As adults we don’t seem to celebrate birthdays with the same festivity as when we were children, but I think all birthdays are incredibly special. Having lost many friends at a young age, I know that each birthday is a great time to reevaluate, reground, regroup, and to be filled with gratitude. Each lesson leading into another great discovery and memories fill the spaces in our days and lives with those we love and experiences to treasure.
Last year was my year of bravery. I shaved off all of my hair for my birthday. It was freeing and light and was like the world’s burdens had been lifted off of my shoulders. Now of course I am trying to grow out with some semblance of normalcy!
My birthday is Sunday. This year is my year of adventure and learning. My farm is ready to really increase food production with experiments, new gardens, and my greenhouse. I am registered for school in the fall. But before everything gets really amped up, we are going on a ten day trip through New Mexico and Arizona.
We will be staying with our dear, dear friends, Monte and Erik, whom we haven’t seen since they moved away over three years ago. My friend from high school (26 years since I have seen her) is down there, as is one of Doug’s (30 years), and my wonderful Great-Aunt Lila. I have never been to Arizona and I am excited to see the land and the people. There are restaurants, parks, and museums to discover! Sun to soak up! Glasses of wine to clink with dear ones. The overnights to and from Arizona in New Mexico I look forward to and always savor. Chimayo is calling me. So, for the next ten days I will be reporting to you from the fabulous Southwest with inspirations, ideas, and life.