As I reflect on my 41st birthday (it was on the 29th), I feel so incredibly grateful for my beautiful life, my extraordinary friendships (my crew came from Ontario to party with me on the weekend), my Frenchman who sang happy birthday to me at midnight (in French, naturally), the delicious moments with a handsome stranger on the dance floor Saturday night, and another year of life.
On December 29th I moved into my new home and my new city, and exactly one month later I can't imagine my life being another way.
I am exactly where I belong.
This city matches my spirit and my energy beautifully, or as the Frenchman has said, Montreal has expanded itself to receive all that I am.
I feel so at home here and I am so in love with my new life.
I feel even more loved by, and connected to, my beloved tribe since I moved to Montreal, and as always I am so grateful for Facebook for giving me the perfect vehicle for expressing my heart and sharing my life so that those who care about me can be a part of this adventure as I live it out to the fullest.
2016 was my favorite year ever. My 40th was extraordinary and everything that followed was amazing.
At the end of the year when I had to accept that I could no longer stay in my home though, it was just as tough as adjusting to the 9-5 I started two weeks ago. But in both cases, once I could get on board with what was happening and trust that they were actually perfectly timed gifts for me, I was good to go.
I wasn't sure that 2017 could top all that last year brought me, but it has already surpassed my hopes for the new year and there are only more amazing things on the way.
I am living the life of my dreams even though I didn't dream of Montreal specifically, nor did I dream of moving out of my home as you all know. And I sure as hell didn't dream of working a 9 to 5.
But here I am getting happier by the day and feeling so, so full in my heart and soul.
I didn't dream of the details surrounding my new life. But I dreamed of expansion and fullness and joy and abundance and connection and being in the flow of life.
And then the world delivered itself to me through things that I resisted at first, but grew to embrace and swiftly move into.
And look at me now.
My life in Cambridge was incredible. My life in Montreal is incredible.
And while I'm tempted to say that Montreal suits me so much better than Cambridge ever did, that wouldn't be accurate.
Cambridge suited me perfectly for who I was then and I thrived there just like I'm thriving here.
Cambridge is where I grew into the woman I am in Montreal.
Cambridge is where I faced and healed the parts of me that needed love.
Cambridge is where I learned that I was worthy of the life and the love I am currently living and receiving.
Cambridge is home. Montreal is home.
And Mandyland is wherever I am.
The happiest 41 year old on the planet.
Want to see oodles of pics from my celebratory weekend? You can check them out on Instagram.
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