“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”

Anaïs Nin


Tomorrow is my thirty-seventh birthday, and I’m feeling…reflective. This has been a tough year for us as a family, and for me personally, which I wrote about here. I also recently vented on Instagram, and was blown away by the response and support. As with any difficulty in life, you can focus on the weight of it, or you can choose to live in the light. While I’ve spent a good bit of time doing the former, I’m currently striving for the latter. The quote I shared above really speaks to me, especially right now. While I’ve experienced a lot of growth, I’m still discovering what this chapter in my life is teaching me. In the meantime, I have a lot to be thankful for, and having two four-year-olds around me 24/7 is a great mood lifter and reminder of what is most important in this life. All you need is love, and I’ve got that in spades.


  1. Bonjour Susan, Joyeux Anniversaire ! Le mien était juste avant-hier et j’ai aussi 37 ans, on est presque jumelles. Merci pour cette jolie citation d’ Anaïs Nin qui résonne aussi beaucoup en moi, et exprime ce que je ressens en ce moment!

    • bonjour et bienvenue Pauline, c’est incroyable! joyeux anniversaire (en retard), et merci (mon plaisir).

  2. Beautiful words and a great reminder to live in gratitude. I love your big heart! Excited for what this year brings you and the family… happy birthday!! xoxo

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