“Stay on the path as much as you can. It is your path only” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Self Portrait by Lindsay Lauckner-Gundlock

Self Portrait by © Lindsay Lauckner

An Interview with Lindsay

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

A. When my husband and I were first dating, he got me with a necklace that I had really wanted. Several weeks prior, I told briefly him I had considered buying it but it was a bit much for me to spend on something I didn’t need. He surprised me with it and told me he loved me for the first time.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I’ve never had one birthday that’s particularly awful, but several that have been unmemorable or disappointing. We had to put my dog down 5 days after my birthday one year, which also happened to be my parent’s anniversary. That was a pretty rough time.

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

A.  I think birthdays are a great excuse to get together with friends and families. They are also a good time to assess how much your life has changed over the past year and reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for. Or if you’ve had a bad year, it can be cleansing and refreshing to feel that it’s over and you can start anew.

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

A. I usually treat myself and go get my hair cut and have a pedicure. For birthdays my whole family (9 of us) gets together and usually goes out to dinner at a nice restaurant or has a more formal family dinner at home. We usually have champagne and my personal favourite is ice-cream cake.