Today doesn't really feel any different than any other day, but it is, in fact, the day my mom pushed me out of her netherlands twenty-four years ago. Instead of having a wild celebration (hello 22nd Birthday) or a shaving cream fight (my 11th Birthday) today I'll be at a hospital doing clinicals and a presentation. Fun stuff.
If I could have it my way though, this is how I would be making my Birthday the perfect day.
Wake up to breakfast in bed. Preferably a Belgian waffle with strawberries and a green smoothie. Because I don't want to feel too much like a fatty first thing in the morning.
Try a new workout like a Barre class or hot yoga. What's a birthday without trying new things? I've been feeling a little too routine in my gym habits so a new kind of workout could be the perfect thing to get my blood flowing.
Take the day off work or work from home. For the past three birthdays, I've either been in class or at work. Although I found little ways to celebrate (me and my bestie bringing 100 cupcakes to class) I feel like I would enjoy myself more if I had the whole day to do whatever I wanted.
Get treated to a spa day. Massage, facial, pedicure, or all of the above. Nothing makes a girl (or guy) feel more special than being pampered. I've only gotten one massage in the past but it was heavenly and I could definitely go for another!
Treat someone (or many someones) to a random act of kindness. Giving back to others is a wonderful way to "pay it forward" and help someone else feel special too. It can be something as simple as paying for the coffee of the person behind you or leaving a note ("You are loved!") on someone's windshield.
Have a dance party. Not that this doesn't happen daily during my commute to work/school, but on your birthday you should have an extra special dance party to all of your favorite songs. Bonus points if you're alone in your apartment/house wearing just your undies (think Callie from Grey's Anatomy).
Wear the perfect outfit. I always liked to get dressed up for my Birthday celebration, whether it is a big party or a quiet dinner.
Spend the day with people you love. Whether it is in person, via video call, or cell phone, take time out of your day and surround yourself with the people who make you feel most special. Remember, it is a special day for them too (especially your parents).
Be thankful. Every year on my birthday, it never fails that at some point tears well up in my eyes because I realize how much I am truly loved. I try to end of the day talking with God and thanking him for all of the wonderful things in my life.