It’s my birthday week!!  WOOOOOT.  I started the festivities off early with a mini birthday celebration (with the fabulous Sherri Ross) in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon at Avondale Park.  The weather was sunny and warm…the perfect day to relax and hang with friends.  Our friend Carrie even brought her pedicab which we then gave rides on around the little pond area.  Thanks to everyone that came out!

I like having a birthday in the same week as Valentine’s Day, as the word love is easy to come by.  I know it isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday, but even being single I found happiness as this day rolled around each year.  Love comes in all shapes and sizes, as well as phases.  The feelings of sharing and giving should be something expressed year-round.  More than likely, you have someone or something to express your love to – whether it be a pet, a person, your home or anything else you adore.  This day is only a reminder to recognize those gifts.

Speaking of gifts, I’ve already gotten a few great ones!  James gave me 23andme…which is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time now.  You basically spit in a vile and ship it off, then in 4-6 weeks they tell you a bunch of genetic information about your health and ancestry.  James also did one for himself, so we should get ours back at about the same time.  I will be sure to share once I get the report back.  Sarah Miller also gave me one of her original art pieces of Sloss Furnance which I am SUPER excited about, since it is my favorite Birmingham landmark.  Thank you so much Sarah!

I will be spending my actual birthday in Atlanta and Columbus this weekend with my family.  It’s Anna Banana’s birthday as well, so I will be happy to share the party with that sweet little one.  My only priorities are to: 1. jump on a trampoline, 2. eat a bite of birthday cake, 3. relax, and 4. be happy.  And… take lots of Instagram photos! 😀

Today I want to leave you with these thoughts, which were forwarded to me by my friend Sarah Hodo this morning:

“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.  For me, I am driven by two main philosophies:  Know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others.  You’d be surprised how far that gets you. ”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson

23andMe!

23andMe!

Flower in the sunshine

Flower in the sunshine

Happy Fat Tuesday

Happy Fat Tuesday