My comfort zone at 40 and 1 year.

My birth mom never made it to 30. My beloved second mom is in her sixties, and makes it look very good. My over-40 friends make it clear that it’s a really good club to be joining. I am done freaking out about turning 40, and just in time.

I’m going to be 40 in 2 hours. As of this morning, I’m finally ok with that.

When I was younger, I really wanted people to think I was beautiful, then I wanted them to think of me as smart, then I wanted to be funny, now I just want to bring people comfort.

Which is why I write here. I hope you too see ppdtojoy.com as a comfort zone.

A lot is written and said in praise of stepping outside your comfort zone. And yes, I get why people find the idea attractive.
But I think that as women and mothers, our comfort is not valued enough. Too much of our existence is about providing for others, meeting their needs, and even more often, meeting their expectations. Not enough time and permission are extended towards our own comfort. On this here website, I call for tending our comfort zone as if it were a garden: finding out what it is that comforts and nourishes us, and giving that attention, importance, and power.

The only reason I can talk about depression, anxiety, and even suicide, is not because I am so good at stepping outside of my comfort zone, but because I am good at stretching it: I have enough practice in infusing the scary with the comforting and the nourishing, so I feel supported and safe when I go out on a limb, because my safety net (community + family + self-kindness + trust) is always within reach. (This is not something I was just naturally good at, you know. Thankfully, these are the acquire-able skills for happiness I call Permission-Based Healing of course.)

This is what I aim to do here, what my UnGuilt Trip classes are all about, and why I bother to get out of bed in the morning, or stay out of bed much too late at night, writing, despite my body’s growing discomforts with typing (audio posts are in the works, subscribe to email updates if you are interested).

As I move into the next decade of my life (I don’t usually make such a big deal out of birthdays, you know) and as this blog reaches its first anniversary today,(check out my first post here, I’m a little self-conscious about it) I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this journey.

And I ask that you consider gifting me with your comment. Blogging can be very lonely, just me and my screen, writing my heart out but not really knowing who I touch and how or why. So if you have a minute of child-free arms, I hope you would feel safe enough to tell me something about yourself — as much or as little as you wish. If you are shy, you don’t even have to tell me your name: you can be just Anna’s mom (even if your kid’s name is Jane!). Absolutely no need to step outside your comfort zone for this one, and please don’t feel bad if you don’t comment. But I would love to know that you were here, today, or some other day, and that you found even a tiny bit of comfort.

If you want to help extend this comfort to other women you know, how about sharing this blog with a friend? If you got a place on the internet, how about putting my  blog badge somewhere where mamas will find it? Make sure to also post a link to your blog on my community & resources page while you’re at it.

As always, love from here to eternity (and back), and whether you comment or not, may the joy be with you.

– – –
P.S. Speaking of blogiversary, my dear friend Jaime (she tweets as @jamesandjax) is also celebrating a year of blogging today. Jaime writes about her journey of recovery from ppd and anxiety while balancing work and motherhood. Her blog www.jamesandjax.com is sweet and insightful. Please check it out and congratulate her on a year of fabulous meaningful writing.

P.S. 2: don’t forget our #ppdSpeakEasy phone support chat coming up on Tuesday at noon. Jaime is planning on joining us. Yay!  Let’s make it a PPD party, where we cry if we want to…

P.S. 3: do you know about the #bluebloggers fundraiser for suicide prevention? I’m one of a growing group of bloggers who put their money and hair where our hearts are. We are a part of Cristi’s team, she is raising $5k for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, parent organization of the Crisisline, where I used to be a hotline counselor volunteer. I’ve asked my friends to donate in lue of a birthday gift this year. If every one of my readers donated $1, Cristi will be much closer to her goal, and another round of bloggers will sport blue dos. Like @momgosomething, that in itself is worth the effort. 

P.S. 4: It’s almost midnight. I’m really going to bed now. Honest.

 

 

 

37 Responses to My comfort zone at 40 and 1 year.
  1. Andrea
    September 26, 2012 | 8:18 pm

    I somehow missed this! I hope you had a wonderful birthday & I am so happy that I found you. Finding your blog, the PPD Speak Easy calls, Mama’s Comfort Camp & the Not Secret Not Weapon class has helped me in this journey of recovery from PPOCD. I honestly don’t know where I would be if I didn’t find this community. Lots of love to you & Happy Birthday again!
    Andrea recently posted..triggers

  2. Julie
    November 2, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    I totally missed this post somehow. Hope you had a really nice birthday. So glad you’re out there. You encourage me a lot. And, no 40 isn’t all that bad

    • Yael
      November 6, 2011 | 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much Julie, your support, and our
      connection, means so much to me. Hugs all the way to you.

