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You are so blessed. There is not a doubt about that. This new chapter in your life feels different. Of course, you’re a year older but there is something that feels foreign. It is the new sense of “freedom.” At this point in your life, you have the ability to really do absolutely anything you want to do. Every decision can bring you success and happiness. They can also bring hardships and consequences. To an extent, this concept has always been true, but it feels… it feels like you’re under a microscope. Now is your time to sink or swim. You’re excited about the prospect of life, so that does not scare you too much… but it does a little. I know you’ll be okay. You have a strong head on your shoulders and an even stronger support system.
You are two and a half years into college. You’re going to school for teaching, though you’re not sure what you want to do for the rest of your life. Well, you’re sort of sure. You dream of documenting your life via films. You dream of having a platform for people who relate to you. Your biggest dream of all? Owning a business. How incredible would it be if you are reading this ten years from now and all of your wildest dreams were your reality? Whether you achieved these goals completely or not, I know you’re close and you’re working hard. You understand the world will not be handed to you. It is going to take some effort and some sacrifices. Just know, YOU GOT THIS. I’m so proud of you.
You’re writing this post to remember who you were at just 21 years old. You’re also curious about what your birthday was like and what made it special. Here’s a snap shot of Wednesday, December 27th, 2017.
After waking up, you began getting ready for the day. You hear the garage door open and it was your dad. The sweetest dad ever brought you flowers, balloons, and the most essential, Starbucks!
Your parents gave you your gifts. You first opened your parents’ card. In it were heart-felt acknowledgments of your life to that point. Your heart could barely take it.
This is the photo my parent's taped to the back of my birthday card. My dad and I.
You were delighted to find that your next gift was ordered straight from good ol’ Waco, Texas. You have never been to Waco, but Chip and Joanna Gaines are your OBSESSION. Joanna sparked your love for interior design. You were ecstatic, to say the least, when you opened a magnolia coffee mug AND a magnolia silos baseball tee. So precious! Your parents handed you a small bag which a contained a small box inside. It has been over a month since you have opened this gift and you have barely taken it off your body. A “grace” necklace. Considering the title of your blog and what the word means to you, your lovely parents had a necklace made for you. Mostly so that you wouldn’t tattoo the word on your body. Thanks guys.
Your bff came over with her new camera she received as a Christmas gift. You took some photos 🙂
You went for lunch at a Mexican restaurant, your first two legal drink were margaritas! Thanks Mae! After lunch, you scurried on over to the Nickel & Suede shop on the Liberty Square. After losing your first pair of Nickel & Suede earrings at the homecoming tailgate earlier in the semester, your bff’s thought it would be a fun idea to let you pick some new ones out as a gift! They were so right! Leaving the shop, Mae thought it would be fun to take some more photos, as it was sunny out but we still had snow on the ground. Photo-shoot time!!!
(Left) Nickel & Suede Shop. (Right) Photo-shoot on the Liberty Square!
Mae dropped you off and then you went for a another Mexican meal with your parents! More margaritas!!!
Kanoe had family photos at union station. The whole fam picked you up (you were a little tipsy at this point). After dinner, you obviously thought it would be a good idea to keep shooting back margaritas… and the rest… you don’t remember.
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. I challenge you to write a letter to your future self. I cannot express how therapeutic this was for me to write. Thank-you for stopping by!