Many people make positive changes in their life on January 1 to celebrate the New Year, but I personally like to start making positive changes on my birthday. New Year’s Day is a new beginning for many people but I like to measure my personal growth and happiness each year on my birthday. On October 9 I turn 32 years old and honestly I am a little bit excited about it.
My last two birthdays have been really crappy but this year I am excited to celebrate my birthday because I am finally in a semi-happy-place. Two years ago on my 30th birthday the psycho step witch (aka my dad’s alcoholic girlfriend) violently attacked me. I was so upset by her violent behaviour and by my dad’s decision to stay with her that I basically slept through the rest of the year; I spent 2010 in a perpetual state of emotional instability. Once I finally woke up from my self-loathing I continued to replay the events of the step witches violent behaviour over and over again in my head. Why did she attack me? What could I have done differently? Can I live a life without my family? I spent all of 2011 in a state of uncontrollable anger.
In 2012 I decided that I can’t change what happened that night, I can’t make the step witch sober up and become a better person, and I can’t change the fact that my dad chose to stay with a woman who physically hits him. So I decided to start making positive changes in my life, I made a list of all the things that make me unhappy and I started making positive changes towards loving life and learning to love myself.
This year I went to two blogging conferences (and blogged way too much about them), I started exercising on a regular basis, I began trying new experiences to get out of my comfort zone (which I usually never leave), I decided to go back to school in a journalism program, and I made blogging daily on My Diary Entry my ultimate priority. I am currently working on my first book “A Better You” and I hope to have it finished, or be close to finished, by December 31.
Happy Birthday to Me! This is how I spent my 32nd birthday:
New Jeans from American Eagle. Artist Cut and Regular Boot Cut.
My birthday gift from Sephora’s Beauty Insider club.
My birthday gift from The Body Shop’s Love Your Body club.
My birthday cheesecake from Broadway Cheesecake in Montreal.