  3. Yael
    October 4, 2011 | 6:33 am

    Wow, people, thank you all for the birthday love!
    I’m floored, touched, and feeling supported and cared-for.
    I’m still limiting my typing time, so I’ll be responding to your individual comments
    gradually, while I let my shoulder heal. But even if I have not yet loved you back in writing, know that I am savoring each one of your comments like honey for my soul.

  4. Jenny
    September 24, 2011 | 11:34 pm

    Happy birthday, Yael. Thank you so much for your wisdom and comfort. I am so glad that I found your blog and your calls. They have been a godsend for me.

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:38 am

      Sweetie, I’m so glad we have each other now. Your voice on the calls, your friendship, your comments here,
      all help me continue to put myself out there, where people can find me. You make my comfort zone grow large enough to do this.

  5. zikzuk
    September 24, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    עד 120 !קודם לי, אחר כך לך בכרונולוגי
    viva comfort zone

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:39 am

      Thank you, dad. I miss you. See you soon.

  6. Galit Breen
    September 24, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Happy birthday and happy blogoversary! I so love that you wrote now I want to bring people comfort. That? I can sense.

    Also? I started my blog on my birthday, too! You and me? Kismet!

    XO
    Galit Breen recently posted..Playing, Just Playing

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:42 am

      Galit, I love that we are kismet! Thank you for walking the path with me and also a huge thank you for the amazing work you do on your blog. It touches many and is very inspiring and comforting to me.

  7. Alice
    September 24, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Thank you and happy birthday. I started reading a few months ago and my baby is almost 6 months old. I started having what I call my “come-apart” about 2 months ago and just started Zoloft 3 days ago. Reading that I am not alone is comforting because I come from a family that just doesn’t talk about these things. Its nice to read somebody who does.

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:48 am

      Alice, thank you for telling me about you. I write this blog with the intention of bringing comfort to those who feel like they are coming apart, especially if they have nobody they can talk freely with. Good luck with the zoloft and everything else that can help you on your journey. Much love.

  8. Jaime (James and Jax)
    September 24, 2011 | 6:43 am

    Happy birthday, sweet Yael! I hope it is a pain-free beautiful day for you. You deserve it.

    Your blog is one of my favorites. I love that your silliness shines through your words. I admire you & hope to be part of many more PPDtoJoy blogiversaries to come.
    Jaime (James and Jax) recently posted..Life’s Lessons: Today Is My Blogiversary!

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:31 am

      Oh my darling, sharing our blogaversary with you is such a treat!
      It means so much to me to walk this path together. Thank you for the birthday love.

  9. Margaret (mammacockatoo)
    September 24, 2011 | 6:07 am

    I’m not doing so well with the keeping up with blogs thing (ha! not even my own!)

    But I’m here today, wishing you the happiest of birthdays, and congratulating you on a year full of blogging and passing on your hard-earned wisdom, love, and support.

    Thank you for all that you do.
    Margaret (mammacockatoo) recently posted..Time for a blog makeover

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:33 am

      Sweetie, I’m so grateful to having you with me. Here, on the twitter, and far away down under, we care about all this together. Love it. Love you.

  10. Laurel (aka Robin's Mom)
    September 24, 2011 | 12:05 am

    I know for a fact that the best is yet to be. One of the best things about over 40 is that you can decide to no longer care about what other people think. No longer fret about reflections but shine yourself. Be real. Be yourself. Those who care love you as you are. The rest don’t matter. My French D-in-law gave me a saying: “La coeur n’a pas des rides.” the heart has no wrinkles. Happy Birthday again! I hope to check back in 30 years and see if you agree. XO

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:39 am

      Oh my god, it’s Robin’s mother! I’m so thrilled you are here! Thank you for commenting, and thank you for Robin. Who I adore! You must have done something right to have your doughter become the stunningly beautiful soul that she is. And also thank you for this: “No longer fret about reflections but shine yourself.”

      Much love.

