Birthday Reflection

With my birthday approaching this month, I am blessed with the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the previous year. Also, thinking about the changes, which I would like to make in my life during the upcoming year. As many of you know, it has been a most challenging year for me in many ways. However, I know the difficulties I faced recently have helped to shape me into becoming a stronger person, for which I am sincerely grateful. I am also grateful for the support I received from family and friends, new and old.

A week ago, I had the unique opportunity to watch the premiere screening of the film “Begin Again.” Besides the excitement of meeting the director/writer John Carney, being with fellow Recording Academy members, and yards away from the stars of the show; I found a greater, more profound meaning in the event. I realized how important it is when facing difficult and sometime heart-breaking situations for us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again. This is sometimes the greatest gift we can give ourselves.

Thus, as I celebrate my birthday eating my customary birthday breakfast of raspberries, birthday cake and ice cream (yes, morning is definitely the best time to indulge!), I shall be gratefully thinking about the ways in which I can begin the year again on a new note. I wish myself a year of balance, prosperity, good health, love, and the joy of spending time with family and friends. Regardless of when your birthday may fall, I wish all of you the same blessings.