My 26th birthday is today and it is just another reminder of how blessed I am. I am fully aware that I am in a totally different place than I was last year and that is not a bad thing at all. I am transitioning and expecting God to move every single day of my life. My relationship with Him is what I cherish most in my life and as it grows stronger, so do I. I have some pieces on my chess board in play and it is a bit scary but all necessary on my journey back to me.
This month’s theme is self-care and on the actual day of my birth I will be doing just that, and putting into practice everything I preach over the next year. Throughout last year, all major events of happiness came with a twinge of sadness. Somebody or something would just really ruin it for me, whether it was intentional or unintentional. I suffered from all of the things a college-educated black woman in her mid-twenties would be experiencing. It is not fun. But I never lost sight of the work God is doing in my life. I keep in mind my favorite scripture, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). In spite of all I have been through I am thankful and grateful. I am in God’s will and it’s a wonderful place to be.
This last year has taught me that God will make room for His work whether I am ready or not. I did not listen to Him on several occasions and he politely inserted Himself into those situations. I am thankful that He loves me that much. I learned that even the greatest love does not require sacrifice of your dignity, pride, and livelihood. You can be in love with compromising who you are. Believe me, it’s just not worth it. After heartbreak and pain, I am so much stronger coming out of battle. Bye, Bye enemy, you gotta be quicker than that! So at this stage in life I am focusing on me and obtaining everything that God has for me. I have triumphed, I have been rejected, I have been celebrated, and I have been cast aside. But I am still here. And will ALWAYS stay true to who I am and what I believe.
I look forward to the next 365 days of my life. God willing I want to make an impact and help others. I want to be propelled into a light that radiates positivity, love, and happiness. I want to walk in the path God has made for me and be a resource for others. My priorities are clearer than ever, and I do not want to spend my year undoing the work God has made in me this far. I want to strive and thrive and achieve every goal that I have set for myself. I know I can do better and be better.
I will trust my gut and never let anyone allow me to go low when I should be going high. I will go abroad and take in God’s creations. I will celebrate life with my friends and have endless laughs and great memories. I will continue my education and get my doctoral degree. I will eat good, smell good, and look good. I will continue to love on my crazy little fur baby Lexi. I will be start a thriving career in my field and I will be thanking God while doing all of these things.
Here’s to you 26 and farewell 25. Thank you for being good to me, teaching me, and making me grow.
Happy Birthday Blackbirds