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  1. Emily
    May 27, 2014

    Happy Birthday!
    I like the idea of having an annual “mental and spiritual check-up”, not just the medical stuff. Not least because when the mental and spiritual things are going well, the physical is either better too or at least easier to deal with!

    And I totally agree with the “knit more” plan. Playing with sticks and string is a great way to unwind. :)

  2. julie
    May 27, 2014

    Happy Birthday! Mine is coming up next month, so THANKS for the timely list of things to think about. In our family, we lump together several June birthdays and Father’s Day, and it’s really kind of like Christmas in June. But this year… I think I’m going to plan a (separate) day just for me and some special friends :D

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  3. Becca
    May 27, 2014

    Great ideas! My birthday is just a few days before Christmas, so it hardly ever gets celebrated – and I’m usually too busy to care. But when summer rolls around and everyone else is having celebrations, I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to have a celebration. When my sister turned 40, her husband had a surprise dinner for her, friends and family at a restaurant. My husband would never do that. Not because he doesn’t love me, but because he is shy and would not even think about organizing something. He would Probably feel weird doing so. He will ask me what I’d like, I’ll say nothing, and then I’ll be disappointed when nothing happens. I guess a big part of me feels like I shouldn’t have to ask. If my family wanted to do it, they’d do it, right? Maybe that is the wrong attitude. Perhaps I should just ask for a celebration. I feel weird and selfish doing so, but maybe it’s better than being disappointed. What’s even weirder, is – if they don’t do anything, then I feel kind of unwanted, and then they all get upset that I’m sad. It’s a vicious cycle! Perhaps it’s time to break it. Thanks for the great post!

    • Gaye @CalmHealthySexy
      May 27, 2014

      “He will ask me what I’d like, I’ll say nothing, and then I’ll be disappointed when nothing happens.” Why do we do that to ourselves? It’s crazy, isn’t it? The older I get, the more likely I am to say, “I would like to do this.” Or, “I would like this gift.” I have just about (but not completely!) gotten past the idea that my husband should be able to read my mind! lol
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  4. Eka
    May 27, 2014

    This came at d right time.Tomorrow 28 of May is my birthday and I was actually clueless on wat its going to look like.Thanx so much

    • Sheila
      May 27, 2014

      Awesome! Glad I could help. And Happy Birthday!

  5. Lori
    May 27, 2014

    I’ve been thinking about this very thing lately with my birthday coming up in just two weeks…

  6. Joyce
    May 27, 2014

    Happy Birthday Sheila!

    Since my birthday is January 1st, birthdays get lost in the shuffle of holidays. However, the meaning is very real to me! These are all positive instructions which I take to heart. Since it is the first day of the year, I consider my birthday a good day to take stock. And it is so easy to fill out on forms: 01-01-… I like the retreat suggestion! That is a terrific one! And even if everyone else is too busy to celebrate with me, I have learned to celebrate it myself… some years more easily than others. And those birthday calls were always so special from my aunts who are now gone or unable to call… but their love will always be remembered on my day!

  7. Leah
    May 27, 2014

    Happy belated birthday!! These are some great out of he box ideas. Your blogs are always so encouraging and insightful;they really get me thinking daily of ways I can improve my life/the lives of others. Please don’t stop blogging! :) -daily reader

  8. Deborah Ann
    May 27, 2014

    Today is my birthday! 27 on the 27th. Thank you so much for this. I did 1, 2, and 3. Working on the rest!

  9. christine C.
    May 27, 2014

    These are great ideas! I have a birthday coming up, so I’ll be definitely thinking about your thoughts.

    I want to share these two things I’ve done in the past to make my birthdays a little more meaningful:

    1. I love sending and receiving mail, so one thing I’ve done is tried to make my birth month a month of sending letters. I use some of my spare time to send those lobg-overdue thank-you notes, or just short letters to say hi. I get to make other people’s days a little brighter (because everyone loves getting happy mail!) plus I’m much more likely to get mail during my birth month, too!
    2. I live in a city that has a significant homeless population, so one year, I made a bunch of PB&Js, bought a bag of oranges and headed to an area where a lot of homeless people congregate to give them out. I was out of sandwiches in a matter of minutes, but I was able to talk to some great people! I think this year, I’m going to make a donation to a homeless shelter on my birthday. Homeless outreach is very close to my heart, and I’m hoping to get into the habit of using my birthday to bless others like I am blessed every day of the year.

    • Sheila
      May 28, 2014

      That’s awesome, Christine! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Lise
    May 30, 2014

    Happy belated birthday, and thanks for the great ideas!

    I agree that birthdays are a great time to take stock of your life, especially milestone birthdays. I was dreading turning 40 last year, so I made a list of 40 things I wanted to do over the following 12 months–things that I was nervous about trying, things that would let me be creative, things that would be good for my health (mental, physical, spiritual), and things that would strengthen my relationships. It gave me the push I needed to make some changes in my life and to step outside my comfort zone!

    • Sheila
      May 30, 2014

      Oh, that’s so fun, Lise! I have a list of “50 things to do before I die”, but maybe I should turn it to “50 things to do before I’m 50″. Actually, a lot of things on that list (I wrote it when I was 27) I’ve already done!

  11. Ashley – Embracing Homemaking
    June 3, 2014

    Great list! My birthday was a few days ago and I’m going to put a lot of these into action now. Thank you!
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  12. Marybeth
    June 3, 2014

    So amazing I found this! My birthday is this month, and I have been feeling the need and desire to make it more meaningful. Thank you for this post! And happy birthday :)

  13. Ashley
    September 23, 2014

    Thanks for this article I found it in perfect time literally!! I turn 26 at 2am September 23rd shoutout to libras!!!Sometimes it’s true that bdays come with high expectations and it’s easily forgotten what really matters. Like I feel this year just flew by like I’ve been running on a treadmill going nowhere fast and I just really need to slow down and figure out what I want to focus on and get in order. Really want to take a weekend vacay and just relax or something to recharge and start the year right. But I am for sure treating myself to a massage this weekend!!! Funny what you say about the song thing too I can’t wait to find mine and quote too. Thanks for this!!!!

  14. Angela
    September 24, 2014

    Thank you for this! I was just googling something like “fun things to do on your birthday” and saw this. I’ve had a pretty bummer year and this article is way more meaningful and special then I could have hoped for. Just what I needed to see! Thank you!

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