This month I celebrate my 33rd birthday. Yes, your girl has been on this Earth for thirty-three years and I am excited! I feel like I am coming into my own in my thirties and have learned some valuable lessons while getting to know myself a little better. There seems to be this idea that a birthday is “just another day” and I beg to differ. Your born day is the day in which God breathed life into your lungs and your spirit took human form. This is a miraculous day and every anniversary thereafter should honor that miracle of life. I don’t just celebrate on one day, I typically celebrate my birthday all month which means my friends and family are obligated to spend this time with me. :) I also share this birthday month with my little brother who’s turning 30 this year! Turn up bro! Welcome to the club.
When I was a kid, I used to think 30’s and 40’s meant you were old. However, now that I am in my 30’s, I feel as young as ever. I feel like this is the time when folks have what I like to call a “young life crisis”. When I turned 30 I was met with some health issues and loss of relationships. Overall, I was not happy with life and was having an existential crisis and wondering who the heck I was. As I reflect back on that time, I realize it was necessary for me to experience that low moment because it propelled me into this journey of self-love and self-acceptance. And while I don’t have all the answers, I finally feel like I am coming into my own.
I figured my Birthday month would be a great time to celebrate myself in mind, body, and spirit. I am also meditating on some revelations I’ve had this year and the motivation they’ve given me to live boldly.
Celebrating my mind by:
Weekly (or more often) journaling
Taking a few days off work to relax
Reminding myself that the narrative I create in my mind is usually not reality. Reality check!
Celebrating my body:
I have booked a massage and facial! I never pay full price by using Groupons and a discount at my local spa.
Make home cooked meals and schedule daily rest times
Celebrating my spirit:
Daily prayer and meditation
Showing gratitude for this life through statements of affirmations and thanking my loved ones for loving me
I want 33 to be different. Instead of looking at what I am lacking, I will identify all of the ways my life is full. I commit to:
Being kind to myself
Showing myself some grace
Allowing myself to be vulnerable and being mindful of who I allow to see that vulnerability
Reminding myself that goals are nothing without a commitment to a plan
Visualizing and working towards my professional goals despite the doubts and fears that creep up
Not wasting my own time which means clarifying my expectations, asserting my desires, and removing myself from toxic situations (no more drama!)
Exercising my right to say NO!
Here’s to a fabulous and bold 33rd year!
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Happy Birthday to me!