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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 3 million readers. As featured on: CBS, BBC, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

32: My Birthday Gift to You

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According to the calendar dripping days onto my desk, today is my 32nd birthday. (Feel free to say hi on Twitter.) To celebrate another year in the rearview, I’d like to give you a gift—and at the same time, I’d like to contribute to some kids who could benefit from our help…

Throughout my twenties, when I was an aspiring writer, I never thought my words would be able to pay my debts. But now they have. Quite literally.

Six months ago, I published my novel, As a Decade Fades, on Christmas Day, and to my surprise it climbed into the top 10 on Amazon’s Literary Fiction bestsellers list. While I certainly didn’t get rich from the book’s initial success, the money I earned allowed me to pay off the rest of my debt—to become 100% debt free. Which goes to show that when you dedicate four years of your life to something, it can pay off.

It’s been a long, flawed 32 years, but I’m grateful for where I am—thankful for the life I’ve created. And now that my novel has been out in the world for a while, I want to be able to help other people with my creation. So for the rest of 2013, I’m going to donate 100% of As a Decade Fades‘s revenues to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills.

Accordingly, I’ve lowered the price of As a Decade Fades to $7 on Kindle and $12 in print.

Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy the book. If you do, an Amazon review would be lovely.

You can also discuss the book on Twitter: @DecadeFades.