Tomorrow’s My Birthday

I love my birthday. For years I’ve given people reminders on the daily for weeks leading up to my birthday. I do birthday count downs. I buy myself presents.

This year is the first in many that I’m actually looking forward to my birthday again. Thank heavens I threw myself a big bash 50th the year I turned 45! (Hey, what better way to hear, “Gosh, you look great!) My real 50th sucked because it was just six months after my marriage imploded. It’s the one I was sure would last forever and when it ended I was heart-broken. I just bore down and did what needed to be done so that I could get to the next day. I kept myself really busy. And because I’m a glass-half-full kinda girl, I didn’t do too much whining. I counted my blessing. (I have a lot of blessings so that ate up a lot of time.)

With my 52nd birthday around the corner I’m more like my old me: Happy in my heart. I find myself whistling and laughing to myself a lot more. And all that’s left now is to figure out what I’ll buy myself this year for my birthday.

When you look at other people’s lives you never know what shit they’re dealing with. It may look all rosy from where you’re standing, but everybody — absolutely everybody — has crap in their lives. It’s how you deal with your crap that makes all the difference in the world.

If you’ve hit a wall, if your life feels like unadulterated hell, if you can’t imagine ever finding your feet again, breathe. You must KNOW that this too will pass and you must BELIEVE that you can have the life you want. It may take some time. It may require that you just bear down and do the day-to-day for a while. Remember, where you are today is not where you’re going to be tomorrow. So suck it up and push forward.

And for y’all who are having a great life, I hope you’re remembering to say, “thank you.” It won’t always be sunshine and buttercups, so enjoy it now and store up the energy for when your storm clouds appear on the horizon.

Life is a series of cycles. We go up. We come down. We coast for a while and then we hit some bumps. We work hard so that, in the end, it all balances out.

There are days that I wonder if I’ll make it to bedtime. Then there are days like this one, where I’m full of optimism and joy and anticipation. (Can you imagine how boring it would be if every day was like every other day. Shoot me!) Overall, the joy exceeds the terror, so I have a good life. And when I go to bed at night, for every day that’s been fabulous (most of them) I end by shouting at the top of my voice, “I love my life.”

Then I listen to my children chuckling at their idiot-mother and I know how blessed I am.

Bring on the next year! I can hardly wait to see what it brings. Happy Birthday to ME!

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Want to win a copy of Debt-Free Forever? Tell me a joke for my birthday. If I laugh out loud when I read it, I’ll put your name in the draw. I’ll give away 5 copies of Debt-Free Forever in total. If you want it autographed, let me know. (I don’t write in people’s books unless they want me to.)

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135 Responses to “Tomorrow’s My Birthday”

  1. avatar Crystal Says:
    June 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Happiest of birthdays Gail! I really enjoy your shows and your blog that I read every day =) Here is a silly joke for you (try not to groan instead of laugh – I would jump for joy if I won an autographed book! Hahahah!) Have a very special weekend =)

    A termite walks into a pub and asks, “Bartender?”

  2. avatar HopeNester Says:
    June 18, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Happy birthday Gail! I am with you, the age isn’t as important as counting the blessings we’ve been given!

  3. Happy Birthday Gail!

    Yesterday was my birthday, hopefully we have a great year ahead of us!

    A true story…
    A 4 year old girl and her mother were having a disagreement about bathtime. The unwilling dirty child was making a fuss. The mother asked the child to get into the tub and the 4 year old responded *your not the boss of me* and the mother replied, yes I am. The 4 year old gave it a quick second before retorting back, *well your not the boss of Canada!*

    Cant wait to see what the next 10 years brings!

    Have a good one Gail!

  4. Happiest of Birthdays, Miss Gail!!!!

  5. Tomorrow is my birthday too ! Happy Birthday!!

  6. avatar Debbie Everets Says:
    June 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Happiest of Birthdays Gail from a fellow Gemini twin (my birthday is May 25)!

