receiving, grandmother power & a birthday post

By May 9, 2013 93 Comments

It’s my birthday today.

I’m off for a day of hiking, good food, good art, and time with my dear ones.

Every year, I try to ask myself: what do I really want? And then I do my best to give myself the gift of making that thing happen. It’s been such a process- and still is – to learn that it’s okay to want, to create, and to receive a beautiful celebration – whatever form it takes each year.

This year, one of the things I wanted was for all of you to know – hey, it’s my birthday! And yes, one of the things I’d love to receive are birthday wishes from you. After all, I spend a lot of time writing to you every year – you are important in my life!

Birthdays are so good for practicing:
-slowing down enough to discern what I really want (not what’s conventional, expected, convenient – but what I really want)
-once I know it, asking for it from others
-once know it, setting about the task of helping to make it happen
-receiving the love that is there in my life
-facing the sometimes difficult things birthdays magnify about my life, my age, and my community of friends and family

How good to get to practice all of that.

When you open to receive more love, well, you literally receive more love.
And you show the people in your midst how they might open to receive more love in their lives too.

On a different note, I also want to remind all of you about the Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign. The idea here is to get lots of us recognizing, discussing, and highlighting the incredible power of grandmothers – not just biological grandmothers, but of all elder women. If you are a blogger and haven’t yet joined in, I hope you will – details on how to write your post HERE.

And if you aren’t a blogger, I hope you’ll come by here and read a few of the 70+ beautiful grandmothers posts.

Wishing you a beautiful day –



Join the discussion 93 Comments

  • Louise says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Have a super day!

    It’s my Birthday on Monday (lucky 13) and I too am celebrating with a hike (along Hadrian’s Wall) – a walk my great grandfather took in 1938. My husband & I using his notebook & stopping at some of the same pubs he stopped at back then.

    But this isn’t supposed to be a comment all about me – it’s YOUR day! Happy, happy Birthday and have a wonderful year.

  • Virginia says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Thanks for all your inspiring emails and words. have a wonderful day!!

  • Amy Smith says:

    Happy Birthday! I have been learning to listen to myself over the last several months. The universe keeps offering me more and more help, teachers, ideas, and opportunities to grow and YOU have been a great part of this . Thank you!

  • You deserve the happiest of birthdays, Tara! May birthday people are the best! Have a joyful celebration.

  • Liz Patterson says:

    Happy Birthday Tara- Thank you for all of your inspiration. It’s a great help to me. Blessings and best wishes for the year ahead!

  • JC says:

    HAPPIEST of birthdays to you, Tara!!
    As usual, your wise and honest words inspire me — this post is no different. I’m earmarking this post so I can integrate this practice on my birthday, too. I often treat my birthday as a non-day, one I’d just as soon skip so I could avoid the disappointment of others forgetting or not knowing or whatever. But asking for what you need is so powerful and such a good practice — why not do it on your birthday, too?! Thank you so, so much for sharing this idea!

    Best wishes to you for a full and fabulous year!

  • josephine says:

    Happy Birthday Tara…. wishing you a day full of love and smiles and lots of fun for the year ahead x

  • Laura Murgatroyd says:

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday! As a fellow Taurus, I will be celebrating my birthday on Sunday, and will reflect on your suggestions for honouring the occasion. Warmest thanks.

  • Bronwyn says:

    Happy Birthday beautiful Taurus sister ( my birthday is on Tues. the 14th!) I love the line from the 80’s performance artist Laurie Anderson:
    “You were born
    And so you’re free.
    So Happy Birthday”
    Thank you for all you give to the worldwide community of women. May all the good that you give return to you abundantly, today, and in the coming year . xo

  • amy says:

    happiest of birthdays to you, sweet Tara Sophia. The world is a brighter and kinder place because of the ways your words are being taken out into it. Thank you for sharing your gifts. Thank you for shining so brightly. Thank you for your open heart and tender spark.
    Big love to you,

  • Cindy B says:

    Happy Birthday Tara…Wishing you a beautiful, bright day full of bliss.

    What a month for birthday’s, it’s mine on Saturday.

    Love your words of wisdom.

