Thursday, January 21, 2016

A new phase

A few weeks ago I turned 30. Extended family all wanted to know how I would celebrate.  They all expected to be invited to a big bash, as I'm the youngest in my family. But nope. I didn't go the big party route. Instead, I opted for a quiet day spent with my closest family.

Turning 30 meant that I was in a new phase of my life. That I had to start appreciating every moment more and that I had to stop people pleasing. I had to start doing things for me. And . . . that is exactly what I did. With the help of my siblings, I finally got some new ink.

My new piece of art

Definitely my idea of starting the year off with a bang. I wanted to get a second tattoo for so long. To top things off, me and my two sisters are going off for a girls-only holiday next week. I know it's going to be fun.

How did, or would you celebrate a big birthday?

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  1. I prefer to hide and pretend the birthday didn't happen...

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    1. My family won't let me get away with it. But you're lucky that you can:)

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  2. No big bashes for me, either. I prefer quiet activities, like walking on the beach with my husband or us watching a marathon of favorite movies with yummy food, or curling up with a great read. Yes, I am an old fuddy-duddy. :)

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    1. You're not a fuddy-duddy at all! A movie marathon with great food is brilliant! I did that last year:) It was great.

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  3. I spend most of my birthdays with my husband. Nice and quiet. YET, I love to cater for the big parties I insist he has each year :) I got my first tattoo (my only tattoo, I might add - to date) in my thirties. I was visiting my mom in England and we had a girlie day out shopping. We just happened to pass a tattoo studio and decided there and then to go in. We both came out 'inked'. It was a lot of fun and our husbands said we can never go out on a girlie day again :):) I had a blue rose on my shoulder - this was the first flower my husband ever bought me and my mom had a small butterfly on her ankle. Have a fantastic time on your girls only holiday!!!

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    1. Thank you! I tried to get my mom to go with me, but she refused:) A blue rose sounds beautiful. It has meaning to you, which is always important. Your girlie days out sound like fun.

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  4. Love the new ink!! I want some more too. I've never had a big birthday party. I much prefer quiet ones. I like parties, but not when I'm centre of attention :-) I'm glad you were able to celebrate the way you wanted to.

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    1. Thank you, Annalisa! I like quiet birthdays too. But my family aren't big on "quiet" anything:)

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  5. I'm too old to consider doing anything new on birthdays :)

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  6. Look nice! I hope you have fun with your sisters. :-)

    I pretty much never celebrate my birthday. It's at a terrible time of the year to do anything.

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    1. Awe! That's sad. You being born is definitely something to celebrate:)

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  7. Hi Murees - congratulations on the 30 ... you're welcome to a few of my years ... I'll happily send them south! The ink looks amazing .. but is not something I'd do - even in my tender years! But going away fora few days with family will be so much fun - enjoy ... and I'll be in the cold thinking about you!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary! You are welcome to the heat here:) There is plenty to spare. Also, I don't mind a few more years if you want to send me some:) Take care.

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  8. Love your tattoo! I think it's great you're so self-assured and are making the most of life. I love celebrating birthdays, but not with huge parties - just those nearest and dearest to me :). I'd love a tattoo but I'm too afraid to get one ;)! Hope you have a lovely holiday - you deserve it!

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  9. I prefer a quiet birthday with my hubby, son and possibly some close family and I am definitely not brave enough to get a tattoo, but your's looks great. I hope you have a brilliant holiday with your sisters and happy belated birthday too.

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    1. Thank you! Quiet birthdays are just the greatest:)

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  10. I hope your birthday was fun, Murees. I like spending time with my husband and sons. We usually go out to eat or we'll get something and eat at home.

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    1. Thank you, Deanie. The day was good. We also just eat out, or buy something and stay home.

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  11. I've never had large birthday celebrations. The first birthday I had after I moved here to Florida, one of my son's friends cooked dinner for me and baked a delicious cake. My son was there, the hostess and her husband, and her parents. That's the only birthday party I've had since I had a few small parties as a youngster. I'm used to not having parties or celebrations, so it's fine. I don't like large groups of people.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Wow, Janie. Your birth definitely needs celebrating. But I understand you not liking a lot of people around you. I feel exactly the same way. I get overwhelmed very easily.

