30 Days to Thirty: So Grateful

This time of year is difficult time of year.  It brings up memories of people forgetting my birthday and growing up with no Christmas presents because we were too poor.  2012 was the hardest year of my life.  Luckily for me my bestie is the #1 Birthday Fairy who flew in to make my birthday special.  Ever since I met her in 2003 I can be sure that at lease one person will be as excited about my birthday as I am.  And she will also remind other people because that’s how she rolls.  2013 her and our third Beth were my biggest cheerleaders as I learned to live with fibromyalgia and followed my dream to become a yoga teacher.

After thinking about it I realized that a lot of my depression sadness around the holidays has to do with me focusing on what I was missing.  The birthday party, the Christmas party, the new years party, the date.  Last year after having the best birthday ever with my bestie, I decided to stop waiting for things to happen and living the life I wanted to right now.  I renamed it beachcember and went to the beach every time I felt like it.  It was awesome!

This year I have been feeling especially grateful.  It’s been really difficult year but as it comes to a close I am thinking about all the good things that have happened this year.  Then Mike over at running around the bend started 30 days of gratitude and I thought I should do this too.  Especially since I’m turning 30 again this year (I’m turning 30 until people stop saying I don’t look 30).  Each night on instagram, for the 30 days leading up to my birthday, I will post something I am grateful for.  On Fridays I will post a weekly recap here on the blog.

It’s so great that I get to live in St Lucia. Yes there are things that I would like to be better but I do enjoy looking at all the pretty things all the time. I know people who are disappointed that I have a BSc from USCGA and MSc from USF and I 1.moved back to St Lucia and 2.teach yoga. But I am happy and in moments when I see the green tree or the sparkling ocean, I know I am home.

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At least once a week I try to do something special to take care of my body. Foot soaks, body scrub and self massage are in heavy rotation around here. I feel so much better when I take care of myself. I am really grateful that it’s something I can do. I know there are people who are too busy, can’t afford or simply don’t know about the power of self care.

I really love who I am. From my crazy hair down to my toes. All the difficulties and hardships, they’ve made me who I am today: strong, independent and awesome!

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And finally, today I was mentioned by the publisher on page 2 of a local magazine. This magazine will be in all the resorts and other spots across the island. Hopefully it drums up some extra business for me. I’m so grateful for all the supportive people that I’ve met in the past year, who have supported me and encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Thank you, a million times thank you!

What are you thankful for?