      • Laurel
        October 8, 2011 | 10:48 am

        And love back at you Yael. Thank you to the bottom of my heart for what you have done for Robin. She is a truly beautiful soul! But you could give her something that I couldn’t, the empathy that comes from having been there. We are all so grateful. Because of your support she can go on to help others. It has saved her family and therefore ours. Hugs!

  11. Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned
    September 24, 2011 | 12:03 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! the true gift is YOU my friend. You are a blessing and a comfort to everyone who reads and listens to tour words. You have done amazing things in just the past year alone. I’m sending you tons of love, hugs and happiness for your birthday and beyond. xo
    Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned recently posted..Married Mama Looking for Love

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:41 am

      Gosh, Cristi, right back at you. You floor me in the most comforting way. Buckets of hugs.

  12. Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned
    September 23, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    Happy Birthday dear dear Yael. You are a friend and true comfort to so many. It’s incredible all that you’ve accomplished in a year. Your passion for helping others is incredible. You are truly a gift to me and to everyone who knows you, reads and listens to your powerful words. I’m here. Much love and happiness to you!
    Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned recently posted..Married Mama Looking for Love

  13. wendy @ mama one to three
    September 23, 2011 | 11:02 pm

    Happy Birthday! just found your blog and it’s so great. I feel similarly about writing beyond our comfort zones, especially when it may bring comfort to someone else. great writing. enjoy!
    wendy @ mama one to three recently posted..Standing Taller. Falling Over.

  14. c
    September 23, 2011 | 10:56 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Thank you for all that you do.

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 8:06 am

      Thank you too my dear. For being here and telling me about it. Much love.

  15. Greta @gfunkified
    September 23, 2011 | 10:52 pm

    Happy birthday. I think you’re amazing. That’s all. :)
    Greta @gfunkified recently posted..Week In Review

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 8:04 am

      Wow, honey, thank you. That means so much to me. Love right back.

  16. story
    September 23, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    I will listen to every single thing you say for as long as you keep saying it. This is definitely my place of comfort on the web and I am so grateful for it.

    I wish you such a happy birthday. And many more. So many more.
    story recently posted..Life’s Lessons: The Excuses Edition

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 7:17 am

      Oh, my darling Story. I can feel the connection too, you know. Hopefully you will be able to join a speakeasy call soon, and then I’ll get to hear your voice! But really, I can’t wait to meet you some day.

  17. Sherri
    September 23, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to you! Robin sent me over here and I can tell from your words that this is an important milestone to you. This bloggy world that we are all sharing can be a wonderful place, and it sounds like it’s been a good place for you.

    Welcome to my decade! It’s been lovely so far…

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 7:14 am

      Sherri, I’m so happy Robin sent you here, I’m thrilled to meet you. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Love it.

  18. Frelle
    September 23, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    Yom Huledet Sameakh.

    Happy Birthday,Yael. I am so grateful for you. For your heart, your words, your love for others. For your willingness to be brave and vulnerable and transparent about your own journey, and what you’ve learned, and your willingness to provide a safe place full of grace and love and peace and amazing resources. You are a miracle. I love you, sweet friend.
    @frelle
    Frelle recently posted..A Gift For You

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:56 am

      Oh, honey, what a string of sweet thing to say. I might just have to print this and Cary with me for when I’m feeling discouraged. The funny thing is how I feel the same about you, about your writing, your outreach, your courage. You inspire me every day. Much love and hugs.

  19. Sarah
    September 23, 2011 | 10:48 pm

    Thank you for all that you do! I found the #ppdchat army pretty quickly after getting the hang of twitter. Genius. And making a difference.

    Happy birthday. Thank you for writing. Thank you for throwing lifelines.

    • Yael
      October 3, 2011 | 6:59 am

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and for the image of throwing lifelines. Love it.

  20. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    September 23, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    I am here. Every day. For every post. I usually comment, but not always. But I always find comfort and love.

    Happy, happy birthday. The world is so much better for having you in it. MY world is so much better for having you in it.

    Much love and happiness. xo

    • Yael
      October 3, 2011 | 6:57 am

      My dear Robin. Your presence on my journey is so important to me. Your help and support have been instrumental to me. Thank you for being here, it helps me feel I have a strong foundation, this is the essence
      of what allows me to stretch my comfort zone enough to talk about the hard stuff.

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My comfort zone at 40 and 1 year.

My birth mom never made it to 30. My beloved second mom is in her sixties, and makes it look very good. My over-40 friends make it clear that it’s a really good club to be joining. I am done freaking out about turning 40, and just in time.

