Happy Birthday Me: Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

Happy amazing 31st birthday to meeeeeeee!!! Wheweeeeeee! Chea!!!! It’s become a bit of a thing for me to recount some birthday wisdom for the masses… (My Ted Talk 30th bday wisdom. Rules for being 29.)
My life seems beyond surreal. How have I lived this life? The amount of courage, strength and determination is astounding- I can’t believe I have been capable of so much.
How did I quit TWO jobs? How have I been FUNemployed for almost TEN MONTHS? How did I have the balls to tell Rat Race Inc/Private Equity/Hedge Fund/Finance world to shove it? 
How did I find various communities and surround myself with an amazing network of friends that support me? How have I grown so much in such little time?
I don’t need to know the “How”‘s – I just know that my life has been a complete miracle thus far and these past few years have been beyond comprehension. I have seen that there is a force – the same one that organizes the universe/planets/nature- has walked alongside me… has walked alongside all of us.
Living into my 32nd year of life, I have learned: 
I don’t have any f*cks left to give…  The other day, a friend called me courageous- she described me as the lion in the Wizard of Oz. I hope to live even more unapologetically. Not minding what people think has really freed me up to be more of my true self. It has made me less judgmental and forgiving.  
My eighth grade teacher, Mr. A always said- “Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff.” Tapping into that energy of no thing matters. What matters is the love and connection we have with each other. Circumstances/actions/behaviors- all of those are constantly changing. Nothing is personal- some things just happen. Life is about pushing yourself to the edge of your comfort zone- and then taking that leap of faith over that cliff! Sometimes taking strategic courageous action despite what others may think is what is called for. Live life with no regrets.
If you’re back in your comfort zone: feeling all comfy and ready to relax… It’s time for another crazy action to flip your life into LIVING mode. Rock that boat- it will show you the strength that was already within you. 
You owe no one an explanation for your actions. I have no time in my busy schedule of being awesome to answer questions. I always joke that I will be discussing my plans, job related or otherwise, with the person who’s name is on my rent check and those who pay my bills… No one else is financially invested in me, therefore, I owe no one an explanation. I do ease people’s concerns but worry and doubt is what they are built to do and that’s ok. That does not concern me. One day I will sit down and explain how I did it (Oprah, girl, I am waiting for your call! Get my box of tissues ready and have the makeup person on standby- ugly cry here I come!) 
Give yourself permission to take even bigger risks, act a fool and don’t take yourself seriously. We live in the comedy that is called life. I’d rather live as if I am in on the joke- smiling and laughing all the way. Be your own damn permission slip. Some epic announcements coming your way in the days/months to follow. If you thought I took huge risks before- you will not believe what’s up next for me! Make it a point to blow your own damn mind! Stir up some trouble- turn life up on its head…
The table’s not full- everyone’s invited!!! HAPPY BDAY US!!!!
I want to share my birthday with you. Every day is your Birthday. Every day is a chance for rebirth and starting over. It’s a myth and a lie that your past has to be dragged into your present. Make it a habit to live your life on a moment to moment basis. Every moment being new and full of limitless possibility. You make miracles happen. you are a miracle by the simple fact of your being and existing. You don’t have to do anything. You are perfect in this moment. Every day – 365 [plus the 1/4] is your bday! The spotlight is on you – how will you celebrate the miracle of you? 
It’s been a pleasure of a lifetime to live in this moment. Happy Birthday Friends!!! March 3rd is  even more awesome now that we can all celebrate! 
Sparkle & Shine on bright Stars! More mischief to follow…

“It’s also been a comfort getting to know someone who passionately & unapologetically lives life & encourages (nay, CHALLENGES) others to do the same. I just know next year will be even bigger & brighter for a shining star like you!”

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My Ebay Store: I’m a Hustler Baby!

