Lest you think me totally self indulgent, (keyword = totally) I started the practice years ago when a dear friend of mine was approaching her big 40 and I told her that one day to celebrate the awesome bodaciousness of her was not nearly enough and by royal decree (yes, mine) gave her the whole month instead. Thirty days instead of one. It was so much fun, we pinky pledged to carry on the tradition and so we have. Hers in May and mine in February for the last 15 years.
And we've shared the tradition with others. Because one day (a birthday once a year) is not nearly enough time to take it all in or celebrate ourselves.
Over the years I've added some little rituals to the whole celebratory birth month concept. On January 31, I make a list of all the things I love, the things that bring me joy, the things I want for my life, the things that make me come alive and then I make a conscious commitment to bring at least one thing from my list into my life each and every day during DaniMonth. I also start each and every day with a little love note to myself.
And the first 12 days of DaniMonth are representative and symbolic of the 12 months of my upcoming year and where I set my energetic intention. It's also where I review the past year - what I learned, what I want to learn, where I've been and where I still hope to go.
There is only one hard and fast rule to DaniMonth - I don't do anything that I don't want to do. I don't do shoulds or ought tos. I don't say yes when I want to say no and I sequester myself from those who would show up to rain on my celebratory parade.
It is my month after-all. A month where I indulge myself and my flights of fancy without any guilt or recriminations. A month where I laugh and clap my hands with glee. A month where I eat cake for breakfast, wear lots of red, hang on my every word, laugh at my own jokes and marvel at my own wit.
It's a month where I live each day smack dab in the middle of my amazing and let my life be the wonderful that it is.
Nope - one day is not nearly enough time to celebrate it all.
It's DaniMonth - bring on the fun and festive!!
I can't wait to get started!!