Growing Older and Up

Here is a beautiful post by my friend and co-conspirator in all things creative, Lucy Mathews Heegaard. She features a video she created of my “Better Birthday Song.” Enjoy!

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” — Mark Twain

Approximately 19 million people do it each day. Some love it, some dread it, but either way, this day comes every year: your birthday.

As a kid, I was young for my grade. Being six when your classmates are already seven is an embarrassment, so in elementary school I tried to hide my age. I was certain older meant better.

Fast forward to my college years, one of our favorite party anthems was Jimmy Buffett’s song “Growing Older But Not Up.” Toasting with keg beer in plastic cups, we felt very mature.

On my 30th birthday, I was delighted. I felt I had finally reached an age of legitimacy, a number that could be taken seriously but that still had room for spontaneous fun. Of course, I didn’t have a lot time for spontaneous…

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About Barbara McAfee

Barbara is a voice coach, singer/songwriter, keynote speaker, and author who merges lessons from 12 years in organization development with the transformational power of sound. Her book, Full Voice: The Art & Practice of Vocal Presence (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) was a #1 Amazon bestseller in Business Communication. The book is based on her 25 years as a voice coach, supporting people from many professions in learning how to access the full power and expression of the voice in service to their work and relationships. Barbara’s musical keynotes blend practical content, sophisticated humor, and thought-provoking questions on topics including voice, leadership, and engagement. She was “the band” for Margaret Wheatley’s Women’s Leadership Revival Tour, which visited 15 North American cities. She also appears with authors Parker Palmer and Peter Block. Barbara has produced seven CD's of mostly original music and is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer hospice choir in the Twin Cities. She lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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2 Responses to Growing Older and Up

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this post, Barbara. I am always so grateful for the opportunity to create things with you. Working on the video for your song kept me in a constant happy dance right up to my birthday!

  2. Liz Anema says:

    Love this Barbara xoxoxo So very sweet sweet sweet xoxoxo

    Liz Anema
    Studio Director
    The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness
    15000 Minnetonka Boulevard
    Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
    952-930-8528 (Direct); 952-935-2202 (Main Number); 952-935-9685 (Fax)

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