January 9th, 2013
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I am a January Baby and yesterday was my birthday.
I am happy to have a birthday (Elvis and I were born on the same day!) but I wish I had been born at a different time of the year.
By the time my birthday arrives, people are usually burnt out from the holidays.  Throughout the years, I have found that friends and family are either on a diet in January or they had spent too much money on Christmas so they are back on a budget in January.  Sometimes I have received gifts in Christmas wrapping paper and sometimes I have received one gift that is for Christmas and my birthday together.
I think it’s an early January thing.
I like warm and/or hot weather much better than cold weather so I envy those people who have birthdays when it’s warm.  They have it made in the shade so to speak!
But yesterday in Washington, DC it was a beautiful day.  The sun was shining and there was no snow on the ground…Yeah!!! And as I walked down the street from my office to meet a wonderful friend for a spontaneous birthday lunch (those are the best!), I thought about all of my blessings and the huge positives in my life.
I work hard to stay healthy and I will continue to do that this year but I also want to learn to meditate.  I think meditation would add a sense of calm to make mental being that I don’t always have right now and would help me feel me more mentally fit.  There is a mind/body connection that I need to address because research — and life experience — shows that stress drains the body of energy, causing it to function less effectively.
I also have reached a stage in life where I no longer wait for things to happen.  I like to learn new things and to put myself out there a bit.  What’s the worst that can happen?  Let’s see…I could fail and look foolish (like that’s never happened before!) or I could succeed (YES!).
I’m not talking about forcing a situation, rather the idea that if there is something you have always wanted to try then go ahead and try it.  You can’t wait for certain circumstances to present themselves because then you might be waiting a long time.  I don’t want to look back on something years later and wonder what would have happened if I done such and such a thing.

For me, the simple life, a life full of friends, family, good health and my dear readers is the life well lived.

Without those essentials I have no base or foundation of being.  Those essentials give me purpose and an endless supply of resources to celebrate the gift of life every year.

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