Back in March, when the pandemic shut down much of the world, I thought for sure when my birthday rolled around in July, I would be able to celebrate as I always have: having a dinner party with family and friends, traveling with my husband for a birthday adventure, going wine tasting, or spending the day at the beach. Little did I know that there would be a surge in the virus and we still would be ‘safer at home.’ Given that we are in Ohio, there are some restaurants that are open with limited capacity, so we are going to have a nice dinner out, Italian, of course.
I am very thankful for delicious food!
One of my very favorite birthday vacations was when we went to the Grand Canyon. Seeing the splendor of God’s masterpiece in person was breathtaking, and I couldn’t help but take a photo in one of my favorite yoga poses.
I love treating myself, especially on my birthday. Last year, we had the pleasure of enjoying a spa day where my husband, one of our close friends, and I went from jacuzzi to jacuzzi, to mud baths, to hot/cold plunges, to sauna and steam rooms in order to refresh and rejuvenate.
In preparation for my birthday, I did have the pleasure of getting my hair and nails done, with masks and safety precautions.
I definitely am among many people who are celebrating birthdays, graduations, weddings, engagements, babies, and many other things during this time of quarantine. I am very impressed at how even though we are far apart, we still are finding a way to come together in a virtual way. Zoom parties and Google meet ups are the norm, as are drive-by parades and even stoop and rooftop concerts, as a few of my friends have been doing on social media. And honestly, who doesn’t love getting Facebook messages from your friends on your birthday!
If nothing else, we are using our creativity in ways we haven’t before – or rather, haven’t had to before. There is nothing like a crisis situation that makes people work together, find value in the everyday things of life, and just make it work. I love that!
As I reflect over the past year of my life, I can’t help but be grateful for where God is leading me. I had no idea that I would be where I am today, in Ohio, working from home, and truly thriving. Yes, this year has been tough, with a lot of loss, change, and things absolutely out of my control. And I am OK with that. I take a breath, thank God, and ask Him, “what should I do today?” Instead of worrying about when this all will be over, I am taking life day by day.