Birthday Wishes

“A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy. ~ Abhishek Bachchan

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Birthdays are often a happy family tradition. My daughter’s favorite song-and-action activity is singing “Happy Birthday”, clapping along and blowing candles to an imaginary cake. I have always celebrated mine in a new destination or in a new restaurant, so that the novelty may create a more interesting memory.

As we grow older, the parties become simpler and the guests fewer. This year, I chose to celebrate in one whole week, giving time for my family and for myself. After all, even the material gifts seem to matter less—all I really wish for is good health, career and financial security, a more positive outlook, love and happiness. Oh, and some genuine peace and quiet! Now, we can’t buy those things in a store, can we?

I received more than my fair share of greetings in social media and SMS. And though I’m floored by the birthday wishes, it’s in the company of family and true friends with whom I am able to really celebrate and be thankful for another year of life. Real relationships are hard to find and even harder to maintain, and to have those is already a birthday gift in itself.

So to Working Moms celebrating their birthdays… take your well-deserved day off, spend time with family, pursue what makes you happy and be grateful for the blessings. Cheers!

Traditions and Resolutions

 

“At the heart of every Family Tradition is a meaningful experience.”

 


Family holidays are usually beset with so many activities: reunions, parties, gift giving, and gatherings. I’ve always looked forward to this time of the year, because it’s an opportunity to spend time with family and see old friends. Though physicially tiring, the spirit is lifted celebrating Christmas and NY traditions with loved ones.

I’ve always been a traditionalist. They give so much meaning to the occasion, and there’s something to look forward to every December. I believe that the family is bonded more over traditions, and it’s a legacy I wish to pass on to my children and their children’s children. I’m glad to have shared these with Milo, Sofie, and our extended families this year:

  • Grocery shopping for the holidays at S&R
  • Mall decor and Christmas tree viewing at Power Plant Rockwell
  • Starbucks sticker collection for the planner
  • Series Binging (The Crown)
  • Simbang Gabi at CTK
  • Bibingka and Puto Bumbong
  • Noche Buena and Mass
  • Christmas Spa and Dinner date with the hubby
  • A Christmas wedding (Joe and Jady)
  • Games and Christmas Reunions
  • Media Noche, with coins and trumpets (no fireworks this year)

The New Year brings a fresh start, which is why I also look forward to creating my resolutions list. (Listing is another favorite hobby.) This Year, I resolve to:

  • Be more positive, less angry and frustrated.
  • Be on time for meetings and deadlines.
  • Be healthier. At least cut down on chips and rice (easier said than done!)
  • Be more presentable.
  • Catch up with friends more often.
  • Focus more on my family’s needs.
  • Save and invest more.

Hope this New Year brings more blessings and growth opportunities! Happy 2017 to all Working Moms and your families!