Birthday Reflections

Hello friends! Today is my 33rd birthday! I can hardly believe it! When I was in my late twenties, I thought that there couldn’t possibly be anything more annoying than turning 30. But then before I knew it, time had its way, and on the afternoon of my 30th birthday I had an epiphany (I was driving to spend the day with my family—it was such a profound moment for me that I can close my eyes and visualize exactly where I was on the road down to the last detail). I had survived my 20s and was finally going to get to leave it behind! Hooray!

Looking back at my twenties right then, I realized that most of it had been pretty darn miserable to almost unbearable. But there on the first day of my thirtieth year I was finally in an amazing place with my life. I had dug myself out of a depression that I honestly never thought I would make it through, I had not only survived one of the darkest times of my life, but my daughter and I were thriving, and the uncertainty that pervaded my 20s was practically nonexistent. My twenties had nearly taken everything out of me, but I fought incredibly hard to make it to that day…the day when I would be free from so much struggle. And there on my 30th birthday I realized that I had made it!!!

Even though giving myself credit is a challenge for me (why is it so hard for us to be nice to ourselves anyhow), I can honestly look back at the last few years of my thirties and say that I’m proud of myself for how far I’ve come. I also have so much gratitude for the love and support of my family and friends…and you guys too! You’ve all helped me to get to this place (even if you didn’t know it). I feel so incredibly lucky that words can never really express it. But thank you!

xo Ez

P.S. It’s a tradition of mine to give flowers to my Mom on my birthday (a small thank you for having me), but with my sister’s wedding only a few days away I won’t get to see her (she’s crazy busy trying to get everything ready). So Mom, I bought these peonies (your favorite) just for you and photographed them so you can enjoy them across the miles. Thank you for all the sacrifices you made for me as a young mom. Every year my admiration and appreciation for you grows more and more. I love you so much! Thank you for having me! xoxox

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99 Comments

  1. Tracey Fisher / / Reply

    You definitely need to give yourself credit for coming so far and also to celebrate your birthday. Happy Birthday! What a nice way to celebrate by honoring your mom. Have a wonderful day.

  2. The Storialist / / Reply

    Happy, happy birthday! What an excellent revelation about getting older (and better, right?).

    I read your blog often, but don't always comment. I hope this year brings you continued success and happiness!

  3. Heather / / Reply

    Happy Birthday to you! I really enjoy your blog and seeing all the beautiful images you post!
    Hope you have a great day, and celebrate your success…you deservie it!

  4. Angel Court Jewels / / Reply

    It's amazing to hear how far you've come in your journey. Have a wonderful Birthday!!! I think life only gets better as we age.

    xoxo,
    Courtney

  5. erin lang norris / / Reply

    Happy Birthday, Ez! I hope you have a wonderful day. Your blog is always such a delight to read and you are truly and inspiration. :)

  6. Sharon / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful, positive vibe you put out!

  7. val / / Reply

    Feliz cumpleaños, and may all your dream come true.
    HAPPY BIRTHADAY TO A DEAR AND SUCH INPIRE BLOGGER
    VAL
    " EACH MORNING WE ARE BORN AGAIN WAHT WE DO TODAY IS WHAT MATTERS THE MOST" BUDDHA

  8. Maria / / Reply

    Happy birthday !! Hope you have a wonderful day because you trully deserve it :)

  9. BMerry / / Reply

    Yay! I'll be 33 one month from today and I think I needed to be reminded that even though I'm not excited about getting older, I am definitely closer to where I want to be.

  10. SaRaH / / Reply

    Happy birthday, madame!
    And thank you for the wonderful blog and the positive vibe on the today's post.

  11. Andria / / Reply

    A very Happy Birthday to you! I love those times when you see a struggle and aren't sure you can get past it and before you know it you are looking at that mountain in your rear-view mirror, on your way to better things. All the best to you to day and everyday!

    ~Andria

  12. Ariana / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! It is so nice to hear that you love where you are at in life now. We are very close in age, and I have really felt like my 30's are a really exciting decade, a time when we have a more crystallized sense of self, and the resources we need to pursue what matters most. I hope this is an exceptional year!

  13. Brandi - Keeping It Indie / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you have had a lot to overcome in your life and I think that is true for many people. In reading your blog it does seem like your 30's are agreeing with you, as your posts seem very happy and obviously very creative. Here's to another 7 years of the amazing 30's.

    Have a fantastic day!

