29 May

When I first started this project, I remember thinking 65 days in or so (way too early)… what the hell did I get myself into? I can’t possibly find something to share for the next 300 days and some of my goals seemed impossible to accomplish- I couldn’t  imagine how I would figure out how to drive across the country or learn how to tango.

It all seemed impossible yet I kept putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward.

Every time I felt overwhelmed I would remind myself to take it a day at a time…a moment at a time if I had to, and that somehow, someway it would come together.

Yesterday it hit me…tomorrow is day 40. I turn 30 in 40 days! The fact that 30 is so close isn’t the shocking part anymore! I’m in shock that I actually followed through with the project. I am not going to lie, some days were pretty hard….like this day and this day and this day and this day and this day– haha.

But it’s been the most amazing, surprising and fulfilling experience.

It has taught me to appreciate my life in a way I didn’t know possible. So here I am on day 40 and all I want to do is soak it all in.

I feel so grateful.

It’s the best birthday gift I have ever given to myself.


Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. 
– Earl Nightingale


15 Responses to “40”

  1. Cassy May 29, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    It has been an absolutely amazing journey to read so far!1 =D

  2. becca3416 May 29, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Glad you accomplished what you thought you couldn’t!

  3. maternalmedia May 29, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Don’t make fun of me for asking (because, after all, I was late to the party). Is Frank the name of the French bulldog you want to get?

    • katemcclafferty May 29, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      Yes that’s what I want to name him when I get him:) How can I make fun of you when I’m the one with an imaginary dog named Frank!

  4. Erin Haslag (@WELLinLA) May 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    Can’ts into cans and dreams into plans… Cannot wait to read how the next chapter unfolds!

    • katemcclafferty May 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      I can’t wait to see what the next chapter looks like too!!! 🙂

  5. gregorychankins May 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Your energy, your spontaneity,YOUR HONESTY, and your joy of life are what come through in your blog. They are a year-long birthday gift that you are passing on to us, your readers.

    • katemcclafferty May 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Ah, Gregory your words always put a smile on my face. Thank you. I appreciate you.

  6. txurrosytxocolate May 30, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    It’s amazing what we can accomplish taking one day at a time, but always heading toward our goal (albeit, perhaps with detours along the way). Thanks for this reminder, whenever life feels overwhelming!

  7. jade May 30, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Just found your blog- love it! I started a 30 before 30 in Feb and have slowly but surely crossed things off the list. I actually think I want to do one before every birthday- I’ve been getting so much done!!

  8. Chantal May 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    I am so proud of the dreams, the journey and the wishes you have embarked upon when you started this blog, and all that you have come to accomplish. You have shared so much in these past few months with us; your fellow readers, and inspired us each
    step of the way. Not only by allowing us to see that through the intent of the action all is possible, but to always stay the course even when things look dim, dark and unachievable.
    And that perhaps the lessons learned and greates achievements came in the process not the finished result. I love you

  9. righteousbruin9 June 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    It is an amazing series, and I look forward to the fireworks!

  10. Rebecca Koo June 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Yay! I am now all caught up again, but this was my fav of all the posts I read so I will leave my comment here! Love it. Love the life learning and growing. I am always inspired and encouraged when I read your blog! Thank you!

    • katemcclafferty June 6, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Ahhh Rebecca, I always appreciate your words. Thank you for inspiring me too!

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