A Year of Growth

Yesterday was my birthday! This year, was a truly special one, my first birthday as a Mom and the first year that I have felt “growth”.

In the past, I have fussed over my birthdays – the requirement was always to make it “memorable” and for most the most part my birthdays have been fun, as most birthdays in your twenties should be. This one, however, felt really special – perhaps it is because for the first time in a long time, whilst mentally auditing my life in the past year, I felt growth and the growth was quantifiable.

Trusting the process

It must have been my 28th birthday – I decided then that I really need to dig deep within, no matter what it took. I did that and it took place in many shapes and forms, I prayed, I meditated, I reached deep into pain and all the uncomfortable zones. Three years later, I am finally reaping the benefits of the seeds sewn then. The power of introspection and retrospection for me continues to be a gift that keeps on giving. I can finally say, I feel the growth and I see it too.

Maybe it took becoming a Mom for me to see things clearly, or maybe the past three years were simply my season of growth. I truly believe in the concept of seasons of life – life just seems less grim that way. I now feel like I am completely ready for the next season and with that in mind I need to ask myself – what does success look like to me? Also, is there any shame in JOMO (joy of missing out) – this feeling is real and I love it.

Another major lesson from the past three years was discovering the power of saying “no”, this has, in turn, allowed me to focus on prioritizing myself, my family and my relationship.

Growing & Glowing

“Every new season of you life will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow. Don’t celebrate the good without celebrating the bad because they both work together to prepare you for the next season of your life.” 

― Theresa Lewis

The Celebration

I believe that this was a season of growth for my fiancé too. And to celebrate my birthday, he surprised me with the most thoughtful gestures that equally represented both our state of heart and mind. To top it off, a beautiful, delicious and indulgent lunch at MARBLE followed by an art gallery viewing that I have had on my to-do list for the longest time.

MARBLE is worth all the hype. We had a pleasant experience, truly fine dining! I would recommend sticking to their meat dishes, it is their specialty after all. Highly recommended!!!

I would highly recommend the gallery viewing to anyone that can appreciate the sort of thing. CIRCA is located in Rosebank, open to the public at NO charge. The minimal aesthetic of the entire gallery is breath-taking and enchanting. We could not stop taking pictures.

CIRCA in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

OOTD Details//

I’m wearing faux snake boots from Edgars, sweater from Woolworths, bag by Michael Kors.

Let’ she social, find me on the gram @carlaxiii 🙂


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