“In dreams, some forget while others discover who they really are” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Nicole Goerlitz by © Aaron McCullough

“Nicole is a real live, born and raised Calgarian. She grew up on an acreage. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a teaching degree and is now a Junior High School teacher for special needs kids. We have some friends in common! Nicole has been married to Kevin Kolbe for 5 years. They met online and their first date was at the dog park. The most exciting news of all is that Nicole and Kevin are expecting! Nicole is 17 weeks pregnant! Congratulations!”  – Aaron M

Image by © Aaron McCullough

An Interview with Nicole

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

A. For my 5th birthday I got 3 parties. I went to McDonald’s with my kindergarten class, had a family party and celebrated at Brownies.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I was driving out to Fernie for a snowboard weekend and crashed less than half way there. I smashed my jeep into a guard rail. The accident wasn’t that bad and I continued on my way but was for sure a little rattled!!

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

A. For my 16th birthday my parents (mostly my dad) got me some tools. I got a socket set, a tool box with wrenches and various other tools. I remember being a little disappointed, which is funny now because I use the tools frequently and am so glad I have them.

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

A. Not really, but I insist that I am with my family, whatever we eat!

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

A. I believe that the most important aspect of celebrating birthdays is sharing them with people you love. Sharing the special days with friends and family makes the celebration even better.

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

A. My parents would always cook a big meal for family and friends. To this day we still get together for a dinner and celebrate together. My mom also insists on taking me shopping to buy me an outfit. This is perfect because I hate shopping and it is nice to have a reason to go!