I was born on May 4th, and my Mom says I showed up just in time for lunch. That does not surprise me. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I celebrate my birthday month, not just the day. I love my birthday. I am not sure if it is a Taurus thing, as a lot of my fellow Taureans also make it a monthly celebration. Of course, it helps that the next day is always Cinco de Mayo and there are plenty of celebrations going on.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, it was also a time when the sun started shining again, and we came out of a rainy April and had Memorial Day weekend and fun trips to the beach on the horizon. This year was quite unique. We are all in quarantine trying to wait out this scary virus and unable to work or socialize. I am also living in another state now far away from all family and friends. So rather than starting May 1st and gearing up for another month-long celebration, I found myself feeling like I just wanted this birthday to be an ordinary day. Quite unusual for me.
Then something wonderful happened. My friends Mary Wilson and Anne Mincey invited me to the virtual version of one of the most life-changing workshops of my life, Destination Rejuvenation. All of the women who attended prior DR events would gather virtually to connect and revisit the amazing experience. The best part was it began the night before my birthday and ended right on my birthday.
So I asked them if it was ok for me to invite some of my friends to join us and they welcomed them with open arms. I was so grateful to be able to have my inner circle get a glimpse into just how special a group of like-minded women gathering can be.
It was an amazing two days, even virtually. I slept better than I have in months and came away reinvigorated and reminded of the importance of gratitude and self-care. My friends cannot wait to attend the in-person version next May, and I plan to join them as well.
This also inspired me to reconnect with a few of my high school friends I have not seen since our five-year reunion, and this year we celebrate 35 years! It was so amazing how it felt like we never missed a beat. It was so comfortable, and the conversation effortless. Another silver lining of this quarantine. Would we even think of arranging a group Zoom call if we were living our normal lives? I don’t think so.
Who have you not connected with in years that you would love a virtual chat with? I know I have a lot more people I want to see and connect with, and I will use the rest of this time to do just that. I hope you will too.
A licensed cosmetologist since 1986, Elaine has personally trained all of her own stylists and taken them from beauty school graduate to color expert in less than one year earning over $60,000 annually.