Well hello 36, fancy meeting you here.
Today marks my 36th trip around the sun and my 4th year in Seattle.1 My first couple of years here I wasn’t certain that I’d stay for any length of time, but I’ve really become attached to the city. Perhaps not so much to the seemingly endless days of darkness around the winter solstice, but the city at least.
I’ve never really identified with a city like I have Seattle. I loved living in Austin and Denver — both were really great cities — but I never felt like they were “my city” the same way I do about Seattle. I think a large part of that is living so close to downtown and being a pedestrian in it daily.
I’m really looking forward to my 36th year. The past decade has been the best time of my life, both relationally, professionally, and personally. I feel like I’ve finally found my stride and am thoroughly enjoying the journey not just striving for a destination. I have Really Big Plans for this upcoming year and am excited to see how they pan out.
Thank you all for joining me in my journey!
In honor of my 36th birthday, I’m asking people to please consider donating $36 (or $360 (or $3600 if you’re feeling really generous)) to Lambert House. You can do so via their Network for Good page or send them a check directly to PO Box 23111, Seattle WA 98102. I have no way of tracking how much the donations add up to, so I’m not looking for a specific dollar amount. If you feel inclined, I’d enjoy knowing if you’ve donated something, anything, to this very worthy cause by commenting on this blog entry or on the Facebook post.
1 Benjamin and I drove into Seattle the evening of my birthday on our move up from Denver. The most memorable part of that birthday was having our air mattress deflate that evening after an exhausting 8 hour drive.