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27 April 2014 @ 11:42 pm
It's the night before my 33rd birthday...  

...and I don't need anything. No presents. No cake. I have everything I could possibly want. This makes me both nervous (as though the universe has some unhappy tricks in store, so I'd better enjoy this while it lasts), and incredulous, because it feels a little like winning the lottery after so many years of beginning private entries with the words, "I wish..."

The thing that makes me happiest is the knowledge of how much more there is to look forward to. Skills to polish. People to know. Places to visit. Things to create. And they are, I am grateful to say, within reach in one way or another. But, for so many, happiness, health, and prosperity - the stuff I am trying really hard not to take for granted on a daily basis - are not in the cards.

So this year, I have a request for anyone who would like an excuse to do something awesome. It's my birthday, and my wish is to help more people achieve the kind of good that I and so many others enjoy, and give a little more back to the planet we take so much from. If you have the time, dollars, or interest, here are some things on my wish list.

1) Sign my petition urging the US Government to get the plastics problem under control. Not only is this stuff poisoning our environment, but our country also makes plastics something for other, poorer countries to deal with by sending them our waste, which they have no means to effectively handle without putting their communities at great risk. They deserve better and so do we.

2) Visit "Click to Donate" at Care2.com. It is 100% free. Using pay-per-click sponsorship, your click can save acres of rainforest, rescue wildlife, purify water, and raise dollars for cancer research, among other causes. And did I mention it is FREE?

3) Donate to 350.org. They have taken on the massive task of convincing governments and corporations that our air, our atmosphere, and our climate are worth fighting for.

4) Give to Team J.E.D.I, a leukemia and lymphoma fundraising initiative spearheaded by my friend, Jason, who just won his battle against a rare form of leukemia.

And then, if you feel so inclined, there's a special project I am involved in that, if you can help, comes with rewards. My friend, Steve, has asked me to illustrate a scifi picture book, and being a father of two without the ability to pay for my services out of pocket, he has put his faith in Kickstarter to raise the funds to illustrate and self-publish it. There are a number of incentive levels, but if anyone on here donates you'll get a little extra something from me to thank you for supporting a project that will have my name on the cover as illustrator. Just let me know in the comments if you donated:

Starflyer John Jackson Kickstarter Campaign

And I am now 25 minutes away from being a year older. Thanks so much for reading. Thanks so much for always being here for me. My birthday wishes include the wellbeing and happiness of all you amazing people, who are in great part responsible for so much of what brings me joy in my life. Keep being awesome.


Amber AKA the Crochet Fiend....hp5freak on April 28th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Happiest of birthdays to you, darling V!!!

*hugs you tight*
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, Amber!! Hugs are always welcome! :D
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Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, love! It was definitely fun and appropriate mushy. :) *hugs*
My name is Muerte. MUERTE! For death!: hee - karl gigglesrissa333 on April 28th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hope that you are having a terrific birthday today! :)

Thanks for the link about the John Jackson books. I will definitely be donating to that, as it sounds quite neat! :)
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
It was wonderful, thanks! And I'll be posting a bit more about the John Jackson project - it's going to be so fun and it would just be a travesty for it not to happen because it couldn't make its donation goal. Let me know when you do donate so I can send you a special thank-you gift from me!

Edited at 2014-04-29 02:37 pm (UTC)
Why be normal?: seasons - happy birthdaylunalovepotter on April 28th, 2014 09:34 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful post. I don't have much but I will try to make a small donation to the kickstarter project. :)
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, Megan! As for donations, any small amount is appreciated. Let me know when you do donate, so I can send you an appropriate thank you gift!
Doctor Greenhorned Gleeky Blur Wizard: smileemeraldstag on April 29th, 2014 12:02 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Venessa! ♥

Hope you have a wonderful day and what a brilliant selfless idea with the links. I just signed your petition and will make my way through the others next and pass on the word. :)
Venessamudblood428 on April 29th, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the well wishes, and especially, for signing the petition! I had an awesome day, in part because getting the word out about the petition and the book project resulted in happy signatures/donations. It means more than I can say! ;0
LewlinX: Birthdaylewlinx on April 29th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!

Despite not having spoken for many years we've known each other for a while and some of my happy memories -from some of my darkest days- are tied to you. That, unbeknownst to you, has given you a special place in my heart and it truly fills me with happiness to see you are at a place in your life where you are content with what your hard work and determination have brought to you. It is no small feat, and it is no coincidence either, you deserve every bit of good you have, and everything good that is yet to come for sure!

Thank you for the links! I kept forgetting to go to them every time, so this was a good reason to leave it for later. Petition signed and kickstarter helped :)