Happy Birthday to Me :)

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I was never big on celebrations or birthdays, and have been mindfully working on celebrating the little joys every day with gratitude. There’s a great book “Joy on Demand” by training the conscious mind to recognise these little moments.

I don’t want to make a whole song and dance about the whole thing, so I’ve baked myself a lemon yoghurt cake – a little dry, but the glaze salvaged it. I bought Sicilian lemons from Mercato by Giando and I think it makes a difference. While racing against countless deadlines, I’ve also lined up a week of catch ups and art events to nourish the mind and spirit.

I am so grateful to be alive after the whole cancer soap opera that continues. Everyone I met on this cancer journey is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s inevitable to live with Damocles sword dangling over our heads all the time, but I suppose the only thing we can do is make the best out of NOW – celebrating the small things in daily life.

Well, chef took the dinner service off and we had an interesting dinner at UWE and several other tables got candles and cake – so I guess lots of people share my birthday! The wine list is incredible there, at amazing prices.

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And there’s Smudge my tuxedo Beijing rescue in the background. It’s been nearly 10 years since I adopted Smudge and I am forever grateful to my cats who spark immense joy. Who knew I’d become a cat lady when I grew up with only dogs, and the occasional chicken.

 

 

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