line of the email.

Keep the Discussion Going

Let’s do this. Let’s pretend that today is also your birthday. (I’ll let you borrow mine, but only for today.)

What would you like to accomplish this year?

Birthdays. Smurfdays. Don’t wait until it’s your birthday to consider what you’d like to get done for the remaining days left this year. Think about what you’d like to accomplish each day. Envision your future as you’d ideally like it to pan out.  And carve out some concrete plans for yourself. Lastly, get cracking today!

I’m not trying to be morbid, but remember: tomorrow is not promised…

About the Author

Emily Brown is the key contributor and creator of, a blog that delivers articles and posts about job industry trends; plus motivational, retrospective stories about career exploration and discovering one’s passion. A former business journalist at Bloomberg News, her work has also appeared in  The Wall Street Journal,  The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and others. Emily lives and works in Washington, DC. She can easily be reached at Feel free to drop her a line to say “hello,” suggest an opportunity, or provide news of your own.



  • Kim

    Happy Birthday to me! Today, I will continue to live life to the fullest. This year, I will make hard/gutsy decisions and use my talents and passions to reach that desired balance that I know is out there.

    Keep it up Ems. Oh, and Happy Birthday to you:)!

    • Emily Brown

      Thanks Kim!! You go girl! I’m right with you! :-)

  • L. Dijon Anderson

    This is funny and truthful! I fortunately and unfortunately think of death often. And there are still some things I want to do as well. They are still on my dream board. And I am becoming more excited about putting them into practice by the day! Thanks again for the fresh reminders. And by the way…Happy Birthday!

  • Tasheka Cox

    For my birthday today, I will set aside some time to seriously think about what I want to do with the rest of my life. Its great when you have it figured out, that way, you can move full speed ahead with your steps to obtain your dreams. But when your still living in uncertainty its hard to plan for what you’ll be doing until your next birthday. Awww, I got it! Today I will think about how I can merge all of my interest in to one solid career!

    • Emily Brown

      Exactly Tasheka! I think it’s just a matter of time before it all clicks! When it does, you’re going to be unstoppable! I’m sure of it.