So Matt’s birthday is on February 1. My birthday is February 2. And my best friend’s birthday is Feb. 12th.
We all turn 30 this year.
Matt and I will be *thankfully* spending our birthday in Hawaii this year! We wanted to do something big, so he planned the entire trip and booked us flights + hotels for the week, and gave me the gift on Christmas. Sneaky guy.
In lieu of all of this, I didn’t want to do anything for my birthday either before or after I returned from my trip. There is just so much going on (ie: Chinese New Year, both our birthdays, my cousin’s 18th, Valentine’s day, my bff’s birthday, etc…) so it made sense to skip it altogether. Maybe just a nice dinner with my family..
So I show up on Friday to my brother’s house for a family dinner, and it’s a surprise party for both me and Matt. It’s decked out in Hawaii themed decor, with deep fried pork, mai tai’s, spam musubi and katsu galore. I was overwhelmed, and I didn’t expect and/or need it. But the preparation, the planning and then the execution meant so much to me. More than that – some of my favorite people who I haven’t seen in forever were there. <3
There are a lot of things in life that don’t need to be done – throwing parties, preparing food, creating theme’s, making and keeping surprises – but all of it adds so much excitement. When I walked through the door, everyone thought I looked un-surprised. But that wasn’t it – I was caught offguard and elated and surprised and happy and even at this age, I still have a hard time letting people do such nice, amazing things for me. I was just letting it all sink in…
And now I’m prepping for Hawaii tomorrow, where I’ll be spending my birthday on the beach, sipping margaritas and watching my city win the Superbowl. How amazing is that?? To put it mildly, I am blessed and am definitely excited to be turning 30. I *also* told myself I needed to do something big when I hit this amazing mark – and what’s bigger than leaving my career behind in pursuit of my dreams??
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This article by Olivia Wilde also makes the big 3-0 more exciting.