The last week or so has been all kinds of busy and relaxing at the same time. I’ve been celebrating turning 24 (last Wednesday!) and took some much needed time off to fully enjoy. I’m not a big believer in working on my birthday, but I did end up taking about an hour or so to respond to a few e-mails in between everything.
On the day of my birthday, I went out to breakfast with some of my close friends. I didn’t do anything *crazy* this year (I compare this to last year when I was in Brazil and I had my own fireworks and dance party out in the middle of the street) but still had a great time! After a little stop at the mall, I headed home to answer a few e-mails. My mom took me out to dinner around 6:30, and a little bit later, a couple more friends took me out for some birthday pie!
I received a ridiculous amount of birthday wishes through Facebook, Twitter, text, phone, in person, and Instagram. Each year, I’m reminded that I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by more amazing people. I love celebrating my birthday in the summer, enjoying the beautiful weather, hanging out with friends, and it’s only made possible because of all the wonderful friends & family that I have.
So I wasn’t in Brazil this year, but I still had a really wicked birthday. In fact, the whole week was really awesome. The day after my birthday, after work, I headed to the Harpercollins’ cocktail for their new ‘Summer Escapes’ campaign, which features some great books/authors. Harpercollins is one of my favorite book publishers, and I’m not *just saying* that. They have some of the best books I’ve read in recent years, and without fail their events are always an absolute blast.
Finally, I spent some time with family over the weekend to celebrate my birthday, and I got to enjoy some beautiful weather FINALLY. I’ve complained about this at length, but the weather in Montreal this summer has been horrible. This weekend, luckily, has been all kinds of gorgeous, so I’ve been trying to enjoy it while I can!
As of the day of my birthday, I’ve also started my second ever 365 Photo A Day Challenge on Facebook! I’ve been looking forward to doing a new one ever since my last one ended in November. I’ll do my best to share bits and pieces of those photos around here, and feel free to follow along if we’re friends on Facebook.
Finally, I wanted to just post about how sad I was to hear about Cory Monteith’s sudden death on Sunday morning. I was a fan of Glee for the first couple years and he was one of my favorite characters, actors, and musicians on the show the entire time. He was such a talent, was set to be married to the beautiful Lea Michele (supposedly) and honestly, the entire story of his death is just so heartbreaking. I was very, very sad all day when I found out. I hope you’ll take a moment to look around you today and enjoy just how lucky we are to be here, alive, and healthy. You just never know when a tragic event might hit, and it’s always a big reminder to make the best of every moment that we have.
Hope you had a great weekend!