33 was good to me...34 has big shoes to fill. Happy Birthday to me.
My 33rd year has been one of my best years as an adult. I spent the year learning who I am and slowly introducing myself to my world. Up until this point, I have defined myself by roles as daughter, friend, employee, wife, and mom.
This year, I learned how to define myself as:
a black woman that is healing and helping others to heal
someone that enjoys reading, singing, and dancing
a lover of Colorguard, learning, and french fries
someone striving to improve and grow constantly
a Spelman Alumna that loves her sisterhood
a socially awkward woman who enjoys all things BLERD
more to come... I'm still learning who I am
The internal healing from therapy has my skin glowing, my posture straighter, and my smile wider. I'm feeling fabulous and WORTHY, so I am treating myself as such. I am allowing myself to receive compliments, doing things I never thought I would do, and being unapologetic about taking time for myself. I'm doing the things I enjoy in the way I enjoy doing them.
Being unapologetic also applies to my Virtual Assistant business, Melanated Audacity. I have been blessed with clients nonstop since we opened. I have encountered some badass black women. It has been humbling that these powerhouses have depended on me to support them with different projects. Being 100% authentically me has been working wonders. I am at my most confident because I can be myself. Initially, I felt I would need to do and act like other entrepreneurs on social media. I stressed over that for quite some time. I am a pretty private person and loathe the idea of being on social media and trying to make TikToks about my business. I prefer being behind the scenes. I LOVE to see my people shine, but if you put a light on me, I might implode.
However, 33 has empowered me, and I am slowly taking my steps toward social media in my way. Doing things in my way is proven to be more than enough. At 33, I have learned that I am WORTHY.
My goals for 34:
Continue to do things that I have been scared or nervous to do
Continue to learn but feel empowered to do things as I see fit
Ensure that Self-Care is a priority and encourage others to do the same
Live my life as if I am the main character because I AM!
Be the woman I want my daughter to admire - flawless, unapologetically outspoken, self-loving, and self-aware.
Grow my business to empower more black women.
I will continue to walk my path, laugh loudly, and live happily. I wish all the same for you.