On the day that you were born
The angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair
And starlight in your eyes like they do”
-“Close to You” Tamia & Gerald Levert version
I like to imagine my birth was a whimsical moment in the life of my parents. My Dad told me I was born on a Wednesday, and it was unseasonably warm in DC for that time of year, about 63 degrees according to the online almanac (you can find ANYTHING thru google). My mother had just finished watching her favorite soap opera, General Hospital, and at 4:05pm, Shelley Renee’ was on the scene.
Last Wednesday, I woke up to pouring rain and cloudy skies. But just like 28 years ago, it was in the 60’s outside. Another unseasonably warm day. Ironic I thought to myself. This birthday for obvious reasons means alot to me. It feels like a culmination of a new year, after so many challenges. It feels like a rebirth in a sense. My hair has grown in about an inch, and every time I see my Mom she reminds me that my hair looks the same way as the day I was born. That makes me smile, because in a sense I feel like a baby starting from scratch. I’m finally getting back to the point where I feel like my old self again, and I want to leave behind all the disappointments and hardships of the year and just celebrate being alive and well. But after some deep thought, I realized I don’t want to be the old Shelley, I want to be better than I ever have before.
I have decided that chapter 28 of my life will be themed “The Year of Fearlessness”. I have let fear hold me back in more ways than one, and I want it out of my life for good. I’m going to do things I’ve never done, have been afraid to do, and those that I have been putting off for way too long. It’s time to step outside of my comfort zone and experience life outside the box. Maybe I will jump out of a plane, or compete in a triathlon, or go streaking! LOL, you get my drift. I’m just ready to start the process of becoming the woman I always envisioned myself being.
One of my favorite quotes is from the designer and fashion icon Diane Von Furstenburg. Other than the fact that she is 60 plus and gorgeous, and a fellow December baby (the coolest people on the planet *wink*), her story is amazing, and it proves that no matter what age you are, where you are from, and what you have been through, it’s never too late to pursue a dream. At the age of 40, after marrying into a wealthy family, but not having a career or life path, she decided to do something. She stated “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be”. I heard that line and I could not agree more. I do not know exactly what I want to do, but I do know that I desire to be a phenomenal woman. And that means being fearless, taping into my purpose, and putting in the work to obtain the level of greatness that I desire.
So here I go, embarking on a journey to become the Shelley God has designed and called me to be. I’m excited and thankful to have another year to make that happen. I pray the next year of my life brings about positive change, undeniable favor, and more frolicking than I can stand!!! 🙂
Jeremiah 1:5 (The Message)
5“Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that’s what I had in mind for you.”