November is a very special month for me. My birthday is in November, and ever since I was a little girl just like most of us I would build up to my birthday, weeks ahead. I had a countdown and everything. As years passed and I grew older, the child inside me would always resurface in November and I would begin to make dreams and set goals for the months to come. It was very similar to the way people make New Years resolution.

One night a few months ago, a few days after his birthday, I was putting my son to sleep, and he was rather upset. When I asked him what was wrong he told me that he was upset because most of his wishes don’t come true. When he blows out his birthday candles, the wish doesn’t come true ( full transparency he asked for a real Lamborghini ) I was lost for words, because I wasn’t sure what I could say to him about blowing candles and making wishes.

As children we believed that if you blew the candles strong enough anything you wished for, would come true. And I think it’s fair to say that’s not the case.I am filled with emotion and my heart fills up this year when I can finally tell him, that if you wish hard enough and really believe in yourself and trust the people that love you and care for you, wishes do come true. Last year for my birthday I made one very specific wish. I blew out my candles and wished that The GoodSnack would finally be ready and I would be able to show the world what we had been working on with Lina for so long. My wish came true.

It came true on such a larger scale than I had ever imagined when I made that wish last year. I look back at the past year and I cannot help but smile. My wish came true beyond any expectation I had. Having said that though, my wish did not just magically happen. Lina and I worked and continue to work extremely hard to make our dreams come true.

I would like to leave you this beautiful rainy Friday with a message to all of you.

Don’t stop wishing, don’t stop dreaming. Make sure you have people around you that share the same dreams and wishes as you, embrace them, love them and never stop dreaming and wishing. There is a child in all of us, and whenever you blow out that candle on your birthday…wish hard. Good thing come to those who wait.

Have a lovely weekend

Maria Panayidou