Birthdays are important to me. Not just my birthday, but also your birthday. (You have a birthday! You have a birthday! You have a birthday!). I will pour as much attention into my friends’ birthdays because it is THEIR DAY. It’s not about the presents for me — though I’m not one to turn down a present. It’s about having a day that is all about me. It may be selfish, I suppose, but I give a lot to my family and beyond all year long and it’s nice to have a legitimate reason to point attention to myself. I tend to spread it over a good week or so, for good measure. Amanda treated me to lunch on Thursday as she’s out of town for my birthday, and I have the annual Appetizerpalooza at my house this coming weekend with so many amazing ladies that I get to call Friend.

I am a words of affirmation girl, and people wishing me a Happy Birthday is akin to them giving me a bear hug. This is why I let friends and family know well in advance that my birthday is coming up, so that at sometime during the week they can call/text/email to wish me a Happy Birthday.

I thought that this excitement about my birthday would temper as I got older, but it hasn’t at all. I may gripe about laugh lines, but it means that I laugh a lot. As for the number of my age, it means that I’ve had that many years to live a life that I love, with people I love. I want for nothing, and I live an abundant life. I have the life I always dreamed of and I’ve had so many years to appreciate it.

So Happy Birthday to me, indeed. I am Happy and it’s my Birthday and that’s worth celebrating.

Me and my bad self

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  1. Sharon January 20, 2014 1:47 am edit

    Happy Birthday, Angella! Even though I’ve never met you before, I feel like I “know” you enough to say that you are a beautiful and wonderful person, and I hope for only good things for you. May this year be the best one yet!

  2. angella January 20, 2014 7:25 pm edit

    Thanks, Sharon!

  3. Kristabella January 20, 2014 11:44 am edit

    Happy birthday pretty lady!

  4. angella January 20, 2014 7:25 pm edit

    Thanks, pretty friend. :)

  5. Steph January 20, 2014 12:04 pm edit

    The happiest of days to you! From one words of affirmation girl to another—know that your corner of the Internet is a shiny, glimmering beacon of balance, hope, and beautiful living. Thanks for sharing who you are with all of us! May your day and your year be Merry & bright! :)

  6. angella January 20, 2014 7:26 pm edit

    Aw, thanks, Steph. This made me smile the big smile. :)

  7. Elaine A. January 20, 2014 12:39 pm edit

    Oh good gracious, I LOVE THIS POST! That’s right girl, celebrate YOUR day and YOUR life! I agree with everything you said!

    Wish I could come to appetizerpalooza. I think I may plan that for MY birthday this year! :D

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! xoxo

  8. angella January 20, 2014 7:27 pm edit

    I wish you could come, too! But you should totally make something similar happen for you. It’s the best. :)

  9. alimartell January 20, 2014 4:17 pm edit

    I love how much you love birthdays!

    I hope your day is just beautiful—like that picture of you, my friend.

  10. angella January 20, 2014 7:28 pm edit

    Thanks, Ali. Yet again, I wish you didn’t live across the country. xo

  11. Hannah January 20, 2014 4:54 pm edit

    I feel the same about birthdays – they are special! And so are you! Hope your day was AMAZING. Love you x

  12. angella January 20, 2014 7:28 pm edit

    It’s amazing! A bit of down time before it ramps up again. :)

  13. Carrie January 20, 2014 5:08 pm edit

    Happy birthday from one that remembers when today was just another day. ;-)

  14. angella January 20, 2014 7:28 pm edit


  15. Always Home and Uncool January 20, 2014 6:37 pm edit

    And the happiest of days to you, always. k

  16. angella January 20, 2014 7:29 pm edit

    Thanks, friend. :)

  17. Amanda Brown January 20, 2014 9:17 pm edit

    Happy Birthday to you! So glad we were able to sneak in an early birthday lunch before I left…you are loved and I hope you always know it!

  18. Sherry January 20, 2014 9:53 pm edit

    Happy birthday Angella! I love celebrating birthdays including my own so live it up!

    Also: I need to create an Apetizerpalooza for my birthday this year.

  19. Loukia January 20, 2014 10:47 pm edit

    Happy, HAPPY Birthday, beautiful! May all your wishes come true. :) xoxo

  20. monstergirlee January 20, 2014 11:13 pm edit

    Happiest of birthday to a lady I’ve come to know is beautiful on the inside as well as the outside!
    Hope it is wonderful!

    ps. the pic you just posted of you and your family out for a birthday dinner, makes me want to go out birthday dinner with my kids too. Instead of just Hubs and I which we usually do. Hmmm… thinking. Thanks friend.

  21. Rebecca Chiles January 21, 2014 1:58 pm edit

    Happy Birthday Angella! I hope it is a great one!

  22. Feisty Harriet January 21, 2014 4:43 pm edit

    BIRTHDAY!!! It’s your BIRTHDAY!!! I wish you a unicorn and a mermaid and a magical fairy-genie who will do your bidding!

    And cake. Of course. :)


  23. Jenn January 23, 2014 1:09 am edit

    Happy Birthday Angella! I agree I love birthdays, yours, mine, everyones. Everyone deserves their own day! I hope you enjoyed yours


  24. Victoria January 23, 2014 11:32 am edit

    Happy Birthday! (we’re almost birthday twins) ;)

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