I’m known to be the one who asks the questions during dinner that make people think a little harder. To go a little deeper and reflect, evaluate, or discover. This is especially true when it’s someone's birthday. I always ask the birthday queen/king three things:
What are some things you really loved in the last year?
What was really hard?
What are you most looking forward to?
So since it’s my birthday today, I suppose it’s my turn to answer the questions.
What I Loved Most
More time outside. Time outside fills me up, and I’ve learned how valuable it is to prioritize that time daily. From hiking, camping, caring for our garden, meals on the balcony, or an evening walk time was well spent outdoors. I’ve created a bit of an oasis on our balcony, and I love spending time out there.
Took up a new hobby. I learned how to embroider this winter and I had so much fun doing it! I’m keeping this my winter hobby, helps to handle the cold-dreary days inside with something I look forward to doing. But I had a blast creating really fun pieces and dare I say I can’t wait for winter to come?!
What Was Really Hard
The wonderful church family I belong to lost a very special man last summer. It was a hard time. And it made me give grief and death a good look in the eye. Life is limited. It’s short. Singing together in the nursing home celebrating his life, in the last few days of his, will be a hard-cherished moment for me.
What I’m Most Looking Forward To
Continuing to stretch my creativity. I have always struggled with calling myself ‘creative’. Like what does that even mean? Discovering my creativity, and all the ways it expresses itself, is a journey that I’m learning how to better lean into with joy and confidence. Creating, whatever form it takes, brings joy, peace, and feelings that words really can’t describe. It’s supposed to be fun, but I often overcomplicate its magic with comparison and perfection. I’m excited to see what I create this next year.