Ugh… Birthdays…

 In Branding, Business, Entrepreneurs, Growth, Marketing, New Beginning, Strategy, success

It happened while I was staring out the window at my dog…

Waiting to see where he decided to lay out in the sun.

Which led me to take in all the amazing greenery in my yard that I love to be surrounded by.

I was soaking it all in, feeling grateful and wondering why would I ever get wonky and weird with the life I have… 

Which happens sometimes around my birthday.

Then something made me shift a bit and my gaze was brought closer.
To the screen on the window rather than beyond.

And to my surprise there was a little gecko hanging out there!

Now I hadn’t seen this creature before, he was sort of like a speck of dust on my glasses that I will often look past rather than actually clean my lenses.

And I had to laugh.

Cuz once I saw him, I couldn’t ‘unsee’ him. He was right in my face. 
That’s when I realized that I’ve been doing this for a week or so.

All I was seeing was my past.
My first birthday without a mom, or parents.
The loss of many this year.

My past mistakes.
The past betrayals.
All the wrong choices I’ve made in the past.
What I could have done differently… in the past.

Just like staring out my window – beyond the beauty right in front of me. Not seeing the whole yard.

I was leaving out the other parts of my past.

The past accomplishments.
The growth.
My great clients who inspire me regularly.
All the amazing relationships along the way.

So many things I would not have imagined I would do, but did!
Plus all the abundance that surrounds me daily.

As I began to recall these other parts of my journey I could feel my body relax.

My heart opening a bit, softening to the joys of life I’ve experienced.
People I’ve loved.
Awards I’ve won.
Discoveries I’ve made.
Dances I’ve danced.
Communities I’m a part of.
So much to be grateful for.

And then it really hit me.

How could I be excited about creating the future when I’ve been holding on so tightly to that focus?
Seeing, literally seeing it all, including it all, allowed another conclusion to my story.

And gave me endless possibilities for the future.
This gave the meaning of my birth day a twist.
The little lizard on my screen gave me this gift.

Isn’t it SO cool when we get messages and gifts from the Universe?!?!

It only took a moment to shift my entire self into one of joy, laughter and deep appreciation for all that has been so far and all that is to come.

Quite a birthday gift, and one I shall never forget!!

The perfect example of the concept: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

So, my wish for you during my birthday month is that you too find ways to see the best of you, to know the best is yet to come… and that YOUR life is worthwhile, amazing and I for one am THRILLED we share this planet together.


To your Unforgettable Journey,


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J. Winslow
Branding Specialist and Strategic Planner, J. Winslow brings decades of solid experience to each project and leader she interacts with. Clients range from non-profits such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to Madison Avenue Biggies including: Women’s Day Magazine, Cover Girl and Elizabeth Taylor. She also enjoys working with TEDx speakers and students ready to leverage their own brand stories. Learn more here



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