I'm going to jump into September with both feet and share my favorite idea of all time.
When I turned 40 (um, awhile ago), I decided to choose 40 people and thank them for being a part of my first 40 years: for inspiring me, believing in me, forgiving me, laughing with me. When I put my list together, I had more than a few extra names. What a blessing to have known Ann, Chris, Lisa, Eric & Dar, Katherine.... I tracked down friends from grade school, friends who've moved away. Remembering each one was the best birthday gift ever. (And if you didn't receive a card, it was obviously lost in the mail.)
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