I’ve always loved my birthday.
As a kid, being born on Halloween meant not only is it your birthday (and all about you) but you got to dress up - I was ALWAYS some kind of princess, obviously – and people had to give you candy.
And as an adult, there is never a shortage of parties going on and people are always in a fantastic mood.
What could be better than that????
This year was no exception. I took the day off work, had a surprise visit from a dear friend and her son, made myself a delicious breakfast, met an old friend for lunch and spent the evening with some close friends at one of my favourite restaurants in the city.
It was such a lovely day. And as I reflected on the year gone by and everything I’ve gone through up to and including this special day, I was reminded about something a friend once said to me…
“… consider that your individual New Year really begins on that one special day each year where you celebrate the anniversary of your birth.”
Our birthday is our own personal New Year. It’s the annual reunion that we have with ourselves and is the perfect opportunity to check in and honestly ask the question: “How am I doing?"
It has been my experience that my birthday always makes me acutely aware of my own personal significance. It makes me reflect on the past, reflect on the lessons I have learned (or not) and plan for the year to come. Like any new beginning, our birthday is an ideal time to sharpen our priorities, realign our perspective and rededicate ourselves to living the very best life that we can.
So this year, I’ve decided to put pen to paper. I bought myself a beautiful notebook, which I plan to use as a journal and I asked myself some questions:
Who am I?
What are my intentions?
What do I want to resolve or let go of?
What do I want to achieve in life? In love? In my career?
With the information I gleaned from the answers to these questions, I am ready to begin anew with a few birthday New Year’s resolutions of my own.
- keep a journal and write in it daily
- release my fear of vulnerability and begin a meditation practice
- enjoy being single and have faith that I will meet someone when the time is right
- progress further in my career
- develop my brand & build a thriving business where I help women Love.Nourish.Heal.
- listen to my body and be gentle with myself
Last year was a difficult year of heartbreak, pitfalls, triumphs and revelations and despite it all, I am so thankful for each and every experience. I am excited to see what this next year will bring and I have no doubt that I will be a better, stronger, more self-compassionate person this time next year. This exercise has prepared me to mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually move forward in a positive manner.
And with that in mind, 27....BRING IT ON!
How do you celebrate your special day? What do you think of the Birthday New Year idea?