I’m not often one to look back or forward for very long. I very much live here and now, which isn’t always the best. I’m a few days away from turning twenty-seven and I like to use my birthday as a marker for reflection in where I could have been with different choices and where I might want to be by the next year.
The sheer amount of experiences and beautiful moments I’ve had since I turned twenty-six last year completely blows my mind. I hoped my life would be full of people and warmth when I moved to Savannah last year but I didn’t expect I would have this level of friendship and exploration in my life so quickly. I’m filled with sunshine and sea breezes, the laughter and joy of an incredible group of friends and the guidance and camaraderie of open-minded partners.
Most unexpectedly, I realized a few days ago I’m falling in love with someone and that he loves me, too. I’m completely taken with him. He feels like all the happiest moments in my life at once.
I’ve fiercely loved myself and my body for years and these spaces you’ve create for us to share ourselves, like your Coffee Club and NN’s Submission Sunday, have become a favorite part of my week over the last year. Being able to read other’s stories, to see their emotions in their pictures always feels like a privilege and I’m always grateful to you for creating this space for us.
So here’s to another amazing year, Lioness! Happy birthday!