Self-Care Challenge (Day 275): Celebrating Anniversaries

White plate with Bottega printed on the edge

On day 275 of my 366-day self-care challenge, my husband and I celebrated our Anniversary with friends.

It’s rare these days to stay in touch with childhood friends outside of social media, but even more rare to still gather regularly to celebrate life’s special moments.

Last night we celebrated our 6th anniversary with some friends who were celebrating their 9th, and while the actual dates of our anniversaries are almost two weeks apart, it’s close enough for us to periodically find a reason to celebrate the event together.

With a 2007 and 2010 bottle of Jordan Cab in hand (our respective wedding year vintages), we settled in at Bottega for a meal that left us speechless more than once over the course of the evening. The plates just kept coming: garden fresh caprese salad, ricotta gnocchi, short rib meatballs, duck confit. I honestly don’t remember much after that. And as much as we may have hoped, there was absolutely no room whatsoever for dessert.

The evening was perfect. The wine. The food. The service. The friendship. What more could you ask for to celebrate a combined 15 years of marriage? True, marriage brings inevitable storms – some that are seemingly impossible to weather – but when all is said and done, the choice to course correct and keep moving forward is more than worth celebrating.

And you know you’ve had a great time when you suddenly realize you’re the last table in the restaurant. Still telling stories. Still laughing. Still reflecting on how great the meal was.

It’s sad that these moments are few and far between for most of us. Our busy lives prevent us from celebrating and lingering with friends. We don’t have the time (or don’t make the time) to celebrate life’s significant milestones.

This exquisite dinner with friends was my self-care celebration for the day. When we give ourselves permission to let go of our worries and to-do lists, we can enjoy the moment – even if it’s just for a moment.

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