November 25, 2003

One of the best gifts I got for my birthday was the one I gave myself.

Last night, I tore open an envelope addressed to me. My name was written in wild cursive. I recognized it immediately; it was Sabrina’s. I excitedly unfolded the slip of paper that was nestled inside and started to read the purple ink message. After the first few words, I realized that it wasn’t a note from Sabrina at all. It was from me.

I’d scribbled the note at Sabrina’s workshop two months ago. It was one of our last exercises that day: Giving ourselves permission and wishes and dreams.

Somehow, the words I wrote two months ago were exactly what I needed to hear yesterday. That I could be whatever I want to be. But also, that I’m already beautiful just the way I am.


  1. the stinkowitz says:

    the thing that entertains me most about notes from the past is the feeling that i have communicated through time somehow. it reminds me that all writing can do that. it’s amazing.

  2. Kim says:

    Another gorgeous layout! I love it. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

  3. kaleine says:

    happy birthday dear!

    i love your new lay out!

    oh, and happy thanksgiving…too bad it’s not being celebrated here in Pinas…

    take care!

  4. stellarly says:

    ooh how loverly! wonderful dahling, wonderful!! xoooo.

  5. annukka says:

    oh, how lovely lovely is here now! and I can comment as well! great.

    send you autumn hugs from Denmark.

  6. Elisha Marshall says:

    Very nice :)

    Happy birthday.

  7. regan says:

    love the colours on your layout!

  8. Erma says:

    I did that once a wihle ago too. When I found the note and read it again, it’s as if it were written by a best friend who knew exactly what to say to make me feel good. stinkowitz is right, it’s amazing. I love the new look here too. Happy (belated Birthday and have a great Thanksgiving. :)

  9. Stef says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I love the new website

  10. lucia says:

    happy happy birthday!!!

    your sight look so yummy i could eat it. but i won’t because if i did there will be nothing left to keep me inspired. *hug* thank you!

  11. Laura says:

    Happy Birthday!

    The design is very pretty. I like it.

  12. kiehl says:

    finally! comments on your site! yay! … and i heart the new look. xoxo. ps miss you.

  13. - h - says:

    Eeee! *squeal* the site looks ab. fab.

    Happy Birthday missy. Woo, its my own soon!

    I love this time of year (despite the fact ive been moaning about the cold weather here in England all day…) You know, stamping on crispy leaves is the most satisfying thing there is to do(rivalled only by jumping in puddles and cracking a tasty creme brulee).

    xxXxx love your little friend across the pond

  14. ~~~~ says:

    Dear you,
    I took on your ‘time capsule’ task myself, just to see if i could be decisive enough and fill it in. Would you be interested in reading it?
    Love Little Miss Anonymous x

  15. Moe Moe says:

    Happy Birthday!!

  16. janet says:

    wow, this is GREAT!

    happy birthday. : )

  17. Fran says:

    Lovely new fall design!

  18. Emily says:

    Your new design gives me goosebumps! I love it.

  19. beautifulone says:

    wonderful pinkness! love it! thank you for spreading lots of joy and simple lovely thoughts.

  20. Your Fan Club says:

    Yay for new things. Good job, Christine. I hope this means you will be writing more “i spies”.

    Happy Birthday. We love you.

  21. tracy c. says:

    happy b-day!
    your new design is uber-cute! Especially the leaves and the stripey tights….. happy sewing on your new machine!

  22. El says:

    Hello Dear,

    Sending you a belated birthday wish. Love the new layout, and your “turning 28” list. Here’s hoping your year older brings you greater joy, realisation and appreciation of all things that is beautiful in this life.

    xoxo El.

  23. Gracey says:

    Belated happy birthday! Am sure you had a great one.

    I like this layout, really. The colors are just amazing.

    Enjoy the presents you gave yourself!

  24. nita says:

    it looks great!

  25. jenn says:

    your entries always make my heart happy. ive enjoyed reading them for the past couple years. and i too wish you a mega ultra happy belated birthday.

  26. anna says:

    the new layout is just lovely! cheers and best wishes for your birthday =)

  27. ireane says:

    you’re great.
    and i love the “improvements”.

    but, i think it was always superb.

  28. Paolo says:

    wow. very inspiring. i love this entry. great new lay-out by the way.

  29. m. says:

    it looks beautiful, beautiful! i love this new page–so warm and clean. and as always, i’m so happy to hear that you’re happy and so well-loved. you’re amazing, sweetie, and you’re a blessing to everyone–everyone!–around you. thank you for all your hard work!
    with love and so much admiration, miss m., nyc.

  30. kaleine says:

    hey… i read the article about you in Preview magazine. :) the one written by claire betita-samson. It was nice to read something that you’re familiar with. I was like, “OMG! I know what maganda.org is! I’m one of Christine’s fans!” :)

  31. rica says:

    hi christine! it’s been awhile since I have last visited your site. I love your new layout :) Mabuhay!

  32. ros. says:

    hi christine, happy (belated) birthday! i’ve been to your site since abt 2 years ago, and your layouts’ always been real nice, including this one. : )

  33. Why not? says:

    What happened to comments? Why can’t we comment on the other entries?

  34. christine says:

    Comments are only available on certain posts.

    Sorry, but I hope that doesn’t stop you from enjoying your stay. xo.

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