I looooove shopping! I love it so much that I think it might even be an addiction. Correction: It is an addiction and I am definitely a shopaholic. During my FUNemployment period (thus far I am going on NINE MONTHS!!!) I have stopped shopping almost completely. 
During a dinner with friends, I was told that there was a crazy sale where most items in the store were marked down a whopping 75% off… I clearly went to check it out. This is like being the one and only sheep amongst wolves- totally not a good idea. I hit the mother load! I found a Missoni silk scarf, vacation attire and awesomeness. 

As I was contemplating my scarf purchase- the idea hit me that maybe I should go back and purchase more. I could do something that I enjoyed doing (shopping!!!) but I could do it with the end result of making money. Off I went and purchased a few items that you can see in my ebay store.
I also thought that I could auction some of my own “stuff” to ebay. I find it so difficult to even think of parting with my crap (beautiful valuable items). I have so many work clothes that I could easily sell but I find it outstandingly painful to part with any of it. I guess I could list things on a whim and see if it sells the first time around… Just to see what happens. 
All of these things are just not reflective of who I am and they most certainly no longer contribute to where I would like to be in the future. So I find it funny and oddly bizarre that it’s so difficult to part with things that I am no longer using. 
I can sell all of my rat race clothes… I have no need for them. I will no longer be on the hamster wheel but I find it so. very. hard. to. move. on.
Not for sale yet…
Maybe it’s reflective of that little inner voice that doubts. 
That inner voice that says- “Hey Mary, you should keep the crap because you never know… maybe one day you’ll be forced to go back. You’ll be forced to swallow all your pride and just go back with your head hung in defeat. Back to all those things that I have been fighting against for the past 9 plus months.” How do I quiet that little voice? How do i tell it to f*ck off? I have got this. 
I have got this. I’ve got this. 
I am sitting here googling how much these dresses cost on ebay, how much they go for and how much I actually paid for them. It is just madness. How did I spend so much money on this crap? It’s just crap and yet I still don’t want to get rid of it. I am feeling a bit of anxiety. Things are coming up because this is exactly where I need to go in my life- I need to get rid of the clutter. I need to liquidate the crazy and put a “For Sale” sign… 
Life is not always pretty. When you are doing the deep work things can get messy. 
Do I have power over this stuff or does it own me? Will I be tied down to this stuff, not able to move about freely in the world and travel because I’d rather have this expensive dress sitting in my closet? 
Where is my allegiance – With traveling or with the stuff? How badly do I want to be free? How badly do I want to travel? How badly…
Wow this brought up some serious shit that I was not expecting. 
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GoFundMe: Make Me Your Sugar Baby!

I learned what the good life is and I never want to go back!!!!
I was thinking about going out on the h*e stroll but something about std’s and touching people or even thinking that I have to talk to strangers makes me break out in hives… yea, the h*e stroll is just a dream for me.
I decided the next best thing is starting a crazy fundraiser. This tiny mad idea that I want to travel and explore places. Fundraisers happen all the time for stupid things, heck money theft and swindling happens all the time too! 
I figured I’d be honest- I don’t want to go back to the rat race- I want to be irresponsible, travel the world, think and type out my witty commentary on how I think you’re a fool for staying in a cube under putrid fluorescent lights! Pay me your hard earned money for me to do what you are too scared to do!

I already pitched this to my friends and they said I was crazy if I thought they would finance my trips and cultural enrichment (let’s show those hussies they were WRONG!!!).

I told my mom she needs to hang back- I’m going to show her how retirement is done! #FUNemployed (Fun fact- Mom & I both retired in the same year- YAY 2014! Thank you so much for your blessings!!!)

Any who, this was written some time ago in a flash of inspiration at 3:03am. Life has a magic way of happening. I thought I’d create the space for the money to flow- in case you find yourself with a few extra coins. I’m too lazy to pimp myself into the sugar baby role. 