I’m going to be 40 in 2 hours. As of this morning, I’m finally ok with that.

When I was younger, I really wanted people to think I was beautiful, then I wanted them to think of me as smart, then I wanted to be funny, now I just want to bring people comfort.

Which is why I write here. I hope you too see ppdtojoy.com as a comfort zone.

A lot is written and said in praise of stepping outside your comfort zone. And yes, I get why people find the idea attractive.
But I think that as women and mothers, our comfort is not valued enough. Too much of our existence is about providing for others, meeting their needs, and even more often, meeting their expectations. Not enough time and permission are extended towards our own comfort. On this here website, I call for tending our comfort zone as if it were a garden: finding out what it is that comforts and nourishes us, and giving that attention, importance, and power.

The only reason I can talk about depression, anxiety, and even suicide, is not because I am so good at stepping outside of my comfort zone, but because I am good at stretching it: I have enough practice in infusing the scary with the comforting and the nourishing, so I feel supported and safe when I go out on a limb, because my safety net (community + family + self-kindness + trust) is always within reach. (This is not something I was just naturally good at, you know. Thankfully, these are the acquire-able skills for happiness I call Permission-Based Healing of course.)

This is what I aim to do here, what my UnGuilt Trip classes are all about, and why I bother to get out of bed in the morning, or stay out of bed much too late at night, writing, despite my body’s growing discomforts with typing (audio posts are in the works, subscribe to email updates if you are interested).

As I move into the next decade of my life (I don’t usually make such a big deal out of birthdays, you know) and as this blog reaches its first anniversary today,(check out my first post here, I’m a little self-conscious about it) I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this journey.

And I ask that you consider gifting me with your comment. Blogging can be very lonely, just me and my screen, writing my heart out but not really knowing who I touch and how or why. So if you have a minute of child-free arms, I hope you would feel safe enough to tell me something about yourself — as much or as little as you wish. If you are shy, you don’t even have to tell me your name: you can be just Anna’s mom (even if your kid’s name is Jane!). Absolutely no need to step outside your comfort zone for this one, and please don’t feel bad if you don’t comment. But I would love to know that you were here, today, or some other day, and that you found even a tiny bit of comfort.

If you want to help extend this comfort to other women you know, how about sharing this blog with a friend? If you got a place on the internet, how about putting my  blog badge somewhere where mamas will find it? Make sure to also post a link to your blog on my community & resources page while you’re at it.

As always, love from here to eternity (and back), and whether you comment or not, may the joy be with you.

– – –
P.S. Speaking of blogiversary, my dear friend Jaime (she tweets as @jamesandjax) is also celebrating a year of blogging today. Jaime writes about her journey of recovery from ppd and anxiety while balancing work and motherhood. Her blog www.jamesandjax.com is sweet and insightful. Please check it out and congratulate her on a year of fabulous meaningful writing.

P.S. 2: don’t forget our #ppdSpeakEasy phone support chat coming up on Tuesday at noon. Jaime is planning on joining us. Yay!  Let’s make it a PPD party, where we cry if we want to…

P.S. 3: do you know about the #bluebloggers fundraiser for suicide prevention? I’m one of a growing group of bloggers who put their money and hair where our hearts are. We are a part of Cristi’s team, she is raising $5k for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, parent organization of the Crisisline, where I used to be a hotline counselor volunteer. I’ve asked my friends to donate in lue of a birthday gift this year. If every one of my readers donated $1, Cristi will be much closer to her goal, and another round of bloggers will sport blue dos. Like @momgosomething, that in itself is worth the effort. 

P.S. 4: It’s almost midnight. I’m really going to bed now. Honest.

 

 

 

37 Responses to My comfort zone at 40 and 1 year.
  1. Andrea
    September 26, 2012 | 8:18 pm

    I somehow missed this! I hope you had a wonderful birthday & I am so happy that I found you. Finding your blog, the PPD Speak Easy calls, Mama’s Comfort Camp & the Not Secret Not Weapon class has helped me in this journey of recovery from PPOCD. I honestly don’t know where I would be if I didn’t find this community. Lots of love to you & Happy Birthday again!
    Andrea recently posted..triggers

  2. Julie
    November 2, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    I totally missed this post somehow. Hope you had a really nice birthday. So glad you’re out there. You encourage me a lot. And, no 40 isn’t all that bad

    • Yael
      November 6, 2011 | 6:45 pm

      Thank you so much Julie, your support, and our
      connection, means so much to me. Hugs all the way to you.

