20s Redefined: I Know Who I Am


On June 29th I celebrated my 21st Birthday! This post is way over due and should have been up a month ago lol but better late than never! So for my birthday I had a party with a purpose. Instead of receiving gifts I asked guest to make a donation of any amount to my homeless project. I'm so grateful for everyone who came just to show they loved me and wanted to wish me a happy birthday. I'm also extremely grateful for everyone who donated. It was a great day and also a learning process. I had my party at a bar in Manhattan. I didn't know what to expect but I'm glad I celebrated my birthday there for many reasons. The two biggest reasons was that the party had an impact on the entire bar. I got the chance to open their eyes to the reality of hunger right in NYC. The second reason is because I realized that isn't my scene. I go back to school soon so I've been reflecting on my summer. This summer has been a learning experience about who Chantal really is. I'm realizing bars, clubbing, a different date every night is just not who I am and that's great!! There is always that compromise pull especially being young from New York City. There is a compromise pull being young anywhere but NYC is all about that fast paced party wild lifestyle. Sometimes I get to questioning if I'm too focused or if I'm too relaxed. Then I realize no sin does NOT equal adventure. Adventure is waking up in the morning even when you feel depressed and telling satan who has authority, living life is going out and being with the broken people and sitting on street corners with the homeless. Being a fabulous young lady doesn't mean you always have a date or some guy is always taking you out. Being fabulous means that you are waiting for a man of honor because you know you're worth more than dinner and a movie!!! As I read books about what it means to be a godly woman, grow into myself and learn more about who I really am all of these little blurs of doubt are becoming clear. I don't know exactly what it means to be a woman but I'm learning and taking it one day at a time. It's such an interesting journey but at the end I'll be able to proudly say, I Know Who I am! I'm redefining what being in your 20s looks like!