  • Dana Maya says:

    Happy Birthday to you, Tara Mohr, friend I have yet to meet.
    Your words are salves, your projects are virally infectious in their transformative power, your generosity has been a gift I have both received and given.
    May you feel the reverberation of all the love you have sent out, today. May you see it come back in the ways you see yourself and your (which is of course our) life.

    you are love, your are loved!


  • Bita says:

    Dearest Tara…Thank you for the opportunity to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Love your Blogs and you are such a beautiful soul! We are all blessed for your birth!

  • Naomi says:

    Happy Birthday! You are absolutely right about love attracting love. Thanks for all that you do and your courage to play big. Wishing you big love for the year ahead.

  • barbara says:

    Happy happy birthday Tara!!!!! It´s my father´s birthday, too, a great date (-;
    Have a wonderful day, with love, Barbara

  • Gretchen Schot says:

    Happy Birthday! I love what you said about using your birthday as a means to slow down and take stock of what you really want. I found your site and you for the sole purpose of trying to slow down and determine what I want. I have a gift of taking care of others, encouraging people & supporting them. I find it difficult to do that for myself. Your work is helping me through this. Thank you.

  • Shawn Petite says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!! I hope your day is all you want it to be! I also wanted to say how good it was to be part of the grandma project, writing my story and reflecting back on the memories of an amazing women who changed my life!
    Celebrate like you mean it today!

  • Stacey says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! Thanks for your inspirational words of wisdom. No wonder you are so down to earth, being a Tarus!

  • Erin Johnson Cole says:

    Wishing you a beautiful birthday! Thank you for sharing your thoughtful words on this day of celebration.

  • Lisa says:

    Wising you a wonderful, meaningful celebration of your life. You are wise beyond your years; that I know for sure. May you have the beautiful life that God has dreamed for you!

  • Gauri says:

    Beautiful birthday wishes for you Tara! You are a beautiful being and may you continue to shine your light brighter with each day. I am always looking forward to your heartfelt posts.

  • Tara, thanks so much for writing us on your birthday and letting us know it is important for us to also support you. It should go both ways, right?! Your truth telling and ability to put your beliefs out into the world is extremely inspiring. Today is about you (and a bit about your mom and dad 🙂 so please celebrate to the fullest the positive impact you’ve made on so many lives. Your day ahead with mother nature, art, food, and loved ones sounds perfect and beautiful. Enjoy! Lots of love to you and happy birthday a thousand times over! Love, Marcia


    you are also important in my life, so I’m happy to send you my very best wishes, in french as I’m french and live in Alsace, France.

    And now I know that your birthday is the same as my husband’s 🙂 you become an even more special woman 😉

  • Cristeen says:

    I hope your birthday is all you want it to be! Thank you for all you do for women.

  • Hi Tara, happy birthday! I’m so happy to that you decided to celebrate and allow us to celebrate YOU. You do amazing work and each of your newsletter is a little nugget of inspiration. It seems like you have a lot to reflect on and to celebrate this year! Its been such a pleasure to be alongside you this journey. Enjoy your day with your loved ones!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Have a fabulous birthday, Tara! I can’t tell you how many times you’ve lifted me up, reframed an issue for me, or made me pause and think. That is the greatest gift anyone can have! So congrats on finding your calling and sharing it so generously.

  • Karen says:

    Happy Birthday, Tara. I wish you all the hope and joy that your writings have brought me. You came into my life at a very difficult time, and continue to amaze me with your path. Continued groundbreaking success and much love!

  • Roberta Landers says:

    You are one of the few people I like to read and pay attention to online…….Your thoughts and ideas light up my day Thanks and Happy Birthday!

  • Jane says:

    May the beauty that you are be reflected back to you today and throughout this year. May you allow the gift you are to shine its brightest light and dance upon your path. I celebrate you Tara on your special day. The fact that is is a solar eclipse makes your intentions even more deeply felt.

  • Jill says:

    Happy Birthday Tara!! I am in total agreement about CELEBRATING your birthday. I’m not shy about planning my own parties, so I can celebrate how I’d like and with whom I’d like. And especially since I had cancer, I really cherish my birthdays–you won’t ever catch me complaining about being middle-aged or growing older! As they say, what’s the alternative?! THANK YOU for all the gifts you have so generously given all of us–I hope they come back to you a hundred-fold. May sunshine, love and joy be yours today and all year!

