July has been an interesting month for me. Besides being my own birth month I know at least ten other people born in July and so, my friends and I have tried to combine our birthday celebrations. But this year I wanted to celebrate on my own. The past year has been miraculous in so many ways that I was inspired to gently usher in the new year while saying ‘thank you’ to the old. And so I celebrated my ‘dream birthday’ at Hari’s Yoga Studio.
I invited all my friends to practice Kundalini Yoga with me, and after that we shared some banana bread and Kombucha. While many did make it to the yoga-celebration, some did not, and so I am still celebrating myself with on-on-one lunches, dinners and breakfasts with the friends who missed out!
And so one part of the July is celebrating myself and then there is the part where I get to celebrate others. I usually get too busy to make homemade gifts but this year I managed to make something I had in mind for years –strawberry jam from scratch! The process and accomplishment brought me so much joy, and my apartment carried the scent of strawberries for days. Strawberry jam really does smell like a fairytale ☺.
The jam led me to bake, and I sent a loaf of my banana bread all the way to Florida as a gift to another dear friend.
In the middle of all this celebrating I received bad news. My favorite aunt Nina, passed away on July 12. She had been hit by a car two months before and had been in a coma. The first thing I thought of when I got the news was that I had not called her on her birthday in May. I had been busy. Doing what I can’t even remember.
Nina’s passing made me realize even more how important it is to celebrate the people I love right now, and not to forget about them on their Birthdays, or for that matter on any day.