Honest to goodness, I love birthdays. I love the fun birthday cards and random surprises. I love the whole concept of celebrating life and validating others. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a party, catch up with friends, and eat lots and lots of sweets. Man, it’s just the best day ever!
This year was a little different. Nick and I were in the middle of back-to-back boat shows and I was working overtime to get work off so I could fly to Miami to meet Nick at the boat show. BUT after a long weekend and crazy day, I came home to this beautiful, perfect sight. How I treasure my friends and family for making me feel so special. I about collapsed of excitement and surprise. Thank you for spoiling me rotten.
AND, because I failed to spend time with Rach + the crappy facial we ended up getting a few weeks later, I must pay a little tribute to one of the most treasured relationships in my life.
A little background to my compliment:
With the emotionally draining nature of my job — helping addicts fight for their lives, custody of their children, and their future goals– I often bring my work home with me. It is a rewarding job, but it is very difficult to give and give and give with nothing in return. Nick and I decided to brain storm ways to remain positive despite hard days at work…exercise, eating healthy, going on hikes, film, etc.
Then Nick states, “The only thing that I can think of is to invite Rachel over, DAILY.”
I laughed, but he corrected me in saying, “NO, really!” He told me I’m the happiest, silliest, most down-to-earth when I am with Rach. It can be a hard day, but when Rach comes over, everything seems to melt away and I am present. It’s true. AND I know I’m not alone in that thought. She brings joy to everyone. I treasure her friendship and our bond of sisterhood.
>>>I can thank her good heart; eagerness to listen and ask questions; her fun sense of humor and quirks; and happy, positive attitude. I wonder how I got so blessed to be sent to this earth with the most wonderful soul imaginable. She truly is the greatest gift, and I am so beyond lucky to celebrate life with her.
Happy happy birthday, Rach!