  • Lynn Chamberlain says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! I wish you a beautiful and joyous day filled with your favorite people and things! Thanks for being an inspiration!

  • Patricia Mompier says:

    Happy Birthday, thanks so much for all you have said………….it makes a difference

  • tiani says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! Great way to celebrate, with lots of good wishes from your readers 🙂

  • Nancy says:

    Have a wonderful birthday! Thank you for the gift of your wisdom that you share with your readers. I hope today is a day full of gifts for you!

  • Genevieve says:

    Oh, Happy, Happy Birthday, Tara!
    Have a beautiful, beautiful day!!

  • Sarah La Belle says:

    Best wishes on your BDay, mine was 5/4. There always seems to be a cosmically “dropped stitch” for me on this day where plans get changed, other events intervene. This year my all-day horseback ride through Mt. Diablo was cancelled at the last minute due to high heat, the salon where I booked a facial didn’t have me scheduled after all, and my recently deceased cousin’s memorial took priority. I’m used to these interruptions. I actually embrase them because I am alive to have them even happen to! They serve as a reminder that it isn’t really all about me, that the world isn’t perfect, that we are all doing the best with what we have, and sometimes, my life is meant to serve rather than to be served.

    Don’t get me wrong, believe me, I make-up for these glitches througout the rest of the year, but for my birthday, I’ve learned to take these reminders as opportunities to reflect.

  • Cami Flake says:

    Happy Birthday Tara!! I hope it’s as beautiful as you are helping the world. I am so grateful for you. Lots of of love and celebration to you! xoxo

  • Shannon Rush-Call says:

    Tara – Wishing you a wonderful day and a joyous year ahead. Thank you for your words of wisdom and your creation of a dialouge about women, our power, our beauty, and our need to lift each other up. Keep going!! Happy Birthday!

  • ayesha says:

    Happy birthday great friend:)))))))

  • Sue Rawlings says:

    Happy Birthday, Tara ~ We’ve never met, but I feel like you are a friend…Love your posts, keep them coming.
    Enjoy every moment of this special day, made just for you…sue

  • Long may your extraordinary flag wave, Tara Sophia Mohr! The happiest of birthdays this year and every year. I couldn’t ask for a better companion for the journey.

  • Anoym says:

    Happiest of Birthdays Tara! Thank you for the wonderful lesson in this post about honesty. May God bless you and keep you.

  • Have a wonderful birthday, Tara. And thank you for reminding us how important our job is as grandmothers. You have given us the opportunity to see that we are one among many.

    By the way, on the 19th of this month, my family will celebrate five of the six birthdays among our family!

  • Chiara says:

    Dear Tara,

    I’m glad to join all these friends wishing you a happy birthday.

    Your writing inspires me everyday, in the good and in the bad moments. You seem to be able to set up a special connection to everyone of us out there.
    I am very happy and grateful that I’ve met you.
    Happy birthday!

  • Sowjanya says:

    Happy Birthday. i too let all my dear ones know it was my birthday last year and was happy when they wished me. Thank you for your inspiration and thought provoking writings

  • Linda says:

    Happy Birthday! I enjoy reading what you write, so thanks for the time you spend doing that. It creates a way for so many individuals to be connected, and is one of the most positive aspects of the internet. I hope your day is more wonderful than you could imagine and the life you’ve created for yourself is fulfilling and amazing in every way. Have a great year!

  • Molly Walker says:

    Tara, a very happy birthday to you! I always enjoy your posts and your courage makes us all stronger!

  • Hi… Happy Birthday!!!!!!!
    Great month to be born in…I will celebrate my birthday on Saturday. It is always extra fun when it falls on Mother’s Day weekend (makes for a big celebration). I am planning to go to a Comedy Club to celebrate :):):)

    Enjoy your Special Day!!!!!

  • Elena Castro says:

    Dear Tara – Happy Flowing Sparkling Birthday to you! With roots so deep, and wings so strong, may your light expand and brighten every day. The Earth is so crazy lucky to have you!

