I'm all ears when it comes to livng a long life. It's one of my personal goals to live to be at least 100.

I was so excited to hear of Dorothy Ellis' 100th birthday. Why? Because it's a personal goal of mine to reach at least 100 years old. I can't explain exactly what drives me to have this desire. I know one of the neatest older ladies I remember as a little girl, was my 94 year old great-grandmother. She was active, grew a garden, picked berries, cooked, cleaned and was very independent and self-sufficient. I admired that about her.

In fact, I was talking with a woman at a department store one day. When I was told she was 108 years old, I got a pic with her and asked her what her secret was.

According to an interview Dorothy did with OurQuadCities.com, spending time with younger kids helps her stay young.

"I've had my grandchildren, they have their friends. My grandson has lived with me, and his friends come and always talk to me and everything. It keeps you young having young people."

Happy Birthday, Dorothy! Thank you for sharing your long-life advice. I'll definitely be staying young and thinking of you with each year.