time to fly...
I get it. My job was to create a safe little nest that allowed for her to grow, to be safe and protected from the elements of the first 18 or so years but when it's her time to spread those beautifully formed wings... I let her fly. Again, I get it. And I knew it was coming. I still wasn't prepared.
It's hard not to have her flutter around the house, land for a just a moment to give me time to admire her. I miss her in my daily life. I miss the conversations. I miss the hugs. I miss the laughs. I even miss working through the tears.
At the same time, watching her truly fly is quite possibly the most pure definition of bittersweet. You see she is an amazing, amazing soul who has ALREADY done great things but is destined to do even more. She is now venturing into who she was truly meant to be and it's the most beautiful thing to watch.
So I miss her, so very much, but I held that cocoon and I did the best I could do. Now she's flying and I'm so proud of her. She's chasing dreams, being authentic to who she is, making new friends and learning. It's what she's meant to do.
I get it.
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what's next for
my one birthday?
At just the age of 9, Kyra realized that giving felt so much better than receiving. I saw the spark the first time she made up her mind to give her presents to someone else and watched it happen. It was a spark that didn't change her, it ignited her. She decided to do two things with that spark: continue to fill her soul by giving and encourage others to do the same. It was then that My One Birthday was born.
Over the past nine years Kyra has led the way of giving to 12 organizations with over $13,000 of donations. Sometimes I have to let that sink in. At just 18, what an amazing impact she's already made.
My One Birthday has always been driven by Kyra. Of course as her mom, I've supported her. We learned together how to make websites, we learned together what makes a non-profit, we learned together how to give the gift of giving. But each and every idea of who to give to, passion around the project and hard work to make it happen - came from Kyra. She stood in that conference room presenting to a group of attorney's to ask for their pro bono support in forming My One Birthday. She's passed out the blankets to the homeless. She's hugged the newly diagnosed cancer patient. She's spoken in front of hundreds to create awareness about tracking.
But right now... she's flying and My One Birthday now needs the nest.
We've had many conversations about the future of My One Birthday and what it's next chapter looks like. How to continue sharing with others how good it feels to give and spread joy, love and hope. Kyra recognizes that as an 'adult' birthday's look different but giving still matters and bringing joy to others still matters.
So we have a new partnership. I am going to tap into her heart, use her beautiful spirit, creative idea and incredible energy to use the gift of giving to celebrate the birthday's of others. Her job is to fly. She'll land every once and a while and we'll work together to remind people they matter, remind people they are always worth celebrating.
we are going to celebrate life
everyone matters - everyone deserves happiness
WHAT TYPES OF CELEBRATIONS MIGHT YOU SEE
THE 'NEW' MY ONE BIRTHDAY BRING?
A celebration for someone in a nursing home who doesn't have family around to celebrate them.
The celebration of a birthday for someone who has worked hard and is seeing a birthday they didn't think they'd see.
Celebrating a heavenly birthday to honor a life that will always matter.
Stepping into hospice to provide a final celebration of life.