I really like celebrating birthdays, I've never understood people who say it's just another day. What's so wrong about having one day a year that's special? Most of life is rather routine so it's nice to break out of the rut and feel special for a day.
Having said that, my last couple of birthdays were rather understated. It's not that I need presents (I like 'em but I don't need 'em) but there's a difference between not getting any because there's nothing you really want and not getting any because you can't afford anything outside of survival necessities. I told myself it was ok and that I didn't need anything but I was still sad and it made an already bad situation feel so much worse.
So this year when I found out my friend Dawn was opening an Etsy shop for her hand beaded necklaces, I took a look, found this awesome necklace and decided to treat myself to a little early birthday present just because I could.
It is even more gorgeous in person and a tangible reminder that bad times don't last forever. I appreciate every step forward...even if it's sometimes followed by two steps back.