28

The day after Thanksgiving was my birthday and leading up to it I was filled with such excitement and joy. No, I wasn’t having a big birthday bash (which I never do because my friends are always out of town or with their family during Thanksgiving break) nor was I going on some special trip to celebrate. But what made me happiest about turning a year older was the fact that for the first time in my life I feel like my life is moving in the right direction, and as more time passes and the older I get, I am becoming the person that God has intended me to be. After I turned 24, I would always feel a sense of sadness and anxiety about getting older because I felt that I wasnt doing enough in my life. I would look at others and what they were doing and wish that it was me achieving more at that age. But now those feelings have been dispelled and I get filled with joy and excitement when I think about getting older and my future! I have been working on a few things that I know will make my life better and Im at the point where I just want to see the me two years from now when everything Ive been working towards come to pass.

The year between 27 and 28 has been such an amazing journey. I have had  friends and family members tell me how they have really been able to see a change in me and how proud they are of me for it. Who would have thought that a really bad break up, a crappy job and a new amazing boyfriend would have led me to have such an amazing year! A golden year at the age of 27! A year of exploration, finding myself, and finally feeling comfortable and confident in my own skin!

Im realizing now, that getting older isnt so bad if you have family and friends who love and support you. Just enjoy each part of the journey and always remember to strive to make each year GOLDEN!

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The man who made my 28th birthday special.

Dallas this weekend.

This weekend I will be traveling to Dallas to celebrate my sisters 30th birthday and to take part in her bachelorette party. I am so happy and excited that we will be able to come together with close friends to celebrate both of these events.

Although I am excited I must admit that thinking of going to Texas during this time period makes me somewhat hesitant. Although I love getting together with my friends and my sister and seeing my old stomping grounds, the fact that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidency still has me reeling. Already there have been reports of whites causing harm to minorities verbally and physically. After the election it had me very hesitant to travel anywhere down south because of the different things that I have been hearing. Prior to Trump winning the election, I already felt that Dallas had racial undertones that were apparent in my daily interactions. So I am sure that Trumps victory has invigorated many racist people in that state. Needless to say, I am going just to have fun and just hope that I remain safe.I hope that my short time in Dallas is filled with nothing but fun, friends and laughs.