I’m 28.

Yesterday was my birthday and I can’t believe how blessed I am.

I’m always happy for my birthday but this year I had a lot of surprises waiting for me! Titi gave me as a birthday present a new version of me! Last Sunday we went to the beauty salon and had our hair done. Now it’s straight with little to no effort and I must say that it’s really comfy to be able to sleep one more hour every morning because I spend less than 10 minutes a day in the hair part.

As I felt prettier, I said to myself I’d celebrate the entire week, I’d wear clothes that made me feel even more pretty and I’m really happy I kinda accomplished it! You have no idea how amazed my friends were every day of seeing a new version of me! They were really excited of how my exterior was improving but my essence was constant! ❤

So, my official birthday started with a really close and loving celebration, with a little cake as a breakfast + cinnamon tea in my house with my family! ❤ In my head, I had a lot of appointments for that day, so, we talked it out and decided to celebrate real early instead.

Then, I went running to the University because I had a final of Geology! Final which I did running, as well, because I had another activity at the end of it. I had a presentation to attend for another subject about entrepreneurship for Economics Fundamentals.

It seems like I always spend my birthday around the people I love, but somehow, this birthday it did not happen quite like that. I was alone, but not in a bad way. See, that last presentation took SO MUCH TIME that I had to cancel the coffee with my crush.

My agenda was, then, clear until 3pm so I went shopping. Since I lost a lot of weight, none of my jeans fit anymore! I wanted a new pair and after the longest presentation ever, went directly to the store. I ended up getting two pairs and a lot of make-up because at 3pm I had a makeup class with Titi.

Except that I didn’t (wait for it).

She told me we had a makeup class and I started getting makeup to ask questions about how to use stuff because I’m clueless about that specific topic. My knowledge is very basic: sunscreen, concealer, powder, blush and lipstick are my only tools. I have a lot of colors because I’ve been collecting them for a couple of months and then, my friends and family gave them to me as presents, as well. So, I had a little box with the basics. But, went shopping for an eyeliner, a new blush color and a new matte lipstick, so I can have a more sober look.

Anyway, as I knew I had to walk a lot to get to the salon, I wore some tennis and took the public transportation to get there. I started walking and got lost. This was so funny because, I called Titi and told her I had no idea where I was and she said to me: Wow, you’re using your phone in the street, THIS IS SO NOT YOU! (Because it’s true, when I’m moving myself on the city, my phone is always hidden! And specially now that Titi gave it to me and it’s the most advanced phone ever! ❤ I don’t want to lose it!). And I told her I was lost and kinda desperate but also, I was in front of some soldiers, so I thought I wasn’t in danger. She agreed and locate me and directed me to the salon.

Finally got to the salon and there it was one of my dearest friends I met thanks to Twitter, @miljef! He gave me this big hug to wish a happy birthday to me and welcoming me to the salon and then, I took a sit. He introduced me to his boyfriend and business partner @robertolemusjr and then, he was like: well, let’s get started! Sit here, take of your shoes…

And I didn’t understand, I was there for a makeup class with Titi and she wasn’t there, so, in my head, we couldn’t start with the class. But also, I didn’t relate my feet with the makeup. I asked for Titi like twice or thrice and then, they told me that Titi bought a beauty spa day treatment for me as a birthday present!!!

I WAS IN SHOCK! In a very good shock! I was totally surprised, I didn’t expect this at all, I promise I went there with the intention to take notes of every question she had and ask about the eyecat, maybe, but surely I wasn’t aware that I was about to be like the queen of that day!

And I must say I really felt like that. I had a face mask that cleaned and hydrated me, then they did my nails and gave me as a birthday present the gel nail polish! I chose the red wine color! And all the stuff was taking care of me, they gave me water, they gave me coffee, they gave me great laughs, great stories, good time, good conversation and then, it hit me!

Titi didn’t just gave me a good treatment and a great surprise and a lot of new knowledge, she knew me so well that she wanted me to feel really comfortable during ALL the process, she knows I’m very shy in new places with new people, she knows I don’t talk when there is a new person around, she knows that and she chose a beauty salon where I can enjoy my day but also feel free enough and loved enough to be able to say out loud every question and doubt I had.

I felt SO loved in that second because I didn’t have to say all these things to her, she just knew, she saw me over the years and read me!

But there was a second AHA moment I was about to have in the day.

See, the makeup class was still coming! And I was about to ask all the questions, document the entire process, write all the details, because the idea is to have a more professional look during the day but also be prepared if anything comes up, like events. Can you see it? She was just giving me a new makeup look so I can take good pictures that day and remember my 28th day forever, she was encouraging my DIY-ness because I always like to take care of whatever I can take care of.

Scarfs? I’ll knit it.
Hair? I’ll cut it.
Food? I’ll cook it.
Nails? I’ll paint ’em.
Books? I’ll write ’em.
Photos? I’ll take ’em.
Yoga? I’ll learn it.
House? Eventually, I’ll build it.

I’m always doing stuff on my own and she knew that I needed some professional knowledge to, then, learn to recreate it in my house and improve it since then.

I felt SO blessed in that second! Can you believe how amazing she is she just knew all this about me?

My 28th birthday was BEYOND amazing, I learned a lot, felt surprised a lot, relax a lot, felt beautiful a lot, felt loved a lot and saw all the blessings around me! It was the best birthday ever! ❤

And I really feel confident enough to say it was the best birth week, too! Even though I’m writing this on a Friday (I’m still missing the weekend here) but today was my last day of academic commitments and my last day of planning my outfits and, I ended up getting my birthday coffee with my crush, too. I won’t get into much detail here because that’s part of my private life, but, please, know that I’m happy whenever we see each other.

And tomorrow (Saturday) I have a family breakfast; Sunday, I have friends lunch and another lunch on Monday. My birthday was all about me, yes, but that helped me to understand that I’m loved because of who I am and my friends and family want to celebrate with me the fact that I’m still here for another good year!

I couldn’t be more grateful that I am today, I’m very happy God blessed me with all of you, I’m really thankful you’re still here after so long and I ask God for your protection!

Thank you so much to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, know that all of your prayers came to me as a very warm feeling in my heart! I received all the blessings you asked for me, yes, I did. ❤

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