Another Year

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh

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Photo by Amira Maxwell Photography

Today is my 39th birthday. It seems so weird to say that I’m 39 but hey, I’m happy to see another birthday. Instead of being sad about getting another year older I’m happy to get to another year of more of what brings me happiness and joy. I have a loving husband, two dogs that make every day a happy day, two sisters and a mother I love to spend time with and a ton of great friends (in person and online).

So here’s to another year of getting older, wiser, happier and spreading that happiness around.

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Thankful

Yesterday I turned 38. I still struggle at times with the fact that I’m a real adult but clearly I’ve been adulting for a while now.
Thankful for the opportunity to make 38 a great year ☺️🙌
My day started with the gift that kept on giving – poop from Jelly (I swear she’s testing us to see if we really are keeping her sometimes) followed by ‘I’m sorry I pooped but still love me’ snuggles. I obliged. I got a billion texts, some emails, Instagram messages and of course a ton of Facebook wall posts. My sister took me to lunch and I bumped into more friends! It was a nice low key day. I still went to work but ended my evening with Chinese takeout, some knitting, more dog snuggles and a nice evening with my husband.

Birthdays are difficult for me. They’re an odd mix of happy and sadness . I’m happy to celebrate (cake!) but whenever someone asks me what I want I always want to say a hug from my Dad. I know, the thing I can’t have is what I want the most but it’s true. So instead I’ve been focusing on what I do have and that’s a lot. I’ve got a lot of love and support in my life and I’m encouraged daily to do the things that I love. I’m thankful that I’m still here and even though I can’t hug him I know he’s with me too. Here’s to 38 being a great year.