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Farewell 2013 & Happy Birthday to ME!!!!

For Auld Lang Syne

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.”

Celebrating the ending of a year for me has special meaning as it is also my BIRTHDAY!!!!  The notion of a fresh start and a new year is amplified, as is a period of reflection and appreciation for all the trials and growth I have experienced over the previous year.  I am a huge planner and working towards being the best version of ME is always at the forefront of my mind.

This year I celebrated the big 26 and rang in the New Year with my hubby and parents!  I’ve always been a huge fan of the holiday and not because of my Birthday.  I love the blank slate that the new year brings with it.  As a compulsive planner and list maker,  I usually love New Years resolution time.  This year however, i’m intentionally trying to not focus too much on resolutions.  I feel like they are only a means to failure, and instead I want to work towards transforming my life as a whole and again, being the best version of ME!!! While everyone else is busy getting their lists together and preparing to exercise more and eat healthy, i’m simply going to soak up all the lessons i’ve learned in 2013 and focus on being HAPPY!!!!

Cheers Friends!!!!!

Please pardon the bathroom “selfie!” I usually hate these things, but I wanted to show off my new Nike top in Mint Green that I rocked while shopping with my mommy on my birthday! Love It!!!!!

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I spent the morning relaxing on my birthday, sipping yummy iced coffee and soaking up what was left of the year.  Reflection has been on my mind quite a bit this holiday season and “living” ones life and “loving” ones life were definitely front and center for me.  With the sudden passing of my father this year I was immediately jerked into the reality that life is incredibly fleeting and I don’t ever want to waste one second.

My mommy and I went shopping, as is our birthday tradition, on New Years Eve!!! We had a blast and definitely enjoyed the post-Christmas & end of year sales that were everywhere.  Having my birthday right after Christmas has always been bittersweet.  I always feel so spoiled and i’m definitely not in “need” of anything by the time my special day rolls around.

My AMAZING hubby Jeffrey took me to my favorite restaurant in town, Spencer’s!!!!  The only words I have for this place is AMAZING.  I love a good steak, correction an AMAZING steak, and theirs is definitely the best in town.  At $50 bucks a pop it is well worth the wait to enjoy their filet. YUMMY!!!!

*PLEASE forgive the dark photos. The restaurant had rather dim lighting and this was the best we could do!

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After dinner we met up with my parents for drinks and enjoyed a good birthday chat & people watching downtown. Always interesting, but especially interesting on New Years Eve.  Enough said!

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Thank You to my good friend Amy for the fashion advice!!! 😉

Given that we are now an old married couple, we decided to beat the crazy drivers home before New Years and watched the ball drop in NYC with our puppies & kitties! They’re our life and our furry children, and it seemed appropriate that we be with them when we kicked off 2014!!!!

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Here is a late toast to 2014!!!

May it be the best year yet!!!!