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Emotions on my 30th Birthday

Hello February! Friday was my 30th birthday. It feels so crazy to be jumping into this next decade already. John and I took off to Key West all last week. My birthday wish was to have time with him in the sunshine. It was relaxing and active, which is always a perfect balance for me when traveling. We rented a scooter, rode bicycles, went on a sunset cruise, lied in the sand and so much more. But it was also an emotional week leading up to my birthday. Of course there was excitement and pride to be turning the big 3-0. Yet there was also some sadness and grief. This was the first birthday not celebrating with my Nana here physically. We had the same birthday so it's always been about both of us. It felt like a part of me was missing but I did feel connected to her in a different way. I had quiet time outdoors to celebrate her life and her incredible strength, beauty, courage and kindness. There I am above, lying on a hammock with her beautiful amethyst ring. This ring was given to me by my mom, sister and aunts the night before I sang at her funeral. I believe that ring gave me peace and courage to sing to and for her. It has given me hope since then. Amethyst is a meditative and calming crystal which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical to promote calm, balance, and peace. We had a lot in common. She was petite and quiet until she got to know people. She followed her heart and loved to travel, read, watch movies and be with family and friends. She had determination and didn't give up easily. I feel I inherited some of this trait, especially this past year when I've been going through some tough stuff in my own life. During her memorial services, one of her dear friends said she never heard my grandmother talk badly about anyone. That is such an incredible gift. I know firsthand how easy it can be to judge others even if we have no idea what they are going through, especially nowadays when there is so much division in our world. I am trying my best to lead life with an open-mind and be less judgmental. I am honored to continue her memory and legacy.

On my birthday I received some of the sweetest messages that brought tears to my eyes. I am grateful for such special people in my life. Love, Shayna


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