36 YEARS OLD. March 6, 2015 On February 25th I turned 36 years old. 36!! It still sounds so crazy, because I remember being younger and hearing/reading about people being 36 and thinking to myself that they were really old. I now know better, of course. 😉 At the beginning of the month I sent out invitations for a dinner party, to celebrate much the same as last year, only to have a freak 1-day snowstorm hit Atlanta on the same day of my birthday! Luckily the restaurant called to say they were staying open and since there was little to no snow on my side of town, I decided to move forward with my plans and let those who could come, come! So my party of 20 ended up being a party of 12 but we essentially had the space to ourselves which was great. The restaurant ended up closing an hour after we got there (I had to reel myself in on that one), but a few of us ended up going to a nearby bar afterwards and talked & talked until the wee hours of the morning, which made for a very lively finish to my night. And even though nothing went according to plan (including my super cute short jumpsuit I’d planned to wear but had to ditch last minute because snow/freezing weather + shorts= NO) and the vibe was much different than last year, it was good nonetheless. And I was happy.In recent years I’ve developed a true fondness for birthday celebrations and have finally woke up to the fact that that there’s no shame in organizing your own shindig–the only way to ensure I’ll have the birthday I wanna have is to plan it myself! So I have to tell you…I’m feeling good about 36!Good things are popping up around every corner and I’m grateful that I positively feel more comfortable in my skin than I ever have before…and more aware and focused on staying mindful that I am enough, right here & now.That knowledge is probably the best gift I could ever give myself and really, everyone who comes in contact with me. Knowing that I don’t serve anyone, least of all myself, by shrinking who I am.Accepting that there is always a place for people who confidently speak their minds, stand for their truth, and in general, want more…and not because the place of acceptance is some illusive place “out there”, but because it’s a place of knowing on the inside, where its been all along. I had a friend turn 30 this week and I was just telling her, “…get ready because your 30s are really good.” And of course there have been some rough patches and moments that really sucked but all-in-all, they have been good. Life will never exist without the sucky times–they make the “perfect times” possible, of course–but the last 6 years have been an incredible ride of which I could never have imagined.And though the story is still unfolding I have to say…so far, so good. I’m now actually closer to 40 than I am to 30!! Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related 2 Comments on 36 YEARS OLD. Eva Simonton April 4, 2015 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago) Hello Dayka! My name is Eva Simonton and guess what….I too have Vitiligo! I’ve been blessed with this complicated disorder since the tender age of 10. What you must know is that Vitiligo does not define you; You define Vitiligo as it relates to your special purpose in this life. Today I am 51 years old and loving it.!!! At 10 I had no way to prepare myself for Vitiligo. However, over the years I have had the best dermatologists….Isaac Willis- Atlanta Ga ( rest in peace). Vitiligo has never controlled me, I control it! Please feed your body with fruits, vegetables, vitamins and nutrients while using the pro topic. Only accept relationships that are unconditional. People will love you and embrace your Vitiligo…. You’ve now given me the ‘ que’ to tell my story. I have a lot more to say… Be Blessed Reply Dayka Robinson April 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago) Eva- Thank you for your beautiful comment! I would love to chat with you more but your email address isn’t connected to your blogger profile–oh no! 😉 Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org–thanks again, I am so grateful for your words of encouragement! Xo,Dayka Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.