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5 Feel-Good Birthday Traditions (Because You Can Never Have Too Many)

In honor of FBG’s Sixth Birthday, each of the FBGs this week sharing their healthy birthday traditions — or lack thereof! Read on for Jenn’s b-day take …

When it comes to birthdays, I’m kind of a glutton for traditions. I don’t need or even want a huge party or anything, but I like a little routine. A little something special to do — or “somethings” that last all week long, to be more accurate. And over the years I’ve been accumulating a lot of them …


My 5 Feel-Good Birthday Traditions

1. Unplug for the afternoon. Okay, so I don’t unplug for the whole day, although — note to self — I’d really like to try that next year! But I do make a point to have a quiet distraction-free afternoon. That means having a few hours totally away from the computer and TV with my cell turned off. I clear my usual to-do list and replace it with recharging activities like meditation, yoga, a long walk with the pup, and painting my nails with a glass of wine and some good tunes. It’s total quiet me-time.

2. Reflect. Every year on my birthday, I write down a few of the highlights from the past year that I’m grateful for and then set some goals (with whys!) for the year to come in my journal. Then, either on my actual birthday or on the closest weekend, I do maybe my favorite birthday tradition of all: create my dream board for the year!

3. Eat well with people I love. For the whole week, I pretty much plan quality time with those I love. A lunch with my parents. A special night out with Ryan. Drinks with friends — I like to really, really drag it out. Not to celebrate myself, but more as an excuse to connect and also …. the next two …

4. Drink really, really well. I’m not a big shopper, but I do like to splurge on good wine and good cocktails. If it’s my birthday, you can pretty much guarantee I’ll bust out something prized from my wine stash or pop the bubbly with friends!

5. Try something new. My birthday just happens to fall during Restaurant Week here in Kansas City, and it’s AWESOME. It gives me SO many ways to do no. 3 and no. 4, while also hitting up new places, getting good deals, helping charity and trying new dishes. It is birthday perfection for a foodie like me!

Do you do any of these? Have any birthday traditions of your own? —Jenn

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