Why My 28th Birthday is so Significant

Hello Lovely,

I can't believe that today is my 28th birthday! I never had any expectations for turning 28. This number never registered on my radar as important for any reason. Little did I know that this would be one of the most important birthday's of my life! It's my first birthday with my Master's Degree, it's my first birthday as an aunt, my first birthday after my huge break up last year (take a shot) and my first birthday after the loss of both my step dad (Dec. 16) and my uncle (Feb. 14). I've been dealing with A LOT since my last birthday. But what made this birthday so special is the amazing outpouring of love from my friends.

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My best friend Doran randomly told me he was coming for my birthday. He came for the weekend and it was just what I needed. I was able to grieve my losses while celebrating life. We spent the first night watching one of my best friend's Gary play at Palm Cay where I surprised Gary because I didn't tell anyone Doran was coming. I was still struggling with my emotions at the time so we called an early night. But the next day I felt much better. 

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We started our Saturday by buying tickets to see Black Panther before heading downtown for a new Gelato shop opening. The gelato was delicious. There were so many people there I could snap a photo of anything, but if any locals want to go there it's in the arcade where Bambu nightclub is across from Twisted Lime. In addition to gelato they also serve various desserts like tiramisu, tres leches and berry tarts. A small cone with one scoop is $6.95 while for only $1 more you can get two scoops with two different flavours. The gelato is freshly made every morning and you can try before you buy. I had the goat cheese flavour and hazelnut. I know that sounds weird, but it tasted sooooooo good together! Yes I know I'm lactose intolerant, but it's my birthday, so don't judge me!

Then Doran and I went on a photo walk. We had no real aim or purpose. We just set out to cover as much ground on foot as we could and take photos of anything we found interesting, until it was time to leave for the movie.

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While wandering around Graycliff, a gentleman randomly approached us in the street and asked if we wanted to attend their wine tasting (he thought we were tourists, bless his heart). Of course we agreed! We sat in a nicely decorated room with a few tourists from Canada. The dialogue was great and we had fun catching up to them with the wine. The wine wasn't great, but all of their wine is personally made and costs less than $20. So we got a bottle of Malbec (deemed the lesser of all the evils) to drink later. We grabbed lunch at Da Bush Cook before watching Black Panther. Don't worry, no spoilers, you can keep reading.

Of course I expected a few people to find issues with Black Panther, but overall I would give the movie an 8.7/10! I found the technology incredible similar to that of Star Wars (which isn't a bad thing) but I did feel like some things could've been better explained. My favourite part of the movie was the incredible representation of strong black women without sexualising them. For once, a woman could be powerful and an activist for positive change without being subjected to being a sex symbol.

Afterwards, we went by my best friend Krista to see her. She was getting ready to see Black Panther with her boyfriend when we had to break the horrible news to her that the showing she wanted to see was sold out. So we decided to go for sushi instead.

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I got the birthday roll at Sakura Sushi with a Mango Mingle while Doran and Krista's boyfriend had a pad thai with a Black Russian and Krista had two sushi rolls with whiskey. I loved my complimentary tempura ice cream. I loved even more that no one sang that embarrassing happy birthday song to me. We drove around for awhile and enjoyed listening to the music from a Soca party at Arawak Cay.

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On Sunday I slept in and it felt great! Doran made French toast for breakfast for us as we enjoyed steaming cups of coffee (we're really like an old married couple sometimes). In the afternoon, I went by my best friends' Dara and Richard for Dara to give me a facial. I had never had a facial before but it was the best experience ever! I also got a shoulder and neck massage and I could feel all of the negative energy and feelings immediately leave my body! My skin looked amazing afterwards with a bright even tone and SUPER smooth skin! Then Gary and his girlfriend, Paulette came over and we had a lovely dinner and several glasses of wine to celebrate National Wine Day (and my birthday of course).

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This was an amazing birthday! My friends really came together to ensure I stayed happy and enjoyed my birthday. We created magical memories that honestly mean so much to me. I appreciate each and every person who worked so hard to make this day special! I've made a lot of amazing friends over the past year and even my dating life has seen a positive turn. I can't wait to see what this year brings me.

XoX,

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The Only New Years Resolution You Need to Make

It's a new year and for many people, it's the first day back to work or school. This is usually the time when people become chronic list makers, especially ones filled with New Years resolutions that never get completed. I'm bad at making lists of things because I either forget to write it down, lose the object I wrote it on, forget to look at it after writing it or forget to tick it off that it's completed.

But no matter what your plan for the new year is, remember, the sooner you start, the sooner those dreams will come true!

Right-click and save image to download. It is an 8.5 x 11 photo. You can print it smaller to fit your jar size.

Right-click and save image to download. It is an 8.5 x 11 photo. You can print it smaller to fit your jar size.

For those who may be new to my Motivation Mondays, here’s a little run-down of how it works:

I usually share something I heard either in church or read somewhere that I found to be inspiring and think you would be inspired by. This could come in essay form of photo. This time, it's a plan, with a free printable. 

The best way to make sure you don’t miss a week, is to stay connected through my email mailing list. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so right here:

So how are we doing this?!

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This year, instead of making an endless list of how you plan on making 2016 THE year, try making a memory jar. It's one of the easiest things to do. I wanted to do this last year, but of course forgot. Maybe by putting it out on my blog, I'll have something to hold myself accountable on. Instead of relying on Facebook to remind you of your greatest memories for the year, cherish all of your memories, big or small, especially the teensy things that tend to get forgotten.

You can keep a canning jar on the kitchen counter with a stack of colourful paper and a marker. Every few days, jot down something that made you laugh or smile. On New Year’s Eve, I’ll be emptying out the jar, unfolding each paper and reading them one by one.

Next year, a new jar will begin again — and the best part is we can bring out past jars any time to remember the little things that shaped our lives. You'll be surprised by how much positivity you can find in your life once you start this journey!

XoX,

Olivia

 

DIY Nautical Themed Wedding

DIY Nautical Themed Wedding

I had the privilege of shooting Cameron & Tanishka Parker's wedding in Abaco on 7th November. I loved how they took charge of their own day and had fun with it. They came up with a lot of their poses in the spirit of the moment and brought a lot of energy. I saw genuine happiness in both of them, wish them nothing but the best going forward and thank them for allowing me to be a part of something so amazing! Here's just a little bit of their love!

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