Apparently, I started this tradition last year, so I figured it’d be best just to keep it going. It’s officially 8:49 a.m., which means it’s MY 36TH BIRTHDAY!!
I know what you’re thinking — “how does she maintain her downright youthful glow??” I mean, you’re sort of right about the youthful part, seeing as how I actually look the same today as I did in my senior portrait from high school. But as for how I’ve maintained it? Well, that’s always been a huge mystery to me!
I’m having a pretty low-key birthday this year, and, honestly, it’s going to be a bit of a tough one. My mom went to Paris, France, with my aunt and cousin this week, and it’s the first time she’s been to Europe. Of course I’m excited for her, but her absence has hit me a lot harder than I expected. I’m anxious and sad and weepy; that scares me a bit because then my mind starts racing with flashbacks to when I was depressed a few years ago, and I don’t want to go back to that place. But I’m telling myself that these emotions are just the result of my mom being 4,000+ miles away. I will survive — and can’t wait to hear all the stories from her trip!
I’ve decided to take next week off, especially in light of all this hullabaloo, so look for the second part of our Chicago photos on Monday, August 14th! Also, be sure to come say hi on Facebook and Twitter — I’d love to chat with you all! Thanks for all the support, love and encouragement! You all are pretty amazing, and I sincerely hope you all know that by now! Where, oh where, has all the time gone?? xoxo
P.S. My last EIGHT birthdays: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th and 35th!
Happy birthday!!! Eat lots of sweets to celebrate!
I know exactly the feeling you’re talking about not having your mom there, especially for your birthday week. I form serious attachments to my people and can feel really depressed when I’m away from them, depending on how much they’re in my life. I think the longest my husband and I have been away from each other since we’ve been married is about a week, and I can tell you the anxiety was STRONG! I’m sure you’ll be feeling much better when your mom is back!
Catherine DePino says
I hope you have a beautiful day. I wish you the best in all your writing endeavors. You have a great talent that will flourish.
Enjoy your special day. Birthdays always make me nostalgic too. I understand where you’re coming from. I hope the clouds lift and give way to sunshine.
You know I love you….we’re never really apart! You do some self care and I’ll be home before you know it!!! Xoxoxoxoxoxo❤️💕👍🎶
Kelsey L. Munger says
Happy birthday, Melissa! Wishing
you a very special day. 💛💛💛
Happy birthday! Love your blog.
Linda Kerr says
While I totally understand your missing your most excellent mother, there’s that saying, “No pain, no gain.” These tough times are an opportunity for growth. You will be stronger for it. And she will be back before you know it!
shelly sitzer says
Wishing you a Happy Birthday and a productive, creative and fun year.
Happy birthday Melissa, all the way from Albania!
I hope you had a lovely day yesterday <3
Tyla Milian says
I concur with Linda Kerr. An opportunity for growth. I have a sister-in-law who experiences something similar when her mom goes on vacation. It’s not easy for her, however it gives her a chance to experience life in a different way.
I also agree with your mom. Depression can be scary, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It IS a sign that its time for self care though. I talk about that alot on my Facebook page.
Pat L says
Happy belated birthday! I hope your day was absolutely fabulous! I just started reading your blog – it is great!
Hi, friends!!! Thanks so much for all the love…it really helped get me through this last week!!! Now to get back into the work routine… xoxo