Birthday Wishes & A Love Letter to Myself
32 and thriving is the only way I can describe how I feel about turning another year older. I have not felt more excited about the idea of 'aging' than I do now in my life and it feels quite wonderful. I'm very much looking forward to the amazing things life has in store for me and the people in my life. Getting older is truly a blessing! That is why I want to start a new tradition for myself. On my 28th birthday, I wrote a little love note of sorts to myself and I have to think that it was truly one of my best pieces of work. I still look back at it today and smile at where I was at that point in my life. So I've decided to bring that back and keep a diary of my birthdays with advice and wishes I want to give myself for the year. Because honestly, you can only give love if you learn how to truly love yourself.
I hope this inspires you to write to yourself and not be afraid to say the things that you truly feel and share them with the world. I hope it brings a little bit of magic into your life. xx
Today, of all days, you've realized that you are becoming the woman you want to be. You aren't there yet but you know that you're working on it and it will always be a work in progress. I love that you're not afraid of doing that work. That ideal person you have in your mind, still has flaws and imperfections behind her eyes. Those will never go away so continue to embrace them. They make you who you are.
I hope you remember to not feel bad about being who you are. You are strong, resilient and although it scares you to walk alone sometimes, you do it anyways. I love that even when you're scared you are willing to jump, just to test yourself and see what you can do. I love that you're willing to try new things and stretch your mind. I love that you think about your feelings and try to assess where they are coming from and why. I believe you have a firm grasp on who you are. Please don't ever forget that as you continue to grow and walk through life.
Ash, don't forget that it's in your nature to take chances and stretch your talents. It's okay to be vulnerable and it's okay to share your feelings even if they aren't understood. I love that certain songs make you cry. Not because they are sad, but because they are beautiful. I love how you see music and dance and how important words and actions are to you. It's okay to love the mysteries of the world. It's okay for them to fascinate you and it's more than fine to want to see the world with your own eyes.
This year, is your last birthday as a 'single woman'. That doesn't mean anything though does it? Yes, marriage will ultimately change things here and there but it won't change who you are to the core. You will always be you. Remember the book you read when you were 22 and it changed your perspective on love and relationships. You have always been a wonderful painting with beautiful strokes of vibrant colors. Your partner enters your life and adds their touch of bright colors here and there to give that painting new colors filled with life. Don't forget you were shining in your own light before their arrival.
More than anything, I love that when something is wrong in your gut, you can't shake it. The world will test your intuition and I hope that you always believe in what you feel even if it is just momentary. I love that you see the world with dignity and compassion and are willing to fight for the people you love and for those that need someone to fight for them. I truly believe that it is beautiful and wonderfully special. Happiest of birthdays to you Ash. I hope this year gives you all the love and strength you need to make your life meaningful.
xoxo - Ashley