2012 March 14
by Grace Boyle

Yesterday was my birthday.

There has been a tradition that my mom likes to joke about, in which, every year on my birthday I cry. Every since I was probably 5. It’s usually happy tears, sometimes overwhelmed tears, sometimes frustrated tears and sometimes nostalgic tears.

I always try to bite off more than I can chew. I consider my birthday the beginning of a new year. I set goals, I look back and reflect and I look forward to what I want to create.

But guess what? On my birthday this year, I didn’t cry. I let my friends take the reins with planning and organizing, something I typically do and worry if everyone is enjoying themselves. I was relaxed all day for the party, there was bubbly, delicious food and lots of laughter.

Here are some highlights from the last year:

  • I am saying no more often. It is best for everyone involved and allows me to give fully, when I’m truly able.
  • I started a new job in May of last year. I’m still here. I’m still loving it. I am behind my decision and career “jump” and love being part of a startup that is growing and evolving. I’m able to create and affect so much change and forward movement.
  • This past year I’ve been lucky to have family move here. As someone who has always moved and like the “reset” button, I haven’t lived near family for most of my life (except my immediate family when growing up). I have two cousins here and for a semester, my brother was nearby in Denver. It has shifted for me each year, loving having that community nearby and there is nothing quite like family.
  • I took my first break of non-blogging (for about two weeks) near the holidays at the end of 2011. For three years, I blogged with regularity every week. When I was writing that post, it just popped in my head that I wanted to unplug. It was a simple decision. With life, you change. I still adore blogging and writing. I still greatly respect this community and space, I just find that sometimes I’m blogging less. And instead of feeling guilty, I feel good and understand it’s where I am right now.
  • I’m still in love. I’m still in a partnership that started from afar (ahem blogging) and it will soon be two years that we’ve been together.
  • I have found a newfound love in Grace(full) Plate, my food blog. It was started in October of 2010 and it has opened up a whole new world for me, reminding me that my jobby (job + hobby) of food culture, is one that is fulfilling. I have new goals for Grace(full) Plate and one is already being fulfilled, being flown to a vineyard with a group of journalists in food to cover wine in Colorado.
  • On top of my full-time job, I found consulting gigs kept coming to me. I made a nice little chunk of extra dough in 2011 just from consulting. I had less time, but I learned a lot and figured out what I would continue doing, and certain consulting I don’t prefer to do. It keeps me on my toes. We’ll see if 2012 persists that.
  • I started investing. Yikes. I feel like an adult. Mutual funds, what?
  • I’ve also learned that I have a lower tolerance for negativity in people around me (strangers or not). I used to brush it off, I used to give everyone the benefit of the doubt but now, I will not allow it. It benefits no one and we are here to enjoy.

I had an incredible birthday week. I felt love from around the world from friends and family, and my heart is literally swelling with joy. Thank you to everyone!

Much love,


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  • Emily Hunt

    Happy Birthday!

  • Clare Bear

    So proud to know you and call you a friend. You are DESTROYING that lip color, looks amazing on you.

  • LostInCheeseland

    All FANTASTIC things! Maybe in 2012 we will finally meet :) that would make my birthday! 

  • Katherine

    Your birthday is always my favorite time of year. Spring is teasing, vacations are in sight, and we get to celebrate YOU. More importantly, you look ridiculously hot in that sassafrass dress and that LIP COLOR. Dang. I just love ya.

  • Grace Boyle

     Aw :) Thanks. Having fun with the red! Love you!

  • Kyle Rutkin

    Awesome Grace! So cool. Happy Late birthday!  Let’s catch up soon :)

  • Laura Kimball

    This is an awesome post, happy birthday +1, Ms. Grace! Happy to hear that you’re doing well, despite or because of all of the changes happening in your life!

  • Grace Boyle

     Thank you Laura :)

  • Grace Boyle

    Thanks, dude! 

  • Grace Boyle

     YAY! Agreed.

  • Grace Boyle

     Thanks my love :) I’m going to try to rock the red lipstick more often.

  • Grace Boyle

     Thanks Emily :)

  • eemusings

    Happy birthday!

    I’ve cried most years on my birthday, mostly because I just want to have one really nice day that goes well and in which my friends rally around. They usually don’t. Thankfully, at some point I extended my group of friends and now I can always rely on my guy friends, so when my girl friends inevitably flake on me, I don’t care.

  • Grace Boyle

     Thank you!

    Yeah, I find that my tears aren’t always warranted it’s just an emotional day with another year gone by and I really care that everyone has a good time. Loosened expectations are nice. If your friends are flaking on you on your birthday, that isn’t okay :/

  • caryn

    ah! I’ve cried on nearly every birthday too! Good to know i’m not alone. happy belated to you! and your dress and red shoes- TOO ADORBS – like i want to raid your closet. now!  I loved your post when you said, i’ve just decided i’m taking a break.  Sometimes we all need to unplug and reset ourselves. good for you! 

  • Grace Boyle

     Haha I love raiding closets 😉 Thanks dear!

    Yep, not the only one. Sometimes it’s for no reason at all :) It’s also nice to not cry hehe