GoFundMe!!!!! #FUNemployed!
Every penny makes a difference! Finance the dream! 🙂

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Living the Dream

This is what happy looks like…
To be quite honest, I don’t ever want to get a “job” the idea of a 9 to 6, Monday through Friday is actually a bit repulsive to me now. I can’t and will not do the rat race again. Like f*cking hell I will. 
I am in such a blissful state. 
I need to wrap my head around the concept that happiness and a job can coexist (though this term “job” will need to be re-defined to suit me). 

I love helping people and I can’t deny the fact that I was a damn good administrative assistant. What I now must face is that my path is unique to me and has potentially never been done before. I am blazing the trail and do not have anyone else to look to for guidance. 
I want to be honest with you. I want to crack open and allow for love to fill the little nooks and crannies of my heart. I feel feelings now. I might watch a movie and be moved to tears. I feel so blessed to be tapped in, tuned in and as turned on as I can possibly be. 
I have no idea what tomorrow holds but I know that in this moment I will take a deep breath and take a leap of faith. 
I want to do what I do now and get paid for it. I want to go to lunch, brunch, dinner with my friends – give them advice. I want to travel to far off places, such as Bali/Thailand/Australia/Anguilla/Brazil/The Caribbean/France/Santorini. Yoga, meditate and go to fun events. I want to share my knowledge (though there may be cursing involved at times ). I want to light the world on fire. I want to show others that there’s a way out of the madness and unhappiness. I will be like Moses and lead others out of the proverbial slavery that jobs have become. I want to make it my business to help others change their lives. I want to write my blog, books, maybe a film from perpetual retirement. 
I want to be unplugged. 
I want to be free. 
All the rules of the world do not apply to me.
Let me tell you a little secret – all the rules of this world do not apply to you either. 
Our birthright is happiness. There is a better way. All you have to do is Believe. You are here and you are worthy. 
How about if I never get a new job? I don’t think it would be that terrible… 🙂 I want to start a revolution. This happy crazy dream that I never want to end. 
In the spirit of crazy amazing things happening in 2015, I want to announce that the revolution has begun:
Yes, the revolution will be live streamed
I will be interviewed by my dear friend and soul sister Rosalie Tolentino on Tuesday, January 6th at 7:30pm ET. Please join us then for a live discussion of taking the leap of faith into FUNemployment and bliss. Hear me talk about my crazy adventure.

Love & Mischief,

P.S. (If you’re stuck in finance or from one of my old places of employment (Private Equity or Hedge Fund)- I invite you to listen in 🙂 Troll on my friend… this one is especially for you!)

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Dancing Fool: Happiness is the TRUTH

I don’t know why but sometimes when I find myself alone in my apartment… I like to DANCE!!! DANCE!!! DANCE!!! DANCE!!!
Me dancing is epic – I don’t take myself seriously and I make a complete fool (read *ss) of myself. My dance off’s in public are what dreams are made of. 
My partner is always an unwilling victim.

So I play Pandora and it takes me places that I sometimes don’t want to go or better yet – don’t need to go. This one time it played quebradita which is Mexican music – loosely translated it means – break you a little bit. Already from that description – the dance is crazy. Anywho, Pandora surprised me with a slow song after that. Enough explaining and making excuses- 
I present to you, me making a fool out of myself (before someone else succeeds!!!) Because a picture is sometimes not enough: 
You’ve been put on alert – watch out for me on the dance floor! [or the supermarket aisle or anywhere else for that matter – I challenged someone to a dance off at work – nothing’s sacred!]

In other news, did you get to see the interview Oprah did with Pharrell? I saw a clip and was inspired. I thought I would pass it along (paraphrased for those of you at work without video): 

Pharrell: “Zero airplay- nothing. Next thing you know, we put out the video in November 21st and next thing you know- BOOM. And we were like what’s happening. And people started putting up their own videos. It was no longer my song.”

Oprah: “I was just thinking about your grandmother – I bet she did not even imagine that. It’s beautiful. You know, it’s being used for something that’s greater than you- I get that.[…] I so now get why it’s so infectious  It came from such a clear space that the energy was so uninterrupted that it allowed for it to flow directly from heart to heart.”


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