Happy Birthday, Confessions Around the Web and a Super Special Announcement

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Instead of the normal mailbag this week, I have a short story for you today.  Keep the questions coming though for the next mailbag!  Here's the page to do so.

Happy Birthday

Today a special day in my house.  It's my daughter's second birthday.

Unlike with our son, we did not find out the gender before the big day.  It was so awesome to meet her.

One year later (this day last year) I had planned on working a half day to celebrate with the family.

Then I had a conversation with a friend who warned me about what “it would look like” around the office if I left after lunch.

“It's her first birthday.  Why not just celebrate on Saturday?  She won't know the difference.  Why risk it?”

Risk it?!?!  What am I risking?

Anyhow, that's not the point.  We were celebrating as a family.  It was about us, not just her.

Didn't matter if she knew.  We did.

Fortunately, my company is pretty good with stuff like that, so I wasn't worried about “what it would look like.”

And I left.  A little later than I originally wanted, partially out of second guessing myself after that conversation, but I left a little early and celebrated with my family.

I think back to that day, and that conversation, all the time.

It was one of my first clear indicators that I wasn't completely happy with who I had become or where I was going.

And now I'm going somewhere else.  I'm going home.

And today we celebrate together again.  Nice and early!

Confessions Around the Web

I popped up a few places around the web since the last mailbag!

Be sure to let me know if you mention me on your blog or podcast so I can publicly thank you!

Here are the ones I know about:

Budgets Are Sexy – One of J$'s favorite reads of the week!  Awesome!

Alex Barker – Great blogging tips here, including one from yours truly 🙂

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff – A really fun blog written by a dedicated reader and author of two books on making and managing money!

Thank you to these awesome folks for helping me share this!  There is no better compliment online than a link, comment or share.

That you are comfortable enough with me to direct your audience to a post of mine is very, very heartwarming.  So thank you!

And now for the BIG announcement!

Remember that book giveaway that I told you would get better and better?  This one right here?

It just got juiced up for the next few days.

Here's the scoop:

I'm helping a buddy raise funds to adopt a child from Taiwan.  That's right.  Child.  In.  Taiwan.  Coming.  Home.

And my buddy is a Certified Time Management Consultant.  That might be one of the coolest titles ever….

To help him raise funds to bring his baby home I bought two “schedule review and time management coaching sessions” from him.

I'll be giving one session with him to two people who have signed up for the FREE book by midnight EST this Monday, September 9.

Here's how it works:

You take a screen shot of your calendar (if you have one) and email it to him.  He can walk you through how to do that if you don't know how.  Then you send him a list of all things you are working on.

He'll then work with you to build a schedule that helps you conquer chaos.

So there you go.  Free book.  Conquered chaos.  And a kid in Taiwan gets a little closer to coming home.  Win.  Win.  Win.

I told you we were going to do something special together.  And what's more special than helping a child come home?!?!

So sign up and spread the word!

If you don't want or need the time management session, but just want the free book, that's OK, too.  I'll draw another name.  No worries.  No pressure.

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