Birthday Celebration: Take a Risk


Birthday Celebration: Take a Risk

skydive-101771_640Every day this week, we’re celebrating’s 17th birthday with activities and prizes, including a grand prize of $300. We’re mingling our birthday celebration with our ability to disrupt.

Today, we’re celebrating and breaking to disrupt our destiny by taking a risk. It could be a little risk or a giant one. It could be saying "hello" to a stranger or confiding in a trusted source what's been weighing on your heart for way too long. It could be saying "Yes" to an action or a relationship which terrifies you because it moves you out of your comfort zone or saying "No" to an action or relationship which no longer fits in your life.

Once you decide on your risk, let us know in our comments section. When you post a comment here, you’ll be entered into a chance to win one of our daily prizes and one of our grand prizes. To win a daily prize and/or a grand prize, you must be a family caregiver, a member of and participate in one of our daily disrupt activities. Not a member of It’s easy and free to join; just go here.

Congrats to the winners of yesterday’s daily prizes:
–@kreisler won a copy of @ejourney’s eBook, Caregiving in Five Lines;
@brilea5029 won copy of our eBook, An Anthology: Help, Comedy, Forgiveness, Gifts, which features the stories of family caregivers;
@comicvixen won Take Comfort and Take Comfort, Too, the MP3s, audio versions (in my voice) of my books, Take Comfort and Take Comfort, Too.

Look for an email late this afternoon with your win.

And, I'll announce our grand prize winners on the website tomorrow (August 10) at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. PT).

Learn about our week-long birthday celebration, including our eligibility requirements to win the daily and grand prizes, here.

Be sure to share what caregiving is like for you in our annual family caregiver survey. Take our survey here. Please ask other family caregivers you know to complete the survey, too. (Thank you!!)

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Richard <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@kreisler</a>, Chris <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@thpurplejacket</a>, Pegi <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@worriedwife</a>, <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@tiredamy2007</a>, <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@donna</a>, <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@Trish</a>, Casandra <a href='' rel=\"nofollow\">@comicvixen</a> -- I love that you all are stepping forward and going for the gusto! :D\r\n\r\nRichard, I hope you can do the dive! (Brings to mind a quote from Ralph Blum's <i>Book of Runes</i>: \"When in deep water, become a diver.\") \r\n\r\nChris, I am cheering you on, both here and on MFP! Every day that you work toward a healthy goal is a healthy day! \r\n\r\nPegi, I echo the others here -- that was no small risk! I hope the half-strength Gatorade and the antibiotics do the trick.\r\n\r\nAmy, I am so proud of you! It's hard to stand up to people when that isn't in one's temperament. You grabbed that bull (and BS) by the horns.\r\n\r\nDonna, to paraphrase the saying, \"A journey of a thousand hair colors begins with a single shade change!\" ;-) Good for you for reaching beyond.\r\n\r\nTrish, that is a huge risk for you! Congratulations on winging it and freedom! \r\n\r\nCasandra, your risks are awesome! You are following your bliss. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you get the job of your dreams.\r\n\r\nLike Chris's risk, mine lies in a public commitment. I've been working with my journals and I plan to turn them into a book about my caregiving experience.\r\n\r\nIt's not the work itself that I find daunting. I've got publications (including book-length) under my belt. On that score, I know I've got a lot of shaping and editing ahead of me and I am up for that. My trepidation lies in the difference between my partner's perceptions and mine. I must be true to myself, but I also feel protective of her and her privacy.\r\n\r\nSo I will write in the way that comes most smoothly to me and I will leave the problem of names and identities for later. As I've told others many times, the job of a first draft is to be sloppy. :-)

Chris MacLellan

The Ice Cream Palor is in Wilton Manors, we can go at any time...however, right now I am taking a break from Ice Cream so that I can fit into my purple jacket! :)

Chris MacLellan

Peg, I connect with what you are saying 100%...I experience vertigo and dizziness and its because I've let myself get dehydrated...If you need a hand, we're just around the corner!

Chris MacLellan

If you get the OK for the dive, count me in...I'll join you! So exciting!

Chris MacLellan

Its happening!!!

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