I am 30! - 2019
For my 30th Birthday I had BIG plans. I rented a beautiful little cottage right on the water in the Exumas (it even has swings on the docks, swings y’all!). I had every detail planned out, it was going to be perfect.
Then Hurricane Dorian became a thing. A very, very bad thing. Literally the week we are heading to the Bahamas, this massive storm decides to come rolling on through. (and to be frank, I blame Michael. And I’m sure you are asking yourself, “why in the world would this be his fault?” Well friend, let me tell you.
The day I booked our vacation, which was like April, Michael looked right at me and said “I don’t even know why you are planning a trip, you know a hurricane is going to come through that week and ruin it like always.” I kid you not, those were his exact words. My birthdays are usually ruined by some sort of natural disaster or family emergency. Like always. I have spent many of birthdays hunkered down due to a storm, or that one year almost missing my own birthday party because my little brother decided he wanted to be born on the day of my 10th birthday party. (thanks Jordan 😉😂) One year we actually had my grandmothers funeral on my birthday, not kidding. But okay. enough of the sad birthday stories. Back to the present day.
So the week of my 30th is finally here and so is Dorian. When planning the trip, I booked us an ocean front room at the Grand Beach Hotel for the night before we flew out of Miami. (side note - this is my FAVORITE hotel in Miami!) Our plans were to fly out on my actual birthday and I wanted to wake up in a beautiful place close to the airport so that we didn’t spend the whole morning just driving. Well that was the only plan that actually stayed in place. Everything else crumbled.
The day before my birthday I was so depressed and so back and forth on what to do. We drove to Miami with our bags packed and passports in hand just in case anything changes, but at that point nothing did and there was NO WAY I was going to fly to the Bahamas and potentially get stuck there. Not to mention that we wouldn’t have had the time to prepare our homes and our businesses if it came towards Vero. So ultimately, we decided to go home and prepare for the storm.
We did have a fun time in Miami for the one night though. We had a delicious truffle pasta dinner, walked to Publix afterwards to have my 30 balloons blown up (the girls at the register gave them to me for free and I started crying because they were so sweet ❤️😭), I woke up to a beautiful sunrise and then we went to Chef Chloe’s Cafe so I could get their birthday cake soft serve in a coconut. 💛 I wish it was the week I had planned, but like I said earlier, my birthday’s are very unpredictable.
So instead of a week of work (1 week moving the jewelry store to the new location) and a week of vacation, it turned into 3 weeks of straight work (with the exception of the one night in Miami).
We were spared from the storm, one which completely destroyed a good part of the Bahamas. I am extremely thankful. It could have taken everything from us as well, so in part, that was a blessed birthday. My heart goes out to all those who were effected by this monster storm and I hope they find hope and can soon get back to their daily lives. 🙏🏻
But this is 30! Life happens, and you need to take care of your responsibilities. Thank goodness the Exumas were not hit by the storm, so I can plan another trip back. I mean I still have the flight credit. (Just not during hurricane season). 🤦🏻♀️
I will still make this the best trip around the sun so far. We are getting ready to enter into a NEW DECADE and i’m doing it being in the first year of my 30’s. Let’s gooooooo!