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Twenty Four

Me, barefaced, my hair in vintage curlers.

Oh my – how to start to summarize a year so full of joy, tears, struggles, and courage? How to express how much I have learned and grown? How to reflect upon 366 days filled with so much life?

I arrive in my twenty fourth year humbled with gratitude: I am in a land that I love, with a man whom I love, experiencing awe and beauty and adventure on a daily basis. I have dreams, chances, opportunities, second chances, and an incredible support system. I am healthy. I am happy.

I am grateful for all that I have, yes, and I am also deeply proud of myself. I have taken leaping strides this year towards creating the life I have before merely dreamt of. And I want to declare it to the world, in part because I have worked so very, very hard to realize these truths: I am a lionhearted woman, compassionate, whole, good. I am worthy of love. I am worthy.

See the light in my eyes in the photo above? That is hope returning after a long absence. I welcome it so. I love who I am and who I am becoming. I really, truly do.

Happy birthday, dear Self. Here's to the rest of a lifetime.
All my love,

5 comments:

  1. happy birthday again, wonderful. I hope you had a marvellous day filled with light and love.
    Your words are so honest - I enjoyed reading it and it is great to hear how happy you are. keep it.

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  2. Hope you had a great birthday. Love this photo, you are SO pretty and the light is beeeeutiful. :-)

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  3. We know you by your words... Happy Birthday!

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  4. I'm a bit belated here, but Happy Birthday! I hope you had an absolutely splendid day. And you look gorgeous in this photograph.

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  5. Happy, happy birthday. I hope your day was filled with all the love, laughter and light this Universe has to offer. No one deserves more beauty than you. xox, all my love.

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