It’s My Birthday & We’re Gonna Party!


Ok so maybe we won’t throw a huge bash or anything and I wasn’t even going to share about my Birthday today because of other pressing issues, but here we are. It’s January 5th and it’s my Birthday. I dub myself officially “older.” It also marks 14 years in business.

I still have insecurities about my choices, but do know that most decisions that I make are very quick and then I get them done. I’ll have another post all about my business and certain choices that I’m making so watch for that.Β  That’s a whole post just on it’s own.

If you remember recently I had a Christmas Gift, I think you may be able to still grab a spot if you hurry. I know Nola only had a few left so I’m really not sure at the time of this writing, it may even be all gone.

Getting back to why I’m sharing my Birthday with you today. Once again I opened up my email inbox to find

Happy Birthday Vera

this lovely graphic wishing me a Happy Birthday. But it gets better… I also received from Nola a wonderful gift,

The Classic Creations Image club would like to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us! To celebrate, here is your gift:Β  A $25 Gift Coupon for use towards anything we offer, including our new custom Twitter Backgrounds!

Yahoo!! First off, it’s on my list this year to get my own Custom Twitter Graphic. So I’m thrilled! If you don’t know about me, I LOVE graphics! I don’t create them, but I sure love ’em. And even this Happy Birthday graphic from Nola was a gift enough for me.

So THANK YOU to Nola and her graphics Team, I’m delighted and it has given me a little lift in my step today.

Now here’s the thing… since I got my Christmas Banner Gift, I haven’t decided exactly what I’d like to do for that and it’s not something that I feel I have space inside my brain for it. So… I’m donating it to the first person who guesses my exact age!

Here are some clues for you….

Clue #1 – I have 3 children ages, 16, 13, and 6

Clue #2 – It’s above, I’ve been in business for 14 years

Clue #3 – I decided it is far too long since I put some make up on, so I got up early today to do myself up nice for my Birthday.

Again, all you have to do is comment here and guess my exact age, the first person who does WINS my free banner. πŸ™‚

Good Luck!


  1. I was always raised to believe that all ladies were 21 — and a bit! Happy birthday!

  2. You look beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

    My guess is 32 Vera.

  3. Well Vera, I may have guessed wrong but 32 or not you are one beautiful mom. πŸ™‚

  4. You mean we’re not all 25? Happy birthday!

  5. Bill – You’re one smart man πŸ˜‰ I think you’ve been down this road before?

    Loretta – Ah.. ummm. My guess is … maybe?

    Nanette – Thanks Nanette, no not 32.

  6. πŸ™‚ Happy birthday my 36 year old friend (and yes, that’s my guess and cuz I iz smart). You do look more like 22 or so though but that would make you 6 years old when you had your first child… that’d be a new record?

  7. I’ll just leave this open for the day for people to guess, then I’ll let you all know who got it right. πŸ™‚

  8. Happy Birthday Vera!

    My guess is 36. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Vera
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! – you are so young to have accomplished SO MUCH in your life!

    I guess 34


  10. Happy Birthday Vera! I hope today is a wonderful one!

    I’m going to guess 33. πŸ™‚

  11. Why is it only the ladies guessing? Come on gentlemen, it’s ok I don’t stress out over a higher age. Once I had the kids guess my age in one of my stores, and kids are brutally honest. So if I can handle that, I can handle anything you may throw my way. πŸ™‚

  12. Awwww. shucks Nanette thank you!!!

  13. I’m going for 34 Vera ! Even though I really think it’s 25 !

  14. For fun I did a twitpic here for those that may need a closer look… any wrinkles there? lol!

  15. Hi Vera, you look fabulous and not a wrinkle in sight!

    Hope you have an awesome birthday!!

  16. Hi Vera,
    It’s already been guessed before but it seems you must be 36 if you’ve been in business for 14 years and started when you were 22, unless this is a trick question.
    That said, I think Bill gave the safe answer which is 21. πŸ™‚
    ~ Steve, Pinnacle Trade Show Displays
    PS. My momma always told me to never answer a woman that asks you how old you think she is!

  17. Angela – Thank you you’re so kind! No wrinkles, maybe the pic wasn’t close enough.

    Anette – Thanks for guessing, man I love these guesses, it’s most certainly giving me a smile today. Ah, um nope I was not 6.

    Steve – Oh you’re one brave soul. πŸ˜‰ You don’t listen to your momma?! Just kidding around. We shall see if that was a trick questions or not.

  18. hi Vera,
    I realized your description may be dated, so I read it again and realized you gave the answer in it. In 1997 you were 22. That means in 2009 you are 34, right? I think that was guess above as well. Oh well. Next time…
    ~ Steve, Pinnacle Trade Show Displays
    PS. I’m still confused about you being in business for 14 years if you started in 1997… do you do your own taxes too? πŸ™‚
    PPS. This is reminding me of the question, if two trains leave two different stations and one is travelling 10 miles an hour faster than the other and the stations are two miles apart… πŸ˜‰

  19. Steve – Ok you’re cracking me up and I’m half falling off my chair. We shall see what happens!

  20. Happy Birthday, Vera! Hope your day was as special as you are.

    My guess is 42.

  21. Vera,

    I always play the odds.

    So if I guess 43 — and by some very strange fluke you really look that good at 43+ — I automatically win because no one guessed higher!

    Happy Birthday!


  22. Hey Birthday girl – have a great week. My guess is 34! Steve guessed first, but I think he’s right.

  23. Angie – Oh wow thank you Angie for such a nice message.

    Drew – good strategy!

    Ed – Thanks for the guess.

    Ok… it’s the end of the night, it’s 12:38PM PST right now as I type this and we have an answer. Drum roll please…. I’m 34 years old today!

    I’m too tired to get into the details of it all, but I opened my first store when I was 22 (July 1007) and I’ve always counted my business start from there. But I have a registered business when I was 20, which I never count. πŸ™‚ I guess when I typed this blog post I did.

    That made me 17 (almost 18) when my first daughter was born, maybe you’ll see now why I became an entrepreneur so early. πŸ™‚

    Oh…and the winner is Diana Walker.. Thanks Diana! I’ll be sure to get the freebie over to you shortly.

  24. Hey Vera,
    Thanks for the answer… and now about those two trains… πŸ™‚
    Seriously though,
    #1 Congrats to Diana!
    #2 Happy Birthday! I can’t believe I got so caught up in guessing that I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday in the first place. Mea Culpa. Don’t let my momma know! πŸ™‚
    ~ Steve, Pinnacle Trade Show Displays

  25. Oh WOW!!! — Thank you SO MUCH, Vera — I feel so blessed and grateful.
    What a wonderful gift – you are so generous to give to others on your birthday.
    Thank you, Thank you!

  26. Steve – Thanks so much, it’s truly appreciated. πŸ™‚

    Diana – No problem-O. This post brought a smile to my face all day, that was a great birthday gift for me.

  27. May I congratulate you too, Vera? Happy birthday! I wish you happiness, health and wealth, a lot of success and good luck! May all your dreams come true! All the best!

  28. Happy Birthday wishes.. hope you had a great day!!

  29. I would have guessed my age…32! πŸ™‚