life the sacred everyday

// week thirty nine // the one where liz turns 41

28 Sep 2015

hello, friends! happy monday! did you get to see the moon last night?! did you feel the magic and gaze at it in awe? i’m always taken aback when i see the night sky – on any given night, it feels like. it just feels like i am part of something so big, so amazing, so important. and i am. and so are you.

but, this post isn’t about the moon (you can read more about my love for last night’s moon here). today’s post is about last week. and last week, i celebrated my 41st birthday! oh, and i mean that i c-e-l-e-brated. i am totally a lover of birthdays. and, in my experience it only gets better + better. sure, it freaks me out how fast life moves, how quickly the years fly by. but, so far, the fact that i am getting older doesn’t mean squat to me. and,so far, 41 feels pretty damn good.

my birthday was on thursday, and i’ve been off from work since then. so, i only worked 3 days last week. my last three days of training. starting this week, i have my very first shift alone! and i’m closing, so that means i have to count money and crazy stuff like that. but, i’ll kick ass. i’ve been trained well, and i feel pretty confident. cuz, i looooove my little job.

work computers

this is me. editing + developing old photos from negatives. so fun.

anyway, since thursday was my birthday, my boss + friend gave me the day off. and the day after (just in case i needed it, you know). turns out i did.

i woke thursday morning to my love getting up to prepare my birthday breakfast. it’s a tradition we have in our family. to prepare coffee + breakfast + presents for the birthday girl. and then deliver it all to her in bed, while singing “happy birthday”. love our tradition!breakfast in bed birthday

photo by lina

photo by lina

photo by lina

photo by lina

it was a slow morning of sipping coffee, opening gifts, relaxing in the living room with my love, doing girly things like painting my nails + coloring my hair (time to go dark again for the autumn + winter), and napping. i also did some face-timing with a friend and my parents.

photo by lina

photo by lina

later in the afternoon, my love told me that we had plans and were going out. but, she didn’t tell me anything else. i love that! so, we got ready and then headed out in the coziest, foggy, chilly autumn weather.
coat me birthday

photo by lina

photo by lina

the first stop was an irish bar for beer and fries. i mean, seriously, does my wife know me or what?! no birthday of mine would be complete without beer + fries. YUM.me beer

after about 2 lazy hours of chatting + just being together at the pub, lina told me that we had to go. so, we walked out and across the street and i realized then that we were headed to a new wine bar that had opened up. we passed it a few weekends ago, and i felt a major connection to it, almost as if it was drawing me in. but, we didn’t go then. so my amazing wife made a reservation for us on my birthday night. woo hoo!

when we walked in, lina’s cousin + her boyfriend were sitting at a table ready to hug me + greet us! and then our dear friend (like a brother to us both)  micke, and my brotherr-in-law + his wife, also all came in! so fun! a cozy family gathering at the new wine bar i’d been dying to visit. perfect.

photo by lina

photo by lina

it was a small, dark, industrial-designed place. the perfect spot that we all decided we should visit after a day of christmas shopping, when there is snow on the ground outside. sooooo cozy. we sat and talked and drank wine and ate little appetizer dishes for about three hours together. and the whole time i was filled with an immense amount of gratitude + joy.

wine bar family birthday wine me birthday

it was a very calm, cozy, simple birthday. and it felt like it as absolutely perfect. a day to just be me. and to be surrounded by love.

it felt like a very intentional, slow living, mindful kind of celebration. and with all of the changes that have been going on in my life and with my little family, this was exactly what i wanted. what i needed. a day to connect and be. i didn’t reflect much. i didn’t ponder the past or think to the future. i just lived, aware + awake,  in the moments of the day.

me 41 birthday

and here i am, ready to step out + forward. ready to see what adventures + opportunities + challenges face me as i begin my 42nd journey around the sun. there is much going on, and some very big are starting right now. this week. today, my love begins her day treatment program. in my gut, i know that this will be good. but, i know that it will be such a huge fight for her. she is taking back control, and the journey back will test her, i know. and i just want to support her as best i can.

as for me, on friday, i leave for my first life coach certification training weekend. this is a huge step for me. and it feels oh so right. but, the timing is crazy, and i will miss being with my love. yet, i know with all of my soul that this is something that i am supposed to do. this is the step that i am supposed to take.

yes, this week, my love and i are both moving forward. separately, on our own journeys. and yet together. because that’s how we roll. and i am so grateful and blessed to call lina my wife, my partner, my best friend.

with all of this love, and the love of family + friends, both near + far, what more could a girl ask for?

wishing you a beautiful week ahead, dear readers!

onwards + upwards! xoxo

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15 Comments

  • Reply Aura Eadon 28 Sep 2015 at 14:08

    Happy birthday Liz. May this new year be amazing and may all your wishes, both collective as a couple and individual, come true. 😀

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:30

      Thank you so much Aura! What a beautiful wish from you! xoxo

  • Reply yractual 28 Sep 2015 at 14:30

    Hej Liz! All sounds real positive, I reckon. Best wishes and onwards upwards to both!

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:31

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Sedaker 28 Sep 2015 at 18:54

    Happy birthday! Wishing you both strength, courage, and peace for what is ahead. 🙂

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:33

      Thank you so very much, dear Rachel! What a lovely comment! 🙂

  • Reply kate365til 28 Sep 2015 at 21:30

    Happy Birthday, Liz. Your day of celebration sounds like perfection. I hope this next year is filled with lots of love, joy, happiness, laughter & success. xo

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:32

      Kate, I am so glad that we’ve connected during this past year. And how excited am I that I share birthday dates with you mom! Thank you for your wishes and for our little blogging friendship! xx

  • Reply Holly 29 Sep 2015 at 07:59

    Happy Birthday for last week Liz! Sounds like a wonderful day! I think Birthdays do get better and better – maybe we attune so much better to what we want to fill a whole day of “us” about! Lina did a fab job surprising you with such a lovely day!
    Hope your weekend went well!

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:33

      You are so very right Holly! As we become more who we truly are, life only gets better! And, yes, my Lina is the BEST! xoxo

  • Reply Melly 29 Sep 2015 at 13:21

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like your 42nd trip around the sun is off to a great start. Wishing you the best for a year full of happiness and adventure.

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:34

      It sure is. 🙂 Thank you so much Melly!

  • Reply yogaleigh 30 Sep 2015 at 23:07

    Belated happy birthday!

    • Reply Liz 1 Oct 2015 at 08:34

      Thank you, dear!!

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