That One Step to celebrate Birthdays with Self Love and Gratitude

 

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Birthdays calls for Self Love and Gratitude. And yep, I love cheese cake so I put it there. Photo by Gianna Ciaramello on Unsplash.

How do you feel about your own birthday?

I used to believe Birthdays is just a typical day. The only  difference is that a person is born on that certain day.

Being the Introvert that I am, I used to feel awkward about getting too much attention to myself especially when I get birthday greetings. I’m weird like that I know.

Deep down I felt like I wasn’t worthy and that I’m nothing special.

I thought having attention to myself would take away from others.

Well, fast forward to this year, thank heavens something shifted within me. It had everything to do with being a mom.

With all the chores and caring for family, I kind of lost who I am. The exhaustion left me feeling empty, trapped, sad and angry.

I decided to go on a self development journey. Ever since then I finally learned to love, care, accept, honor and respect myself.

I realized how important Birthdays are most especially my own. It is a celebration of life.  It is gratitude for myself and for all that I’ve been through.

Birthday food and gifts wouldn’t matter to me if people aren’t as nice and respectful every day.

Hey, a tired mom needs kindness too you know.  I value kindness, respect, love, support, generosity and encouragement more than these things.

So I fully celebrated my birthday this 2018! Since my birthday falls under the same date as the National Disc Jockey day, I played Hanson music all day while I reminisced my blissful  journey.

Come join me on my trip down memory lane.

All these years I have become a:

1.Reader.

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My kind of paradise. Photo by Michael D Beckwith on Unsplash

As a child, I’ve always looked at the world with wonder and curiosity. I had my head looking up at the clouds.

I’d stare at the glimmering moon and stars. I’m fascinated by the feel of cold water. I wondered how things happen and why.

I’d be mostly by myself having such wandering thoughts and amazement. My fascination about life got higher especially when I learned how to read when I became 5 years old.

So I became a bookworm – I read science books, story books and had fun with coloring books.

The library and bookstores are paradise to me.

2.Poet. I wrote my first poetry about a clock when I was 12 years old. It had rhymes in 2 verses.

I published my first poetry book online last year. It was one of the highlights of successes I had!

Just the feeling of publishing it is so blissfully fulfilling for me. My very first masterpiece brought to life.

3.Tourist.

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Seeing the world widens perspective of life. Photo by Adam Birkett on Unsplash

Traveling is always a beautiful experience. I started travelling at 12 years old.

Dad took us on a tour to Indonesia, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. We had business class flights and a master suite.

Indonesia is almost like home because the climate was similar. It has rich and colorful sculptures.

Australia has awesome ambiance and wildlife. People were very friendly, the weather’s great. I love the Kangaroos and Koalas.

Singapore is soooo unbelievably clean! I find the Merlion interesting.

Hong Kong seems like a busy place. It has great shopping malls. Mom tagged me along to America when I graduated High School.

We stayed at my aunt in Los Angeles for a month. It’s cold! We visited Disneyland, Universal Studios, Queen Mary, Las Vegas and Arizona. I fell in love with their Cheesecake and pizza.

4.Hanson Fan.

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My heart just stopped. Photo from Buzzfeed.com

It was love at first sight! – especially Taylor Hanson. I came across Hanson’s first music video “MMmbop.”

They sound really good and I couldn’t get enough of their songs. My bedroom walls were plastered with posters of them.

I had their albums on cd and cassette tapes. I would listen to them all day. I’d watch my Hanson video every birthday I had. It always completed my day.

5. Soprano 1.

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Sing your truth from the heart. Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash

I auditioned to be part of our chorale in College. The vocal trainor classified my voice as Soprano 1.

Been singing the high note melodies along with fellow Sopranos, Tenors and Altos.

We had our concert when I lost my voice for a while.0_o’  As the curtains raised, my voice came back. I was able to sing.

6.Writer.

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Writing is tuning in to your higher self. Photo by Carli Jeen on Unsplash

I started keeping a journal at 17. I’d pour my heart and soul in it. I wrote more than I could speak.

I’d use some sort of an ambiguous or ambivalent words. So I’d be the only one who’d know what it meant. Writing always made me feel better.

I  kept my first blog at 19. It was called “Soul of Irony and Bliss.” It was like an online journal with mysterious poetic writing style into it.

I wrote about love. I wrote movie reviews about “Hurtlocker,” “Sweet November” and the “Lake House.”

I became a News Writer for our College School paper at 18. I tried out as a News writer for our College journal and got in!

I was so happy. It was my first time to see my work published.

I climbed up the Editorial Ladder and became a Features writer. I learned to write in Features style.Since I had to interview people, it helped me overcome my shyness.

The best part of being part of the Editorial Board is to have my own column or section where I write my opinion as an article. My column was called Spotlight.

A year after, I stepped up as Managing Editor. I managed the publishing funds and edited articles.

I wrote critic views about studying and an inspirational about Happiness in Individualism.

As a College senior, I took over as an Editor-in-Chief at 21. I managed to handle a group of writers, artists, photographers and editorial board.

We successfully published 4 newspapers and a literary folio.

Right after graduation, I became an online Research Writer. I worked at home for 2 years.

I got the 3rd place Savant Writer title for writing the most number of pages. I won a cash incentive of P10,000.

It was such an honor for me that my hard work paid off.

7. 3rd place Dean’s Lister.

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Just when you thought you’re down, your inner brilliance breaks through. Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

After a heart break, I kept studying. There was so much to do.

I was reading chapters of books on all my major subjects ahead of time, reviewing the current topics of each and writing my written and verbal report too.

I was so busy. To my surprise, I made it to the top honorable students.

8.Psychology Graduate.