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  12. Glad you took care of yourself in such a good way on your birthday. Happy belated birthday to you. I don't do tattoos myself, but yours is beautiful. Enjoy!

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  13. I don't celebrate my birthdays. I basically hide until they're over and for a little bit longer after that, just in case. But I do let my significant other buy me a big box of books. He doesn't know he did it until he gets the bill, but that's always part of the fun...

    Love the new tattoo, and enjoy that girls-only holiday!!

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    1. Thank you! My family won't let me hide. My siblings are mean like that:) I like your idea of the books for your birthday. That is brilliant:)

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  14. It sounds like you had a great day! I have done both the big bashes and the small quiet days. My last "big" bash was my 33rd birthday. I didn't have a big 30th, so I decided 33 would be a great time to celebrate - 1/3 of a century almost, right? Anyway, after 40 people came and left, I decided it was definitely fun but I wanted to do something smaller . . . so other than a birthday in the park (barefoot in the park) with a bunch of people for my 40th, I've stuck to small type birthdays - dinner and a movie with family.
    Hope you have fun on that holiday!

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    1. Sorry - I commented from my teacher e-mail account . . . sigh. It's just me - usually at tyreantigger@gmail.com

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    2. Thank you! We will:) Like you I prefer small parties, or celebrations. Dinner and a movie definitely sounds like me as well:) No worries about which account you commented from. I don't mind:)

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  15. The girl-only holiday sounds like a lot of fun! My birthday was quiet but filled with the people I love--which is exactly how I like it. No complaints here. And hey, happy late birthday, and congrats on the new ink!
    Ninja Girl

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    1. Thank you! Quiet birthdays are definitely my preferred option too.

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  16. Cool tattoo! It's pretty. I've thought about getting a tattoo before, maybe just a four-leaf clover or musical notes or something, but I'm squeamish about the pain. And I can understand not wanting a big party; I never liked big parties either.

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  17. Pretty!!! And huge. You went all out. It's so funny--I dreamed last night that I got a tattoo...which was cool until later I realized I'd gotten tattoos all over my face and neck. I was covered in them. And then I started thinking about "Dr. Tattoff" in L.A. (a guy who used to be on Big Brother named Dr. Will) and how he removes tattoos with lasers and I was wondering how much it would hurt to get tattoos removed on your face. My dreams are weird!

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    1. Thank you. The tattoo artist also freaked when I showed him the size. Apparently, having the tattoos removed hurts more than getting them done. Don't worry, I keep having weird dreams too. Like the reoccurring dream where I have to write a maths exam, but I hadn't studied. I have that one a lot:)

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  18. This is such a great way to celebrate your birthday!

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    1. Thank you! I'm over the moon about it:)

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  19. I'm not a big party person either. A quiet day with family sounds great to me. And kudos to you for doing what YOU wanted instead of worrying about pleasing everyone else. I know how hard that can be. Happy, Happy birthday and here's to a great year ahead for you. :)

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    1. Thank you! Doing what I want is always hard, but I'm so glad I did.

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  20. For my 30th, I had just moved to Florida with 3 little kids and my family was on the other side of the country. Leading up to the day I was really sad, but then my husband decided to surprise me and flew my mom into to town. That was an unforgettable b-day.

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  21. I'm all for choosing your own celebration! Me, I would take a trip.

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  22. That looks neat! I have a dragonfly tattoo I want to add to. :)

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    1. Wonderful! I'm thinking of getting a phoenix next:)

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  23. let all ur dreams bloom to reality to light ur life.. keep writing reading and live love laugh.. enjoy each moment but don't forget to love n care those who need u... age is just a number at any age u can be at ur best u can u will. long live belated birthday wishes to a wonderful friend.God love u n best prayers:))

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    1. Thank you, Adhi! You are a good friend:)

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