A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 31st birthday. To say the celebration was enjoyable is an understatement! My husband and I traveled to the Dominican Republic and enjoyed 5 relaxing fun-filled and glorious days in Punta Cana. While there, I wore a black Rachel Roy tunic dress, also known as my “birthday dress”. I wanted something flowy, lightweight and short, and this option was perfect!
We spent most of our days lounging by the beach or the pool, but I did get a chance to sneak off one morning to indulge in a little “me time”. I sat on our patio and filled a few pages in my journal. I like to reflect on my past year around my birthday. While some of my reflections will remain private, below are a few things I’ve learned over the past year about faith, marriage, life, and finances.
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FAITH | Without my faith, I am nothing. God has always been the center of my life, but since turning 30 I have worked extremely hard to build a personal relationship with Him. Through daily devotionals, praying with my husband, and setting aside time in the morning and evening for Bible Study, I am constantly growing into the woman God has called me to be. It’s an ongoing transformation, but I am so happy that I’ve made deepening my relationship with God a priority. Because of this decision, several areas of my life have improved greatly.
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MARRIAGE | Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of becoming a writer, a wife, and a mother. I never dreamed of the perfect wedding day or the perfect dress. My focus was always the marriage itself, as well as building a family. I’ve always seen positive displays of love, so I’ve always known what real love looks like. With Darrius, I have that. The love we share is a godsend and it’s something I do not take for granted. Our marriage is built on a solid foundation; God is at the center. I have learned to make our marriage a priority, which in turn has made me a better wife and partner. As I grow in Christ, I know that our marriage will only continue to thrive and get better.
LIFE | Life is short. Life is a gift. Life is to be LIVED. Although not perfect, God has blessed me with an amazing life. I pray over my life daily and make a conscious effort to keep certain energy at bay. I understand the importance of surrounding myself with uplifting, genuine, and purpose driven people. Looking at my circle today, it blows my mind at how diverse, yet similar we really are. Our day-to-day lives may be different, but our intention to be the very best human beings possible and our love for one another is the same.
FINANCES | Money has always been a touchy subject for me, but that’s because I never took the time to really understand it. For the past year or so, I’ve made it a point to learn more about money. I’ve read books, listened to podcasts, as well as discussed my finances with trusted individuals. All this in hopes to become educated so that I’m able to make wise financial decisions for myself, my businesses, and our family.
So tell me, what are some lessons you’ve learned thus far about faith, love, life, and finances? Also, what do you think about my black Rachel Roy tunic dress? Let me know!
I don’t claim to have all the answers, nor do I know it all. However, the lessons shared are just a few things that I know for sure. As I embark on this, my 31st year, I anticipate great things! I hope you stick around. Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…xo!
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Happy belated Birthday, Whitney. You look oh so marvelous in the black turban and tunic dress. Thank you for sharing your reflections.
Thanks again, Viv!
Kishina Heaggans says
Gorgeous outfit, Whitney! I too am trying to develop and maintain a more personal relationship with God. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Happy belated birthday as well 🙂
Thank you, Kishina! Really appreciate you reading and commenting. XO!
I think it’s wonderful you’ve really found yourself and are working on crafting a life you love. Happy birthday!
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Thanks, Lydia. Really appreciate that. Still a work in progress, as we all are. Thanks again. XO!
Thanks for sharing such insightful thoughts regarding your journey to 31. I relate to every single one. I am so glad you enjoyed your well deserved birthday trip to Punta Cana. You look great in this all black comfy number. 🙂
Thanks, Roni! And since we’re like BFF’s anyway, I know you can totally relate. 🙂 XO!