Snappy Berfday.


"Time and Tide wait for no man, but time always stands still for a woman of thrity."
                                                                                                    --Robert Frost

Today is my birthday. I was born 30 years ago and every morning since then God has waken me up from sleep, restored my senses back into my body, and followed me throughout my days. I’m happy to be alive and even happier to be happy.

It’s a little strange having a birthday away form home. My Blackberry isn’t ringing every 2 seconds and texts messages aren’t’ flooding my inbox.  I haven’t’ heard my aunts call me an ol’ battle axe and I have no plans to party. There will be no cake, no cocktails, no scantily-clad night out on the town, and definitely no hangover. This is all perfectly fine with me. I started my day today at about 3:00 am and I’ve been in a good mood ever since. I miss my family a lot today, especially my incredible mom and dad. I wish I could go to my mom’s house, hug her, and thnuggle on her amazingly comfy couch (perhaps with a nice sammmmmwich.) I’d love to see my dad today too, give him a hug and hear him go, “Uff-uff-uff-uff-uff” and crack me up.

For now, I’ll just keep things calm and relaxed.

You know they say birthdays are a good time to reflect on who you’ve become.  At this point, I’ve  really had a lot of encouragement and nice words from family, good friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. Lately I’ve received so many emails and facebook messages from people saying the absolute kindest and sweetest things to me. To everyone who has taken a minute (or an hour) to write to me, I really truly appreciate it. I read every word and keep them inside my heart. I’ve been through a lot the past few months but knowing that I still have people to back me up makes me feel stronger. No matter how far away I am, I still love everyone.  The people that I’ve never met have made some interesting comments on my blog and I’m surprised at how accurate they are sometimes. (see the comment on my Afreekah post). Sometimes a few words really make a difference in my day. 

Thanks God, for the people that are by my side, thanks for the people who are now in my past, and thanks for the people who are in my future. I trust in Him 100% for the plan He has for me. Today is the first day to a fresh new year of my life and I’m so grateful to have a peaceful heart.

 I’m still chasing the Light…

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Bonnie Fonk said...

Happy Birthday Jaime!! Shine on!
Bonnie Fonk :)

mom said...

Where is the Afreekah post?

Jaime Brown said...


Jaime Brown said...

If that link isn't clickable, try pasting it into your address bar. Otherwise, just go to the bottome of the page and click "OLDER POSTS" until you see it :)

Yosra said...

Asalamu Alaykom,

That is one delcious looking cupcake! You might need a STOP IF YOU'RE FASTING warning.

30? 30 is all good. I was 30...13 years ago. Alhumdulillah.

Inshahallah you'll find this year to be less chaos, more realized intentions, better friends, fewer misunderstandings and YA RAB deeper iman.

I am pleased to have you as a fellow traveler.

Keep on keeping on! :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the thirties. Here is the best part: you know how in your twenties you felt all this pressure to have everything together n perfect by your thirties? (was that just me?) Well now you can just have yourself a good laugh about that. And tap into a strength that is a on a whole deeper level.
Trust me I have a whole year of experience with this :-)
Happy Birthday!

Sarah Leineweber said...

Can I just say girl...you never cease to amaze me. And when I read your posts I often find myself laughing out loud and being brought right back to 8th and 9th grade. So...Kristen and I are seriously thinking about planning a trip to come out and see you...you dont object do you? ;) Let me know the best time...and the best route etc. to make our way to you. Keep living life and writing about it...obviously plenty of people are living vicariously through you!

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Marie said...

Happy belated birthday! The thirties are great, enjoy them...they go so fast and then before you know it you're in your forties and you need reading glasses!