I’ve always loved my birthday. One day out of the year that is absolutely, entirely about me–yes, please.
If you know me very well, you may know that I have a problem with patience. A very bad problem which led me to a tradition that I now do every year for my birthday. I no longer celebrate just my birthday, I celebrate my Birthday Month. It’s the best tradition that I have ever created and one that I shall continue for the rest of my life. Thanks to treating myself to Birthday Month, I have created thousands of amazing memories and have had the most wild and most fun experiences. I truly believe that celebrating your Birthday Month isn’t just a fun thing to do, it’s pertinent to your overall well-being.
So read below for six tips on how to treat yo’self for your Birthday Month.
1. The first step is to share, share, share.
During my freshman year of high school, my best friend (who happens to have the same birthday as me) and I started a birthday countdown in our history class which began at the beginning of March and ended on our birthday, March 31st. We wrote the countdown on one of our favorite teachers’, Mrs. Ballard’s, dry erase board. For some reason, she humored us and didn’t erase it once we left the class so that it remained on the board each day for every class to read: “Abby & Alex’s Birthday, 29 days to go!” Five years later I ran into an old classmate who told me that she always remembers mine and Abby’s birthday thanks to our old school method of sharing. (This was the era of MySpace).
Most people don’t like to share their birthday but if you really want Birthday Month to be fabulous, you must share with others that your birthday month is arriving. Your friends and family want to celebrate you–trust me, they do! And if they don’t, find new friends! Seriously, my friends have always been just as excited to celebrate my birthday as I have. They have an excuse to go out and have fun and when things get a little crazy they get to say, “But it was Alex’s birthday!”
And they know that when it’s their birthday, I’m there to celebrate them.
2. Treat Yo’Self to a Day Off!
Ever since my 19th birthday (I am 24 now), I have taken my birthday off. That meant, no school, no work, no nothing! I don’t want to hear your excuses, “but I can’t take off” or “my work won’t let me off.” Trust me, you can take off and they will let you off. Request off in advance! You can do it. And if they try calling you in that day…don’t pick up! Because why would you? It’s your birthday and you are supposed to spend it by treating yourself to some YOU time. And if you are lucky enough to have some great co-workers they might even celebrate you at work.
I’ve always treated myself on the actual day of my birthday. I sleep in, go out for breakfast, buy myself something on a shopping trip, maybe get my nails done, have a fabulous lunch, lay out if it’s sunny, and basically, just relax. I return to work the next day relaxed and refreshed.
3. Take a Birthday-cation!
Two years ago I took my very first birthday-cation (a birthday vacation) during my birthday month and I’ve kept up the tradition ever since. Birthday-cations combine the fun experience of traveling with your birthday. My first trip was to Washington D.C. with two very good amigas of mine. We met so many people, visited all the museums and monuments, and danced the nights away at clubs and bars. Last year, I went to Baltimore and Washington D.C. with my best friend. We got in free to the clubs, met the owner of a club we went to, had all of our drinks paid for, and were invited to an amazing lunch. This year my birthday-cation will take me to Ireland. I can’t even imagine what birthday adventures I will have!
Birthday-cation 2013, Washington D.C.
Birthday-cation 2014, Baltimore & Washington D.C.
It’s best to plan as early as possible so that you can budget for the expenses. My birthday happens to fall around the time I receive my taxes so that tends to help with expense but if you are on a tight budget, consider taking a less expensive birthday-cation such as a weekend trip to a fun, large metropolitan area that is near you. Or maybe rent a cabin on a lake through Airbnb.com. If you need some ideas on how to pay for your birthday-cation, check out my blog post (click here) that explains how I’m paying for my Irish birthday-cation and learn some great money-saving tips. Don’t forget to share with all the people who you meet on your birthday-cation that it’s your birthday. You’d be surprised by how nice and thoughtful strangers will be to you on your birthday.
4. Plan celebrations with your family and friends.
If you are lucky to live near your family, plan a birthday celebration with them. When I lived near my family, I would always drive home and invite everyone to the house where my wonderful mom and dad would invite everyone over for a barbecue. It’s a great feeling to see everyone that you love in one place and I’m glad that I could always use my birthday as an excuse to gather them together.
Similarly, you have to plan a night out with your best friends to celebrate your birthday. Spice it up for your birthday night out! Try a new bar, go Latin dancing (my plan for this year!), do a pole dancing class (my birthday night out a couple of years ago), bar hop in a cool neighborhood, or go on a wine tour. Try something new and bring your friends along to celebrate YOU!
Birthday Celebration 2014, Dancing in Bricktown, Oklahoma
Birthday Celebration 2013, Pole Dancing Class
5. Plan to do something new every weekend of you Birthday Month.
Every weekend of Birthday Month, I like to go out and treat myself. Maybe I’ll buy a new shirt or take a relaxing hike. Or perhaps, I want to drive to the ocean and get some sun. Maybe I find a free kickboxing class or free yoga class to participate in. Or maybe go mudding with my Uncle’s cool ATV in the Red River like I did in 2013. Regardless, the weekends or the days off of your Birthday Month should be used to try something new, do something relaxing, or finding ways to enjoy yourself. You don’t need a lot of money to treat yourself on your days off of your Birthday Month. Trust me, pampering yourself and taking care of you is what makes Birthday Month so very special.
6. Birthday Month Bucket List
This was an amazing idea that I had about two years ago: a Birthday Month bucket list. As you know, a bucket list is a list of things that you’ve always wanted to do but have yet to do. In this case, you make a bucket list and you have your entire Birthday Month to complete the list. I found that people were so willing to help me complete my Birthday Bucket List and it was by far one of the most memorable Birthday Months that I have ever had. Check out my Birthday Bucket List from two years ago below.
- Ride a motorcycle for the first time (Thanks to my Uncle Donnie)
- Take a fighting class (Boxing!)
- Take a Latin dance class (Boo on me! I didn’t take pictures)
- Receive an amazing kiss (Not the kiss I had expected but they were still amazing–family kisses!)
- Go to a strip club (The only thing on my list that I didn’t complete; although I have since been to a strip club, so, check!)
- Read my fiction in a public setting
- Get another piercing
- Shoot a gun for the first time
- Go horseback riding
- Skinny Dip (Sorry, y’all, you won’t see a picture of that! But I did skinny dip in 50 degree weather by jumping into my family’s pool for 10 seconds!)
Follow these simple tips and you will have an amazing Birthday Month! And if you ever need some creative ideas on how to celebrate, just ask…