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I have been totally spoiled over the last week. My friends have truly made my 30th birthday so special…I am still a little in shock over all of it! I thought that last Sunday’s pool party was wonderful and I never expected or dreamed that anything else was planned.

My Friday turned out to be pretty amazing. It started with yoga.


Then there was a sushi lunch. After lunch I had an appointment with my favorite esthetician Ariana Loredo for not only a brow/lip wax but also a facial with an enzyme peel and extractions. I figured if there was ever a time to treat myself to a facial, turning 30 was a good excuse. The facial was so relaxing and Ariana included a neck, arm, hand and scalp massage. My skin was seriously glowing when I left.


After my facial a kombucha and coconut cranberry macaroon were calling my name. I spent the rest of the afternoon in a frantic dash to finalize everything for our Metro event on Saturday before heading home to shower and get ready for dinner and drinks (I thought) with girlfriends.


The plan was to meet for a drink before our dinner reservations. Well, we never made it to dinner because when I walked into Reid’s where we had planned to meet, I was greeted by 25 of my friends shouting “surprise!” It was CRAZY and I was totally surprised. My heart was racing, my face was flushed and I was speechless.


My friends Diane and Winnie (you should recognize them from girl’s weekends to Asheville and Chicago) planned the party for me. I seriously can’t remember the last time I had a real birthday party…maybe when I was a kid? I am pretty much in disbelief that I’ve had two parties in a week.


My sweet friend Lina was there along with many other yogis and the owner of Metro! I can’t believe that they even reached out to my boss. It was so special to have her there!


Sweet Tater Katie even made a special Friday night out appearance and I was thrilled to see her walk in the door! My friend Rachel (far left) kept tearing up and telling me she was just so happy to see me happy and smiling. It makes me happy that others are looking at me and seeing/feeling happy again. (Did you get all that?)


The cake was massive and delicious and I am still plowing my way through it. Red velvet with a thick layer of frosting from Edible Art.


I can’t even describe how I felt on Friday night. Full of joy, love, hope and gratitude. The end of my 20s was full of ups and downs. I’m ready to embrace a new phase of my life and to really figure out what I want and who I am. Here’s to entering my 30s stronger, more focused and ready to live my life to the fullest.

Today is my actual birthday but this weekend has been so crazy with the surprise party, my work event and a wedding that all I’ve wanted to do is relax. I can’t wait to share the rest of my weekend with you in the next couple of posts!

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  • 1
    Danielle @ D. Sells Seashells June 16, 2013, 6:58 pm

    You have some amazing friends 🙂 You deserve all the joy you’re feeling – thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • 2
    Louly June 16, 2013, 7:01 pm

    you deserve every bit of this joy and love that is coming to you! happy happy bday!

  • 3
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit June 16, 2013, 7:06 pm

    so happy for all this happiness surrounding you 🙂 your 30s will be amazing. happy birthday and lots of love!! xo!

  • 4
    Christie June 16, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Happy Birthday !!!!!
    I can feel the joy through your posts 🙂 Have a wonderful rest of your birthday weekend.

    From an avid reader,

  • 5
    Amanda @Fitforgloryfoundbygrace June 16, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Sounds like it was wonderful 🙂

  • 6
    Erin @ Sugar Magnolia June 16, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Happy birthday girl!! Love all of your pictures and you look beautiful!!

  • 7
    She Rocks Fitness June 16, 2013, 7:27 pm

    Beautiful pictures and glad you had a fabulous birthday weekend with your friends! Welcome to your 30’s…they ROCK and you will ROCK this decade. It’s pretty fabulous! XOXO

  • 8
    Lori June 16, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love your blog and love that your friends made your birthday so special!

  • 9
    Melissa June 16, 2013, 7:52 pm

    happyyy birthday! hope your 30th year is amazing! 🙂

  • 10
    Mary Ann June 16, 2013, 7:52 pm

    Happy Birthday! Wishing all the best today and for your year ahead.

  • 11
    Brittany June 16, 2013, 9:06 pm

    Happy birthday!!

  • 12
    Mary-Catherine June 16, 2013, 9:49 pm

    HAPPY 30th!!!!!!! May it be filled with much love, happiness, joy, amazing health, and success 🙂

  • 13
    Miki June 16, 2013, 10:12 pm

    Happy birthday Jen! Glad you had an awesome weekend. Hope this year brings great things for you.

  • 14
    JennyV June 16, 2013, 10:14 pm

    Happy birthday! You do have an amazing glow to you – facial or just contentment? Both! 🙂

    Sorry, have to ask: how often do you have to wax? I have never done my lip but think I should. Wives tales scare me about things coming back worse? (Seriously, so sorry I had to ask!)

  • 15
    Kelly June 16, 2013, 10:52 pm

    What a wonderful birthday surprise!! Happy Birthday! Your 30’s are the best!!

  • 16
    Ali June 16, 2013, 11:38 pm

    Happy Birthday! SO glad it has been a special time for you leading up to your 30th birthday. It’s so special and lovely to have the people you care about most around you and supporting you as you move into this next chapter. All the best on your journey.

  • 17
    Anne June 16, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Yay! Happy birthday!!

  • 18
    meredith June 17, 2013, 6:50 am

    Happy Birthday! Glad you had a wonderful weekend!

  • 19
    Lauren June 17, 2013, 7:48 am

    happy 30th jen! what a wonderful weekend. wishing you a fabulous 30th year…the best one yet 🙂

  • 20
    Sarah June 17, 2013, 8:29 am

    You look stunning in your surprise party pictures! Love the dress!

  • 21
    Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers June 17, 2013, 10:51 am

    Happy [ belated ] Birthday! You look radiant, great pics!!! A birthday with a massage, cake, and time with friends is definitely a good one.

  • 22
    Katie @ running4cupcakes June 17, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I have the hugest smile on my face just from reading this post. So nice to have friends who love and care about you as much as your do! Happy Happy Birthday!!

  • 23
    Blaire @ Just Been Running June 17, 2013, 12:43 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen!!!!

  • 24
    Lauren June 17, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Happy Birthday!! Happy for you!!

  • 25
    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run June 17, 2013, 1:25 pm

    I hope to look as fabulous – glowing & healthy – as you at 30! Happy belated birthday!

  • 26
    Paige @ The Balancing Act June 17, 2013, 1:59 pm

    Happy birthday, Jen! I love your perspective on turning 30…Less of a focus on “getting old” (which you’re not!) and more of a focus on being happy. So glad you have such wonderful friends!

  • 27
    Amy G. June 17, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Happy belated birthday! What amazing friends you have to celebrate you and throw amazing parties! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  • 28
    Jackie June 17, 2013, 5:58 pm

    Happy happy (belated) birthday!!!

  • 29
    Katherine June 17, 2013, 6:24 pm

    glad you had such a great birthday! you and all your friends are gorgeous 🙂


  • 30
    Sarah June 17, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Aw happy birthday!! You look so happy 🙂 love it!

  • 31
    Alexis June 17, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Happy birthday Jenn!! What a wonderful surprise party- full of love & happiness!!! 30s will be amazing!!!

  • 32
    Meghan June 17, 2013, 10:06 pm

    Happy Birthday! Looks like a great time!

  • 33
    Em June 17, 2013, 10:56 pm

    Happiest of Happy to you Jen! Welcome to the 30’s!!!

  • 34
    Clara June 18, 2013, 8:41 am

    A big big happy birthday to you, Jen! Sorry I’m a little late. I love reading about all these amazing celebrations- you’ve clearly got a great group friends. Yay 30! xx Clara

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