Friday, February 01, 2013

Birthday Frills

For me, a birthday is not a sign of getting older, but it signifies the survival of another 365 days of life's ups and downs and in-betweens. All our experiences have moulded us into a wiser, more appreciative, more forgiving, more self-determined, more ambitious, optimistic and courageous version of ourselves. Isn't that the greatest gift we can receive? This birthday, there is nothing material on my wishlist, just the hopeful thoughts below...

This Birthday I Wish For:

 * Happiness in my heart * Serenity in my soul *
* Success in all the things I attempt to do *
 * Time enough to reach for my dreams *
* Enough patience to see me through *
* Inner beauty * An open mind * 
* Confidence, strong and lasting *
* Strength to do what needs to be done *
* Believing in tomorrow * Living in today *
* Knowing the right way is the only way *
* Clearing out the confusion * Facing the facts * 
* Not being afraid * Never giving up *
* Finding hope in hard-to-find places * 
* Putting smiles on other people's faces * 
* Knowing when to talk * And knowing when to listen *
* Standing by the truth *
* Being firm in my commitments *
* Using my insight to set me right *
* Going from rock bottom to mountain top *
* Learning from mistakes *
* Understanding the greatness within *
* Looking for the good that is always there * 
* Sharing the things that need to be shared *
* Remembering that it can all be a puzzle, 
But solving problems is one of the sweet joys of life. *

If you are also celebrating your birthday in February, I wish you a great one!

P.S. I am lucky to be have the lovely Adeola Naomi interview me on her blog here.

*Poem adapted from original by Douglas Richard.


littlemisschinagirl said...

Great wishes darling,may they all come true :)
take care.xx

Gina said...

Happy Birthday, Sam! May you have a joy filled year, darling... you bring such positivity and light to others and you so deserve many realized hopes and dreams.
XO, Gina

Bodil Huisman said...

I hope you'll have a wonderful day and that your wishes might come true <3
have a lovely week!


Well... said...

Aw, I hope you have a fantastic birthday girl, you deserve it!
I'm also a February baby :)

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Adeola Naomi said...

Happy Happy birthday love!
I pray all your innermost wishes become testimonies and more wonderful and surprising years to come.
You are such an amazing person and I am very proud to have known you and have the privilege of calling you my friend.

Dominika said...

Happy birthday to you, Sam! May all your innermost dreams come true, I hope that the upcoming year will be full of happiness and success :) I can remember your birthday last year, can you believe we've been friends for over a year? Time flies :)

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday! These treats look so yummy!

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Bravoe Runway said...

Happy Birthday Sam! Cheers to you in the upcoming year and I wish for everything you hope for on your list this year.

Kacie Cone said...

Aw such a beautiful post! Happy birthday!

Medusa said...

This is a great post. My birthday is in February & I always get depressed around this time of year & hate my birthday. Your post gives me a different perspective.

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Happy birthday Sam! Hope you have a wonderful day. And bravo on the birthday wish list, it's refreshing to see someone who's not all about the gifts! Have a great weekend!xo

HeartsAndCrosses said...

These are just the cutest!!!


Francesca said...

Happy birthday Sam! Those are wonderful things to want for your birthday! Hope everything on there happens, you are a great person! :)

lucia m said...

love this!


Rowena @ rolala loves said...

What beautiful sentiments! I hope it all comes together for you dear Sam! Happy Birthday fellow Aquarian! May you have a wonderful day and an even better year!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Bree TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Happy Birthday! What beautiful things to wish for <3

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella

Diana Marks said...

Happy Birthday, dear! All the best to you. I really like the first paragraph you wrote - so true!

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erica marie said...

Such great things to hope for! Hope this birthday for you will be the very best!!

xo erica

Punctuation Mark said...

Wishing you an amazing birthday month... I love your list!

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Nerza said...

Happy birthday!
So cute cupcakes :)

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Shes Dressing Up said...

Beautiful wishlist. Happy Birthday!

Sabrina Musco said...

happy birthday!!!!!!
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The Chic Sheet said...

Me and my hubby are Valentine's Day babies!!! Happy B-day to you as well :)


Rosa C. said...

Happy B-day to you!!
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Emma said...

Beautiful post Sam. Hope your wishes come true! Happy Birthday xx

Ivana said...

Sam, this is the most beautiful birthday wish I've ever seen! You are so incredibly mature and brilliant, and I'm sure there are big and wonderful things in your future. Have the loveliest of birthdays, enjoy your big day to the fullest, and may all your dreams and wishes come true!



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mademoiselle mode said...

So sweet happy birthday !

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Little Rus said...

Happy birthday, sweetie! xxx


Loved the feature on you, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear. Wishing you a marvellous birthday weekend./Madison

Alexandra said...

Great attitude to the birthday question) happy nirthday to you, may your dreams come true!!!!!
Have a fabulous time!

