I celebrated my 37th birthday last week and it reminded me how important it is to take time to celebrate. Sometimes I think when people pass their 30th birthday, they forget that they are still worth celebrating! Yes, it becomes more complicated to make a celebration happen if you are busy with work, kids, running a household, and whatever other responsibilities you may have but it is SO worth it to break away from the routine and take time to celebrate. Whatever your age this year, take time to celebrate and give thanks to God for another year!
For my birthday this past week, my girlfriends and I got together for dinner at a fun restaurant downtown. Twelve years ago when we all started our Girls’ Night group, we pretty much got together weekly! Now, with families, homes, work, and husbands we do well to see each other once a month! So when we do get together, we are usually celebrating one of our birthdays or another holiday. Someone will bring cake or cupcakes and we usually all go in on a gift for the birthday girl and one person volunteers to do the shopping. But it isn’t really the restaurant, the sweet treats, or the gift that makes it special. Mostly we just love being together and laughing over all we’ve done together. We have those memories together because we’ve valued each other enough to get together and take time to celebrate each other.
My husband and kiddos also helped me celebrate my big day. A yummy dinner, homemade cards with pictures and traced handprints, and me not having to do any clean up!
Some of my iBloom teammates wanted to share about celebrating:
“When the girls hit their 13th, 16th, 18th, and 21st birthdays, I put signs up all over the house to celebrate! For example: “Yikes, there’s a teenager in the house!”, “Congrats on driving!”, etc. I put them on the kitchen cabinets, mirror in bathroom, backdoor, and any place others would see them.” Lori Burrell
“We celebrated every time we had a chance: good grades, end of a sports season, soccer goals, mastering a dance, etc. I had several festive meals with decorations and music: Italian, Mexican, Cookout, Picnic. FUN!!” Betsy Ringer
“We have a lot of picky eaters in the family so we have a really neat birthday tradition. The birthday person gets to select where we go out to eat that night and nobody else can complain or try to change it.” Amanda Taylor
So you see, celebrating doesn’t have to be this big, elaborate, expensive undertaking. A little planning, asking others for ideas, and spending some time searching Pinterest and you may start to feel like a certified party planner! Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, take time to celebrate with the people who are special to you and you will make memories that you all can laugh about next year and for years after that!
We’d love to hear your favorite ways to celebrate! Please leave a comment below so we can try out your great ideas!