I’m a summer baby, so I can never have a fulfilled birthday celebration without spending quality time by the ocean. I have always admired the beauty of the water and everything that it represents. For me, it has always represented a place to pray, reflect, seek clarity, and experience tranquility. Entering the 26th year of my life, I just wanted to feel free and at peace with how far I’ve come in my journey. There have been a lot of bumps in the road, and at this point, I have FINALLY learned to embrace life for what it is and appreciate all the ups and downs. Life has sometimes caused me great pain, loss and confusion, but I am grateful for the struggle. Life has also brought me great joy, love, blessings, and success. Every experience throughout my life, both positive and negative, has gradually birthed the woman I am today. I am amazed at how different I am now in comparison to the woman I was just a couple of years ago. When I was 18 years old, I thought I had my life all planned out. I wanted to finish college within four years, have a successful career, get married, buy a home, have about five children, and live happily ever after…all by 25 years old! I guess it’s true what they say…”if you wanna make the Lord laugh, tell him what you’ve got planned!” Looking at my life now, it’s pretty funny to see how many of those goals that I haven’t come remotely close to accomplishing in the time frame that I expected. At 26 years old, I am still in college, I have not yet established the career of my choice, I am not married, I have no children, and I am not a homeowner yet. A couple of years back, I was upset at the thought of how far “off track” I was with my life. Now, my mindset is completely different. I can honestly say that I am truly happy with my life, even though it is nowhere near the “perfect” picture I created in my head years ago. I am at peace with my journey and I trust God to bless me with everything that I need in HIS timing. With that being said, I just want everyone to know that it is okay to not have it all figured out. We are all on different journeys. Embrace the process and acknowledge your growth. Sit back, relax, and let God work. Cheers to the 26th Chapter! God Bless!
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