Instead of going out for dinner, throwing a party or getting together with friends, Dr. Robin says she spent her 45th birthday at home catching up on work and hanging out with her dog Kalle. "Even though I was home with Kalle, going through piles of work, I felt magnificent, I felt cared for and I felt special," she says. "I knew in that moment that everything I needed had been provided."
With well wishes from friends around the world and invitations to celebrate with loved ones, Dr. Robin says she knows she is cared for. In fact, she says she's created a life filled with love and peace—something she's been striving for for years. Now that she is happy and content, spending time taking care of some work on her birthday is more appealing than going out to celebrate, she says.
"If you can create in your own life a sense of abiding joy, a sense of love that is not based on the trend of the moment … it is the greatest, most magnificent gift that you can give yourself on your birthday or on any given day," she says.