30 years ago, on October 22, 1988 a princess was born! As cliche as it may be, I didn’t think I’d make it to this point, but God y’all. My 20’s were a whirlwind of valleys and hills, I went through A LOT. Experiencing everything from the glamorous Hollywood nightlife to homelessness to the birth of my godson to my redemption in Christ.

My 20’s taught me so much, but the main theme throughout my 20’s was that you’re never to far gone to make a comeback. When I was 21 years old, I was kicked out of my comfortable home in Beverly Hills and was forced to figure out life on my own. For the next 7 years, I ended  up moving over 20 times. I remember praying to God, begging him to get me out of this never ending hellhole that I was living in. It literally took 7 years of sleeping on people’s couches and in my car to finally move into my own apartment, which might I add is beautiful, luxurious and 100 times better than I imagined I could get for myself.

The thing about a comeback is that it propels you to a place that surpasses where you started. A setback will break you down and make you question your faith but a setback is required for growth. If I didn’t lose everything in my early 20’s, I wouldn’t be humble or appreciative enough of where and who I am today.

So as I close the door on my 20’s, I expectantly and excitedly walk through door 30. I spent a lot of my 20’s unsure of my identity, but now I know who I am. And I am bold and confident in the woman I’ve grown to be. 30, I don’t know what you got for me however I plan to live boldly through it all.

Yay! Happy birthday to me!

XO,

Monique Love

Celebrated my bday with my closest friends by having dinner at Toca Madera

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