Birthday Haul | Reflecting on Another Year of Life

Hey hey sweetie pies! I hope you all have been well. As most of you already know, my birthday was on the 16th of this month. Given that I was 7 months pregnant this time last year for my birthday – I wanted to go all out. Instead of treating myself last year, I was focused on getting things for Amara. I am honestly so blessed because this past year brought so many changes to my life! I figured that I would take today’s post to reflect and share the things that I splurged on myself as well as a few gifts from others.

Big Life Changes

I got engaged to my best friend surrounded by all of my family. I also carried and brought life into the world! Having Amara literally changed my life! Even though I wasn’t imagining myself with a baby at this place in my life – I simply couldn’t imagine my life without her now. It is simply mind blowing to think that I now have a 10 month old baby girl and preparing for a wedding. Even more so challenging with running a business.

Battling Internal Demons

I never thought I would be someone who would struggle with depression, suicidal thoughts, insomnia and anxiety but that’s exactly where I found myself weeks after delivering Amara. It was unlike anything that I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t leave my home. I was terrified of any and everything. My emotions controlled everything. I often would let fear and negative self-talk interfere with even daily mundane tasks. It was the absolute worse. I have had made strides since then. I am happy to say that day by day I am overcoming obstacles that used to stop me in my tracks. I am proud to be making it out on the other side instead of succumbing to those negative voices.

Opportunity Knocking

In this year, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and took a leap of faith to make my dreams a reality. I started my boutique as well as monetizing my various services from styling to choreographing. I have invested so many years into others’ businesses that I felt that it was time to start betting on myself. Everything going on with covid I believe catapulted me into this opportunity to create a name for myself.

Loving Myself

Self-love is such an extensive journey. My body has gone through so many changes over the years but this one has been the most dramatic. Having a baby changes your body in so many ways that you never know until after you have your baby. It has been a challenging journey to love and accept my current body. I have been working overtime to be kinder to myself and remind myself that things take time. I definitely have to remember to give myself some grace. It took almost a year to create and deliver a baby. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will my post-partum body.

Closer to God

With everything going on in the world today, it is even more imperative for me to continue strengthening my relationship with Christ. I also find myself practicing self-care activities and raising my vibrations. I do my best to pray daily and meditate for myself, loved ones and my sanity. I believe that we are all searching for something/someone to believe in.

Birthday Gifts

Pink Strappy Stiletto Heels

Elle Wristlet Handbag

Raspberry Mimosa Candle

Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

Midnight Blue Citrus Candle

Pink Ergonomic Office Chair

Petra Croton Indoor Plant

Thank you guys so much for all of the birthday love! I truly appreciate it. Stay tuned for my next post. Make sure to subscribe to the email list so you’re notified as soon as a post goes public.

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” ~ Amit Kalantri

XO, Stormie

2 thoughts on “Birthday Haul | Reflecting on Another Year of Life

  1. Congratulations on your new businesses. I also went through depression with my first but it gets better day by day. You got this😊


    1. Thank you, Kashia! I truly appreciate the good wishes. Postpartum depression is NO JOKE! I wholeheartedly agree that it gets better. I am living proof. Thank you Queen!


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