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Dear 38, I quit you! No hard feelings tho…


Exactly a week from today I will turn 39 years old. 39 is such a sophisticated yet, scary number. After all, it is the last year of being in my 30’s. I plan to make this a good year, better yet a great one. I want a year filled with adventure, happiness, and love. I am going take 39 by force & graciously glide into 40 with joy and peace in my heart.

38 was a wild, challenging, interesting & wonderful year. Wild in the sense that I started off with a temporary job, but ended up in a permanent one.  Challenging in the sense that, I had to discover some people just didn’t have my best interest at heart, and letting them go was best. Interesting in the sense that, I watched God work miracles and answer prayers for so many of my loved ones. Wonderful in the sense that, I started 38 off feeling like a rejected old maid, but ended up with me understanding what it feels like to be truly loved & adored.

When I look in the mirror, I see a woman who has been through various challenges, both beautiful & not-so-beautiful. I see a woman who has weathered heartbreak, loss, and rejection. And yet somehow managed to come out on top;  unscathed by misfortune, untouched by mishaps and unfazed by mishandling. All glory to God alone.

Speaking of the Almighty, I see a woman who loves God, trusts God & relies on God. I see a woman who is appreciated, respected and celebrated.  And, I also see a woman who needs more growth & development. As I approach this year with faith & fullness, I also approach it as a time to redirect my energies into even more positive changes for myself and those around me.


Perhaps I will finally get around to milking my first cow or even hosting a fancy dinner party for my friends.  Maybe I will take lessons and really learn to sing (not just carry a tune & mimic people) or, become a certified mediator.  Quite possibly I will get around to building that Lego castle, or learning to roller skate again. But for certain, here are just a few of the things I must do:

  1.  Get healthier. Physically, mentally, financially, and most of all spiritually. I plan to do everything in my power to build my spirit-man, and the physical one. Sacrifices (less expensive dinners out with friends, more exercise & vegetable eating) on certain levels will have to be made, but I know it will be worth it. Help Lord.
  2. Cultivate my personal goals. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to write books and articles for various magazine/internet outlets. It’s time I put these thoughts into actions, and bless the world with the gift of my talents. After all, I am just filled with knowledge & wisdom. (smile).
  3. Travel more. There is so much of this great Earth to see, taste and experience. Often times we get caught up in the rut of working & keeping a routine that we forget there is beauty to behold outside of our comfort zone and homes. I want to experience God’s creativity in different places. St. Lucia, Japan or New Zealand anyone?
  4. Nurture my family, relationship, and friendships. I have been blessed with so many amazing people to love in my life. It’s important that they KNOW how amazing they are to me. This will require time, effort, energy and resources. Love is a verb and that means action.
  5. Have more experiences of wonder, exhilaration & bliss. Every breath I take is a reminder that I have a chance to enjoy the life I have been given. God is an Awesome Wonder… I don’t want to simply live another year but to thrive in it! I guess that means I should strap my roller skates on, right?

So, to 38, it’s been real but I have to go. Cheers to 39 and the all of the joys, surprises, challenges, positive change, and laughter it will bring (along with an enduring wrinkle-free face &  a tight bum)… Join me?

One comment on “Dear 38, I quit you! No hard feelings tho…

  1. shawntemarie
    January 29, 2014

    Loved it!


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