NO LIMITS: Cynthia’s Audacious 55th Birthday Dream


By Cynthia Cavanaugh | Twitter: @cavcynthia

NoLimits_800When I was a little girl, I used to dream about what my life would be like at 20, 30, 40, 50 and beyond. I later learned that my dreaming translated into being defined as a visionary person–someone who is “given to audacious, highly speculative, impractical ideas and schemes, a dreamer.”

I love that word “audacious” and it still captures my heart as I’ve approached a milestone birthday.

Number 55 seems almost impossible. I don’t feel much different–the mirror says otherwise–but hopefully I have a little more wisdom now. Inside, I still dream like I did when I was a little girl, but the world has changed drastically over my 55 years.

It’s hard to keep up sometimes. Who would have ever thought you could have 100+ books on a screen the size of a thin notebook or be able to get a Master’s Degree in the comfort of your own home in your pajamas? It wasn’t something I was dreaming about back then, but I’ve experienced both and I want to keep up, so I can stay connected and expand my influence.

It’s incredibly humbling and overwhelming to keep up and stay engaged with social media. My idea of modern technology as a young teenager was to lay on the grass in my front yard holding a little plastic box that had a battery in it so I could listen to music. It didn’t have to be plugged into the wall and it was called a transistor radio. You could get them in just about every color. I thought it was a miracle.

I feel intimidated at times by my 20- and 30-something friends because they are so digitally savvy. Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, and Googling is like breathing naturally to them as they proclaim, “It’s easy!” But for me, each new social media tool has been like gasping for breath when the oxygen gets thin at a high altitude and you have to work harder at it to catch up. Eventually, it comes, but it takes a little more time, because I am a digital immigrant. I’m happy to say Facebook, Twitter, texting and FaceTime feel like second nature now, but it took a while.

Dreams are like that too. They can take time and to deliver, I often need a healthy push from God.

I experienced that kind of extreme “push” when I visited Cambodia in 2007 and witnessed firsthand the evils of sex trafficking and overwhelming poverty. My heart was wrecked forever by injustice, both locally and globally. I have wept and ranted over the horrific realities of human trafficking and the evil that makes it possible to continue.

I’ve asked God to open the windows of compassion in my soul, so it would haunt me to do something, anything to be a voice for justice. I don’t just want to know about it, give or pray; I want to DO something.

This year, as I celebrate, I hope to take as many friends as possible along to mark my 55th birthday.

It’s so easy to make a big birthday all about me, and I certainly love to be celebrated with beautiful cards and gifts. But something greater is calling this year–a restlessness and an urgency to turn my eyes off me and listen to the dream calling from within.

So, I came up with this audacious idea: I am partnering with a few friends, including SheLoves, to organize a 5K run. We are gathering people of all ages to run and walk together for justice, specifically two initiatives that are close to my heart:

1. The Iranzi Clinic in Rwanda, a health and wellness centre focused primarily on maternal health.

2. Beginning of Life, which runs a home in Moldova for girls rescued from the sex trade.

I’m not a runner. I walk, but not consistently. But this year I am stepping out of my comfort zone and I’ve engaged two of my runner friends to help organize the 5K route.

Now I’m inviting a host of friends to run and walk together for justice.

Join us? 


Our event will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 10am in Birch Bay, WA, starting at the waterslides. You can participate by walking, running, being a cheerleader, handing out water bottles or giving. After the event (and burning all those calories) we will carpool over to my house and celebrate with a small feast. We will also have a chance to learn more about the two initiatives we are sponsoring for the event.

My goal is to raise $5,500 to support these amazing initiatives–$100 for every birthday I’ve celebrated. Whether it’s $5, $10, $25 or $100 gift or more, it all matters.

I would be so over the moon if you would join me. I’d love to make this memory while walking, running, and cheering together for women who need our love and encouragement around the world. If you can’t make the event or live too far away, would you consider donating, so we can reach this goal of $5,500 together?

Registration is $25 for the day and includes lunch and … surprises!


Register HERE.

You can give by clicking on the “donate” button:

Also: check out our Facebook event page. #prettysnazzyfor55



About  Cynthia:

Cynthia-Cavanaugh-Cynthia-Cavanaugh-0004-2Author, speaker, Life Coach and Leadership Influencer. I am a truth seeker, dream giver and love inspiring others to flourish. My heart is wrecked over injustice and I want to join my voice with others to act and eradicate the suffering and bring healing. My mantra is to live bold and leave a legacy. In contrast to my serious side, sometimes my friends can’t believe the creative therapy I make time for which includes knitting, giving parties and once in awhile a big project like sewing a wedding dress. You can find me at