  14. natalie / / Reply

    Happy Day to you! Birthdays are a time to celebrate, to reflect, and to look forward to what the future may hold…best to you on your wonderful day!

  15. Michelle B. / / Reply

    Happy Birthday!

    That was an incredible post, so inspiring and special. Enjoy your birthday and all of your success!

  16. Marichelle / / Reply

    Happy Birthday Ez!!! I hope you give yourself a break today and have a little bit of fun!! Call you later!! xo

  17. Monica / / Reply

    EZ, Happy Birthday!!

    What a wonderful reflection on how far you come, you are an inspiration!
    Praying for an abundance of more and more beautiful things and joy in the year to come!

  18. Sarah / / Reply

    Ez, Happy happy birthday. I read you daily and found it hard to believe you are only turning 33. All of your life experience is serving you well. Thank you for sharing your days with us.
    Sarah

  19. Andrea Victoria / / Reply

    Happy birthday, EZ! I don't know much about you other than your blog, but from what I can tell, you can definitely be proud. Keep it up :)

  20. Jamie says dream / / Reply

    Congratulations!!! Such a sweet traditon to give your mother flowers – even if this time it's through your blog :-)

    I'm 45 and I still discover new things about myself and what I want, and try to find the right path. So there is still a lot in front of you experience, it doesn't get uninteresting after a certain age :-) Had my share of depressions to, so I know how happy ju must be to be able to say that's in your past. Hope you are having a beautiful birhtday!

  21. Edda / / Reply

    Happy Birthday Ez and I hope you have a wonderful day,
    Thank you for a beautiful post, it was truly inspiring.

  22. Pati / / Reply

    Happy Birthday Ez! Hope you have a Love filled day:) Thanks for being a beautiful inspiration to me out here…everyday you inspire and that is a gift. Your kindness and sweet soul comes through your blog everyday <3

  23. MichelleP / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! May you have a year full of amazing photo ops, tasty treats, & an abundance of creative inspiration :)

  24. Lisa / / Reply

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Ez! So glad to hear you are loving your thirties, such a dynamic decade. A beautiful dedication to your Mom as well. Many happy returns!xxx

  25. Kathi / / Reply

    So today i have to write you, iam from berlin, germay and since 2 weeks i follow your blog allready telling all my friends about it. I am so inspired by everything you show and write!!!!!!!!!
    I am by myself are 31 and your words went directly into my heart!!!!!

    So Happy Birthday to special you!!!

    (Sorry for my english ;-)

  26. Emily K / / Reply

    Happy Birthday EZ! Enjoy your day!
    And your photos of the peonies are absolutely gorgeous :)

  27. corinne / / Reply

    joyeux anniversaire Ez ! just with what you wrote about our love for you Mum, you must be a very good person !! good luck for the next 33 years ;) they will even better than the first one !
    thanks for your lovely blog which i appreciate almost… every day !
    corinne

  28. heodeza / / Reply

    Happy birthday!
    What an adorable tradition to give flowers to your mum on your birthday… I love the idea!

  29. Y / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! Have to say, I'm rather enjoying being in my 30s too. Good times! :)

  30. Eadaoin / / Reply

    Happy birthday Ez! I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm glad you feel that way about your 30s, I'm not too far from 30 myself and wonder what it will be like for me. The tradition of buying your Mum flowers to say thank you for having you is incredibly sweet, how thoughtful! And these peonies are just beautiful :)

  31. Emma / / Reply

    What a lovely thoughtful idea, to mark your birthday with flowers for your mum. I love the honesty if your post too – I've also felt that dark heaviness in the past and so really feel and sm happy for your happy thirties!!! X

  32. Erin / / Reply

    Happy Birthday lovely Ez! Thanks for sharing your beautiful space with us every day x

  33. Sandy / / Reply

    So happy for you, Ez! Your words for your mom are so lovely on your birthday. Glad you've uplifted as you've grown. :)

  34. shelbi / / Reply

    Happy birthday EZ dear!! i am near tears at that sweet thank you to your mama – so beautiful. i can relate to so much of what you wrote. as your 20's took so much from you, i am one of those who can relate. ironically, it was MY 33rd bday / year when my life changed – for the better. i was a struggling single mother of two young boys and i had overcome so much – your post touched me and lifted me today, just reminding me of those special moments when we discover the hard part is behind us.

    you deserve so much in this life, because you are always giving to others via the web…i am better for having 'known' you…have a beautiful day sweet girl!

    xo
    shelbi

  35. Emily Peck / / Reply

    Peonies are my favorite flower – these are gorgous! Happy Birthday to you sweet lady. The older I get the more I finally feel like I know myself. I will be 30 in 2 months and am actually looking forward to being over and done with "20-something" life. :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

  36. Andrea / / Reply

    Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

    Wishing you all the best for your birthday, and (many) more ♥.

