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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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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My Friend’s in Africa…

I get calls from AFRICA now… and I laughed so hard at her I just had to share this story. So, City girl goes to live in Senegal. 
The first time I get a call- we got disconnected a few times because the WiFi in her house was iffy- “THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, MARY!!!” she yelled as she asked if she could call me the following day from the University. 
The following day, she calls and immediately begins- “Mary, this place! I don’t have Internet in my house. I have to go out wandering the streets for reception. When I say third world country I mean THIRD. WORLD. COUNTRY. It’s very tiring. If I tell you today my entire body aches and all my muscles are sore…”
She then goes on to tell me how she’s been washing all her clothes by hand. 
I envision her by the river washing clothes…
 hitting them against the rocks lol
She boils water. Pours it into a bucket. She bought special gloves too so that she does not wear down her hands. These special gloves apparently left a white residue on her hands and broke.  
I picture her a la fight club mixing soap and sh*t! lmao
In Africa, the norm is that you have a lady that washes your clothes. Her partner tried this and they ruined his clothes- she does not want to run the risk so for now, she boils water.
She then goes on to tell me how she wants to move out of the apartment because she found roaches- there was a roach defiling her unmentionables in her underwear drawer. She tells me that thank god she had washed underwear because she will not go near the drawers now…
As the good friend that I am – I proceeded to laugh hysterically as I picture her by a river washing clothes- throwing them against the rocks trying to get them clean. 
This is the perfect case of a phenomenon we will call “My diamond slippers are too tight.” She is beyond blessed. She has the ability to live in another country- one that is dramatically different from her upbringing. What a golden opportunity to go on new adventures, connect with new people/culture and learn to do things very differently. Stepping out of your comfort zone is an understatement. 
I don’t know much about living in Africa but I do know that she should laugh now because it’s going to seem silly and hysterical later- might as well have fun. Laugh at the roaches and the ridiculousness of you boiling water to do laundry… Laugh at all the circumstances. Pull up your sleeves and do as the locals do- go with the flow and immerse yourself in all that it offers. 
I must say that I admire her. She’s so brave. She moved to a country that is 1. Africa 2. Third World 3. She does not know the language well.
Here she is ridding around in public transportation, taking taxi’s (where there are no addresses- you give them the town and the nearest landmark and hope for the best), there is no postal delivery service – you rent out a post office box and you go to the central post office to pick up mail. 
Her home has no discernible address- she is currently off the grid. How beautiful. How brave. How amazing. I want to take her and give her a hug. Those are the things that make us expand- our hearts grow bigger. There is hope. We can move. We can revel in change. Someone that close to me is busy being awesome in Africa (running away from roaches- but never the less…busy being F*ing awesome!). Wow how amazing! 
And when she calls me again- I will still be laughing at her circumstances and the ridiculous fact that she’s in AFRICA- I still can’t get over that! I should go visit! Get in on the laundry and roach action! Wooohoooo! 
Love & Mischief, 

PS If you need a bit of convincing as to why you should pick up and move – here’s a great article.

Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere, sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore. – Stefan Zweig

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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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Marketing Yourself- Craigslist Job Market

After almost 7 months, I have been hesitant to jump into the job market. My past job experiences have left me doubting my power to choose a great work environment. This time around, I want ownership of the process and so I really do not want to go the head hunter/recruiter route(though I will reach out to them in the coming days-cast your net FAR and WIDE my friends!). I was perusing CraigsList and decided to post an ad/my resume to see what happens. I put up the following: 

As I looked through the Craigslist resume section, I saw postings from job searchers that reeked of desperation and cheap thrills. I decided to throw my hat in the ring with my awesome post that oozes cool confidence and says- hey I know what the f*ck I am doing 😉

I guess this officially marks me being back on the job market! WHOA that’s a scary thought right there. The Funemployed life is awesome! May the journey bring tons of stories and be paved with fun experiences.

Anywho- to all of you from past jobs/finance realm who read my blog – I do not envy your position ;p but welcome to a front row seat to watch me sparkle… get comfy, I have a feeling this is going to be EPIC!!!

Love & Mischief,

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