A birthday gift for me!

MY VIEWS | | October 11, 2012 at 8:41 am

Today I turn 40! I do! I own it! No regrets at all. I don’t want to be a day younger. I mean that truly. I love being 40. I love the journey here and I look forward to the journey from here.  So this year I wanted something different. I wanted something more. Something that is precious to everyone. I wanted: time. I created an invitation that I wanted my present to be bloggers donating their time volunteering at Room To Grow with me. Room to Grow is a non-profit organization that helps children born in poverty from 0-3 years.

Guess what? The event filled to capacity. These friends were eager to do something with no sponsors or swag. I was beyond happy, in fact I wished we were allowed more people in the group, which was less due to space issues at the organisation. Then Sara at Eventbrite saw the event and wanted to treat the bloggers to lunch after it. Seriously how could I not feel prouder about my friends in this social media space.

Best. Birthday. Ever!

Special thanks to:

Room To Grow: for doing what you’re doing in the community.

Eventbrite (Boston): Thank you Sara for volunteering and also for opting to treat the bloggers to lunch after at Tico’s

And my fellow blogger friends, thank you for giving me a few hours in your life:

LoriIsra, Emily,  Nancy, Stacey, Jessica,  Julia, Melanie, Sharon

and my darling girls who gave me up for the day and my sweetheart Ramesh (who happens to have a birthday on the same day as me).

This year? I got it!


  1. 1
    Jodi says:

    Happy birthday Niri! I believe the best gift we can give ourselves is to give to others. Have a wonderful day. Your bday is a day after my daughter’s – maybe it’ll help me remember next year!

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    Nancy says:

    What a lovely idea for a celebration – I was happy to help and honored to have been asked to join this lovely group. Room to Grow is a wonderful organization doing such great work – I now have another place to bring baby clothes, toys and books Thank you!

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    Isra says:

    Happy Birthday Niri! 40 is Fab. Honored to share the day with you, I feel like I got the presents, truly.

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    Palak says:

    Happy birthday to both of you guys! Room to grow sounds like a great charity!

  5. 5

    Happy Birthday friend. Thanks for sharing this organization with us, they are doing such a wonderful service for families in Boston.

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    Mami2jcn says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is tomorrow. Libras are the best, aren’t they? ;-)

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    PragmaticMom says:

    Happy birthday! What a wonderful way to spend your 40th!

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    Sharon says:

    Thank YOU for organizing such a cool way to celebrate a birthday. I am so glad I got to volunteer sorting clothes for Room to Grow. It truly is a wonderful organization. And you deserve a truly wonderful birthday. Hope it was as fabulous as you are!

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