Celebrating Life

Recently a sweet friend of mine died suddenly and totally unexpectedly. She was only a few years older than me and had no signs of health problems. I have so many thoughts and feelings about her death but cannot properly articulate them, so I’ll just say she was an amazing woman and I will miss her.

What I can articulate is the need to enjoy life NOW. We cannot wait until next year to do things we have been wanting to do for years. Live like you are dying because you do not know if you will see tomorrow’s sunrise. AND, enjoy each birthday as they come, regardless of the number attached to it.

Yesterday I turned 41. Last year I struggled with the fact I was turning 40. Honestly, the anticipation of it was worse than the actual event. Now I’m 41 but that is just a number; every age we get to is a gift.

All that said, I want to throw a little Celebrate Life party with a giveaway and a special discount. I am total introvert so having a real-life party would be an agonizing experience. Virtual parties are perfect for me!


GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winning comment numbers were 98, 7, 50, 78. Thank you to all who participated!

I am giving away FOUR Amazon gift cards worth $25 each! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite cake/dessert to have on your birthday. (My favorite is carrot cake with cream cheese icing).

  • One entry per person
  • Comments must be left on the blog post, not on Facebook or as an email reply
  • Giveaway ends 11:00 PM EST, Thursday, November 15th
  • Four winning comment numbers identified via Random.org
  • Winners have 7 days to respond to my email, after which alternate winner(s) will be selected


You can save 30% on all action sets and video workshops offered at Everyday Elements between now and Thursday, November 15th. Use the coupon code life30 at checkout.

All video workshops will be removed from the site by December 1, so now is a good time to grab them up.

About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.


  1. Deepest sympathy on losing your friend. My favorite cake to have on my birthday is red velvet.

  2. Pauline Funiciello says:

    So sorry for your loss… I love that you said “every age we get to is a gift”.. That is so true:)

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