Melissa turns Thirty-Fun

Melissa turns Thirty-Fun

I honestly can't believe I'm writing this, but today I turned the BIG 3-1!

This means 3 things:

  1. My driver’s license finally expired, so I get to roll up in the DMV with my curls poppin’ and makeup on point for my new picture (it’s my birthday; no judging!).
  2. I've upgraded to the 31-45 box when filling out paperwork (This reminds me of the Sex and the City episode where Carrie obsesses over the moving to a new age box.) Unlike Carrie, I’ve got no worries over here, because...
  3. I've finally found my sexy!
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Photography: Brandon Grate

I’ve always been a pretty confident woman, but I’ve felt such a huge shift after leaving my 20s and transitioning into my flirty 30s. I know who I am, I know what I want, and I make sure it’s known with whomever I come into contact with. Whether with work or relationships, I advocate for myself and my wants/needs, and I’ve gotten to a point where I no longer second guess myself. My gut is my homegirl; she never steers me wrong, and I’m not afraid to follow her. To add to this magic that’s been happening in my 30s, I’m also someone's mentor! At first I was like, who, me?! But then I had to snap out of it and realize that I’ve been through so much professionally and personally, and I have a wealth of knowledge to offer others. I’m no longer afraid to share my experiences and empower others who may seek my advice. Most importantly, I'm finally comfortable in my own skin. I mean, we all have our problem areas, or make vows to drop a few pounds here and there, but I look in the mirror and love the person that’s looking back at me. That’s HUGE for me, and I’m loving it.

All of that is beyond sexy to me. 

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Shorts & Blazer: H&M | Sneaker: Kids Footlocker (sold out) | Bangles: H&M | Hair: Big Chop Hair

Sexy isn’t just the amount of skin you show (although I stepped outside the box and let the girls get a feature on this post, y’all). To me, sexy is all about your mind, your talents, and what you do with this life you have. It’s about being smart enough to seize opportunities and rock this life thing like a mother-effin boss. And to be honest, since I’ve allowed myself to take the leap into entrepreneurship and follow my career dreams, I’ve never felt sexier. 

I’m so amazed at all that happened in my 30th year, and I know this year is about to be one for the record books! I’m officially 31, and I love who I’m becoming. God is so good to me, and I thank him each and every day for my blessings. I’m happy with life. I’m healthy. I have amazing friends, am flourishing in my career, and I’ve learned to never take no for an answer. Sounds like a damn good life, if I do say so myself. So, cheers to another year of love, happiness, and enjoying my sexy!

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Usually, you can find me island hopping as I ring in my birthday (shout out to my bestie Terri from the Bahamas; she always shows me the besttime on those white sandy beaches.). This year, I decided to be a little more low-key. I’ll probably run errands, furniture shop for my new place (yes, this girl is cheating on fashion with furniture), and hit up Dave & Buster’s with my family later today. 

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For today and always, thanks for rocking with your girl!

XOXO,

Melissa Chanel

*OH! I was a little nervous to step outside of my comfort zone, but I couldn’t be happier I did. You can catch more birthday magic over on my Instagram.