Today I am turning 35 and I’m thinking about cycles, being on my fifth seven year cycle. According to an article I just read, 35-42 is the last cycle of the Mother Quadrant, a time when, whether it be children or a career, a woman spends her energy nurturing a project. This last cycle is an opportunity to heal the wounds of guilt, resentment and chronic over-extension. All of these things had powerfully poignant manifestations for me in the last year and I am ready to be free. I had my first baby at 21 and it’s been 7 years since I grew my last baby, and it is time to reorganize my priorities. I loved growing babies, it helped me appreciate my body and gave me a reason to nourish it well. Now those babies are big kids and my body is still wanting nourishment and I have been putting it off for awhile. In this new country, all on my lonesome, I don’t really have anybody else to listen to though. So, after lunch, we are taking a walk to Viktoriapark and I’m going to take a bunch of deep breaths, forgive myself for being new to all this, and tell my brand new birthday cells that I’m ready to pay attention.