I am celebrating having a wonderful drive to my convention in Marlborough, MA. I had plenty of gas and I didn't get lost. I even enjoyed the drive. Imagine that! It was so different from last year and the difference is why I enjoyed it so much more. Next year I might stay longer and go to Cape Cod.
We will be celebrating my son and daughter-in-love's first wedding anniversary in a few weeks. I had a really fun time at the wedding and reception. The morning hikes I took alone were grounding, rejuvenating, and beautiful!
The wedding was the first family event since Jim and I had separated and at that time no one else knew. I recall the sadness at the time that our life together had changed so much. Jim and I told our sons and daughter-in-love about the separation after Labor Day, and it was a hard conversation to have. It was going to change their lives permanently, too. A year later there's a normalcy around it. Fears I had early on have lessened or have gone. I am aware of how I've blossomed this year. I even had people at the convention remark on how wonderful I looked and wondered what had happened.
Acknowledge your own anniversaries. You can use anniversaries to heal and honor and/or rekindle joy and gratitude. And do remember to draw in those supportive people in your life when you need them.
Here's to another year!