“Consciousness is the only human faculty capable of understanding itself” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Nancy Julien-Baker by © Mélissa Pelchat

“Nancy has been my best friend since high school. What I love about her is that she has remained very much herself since our teenage years: she still wears pearls on her ears, she still has me in stitches and she is still very much in love with her first love, Robert. But now, she is also the mother of three incredible children, and an even dearer friend. She is the Tina Fey to my Amy Poehler, and I know we’ll grow old together, two little old ladies giggling the years away as many, many more birthdays pass us by. Happy birthday, Nounette!” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Nancy

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

A. I was lucky enough to be on my honeymoon in Greece for one of my birthdays. We were in Santorini and spent the day on a beautiful sailboat to celebrate this special day!  I visited a volcano, relaxed in natural hot springs, gasped at the breathtaking view but mostly enjoyed just spending time with my new husband, my soulmate.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Probably when I was writing my professional exam to become a chartered accountant (CPA). Because it is a stressful experience and I had to focus on this 3-day exam, I ended up not celebrating my birthday. But once it was over, I had good reasons to celebrate even more! So in the end, it wasn’t so bad after all especially given that I passed the exam!

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

A. I received a very unique and special gift on a romantic getaway in Mont-Tremblant when my boyfriend proposed and offered an engagement ring as a birthday present! Best gift ever! I still wear this gift daily of course and enjoy every bit of it, 6 years of marriage and 3 kids later! :)

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

A. Cake of course! I don’t enjoy cake that much, but I like the experience that comes with it: the birthday song, blowing the candles or have my overly excited kids blow them for me!

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

A. It really is all about family and having everyone together to celebrate. I feel cherished and loved and am blessed to be part of such a wonderful family.

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

A. None.