    Andrea

  37. fenny setiawan / / Reply

    Happy Birthday Ez. Even I seldom to drop a comment, but I am your daily reader :). Love your blog and admire your determination. Love life to the fullest…

  38. Kristin / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! You should definitely be proud of yourself! You're such an inspiring force in many people's lives!

  39. annie / / Reply

    yes! i know exactly how you feel. . . i barely survived depression in my early twenties, excruciating will-i-make-it-through-this-day-alive-? depression and now i see how age brings wisdom and strength. now i am 28, and excited to get older every year. excited to at least be alive! happy birthday!

  40. Katie / / Reply

    Happy birthday, Ez! I hope it's been beautiful. And bravo for the beautiful life you've created for your daughter and yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back and have a beautiful day (or what's left, since it's eleven here!).

  41. CD Beatrice Clay / / Reply

    Yay, Happy Born Day EZ! I am grateful for you and Creature Comforts. So glad that you make the choice everyday to share what inspires you!

  42. Jen Henderson / / Reply

    happy happy birthday to you. may you have the most truly wonderful day and congratulations on being all that you are and achieving all that you have. You're an inspiration xx

  43. kristin / / Reply

    happy birthday, ez! so glad you shared, and i hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you! that's such a sweet tradition to give flowers to your mom. i should do that! :)

  44. Marchelle / / Reply

    A very happy (belated) birthday, Ez!!! I hope your day was beautifully blessed!! Can I just add that I love your blog and have been following for a couple years now! Oh, and I'll join the 33 club in about two weeks, so I want to thank you for sharing your revelations/reflections, because I've been bummed about approaching my mid-thirties. What a great outlook on life to recognize that you"survived" your twenties! To keep it light, I second that! :)

  45. Vanessa / / Reply

    Hello Ez,
    I´m sorry, I´m a little late: alles, alles Liebe und Gute zum Geburtstag, Glück, Gesundheit und Gottes Segen!
    Thank you very much for your wonderfull and inspiring work,
    since about one year my morning starts with your blog,
    perfect way to start the day!
    Vanessa, 31, from Germany

  46. Tina@Flying House / / Reply

    What precious words! It is what we do with our darkest days that defines who we will be when the dawn comes. I am so, so happy you turned 30 and could see the possibilities! You bless so many of us each and every day. Hugs and happy birthday wishes!!

  47. Chana / / Reply

    Happy Birthday to you Ez.
    You always make me smile. Every time I get to my desk at the office, I'm waiting for the e-mail notification from Creature Comfort Blog ! I just hope I can survive my 20s (now I'm 23) and make it through 30s to belong in some place I really love to be, like you :))) . Wish you all the best and wonderful year ahead of you, inspiringly said!

    -hugs-
    Chana, Thailand

  48. Giovanna / / Reply

    Buon Compleanno !!! An big Happy Birthday from Italy …. thank you for your beautiful blog, i love it and you have to really proud of it !!!

  49. Tiina / / Reply

    Happy Birthday, Ez! Oh… your post made me cry!!! I don´t know you, but you are such an inspiring woman to me… I don´t know what to say, but thank you for being such an honest, creative, talented and wonderful person! Have a wonderful day! Tiina from Berlin

  50. Pao Sánchez / / Reply

    Happy Birthday from barcelona!!!

    A lovely tradition and u are a lovely daughter!!

  51. cathyb / / Reply

    It so amazes/saddens me that as women we all seem to go through these types of ordeals like depresession and we do so alone, quietly and on our own – never wanting to share for fear that people will think differently of us. If only we knew how to stand together more often we, as women, could make our lives so much easier. I too went through a similar depressions (and the older I get the more I meet women who say the same thing) and pulled myself out of it. I know that when you are in it you cannot see clearly enough to know that you are not alone. DOesn't it feel good to finally get it out there!!! Congrats to you and the happiest of birthdays – you deserve all of it!

  52. Sanja / / Reply

    I wish You a very happy birthday, and not just this day, but all the others to come as well! I wish You good health and lots of love and happiness – everything else will come with a little work. It felt great to read how You feel about Yourself and Your life in the thirties! May each decade be better to You :) Take care.

