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My 28th Birthday In Review

This year I celebrated my birthday two days in a row. My birthday was on the 30th of March but my fiance decided to take me out on both days. I’m very appreciative because this was the first adult birthday I’ve ever had. Yes, I said adult. I’ve spent the last few years holding on to my childhood because I missed out on so much due to being a super introvert and remaining in the house ninety-seven percent of the time when I was not working.

My birthday not only signified another year but it also signified my acceptance of adulthood. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been extremely mature for my age, which is why I choose to avoid the fun parts of my youth. I was too busy being serious and planning out my entire life. As most of you know, when you plan out your entire life, things don’t always go as planned but I digress. Here is a list of the things that we did for my coming of age birthday:

1. We went to see the movie US:

I don’t care what anyone says, this movie was great. I was entertained the entire time and did not want it to end. I highly recommend that you go see US if you haven’t already. It’s a hit!

2. He took me to the candy store where I picked up nostalgic candies

When I walked through the door, my face immediately lit up. I was the “kid in a candy store”. I walked and skipped around the store looking at everything that they had. I looked back at my fiance only for him to tell me “It’s your world”, so you know I started picking things up. I ended up choosing an El Bubble bubble gum cigar, Wax Lips, 4 Mega Smarties Lollipops, Choward’s Violet Mints (smells like roses and is strong), Gerrit’s Satellite Wafers, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Lollipop (It tasted amazing and proceeds go toward Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer), and a Lychee flavored Ramune soda (Never had this flavor but it tasted great).

3. We drove out to Galveston to spend time on the Sea Wall

On our way there we saw that the cops were out like crazy in Galveston. I’ve never been there at night but I realized how creepy the town is at night. There were brave souls that ventured out there on their own… It wouldn’t be me, that’s for sure. In the end, we turned around because there was no one at the Sea Wall… or on. I’m not sure because I don’t even know what it is but I hear that’s where grown folks go to enjoy themselves.

4. We went to the biggest Buc-ee’s I’ve ever seen

In Texas City, there is a Buc-ee’s the size of a Walmart with about 50 gas pumps with more pumps currently being built. For those of you who don’t know what a Buc-ee’s is, it’s only THE coolest gas station in life. You can get a 44oz fountain drink for like 72 cents. Who does that? The gas is affordable, the food they make tastes great (I recommend the brisket sandwich), they have macadamia nut cookies which is the best cookie known to mankind, you can buy all kinds of apparel, home decor, fishing gear, and tackle. Oh, and the employees are super friendly. If you’re in Texas and you’re looking for employment, try Buc-ee’s. They get paid more than your average gas station attendant and they get benefits. You can’t beat that!

5. His family did my makeup on the morning of my birthday

I’m not the type that wears makeup. I’ve bought makeup over the years, always meaning to start wearing it but I saw no reason to. Without it, I look a decade younger so I tend to take advantage of it. With it, I look like an adult. I’ve always been a tomboy but I guess I can let that part of my life go. It’s time for me to accept that my roll in the community calls for me to be an adult and I should look the part.

Over the past few months, I’ve been accepting girly things anyway. I think it’s mostly because of my pregnancy and the baby is a girl. Not to mention, I have a close friend who has been trying to get me to look presentable for the past 3 years. I can say that my makeup looked pretty great… now for me to learn how to do it on my own.

6. His sister bought me a dress to take pictures in so that we can have them as keepsakes

We needed pictures for my baby shower. Of course, I foolishly left my camera at home so we had to make do with iPhone pictures. It wasn’t too bad but better lighting would’ve helped a lot. It was raining outside so we couldn’t do the pictures out there. We worked with what we had and it still worked for us.

7. We dressed up and went to dinner at the grove

I looked like an actual adult. I was taken more seriously than I normally am but that’s mainly because I look like a teenager most of the time. It felt great though. The dinner was pretty great. I had a Roasted Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables. The chicken was nice and tender. My fiance had steak and mushrooms which I had to taste because I love steak. It was pretty good. We talked and enjoyed each other’s company. My birthday dessert was different but it was really good. I enjoyed my first candlelit dinner and the company of the most amazing man I’ve ever met.

It may not sound like much to some people but it meant the world to me. I enjoyed myself and felt so loved. Out of all 7, I enjoyed the dinner the most. The food was amazing, we looked amazing and I’m still not sure when he told them that it was my birthday. That sly fox! I especially liked the fact that he made sure the restaurant didn’t have the employees come out and sing. It’s too loud and draws too much attention. All in all, it was a great experience. If you’re ever in the Houston area and want a good meal, I recommend The Grove. The candlelit dinner atmosphere was pretty amazing.

What did you decide to do for your birthday this year? If it has already passed, tell me about your experience in the comments below! I want to take the time out to thank you for tuning in to another one of my posts. Be sure to check out my blog every Thursday. For more Birthday Fun, check out my previous Birthday Post.

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Jalika Cherie

JC Morgan is what some may call a Rebel or Eccentric. She doesn't fit in and she doesn't try to. She has piercings, tattoos, and stretched ears. She talks, walks, looks, and thinks differently than most Christians. People tend to stare at her without hiding it and the boldness is real because they will not say anything. But you know what? God still loves her and he loves you too. Whether you look different or act different, you still have a place in God's Kingdom. You may be a loner in your environment but let me tell you, you are not alone. Not only is God always there, but there are also other people who are just like you. Different in every way and they wear it as a badge of honor. She likes to say that we are THEE Cool Kids. We're the underdogs that pack a mean punch. We just need to let the Lord use us. With him, we can build mountains and tear down walls that try to stop us. Do you know how all of this can be possible? By restoring your personal relationship with God and practicing Soul Care. That is her area of expertise and that is what she is here to help Women do.

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