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Birthday Behavior

It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to... Heh!

So far, there has been no crying but I can't speak for the rest of the day. My birthday is always a bitter-sweet day for me. Being smack in the middle of the year, I can't help but do an assessment of how far I've come on my goals and this year has not been the most productive one. Yet.

Typically, I spend the entire day being too excited to get anything done but as the day draws to an end, I become somewhat overwhelmed with birthday blues.

We'll see how this year goes.

These not withstanding, I'm thankful for quite a number of things and I'm going to share those in the hopes that someone gets inspired, or at least remembers to be thankful even in little.

1. I'm thankful for life, for family, for friends and for love.

2. I'm thankful for my upbringing. Apart from my mum and dad, I had quite a number of parent figures as a kid. Aunties and uncles who contributed to the woman I am today in their own different ways. I learnt to not do wrong, not because I would get punished for doing them but because they were wrong. Safe to say that my moral compass is very functional because of this.

3. I am thankful for health. I have had cause to go to the clinic a number of times this year and each time I sat there thanking God because I know much more dire it could have been. A few weeks ago, I had a minor accident at work and chipped two teeth; one right in half. They're fixed now but it's not lost on me that I could have injured myself a lot more from that fall.

4. I'm thankful for my (new found) ability to say no. I used to struggle with pleasing people just so people wouldn't think me mean but I have realized that it doesn't matter what you do, people will draw negative conclusions regardless. Now, I say 'No' when I need to and I don't feel the least bit guilty for it.

5. I'm thankful for my talent(s). One of which is the ability to put clothes together. I used to downplay this before because I figured that in a world full of artistes and the like, what's a lowly stylist got to offer. I have since come to realize that it is no mean feat and that people are willing to pay for it! 

6. I am thankful for a great support system. Everyday, I give special thanks for the wealth of love that I get to enjoy from friends, family, loved ones and even strangers sometimes. I do not take this for granted. 

7. I am thankful for my mum. I know I mentioned family earlier but you see my mum? She's special. All she needs to know whether or not I'm okay is the first "hello".  And when I'm not, she stays on the phone with me cracking (dry) jokes, doing all she can from miles away to make me feel better. With her, I never feel like I worry too much or that I'm being a burden because It doesn't matter how seemingly insignificant my worry might be, she helps me to get back up and keep it moving.

8. I am thankful for my ability to love unreservedly. Despite all I have been through or maybe even because of all I have been through, I continue to love and so help me God, I always will.

9. I am thankful for my love for reading. I love how books open you up to whole new worlds. I know people would argue that movies do this too but one of my favorite things to do is snuggle up in bed with a new book.

10. Last but definitely not least, I am very thankful to be turning a year older today. I'm especially thankful because, I'm not just adding a year but I've actually grown mentally and emotionally between last year and now. In fact, skin is clearer and the booty is finally making an appearance. All that's left now is that financial glo-up! Yes? Yes!

My outfit is from Things Nigerians Love and you can find similar here and or the brand on Instagram, here.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee


  1. This is so pretty! Happy birthday

  2. Happy Birthday again Tee, You are an inspiration 🎊!

  3. Happy Birthday sweetie. I'm soooooooo loving this outfit!

  4. Such a stunning outfit! Happy belated birthday! I love the list you made. Sometimes we are so concerned about having such a hectic birthday that we forget to just sit down and be grateful for all that we are blessed with! You definitely cannot downplay your abilities as a stylist! Your outfits are always so bold and so daring and just beautiful to see!


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