It's My Birthday!
Today is the best day... My birthday! It's a day I take a little time out to reflect on what has happened in my life up to this point this year and to look toward where I want to be next year and how I need to get there. I know this is something most people do at the beginning of the year, but to me, my birthday is the beginning of my year.
After over 40 times around the sun on this ever moving planet, I've done some great things and some not so great things. Everything is a life lesson and I choose to learn from my mistakes. Why am I saying all of this? I don't know, getting a little introspective, I guess.
My loved ones go out of their way to make this day special for me and I truly appreciate it. Not once on my birthday have I ever awaken without an immediate acknowledgement of my day. In years previous, usually I was awaken by my mother and grandmother with a soulful renditions of "Happy Birthday" - even when across the miles that may have separated us. More recently, I wake up to balloons and a cake - a mani/pedi and/or a hot stone massage and then of course dinner at my favorite restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory. (Shrimp Scampi and Red Velvet Cheesecake, YAAAASSSSS!)
One ritual that I have come to enjoy all by myself is the restock of my bathroom soap rack. I previously wrote a post about my soap dish. In it, I detail the way that I store my soap. As a lover of variety, I just can't use one bar of soap consecutively until it is finished. My bathroom soap rack holds 40 or more bars of soap at any given moment. To ensure room enough for those bars and to help preserve them, I cut most of my bars of soap in half, storing one half in a glassine bag in a plastic storage bin outside of the bathroom and the other half goes on the drying rack in my bathroom to be used. However, after about six months of being in the often damp environment of my bathroom, the bars tend to deteriorate. So twice a year or so, I go through and do an overhaul. Most of the soap does not get thrown away, I transfer some viable bits to a soap saver sponge for use when I just can't make up my mind which soap to use.
I completed this process yesterday, just in time for my birthday. So I decided to share with you what my soap dish looks like now. Of course, once I took the picture and started labeling it, I found a few more bars I wanted to add, so they are listed as "honorable mentions":
Talk to you soon!
Peace, Love & Lots of Bubbly Birthdays!