I usually treat my birthday as my personal new year: a time to relive the highlights of the past and revel in the anticipation of what lies ahead. Last year, at 34, I beat myself over failures and missteps and felt the dread of another upcoming year wasted.
Not eager to repeat that performance, I've thought through what a happy birthday feels like now. I tell myself and others to make new mistakes so I'm approaching this milestone birthday differently in an effort to at least fail differently. I figure I'm a budding futurist...how could I think about the future of Vanessa? What is #bestyourself2019?