Birthday letter to myself

For the past 11 years I have written myself a letter and read a William Stafford poem on my birthday.

This tradition started When I turned 20 in Paris 11  years ago. You can read about it here.

I am back in Paris for another Birthday and continuing the tradition that started here by writing myself another letter.



I never feel hard on myself when I am here. This city always feels like it will take good care of me and even though I am a different person from the last time I was here it still feels like a homecoming.

 The freedom to move so much this year has brought back the creative, up for anything, come what may rigor that I always see in myself. Bit by bit I am getting back the details of who I am as an artist. Which had gradually disappeared as daily living took hold. 


Through out this year I gazed multiple times at the three works I created. Porter, Beckett, and Wren. 




 I’ve watched them place themselves in the world this year and I  find myself wanting them to just be good. Likewise, I just want to be good and bring warmth to my home. 

My advice this year – don’t walk around saying no. Say yes, especially when I don’t want too. It will create more abundance in my life.  So, with that I am going to go out on the Metro and buy myself a chocolate bar to celebrate one more year of my life.

XOX Always,




William Stafford Poem

For my Young Friends who are Afraid

There is a country to cross you will
find in the corner of your eye, in
the quick slip of your foot–air far
down, a snap that might have caught.
And maybe for you, for me, a high, passing
voice that finds its way by being
afraid. That country is there, for us,
carried as it is crossed. What you fear
will not go away: it will take you into
yourself and bless you and keep you.
That’s the world, and we all live there.

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  • Annie
    Posted at 19:15h, 14 December Reply

    Happy birthday to you… And merry Christmas to me, for the gift that you are!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 19:56h, 14 December Reply

      Thanks Mom!

  • Michelle Jilk
    Posted at 20:47h, 14 December Reply

    Beautiful Kenzie!! I love this tradition of yours. Thanks for the gift of your blog and sharing your stories. Have a blessed and wonderful birthday today and year filled with YES 😄

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 03:12h, 15 December Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to read my stories. Love your insights and thoughts!

  • Michelle H
    Posted at 01:49h, 15 December Reply

    It seems we share our special day…. Just coming home after a full day of shopping and food and lots of celebrations of love with those I call my greatest treasures.
    Your family has become a part of my life over the last few months and you have filled my face with many smiles… You are all just precious. Your zest for life is contagious! Loved your letter and will work on saying YES 🙂
    Happy birthday to us!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 03:12h, 15 December Reply

      Happy Birthday! Here is to our year of Yes!

  • Caroline Bouron
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 December Reply

    What an inspiration you are to us all, Kenzie! From the quality of your videos to the way you educate your children, we love following your family around the world. It’s also a great way for Arthur and Emma to learn geopraghy and also some English: being about the same age as your boys, they want to understand every word they say.
    I can’t believe it was 11 years ago you came to La Rochelle for afternoon tea in a fishing cabin! A quite memorable day for us…
    Thanks for the smiles and for the fun of traveling with you.
    Wishing you all a happy holiday season,
    Caroline from France

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