Happy Birthday to Me – 100 Word Challenge

happy_birthday_06Birthdays are a good time to reflect on your life. Therefore, for my 39th birthday, I’ve decided to accept the 100 Word Challenge from my friend, Teendoc. She challenged me to describe my entire life in a single paragraph of 100 words. No more. No less. It must be exactly 100 words. Here is my life:

Born in Houston. Parents divorced. Attended two elementaries (protesters didn’t want black kids bussed in at second), two middle schools, one high school. Excelled academically. Declined full scholarship to UT, attended Howard instead. Loved D.C. Struggled to pay for college. Changed majors. Met my soul mate, KayEm. Evicted from apartment. Graduation. Long distance romance through several states: Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Georgia. Proposed on dinner cruise and vomited. Married in St. Louis. Hawaiian honeymoon. Moved to Florida then Texas. Bought first house. Photographer. Had kids: Nee, N, X. Overseas travel: UK, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Iraq, UAE. Bought second house. Adopted Ginger.

That’s my life so far. I’m looking forward to next year’s 100 word challenge.

Stay Strong,




Question: Can you summarize your life in 100 words?

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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