Thankful for 32

A little over a month ago, I turned 32. I usually celebrate the entire month of October.  I mean, no one is happier that I’m alive than me.  So, I like to make sure I rejoice to the upmost.  

This year was the first year that I worked almost everyday of the month… But, as most of you know, I know how to blur the line between work & play… 

I finally reached a place in the seniority line-up where I had a set schedule.  I could alter my trips & move my days at my leisure.  Sure, there were still some factors that came into play when choosing my destinations, but for the most part, I was able to create a wonderful working month for myself.  

My work schedule started & ended in the magical city of Amsterdam.  It was nice to kick off my birthday month & celebrate my actual birthday in my favorite European city.  Between my visits to Holland, I had other working trips to Spain, Italy & Puerto Rico, along with some fun musical events and a lot of fun nights with great people.

I’ll share more stories in future posts, but for now, here are some moments from my special day in Amsterdam… 

 

When I checked into my hotel room, I noticed that I had a balcony & a beautiful street view. What a nice little gift from the front desk.

    
    
  

I felt such gratitude in this monent… to be in one of my favorite cities in the world, on my birthday, catching such a beautiful sunset…

  
 
I had such a beautiful day, roaming the streets, taking picture, answering phone calls & reading messages from loved ones. I even found myself back at the Quartier Putain Coffee Shop, where I first imagined starting this blog… Maybe this photo will look familiar to you. 

During this visit, I discovered that this place is not only a café, but it ‘s also the home of the Top Notch Music offices – a local record label. How perfect is it that this was the first coffe shop I ever stopped in in Amsterdam, as well as the birthplace of my blog?!

After all that walking around, I needed some nourishment.  I was in the mood for Wok to Walk & treated myself to a take-out birthday dinner.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of eating a meal prepared my these artists that stand on display for all, you’re missing out.  

The cooks all work in a window facing the street & prepare your food as you order.  They stand next to each other, moving in synchronization like a fine symphony.  Unfortunately, they don’t allow photos, so, you’ll have to use your imagination…or, pop in your nearest Wok to Walk location. 

After eating my deliciously fresh meal, I danced a few calories off with a local friend of mine.  Then, I felt 32… It was time to head to bed for a good night’s sleep. 

Although I had a wonder time in Amsterdam, I realized one thing about myself:  I really enjoy celebrating my birthday with people I love, at home.  This was my first birthday away from family & friends & I gotta admit, I missed them.  

Stay tuned for more of #30postsin30days. Thanks for reading, everyone! 

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