  53. Kim / / Reply

    Happy, Happy Birthday Ez!
    Sometimes it feels that the challenges in our lives created the road map that got us to the good place we find ourselves in later. Although is was a bumpy ride, well worth the trip!
    Sending you loads to good wishes for the next year of amazing things to come.

    xoxxoxoxo

  54. Annika / / Reply

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and making me stop and think, too!

  55. Araya {Wind and Willow Home} / / Reply

    Lovely post. I am 31 and felt similar when I turned 30. Very proud to have made it through my 20s and excited about the infinite opportunities to come now that confidence and stability has finally returned.

    Happy Birthday!

  56. Joanne M. / / Reply

    Happy (belated) Birthday, EZ!!!
    Here's to an amazing year ahead :)

  57. SuzK / / Reply

    happy birthday and congratulations! Just before my 33rd birthday I gave birth to my son…who ended up being my only child. The last 30 years have been wonderful, horrible, easy and tough…but that's what life is made up of. In the end, the best thing that has ever happened to me is that amazing kid! Enjoy the next 30 years – they can be an amazing journey!
    thank you for your wonderful blog – I really look forward to it -

  58. NicoleD / / Reply

    A lovely post, Ez :) So glad you're in a nice place in your life and a very happy birthday to you! A sweet tradition to give flowers to your Mom.

  59. Marina / / Reply

    Ez, Happy Birthday. I love your blog, your pictures, but most of all your courage and honesty. Give yourself all the credit you deserve, we do! Marina

  60. amber / / Reply

    Oh, I wish I had read this yesterday! Happy belated birthday! What a beautiful post (and beautiful photos!). You are a bright spot in my day every time I visit your blog. You *should* be proud of where you are now for so many reasons! The space you have created here online is full of beauty, sweetness, sincerity and generosity–truly one-of-a-kind. I am so glad I get to visit almost every day. I hope it was a wonderful day yesterday and that this 33rd year is extra special! (P. S. Love your tradition of giving your mom flowers on your birthday.)

  61. Ivana / / Reply

    Sending you many happiest birthday wishes. You are a treasure and an inspiration. Reading about your tradition of sending flowers to your mom on your birthday just opened my heart. Beautiful. I hope you had a wonderful day.

  62. Justine / / Reply

    happy belated ez!
    you are truly an inspiration.
    although it's my birthday today, i don't feel too thrilled about it. but i surely am stoked about entering my 30's. just because i don't think it will be crappy like my 20s.
    this is a beautiful post:) thank you!

    much love, from a fellow sagittarius
    xx
    justine

  63. Laura Gaskill / / Reply

    Oh Ez, I am so grateful for the beautiful presence you have, you are truly an inspiration to so many of us, and I am so so glad you made it to where you are today – free of a mind-bendingly bad situation and truly thriving. I turned 32 last month, and I also feel that my 30s are going to be so much better than my 20s…I think the culture makes us think being young adults is the end-all be-all, but everyone (older) that I know agrees that you become much more at home in your skin, confident, and happy in the 30s and beyond!
    Happiest of birthdays to you!! I hope you had a wonderful, special day (I'm late reading this : ) )
    xoxo Laura
    ps what a lovely tradition to give your Mom flowers on YOUR birthday, as a new Mama myself that just melts my heart. Moms are great.

  64. Amy@Pikaland / / Reply

    Happy belated birthday Ez! It's amazing to know that our birthday is just 3 days apart! :) December babies are awesome, haha! ;)

  65. Ruth / / Reply

    That was such a lovely post Ez, Happy belated birthday!! I always take my mom out for lunch on my birthday. I turned 36 in october and couldn't help thinking I'm getting closer to 40 and I'm not where I'd like to be yet I'm working on it so we'll see. Been following your blog for years and send you warm wishes from Spain. xoxo

  66. Annette / / Reply

    What a lovely gesture to send to your mom. Belated best wishes for a Happy Birthday and a wonderful year ahead. As we get older, each year gets better and better the more we get to know and appreciate ourselves and with hindsight can marvel at some of the things we've accomplished. I enjoy your blog and wish you much success.

  67. Nic / / Reply

    Happy b-lated birthday! Your blog is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your personal stuff.

  68. Ste / / Reply

    Happy birthday Ez (even if late ) !! You should be very proud of yourself, I follow your blog and you are an amazing and lovely person, I am very happy to know (through the web) people like you …happy X'mas time ;)
    Stefania (from Italy)

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