Y’all, tomorrow, I will be 30. I can already feel the tears. I am entering a new decccccade. LET’S GOOOO!
I remember crying the day before I turned 20. So, let’s keep the tradition alive.
God, you didn’t have to, oh, but you did!! My life is differently than I expected.
I started my 20s fighting a legal battle and I truly thought my life was over... That legal system ain’t no joke! Oh, but God!
God, I give you all the thanks. *I’m crying!* You saw a light in me from day one. A light I didn’t see.
This is a thanks to every person who has ever mentored, talked to, prayed for and with, and/or inspired me! I am where and who I am because of YOU!
Looking back, my 20s were spent learning from the beautiful people God exposed me to. I learned the power of networking, importance of financial literacy, healthy families exist, alone time is a necessity, and Black women and natural hair are GOLD!
People believing in me is why this Black woman with a criminal record (I cannot believe I was ashamed of this entire experience *rolls eyes*) got degrees, a beautiful career, wonderful family of choice, and living her best life. I don’t take this for granted. People saw the light in me and continue to show up! I will never forget the love people had and have for me.
This is why I blog and instagram. I want to see all of us W I N and share what I know and have! What is mine is yours!
The road may be tough and with God and your community you are tougher. Remember who you belong to!
The world and *some* people may have written you off. Oh, but God! God can turn water into wine. God qualifies the called. GIRLLLL, tell me what God can’t do?!?
God didn’t and would never write you off! Again, remember who you belong to! You were perfectly and wonderfully made!
Natalie “Janine” Gates, go get what’s yours! 30s, let’s gooooo.