    Your philosophy about life is just like the twins that live inside us – happy and thrilled with life on one day, then that same life turns around and bites another day. I had that same philosophy when my three (born within four years) were young – if we had a day where everyone was either crying from frustration, sickness or whatever, I would keep saying “this too will pass” just so that I could get through to the next day, which was usually much better (and definitely better than the day before). Now that they are grown with families of their own and I’m in my third career as an elementary school French teacher, I apply it even more.

    Thanks for all your information – wise and always thought-provoking. Enjoy your birthday weekend!

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    All the best and have lots of fun!

  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAIL!!!!!!

    When you travel around this beautiful Island you always see signs saying “That Anne slept here” I’m beginning to think that Anne really slept around.
    Hope this makes you laugh like crazy and if you enter my name, I would love to have it signed.
    You have made such a wonderful difference in how we think about money and save that I shout it out daily for all to listen. What I find funny is that still around me the co-workers are still overspending on junk, not stuff just junk.
    Thank-you again Gail for all you have done for us.

  9. Happy Birthday Gail!!! I absolutely love watching your shows and you were the inspiration for me to aggressively pay off my $16,000 student line of credit which is currently at $3,800.

    My joke for you:

    So, I went to the bank the other day to get a loan.
    They showed me no interest. I don’t know on what account that was for…
    LOL hope you enjoyed it!! Have a great day :)

  10. happy birthday Gail.

    Loved the joke about the wine!

  11. Happy Birthday, Gail. I’ll be 56 in September. I celebrate birthday “weeks” and buy myself a present that I wrap up and open on my birthday.

    A joke for you:

    Why is Peter Pan always flying?
    Because he can never, never land.

  12. Happy Birthday!

    I love your shows I just wish I could get my husband to watch!!

    This is the first joke I ever learned and at the age of 4 I ran around at a wedding telling all the guests.

    What’s invisible and smells like carrots?

    Bunny Farts!

    Enjoy your day!!

  13. Happy Birthday, Gail!

    Hope that you had a great day, a wonderful year ahead, and continued success on all your shows.

    Here’s a cute quotation that made me think of you:

    “You are stuck in debt if you can’t budge it.”

  14. Happy Birthday Gail hope you have a wonderful day :)
    My Joke for you is ….

    A cat died and went to Heaven. God met her at the gates and said, ‘You have been a good cat all these years. Anything you want is yours for the asking.’

    The cat thought for a minute and then said, ‘All my life I lived on a farm and slept on hard wooden floors. I would like a real fluffy pillow to sleep on.’

    God said, ‘Say no more.’ Instantly the cat had a huge fluffy pillow.

    A few days later, six mice were killed in an accident and they all went to Heaven together. God met the mice at the gates with the same offer that He made to the cat.

    The mice said, ‘Well, we have had to run all of our lives: from cats, dogs, and even people with brooms! If we could just have some little roller skates, we would not have to run again.’

    God answered, ‘It is done.’ All the mice had beautiful little roller skates.

    About a week later, God decided to check on the cat. He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently awakened the cat and asked, ‘Is everything okay? How have you been doing? Are you happy?’

    The cat replied, ‘Oh, it is WONDERFUL. I have never been so happy in my life. The pillow is so fluffy, and those little meals on wheels you have been sending over are delicious!’

  15. Happy belated birthday Gail! Hope you had a wonderful day. Here’s a joke for you, hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

    An Amish boy and his father were visiting a nearby mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny silver walls that moved apart and back together again by themselves.
    The lad asked, “What is this, father?”

    The father, having never seen an elevator, responded, “I have no idea what it is.”

    While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheelchair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched as small circles lit up above the walls.

    The walls opened up again and a beautiful twenty-four-year-old woman stepped out.

    The father looked at his son anxiously and said, “Go get your mother.”

