My birthday’s coming up next month! And it was only just last year when I really started planning things for myself to do for my birthday. Year after year, I’ve just let my birthday fall by the wayside, not letting it have a whole lot of importance. I always thought that other people’s birthdays were more important than my own. This is pretty messed up thinking, since I too deserve a great day to celebrate my years on Earth, right? Here I am, trying to live my best life (or rather, working up to that), being a person that tries her hardest to always do good, overcoming difficulties, getting shit done, etc… I deserve to treat myself on the day I entered this world!
Another thing I do that others may find annoying is that I never know what I want when they ask me, “What do you want for your birthday/Christmas?!” But whenever it’s not my birthday or Christmas, I can come up with something. Funny! Though I think that’s connected to that “everyone-else’s-birthday-is-more-of-a-priority-so-it’s-okay” mindset. Enough of that! I know I’m not the only one who thinks like this–people, we’ve got to re-prioritize ourselves. How can we expect to take care of other folks when we can’t even take care of ourselves?
This was me treating myself to a day with amazing gal pals where we went antiquing after getting coffee. These kinds of days are always a blast!
This new mindset of doing something cool on my birthday started last year, when one of my best friends approached me with, “So what are we doing for your birthday this year?” My usual response is, “Dunno. I typically don’t do much for my birthday.”
To which her response, aghast at my passivity, was: “We should actually do something this time. Let’s plan something.”
Sometimes all it takes is that one person to just say, “Why not?”
My friend’s encouragement propelled into us planning a weekend getaway in Seattle where a big group of us went to The Can Can, which is a late night cabaret theater full of drinks, food and performers galore! We all got to sit front and center, right next to the stage and watched an amazing show called Ice Cream. It was a spectacular night and we all had a fabulous time! I even got to go on stage! Granted, it was a bit spendy and it was pretty late at night, but it was an experience I’m glad we all had together. One of those “you’ve gotta do it at least once!” things.
This year will be a little more chill. I had decided that some of my gal pals and I would stay at a swanky cottage-esque Air BNB in Portland, OR and participate in a terrarium building workshop downtown! There are also plans of antiquing, exploring and imbibing, of course. I’ve always wanted to make a cute little terrarium, but didn’t really know where to start–so I thought finding a place that offers workshops would be best! I’ve seen some really adorable ones online for purchase, but I think this will make this first terrarium of mine really special if I made it with some of my favorite people.
If you’re like me and have difficulty realizing that it’s okay for you to celebrate you, it’s time to change that. You are an important human being on planet Earth and you deserve good things! It’s okay to celebrate and make things happen for other people, but it’s also important to celebrate and make things happen for you too.
And for the friends and family who read this blog and have asked, “What the hell does Erika want for her birthday? She never tells me anything!” I’m throwing you a bone this year! Here’s a wish list that I’ve pushed myself to compile since the new year:
- Hand Lettering Guide & Calligraphy pens – I’m going toot my own horn for a moment. I’ve got pretty great handwriting–or so I’ve been told. I once had someone tell me, “You should’ve been an architect or a teacher–you have the nicest, cleanest handwriting I’ve ever seen!” Another is, “I want to turn your handwriting into font!” I’ve been thinking of kicking it up a notch by getting into hand lettering!
- Bicycle – I’ve been getting back into yoga, which is fantastic. But I wanted to get more fitness into my life, and I figured bicycling would be a good way to go about that. I used to jog when I was in college but that proved to be boring and, as studies have shown, rough on your body in the long run (heh heh, get it?). A cutesy little retro bicycle would be perfect!
- Fruit & Vegetable Chopper – They say it’s a sign that you’re an adult when you’re into kitchen gadgets! My fella and I have been consuming a lot of veggies and fruits lately, and although I don’t mind chopping them up into big pieces that’s good for dipping into homemade ranch, it would be neat to be able to dice them up to make salads and other dishes we enjoy. I’ve heard lots of good things about these kinds of “pro choppers!”
- Cacti – Because they’re so cute and hardy. Perfect for my lack of proper gardening skills.
- Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Smart Phone Printer – Readers, I love, love, LOVE Polaroid pictures. It reminds me so much of my childhood and the yesteryears. My grandfather was a photography hobbyist and I think he’s instilled that in me, only to have it ignited when I got my hands on a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera for my birthday several years ago (thanks mom!). I always try to bring my Polaroid camera with me to holidays and events, but sometimes carrying around my Mini 9 is not convenient. And I would love to have whole albums filled with Polaroids like my grandparents do! Having this printer would make that happen. It’s connected via Bluetooth, allowing you to print pictures you take on your Smartphone with the Polaroid film! Technology sure is amazing!
This is the family cat, Abi. She’s a grumpy 11-year-old who clearly does what she wants whenever she wants.
- Emily & Fin dresses – Emily & Fin, hands down, makes the most comfortable dresses I have ever worn. And they’re really versatile too! The few Emily & Fin dresses I have, I wear them all year round in various ways. Sometimes I’ll wear a sweater over them with a belt, sometimes I’ll wear a long or 3/4 sleeve shirt under them, or I’ll wear them on their own with stockings and a cardigan. The cherry on top is that they have the cutest prints! I’m currently swooning over the rainbow Festival Plaid print they currently have. (For reference, I order size large from this company for a little extra wiggle room. Mediums fit too perfectly!)
- Vinyl Records – Hilariously, I actually have three record players. Hopefully we’ll get a bigger place in the future where all three can be shown off in all of their glory. With this, I have a slowly expanding records collection. Lately, I’ve been listening to AC/DC, Billie Holiday, Buddy Holly, the Mad Men Soundtrack (so good!), The Beatles, Lana Del Rey, Modest Mouse, Minus the Bear, Jenny Lewis, the Baby Driver Soundtrack, and Amy Winehouse, but I’m always open to exploring new tunes!
- On this same note, I was recently introduced to VYNL, which is a vinyl record subscription service!! You create your profile by telling them about your favorite artists or you can connect them to your Spotify, Soundcloud or other music streaming service, then choose a “mood” every month, and then their team of curators will send you your brand spankin’ new vinyl record every month! How rad is that?!
I highly recommend keeping a list on your phone of all your wants and needs throughout the year. That’s only way I was able to get this list together, otherwise it’d be the same reply as any previous year when someone asked me what I wanted for my birthday or Christmas: “I dunno.” 🙂