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Oh hi, 35

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a wonderful morning and that you enjoyed the long weekend. 

To be honest, it’s been a heck of a week. 

We lost my Tata exactly one week ago today. Amidst the grief, we’ve also been trying to figure out poor P’s ear situation. I took her to Urgent Care Friday night and the doctors assured me there was no infection, but her eardrum ruptured this weekend. We spent a lot of time on the couch snuggling, taking long naps, and giving her lots of TLC. It’s been pretty horrible. She started antibiotics yesterday and I’m crossing my fingers she’s feeling better soon. 

Today is my bday. 35! So crazy. If you would have asked me in college where I thought I’d be at 35, my answer might have been very different than where I am today. And somehow, I ended up exactly where I’m supposed to be. <3

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Since last week, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about life: how strange it is, and how incredibly wonderful and good it is. All you can really do is make the most out of each day and show as much love as you can to the people around you. 

So for now, I’m off to catch a bday Peloton workout, get my nails done, and spend the evening feasting on Indian food and drinking rosé with the fam. I heard there’s a gluten-free Funfetti cake somewhere in there, too. 🙂 

Hope you have a wonderful morning and I’ll see ya tomorrow with a plant-based WIAW post.

xoxo

Gina

Photos by Kristi Harris

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31 Comments

  1. Janice O'Kane on November 12, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Happy Birthday fellow Scorpio! Fill each day with all the love you can! You’re amazing, Gina, and I’m so grateful you share your life and wisdom with all of us! <3

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Thankful for YOU. Thank you, sweet friend!

  2. Meagan on November 12, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Happy birthday! I’m so sorry for the loss and the pain you’ve had to deal with but I hope you get a restful and happy birthday! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Thank you, friend

  3. Brandy H. on November 12, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and that P feels better soon!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Thank you- me too!!

  4. Katie on November 12, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Happy birthday! That’s gotta be hard to feel like celebrating in the middle of the stress and sadness, but I hope you’re surrounded by family and have a great day nonetheless 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Thank you- I really appreciate it!

  5. Tammy on November 12, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Happy birthday, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Tammy!

  6. Cassie on November 12, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Happy birthday! I’m so sorry to hear about the sick kiddo.

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thank you!

  7. Christy on November 12, 2019 at 9:14 am

    I just wanted to pop on here real quick to say my son used to get outer ear infections all the time…and his ear drum ruptured a few times. It took a while for drs. to start recognizing it as an “ear infection”. we ended up finding that he produced more wax than typical & using the ear candles really helped. We had drops we would use when he would start experiencing pain. He eventually outgrew it at some point in middle school. He is 21 now & has no problems. Just wanted to give you a quick head up there in case it helps. And also, happy birthday!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thank you so much for sending this along- it’s very reassuring. I’ve been so stressed and worried. Booked her with an ENT to make sure the perforation is healed and I’ll ask him if he thinks we should use wax drops

  8. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 12, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday Friend! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Thank you!! xo

  9. Erin on November 12, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Happy birthday, Gina! May I suggest an amazing book that may be helpful during this difficult time? “Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe” by Laura Lynne Jackson. I just read it and can’t stop thinking about it, and you may find comfort in it during this rough time. Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2019 at 9:50 am

      I’ll download it today- thank you so much <3

      • Erin on November 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm

        Oh good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 🙂

  10. Angie on November 12, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Happy Birthday!! Your family photos are beautiful! Enjoy your special day.

  11. Maeghan on November 12, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Happy Birthday, Gina! I hope you have a wonderful day and get some much deserved you-time! On another note, my eardrum ruptured when I was maybe 5 or 6 and I didn’t have any long-term impacts from it. I definitely remember it being painful and scary though! The pills I got were really big and I sneakily gave them to our dog because I didn’t know any better *laugh/crying emoji* haha

  12. Reenie on November 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Happy Birthday Gina!!

    Adorable family.

  13. Charlotte on November 12, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Happy birthday Gina!

  14. Kathy on November 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!!
    Last May we lost my grandpa at 94, right before my daughter’s first birthday. It was an emotional roller coaster all week long, but in a way, it was nice to have her birthday party with the family after the funeral and burial. It was exactly what everyone needed after such an emotional week. I hope you are able to celebrate your birthday and I hope that P gets well soon!

  15. Jackie on November 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Happy birthday! Those pics are so special! The love you all have for each other really comes through ❤️❤️ Hope you have a wonderful day!

  16. Jessie R on November 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Happy Birthday, Gina! Gorgeous family photos 🙂 I hope you eat all the naan and Indian food you can handle tonight and then enjoy that cake! Life is a beautiful thing

  17. Naomi on November 12, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Happy birthday Gina!

  18. Tracy on November 12, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Happy HAPPY Birthday, Gina! I’m sorry this has been a rough week. Poor P! Hope she’s better soon. Lots of love to you on your day! Hope it’s filled with love <3

  19. Charlene on November 12, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Happy birthday Gina! Poor Miss P, I hope she feels better soon.

  20. Stacey Adler on November 12, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Happy Birthday, Gina! Hope they gave you a big shout out in your Peloton class!
    Hope all your wishes come true!
    Stacey
    (My peloton Screen name = mammothelf36)

  21. Jennifer on November 15, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss and Liv’s ear. My mom has a similar story with us where the doctor told her that there was no ear infection and had to go back when the ear ruptured.

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