One down, more to come

I’m celebrating the one year anniversary of my blog today! It’s been a year since I started on this journey, and oh what a journey it has been!

I approach this new world rather cautiously, trying desperately not to compare myself to other, more experienced, and verbose bloggers (this is so hard for me)!

I am continually amazed and consider it a real honor when someone I may never meet, “likes” my post, comments on it, or even more amazingly…they make the decision to follow me on my journey!

It’s humbling, and inspiring, and gives me the courage to carry on. I’m so glad I made the decision to explore places I have never been before by going on this “blog journey”.

I can honestly say I am at a much better place in my life today, both mentally and emotionally. I am happy to be who I am, and where I am.


Oh, I know there is always room for improvement. Some days are a little more difficult than others, but my goal each day is to look for the good things in life.

And with that in mind, I’m looking forward to another good year of “meeting” new friends, going on adventures with my husband (my best friend), and celebrating this life!

One year down….and hopefully there will be many, many more!


It was a good day

From the first cup of coffee in the morning to the last kiss good night, it was a good day.  It was my birthday.

A birthday.  A day of celebration, and for as long as I can remember, always a day full of anticipation.

I often hear people say, “oh it’s no big deal, it’s just another day”, and I can never understand why someone would say this.   It is a big deal!  It’s your day!  It is a day to celebrate life!

The celebration may not always be the same.  I know we can’t always have a grand party, and there will be birthday’s that seem a little off, but it should never be a reason to think of it as “just another day.”  I learned early, that it didn’t matter the date or day, a birthday was unique, and the person who was being celebrated was one-of-a-kind.  In learning this, I think I also learned the value life.

This year, my special day was very quiet, but it was also very good.

It wasn’t a big party, but hearing my daughter’s voice, and seeing the big smile on my 9 month old grandson’s face while we did face time, was a gift beyond value.  One person sang Happy Birthday to me, and I can still hear my 6-year-old grandson’s voice in my mind. It was without a doubt a highlight in my day.  The call from my son to say I love you, the one who I thought had forgotten what day it was.  Spending the day with my “best friend” relaxing, and cheering on the Chargers (thank you for winning, by the way!)  Completing the day with a wonderful dinner overlooking the ocean with my “best friend” and my mom.

These are the gifts of love from my family.  It was a good day.