Wow, I can’t imagine not writing my birthday blog post, mostly because I really wish I could invite everyone I know (including all of you – my followers/readers) t0 share this special day together but because I couldn’t at least I’ll get to share it with you here! I love celebrating birthdays, because it’s such a great break from our routine, forces us to appreciate life and family and friends.
I really wanted to spend my time with my family, who I don’t get to see very often because they live in Poland so we all ended up meeting in Athens (Michael and I flew in from Turkey, Michael’s mum straight from the US and my family from Poland). We spent a few days in Athens and arrived in Mykonos on Sept 20th, 4 days before my birthday.
We got picked up by the Greek Villas crew who escorted us to Villa Thelma otherwise known as Villas Sunset, which is a part of Casa Del Mar Hotel in Mykonos. 16 people villa with a private infinity pool was such a dream!!!! I was so so happy to see my mum sunbathing and swimming in such a stunning infinity pool I was super close to tears the entire time 😭😭😭
The next day, my girls arrived. These were my favorite, closest travel ladies who I adore so much, I couldn’t imagine better company for my big day. I met Christine from Tour de Lust and Christina from The Bold Brunette on a press trip to Aruba where we were all invited and we immediately took off. I since saw Christina in Florida (that’s actually where I met Lisa from Lisa Homsy who came to the party too. I actually never met Raya from Raya Was Here but we chatted so much over DMs for months I really wanted to meet here so she came to Greece.
Now, let’s talk about the party! The theme was all white and I got these golden Greek-style crowns for everyone to wear, here is a closeup so you can see.
What I thought will be a small dinner for a few people turned out to be a party for 28! I had 10 people my family, my 5 girls, then last minute I found out that my girl crush Helen Owen and Zack Kalter are on the island and wanna come so they did with Naomi from @BookonIn who I knew over DMs before. They turned out to be super lovely!
Last but not least, there were 8 members of my Master Tribe. Master Tribe is a group I started for coaching future travel bloggers. I thought there wasn’t a course that would walk people through the travel blogging experience with guidance and all the feedback needed to grow. I ended up choosing 17 out of over 50 people who applied because I really truly believed in the potential of these 17 folks. Since April, I tried to share with them everything I know about photo editing, social media etc etc and luckily for me, 8 of my rock star ‘students’ were able to visit me in Greece.
Here is photo of all of them and the girls. Please check out their beautiful feeds and I guarantee you’ll be in love with them as much as I am 😉 #superproud #besttribe
After dinner we went out to a club and were dancing till 4a at night!!! It was awesome.
Last but not least, I wanted to finish off my time in Greece in style and rented a private jet as a surprise for my family. When we showed up in Santorini and pulled up to a private jet, they couldn’t believe their eyes. It was the best feeling ever!
Here is what I said in my post about it:
“Wrapping up my time in Greece in style – just me and my family on a private jet drinking champagne 😉🛩🥂
I have to say I was hesitating a little about this post cause I was worried about your reaction. But then I remembered I am not talking to the whole Internet over here, I am talking to you, my followers! And you are nothing short of amazing.
I meet more and more of you on my travels and every time I realize that people that follow me are truly extraordinary. They might be doing different things in life, but my followers’ souls are of great leaders and they have potential for some grand things in life.
You also should know by now that I strive to live life to the fullest and that as a #TonyRobbins fan, I believe that the secret to living is giving and that there is no greater pleasure than surprising and spending money on those who you love. It’s been my dream forever to treat my family to something amazing!
I wanted to have the best birthday gift for my own 30th so I knew I have to give (instead of receive) something to those who I made me as successful as I am today. To my family and my ‘rock’ Michael.
So I rented a private jet for all of us as a surprise. And I never even expected I would fly in one ever in my life because as a family we could NEVER afford flying even commercial!
My family didn’t suspect anything until we got dropped off right in front of the jet with a flight attendant standing there to welcome us.
My mums face was so lit up (swipe left to see what I’m talking about!). It was the best feeling ever to see her this happy.😍😭
What is cheap? No. Did I get it for free? No!
But I was happy to pay for it from my own money earned from I love most of all – promoting traveling.
The idea of a real gift is that it actually costs you a lot of money, time and sacrifice of your own needs so it makes others happy.
Last but not least, I’m sharing this not to show off but to motivate you & ask you to come up with a fun surprise for someone you love this week – go do it! Spend money on making them happy – it’s the best feeling in the world!
With so much love!