Happy Herbivore Blog

September 24, 2013

32 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me (Happy Birthday to Me!)

Happy Herbivore and my birthday often seem to conspire to do something marvelous together.

On my 28th birthday, my first cookbook, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, went off to the printer.

On my 31st birthday, I found out I'd crossed a landmark: I'd sold 100,000 cookbooks.


(As of this last June, the count was up to 150,000!!).


I wonder what today will hold :)

Then again, I think the Happy Herbivore + Birthday conspiracy skips every few years (but I have a sneaking suspicion I know what's in store for a future birthday!) 

Anyway, I had just turned 26 a few weeks before I started Happy Herbivore and I've been trying to think what I would tell my younger self.

This quote was given to me in my early teens, and it's always been something I held onto during hard times, and dare I say, has proved true:

Everything ends up okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end yet.

I felt so much pressure to have everything figured out when I was in my early 20's. I think most of that was self-imposed, but I felt anxious... it was suffocating... that I didn't really know what I wanted to do.

(As I've been teaching in my new Exit Strategy School, I should have just realized another "job" was not the answer. I was never going to figure out what I wanted to do for a "job." I was never going to be happy at a "job." I needed to be in business for myself. I'm so happy as an entrepreneur, free on the 9-5, and setting my own schedule!)

Anyway, when I started feeling gloomy about my predicaments back then, I would remember this Baz Luhrmann 'song' that came out the year before I graduated high school. It always made me feel a little bit better (still does!) 

It also gave me hope that I, too, would be most interesting:

(for blog readers via email: watch video)

I also still love this Apple commercial:

(for blog readers via email: watch video)

(As you might remember from my memoir bit in Happy Herbivore Abroad, or yesterday's blog post confessional, many of Steve Jobs' words were (and still are) a comfort for me as I built and continue to build Happy Herbivore.)

Anyway, for my 32nd birthday, here are 32 things you might not know about me... in a slideshow!

(Slideshow not working? Click this link for my Birthday slides).

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