Birthday Dahlias

I bought myself a lush bouquet of summer dahlias for my 45th birthday, which was Sunday. It was a small act of self care three days prior, when I was feeling too hot, tired and a bit miserable. Self care is not something I save for emergencies anymore, it's small daily acts of love that keep me energized for my life. dahlia photographs diptych by Jessica Nichols, Sweet Eventide Photography

Late Summer Dahlia Bouquet photograph by Jessica Nichols, Sweet Eventide Photography

Bold Red & Gold Dahlia Bouquet photograph by Jessica Nichols, Sweet Eventide Photography

I had a wonderful birthday and celebrated with a potluck dinner at our home with my family and close friends who held my hands through the lymphoma relapse last year. My husband surprised me with a turn table and I've been spinning my dad's old records every day.