Commandeered by Corona, my birthday has been.
But defeated is an emotion I’m not choosing in this self-quarantine.
Friends from 5 different states
Helped me celebrate.
And though we couldn’t hug,
I could still feel the love.
It wasn’t as originally planned,
But still it was quite grand.
Life is amazing, of this I’m quite sure
I’m looking forward to the next year of adventure.
For each text, letter, and call
I love you all.
At this rate,
Twenty-eight is gonna be great!!

As my twenty-eighth birthday comes to a close, it’s definitely been one to remember. Needless to say, it didn’t look at all like I imagined. Originally on Saturday, my mom and I were going to go Ponce City Market to the Splatter Room and the Glossier pop-up shop. Then today I was going to have a tie-dye party. It was actually the first time in a few years that I had definite plans to be excited about for my birthday. But as we all know, those plans didn’t come to fruition. Instead I had a virtual party over Zoom. It was pretty cool but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to feeling a little sad. I’ve been thinking about James 4:13-15 this week.

“Now, listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend an year there carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that”

Just a reminder that this life is fleeting and God’s got it all under control. My heart is heavy with what the world is facing right now. These days are a somber kind of beautiful. With that in mind I’m praying 1 Thessalonians 1:3 over year 28. May my life be marked by steps taken in faith, actions prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope.

And to end on a happy note, here’s a list of 28 things I’m grateful for!

  • Jesus
  • my family
  • ballet!
  • community and friends
  • this season of singleness (though he can show up any day now and I won’t be mad at it. haha. More on that later)
  • the Church and my home church
  • online courses and the ability to learn
  • books
  • creativity
  • finding magic in the mundane
  • colorful pens
  • a dream job
  • my students
  • mentors and wisdom from those further along on this life adventure
  • social media
  • opportunities to perform
  • flowers!
  • fairytales
  • a healthy body
  • technology
  • music from hymns to rap and everything in between
  • chocolate! (and sweets in general)
  • antique furniture
  • God’s faithfulness, peace and hope
  • a house to live in
  • travel
  • prayer
  • big dreams + life purpose

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