Regardless, I was excited to celebrate my birthday with friends, and that's exactly what I did!
My birthday was on Sunday, March 10, but I knew it would be easier to celebrate on Saturday night. On Friday night, Tom and I went to dinner at a new sushi place with some new friends of ours. Good conversation, yummy sushi, and strong cocktails was a great way to kick off my birthday weekend!
On Saturday morning, I woke up early to go to Pure Barre, and then Tom and I went to check out our first potential wedding venue! More on that later :)
That afternoon, my friend Lindsay arrived from St. Louis. We hadn't seen each other since December, and I'm so happy she made the trip to celebrate my birthday! We spent a little while hanging out before it was time to get ready for dinner.
Since I'm a little overwhelmed with the thought of planning a wedding, I didn't want to go crazy planning my birthday party. Instead, I wanted a relaxed, leisurely evening with friends, so that's what we did! Tom, Lindsay, and I headed downtown to Broadway Brewery where we met up with Monica (Tom's cousin that I absolutely love) and our friends Harrison, Alex, Emily, Cameron, Jill, and Dillon. There was an hour-long wait for dinner, so we all walked over to Top Ten Wines for a glass of wine while we waited.
Dinner was delicious, and the whole evening was so fun! Emily and I are birthday twins, so it was awesome to be able to celebrate together. I'm so lucky to have such great friends who all enjoy each other's company :)
Tom had originally planned to take me to brunch on Sunday (my actual birthday) morning, but we both woke up completely exhausted. I'm sure the weather -- it was dreary and poured all day -- didn't help, so we decided to pass on brunch and sleep in. It was PERFECT! It seems like there's always something going on on weekends, and I can't remember the last time I got to truly sleep in. My birthday was already off to a good start :)
Since Lindsay was in town, I thought it would be fun to have her try a Pure Barre class. We went to an early afternoon class and then went to a local Mexican restaurant for a late lunch and birthday margarita. We probably undid everything we accomplished during Pure Barre, but it was my birthday. I'm allowed to indulge a little ;)
Just for fun, let's revisit my 23 before 23 list. Over the past year, I managed to accomplish the following things:
- find a career path I love
- take a vacation with Tom
- try a new hairstyle
- work out at least three times per week
- go to a concert
- travel somewhere amazing (China posts ARE coming!)
- write for more outlets than I previously did
- splurge on a pair of shoes
- go on a road trip
- make cooking a part of my (almost) daily routine
- get a massage
- volunteer for a worthy cause
- move into my own apartment
- get a dog
I don't think I'm going to make a 24 before 24 list. Why? Because I want to focus on being the best version of myself, and I'm so happy with my life right now. I have the best fiance, family, friends, and dog I could ever imagine. I like my job. I'm taking care of myself. I'm happy :)
Here's to 23 being the best year yet!