  3. Yael
    October 4, 2011 | 6:33 am

    Wow, people, thank you all for the birthday love!
    I’m floored, touched, and feeling supported and cared-for.
    I’m still limiting my typing time, so I’ll be responding to your individual comments
    gradually, while I let my shoulder heal. But even if I have not yet loved you back in writing, know that I am savoring each one of your comments like honey for my soul.

  4. Jenny
    September 24, 2011 | 11:34 pm

    Happy birthday, Yael. Thank you so much for your wisdom and comfort. I am so glad that I found your blog and your calls. They have been a godsend for me.

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:38 am

      Sweetie, I’m so glad we have each other now. Your voice on the calls, your friendship, your comments here,
      all help me continue to put myself out there, where people can find me. You make my comfort zone grow large enough to do this.

  5. zikzuk
    September 24, 2011 | 5:07 pm

    עד 120 !קודם לי, אחר כך לך בכרונולוגי
    viva comfort zone

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:39 am

      Thank you, dad. I miss you. See you soon.

  6. Galit Breen
    September 24, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Happy birthday and happy blogoversary! I so love that you wrote now I want to bring people comfort. That? I can sense.

    Also? I started my blog on my birthday, too! You and me? Kismet!

    XO
    Galit Breen recently posted..Playing, Just Playing

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:42 am

      Galit, I love that we are kismet! Thank you for walking the path with me and also a huge thank you for the amazing work you do on your blog. It touches many and is very inspiring and comforting to me.

  7. Alice
    September 24, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Thank you and happy birthday. I started reading a few months ago and my baby is almost 6 months old. I started having what I call my “come-apart” about 2 months ago and just started Zoloft 3 days ago. Reading that I am not alone is comforting because I come from a family that just doesn’t talk about these things. Its nice to read somebody who does.

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:48 am

      Alice, thank you for telling me about you. I write this blog with the intention of bringing comfort to those who feel like they are coming apart, especially if they have nobody they can talk freely with. Good luck with the zoloft and everything else that can help you on your journey. Much love.

  8. Jaime (James and Jax)
    September 24, 2011 | 6:43 am

    Happy birthday, sweet Yael! I hope it is a pain-free beautiful day for you. You deserve it.

    Your blog is one of my favorites. I love that your silliness shines through your words. I admire you & hope to be part of many more PPDtoJoy blogiversaries to come.
    Jaime (James and Jax) recently posted..Life’s Lessons: Today Is My Blogiversary!

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:31 am

      Oh my darling, sharing our blogaversary with you is such a treat!
      It means so much to me to walk this path together. Thank you for the birthday love.

  9. Margaret (mammacockatoo)
    September 24, 2011 | 6:07 am

    I’m not doing so well with the keeping up with blogs thing (ha! not even my own!)

    But I’m here today, wishing you the happiest of birthdays, and congratulating you on a year full of blogging and passing on your hard-earned wisdom, love, and support.

    Thank you for all that you do.
    Margaret (mammacockatoo) recently posted..Time for a blog makeover

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:33 am

      Sweetie, I’m so grateful to having you with me. Here, on the twitter, and far away down under, we care about all this together. Love it. Love you.

  10. Laurel (aka Robin's Mom)
    September 24, 2011 | 12:05 am

    I know for a fact that the best is yet to be. One of the best things about over 40 is that you can decide to no longer care about what other people think. No longer fret about reflections but shine yourself. Be real. Be yourself. Those who care love you as you are. The rest don’t matter. My French D-in-law gave me a saying: “La coeur n’a pas des rides.” the heart has no wrinkles. Happy Birthday again! I hope to check back in 30 years and see if you agree. XO

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:39 am

      Oh my god, it’s Robin’s mother! I’m so thrilled you are here! Thank you for commenting, and thank you for Robin. Who I adore! You must have done something right to have your doughter become the stunningly beautiful soul that she is. And also thank you for this: “No longer fret about reflections but shine yourself.”

      Much love.

      • Laurel
        October 8, 2011 | 10:48 am

        And love back at you Yael. Thank you to the bottom of my heart for what you have done for Robin. She is a truly beautiful soul! But you could give her something that I couldn’t, the empathy that comes from having been there. We are all so grateful. Because of your support she can go on to help others. It has saved her family and therefore ours. Hugs!

