As of today, I am 31 years old. Yes, it is my birthday. I thought I’d take a break from “make money online” posts and just get personal.
As I write this post, I’m at home with my little girl, Elyana. I’m sitting on the MacBook Pro and Elyana is playing all over me. In fact, I grabbed Photobooth and took a quick photo of us from the Isight webcam:
Yes, I’ve got a little toy on top of my head. She put it there. She thinks it is hilarious. 🙂
I was thinking today how much my life has changed. Doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was moving into my first house. I was single and living by myself. I actually liked it. Today, I am surrounded my women. 🙂 I have my wife here (and she’s gorgeous) and the little mini-Risley. I actually sometimes wish I had a little more quiet time, but this is my family. I love them.
But, you know the weirdest thing? That I support all of this as a BLOGGER. I repeat…BLOGGER.
You know, I talk about blogging all the time on this site. I love showing people how to make money doing this. But, it is still WEIRD that you can make a full time living at this. Every diaper. Every bottle of formula. Every meal we eat. Every tank of gas that goes in the cars. All of it is paid for by me typing stuff and hitting the Publish button. Of course, in all fairness, there is a LOT more that goes into it than that. However, it is still odd – you’ve gotta admit it.
I absolutely love what I do. It doesn’t feel like a job to me. And I think I’m lucky to be able to do it.
Alex Cattoni just posted her very first blog post. She says It Is Time To Get Grateful. I agree completely. She says:
This magical little thing I am talking about is expressing gratitude. It may sound basic, but trust me… learning how to express gratitude on a regular basis will do you a world of good. I am a true believer that in order to have everything you want in life (and more) you first need to appreciate whole-heartedly what you DO have.
Alex is a self-professed “personal development junkie”. I had the opportunity to meet her in San Diego a few weeks ago. She lives in Malaysia. I really admire her style and outlook on life. I wish her the best on her new blog. 🙂
So, yes, I’m expressing my gratitude. I’m a lucky man to be able to do what I do and do it well. I am grateful to all of the people who read my blogs and buy my products. I am grateful to my wife for marrying an overweight blogger. 😉 I am grateful to my little daughter for choosing us as her parents. 🙂 I am grateful to all the forward-thinking people who have created the Internet and the vast array of sites and services we all use today. I have no idea what I’d be doing today if it weren’t for the Internet.
Another part of Alex’s post that I completely agree with:
For some reason completely unknown to me, no matter how easy it is, the majority of people in this world are incapable of expressing gratitude. Why? They have a poisoned mindset that teaches them to focus on what they DON’T have, not on what they do. Well news flash people! What you focus on expands! So the more you focus on the lack in your life, the more of it you will have.. and on and on it goes in a vicious downward spiral.
It is my nature to attract abundance. I’m not a big believer in barriers. Today, as I watch yet another birthday zoom by, I take a small pause to simply acknowledge what I love about my life. I’ve got a lot more I want to do with this life, too.
Let’s see what I can accomplish by my next birthday. 🙂
And once again, THANK YOU for being there, guys. You rock.