Today is my birthday and for the first time ever I can’t make any plans.
Unexpected, never would have guessed it but grateful. Beyond grateful.
So how do you celebrate your birthday when you’ve been in quarantine for three weeks?
Have a Zoom call with people I love.
Spend half the day cleaning and disinfecting. I’m a germaphobe. It makes sense right now.
Take long walks. 2 to 3 hours. I start at sunrise.
Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
Have an in-home concert. Live music is one of my most cherished love languages. I put a few of my fave NPR Tiny Desk Concerts on repeat and play them from the TV. Lineup includes Snoh Aalegra, Tank & the Bangas, Robert Glasper, Common & Bilal at The White House, Christian Scott, Big KRIT, H.E.R., Raphael Saadiq, Tobe Nwigwe, Thundercat, and Anthony Hamilton
Make a new recipe. Stuffed salmon is the chef’s (my) choice.
Do hair and makeup. Get dressed. Any other socially-distanced day this is unlikely.
Test out a new camera and lighting kit for my online course delivery. Can’t wait to release new content for clients and colleagues.
Gaze at the most beautiful bouquet of yellow tulips. Breathtaking with every glance.
Search online for organic, non-gmo, heirloom seeds. Obviously time to start growing our own food.
Script a new series of my podcast Affirmations of Excellence. So excited to share more episodes and introduce the guests who will join me soon.
Brainstorm with think tank on ways to build financial pipeline for black female entrepreneurs.
Finish reading “Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine” – a birthday gift from 2019 that I started on a flight to Finland but never completed.
Channel the ancestors in appreciation for the resilience to survive crisis. Imagining what they experienced at worst. I’ll never know the half.
Journal. Major and minor reflections. All are worthy of space.
Call Mom and Dad, and render tearful thoughts of gratitude to each of them.
Pray. To God. Not to make any requests. Only to offer thanks.
Another trip around the sun…