Being grown and all, most of my birthdays don’t mean much to me, but this one actually feels like reaching a milestone.

Things I wanted by the time I was 30:

  1. A good job outside of the service industry -DONE
  2. Retirement savings- a bit of a late start but a start none the less!
  3. Establish a running habit to replace my drinking habit- Successful and ongoing!
  4. Cats – Way ahead of schedule on that one
  5. Clean comfortable home with real grown up furniture (I did used to live in a weird acid den in Bushwick) – Finally done, just barely.

I’m feeling pretty good about 30. I spent the second half of my 20’s trying to establish a life that 30 year old me could be proud of. I feel pretty great about where I’m beginning this new decade. Thanks 20’s me!

To begin my day I got up and ran 3 miles. I felt really great after, so great that I actually put on some makeup for work so I could look nice today. Heading to work I bought an avocado and a tomato because Tuesday is bagel day and I know how to dress a bagel up:

I swear there is a bagel under there

There were two cards on my desk when I came in from two of my favorite friends and coworkers. It was really touching. What was also touching were all the reactions of surprise and disbelief when I respond to birthday wishes from other coworkers by telling them that I am 30. I would never want to go back to being in my 20’s, but I wouldn’t mind continuing to look like I’m there.

What is my secret? I drink A LOT of water and moisturize every morning and evening. I eat avocados. And I run.

As always, below is some more information about St. Jude’s and the impact your donations make. Your donations are all I want for my birthday! Please donate to this wonderful cause here!



Donations make a difference

Every dollar donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital counts! Take a look at some of the possibilities that your effort could provide to the kids and families of St. Jude.

Infant Care Supplies for 10 Babies: $50

These supplies help parents and nurses care for babies in treatment and include items like diapers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, footies and heel warmers.

Wagon: $70

Wagons can make traveling through the halls of St. Jude easier for parents and more fun for a young child.

Parties to celebrate birthdays, holidays and “coming off chemo”: $75

St. Jude provides parties, decorations, cakes and more to keep spirits high during the holidays and to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and a child’s completion of chemotherapy treatment.

Creative Toys: $100

Play is an essential part of every child’s life, and it’s important for the children to have fun as often as possible. At St. Jude, colorful, toy-filled play areas are just as plentiful as exam rooms.

Delicious Meals: $210

St. Jude provides meal cards so that patients and families can enjoy the comfort and convenience of good, nutritious meals in the Kay Kafe, our cafeteria.

One Day of Oxygen: $447

Oxygen is key to keeping the immune system strong. A gift of oxygen can help a young body thrive and help fight cancer at the cellular level.

Child-sized Wheelchairs: $700

These special wheelchairs help children move easily through St. Jude.

Airfare for a parent and child: $1,000 Average

For a patient referred to St. Jude, the hospital covers the cost of airfare for a child and one parent or guardian.



  1. I think the reason procrastinators procrastinate is that they have no empathy for “future me.” So, good for you for thinking of thanking “20’s me.” Happy birthday and thanks for the joy you put in our lives. M&D


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