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May 8, 2016

Happy Birthday to me! Also Happy Birthday to my roommate and bestie, Lex ^.^  We’re going to the park by the river this weekend because it is supposed to be 80* and sunny (in Portland! I know, right?) and I get to wear a bikini on my birthday which I’m pretty sure has never happened.


It’s little things like that — sunshine and a park and a bikini — that really make me happy.  I don’t need a huge fancy get-away, grand fancy parties or an epic adventure.  True joy is found in the smaller things, the “life” moments that pop up in between.


Since my roommate and I share a birthday, she has been talking for the past year about planning some giant destination vacation for us to celebrate together.  She had spent some time on Costa Rica and wanted to return with me for “a good two weeks or so”.


Now, I’m all about travel but I’m usually a bang-it-out-in-a-weekend kind of traveller.  I have a hard time leaving work behind for too long.  Admittedly, I’m a bit of a workaholic, but in my defense, my job is awesome.  So as the time drew nearer and it was clear we didn’t have the time or resources to plan 2 weeks so far away, we started to throw around a week in Mexico, then a weekend in Vegas or LA, and that became a weekend at her sister’s in Eugene which evolved into an overnight on the coast.  Now here we are heading to the park, and we’ve adjusted to be totally happy with this decision as well.  Sometimes it’s fun to just dream up an adventure – even if it turns out to be in your own backyard.  You know, making the most of the hand you’ve been dealt and all that jazz.


Even though the changes to our travel plans didn’t phase me, I had to practice a lot of letting-go with some other things over the past few days and those things ended up turning out pretty well. That blister from the breakfast spatula is healing up pretty well (I was making a vegan omelette and I’m pretty blond, stuck the spatula in my mouth… Never heard of a vegan omelette?  You need to follow me on Pinterest!).  It’s also my second birthday/mother’s day (they’re always right next to each other) without my mom.  She was supposed to come out this year but got tied up with work.  Even better than her visiting for a day or two, now my parents are bringing me back to Detroit to spend a long weekend in the middle of summer as a birthday present!  More days, more loved ones, and have you been to Michigan in the summer?  It’s awesome!  And my parents have a boat, I totally miss being out on the water.  I’m a pretty lucky girl.


I also have to be honest, it was really hard for me to film this episode.  I did so much subbing this week that I was pretty burned out and not really feeling into it.  I almost gave up halfway through and just posted a stock episode I had saved up for such an occasion.  If it hadn’t been my birthday this week and I wanted to geek out on that, I would have just stopped.  I’m glad I didn’t – I started to get on a roll eventually and ended up getting this whole thing filmed and edited in 2.5 hours. That’s pretty good for how new I am to this still, and I’m fairly pleased with myself!


Wanna do something awesome for my birthday? Click here to leave a comment on the YouTube channel, and subscribe while you’re there so that you get updates about future episodes.  I’m still working on shorter sections of episodes, there might even be an update on this page soon to break this one up — stay tuned!


Cheers, yo!
-*- Namaste -*-









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