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This is 44!

Written by Amy Banocy

May 5, 2021

I was born on May 5, 1977, which means I am celebrating my 44th birthday! I have the utmost gratitude and respect for my mom, who pushed me into this world, weighing a whopping 9 lbs. 15oz and measuring 24 in. long (and she says she thinks they cheated me and I was actually bigger)!!!

I honestly can’t believe I’m sharing this photo! Hello, big ugly baby!!!

In my meditation this morning, I focused on gratitude for all of my life’s teachers. Following the meditation, I wrote this poem and a list of 44 things I’m grateful for.

Whether you’ve hurt me, helped me or healed me,
Thank you.

Whether we’ve just met or have known each other a lifetime,
Thank you.

Whether you know how grateful I am or not,
Thank you.

Whether you are presently a part of my life or have since left my path,
Thank you.

Today I am grateful for you, for the lessons you have taught me, the gifts you have given me, the ways you have guided me.

Today I am grateful for all my teachers…past, present and future.
Thank you.

  1. My breath
  2. My body
  3. My knowledge
  4. My positive outlook
  5. My family
  6. My teachers & guides
  7. My spiritual connection to Universe
  8. My creativity
  9. My voice
  10. My willingness to listen
  11. My perspective
  12. My smile
  13. My ability to help lift others
  14. My ability to inspire others
  15. My parents
  16. My work in this world
  17. My incredible support system
  18. Therapy, my therapist and my group
  19. RAW (my morning group)
  20. Rodan + Fields
  21. The abundance of opportunities in my life
  22. The ocean and beach
  23. HUGS
  24. My medical team & medicine
  25. My home
  26. The opportunity to raise 3 boys
  27. Friends who are like family
  28. The lessons I’ve learned and am continuing to learn every day
  29. Travel
  30. My time spent at EKC (summer camp)
  31. My years at Penn State…WE ARE!!!
  32. People I’ve met along my journey
  33. Synchronicities
  34. My love of writing
  35. Learning to communicate more honestly & effectively with others
  36. My ability to set healthy boundaries
  37. Being raised to value Tzedakah (helping others) and Tikkun Olam (healing the world)
  38. My love of reading
  39. My love of learning
  40. Human connection and all it gives
  41. The abundance of love in my life
  42. Nature, its beauty and all its gifts
  43. My health (yes, I’m even grateful for cancer bc of the lessons it’s providing me)
  44. The future and all the lessons & gifts which lie ahead

And now, for some adorable pics (at least I’d say so)….

Me and my beloved doll, Honey
Kindergarten school pic
I have ALWAYS loved the beach!

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