I've had 39 amazing years and feel so grateful for the wondrous gifts I've received in life – great family and friends, health, wonderful education, an insatiable thirst for knowledge and so many extraordinary adventures!
I have been asked by a few people about what they could get me for my 40th celebration and I've decided that the most wonderful gift to me would be a $40 contribution towards building a library through an incredible organization called Room to Read.
I believe the gift of education in this world is one of the most powerful contributions we can make and supporting this has been a dream of mine for some time. I feel like my 40th is a beautiful opportunity to bring it to fruition.
A few years ago I read a book entitled, "Leaving Microsoft to change the World" by John Wood. I was deeply touched by his story.
He took leave from his job at Microsoft and during his travels in Nepal visited a school which had only three books as a library. As many of you know, I love and believe in the life changing effects of learning and I was so moved by the steps he took to fill that school with books and then go even further to create www.roomtoread.org, a charity which contributes education, profoundly changing the lives of many children in third world countries.
In addition, Room to Read also builds schools and gifts scholarships to girls in third world countries making huge differences in the lives of many families.
My birthday is 28th March so I'm hoping to get all this finalised and complete before then but the page will be open till 18th April so nobody misses the opportunity to participate.
Thank you for being a part of my life ... and for helping us leave a legacy for long after we're gone.