Last Thursday was my husband’s 40th birthday. Despite his protests ( “I don’t want a birthday party!”), I convinced him to let me plan a “small” party.
Many people avoid celebrating their birthday — which I just don’t understand. Of course almost dying at age 35 does tend to change a person’s perspective on aging. Yes, I am very grateful for every birthday I get to celebrate!
But birthdays and other occasions are an opportunity to connect with family and friends and should not be missed. Most of our friends are just like us: busy. Work, community commitments, relationships and children take up all of our time. A party is a wonderful way to make sure you see and touch base with the special people in your life.
Saturday we were able to catch up with friends we hadn’t seen since my 40th birthday party (yes, more than a year ago) and some we hadn’t seen in years. Likewise, our guests were able to catch up with each other.
Our conculsion — we need to do this more often! Partys are work — but worth it.
At the end of the evening, I got a gift. Clay said I was right: a birthday party was just what he wanted!
Don’t shy away from your next celebration. Use it to connect with the people you miss.
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.