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How to Have the Perfect Birthday: 20th edition


  • Love
  • Adventure


  • Fill up a bowl with adventure.
  • Add in a healthy dose of love.
  • Pour the concoction on yourself and bathe in it.


Isn’t she a sight 🙂 That girl on the left lights up my life.

I’m the kind of person who tends to over-plan when it comes to things like birthdays. It’s a bit optimistic, but for me birthdays are one day of the year where there is no excuse not to go out and create an experience worth talking about forever. Birthdays are a celebration of life, you should live it. eg. “Remember when we went topless bungy jumping for my 19th birthday?” (Insert long, and poorly edited evidence here.)

Unfortunately, due to the close proximity to Easter this year, both of my exuberant birthday plans fell through. But, fortunately, I have the spirit of birthday cheer watching over me. It came in the form of a spontaneous road trip to Opotiki for the night, or my “Birthday Eve” as Aliesha likes to call it.


It took a whole five hours to get there and seven hours to get back. No regrets. We quad-biked down the vacant beach (epic views), shared a picnic on a grassy lookout (epic scenery), played cards (epic fun) and (attempted to play) spotlight. Except that last one was kind of a fail- one person ended up on a roof and no one looked for him. We kind of abandoned ship. How the hell do you get up on a roof anyway? You psycho.


“Bro, check out Erica’s idea of ‘fun’. I heard she aged like 50 years on her birthday.”  Hey- you lot can eat my shorts. I went skinny dipping for the first time that night.
Life = lived ✓✓

I may not have gotten wasted with every single person on my friends list, or spent the entire day reading all of my 20 million birthday wishes on Facebook (which actually came to a grand total of 10 posts, because I have all of 10 friends lol)– I wasn’t even privileged enough to surround myself with my closest (AKA only) 10 friends or family. I still maintain that I am the luckiest person on the planet though. Hearing their calls and the amount of thought in all of their messages/little gifts was beautiful.

Wanna know what I got?


Waiting for me after my 7 hour bus ride home, was just this home-baked peanut butter and vanilla rainbow marble cake with dinosaur sprinkles (!) and blueberries. Thanks for being the cutest person to exist on this planet Sophie. I also got an ABC nut butter (YUM), chia seed drink, ginger & mandarin chocolate, a doodling/ideas sketchbook and a personalised time capsule writing set (absolutely obsessed!!) from Aliesha; on top of a vanilla candle, cookbook AND a carrot onesie from Sophie & Sheena. I mean a carrot onesie. I honestly could not live up to the stereotype of “that weird vegan,” anymore than I do now. Y’all know me too well. Dad also wants to hand me down step-mum’s car (The catch being that I pass my restricted test next week). Yay for actually being able to get anywhere in Auckland.

Love my friends. Love my family. Love my life.


Erica x


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    • erica erica May 9, 2015

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