Many times over the past 15 years of my professional life, I have dreaded my birthday.
It wasn’t the getting-a-year-older thing. It was the let’s-all-gather-in-the-conference-room-for-cake-and-forced-fun thing. Or at least, in most offices I worked in, it usually felt like forced fun to me.
It got to the point where if my birthday fell on a weekday, I’d choose to take that day as a personal day, just to avoid the attention. I appreciated the intention, but it just wasn’t my thing.
Now that I’m an entrepreneur and am flying solo (getting by with a LOT of help from my friends), a very small part of me misses the birthday forced fun.
Well, to be honest, I mostly miss the cake.
So if you’re an introvert and you dread the whole office party thing, you can a) take the day off, b) focus on the yummy cake or c) hide. (JOKE) If you’re the one planning the party for an introverted birthday boy or girl, keep it short, simple and casual. No declarations, just a few decorations. And for heavens sake, don’t sing “Happy Birthday” as a group, or if you go out for a staff lunch, don’t ask the wait staff at the restaurant to sing it (pleeeeaaaase).
And if you’re like me, working away alone in a quiet office on your birthday, smile and enjoy the calm. Head down to one of those fancy cupcake shops and splurge on a treat. Tell your favorite barista it’s your birthday and maybe your coffee will be on the house. Acknowledge and celebrate your fabulousness in whatever way feels satisfying to you.
This year, in honor of my 41st birthday (Woohoo! What a great age!) on Sept 16, I’m celebrating by giving YOU a gift.
Everyone who comments on this post or tweets/retweets about it will be entered into a drawing to win one of three copies of my book, “Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert.” The three lucky winners can opt to receive their copy as either a paperback or Kindle edition. How cool is that!?
Here’s how I’ll make it easy for you to celebrate my birthday with me:
1) COMMENT. In the comment section below, share how you feel about your birthday, forced fun, your best birthday or your worst. Share a favorite quote, give us a weather report or who you think will win the 2012 World Series. It really doesn’t matter… just have fun and keep it clean (and I will request, no politics… just don’t want to go there. Thank you 🙂 ).
2) TWEET. Here’s an example:
Celebrate @introvertcoach’s birthday! RT 4 a chance 2 win her book! Winners announced 9/17/12 www.tiny.cc/insightonamazon #insightgiveaway
This link makes it easy to tweet –> http://clicktotweet.com/Svdf2 [If you make up your own tweet, include the #insightgiveaway hashtag so I can find you!]
Anyone who comments or tweets no later than 11:59pm PST on Sept 16 will be entered into the drawing. Your name will only be entered once, so please don’t spam the comments (I know you won’t) or risk being banned on Twitter for too many of the same tweets.
On Sept 17, I’ll post a short video of the actual drawing and share the link to it here and via social media.
Pretty simple! Please join me in the fun and celebration… with each comment or tweet, I’ll just imagine you’ve brought me a yummy piece of birthday cake (with that really awesome artery-clogging icing that is three parts Crisco, two parts sugar).
PS: Of course, you’re also welcome to share this post on Facebook. I cannot, however, make liking or sharing on FB a condition of entry into the drawing (daggone rules!). If you tag me or The Introvert Entrepreneur, though, I’ll try to keep my eye out and add your name to the hat (shhhh).