Ava Grace's Closet: On My Birthday
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Monday, April 29, 2013

On My Birthday

Today is my birthday. 
And in an ode to my younger self, here is what I wish I could have told her.
Krsko, Slovenia. My grandmother's house, circa 1973.
Enjoy your alone time. Times you thought you were "bored". 
In later years, you will be happy to go to the bathroom without an entourage.

Don't be so mean to your mama. In the morning, when she wants to make you breakfast, eat something if only to make her happy. She is just doing it because she loves you so much. 

Get out of the fashion industry. Now. It won't be what you end up doing. And the long hours are wreaking havoc on your legs. Those varicose injections? They hurt. A lot. 

Bad boys are the devil. 

Stop it with the tanning competitions already. You will NEVER be darker than your friends. And in the end, you will be the winner anyway since they will have more wrinkles than you. Ha. 

You will have this crazy idea to get a tattoo just because. Don't do it! You will regret it and then you will spend ridiculous amounts of money to get it removed. And it will hurt. A lot. 

Travel more. See the world. In later years, you will have a fear of flying and it won't be as easy. Plus, you will have 3 kids (3!! Can you believe it?!) in tow. Also not so easy. 

Don't ever drink Jack Daniel's. Even with diet coke. And even when your friends say that it is not so bad. You will be oh so sick. But it will be one of the first and last times. You learn quickly. 

Enjoy the littlest things in life. One day you will realize that they are truly the big things. The ones that are most important. Oh, and buy the shoes!

Friends will come and go, but the true ones? They will stay for the long haul. 
Happy Birthday to me.
And Happy Monday to all of you. 


  1. that's so true especially going to the bathroom with entourage and travelling more.

  2. Happy Birthday Susan!!!!!
    I love bad boys..well, only seemingly bad, and tattoos ;)
    other than that great advice..now if only the kiddos could take this in now!
    Have a great day!
    Sheree xxx

  3. Susan,
    Have a very Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating.

  4. Such a sweet sweet post!
    Happy Birthday! Hope your day is filled with love and blessings!

  5. Happy birthday Susan! Such great advice to yourself - and even though I was mad at my mom for telling me she wouldn't pay for college if I got a tattoo of a turtle on my foot, I'm sooo thankful for that all these years later!!

  6. LOVE this letter to yourself. Happy happy birthday to you. (Oh yeah--so agree about the jack daniels. LOL)

  7. Happy Birthday Susan! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends. Love the last quote - so very true!
    xo K

  8. Happy birthday! May you have blessed day, wonderful celebration with your family. Cheers to another year of fabulousness.

  9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN. Another great post. I hope you have an amazing day.

  10. Happy Birthday!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  11. Happy birthday love! I love that we are both Taurus:) strong women!!!' have a great day!!!

  12. Happy Birthday my sweet friend! Really enjoyed reading your post ... xo C. (HHL)

  13. HAPPPPYYYYYYYY HHHHAAAAAAPPPPPYYYYY BIRTHDAY!! hope you had a great one! and i love your letters to yourself! my baby sister just got her 6th tattoo i keep tell her to stop. lol. she won't like all of them forever.

    and oh yes. i gave up on being tan a long time ago. it just isn't in the cards for me ;)

  14. hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    i love me a jack and coke. or two. or three! sorry he makes you sick :)

  15. Happy belated birthday!!

    I love this post, such a cute idea. And so many things that I need to still remember!

  16. I love your list! You make me giggle. :) And I love the old photo!


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