I know I took a little blogging break for a hot minute, but it was all for a good cause. I recently celebrated my 33rd birthday over an extended weekend and decided to take some downtime as I caught up on work.
While there have been a few truly memorable birthdays in the past, I think this year’s festivities may have topped them all. And while having fun was the name of the game, getting to spend my special day with so many important people in my life was what made it even better.
This year, I celebrated my birthday for four days (yes, you read that correctly). My actual birthday started off fairly leisurely with a little mani/pedi pampering and an appointment to get my eyebrows done, followed by a late lunch with my co-workers at one of my favorite Greek restaurants. After that, it was a quick cappuccino date at Southdown Coffee, and dinner at a new restaurant in town called Leilu with one of my closest girlfriends.
I spent the following day by indulging in some self-care in the form of a Gyrotonic class at Gyrotonic LINY—my new go-to workout. It felt good to give back to body during this time, since my body always does so much for me. I spent the rest of the afternoon preparing and packing for a fun weekend in New York City, before heading out to dinner with a co-worker at Bar Frites (which was amazing).
On day three of my marathon birthday celebration, I was on my way to the city for an early dinner at ‘Cesca, before heading to see Joe Bonamassa, a blues-rock guitarist, perform at the Beacon Theatre. I’ve been to a fair amount of concerts, but this one was one of the best. Joe Bonamassa is a talented guitarist and performer. He played for nearly 2 hours and blew the audience away (most of whom were hardcore Bonamassa fans). After the Beacon, my friend and I headed to Don’t Tell Mama, an outrageously fun piano bar, that more than lived up to my expectations. We met people from Philadelphia, PA and even a couple from Sweden before the evening was over. If you’re ever in NYC and looking for a fun place, Don’t Tell Mama is it!
The final day of my four-part celebration was all about self-care with a little reflection thrown in for good measure. It meant so much to me that all of my friends took time out of their schedules and indulged me in celebrating my birthday month. Yes, I do believe you get an entire month to celebrate yourself, although I also think you should celebrate yourself every day. I have so many things to be grateful for and I am looking forward to seeing where life takes me on my 33rd trip around the sun.
Now, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s time to say goodbye to my birthday month. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Thank you for being a part of my journey as a reader of my blog. I am grateful for your support!