“The capacity to be centered where you are at the moment, and yet prepared to move on if necessary can be acquired with practice” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Corlie WIllcott by © Aaron McCullough

Image by © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Corlie

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Any birthday with lots of friends, family and food is the best birthday!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. It was my first birthday spent away from home. I had recently moved to Toronto with my boyfriend. I was so homesick and just wanted to be with my friends and family. To this day, I’m not sure if my boyfriend forgot, or just didn’t think to plan anything for me. All I remember is crying in bed all night.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. For my 20th birthday, my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Disneyland!!! He gave me hints for weeks before my birthday. All he would tell me was he was sending me on a trip with my sister (who is also my best friend). He would tell me to pack light, then pack warm… then at the airport he told me that we were going to Disneyland!!!

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. There always has to be cake! It doesn’t matter what kind, as long as there is a candle in it!

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Celebrating the person. Making them feel important and loved. Our lives are so rushed, we’re always multi-tasking, busy bodies from sunrise to sunset. A birthday only comes once a year, and on that day, we should take the time and effort to make them feel special.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Since living in Calgary, my husband has taken me to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (my most favourite restaurant – also where he purposed). Whether it’s a romantic date or a large dinner party, it doesn’t matter, I just need to get me some sizzling steak!