Isn’t it funny how much your life changes in a year? Last year on my birthday, I was in the Hudson River Valley for a beautiful country summer weekend. A year later, here I am in San Francisco. While last year I was already daydreaming about what it would be like to be back in California, it’s an odd sensation to actually have those thoughts/daydreams play out, even when they’re welcome. It’s not just my life changes that make me think…for the friends I spent my birthday with last year, so much happened in their lives too (two babies, a move out of New York, and so many good things in their careers!). Maybe this is all just my way of reflecting back on the last year and marveling at how much life really happens in between, for all of us, whether we notice it or not.
I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m melancholy because I am definitely not! I’m so excited to celebrate 31…or as I like to call it, my 30th birthday Round 2, for all the west coast buddies (there’s a hashtag in there somewhere). This weekend, we’re having a birthday party dinner at one of my fave restaurants, and I have a new outfit to celebrate in (and — eep — it may involve a crop top, which yes, I swore I’d never wear). I’m spending much of today doing fun things like getting a mani/pedi, taking myself out to lunch, and meeting up with a friend for a glass of early birthday Champagne. Sounds like a pretty good start to the weekend!
One great link to share with you, which I’ve been meaning to post for a while. This short, lovely essay, on “The Small, Happy Life.” Enjoy your weekend everyone — and take it all in!