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Photo from thegearpage.net

Maintaining an above 90% grade on major subjects is challenging. I needed to study hard to stay as a Psychology student.

Graduating with a Psychology degree gave me a great sense of accomplishment.

And yet, I allow myself to be silly, weird and crazy brilliant even. Because, why not? Just kidding.

9. Young and Independent Professional.

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Feeling Fabulous

I went out into the world after 2 years as a home based Research writer. I landed a job in the Outsourcing field.

It enhanced my English communication skills and professional work attitude.

I moved in my own place. I did chores for myself and managed my finances. Freedom is so blissful! I get to do anything I want!

I watched movies and read books all day. I ate any food I want. I munched on Lays and watched Gintama on my rest days.

I read manga too. These always relaxed and made me laugh.

I get to shop clothes, branded perfume and make up. I’d party out with my best friend.

We’d dance away and watch bands play music. I listened to indie bands perform Rock Metal music. The genre took my stress and angst away.

I became business minded and took on business trainings after work.

10. Up levelled Professional.

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7 years in the corporate world. Life’s sweeter in the creative world ^_^

I tried out for a promotion at work just for fun. I thought about how God sent Moses to speak to the Pharaohs to free the slaves.

I walked into the interview room filled with God appointed confidence I never knew I had.

Everyone knew I’d pass until it was officially announced. So there I was – a Quality Analyst Apprentice. Conducting audits, making reports and attending audit sessions.

At the same time I was automatically assumed into being a Resolution Specialist. Handling 2nd level concerns. Working for 7 years outside of Writing taught me to be stronger and diligent.

11.Breastfeeding Mom.

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True Love is Forever. Photo by Me

It took me 3 months to heal from Caesarian birth operation. My best day was when I succeeded breastfeeding my baby.

It was a special bonding moment for me and my child. I treasure them so much.

12. An Awakened Spiritual and Self Development seeker.

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Finding myself again ^_^

I decided to fix my mindset and finances towards positivity, self-love, happiness, well being and abundance. I learned about Law of Attraction on a deeper level.

I am still learning more about Crystals, Meditation, Chakras, Akashic Records, Reiki, Theta Healing, Paleidian healing, Intuition, Angel numbers, Spirit animals and Spirit Guides. All these knowledge inspires me to be a better version of myself.

13. Professional Blogger.

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Making dreams come true one blog post at a time. Photo by Mikayla Mallek on Unsplash

I built this blog and named it The Rising Bliss. I have been writing blog posts on it consistently once a week.

It kept me happy. I am able to reach out to people and serve the world with my passion.

14. Graphic Designer.

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My colorful and inspiring Instagram aesthetic.

I have been editing and designing graphics for my blog posts, Instagram and Pinterest. It feels so great to create colorful masterpieces.

It was an incredible journey looking at my life. I am filled with gratitude for it and  the people around me.

As I was reflecting on my life, I felt an inner bliss. Guess what? Blessings came pouring right away!

My hubby bought me my favorite snack! Popcorn! (Yes, I’m easy to please like that.) I got a thousand cash gift cheque too. My older brother came home with a box of Cheesy Lava Pizza just for me.

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Oh my Pizza! ^_^

I’m so thankful. My eldest brother cooked a delicious Spaghetti and Spring rolls too. Our family friend gave me a box of J.Co doughnuts.

I received tons of greetings and well wishes on Facebook messenger, personal messages and text messages. I was so overwhelmingly happy!

Best of all, I received my first Theta healing. Are you curious just yet? Watch out for my next post about it!

All of these happened because this was the only day I allowed myself to shine the brightest. It is my birthday gift for myself.

The Universe supported me by showering me with massive love, happiness and birthday food.

I wrote my life journey to remind me of who I am and who I can be.

Best of all, to inspire you to celebrate your simple and grand successes in life. We are all amazing.

We can create amazing things for ourselves and serve the world. It all starts with loving ourselves.

Self Love is crucial to harness your power to give more. Keep loving who you are, even more so on days it feels quite difficult.

Listen to your body. Give it what it needs even for just a little while. This way you wouldn’t run out of love to share.

Thank you for reading all the way here. I am humbled by all the support.

I thought of you guys and it made me smile to have such wonderful people to connect with.

I love you and wish you all the great things in life.

Any birthday wishes for me? Please comment, like and share.

I’ll be here serving you with weekly inspiration, happiness and positivity.

Love and Awesomeness,

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Nina

Copyright © NinaRoseDeGuzman 2017 All Rights Reserved on this article except cited photographs and videos. I give all credit to the photographer and video owners.

 

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20 thoughts on “That One Step to celebrate Birthdays with Self Love and Gratitude

  1. Happy birthday and may you continue to be blessed with such confidence and grace. This is a great summary of celebrating your accomplishments and all that you are. You are truly amazing!

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  2. My birthday is really close to Christmas so I never celebrated it growing up. So naturally as an adult I never thought much about it. It wan’t until I met my fiancee that it started being a big deal. She helped me see that I was worth celebrating.

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  3. You are such a beautiful soul, Nina… I enjoyed your memory lane… so much to learn from you. Happy birthday, may you continue to spread the love around 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks April 😃 I’m grateful for your time. It took floods of courage for me to seem vulnerable to speak out my truth and share my story 😂 Love and blessings to you

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  4. Hi Nina,

    happy birthday.It seems you had a great on that special day. I love birthdays,it is great day to pull the line and to think about my life in previous period 🙂

    Thank you

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    1. Thank you Ben 😃 so glad you also think about life too. I like birthdays too but I used to be more excited to celebrate others’ birthday than mine.😂 Birthdays are not just about getting old. I’m grateful I had this only chance to fully celebrate mine. More blessings to you.

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