It is easy for me to get caught up in celebrations and over doing it for my birthday. Last year I prepared for turning 40 by interviewing women I admire. But this year I tried an even more simple tactic, to let myself take (almost) the whole day off to enjoy the basics and see where it took me. It wasn’t a day at the spa or a trip to Paris. It was simpler than that and it was awesome. Taking my birthday off is going to be my new tradition and I encourage you to do the same. Here is what I did in pictures and why 41 was my best birthday yet:
A little work thing… 1 of 8
My day started with a 5:45am wake up for a radio interview on summer tips. When I mentioned that I like to read a hard copy of the newspaper, the DJ asked me my age. "41 today" was all it took to turn the interview into FM birthday wackiness and I was soon serenaded by Elvis, a pastor, a middle school choir and dental drills, all to the tune of "Happy birthday." Running start!
Good morning faces 2 of 8
The kids ran into my room when they woke up, each so excited to celebrate. Here is one of the three beautiful faces that greeted me.
Camp drop-off 3 of 8
I took the kids to camp and we didn't rush at all. Mitch joined me so it was a family affair. We lingered to talk to other parents. Fun.
A breakfast date 4 of 8
Mitch and I went out on a breakfast date. Croissants and conversation at 10am. The decadence!
A brand new baby 5 of 8
I went to meet my childhood friend's 10 day old baby and stayed for lunch. I didn't hand off the gift and run out. I held the baby (for as long as I could!), I spent guilt-free time with my old friend and I enjoyed every minute.
Homemade gift exchange 6 of 8
I met everyone at home for a gift exchange. Homemade soap in fun shapes that shed everywhere. The kids were beaming.
Dinner at "my" favorite restaurant 7 of 8
My kids had been excited all day for dinner at Benihana. They insisted I wear the hat all through dinner. There were tons of birthday tables around us but they tended to be celebrating single digits. The fun overrode the sodium coma.
A trip to see my cousin on stage 8 of 8
We dropped the kids off at home and Mitch and I went to see my uber-talented cousin, Rachel Berman, shine in her first starring role. Only 18 months ago she had questioned her dreams. Now she was living them.