It might not be Friday, but I’m ringing in my 32nd year with a fashion post. Really, it’s more than that. It’s a reflection of the past year and more, a celebration of simple fun with people I care about.
I went to the Four Seasons twice recently and wore blue dresses. Blue is Mom’s favorite color, not mine, but I seem to have a lot of it in my closet and I like how it looks on me. Plus, some of my blue dresses are long sleeved, and the weather has been a bit chilly here in Florida.
The first time we went was actually to celebrate Dad’s birthday and meet a work friend of his. We watched fireworks and talked and toasted to life. It was relaxing, rejuvenating, and just a pleasure to be out and about enjoying the night. We took a quick walk before we left and were able to spot the Big Dipper along with some other stars. Being around Disney (and at the Four Seasons) really is magical.
The second time we went, we met friends from Michigan, who are currently in Naples, and came to Orlando to celebrate my birthday officially. Yeah, they are that special to us, and apparently we are to them since they were willing to come celebrate. It was the most beautiful sunset, and the best time with friends, catching up, eating amazing food, and drinking tasty cocktails.
I’ve celebrated a few other birthdays with them and even thinking about how we were able to continue that tradition despite all the things working against us brings a tear to my eye.
While the views and food and cocktails at Capa are definitely a reason alone to celebrate at the Four Seasons, I really chose to do so for a different reason. When we came to Florida to look for a house, I hadn’t been on a plane or stayed in a hotel multiple nights in over two decades. I was pretty much beside myself with anxiety. I chose then to stay at the Four Seasons because I knew they would take care of me. I chose to celebrate now because I want that special hotel and all the amazing people in it to continue to be a part of my Florida journey.
I felt pure joy that night every single second I was there. It helped me see this birthday as something to celebrate. To see life as something to celebrate. Even if I wore blue, my mood was anything but.