A Self Indulgent Interlude

January 17th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore


It’s my birthday week! And around here, that’s how we celebrate – for a whole week! It was Damian who instated the tradition, but who am I to argue? I mean, couldn’t we all do with a little more merrymaking in our lives? And don’t we all deserve a little extra loving, now and then? Of course and of course! In 2011, I urge you to allow yourself this greatest pleasure : spend the entire week of your birth being extra kind to YOU. Eat your favorite foods, take yourself to the bookstore, draw a bubble bath and meditate on where you’ve been – all that you’ve accomplished – and where you’re going next. Dream big. No, bigger! And don’t forget to be thankful.

In 5 days I’ll be turning thirty. Collectively dreaded by so many women before me, once more I find myself at odds with the masses. Personally, I’m positively THRILLED to move into this next decade – which I’m certain will be my best yet! Still, I can’t help but looking back. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Such a cultural right of passage will do that to a girl.

I’d like to start sharing more of my authentic self here on Bonzai. The truth is that I’m an intensely private person; even in my personal life I have trouble opening up. So this will serve a dual purpose: you get to learn more about your friendly neighborhood blogger, and I get to practice making myself more vulnerable.

Starting now, this week, as I share some of myself in this transition into my thirties. I hope you enjoy!

  • Lenn

    Happy birthday week! I hope it all goes lovely!

  • http://facebook.com/amandoid Amanda

    Happy Birthday Week! Definitely excited for you and what you will do next! :]

  • Rea

    Happy birthday week, darling. We all love you to pieces of yummy birthday pie. :)

  • Sarah

    Happy birthday-week! My mother-in-law gets a whole *month*! But that’s cause it’s December and we wouldn’t want to cheat her. :)

    We’re all vulnerable- I think it may be almost easier to practice with virtual strangers than loved ones. Sometimes. In some ways. *hug*

  • http://www.iamthelizardqueen.deviantart.com Miss Curiosity

    I would never guess that you’re turning 30! You look amazing.
    And I’m all about extra spoilage on my birthday. Everyone should be!

  • http://awoodennest.blogspot.com Lindsay Jewell

    Happy birthday week! A whole week is definitely a good idea.

  • Tenise Rae

    Wahoo! I look forward to getting to know you a bit better, my friend. :D

    I’m also an intensely private person….even with my own mother. I don’t open up easily to people either; and I don’t have too many close relationships (which isn’t always a good thing. :-\ ) I have been trying to practice “vulnerability” for the last year. It’s REALLY hard…….
    I’m routin’ for ya, girl! :D

  • Cecily Luise

    My husband and I have almost always celebrated for the better part of a week, so I am joyous to hear other people do it, too. I turn 30 in March, and I am so excited! Parents always make you think your twenties will be the best time of your life, but I’m putting my jazz hands in the air for knowing who I am and who I want to become in this next decade and beyond! (insert a serious *squeeeeee* here) I think the “twenties” is all about figuring it all out, and there’s false advertising in there somewhere when people tell you otherwise. So what I’m sayin’ is… teach Waits well! ;)
    Happiest of berfday weeks. I’ve never posted before but I’ve been reading for at least a year. If I was in the PWN, I’d bake you some yummy vegan goodness.

  • http://thegreengeek05.wordpress.com Courtney

    Happy Birthday!! It’s great to know that there’s someone else in the world who doesn’t dread their age. I have a friend who was treating it like it was the end of the world that he was turning 30. I plan to have a blast and celebrate, probably like you are going to. Enjoy your birthday week!

  • http://indiearsenal.com Farmingtheburbs

    It’s my Happy Birthday week too! Happy Birthday Say, From Sara (mine is on wednesday).

  • http://wwwmelissalehman.blogspot.com/ Melissa L.

    Go Say, it’s your birthday!!! Have a super, fantastic week!!!

    Thursday is my hubby’s birthday. So we are celebrating all week over here on the East Coast!


  • http://www.MooreVintageStuff.etsy.com Robin

    Happy Birthday Week! I turned 30 last July and I have to say its been great(turning 25 was definitely harder for me). Good Luck with your goal!

  • Pat

    Happy Birthday Week!!!!!! indulge urself, hope u get spoiled rotten this week! :-)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Thank you so much everyone!

    Happy Birthday Sara! And Melissa, happy b-day to your hubs as well!

    @ Cecily Luise – Thanks, and yay for coming out of the comment closet! =D

  • Melissa

    Happy Birthday, my birthday friend! We share the same b-day, but I am a bit older. You should do what I do, celebrate until it annoys everyone around you! Uusually takes at least a month!

  • http://www.growingraw.com GrowingRaw

    I think a birthday week is a great idea! I call my birthday the Festival of Trina and make it last for at least a couple of days (and parties…)

    Congratulations on 30. Yep, the thirties are pretty tops.

  • http://laurahborealis.wordpress.com Laurah

    Happy birthday from a new reader :) A birthday week sounds like an excellent idea.

  • Donna Mae

    What a great timeline you did here, I might have to take some time out to do a look back. I agree with you that I am loving my 30′s, not that I was not depressed but I did not know what I was getting into. I look forward to when I turn 40 and what I will have/be learning then. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!