Last week I celebrated my birthday in a mindset that felt different from any other year. For the first time I wasn't looking outside of myself for happiness or what others could do for me to make this day special. In turn I released expectations and had one of my best birthdays yet. For what felt like the first time in a really long time I took a look at where I am with crystal clear vision. Celebrating a milestone that for me was so in-tune with the feeling of being comfortable in my own skin, gratitude for where I am (including all of life's lessons that have brought me here) and proud of what I have accomplished. Dan and I both took the day off from work and spent the afternoon unplugged, eating at our favorite vegan restaurants, walking through Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, getting my ear pierced and wandering around the city. It was a day filled with a lot of love and I couldn't be more grateful to all of my friends and family who made the day extra special.