Can you believe this is the 6th birthday I’ve celebrated on the blog? Time sure does fly by 🙂 and I’m celebrating a little bit different this year. Read on to see how I spent my birthday, some thoughts on the year I’ve had and a fun little extra that I think you’ll love 😉
50 Quick Questions & How I Spent My Birthday
Under normal circumstances, we’d be traveling to celebrate and sadly, we had to cancel all anniversary and birthday trips for the year ….as I’m sure everyone else has done as well. But in my three months of solitude, I’ve learned to appreciate the little things that are often overlooked, the simplicity of everyday life and the beauty that surrounds us… something that was always there before but failed to be seen.
I took the “day off” and relaxed… something I don’t do enough of. I ate lunch on the patio, watered my plants and tended to my baby succulents. I answered the door to find the most beautiful floral bouquet from my husband (along with a sweet post it note stuck in the fridge). I checked the mailbox to find a sweet handwritten card from my in-laws. I took a bubble bath with lavender bath salt, surrounded by scented candles and donned a cooling eye mask while I listened to a guided meditation for positivity. I listened to a second (happiness) meditation while I relaxed with a face mask, lip mask and chest mask (post DIY facial) and ended up taking a short nap. I ate BBQ with my husband while watching The Office. I ate the Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired cake that my brother and I made (something that I haven’t been able to eat in a couple of years!), opened gifts from my mom and brother (stunning vintage magazines from the 20s-60s) and spent time with my family… something I haven’t done in a really long time. It wasn’t as adventurous or flashy as years past but it was a very sweet, simple and memorable day with memories that I’ll treasure.
Looking back, this past year has not been the greatest but it’s the one that forced me to grow the most. I was finally able to let go of the toxic relationships and friendships that held me back and consumed my identity for so long and because of this, I was able to finally fully accept myself for the first time in my life. I learned to stand up for myself, set boundaries and that my value is not placed in the hands (or minds) of other’s but rather in my own. I gained confidence in myself and my abilities, something I’ve struggled with for my entire life. I gained the courage to try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone instead of hiding myself away. I learned to offer forgiveness when others have wronged me and I’ve learned to let go of the things that I can’t change or control.
I know this is a very different birthday post than my usual list of fun facts or favorite things but it was also quite a different year! However, I don’t want to end this post on too serious of a note… and to be honest, I wasn’t even planning to write much. It just sort of poured out lol!
Anyway, earlier this week, my little brother came over to help me with a few tasks including baking a delicious *dairy-free and egg-free* cake anddd helping me film a fun YouTube video! He asked me 50 quick questions in 6 minutes (that’s gotta be a record!! Also, the last Q+A for quite a while lol!) and it was a lot of fun to film. When we get together, we always have the best time so this is one of the rare occasions that I’ve showcased a side of my personality that I don’t typically show on social media. I really hope you like it!
And since I didn’t get to spend much of my birthday with my husband, we’re planning to either go on a hike or picnic this weekend (maybe both?)! I can’t wait! 🙂