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Why I Ran a Marathon For My 50th Birthday

Sharon Kurtzman | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty
Sharon Kurtzman

One of the best presents I've ever received was something I gave to myself. It was three years ago, and for my 50th birthday, when I gave myself permission to try something outside of my comfort zone.

30 Things I've Learned For My 30th Birthday

Anjali Sareen | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Anjali Sareen

The best and brightest moments of self-discovery in life often happen after you've pissed someone off in the pursuit of your own happiness.

This Is The First Time I Won't Hear My Sister's Voice On My Birthday

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I am starting to get Facebook notifications in advance of my birthday. But this year, every time I log in to Facebook I am reminded that this marks the first time in all my 56 years that I will not hear my sister's voice on my birthday.

The Biggest Downside To Living Abroad

Sarah McArthur | Posted 05.16.2016 | Travel
Sarah McArthur

Today my younger sister Shannon turns 21. While she is off celebrating in Rhode Island where she goes to college I am thousands of miles away in Costa Rica.

33 Life Lessons I've Learned In My 30s

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 05.03.2016 | Women
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Stop chasing perfection. No one expects you to be perfect anyway (and if they do, kick 'em to the curb!).

A Goodbye Letter to 23, That Beatiful A&%#@$!

Alex Madda | Posted 04.20.2016 | Comedy
Alex Madda

DUECES 23. MAY YOU BURN IN THE MOST LUXURIOUS SPA FROM A FACIAL TREATMENT YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE ALLERGIC TO. Thanks for some wicked good times, but 24 is where it's at.

Holy Sh*t -- Birthdays Are Overwhelming

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 04.13.2016 | Comedy
J.J. Colagrande

Maybe birthdays are like Halloween and Christmas, maybe like most things, they're simply better when you're a kid.

Making Birthdays Meaningful

Tim McDonald | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Tim McDonald

For this birthday, I set up a personal fundraiser for No Kid Hungry, a cause I am passionate about. I'm asking everyone who wishes me a happy birthday that it will be meaningful if they can support my wishes by donating or spreading the word.

When No One Showed Up To Boy’s Party, Troopers Threw Him Birthday Bash

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.12.2016 | Good News

Arkansas State Troopers were in hot pursuit of a juvenile — who needed a little birthday love. When no one showed up to Toxey Andrews’ tenth birth...

Here's How I Really Feel About Turning The Big 5-0 This Week

Cheryl Scott | Posted 04.05.2016 | Fifty
Cheryl Scott

In less than a week, I'll be dipping my toes in the big 5-0. But it's not the toe-dipping that rattles my nerves. As all mid-lifers know, it starts with a little 'testing of the water' and the next thing we know we're half-way through a decade and beyond!

What I've Learned About Birthdays After 93 Years

Phyllis Sues | Posted 04.01.2016 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

I have lived 93 years with no stop sign in sight. Nothing wrong with that scenario. If I'm going to celebrate, it's going to be a celebration of waking each day with the same energy and love for living.

In Defense of the Irish Goodbye

Karam Singh Sethi | Posted 04.11.2016 | Taste
Karam Singh Sethi

Nix clunky, in-person goodbyes from your Rolodex of party cues, and replace it with an efficient "Had a great time!" text. There will be a paper trail of your attendance, and your friends will inevitably thank you for not troubling them as they tried to make the rounds.

Turning 60: A Letter To My 50-Year-Old Self

Eva Moon | Posted 03.31.2016 | Fifty
Eva Moon

I turned 60 today and there are some things I wish I could have told my 50-year-old self. She was so worried. So here goes.

The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry

S. F. Siddiqui | Posted 03.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
S. F. Siddiqui

That day is a constant reminder that things can change in an instant. I made plans, but even with low, safe expectations, things did not go as expected. All I can truly control is how I react, whether I cower and hide, or become bold and take charge. Whether I burst out in tears or in laughter.

The Viral Birthday Wish That Made This 97-Year-Old Grandpa's Day

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.15.2016 | Fifty

When 97-year-old Alfred Birch was hospitalized with congestive heart failure in early March, his family didn't think he'd make it to his 98th birthday...

40 Pledges, Self-Esteem and Cheesecake

Jessica Kahan | Posted 03.07.2016 | Divorce
Jessica Kahan

On a daily basis I am reminded that I could be better, do better and feel better so that seemed like a good place to start, right?

Deconstructing 40

Amy Schreibman Walter | Posted 03.04.2016 | Women
Amy Schreibman Walter

With each new decade, we gain wisdom, power and a certain vulnerability, too. I wouldn't want 40 to feel like 30; I've lived through my 30s and come out stronger and smarter for it.

Stepping in the Same River Twice: The Yoga of Birthdays

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 02.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Around 500 B.C.E. Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said you can never step twice in the same river. He's right! I used to think, because the rive...

And Some to Grow On: 11 Cardinal Sins of Kids' Birthday Parties

Allison Bagley | Posted 02.22.2016 | Parents
Allison Bagley

You issued a RSVP deadline... for a party that takes place in your backyard. Are there place cards? Why the need to know if we're coming 14 days out? (Oh wait, you're a Pinterest mom. Ignore this one. You're personalizing each goody bag. Thanks in advance!)

Mom Writes Touching Letter To Son Who Has Been Missing For 26 Years

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 02.20.2016 | Good News

In 1989, the rural town of St. Joseph, Minnesota was rocked with devastating news. A masked man with a gun abducted 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling while...

Why I'm So Preoccupied With Turning 65

Nancy Roman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

For one thing, I always thought it would be a relief to be old, and no longer concerned about my appearance. Not true. I care. I want to always care. How I look on the outside impacts how I feel about myself.

What We Are Really Celebrating On The First Birthday

Caryn Berardi | Posted 02.15.2016 | Parents
Caryn Berardi

Before I had my own kids, I was, like most people without children, an expert on parenting. I knew how I would limit screen time, facilitate sharing and instill a genuine preference for wheat bread over white.

The Birthday Text: A daughter's attempt to find peace with her fathers absence

Katherine Sotelo | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Katherine Sotelo

Today I gave my father my mailing address. I turned the shower on and walked back out into my hallway, taking a seat on my old roommates bed which la...

When Did Birthday Parties Start Feeling Like a Competition?

Debra Carnes | Posted 02.11.2016 | Parents
Debra Carnes

I'm a competitive person by nature, but today I concede to all birthday-party-planning parents. My planning days are over. You're better than me, and I'm okay with that.

Retail Chatter #11

June Haynes | Posted 02.11.2016 | Style
June Haynes

Will luxury travel experiences be competing with luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany's and Hermes? Or is this a trend in fashion like a pair of bell-bottom jeans?