It's not a birthday or a recognizable anniversary, but today, for me, this day is significant.
We tend to define ourselves in relation to others, I am a wife and a mother. I don't have an outside job, so I can't define myself in terms of an occupation - and I hate the term "housewife". In using these definitions, it is all too easy to forget to look at who we really are.
I'm 54 years old, and today it is exactly twelve months since my last period. According to the medical professionals, I have now been through the menopause.
I am a post-menopausal woman.
It hasn't been easy, I have good days and some bad days. I recognize that this is a time of transition and change and I try to embrace this. I am also aware that, just because I have passed the twelve months milestone, it doesn't mean that things will settle down yet. I'm still having hot flushes, anxiety attacks and weepy sessions (Damn those hormones).
But today, I want to celebrate this. I want to celebrate being a woman. I'm changing, blossoming and looking forward to a long and happy post-menopausal life.
So I'm off to bake a cake, then put my feet up and knit. I think I've earned the right to make time to look after myself.
Wherever you are and what ever you are doing, I hope you get a chance to celebrate your own womanhood and take good care of yourselves.