May 20, 2022

Josh is not awake yet, but I emerged this morning to the above setup. An Anna Delvey birthday gift bag?

Not basic at all. Haha.

(If you did not watch Inventing Anna, please ignore. I currently do slip into Anna mode relatively often so this is just spot on. LOVE IT.)

I will report back tomorrow on exactly what was in the bag, but I do have an inkling.

You all know I have been in a major reflective mode recently, and as I look at things globally the biggest takeaway is how grateful I am to be here, alive, essentially living out my dreams day to day.

I will quote from this blog post, my very first attempt at birthday reflection published on May 20th 2005:

top 5 things to do in the next quarter:

* get married
* have babies (2-3)
* develop a career that i love
* raise babies
* spend as much time i can with family and friends, because life is short.

the end.

myself, a mere 17 years ago

I would say I am pretty much on track, and I still have 8 years to go. Thank you to all who have followed along!


  • Reply Katherine B May 20, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Happy Birthday Sarah and thanks for brightening my mornings at about 11 a.m. UK time most days!

  • Reply Amy May 20, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Happy birthday! Love that reflection from 25. You are on the right track! Hope you have a great day.

  • Reply Ashley Ritter May 20, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Happy Birthday! I thought we shared the same birthday and now it is confirmed! Wishing you a wonderful day of celebration and best wishes for another great year. I don’t usually comment on blogs but wanted to thank you for your blog and podcast which are really bright spots in my week. I just discovered you recently but your work is helping me through a particularly difficult and challenging period! I am very grateful and am learning so much. Thank you!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 20, 2022 at 6:41 am

      oh wow happy birthday to you too!!

  • Reply Lee May 20, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Happy birthday!!

  • Reply Rachael May 20, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Happy birthday Sarah!!!

  • Reply Jenn N May 20, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been following along for over a decade and the life you’ve built is amazing! Have a great day 💕

  • Reply Mrs. Candid May 20, 2022 at 7:06 am

    Happy birthday Sarah, have an awesome 42 😃

  • Reply Keren May 20, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Happy Birthday!🎈🎉 I wish you many more Happy years full of love,joy and fulfillment,of setting goals and achieveing them.

  • Reply Gwinne May 20, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Reply Amy May 20, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Happy birthday!! Hope your day, and the next year, is filled with love, laughter, and good adventures!

  • Reply omdg May 20, 2022 at 7:34 am

    That post from age 25 was totally adorable. Happy Birthday!!

  • Reply Heather May 20, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Happy birthday! And thank you for your blog and podcast!

  • Reply Carrie Quill May 20, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Happy happy birthday. I hope you feel appropriately celebrated today.

  • Reply Nadine May 20, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for the gift of you, your blog and podcasts. Love the Anna reference & look forward to seeing what is in the bag. Have an incredible day living your dream.

  • Reply Alyce May 20, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply JGold May 20, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Happy birthday! Thanks for writing this blog it is a bright spot in my day!

  • Reply Maya May 20, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Happy Birthday, Sarah! I don’t know if you like or remember Douglas Addams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide, but in it 42 is “the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything,” Enjoy!

  • Reply Alyssa May 20, 2022 at 8:38 am

    Happy Birthday Sarah! Thanks for the gift of your blog and podcasts.

  • Reply Marianne May 20, 2022 at 8:38 am

    Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

    • Reply Sarah May 20, 2022 at 9:01 am

      Happy birthday, Sarah! Wishing you the best day and a happy, fulfilled year ahead. Thanks for having us along with you for the ride.

  • Reply Sarah D May 20, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Happy birthday, Sarah!!! 🤩🥳

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns May 20, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Happy happy birthday! Love that Josh put everything out so you could wake up to your bday gifts! So thoughtful! My husband does the same since I am the earlier riser/more of a morning person than him.

    Sounds like you have a great attitude about turning another year older! I have felt the same. Plus I yearned for a husband and kids for much of my 20s and 30s. I feel so lucky that those wishes/hopes were granted and I have the life I always wanted – and then some. Here is to another wonderful year of health and happiness!!

  • Reply Grateful Kae May 20, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Happy birthday!! I’m going to guess….some kind of jewelry? You mentioned wanting to upgrade your jewelry.

  • Reply Elisabeth May 20, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Happy Birthday. That bag is hilarious. We watched Inventing Anna AND Bad Vegan AND The Tinder Swindler and a running joke in our family is now: The key to life is never – EVER – accept a wire transfer.

  • Reply Emily May 20, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Happy birthday Sarah! Cute bag and beautiful flowers. Hope you have a great day celebrating w family and friends. And so fun to have a birthday on Friday this year!

  • Reply Amanda Millstein May 20, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Happy birthday Sarah!

  • Reply Perfectly Cromulent Name May 20, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Happy birthday! That gift bag is…*chef’s kiss* LOVE IT! Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Noemi May 20, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Happy birthday! Living the dream!

  • Reply Helena Murphy May 20, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Happy 42nd and here’s to many more! You are very much on the right track 🥳

  • Reply Sharon May 20, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Happy birthday Sarah! Your blog has been such a bright spot for me during the pandemic- thank you 🙂

  • Reply Connie C May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Happiest of birthdays to you!

  • Reply Beth May 20, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Happiest birthday! 🙂

  • Reply Megan May 20, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for all the good you put out into the world. I listen religiously to BOBW every Tuesday on my walk outside and love reading your blog over my lunch hour – they are bright spots in my day/week. Keep sharing honestly – we need more of it!

  • Reply Leneigh May 20, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Happy birthday! ❤️

  • Reply Amanda P. May 20, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    It’s your answer to life, the universe, and everything birthday! I hope it is a fabulous one and for an amazing year.

  • Reply Jordan May 20, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Happy happy birthday Sarah! Thanks for being such a bright light on the internet 🙂

  • Reply coco May 20, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    happy birthday!!! See? all your wishes came true 🙂

  • Reply Sara May 20, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Happy birthday! 😊 The day-to-day stuff can se overwhelming sometimes, but it’s pretty incredible when you look back and realize life is pretty good after all!

  • Reply Arden May 20, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

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