Originally when I imagined how I would celebrate my birthday this year I had some pretty extravagant ideas. Finally, I had to settle down with the reality that money is tight and extravagance for me usually comes with a big price tag. So I settled for whatever would come my way today. I learned to appreciate the small things like breakfast made by my boyfriend, hugs from my daughters, wine from my boyfriend, beautiful cards, time with my family and friends. That's what life is all about — appreciating what you have. Happy Birthday to me.