  16. Happy Birthday Gail ! Here’s some words of wisdom for you:

    “When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane”
    And
    “If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something”

    Hope you have a great birthday and many more !

  17. avatar Candace Hayes Says:
    June 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Three animals were having a drink in a cafe, when the owner asked for the money he heard “I’m not paying.” said the duck. “I’ve only got one bill and I’m not breaking it.” “I’ve spent my last buck.” said the deer. “Then the duck will have to pay,” said the skunk. “Getting here cost me my last scent.”

    If I win I would love to have my book signed. Another quick joke compliments of my grown son…
    Knock Knock
    Who’s there
    Toronto
    Toronto who?
    Toronto be a law against telling knock knock jokes

  18. avatar Elizabeth Says:
    June 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Happy Birthday!! Thanks for all the great advice!

  19. Happy Birthday Gail!

    Thank you for your wisdom, your advice and the occasional (much needed) kick in the pants!

    Here’s a joke I heard ages ago and kept wondering just who I could/should share it with:

    Two women are walking through the woods when they hear a voice coming out from under a log. Upon investigation the women discovered the voice is coming from a frog.

    “Help me ladies,” the frog is saying, “I am a Lehman investment banker who, through an evils witch’s curse has been transformed into a frog. If one of you will kiss me i will return to my former state.”

    The first woman grabs the frog and puts it in her purse. The second woman screams, “No! No! Didn’t you hear him? If you kiss him, he’ll turn into an investment banker?”

    The second woman replies, “Sure, but these days a talking frog is worth a helluva lot more than a Lehman investment banker!”

  20. avatar dmcgirl Says:
    June 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I already gave a joke, but I have to post this too.

    Why are blonde jokes so short?

    So brunettes can understand them.
    HA! 😉

  21. Joke for a book…. :)

    If you want to save some money by not using your gas lawnmower so much, pour your old stale wine on your lawn and it will come up half cut :)

  22. Happy Birthday Gail! I read your blog everday and I’ve been dying to buy your book but there’s not enough money in the jar for that…

    So here’s my first post on your blog in hopes of winning your book!

    My son tells me this joke everyday, and everyday I laugh (might be funnier when he tells it since he’s not quite four years old…)

    “Wanna Hear a Construction Joke???”

    ……………… “Sorry…. I’m still working on it!!”

    My little Ryan obviously doesn’t get the joke but loves to make people laugh so he tells this joke to everyone he comes across… ;o)

  23. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    I keep checking out your books at the bookstore. I’d loved to read them, but I’m waiting for a copy to show up at the public library. I guess when your books goes on sale I’ll have to break down and pony up the money. & then I’ll donate it to the public library. I never hang on to my books unless I plan on reading them like ten times & I have. CHEAP entertainment. You are really great. I get your approach. Not always the math ( % on Savings Plan that are so high. Where do do your banking?)

    The Joke: Be careful about buying anything from E-Bay……..
    RIPPED OFF ON E-BAY
    Spent $50 on E-bay for a *** enlarger. **!* sent me a magnifying glass.
    Instructions said don’t use in the sun..
    I had to clean this up So u may want to delete it from the site altogehter! I really don’t have this sense of humor but my co-workers send me stuff.

  24. avatar Melanie Says:
    June 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!

    heres a money and divorce related joke:

    A husband asks his wife, “honey, what would you do if i won the lottery?”

    the wife replies, “well, I would divorce you and take half of the money.”

    To which the husband replies, “Good! well, I won twelve dollars. Here’s six. I’ll get your bags.”

  25. BEST WISHES FOR ANOTHER WONDERFUL YEAR! I have two copies of your book, brand new that I would like to give away – any ideas? I am in the USA and didn’t realize that the book is primarily CANADA focused. (In my haste to make sure I got one the day it came out I ordered it twice by accident!) LOL Thanks for all the help, not doing great, but on our way!

  26. Happy Birthday Gail

    A joke from long ago:

    Knock Knock

    Who’s there?

