It's my birthday!

Much like last year, I'm recycling my facebook post as my birthday blog post. Enjoy, as they're probably my shortest posts of each year! I first saw this video on and the blog post about the video was mostly about what makes a person "rich" vs really living your life. Cool, huh? But then I actually watched it, and loved it. To make it even more perfect, it's actually about someone celebrating his 35th birthday with a birthday challenge.
35 from ARC'TERYX on Vimeo.

OK, I'm not actually completing any sort of birthday challenge, unless one considers teaching all day and then going to night class a challenge, and I'll hopefully never find my lunch in a dumpster, but the message that life isn't all about bank accounts and things but rather about moments and experiences and the people who you share them with resonated with me.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"Inside, we are all capable of surprising ourselves."

"What I want to be is happy, excited, inspired."

"I don't want to say, 'I wish....'  I  want to say, 'Damn, that was awesome!'"

"My heroes are my belay partners."

Well, MY heroes are both the strangers who inspire from a distance with huge accomplishments and the friends who email suggesting our latest hairbrained scheme.  They're my teammates and my partners in adventure, the ones who make turning 40 feel like a good start, and if you're keeping track in those terms, I'm rich indeed.



  1. Happy birthday! Hope you got lots of cake!

  2. Happy birthday! Eat cake. Then ice cream. Then repeat.

  3. Happy birthday! I agree with the post above - cake then ice cream and repeat!

  4. Happy Birthday! I almost missed your birthday! You are so young!!!!!!!!!

  5. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday SuperKate, happy birthday to you!!!! Hope you had a great day.

  6. Happy birthday, Super Kate!!!

  7. 40 is a good start, indeed! Again, happy birthday--I'm proud to know you.

  8. I'm still kinda pissed to learn you're 10 (TEN!!) years younger than me...but everyone is so I'll let it slide. This year.

    I swear I read this blog post earlier today, those quotes are things I wanted to comment about. I think I'm losing my mind. No, lost it, I've lost it. Anyway, love the quotes you pulled out and I absolutely agree. When I was dying today going up Pikes Peak, I just tried to remind myself that I GET to do this shit.

    Hope you had a fantastic day, lady!! Love ya!!!

    And p.s. - I was laughing so hard about the comment you left on my last post...yes, you certainly got carried away with yourself ;). I loved it!

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  10. What anonymous said...

    And happy birthday! 40 is the new 30.

  11. I hope you had a wonderful day Kate. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your new year!

  12. Can't wait to share another adventure with you to celebrate! Have a safe trip to mid-MO and see you soon!

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  16. Happy birthday SK! It is number 26 right?!!! I hope you had a good cake and celebration!!!

  17. Beautiful post!!!
    Happy belated birthday.

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