What I Want for My Birthday, and It Ain’t a Piece of Cake!

It all began with me saying, “No chocolate cake; please do not feed the Birthday Bear!” (No, today’s not my birthday – it’s coming up soon, but it’s not today.) Much as I LOVE that Costco Chocolate layer cake, I am even more serious about shedding some pounds before my self-imposed deadline for buying a mother-of-the-bride dress. And having just had very minor surgery on both feet, the walking has, of necessity, been temporarily curtailed. Like, for another week or two.

Then, while rationalizing that Nutella is neither cake nor icing, I saw CARE’s “Walk In Her Shoes” fundraising campaign, challenging and inspiring us to do what we all ought to be doing, anyway – walking 10,000 steps a day, between March 8-14, “in solidarity with the journey taken each day by women and girls around the world.”

So this is what I’d like from all of you: Join my team, walk with me, donate, and help spread the word. Any or all of the above! I’ve set a very reasonable goal of $1500. If we blow past that, I won’t cry – look what $2,250 could do! But let’s work together to get to that. Here’s an example of what our donations can provide to women, girls, and the communities in which they live:


Read this great article on why educating girls is key to reducing poverty. But it’s hard to get an education when you have to work so hard, just to help the family make ends meet. Maybe reducing the trek to haul water or get to work can help free up some time for learning. It’s a start.

I’m grateful to have two healthy feet, a good pair of shoes, and the ability to walk 10,000 steps a day because I want to – and because it will improve my health. A few steps across the room is all it takes for me to get clean, running water (filtered and chilled, too!). I have a car to drive the four miles to work – talk about the good life! So I don’t need much for my birthday; but would love to help pay it forward, and I’d be honored to have you join me.



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.
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5 thoughts on “What I Want for My Birthday, and It Ain’t a Piece of Cake!”

  1. What a great way to celebrate your birthday, Holly. I now work 3-4 times a week with an organization that works with children in difficult circumstances in India. It’s amazing how the education of girls makes such a difference to communities. More power to you and this cause.

    1. That’s great, Corinne! I don’t doubt it at all. The articles I read were eye-opening, but not really surprising to me (as a woman!) – just what’s surprising to me is that it’s not intuitively obvious to some, and there are those still actively working against it.

      Never imagined I’d live to see the day we’d FORGET that in this country, and have to fight so hard to keep public education funded and seen as a right.

  2. Congrats on being mother-of-the-bride!!! That’s #1!
    #2 – sounds like the pounds are part of the de-cluttering project too. Or could be.
    #3 – just finished donating to several “thons” and am all “thon’ed out” for the moment. Maybe ’cause it’s spring, they’re all just bursting all over the place. But I admire what you’re committed to.
    #4 – Do NOT say or write “Costco chocolate layer cake!” Do NOT say or write “Costco chocolate layer cake!” Do NOT say or write “Costco chocolate layer cake!”!!!!!
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    1. Hey, feel free to just sign up on my team and WALK, too. Maybe share this post (or the link to the team page on CARE). I totally get being “thoned” to death and “thoned” out when it comes to donating. I’m holding off donating to my own cause until next month! 🙂 But that doesn’t mean the walking, alone, isn’t still just as good for us – and we can do it mindfully.

      As for “Costco chocolate layer cake,” would you believe that, even though it’s been several years since I blogged about it, it’s still one of the biggest searches to generate traffic to this blog? I should start a support group.

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