Reflecting on the past 12 months…

So, this post is inspired a little by Estrella’s post on her top five moments of 2013 and a little on today being my birthday. It’s a good day to have a birthday, I think. I like the timing and the day of the year. It really suits me and I enjoy it a lot~ It also means that my Christmas and birthday are over pretty quick and I don’t really have to leave the festive mood once the new year begins…instead, I continue the celebration through to my birthday. One big, long celebration!

Anyway, the point of this post – my top five things in my something-something-th year of life. Here goes:

  1. I lived in Egypt for five months – wow and just WOW!!!!
  2. I travelled to Romania, met Estrella, made a lifelong friend, and was amazed by the country. It is a serious “must go now!” country. Really. I swear I’m not biased. Not a little. (Well, maybe just a *little* teeny bit…)
  3. I was able to seriously indulge in my reading addiction.
  4. I spent some amazing times with my other half. He’s amazing. Truly.
  5. I reconnected with my mother on such a deeper level. So good – so supportive – so beautiful.

It was difficult for me to pinpoint these moments, but they were there among many more moments. As I get older, I realise the value of my relationships and the value of experiences such as travel. I really do. Of course, when I was younger I had many amazing experiences but they were often tainted by following the crowd and not being sure of who I was. Every day I learn a little more about myself and I love myself a little more {in a deeply, honourably good way}. I surprise myself, too – both good and bad surprises. But it’s all part of what makes me who I am. And I love that.

Birthday roses

While this may not be the best photo, it is one full of meaning. Fresh roses picked from the garden at early-o’clock this morning especially for me. They smell divine and have been keeping me company all day while I work. ❤

Bonfire Heart – James Blunt

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days like these lead to…
nights like this lead to…
love like ours…
you light the spark in my bonfire heart…

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

days like these lead me to you
to your arms
to your warmth

nights like this remind me why
you are my all
you are my only

love like ours gives us
strength
passion
beauty

you spark my flame
my flame ignites your heart
together we are everything
for each other
for us
together

Let the frustration begin…

A well thought night out – a well planned experience – too many high expectations – causing discomfort in the wings.

All good intentions used up – all patience exceeded – all relationships ready to be redefined – causing undue anxiety.

Wishing that there were others to run interference – hoping beyond hope that things will return to blissful ignorance – dreaming of a different situation – causing pain and loneliness.

Damn it.
I’m done.

the big questions…

what is your big goal?

  1. i never thought i wanted to buy a house before, but now i think i do…
  2. marriage/kids have always been optional until recently when i figured that i think i would like to have them
  3. work is definitely there – i want to keep on teaching in some form and do a phd
  4. i want to be a qualified life coach (hopefully by june next year) so that i can have that as a side business if i have kids so  that i can raise the kids while working from home
  5. be happy with who i am
  6. do something creative every day
  7. live a slower life than before and realise that not everything is for the here and now