    Madam

    Madam who?

    Madam foots caught in the door….

    sorry I did say it was old

    Enjoy the coming year – you bring so much comfort to those whose lives you touch with your shows and website and books that you too deserve a year of much comfort

  27. Happy Birthday!

    Just found your site & book :) I’d always hated my birthdays especially the major benchmarks because the older I got and the more I made, the less I had to show for it….still no assets, only debt and liabilities but making a real effort to FINALLY change things.

  28. Good morning Gail,
    I just finished reading your blog and I have to tell you that you truly inspire me. You put yourself out there, for all to see and to learn and make no bones about who you are. Love that about you, girl!
    Anyway, I hope you had a fantastic birthday – you really deserve it.
    You know, I find myself becoming more & more optimistic as I grow older (unlike my mother who is incredibly pessimistic – she’s such a bummer, lol). Like you, I believe that life happens in cycles with its ups & downs. I also think you should not only cherish the ups, but appreciate the downs, because that’s when you realize how strong you truly are… I know that with the help & love of my friends, my family, my husband and my children, I can accomplish and get through anything.
    Thank you Gail, for adding to my level of self-confidence. You are a true gem!!!
    Again, I hope you had a super birthday!
    Here’s my joke:
    A drama teacher wanted his students to write the shortest story possible. It had to include the following elements (a) mystery (b) religion (c) sex. One student’s answer got the teacher’s highest grade. His answer was “Oh my God! I think I’m pregnant. I wonder who the father is?”
    Hope you enjoyed it – have a great day,
    Dani :-)
    PS, Even though I pvr all your television shows & own 2 of your books, would love to get an autographed picture of you… How do I go about getting one?
    Thank you!

  29. avatar Tinkermama Says:
    June 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Happy birthday to you Gail!! Okay…. I have a terrible time remembering jokes. The ONLY joke I ever remember is from grade 8. So you know what that says about me… HAH! Enjoy the immaturity all the same….
    “Why did Dairy Queen get pregnant?”
    “Because Burger King forgot to wrap his whopper!”
    You. are. welcome. :)

  30. Hi Gail,

    Hope you had a fantastic birthday. I love that you had a 50th birthday bash the year you turned 45! I’ve always said I don’t understand why people say they are younger than they really are; surely if you are going to lie about your age, you should say you are older so everyone is impressed by how young you look for “your age”. Well played, Gail, well played!

    This joke is better told in person, but I love it so I’ll try to convey it in writing:

    Knock Knock.
    Who’s there?
    Interrupting cow.
    Interrup —
    MOO!!!!!

    I really enjoy your shows and website; thanks so much!

  31. avatar Michelle Says:
    June 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Gail! I too enjoy birthdays. I view them as personal New Year’s Day kinda of thing – where you can reflect back and count blessings plus set new goals for the upcoming year. I too buy myself presents without going over budget.

    So here’s my joke of sorts that can be used in everyday conversation (sort of)… Whenever you want to tell someone to bugger off (or use the f-word but some situations may not apply); tell them to FOCUS. FOCUS stands for F*%# OFF CUZ’ YOU STUPID. Can you just imagine when you can say this word as part of your conversation. My husband and I get a great chuckle out of this one and I hope you did too.

  32. Hope you had a great birthday Val!

    This joke is courtesy of my 4 year old. (it made me laugh – maybe it will have the same effect on you!)

    What is the wetest animal?

    A reindeer!

  33. avatar Amanda A Says:
    June 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Gail! Hope it was a wonderful one :)

  34. avatar Arleen Dyck Says:
    January 31, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Gail,
    How can I make contact with you ?
    I would like advice on a number of things.
    Sincerely
    Arleen Phone 780-722-3262
    How to hear from you.

  35. Happy belated Birthday Gail!

    You’re inspiring! You’ve helped motivate me get my finances in order.

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