Thankful Thursday!

1st of all, tomorrow is my birthday! There’s no better time to reflect and count my abundance of blessings than right before the anniversary of the day of my birth. My husband keeps asking me, “what do you want to do for your birthday?” My response, “Nothing, I’m completely happy and good with just being and not celebrating this year.”

  1. My parents will be flying in from Chicago (today) to celebrate my 35th birthday with me. I’m grateful to God that I have the most incredible Mami and Papi. No matter where I’ve lived whether it be in my own apartment in Chicago, San Francisco, and now in Houston, they are always there with me.
  2. My grandmother (Mi Abuelita) will also be with me to welcome another year. She is fighting Cancer and every birthday I get to spend with her is a true blessing. She fills my heart with joy. Thank you, God, for continuing to bless us with her and give her strength.
  3. MY HUSBAND! I couldn’t have dreamed of a more LOVING, KIND, SUPPORTIVE MAN who loves me fully and unconditionally all the time. He wakes me up every single day with kisses. I fall asleep every night in his arms with a smile on my face. Whatever I did to be so blessed in love, I thank God for him every chance I get.
  4. My health. I’m alive. I’m strong. I’m able to do yoga and dance. Thank you, Lord, for your gift of health.
  5. My friends and family who’ve always been there for me. Everyone’s love and support are a gift in my life. I’m so proud of my people who are following their bliss, in whatever fashion it may be. Your courage to be true to yourselves inspires me. Thank you, for putting your love out into the world.

I’m happy. I’m blessed. I’m Thankful!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Last year, I was CRAZY!  I admit it. It was our 1st Valentine’s Day as a married couple. I asked for it all. I asked for everything from flowers, cupcakes, chocolates, etc… and my husband delivered. I’ll never do that again.

This year, I actually told him, “no flowers” on one of the most anticipated flower filled holidays of the year. We’re not making reservations for any kind of fancy dinners, nor have I requested any chocolates or cupcakes this year.

I don’t know why last year, I got so caught up in the hoopla of it all. Perhaps, because it was our first year as Mr & Mrs. Whatever it was, I’m over it this year. The truth of it all, we celebrate our love often. We don’t have children, therefore, date nights are pretty normal for us. My husband does a wonderful job at surprising me with sweet treats and flowers regularly. I’m well taken care of and appreciated, as is he throughout the year.

I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day because it’s a wonderful way to show and share my love with friends, family, and my significant other.  It’s an actual holiday dedicated to love, how wonderful! This Valentine’s Day, I’m actually thinking about keeping it low key. We’re going to visit a friend in the hospital. Then, we have brunch plans with a new group of friends.

I’m a bit more realistic this year than last. I’d really like it to be about what we can give to others this year. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, expensive, or even in a heart shaped box. Maybe, call an old friend and wish them well. Donate a little more to a local church. Donate clothing, food, or even blood. Perhaps, offer to babysit for friends who don’t get to get out as much. Volunteer for your favorite charity or animal shelter. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate and share the love this Valentine’s Day. The world needs more of everyone’s love. As always, I wish you love, peace, and continued blessings. Happy Valentine’s Day!