When I thought about all the ways I could possibly celebrate my upcoming 50th birthday – big blow out party, inspiring foreign travel, expensive jewelry, a weekend in a double-wide – it occurred to me that I could never, possibly gather all the people I love and who make me laugh in one space.
Friends far afield does not a party make.
Unless I did a Virtual Birthday Party! Via teleconference! And invited everyone to call in and give me advice about turning fifty!
So, it’s on. Please plan to join me on Monday, March 22nd, at 2pm EDT – dial (703) 344-2171 and enter Conference ID: 520811#.
Just in case no one calls in (the worst nightmare of any hostess), I have asked these friends to dial in throughout the hour to dispense kindly (and perhaps barbed) advice, direction and commentary for this next phase of my life:
Pam Slim, sister-by-choice, author of
Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur and my business partner on Kick Ass Mentoring and Career Invention.
Patti Digh, author of
Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally, wry and inspiring observer at
Jen Louden, Comfort Queen, chatelaine of The Comfort Cafe, lovely person, and author of wonderful books and programs for women.
Hiro Boga, the
Flourishing Muse and one of the finest writers and kindest souls I know.
Liz Lynch, networking pro and author of
Smart Networking: Attract a Following In Person and Online, who always seems to find time to laugh at my jokes. Bless her.
Woman On Fire, and author of
Women on Fire: 20 Inspiring Women Share Their Life Secrets (and Save You Years of Struggle!). Debbie generously talked to a newbie coach (me) one afternoon many years ago, and set me on a path I love.
NASA astronaut and friend since 7th grade. Cady is due to go up for her third space mission this December – to the International Space Station for a three month stay. Having seen the Earth from space, maybe Cady will help me put this birthday into a really big context.
Of course, there’s you.
I really want to talk to you. So please plan to call in – and I’ll mingle and talk to as many folks as I possibly can. Just like an in-person party.
Believe me: Your presence is the greatest gift I’ll receive.