  11. Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned
    September 24, 2011 | 12:03 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! the true gift is YOU my friend. You are a blessing and a comfort to everyone who reads and listens to tour words. You have done amazing things in just the past year alone. I’m sending you tons of love, hugs and happiness for your birthday and beyond. xo
    Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned recently posted..Married Mama Looking for Love

    • Yael
      October 8, 2011 | 6:41 am

      Gosh, Cristi, right back at you. You floor me in the most comforting way. Buckets of hugs.

  12. Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned
    September 23, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    Happy Birthday dear dear Yael. You are a friend and true comfort to so many. It’s incredible all that you’ve accomplished in a year. Your passion for helping others is incredible. You are truly a gift to me and to everyone who knows you, reads and listens to your powerful words. I’m here. Much love and happiness to you!
    Cristi @ Motherhood Unadorned recently posted..Married Mama Looking for Love

  13. wendy @ mama one to three
    September 23, 2011 | 11:02 pm

    Happy Birthday! just found your blog and it’s so great. I feel similarly about writing beyond our comfort zones, especially when it may bring comfort to someone else. great writing. enjoy!
    wendy @ mama one to three recently posted..Standing Taller. Falling Over.

  14. c
    September 23, 2011 | 10:56 pm

    Happy birthday!

    Thank you for all that you do.

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 8:06 am

      Thank you too my dear. For being here and telling me about it. Much love.

  15. Greta @gfunkified
    September 23, 2011 | 10:52 pm

    Happy birthday. I think you’re amazing. That’s all. :)
    Greta @gfunkified recently posted..Week In Review

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 8:04 am

      Wow, honey, thank you. That means so much to me. Love right back.

  16. story
    September 23, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    I will listen to every single thing you say for as long as you keep saying it. This is definitely my place of comfort on the web and I am so grateful for it.

    I wish you such a happy birthday. And many more. So many more.
    story recently posted..Life’s Lessons: The Excuses Edition

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 7:17 am

      Oh, my darling Story. I can feel the connection too, you know. Hopefully you will be able to join a speakeasy call soon, and then I’ll get to hear your voice! But really, I can’t wait to meet you some day.

  17. Sherri
    September 23, 2011 | 10:51 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to you! Robin sent me over here and I can tell from your words that this is an important milestone to you. This bloggy world that we are all sharing can be a wonderful place, and it sounds like it’s been a good place for you.

    Welcome to my decade! It’s been lovely so far…

    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 7:14 am

      Sherri, I’m so happy Robin sent you here, I’m thrilled to meet you. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Love it.

  18. Frelle
    September 23, 2011 | 10:50 pm

    Yom Huledet Sameakh.

    Happy Birthday,Yael. I am so grateful for you. For your heart, your words, your love for others. For your willingness to be brave and vulnerable and transparent about your own journey, and what you’ve learned, and your willingness to provide a safe place full of grace and love and peace and amazing resources. You are a miracle. I love you, sweet friend.
    @frelle
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    • Yael
      October 4, 2011 | 6:56 am

      Oh, honey, what a string of sweet thing to say. I might just have to print this and Cary with me for when I’m feeling discouraged. The funny thing is how I feel the same about you, about your writing, your outreach, your courage. You inspire me every day. Much love and hugs.

  19. Sarah
    September 23, 2011 | 10:48 pm

    Thank you for all that you do! I found the #ppdchat army pretty quickly after getting the hang of twitter. Genius. And making a difference.

    Happy birthday. Thank you for writing. Thank you for throwing lifelines.

    • Yael
      October 3, 2011 | 6:59 am

      Thank you for the birthday wishes and for the image of throwing lifelines. Love it.

  20. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    September 23, 2011 | 10:37 pm

    I am here. Every day. For every post. I usually comment, but not always. But I always find comfort and love.

    Happy, happy birthday. The world is so much better for having you in it. MY world is so much better for having you in it.

    Much love and happiness. xo

    • Yael
      October 3, 2011 | 6:57 am

      My dear Robin. Your presence on my journey is so important to me. Your help and support have been instrumental to me. Thank you for being here, it helps me feel I have a strong foundation, this is the essence
      of what allows me to stretch my comfort zone enough to talk about the hard stuff.

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