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All around the world, statues crumble for me

Today, I turn 25-years old!

As I reflect upon these past twelve months, I feel I have made a total transformation. I’ve learned a lot and I continue to grow each year. As you get older, you can either get bitter or get better.

You should never judge what the universe has handed you. Everyone is unique and we all experience different situations. You should never compare your life to others, or the life you picture in your head.

You should be grateful for everything that gets thrown your way, everything you experience. The universe gives you gifts and it would be rude to decline or criticize what is handed to you, even if the packaging is falling apart and the gift is not what you pictured in your head.

If you open your mind wide enough, you can be thankful for each gift — without judgment. You were born to live a special and unique life. You were not born to fit a mold or do what everyone else is doing. You came here to get messy, get dirty, get scars — not to be perfect. It takes a lot of bravery to enjoy your life.

Thinking positive or negative is a choice. When you are down in the dumps, just let yourself feel the pain. Let yourself think that your life is miserable and always will be. Ride those waves. You will be surprised to see that it is only a matter of time before you feel refreshed and happy again.

I have thought a lot about expression and how we express ourselves. I realized how much I appreciate genuine emotion, even if it comes out “negative.” I understand why I act the way I do. I’ve thought a lot about how my unconscious actions can affect others, and how I can be more conscious of my behavior. I’ve thought about how we stand up for ourselves and how we draw boundaries. I’ve reflected upon good intentions that get interpreted negatively.

I feel like this is the year that I had to rebuild my confidence, tare it down and start from scratch. I’ve embarrassed myself so many times but I don’t regret it. I’m proud to say I’ve put my soul out there, and I’ve been judged and shamed for it, but I grew through it and learned how to defend myself and value my own opinion over anyone else’s. If you aren’t making a fool of yourself, then you’re not even living. You have to take risks and chances. People will be intimidated at worst, but inspired at best.

I’m ready for a new beginning!

Venus turns three-years old!

Today my precious cat, Venus, turns three! I am so grateful for all of my time with her. She truly enriches my life, lends emotional support, and offers wacky entertainment.

Anyone who has ever had a pet knows how strong that bond is. Animals teach us so much about our own wild nature. They offer unconditional love and are always there to listen to your troubles, without any judgement.

It was October 2016 when we first met and I was wrapping up my last semester at Del Val. She was so unbelievably tiny! Her eyes were permanently wide as a kitten — in constant awe and bewilderment at the world around her. So innocently curious and adventurous she always has been.

She loves being outdoors! At first I let her roam around free (while living with my parents) but it made me very nervous after hearing so many horror stories about car accidents, so I leash-trained her. I try to take her on walks whenever I can.

Venus is so sweet and absolutely adores attention. She is shy at first but warms up quickly to anyone. It makes her so happy just to get some cuddles. Sometimes too much affection gets her so excited that she can’t even handle it and so she starts biting and scratching — in a playful way — and you have to calm her down.

And then sometimes she gets in her “moods” and acts really sassy. She will pee on everything or she’ll attack me, scratch me, jump in front and try to trip me. She can be so bad!!!

But still I love my princess so much and don’t know what I would do without her!

Happy birthday, V!

Xoxo, your crazy cat lady mama.

Thus completes my 24th orbit around the sun

Today I turned 24! Kevin bought me flowers and took me to Aunt Judy’s for a delicious breakfast. Then we went to Peace Valley for a little hike. There was a blue herring spotting. In the evening I watched Red Sparrow starring JLaw and it was really good.

23 has been a crazy year but I am ready to move forward. It sounds cheesy but I really did learn a lot and I feel like I have come a long way in the past year. I’m hoping to accomplish more personal goals this year. I want to focus more on spirituality and not so much on material things. I’m trying to do more DIY and craft and cooking, doing things from scratch. I want to keep up with chores and errands while also making time for things I love and soul-searching.

Jordan’s birthday

Last weekend, we celebrated Jordan’s birthday in NJ. Bree and I met Jordan at a hotel on Friday night and then Alex joined us the next day.

Saturday morning, we had delicious NJ/NY style bagels… absolutely delicious. PA bagels are a joke! (But their donuts are better.) I also had a chai tea smoothie!

That night, we went to a bar for some drinks. It was nice but we were anxious to go somewhere with dancing. So we took a cab about 20 minutes over to another bar.

It was a really fun time and so nice to see awesome friends! Happy birthday, Jord!

[Bree & I watching Storks on ABC Family]

Pole party & ghost hunting! (Happy b-day, LSG!)

One of my best friends Laura Sofia recently celebrated her 24th birthday. Congratulations on your 24th orbit around the sun, girl! I visited her for the weekend and had a great time as always. She threw a “pole party” for a bunch of her friends. This girl is an extremely dedicated pole dancer, which is an art that should be respected and never exploited; it takes a lot of strength and focus and bravery to master the pole! She has learned some crazy tricks like spinning around upside down. So the party was held at the fitness factory and the instructor taught us some moves and routines, and there was also snacks and beer for us. It was a great time!

And then the next day a group of us went back to King’s Park to once again explore the abandoned psychiatric facility. Apparently one of the buildings we were in had a ghost because one girl saw a figure and it really freaked her out. I also heard some whistling at some point. Freaky!

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 10

Day 10:ย Favorite holiday

Not to sound narcissistic, but honestly my favorite holiday is my birthday! I think birth-days in general are so special because it is the day we entered the world! I love the fact that everyone has different birthdays, and every single day someone is celebrating their birthday. I like how there is much less pressure around the holiday compared to Christmas or Thanksgiving, which can be stressful. It’s your own choice to make a big thing out of it or keep it casual. It’s a magical and unique holiday.

Aside from birthday, another favorite holiday of mine has always been Halloween. (It may partially have to do with the fact that it is two weeks prior to my birthday…) I love the mystery and the spookiness! I also love all the pumpkins! Picking an alter-ego to dress up as was always appealing to me and I’m sad that I haven’t actually done that in years! Maybe next year…

Christmas may be my third favorite. Everyone likes receiving gifts. It’s the giving of gifts and all the planning around it which makes it stressful at times. That’s why it’s not my #1. My favorite part about it is all the lights and decorations. I am also touched by the fact that it takes place around the darkest day of the year, and it is a spiritual reminder to keep the light alive in times of darkness.

And of course, Pi day. Who doesn’t like eating pie…?

23

Today, I completed 23 circles around the sun!

I went out for breakfast with Kevin this morning and enjoyed a nice day off work. I also bought myself a few birthday presents.

Last year, I received my cat Venus as a birthday gift. I feel so grateful to have this sweet (but mischevious) little creature by my side.

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday wishes! I am blessed to be surrounded by caring people!