As she turns 39 years old today, Aug. 12, actress Iza Calzado reflected on where she is now in this stage of her life and what she has learned along the way.
Calzado shared her birthday musings via an Instagram post today, Aug. 12, which came with a stunning black and white photo of the actress.
“Thirty Nine. The past year has challenged me so much on so many levels yet here I am, alive and grateful to be so as I celebrate my birthday,” she said.
“One of the biggest lessons for me has been learning to embrace every aspect of my being, not just the qualities that I like but more so the ones that are difficult to love and accept,” Calzado emphasized, pointing out her “imperfections and the shadows within.”
Calzado also shared having learned to practice ” self-compassion,” noting that it has been helpful and even made her more compassionate toward others.
“At the root of it all is self-love. Working on having a better understanding of what it means to me. Working on my sense of self worth, my being enough. Filling my cup first before giving to others,” the actress emphasized. “Only then can I truly be happy and have peace in my heart.”
“Being aware of the darkness within and.around me, I create more light from within and around me.. Tapping into the limitless light inside all of us which comes from the source whom I call God,” she added.
Calzado then noted how grateful she is for “every step and misstep” that she took, which was supported and guided by God “that has led me exactly to where I am today.”
“I celebrate this present moment, this gift of my existence and evolution today. I wish the same for you,” she said. IB