  • Maria says:

    Happy birthday Tara, and have a wonderful day! You give me so much with your posts, and this one is no exception. Usually I ignore my birthday but after reading your post, I will take the day off work next year and plan something special for it. Great idea and thanks for sharing it. Your light is shining in far corners of the world, best wishes, Maria, New Zealand

  • Maryna says:

    A birthday on a new moon eclipse in Taurus! Wow you are going to have a spectacular year of bonanza growth and opportunities! Enjoy every moment of your day in the sun Tara! Happy Birthday from a fellow Taurean. xo

  • Stephanie says:

    Happy Birthday, Tara! I love May birthdays… mine is on Sunday. May your day be extra special wonderful!

  • Happiest of birthdays to you, Tara! Mine was Monday and I know how special they are! May is a wonderful month – all things green and gorgeous are starting to pop, life is renewing in nature. I hope you are doing exactly what your heart desires today and that it involves some good food, fun, family and friends. Thank you for all your great work – I love reading your blogs! Big hugs!

  • Karin says:

    Grattis på födelsedagen Tara!
    Thank you for all your inspiring and eye (and heart) opening words.
    May you have a beautiful and happy day!

  • HI! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The day you were born Earth said it was time to let in a lot of light and love. Aren’t we lucky. Thank you for your work, your words, your vision, your purpose. We all benefit. I know I do.

    Thank you. Enjoy the sunshine!

    xo Kathleen

  • Happy Birthday, Tara!!! I hope your day is filled with love and abundance and that this page spills over with all who follow your wisdom and appreciate the many gifts you share with us each week.

  • Lindsay Pedersen says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Tara! Thank you for inviting us to shine our love your way. May you feel great peace and joy today.

  • Often times special days like birthdays can be a bit of a whirlwind! I hope there is time for you today to truly stop and feel the joy and good wishes being sent to you from those you know personally and from those, like me, whose lives you have touched through your work. May this day be very special, and the coming year in your life filled with blessings of health, happiness and fulfillment. Happy, happy birthday!

  • Chandra says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the wisdom you and wishing you all the best for the year ahead

  • alison p-h says:

    Happy Birthday and many, many happy returns. May all your wishes come true. Thank you for all that you do and share with us. It is thought provoking and inspiring.

  • Zoë Edmonds says:

    Happy Birthday to you Tara! Thank you for asking for what you really, really want. I respect your honesty. Your warmth encouragement and thoughts are inside my head often these days and I want to thank you for your continued inspiration and role modeling for so many women. You are a beautiful inspiration!

    I am working on my grandmother power blogging project. Just today, it got started: I ran into a beautiful grandmother on the street and we had a spontaneous interview, afterwards I cried, and she laughed. (All good natured.) All thanks to a beautiful idea that sprung from you!

  • Kerri says:

    Happy Birthday Tara. Thanks for sharing with us, and accepting our positive energy! 🙂

  • Rosanna Wertheimer says:

    Happy Birthday Tara. You share a birthday with my mother, who embodies grandmother power every day. Thank you for sharing your birthday intentions and inviting us to be a part of your celebration. All the best for the year to come!

  • Happy birthday, lovely Tara. Who knew the universe was giving us all THIS when you came into the world? Soak up your amazing day of celebrations – wishing you a year of love and happiness. [And thank you for reminding us that it’s ok to ask for what we want!] xx

  • Jenny says:

    Hi Tara,
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. I have never yet replied to any of these emails nor blogged. I can’t believe how uncomfortable I am about replying but I didn’t want my hangups to stop me today. So have a great day and thanks for the wonderful thoughts and messages you send through. You touch my life in a positive way.

  • Stacey Graham says:

    You are a gift. A gift that multiplies…expands….offers hope…. and introductions to inner critics and mentors too….your gift changes our lives. So, Miss Tara, I wish for you a year of joy, living wide and loud. A year of new discoveries and challenges that take you to new places and awareness. Many thanks for all you have given to me and so many others. HBTY! With love and light, S.

  • Happy Birthday, Tara. Many Blessings for a beautiful year ahead. May it be filled with love, joy and the kind of growth you are seeking.
    Thank you for all the inspiration you offer to so many of us on our path of growth. You are a treasure to the world.

  • Catherine says:

    Thank you four sharing your wisdom and your lovely poetry with us!

  • Melanie says:

    Happy Birthday Tara!

