act of self-love: accept and revel in the love around you. reflect it back.
today i had a lovely birthday brunch to celebrate my 30th. everything about it was so unbelievably perfect. i don’t know if i’ve ever felt so much love and joy and celebration directed towards me. as a shy, introverted capricorn, i’m much better at putting love and care out to my friends than focusing in on myself. but welcoming in the kind of care i received today was so healing and special and just, joyful.
the food was amazing: fried chicken (made by one of my besties) and waffles (gluten-free and non-gluten-free varieties), many delicious toppings, fruit, donuts, biscuits, salad, a lemon ricotta pancake cake
i read embarrassing and hilarious tortured poetry from when i was 15/16 years old, we made wishes together and sent them off to the universe, and played my homemade version of apples to apples (known as kumquats to mangoes in these parts).
i don’t think i stopped smiling once.
here i am sending off my wish. we wrote wishes on tissue paper, lit them on fire, and they floated off into the sky!