It was my 34th birthday yesterday. My bestie, Steph, surprised me by flying in last minute from Toronto. I see her maybe 2x a year. Needless to say I was stoked.
We only had 3 days so we really had to pack it all in. 😄 We always have a good time together and that typically includes a drink or plenty. We had few late nights and lots of catching up, good food, fine wine and cocktails. Steph organized a lovely birthday dinner with a few of our good friends from high school at Burdock and Co. Honestly though, I wasn’t planning on celebrating with friends, but I’m glad I did because being around great people added something to this otherwise regular Friday.
It isn’t typical of me to go out late with friends since, as a parent, I’ve got endless things to do and early mornings but when I’m with her, my pre-parenthood life and motherhood responsibilities meld so beautifully together. She loves my kids so much and my kids love her; she even offers to babysit when she’s in town on her vacation! Amazing or what?! She also always makes time for me even though she’s got tons of other friends and family who want to see her. She will always be a sister to me. 💜
Another good friend of mine and I were discussing birthdays and how they make us feel inspired. What I learned from this weekend:
- I’m as young as I believe I am and I’m as old as I believe I am.
- Old friends will always be a sense of comfort.
- Make a conscious effort to stay in touch with special people… especially when life pulls you apart.
- I value a good friendship.
- Friends make me feel rejuvenated and my mental health needs that.
- Friends make me a better parent.
I had such a great time these last few days and I have Steph to thank, Jin to rearrange his schedule so he could take over parenting, my good friend who hooked up my bestie with a deep discount on the flight (Thanks Sami! 💜) and my other good friends who made the effort to come out to celebrate with me.
I am especially looking forward to meeting up with our 3rd stooge this summer in NYC (That’s you Zulay :))!
I am grateful for the people who have helped me realize some important things this weekend. On my 34th year, I am inspired to be happy, to love freely and to not be scared to train hard.
Do you feel a surge of inspiration on your special day?