  • tania says:

    Happy birthday day Tara! Wish you love , good health and abundance

  • Merete says:

    Dear Tara
    Happy birthday. I hope you have a wonderful day, with sunshine and warmth and blue skies ahead.
    May the sun bring you new energy by the day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries and may the breeze blow new strength into your being. Blessings to you my friend and thank you for all your great inspiration.
    Love from

    Merete, Denmark

  • Jennifer says:

    Happy Birthday!

    You have most definitely affected my life and I will head into my birthday this year as a new person. Thank you for being genuine you. By being who you were meant to be, you have given a gift to the world and I hope to follow your lead and do the same in the way I was meant to do it. ((hugs))

  • Kathleen Smith says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! Hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

  • Erika Miscio says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! Wishing you a year filled with all the happy your hear can hold!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom so generously and for demonstrating how to ask for what you want! That’s an important skill for all of us to practice!

  • Happy Birthday, Tara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SOS says:

    Happy birthday

  • Raffinee says:

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day and thank you for all the wisdom you have provided me 🙂

  • Kate says:

    Tara: happy birthday fellow Taurean!!!! love and light, Kate

  • Valerie says:

    Tara, Happy belated birthday (just found your post in my inbox). I hope that your birthday wishes come true this year. My own wish is that more women will discover you and all you have to offer.

  • Rosemary says:

    Wow Ms. Tara our birthday si one them same day. Now that extra special, needed I say more!

  • Francesca says:

    Happy Birthday Tara! I hope you enjoyed your hike, great food and art! I am in Brazil right now and they know how to have a good time. Birthdays are celebrated for a full month. So live it up!

  • Diane Schambra says:

    Happy Birthday Tara.Can you hear the music they are playing for you in Heaven?
    I can 🙂

  • This is exactly how I think about spending birthdays Tara, noone has put this as so directly and beautifully as you have.

    I think of sadness about my birthday last year- I didn’t do what I wanted. But also with hope I can change that.

    Hope your birthday day was beautiful and joyful!

  • Catherine says:

    Happy Post-Birthday Tara,

    You are my number one favourite blogger! I love your posts and often refer clients to your words of wisdom as well. I hope you are gifted with the soul fuel you need to feel replenished and creatively inspired. Warm wishes from our nation’s capital here in Canada – if you decide to swing into Ottawa, we can blog from Parliament Hill on how to Play Big in your friendly neighbour’s backyard!!

  • rebecca says:

    happy birthday! i’m a may 9 baby too which means we’re birthday twins 😀 hope this was your happiest birthday yet <3 here's to the next year of making a difference.

  • Magdalena F says:

    Happy birthday, and best wishes from Sweden!

  • Debbie Grace says:

    Happy Birthday, Tara! Hoping your day was wonderfully blessed. <3

    I am a very new reader of yours . . . . a friend introduced me to your beautiful piece, "The Rhythm," just last Friday which was so timely for me. So I googled you and found you here. So, *so* love the idea of Grandmother Power . . . yes. I look forward to dipping in to the Grandmother posts soon.

    I also appreciated reading your thoughts about your birthday. Mine is on Saturday and I shall take what you said about yours to heart for mine.

    Happy Birthday, again, from one May baby/child/woman to another. 😉

  • Donne Davis says:

    A belated Happy Birthday to you!
    Mine was May 10.
    I’m so glad I could be part of your Grandmother Power Blogging Campaign.
    I hope to meet you this summer for your August 10 writing workshop.

  • Happy belated birthday Tara! I just found your website and started reading some of your posts and came across this one asking for birthday wishes. What a wonderful and wise thing to do. I agree that there aren’t enough of us women speaking up, helping out and sharing our ideas and knowledge to make the world a brighter, more loving, compassionate and peaceful place. I look forward to reading more of your work and following on your journey during at least one more revolution around the sun!

  • sarah conway says:

    Just got to reading this! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! I read everything you send even if I have to wait to do it! Your thoughtful words and reflections are so inspiring, more than you know for me and you always get me to pause and how important that is in todays world! Miss you Tara and hope all is well!!!

  • Pam says:

    Reading your post a few weeks late… but wanted to get my belated birthday greetings in to you, Tara. I always enjoy and feel inspired and more grounded after reading your posts. Here’s to a great year ahead!

  • alanc says:

    Happy Birthday Tara!!!!

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