The alarm started being obnoxious & the first thought I logically had as a thirty year old woman was…
Shit, I should have taken off work today…who works on their birthday?
Thankfully, I had a little purple bag of motivation downstairs waiting for me to assist with the ass-out-of-bed operation. My dear friend had given me a birthday present the Friday before…because the bitch went to Florida without me…over my birthday.
This same girl…packaged up a scheduled massage for October 18th in that purple bag, because she’s amazing – so I forgave her. I woke up to that good news & it was the beginning of a pretty superb day.
Today’s a good day to be Thirty.
Dirty Thirty; I like how that sounds.
My life begins at Thirty.
Not to get all self-helpy or anything, but if you don’t pep talk yourself with affirmations – you should. Perhaps you think it’s cheesy, or bogus…
Let me get all mom on you quick: Have you tried it?
…At least look into it.
So anyway, since I didn’t take the day off – I ran into work at 7:58am. [This whole driving my kid to school in the morning is really cramping my ‘get-to-work-early’ goals. But… I’m not going to let that bother me.]
I walked into my office with 2 minutes to spare & got slapped in the face with this…
This picture really doesn’t do it justice…it was well done. I even let out a little squeal…’cause I like surprises & I love confetti. (…And the fact that my office has a cleaning crew that comes on Friday nights.)
The same wonderful friend who decorated my office was also thoughtful enough to include a gift card to my favorite place in the whole wide world…… Taco Bell & [amazingly delicious] chocolate cupcakes.
I think she knows me pretty well or something.
As the day progressed, I kept busy with work tasks & continued my daily affirmations… by 10:00am I had surpassed the want phase & moved onto physically needing a cupcake.
Try and tell me that doesn’t look like the most delicious thing in the entire world.
I’ve always…since a small child ripped the bottom of cupcakes off so the frosting can fit in my mouth… without me looking like a 1 year old with a smash-cake. Today was no exception. Another friend from work came into my office as I was shoving this delectable morsel into my mouth & gave me a birthday card…
…Well, that’s fitting.
If you’re wondering… Yep. It was everything I expected it to be. Happy Birthday To Me…
The only time all day that I really pondered the number thirty itself was when I was trying to figure out what point I decided ‘Thirty’ isn’t old anymore. I have younger co-workers who claim they “can’t believe” I’m thirty…is that a compliment? I’m surely not offended…but thirty is clearly still ‘old’ to them. At least I’m a cool thirty year old?
After I devoured that cupcake – I checked my email. I’m lucky enough to say that I have another friend, still.
She lives in Michigan and we crossed paths in the world of writing. She has become someone very near and dear to me & this lovely lady sent me a totally unexpected gift.
The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.
Towards the end of the day I thought I’d help out the cleaning crew and pile up the confetti. As soon as I had it all together I had this urge to throw it all over the floor; not to be a bitch…but because I’m so young at heart. [Bahaha]
(No, I didn’t actually do that – I put them in a zip lock bag)
After work, I walked through the door of my house & heard my kiddo say, “Is she home?!”
He trotted down the stairs with this confident grin that I love & handed me this treasure:
First, I melted.
Then, I asked him where he heard that saying:
“I didn’t. I drew you a flower…because I always do & flowers bloom. It’s your day today. So, it’s your day to bloom.”
He follows up that statement with his confident grin turning into a full blown:
This kid puts Hallmark to shame.
I’m not sure I’d have felt the same way about turning 30, if I didn’t have him reminding me daily how awesome life is. My little red head makes my world go ’round.
Now, I’m sure…you’re all wondering and anxious to hear what the man of my dreams got me for the big 3-0…
Close your eyes and open up your hands…
As if this birthday couldn’t get any better:
Some ladies may not appreciate such a gift… those ladies are no friends of mine. My favorite; I obviously love food. Between the Cupcakes, Taco Bell, Taquitos, Birthday Cake & Ice Cream…It’s safe to say I’m kickin’ 30 off to a good start.
I am surrounded by people near and far who really know how to make a girl enjoy her day – for that, I’m thankful.