INSPIRE Series: Shine Bright (by Nay Soriano)

 Hi there loveys -
I'm Nay and write over at coffee-n-ink.  I am so thankful to Aleks for giving me the opportunity to share my heart with you - especially today!  Today I turn 40...this is the best gift Aleks could give me.  Sharing my writing and thoughts with you today:) 

Thank you so much, are always so very wonderful to me!

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Today is the day...
Today I turn 40.  Today is the day I've been waiting for...the day I anxiously wanted to happen.
Today is the beginning of my new decade of life.  I am so happy about it.

Turning 40 means that I have lived through all the rough patches, the bursts of sunshine, the waves of mistakes, the pages upon pages of happiness that I have been gifted.  My only regret?  Not thinking this way sooner.

Loveys, we shouldn't wait for a milestone birthday to start something or reinvent ourselves.  We have each morning to look out onto our lives and be thankful for that new breath.  I have lived through definite difficulties, but my goodness - I must tell you - all the goodness I have received in my life has so outweighed that bad.  That's what I'm here to tell you today.  It doesn't matter what you've gone through...I promise.  I know.

There's this light at the end of our tunnel.  That light is so bright and made just for you.  You will shine so gloriously - everyone will have to wear sunglasses when they see you:)  Aren't you excited?! I sure am.

Today I turn 40.  
I look back on my life today and am so grateful.  I am grateful that I went through what I had to for this day to happen.  I am happy knowing that I am a survivor, knowing that I had to go through a lot of mud to become that beautiful lotus flower.  I am thankful for every moment of weakness I had and knowing that I had to be weak to learn how to be strong.  I am strong.  I am brave.  I am enough.

Today I turn 40!
I am so happy in the knowledge that I awesomely and fearfully made.  I am a warrior.  I have the armor of His Love over me and I can do anything!  Yes, I know, I can't do everything, but I can try.  When you try and fail, it's no matter.  The point is that you tried...that you were willing to put yourself out there and put your best foot forward.  You may have tripped some, but you did it!

I am a woman who turns 40 today and looks back at my ten-year-old self and says:

You will do so much in your life, little one.  You won't have to live in secret much longer.  You will find a man who will love you.  He will never ask you to lie, keep secrets, make you feel dirty.  He'll will hold you in the highest regard and will protect you.  All those prayers you make every night for it to be over?  They come true.  Those prayers you say to Him when you are much older - the ones for a good husband and beautiful children?  They come true.  Those little words you write in your journal each day?  They become words that free you, that encourage others, that inspire.  I am so proud of who you become.  You know what, though?  You are already awesome.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  I promise.

So, lovey...
Be who you know you are inside.  Scream from the rooftops that you can do anything your heart desires.  Tell the world how confident, beautiful, smart, and brilliant you really are.  Be not afraid of what others think or say to you.  Because you know what matters?  What matters is how you feel, what you know, and what you are going to do with all that fabulousness you have inside.

Make your life count.  Every day.  All day.  Remember that today you were given a new morning to wake up and shine.  Shine bright like a diamond.

I'll go get my sunglasses.  I have a feeling I'll need them:)

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About the author:

"Hi!  I'm Nay - wifey, working momma, college student, and writer.  I'm definitely a believer that all good things come in different packages.  God is my Number One and I try really hard to let Him guide me in what I should do...I'm just a bit stubborn sometimes.  My heart is in encouraging, inspiring, and showing women that we can do hard things & we're fearfully and wonderfully made.  Come visit 
me sometime!"


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY my gorgeous friend!!

  2. Thank you sweet girly - love ya tons!


Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.