A new year.
A new administration.
Let us begin the new year with a glorious song with lyrics that reflect our fresh start. I discovered this song a few days after I entered menopause. I was watering my plants in my kitchen when this song came on Spotify. When I took notice of the lyrics, I started jumping up and down.
“I deserve congratulations, ‘Cause I came out on the other side, I’ve been having revelations, And I’m gon’ let them shine, I deserve congratulations, I’d never thought that I’d survive, If you tell me I won’t make it, That’s when I, that’s when I, SUPER BLOOM, SUPER BLOOM…”
I pressed the back button so I could listen to it again. I had it on YouTube by the end of the day, because I don’t have a premium Spotify account and I ran out of skips. I had the song memorized, and I was dancing and singing to this song with my dog (he was humming too) while I was watering my plants (they were also humming), and it was a magical moment.
The lyrics are applicable in a wide range of scenarios. So I thought I’d share it with all of you since I feel you, too, may benefit from some cheer .
Welcome to January. 🙂
Looks like we are listening to this
Because we deserve some cheerful music.
And of course:
Looks like we are celebrating
This month, my “baby” girl becomes a teenager!
I didn’t expect we’d be in quarantine by the time her birthday rolled around. I didn’t expect we’d still be in quarantine by the time Anna’s birthday came around in March, given her birthday was in quarantine last year.
If my birthday is quarantined yet again, I might hijack a liquor store to “celebrate.” By the way, I still haven’t properly celebrated my 50th. Just saying.
In honor of my beautiful youngest blossoming into a teenager, here is a song for her, and her love of rainbows.
Here is the original.
And if you have a birthday coming up in your household, here are some ideas to celebrate a pandemic birthday.
Looks like we are doing this
I discovered the massage technique called Gua Sha, and it blew my mind. Later I found out that almost everyone I knew had heard of it, and I was like, WHY DOESN’T ANYONE EVER TELL ME ABOUT THINGS?
Just teasing. But it’s been a bit life-changing for me because it has helped relieve a lot of tension I have in my neck after years of writing on the computer.
Here is a good article about Gua Sha, and below is a fantastic tutorial on how to perform Facial Gua Sha.
Looks like we are also doing this too?
Smudging is a sacred Native American ritual. I found an interesting article on it here.
I use a white sage candle in my home instead of a sage stick, because the sage bundles give me a headache. But I’d like to hear your perspectives on this because the article was interesting.
Looks like I am quoting this
Looks like I am linking to this
On New Year’s Day, I made the best French Toast, and it lived up to its name. What an incredible way to ring in 2021.
Looks like we are watching this
Back in November, my friend Melanie asked me in the comments if I knew of a program that is heartwarming, and I couldn’t think of anything on the spot. Then the other day it came to me: Queer Eye.
I mentioned it in a post last summer, but this program has brought us so much joy throughout the years.
There are so many favorite episodes I almost can’t choose, but one that stands out is “God Bless Gay” which is from season two.
Here is a moving piece from Esquire about that episode: Why Queer Eye Made Me Want to Take a Walk and Talk to God
You can read more about this fun group here.
Here is the interview that hooked me.
When I was looking for the shareable YouTube Superbloom music video, I googled “Super bloom” and the following images appeared:
Have you ever heard of a super bloom?
If you live near the West Coast, you may be aware of the “super bloom” that occurs in the Anza- Borrego Desert State Park, but I had never heard of this magical phenomenon before writing this post.
Wildflowers, just blooming.
In what appears to be mostly desert terrain?
But in enchanted rainbow colors.
The pictures took my breath away.
It’s even visible from space.
It made me happy that such a thing exists on our planet.
That I discovered it within the month of my daughter’s transition into her teenage years.
Within a pandemic.
It was as though the Universe was extending a warm welcome to her and me.
This month, I’m sending you all a rainbow of your own. 🙂