It always makes me sad when I hear that someone plans to not celebrate their birthday or, even worse, just completely ignore it. As we get older, this seems to be a more and more common occurrence, and I donâ€™t think itâ€™s right! Itâ€™s not as if by not acknowledging the day, the aging process wonâ€™t continue. Weâ€™re getting older every single day whether we like it or not. You have this one day a year thatâ€™s your dayâ€¦ shouldnâ€™t you make it special? Embrace it! I actually usually celebrate multiple times throughout the month of February. Februaryâ€™s my month â€“ Iâ€™ve claimed it.
Anyway Iâ€™ve decided to make a small list of things that I like to do every year to make my birthday extra special and also re-cap what Iâ€™ve done to celebrate so far this year. These are just some suggestionsâ€¦ your day should be about you and what you want to do!
1. Spend time with the people you care about.
I always have two parties every year â€“ one with the family and one with my friends. The family one is usually a joint birthday celebration with my brother since his birthday is about two weeks before mine. We usually celebrate the weekend in between- often for the Super Bowl. Some people might not like having to share a birthday party, but I actually like it better this way. I like sharing and I think it just makes it more fun. I also like that the celebration is a week before my actual birthday, because it kind of gets things started and serves as a sort of kick-off for my birthday season.
This year, for my friends party, I had all the usual suspects over (Tom & Heather, Jenn & Dan and, of course, Kevin) plus my BFF Andrea and her husband Ryan , which was awesome and extra special, because I normally only get to see them a couple times a year. This was great. I prefer to keep my parties on the smaller side just because itâ€™s easier and less stressful (and my house really canâ€™t fit that many people!). I probably could have had a few more people over, but in the end, these are the really important friends that I wanted there to celebrate my special day with me.
2. Take some time off from work.
Please donâ€™t work on your birthday if you can help it. Take at least a day off. How can your day be really special if youâ€™re going to work? Thereâ€™s nothing special about going to work â€“ you do that every day! Work is going to totally cramp your style and potentially even make your day a bad day. Thatâ€™s just unacceptable. For the last few years, Iâ€™ve actually been taking a whole week off for my birthday. I highly recommend it.
3. Buy yourself a birthday gift.
I always like to buy myself a gift for my birthday every year. I work hard all year and I deserve it. Now this is partially because my birthday falls around tax refund time, so I have a little extra cash to buy myself a toy â€“ usually a fairly expensive toy. I do understand that this may not be feasible for everyone. I do think, though, that everyone should treat themselves to a little something special â€“ even if itâ€™s something small. You deserve it! This year, I bought myself a new camera â€“ my first DSLR. I got a Canon EOS Rebel T1i, and because I took a week off from work, I have plenty of time to play with it!
If there were ever a time to overindulge this is it! There is a ridiculous amount of chocolate in my house right now, and I wonâ€™t lie, Iâ€™ve eaten it for breakfast a few times over the last couple of days. Iâ€™ve eaten out a lot over the past week and on my actual birthday, Kevin and I visited a couple of beer bars and started drinking at 2pm. It was my day and that is what I wanted to do. There has been a lot of beer, wine, chocolate and fried food consumed over the last few days. Eventually Iâ€™m going to have to go back to my old routine, but for now, I will eat and drink whatever I want. Itâ€™s my week.
So thatâ€™s it! Those are my rules for having an awesome birthday. As I stated above, these are just some suggestions. Heck, if you really want to go to work on your birthday, I guess you can go to work. I just wouldnâ€™t recommend it. The main thing is that you should just enjoy the day!
Here are a few photos from my week!