They are the best.  I think everybody has had a few bummer birthdays – expectations set too high, or perhaps there wasn’t enough ice cream cake – but for the most part, they are that one day a year when everything you do or feel should be extra special.

I never work on my birthday.  When I was in school, it was during summer break, and since then I’ve just always made a point of taking the day off work.  This, along with lunch and shopping with my pops, are my lifelong traditions.

This year might be one of my favorites.  Highlights I didn’t capture on “film” include waking up to roses and treats from our local coffee shop (a mocha from Zoka – thank you for the suggestion, Teeny – Joe, you’ve been outed), Sculpt at CorePower to all my favorite Top 40 hits, a mani/pedi, blonder more sun-kissed hair, and a glass of rose with the honey in the yard before dinner.

Given that many in my life have learned to call July my birthday month, or at the least the first week my birthday week, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at this.  So, here are my top seven recs for having a great day:

1. Take some time to wash away any expectations of what will be.

2. Also take some time to decide what you can do for you.

3. Buy yourself something totally cray.  Like, I don’t know, a shimmering gold yoga warm-up jacket.

I don't usually do true selfies, but the jacket just had to be showcased.  50% off at the studio, say whaaaat?  It was meant to be.

I don’t usually do true selfies, but the jacket just had to be showcased. 50% off at the studio, say whaaaat? It was meant to be.

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You’re almost here!

What I can’t wait for (I recognize this could sound sort of, or entirely, romantic):

Giving you the biggest hug.
Long walks and lattes.
Laughing while falling asleep.
Watching stupid tv shows.
Seeing just how late our grandma selves can stay out.
Answer an important question: Can the two of combined drink as much wine as Beck?
90s dance party.
A yoga class.
A run?! Yikes.
Spontaneous not funny but interesting conversations.
Oh, probably some shopping.
More delicious food.
Turning 30 with you!!
More walking.
Getting caught up on more little random details of your life. Hearing about school.
Um, have I said THANK YOU for coming?
Asking you what clothes you literally already have in your body.
Watching you n babe do interpretive dance to E40.
Peeing my pants from laughing so hard.
Flying squirrel.
Trying to get you to give me something you are wearing. Subtlety.

Yay yay a thousand times yay.

Maybe us in another life?

Maybe us in another life?