ABC Family has the 25 Days of Christmas, Hanukkah has 8 crazy nights, and I have the 19 days of September! Happy almost my birth month ladies and gentlemen! Birthdays are a very big deal for me and here's why:
1. We don't celebrate ourselves and the people around us enough.
I can't tell you how badly I wish I can go back in time and celebrate the people who aren't with me anymore. Life moves at a million miles an hour and sometimes instead of sitting back and enjoying our birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or Saturdays we blow through them all consumed with the future. Then tragedy strikes and that person isn't with you anymore. All that is left are the memories. After my brother passed I vowed to make every birthday, be it my own or anyone I loved and cared about, a memorable and special day. So you don't like huge celebrations? That's cool, we can have a teeny tiny adventure where all you do is smile. Birthday's are a reminder you've gotten older, I get that. That isn't necessarily something you want to broadcast. Instead of pouting about the fact that you are old let's instead focus on the fact that you got to spend another year with your loved ones. And most importantly with me, because I need you. Just the fact that you are in my life is something to celebrate, so shut up and let me make you feel special.
2. Cake is involved.
I will cut (metaphorically) ANYONE who bars me from having celebratory birthday cake. I do not care if it is your birthday, we ALL get cake and I LOVE cake. In fact my favorite foods in this order are:
So you don't like cake? How about a bottle of wine? Or pie? A chocolate bar? Friend chicken? Pancakes and waffles? There's a million ways this can go and all roads lead to a delicious treat that we place a lit candle on so you can make a wish. (And I will bring my own cupcake.) Don't deny me the joy of screaming happy birthday off key at you while you make a wish!
I am the world's greatest gift giver. I LOVE finding that perfect thing that is going to become something hugely special in my friends lives. It doesn't require a lot of money, or any money, just brain power and some creative juice. I love giving gifts because it's my way of giving a teeny tiny piece of myself to my people. And whether its something they can wear or something they keep in their home, whenever they look at it they remember how groovy I think they are. And that is a groovy thing.
SO my birthday is September 19th and to celebrate I am giving a hottie hunting hat away FOR THE FIRST 19 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER! I was going to sell them and then I thought, let's give the first batch away because no one means more to me right now than all of you lovely humans. The one's who sit and read this little horse and pony show day in and day out. The one's who share their stories with me. The one's who remind me why I write and give me this place to share my own story. Because I am so incredibly grateful to have this forum and you all make it possible.
SO, how is this going to work? Well nothing makes me smile and laugh harder than all of your selfies so I will be choosing a selfie every day leading up to my birthday, September 19th, to receive a free hottie hunting #RunSelfieRepeat hat! Submitting is easy, snap a selfie of you running, hottie hunting, having a dance party with your friends, or having the time of your life. Use the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat on Instagram (You can follow me @KellyKKRoberts) and I will post the winning picture every day on the blog and on The Twitter! If your picture is posted, I will direct message you requesting some info and the hat will come your way along with a little thank you note for making my birthday special! Easy as pie....or birthday cake!
Today I am West Coast bound for a week! This Sunday I am running the Disneyland Half Marathon and next weekend I am in my best friend Antoinette's wedding. It's going to be a fun filled week of LA, OC, and San Diego adventures so stay tuned for some shenanigans! Move over Hurricane Marie, Hurricane Kelly is coming to town!
Until Monday everyone, when I will have a recap from the Disneyland Half Marathon containing the most magical selfies on earth. Nothing makes me happier than chasing men dressed like Prince Charming, I just might set a world record! I know, I'm excited too! Have a wonderful Labor Day you glorious people, #RunSelfieRepeat.