Friday, December 30, 2016

Leveling up... It's my Birthday!!!

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today is my birthday!!

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.. & I'm working.

Let me make this more clear - I'm like the ONLY one working.
Basically, its me & one other person in the office today... 
everyone else is off for the holidays.

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Everyone else in the office usually gets lunch & a birthday cake & big deal made for their birthday.
Me? I've been here for 25 years & I guarantee you that maybe 1 person knows my birthday.
Everyone is always off work for my day.
I don't think I've ever been told Happy Birthday on my birthday at work.
... ahh - that's OK really - I don't like the attention at work anyways.

Actually... if I have to work, I take all that BOO stuff back - I kinda like being alone.
It's quiet & peaceful & I can sing out loud & not bother anyone.
& the drive into work is always smooth & the roads stay clear the week between Christmas & New Year.

Plus... I stop & get my free Starbucks on my birthday every year.

So yeah... not a bad day after all, even working.

But its just funny to me because when I was little, I always loved my birthday because it always fell during our school's Christmas break.  A guarantee day to not have to go to school on MY day.
So it was a hard pill to swallow when I grew up & actually had to work on my birthday.

Proof once again, growing up isn't all that its cracked up to be.

45... I'm 45 today.

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I want this coffee mug!!!

That really blows my mind.
I feel like it was just yesterday I turned 21.
& I can remember turning 30 & actually being depressed about it. 
Legit depressed.

... man, how I'd love to go back to 30.  
It feels so long ago.

I'm not really depressed or down about turning 45.
I actually don't feel anything about it.  It's just another day really.

I thought about getting all reflective over the things I've learned...
& the things I want to accomplish - I'm already thinking up a bucket list to tackle for the next 5 years before I turn 50.... with MEET STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN high on the list.

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Speaking of which - I try every year to get the man on Twitter or Instagram to send me a Birthday wish.  Never happens. I need all my friends to bombard him & force his hand to wish me a happy birthday.
@StevenCurtis is is Twitter name if anyone wants to help me in my mission ;)
I'd probably pass out if he ever did respond.  Honestly.

But as for reflection? Nah... I'm just happy for another year.
& praying to get through each & every day with God's blessings.
Easy enough goal for me.

Today's goal?  Hope it involves cake.
Especially since I'm starting a clean eating plan in 2017
... so pile on all the sugar for this birthday!!!

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This is indeed a live action picture of me on my birthday

I have a friend on his birthday say that he was 'leveling up', like in a game. 
Where you get to the next level to get the next big thing that the game offers.  
I loved that idea when I heard it.

It's not about getting older - its getting better - getting further in the game of life.
Getting wiser.  Knowing more skills.  Becoming a pro.

Yep... nothing wrong with becoming a pro at aging.

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I also know this is the last post of the year
so wanted to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve & praying 2017 is the best year ahead for us all!!!!

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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIRTHDAY TWIN!!! hope you have a fab day.

    i woke up, went to get my FREE starbucks bday drink (the only reason i signed up for a starbucks account if i'm being honest here LOL) and now getting ready to hit the slopes - i'm going snowboarding today!

    have a great day!! xoxoxoxo

  2. I do enjoy every year creating the most expensive Starbucks drink in the biggest size I can get - one year I got close to $9 with the help of some extra shots of espresso & adding special milk!

    I can hardly believe you're 45, you have such a young spirit & energy about you! And while it's a bummer you have to be at work today, it IS Fri-YAY, and you're right, not a soul on the roads.


  3. Happiest of birthdays to you, Rebecca Jo! That stinks that you're working on your birthday. I usually take mine off, too. Turning 30 was VERY hard for me, too! Forty was fun! I don't want to think about 50 just yet! Hope you and Ricky have a fabulous time celebrating your special day!

  4. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! While it's no fun working on your actual birthday - how fun that it falls on a Friday!! I love your spirit girl & hope you have the best year yet! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  5. Happy birthday!!!! Hope work is peaceful for you today and you get to enjoy it a little. I didn't know about the Starbucks birthday thing, oops! Need to get on that.

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I also love the idea of leveling up on your birthday. And boo to having to work, but at least you get to do it in peace, like you said! And free Starbucks...YUM. (I saw your Insta about your free Starbucks and how you got one more expensive than you normally would and I totally thought the 'leveling up' was going to be in reference to that when I saw the title! Haha!)

  7. Happy Birthday Rebecca. It is hard to have a birthday around the holidays. I am at work today too, boo. But it isn't my birthday, so I can't complain too much. I hope you get cake, dinner where you want to go and a nice evening!

  8. Happy Birthday friend!!! Hope you have the best day!!!

  9. Happy birthday to a very sweet lady! :)

    Working on your birthday is the pits! Some years I suck it up and go in, and other years I take off. I took off for my birthday in January this year. It fell right after MLK day so I'll have a 4 day weekend.

    Enjoy your cake!

  10. Happy birthday!! Sorry you had to go to work. That's a bummer, but at least it is quiet. Time to celebrate all weekend!

    Happy New Year to you and Ricky!

  11. Happy Birthday!!! You and Kathy share a birthday, how awesome is that!!! I hope that you have a wonderful day and enjoy your Starbucks! Most people at my office never know it is my birthday either. Rude!

  12. Happy birthday sweet friend! I think you need to start celebrating half birthdays at work. So from now on as far as work people know, your birthday is on June 30! Tell everyone!!!

  13. Happy happy birthday!

    I haven't worked on my birthday in years, I refuse to! LOL I hope yours is fabulous.

  14. Happy happy birthday! I'm sorry you have to work on your birthday! That's always a bummer! Hope you have a fantastic day anyway!

  15. Happy Birthday! I hope you have had a blessed day and all the best to you in the New Year.

  16. Happy Birthday! At least it's Friday, right??
    I have a birthday next week and it's sooo hard around the holidays. Especially right after, when everyone is in a depressed kinda mood.
    Also, I love the idea of leveling-up. I posted that graphic about each new level of your life requiring a different you. So true, right?

  17. Happy Happy Happy birthday friend. SO lame that you had to work today, BUT so glad it's Friday and not Monday! Hope you enjoyed that free beverage and get to celebrate ALL weekend.

  18. Happy Birthday!!! How fun that you're a practically a NYE baby and Ricky is a Christmas Eve baby?! I hope your day is extra special! Happy New Year too!! :)

  19. I love the idea of leveling up! Happy belated and happy new year!

  20. Happy Belated Birthday!!! I hope it was incredible as you are one incredible lady!! xoxox

  21. I'm so sad I didn't wish you happy birthday on your actual day! Happy Belated Birthday!! I hope it was a magnificent day! And I hope you had a happy new year!!

  22. i hope you had a wonderful birthday! here's to a happy and healthy 45! xo

  23. Happy Birthday again! I have heard that each decade life gets better and better. :) And in my family you certainly are not old until you're 100. hehe I hope that year 45 is your favorite yet! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  24. A very belated happy birthday to you! And I love the idea of "leveling up"--what a great way to look at it.


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