Best wishes, Alexandra

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yay, happy birthday dear! May all your wishes come true!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Daniella said...

Sam my dearest a very Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful day and may all your wishes come true but I believe you possess many of these beautiful qualities already. :)

Take care and also enjoy your weekend,
Daniella xox

judith said...

Feliz Cumpleaños!!!
Bonito post.

Kati said...

Love all these pretty and yummy-looking cupcakes!
Happy Birthday!

Have a lovely day,

Lilli said...

Hi Sam!!! Ah I didnt know it was your bday!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR!! On your special day Im here to wish you all the good things you listed (they are also onto mine!!:)) and you are looking for!Hope you can be always happy and satisfied with what you do, I'm very glad to have met you through the blogsphere dear! Have a wonderful day and hope you can have lots of fun and yummy things to eat!!:)) Congrats also for the interview, I'm going to read it now!! Kisses and hugs to you my friend♥

Heather said...

I love your outlook on birthdays! I hope you have the BEST one :)

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Zahra Sandberg said...

I love how you provide such wonderful inspiration! Happy birthday! I hope this year brings you everything that you wish for. Cheers!


Maddie said...

I hope everything you wish will come true! And yummy cupcakes! :P

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Menos es más said...

Feliz cumpleaños, disfrutalos mucho y que se cumplan todos esos deseos!!!

Rosie von Waldherr said...

I loved your wishes!!! They were really personal too, I wish you can accomplish them =D

Have a great Birthday Sam!! =D

The Austrian Rose

Patty Mira said...

love them!

S said...

Have a super happy birthday, sweetie!!!
You definitely deserve it!
Wishng you all your dreams come true! :D

borka gamero said...

hapy birthday dear! hope you have the best new year EVER!
Stay positive and happy... the rest comes and goes!
kisses from Miami,

Katie Frank said...

Oh Sam, Happy Bday to you my love ! <3

Pop Champagne said...

love your birthday wishes! and have a fab birthday hun!

Rahul Bhatia said...

Here is wishing you a very happy and memorable birthday with all your loved ones, Sam:) May each birthday make you happier and a more satisfied person!

indie by heart said...

The most perfect wishlist. :) Happy Birthday! <3

Indie by heart

fluff and fripperies said...

I hope you get everything you wish for, you lovely lady. Have a wonderful birthday xo

Elle Sees said...

Here's to year of cheer and all your wishes coming true

GlamFabChameleon said...

My lovely Sam, may all your wishes and dreams come true!!!! Happy B-day!! Sending you bunch of kisses and hugs!!<3

Always Maylee said...

These cupcakes are all so cute, I want to eat all of them! Happy birthday! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

La borsa di Mary Poppins said...

beautiful pictures!!!!:)

Adrielle said...

Happy birthday! May all your wishes come true and this year be a great one!

Anthea F said...

Happy Birthday!!!


Francesca. said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely day and that you manage to experience everything written about in the poem xx

Anonymous said...

Is it your birthday today? Well happy birthday I'm wishing you the best of luck in everything you do in life!! :)

Denisa said...

Happy Bday. I wish you all the best amd to be happy. Taht all dreams comes true. Have a nice day.

Dominika said...

I hope you had a wonderful day surrounded by your loved ones and made the most of it :) I'm doing fine, I had two weeks off so I tried to get some rest before going back to school on Monday. Sometimes I really miss blogging, but I decided to give myself some more time to come back totally refreshed. How about you, lovely? xo

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Tie Bow-tie said...

Happy Birthday, dear Sam!
kisses and hugs)

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Life's a shoe said...

great post!

Katie Q. said...

Awww, Happy Birthday dear! (I'm sorry, its a bit belated!) Your are such a sweet and kind person, I hope you had a really delightful day and got to enjoy yourself. (You have the best birthday wishes, you are just such a wise person to wish for such wonderful things.)

Fashion-Bridge said...

Happy Birthday dear Sam! You're a wonderful, beautiful, very wise young woman! I wish you all the best in your life



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Bailey Schneider said...

Happy Birthday fellow February born, Aquarian!
I LOVE this poem - and yet again, I need to borrow it! Please :-)

I hope you had a magical birthday and that all your hearts desires come true

Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Marie Martell said...

Happy Birthday Sam!! Hope you had a great day!

xo Marie

Demi Mist said...

Happy Birthday! I wish all your wishes come true!

Antee Gurung said...

Happy birthday sweetie. May u get all the happiness in the world.

Jayme and Mendi said...

We wish you the best birthday yet!! Hope all of your dreams come true!!

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Nee said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SAM! sorry for being a bit late!! i hope all your wishes come true:)

i have also read your interview and i liked it soo much! it was nice to know some more facts about you:)

lots of love xx

Rakhshan said...

happy birthday Sam, wish you many more merrier ones ahead!! :) xoxo