Happy Birthday To Me!!! February 25, 2010 TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!! Unfortunately posting has been light because I’ve been sick since my company left. If I’m not feeling better by today (written Wed. night), I’ll have to celebrate another day, but I at least wanted to take the opportunity to talk about some of the things I’m grateful for as I begin another year. 1. Health. It’s not perfect, but compared to what some people are facing, I’m blessed. 2. Another chance. Everyday I wake up is another chance to get it right, to go after my dreams, to push a little farther. I’m a long way from where I started, but still have so far to go. I’m thankful that each day I wake up, I’m getting closer to where I belong. 3. Family. I’ve had an opportunity to spend time with my sister that I’ll probably never have again in my life, and for that I’m grateful. She cooks for me all the time and salts the food to my taste since she knows I don’t like it. This is a big step for a personal chef. She checks on me when I’m sick, even though I just want to be left alone, because she wants to make sure I don’t suffer in silence. She leaves the lights on. She loves long hot showers. And she cracks me up. SERIOUSLY. (who-do, voodoo, what up with that??) It’s been fun times. (fyi, I’m the younger one in the photo, and this “pose” is very typical of me. I’m sure what I was saying here was profound.) 4. Friends. I’m the type of person that values quality over quantity. I have friends that I’ve known for a long time, and they know me. What I treasure the most is that know my heart. They make me laugh, and they check me when I’m wrong. They’re all different, but I like to think that they all reflect different parts of me, and they all have qualities that I admire and aspire to. Kim, Raquel, Sara, Nam–I love you guys!! 5. Blogging. I haven’t even been blogging a year, but in the months I’ve been at it, it’s like I’ve found a whole new world! It’s amazing to think that some people are out there checking to see what I’m posting everyday–me of all people!! I started blogging last May (or so), but then stopped because it seemed like no one was reading (or commenting). Not even my friends. But I decided to come back to it, and coming back has taught me something that I’m applying to the rest of my life, and that is that you have to give things time. Crafting content and gaining a following doesn’t happen overnight. Blogging has helped me focus on the long haul and to go a bit easier on myself when things don’t happen like I imagine they should. After doing some research, I’ve found that they never do for most people who’ve gone on to do great things. This blog has helped me get back in touch with what I love, and that’s renovating and refinishing. That’s what I’m good at, and I believe that if get focused, good things will come. This blog has also allowed me to connect with people that I could probably walk right by on the street, to this day, and not even recognize. To Beth, Adrianna, Lakeitha, Michelle, & LaTasha–thank you for your kind words, encouragement, comments, & emails. I’m believing that this is going to be a great year for me–thank you for following me on this journey! Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related 20 Comments on Happy Birthday To Me!!! Anonymous February 25, 2010 at 8:17 am (7 years ago) Awwww! A tear dropped from my eye. Happy birthday friend!!!! Birthdays rock! I’m so happy for you in more ways than you know. The picture of you and your sis…classic! I’ll save all the other mushy stuff for your birthday card! Love ya’ dearly!! Reply Katie@Yoga Gal February 25, 2010 at 9:26 am (7 years ago) Happy Birthday Dayka! I hope that you are feeling better and that you have a wonderful day. You are a stylish, classy gal, and I am glad to have met you on the blogosphere. 😀 Reply Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog February 25, 2010 at 9:47 am (7 years ago) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a fantastic day! Reply Irene February 25, 2010 at 10:43 am (7 years ago) Happy Birthday to a fellow Pisces! My b-day is in 2 weeks. I am sorry you are not feeling. Try to stay positive and give yourself permission to enjoy the day, even if its not perfect. Reply paula February 25, 2010 at 10:52 am (7 years ago) happy, happy birthday! hope you are feeling better. Reply swtpee1010 February 25, 2010 at 10:54 am (7 years ago) I didn’t get to add my name earlier, but I am sure you knew it was me 🙂 Reply Full House February 25, 2010 at 11:11 am (7 years ago) I’m glad that you have found blogging too. Cut pic of you and your sissy. I’m sure you really were trying to say something profound:-) Anyway, Happy Birthday. It is a day of celebration indeed. xx – Christina Reply Q. February 25, 2010 at 11:21 am (7 years ago) happy birthday! enjoy! Reply THE FABULOUS WIFE February 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm (7 years ago) Happy Birthday hun! I totally agree with your statement of quality over quantity when it comes to friends. I’ve had my bestfriend since the 5th grade and all the other people I call my friends I’ve known since age 13 – they get me, I don’t have to explain anything to them. I’m so weary of making new friends because you have to start from scratch and they may not understand why you do the things that you do. Blogging has helped me to open up a little more to new people, without giving away too much at the same time. I’m glad that you and I have become Blogging Buddies (lol) – I hope you feel better and have the most amazing birthday. I think this is my favorite post of yours – definitly a tear jerker lol Reply Deanna Jackson February 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm (7 years ago) Happy Birthday, Dayka!! Enjoy your day to the fullest. Today is my friend’s bday and mom’s was yesterday…..Pieces are in full effect!!! 🙂 Reply Adrianna February 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm (7 years ago) Happy Birthday Girl! This is one of the best posts you have written yet! That picture of you + your sister is too cute. It takes me back to Rudy Huxtable days :o) Reply Moni @ CL Journal February 25, 2010 at 8:42 pm (7 years ago) Happy Birthday Dayka! That was a wonderful post! The picture of you and your sister is priceless. Hope you are having a wonderful day! : ) Reply Sharstin February 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm (7 years ago) Happy Birthday Girly! hope you have a great one–and start feeling better:) love that pict of you and your sis~so darling~ Reply Deliciously Organized February 25, 2010 at 11:08 pm (7 years ago) happy birthday! the photo is so precious! Reply Claire Watkins, ASID allied February 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm (7 years ago) Happy Happy Birthday, Dayka! Keep those hands up and ready to catch whatever may come in their presence. All the best,Claire Reply Tamstyles February 26, 2010 at 1:23 am (7 years ago) happy birthday! what a blessing! Reply L.Duncan@home23duncanboys February 26, 2010 at 9:26 am (7 years ago) I’m glad to see that you had a happy birhtday! The picture of you and your sister is so cute!!! Reply Mrs. Chic February 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm (7 years ago) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Reply Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow February 27, 2010 at 12:13 am (7 years ago) great post and i love your transparency! happy belated, dayka! Reply alissa March 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm (7 years ago) Dayka – I hope you had a wonderful birthday! The picture of you with your sister is aborable! Yay for February birthdays!!! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.