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That’s right, it’s my birthday!!! If you know me at all, you know I’ll find a dance, ‘perfect it’ and go with it for the ages. For a while it was the Single Ladies dance, then it was the Dougie, it has moved to the Wobble, remains all things Beyonce and a mean body roll when appropriate. Pretty much I love to sing (off key) and DANCE!!! This birthday I have alllll the reason in the world to bust. a. move!
Today I am 29. Whew!
There is a burning flame of hope that keeps me going day after day. In this last year of my life, that flame has flickered brighter than it ever has. Through relocating from NY to DC (and now living between both DC and NY), leaving a miserable job, starting my writing career and re-starting life as a consultant, every choice I’ve made has proven that happiness is a choice. Whenever I choose to be happy, I can live on purpose the way God has intended for me. For all of this I am grateful. And within all my gratefulness, is Friends of Ebonie…
I never imagined this site becoming what it has. All I wanted to do was do a fundraiser for Chloe’s Wish and be able to connect a few non-profits with businesses and friends. That was two years ago. Through the power of the internets, social media and word-of-mouth, Friends of Ebonie has become its own voice within the land of young, black philanthropy. Every day God gives me new ideas and ways to grow this thing. That coupled with the help of my angel intern, Melissa, we manage to make it happen!
Yet none of this would be possible without you. No, I mean that. I’ve had some tried and true supporters from the start (Hi Mom!) but with the growth of the brand over the last year, we have more than 1,500 eyes that see us every week! Through the site, Twitter, Facebook and our listserv we are making giving back relevant, attainable, and accessible for our millennial peers of color. I can’t say thank you enough for rocking with me- and us!
And so, today all I want to do is dance. Dance for the happiness of being one year older. Dance for the joy of living a happy life. Dance for the tears that I thought would break me. Dance for the long nights of writing these posts- and for the moments I wanted to kick WordPress’ behind. Dance for what Friends of Ebonie is and will be. Dance for the life that God has prepared just for me.
Lee Ann Womack has a song called: I Hope You Dance. Every time I hear it it makes me tear up…but today it makes me smile- and really want to dance.
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
So let’s all get on the good foot and dance with me…it’s MY BIRTHDAY!!!!
When you take your two-step break, help me celebrate my birthday by purchasing a set of the oh so fab Friends of Ebonie Stationary Collection by Little Miss Mika. TODAY only Miss T. Blockett is taking 20% OFF just because it’s my birthday!!! Get yours for $24 instead on $30! TODAY Only!
The set is a limited edition with 20% of sales going to Gye Nyame Empowerment Project! Come on, make my birthday happy-er! Aye!