On the 28th of August, I celebrate another year, and for that I am forever grateful.

Life is short, and if we don't spend every moment maximising our experiences in life, we may just find ourselves wading in a pool of water with nowhere to go.

I've always felt privileged to be living the life I do; the ups and downs included. What the downs teach me, is more than those fleeting moments of being up - and eventually we all find a middle ground, or at least we hope we do.

The past year has singularly been the best. No noise, just a rhythm that is both exciting and full of contentment. I could not have asked for more. While my business life goes from strength to strength, my personal life is somehow incredibly in-tune, but a hell of a lot more private than ever before.

I have kept my cards so close to my chest, and for once it feels a lot more special and meaningful than ever before. It is all mine - and I am grateful for every single moment. 

A few friends have passed in the last year, and with that, I think a lot of my friends have been reflecting. What is important? What isn't? Where to from here? What's the best way forward?

This birthday, I am going to:

  • Wake up in a beautiful hotel room with a lot to be thankful for
  • Spend my day in New York, one of the most exhilarating cities in the world
  • Walk the streets, and go for a run in Central Park
  • Dine with people that mean the world to me
  • Have fun, and I am sure a few surprises a long the way
  • Celebrate life and all the great things that make my life so special
  • Not think about work
  • Spoil myself

New York has special meaning to me. I have had some of the best times in my life in New York and celebrated every imaginable occasion.

It's a city that I love and I could not think of a better place to be in or bunch of people to celebrate life with.
Mellissah Smith is a serial entrepreneur and business leader with more than 20 years' experience in marketing.
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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert, author, writer, public speaker and technology innovator. Having worked with more than 300 companies across technology, medical device, professional services, manufacturing, logistics, finance and health industries, Mellissah has a well-established reputation as an experienced marketing professional with more than 20 years experience. As the founder and managing director of Marketing Eye, she has taken the company from startup to a multi-million dollar enterprise with offices in Australia and the US. Mellissah is also the Editor in Chief of Marketing Eye Magazine, a quarterly magazine that cover marketing, entrepreneurship, travel, health and wellbeing. #mellissah #marketingeye

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