The gift of life and 25 others I love / by Jasmine Tate

Looking back at the past few weeks feels like my life was swept up in a world wind. My weekends were dominated by celebrations starting with my dad’s 56th birthday, followed by a family wedding and ending with a bachelorette weekend in Houston. This weekend is mine and it’s one to celebrate me!

 My coworkers and I at Market Broiler in Ontario, CA on October 12, 2017. The photo was taken by our server.

My coworkers and I at Market Broiler in Ontario, CA on October 12, 2017. The photo was taken by our server.

My 25th birthday was one that I will cherish for many years to come. The people around me made me feel extremely loved and appreciated. The celebration started with my work family at one of my preferred restaurants in the Inland Empire on Thursday. The next day I walked into my office to find a desk full of flowers, goodies and walls lined with fun decorations, which left me in tears. It was also a day of our monthly staff retreat and a spirit day- Hats and Halloween- for Friday the 13th. Of course I wore my birthday hat!

  Inland Empire United Way  hosted bi-monthly spirit days each month. My birthday fell on Hat Day!

Inland Empire United Way hosted bi-monthly spirit days each month. My birthday fell on Hat Day!

The celebration continued as I picked up my brother from the airport and spent the next two days spending quality time with him and exploring Southern California more than I had all year.

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 Rock Climbing at a  Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym  was one of the many experiences we enjoyed. In the top photo I’m participating in a the type of rock climbing known as bouldering, which is climbing without assistance. The photo above shows the completion of a partner climbing exercise that can also be used as a team-building activity.

Rock Climbing at a Hangar 18 Indoor Climbing Gym was one of the many experiences we enjoyed. In the top photo I’m participating in a the type of rock climbing known as bouldering, which is climbing without assistance. The photo above shows the completion of a partner climbing exercise that can also be used as a team-building activity.

While I’m satisfied easily with food, laughter and good conversation one of my favorite elements of gift-giving and receiving is personal cards. I always read the card before opening the gift. Although I’m most grateful for my life and family, below are 25 gifts I never get tired of receiving.

Experiences & Entertainment

  • Concert Tickets

  • Movie Tickets

  • Classes, shows and tours: painting, art, museums, cooking, etc.

  • Fairs, Festivals and theme parks

  • Interactive activities: sports, bowling, arcade games, etc.

  • DVDs: romantic comedies, family, action, drama

  • Books: non-fiction, faith or skills based

Sentimental

  • Jewelry

  • Flowers

  • Candles

  • Photos and/or frames

  • Trinket dishes

  • Anything personalized

Personal Care

  • Mani-pedis

  • Massages

  • Foaming Hand Soap

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Moisturizers (Chap Stick, lotions, creams, etc.)

Money & Gift Cards

  • Visa

  • Gas

  • Car wash

  • Super stores (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.)

  • iTunes

  • Restaurants where there’s bread, seafood and pasta :-)

  • Fast food: Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Papa John’s

What gifts always bring a smile to your face? Share below.


XX,
Jasmine C. Tate