#NoteToSelf: Never Give Up

It’s my birthday eve! Tomorrow (God willing) I will celebrate 34 years of life. As I reflect on the last year of my life I feel compelled to share.

never give up mural union market

Earlier this month during a smoothie run to Union Market I snapped some pics in front of the infamous DC mural by street artist Mr. Brainwash. At the time I had no idea how symbolic these photos would be. These unplanned flicks mean so much to me at this point in my life.

union market mural

I have to give all the glory to God! Thank you Father for divine protection, love, wisdom, grace, favor, mercy, and peace that surpasses all understanding. I don’t mean to be preachy but like the old church folks say: “if it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?!”

33 also known as the “Jesus year” was just flat-out HARD! I experienced some of my lowest and loneliest moments yet I’m still standing. Things that I do not and may not ever understand happened. However, when you face your biggest fears it changes you and forces you to level up. I found strength in places that I didn’t even know existed. The simple fact that I’m still here AND thriving has made me incredibly fearless!

Curious as to what the next year may bring I decided to play the numbers game to find out what 34 represents. According to my “research” the essence of the number 34 is a composite containing the ideas of:



Creative self-expression




One interpretation likens 34 to being intuitively connected to the ancient wisdom and knowing yourself in relation to that wisdom.  Both the analytical and spiritual aspects of yourself are known and accepted. Issues in life are approached with an element of creativity, especially when expressing concepts to others. There is a continued analysis of self in relation to events and circumstances. 34 is a number that combines creativity with thoughtful effort and hard work to manifest positive energies, opportunities, and results.

I cannot confirm the validity of any of this but I like how it sounds so I’m going with it. I’ll keep these ideals close to my heart this year. These impromptu pics serve as powerful, personal reminders to never give up and always follow my heart. So here’s to the 34! Happy New Year To ME!!!

Location: Union Market 1309 5th St NE Washington, DC 20002



  1. Niketta
    05/26/2017 / 7:16 AM

    I LOVE this post and it can fully relate to every aspect of it. 33 was also extremely rough from and leaning on God was what kept me a float. 34 is already GREAT and thanks for sharing your disciverkes and findings!

    • Nicole
      05/26/2017 / 3:05 PM

      Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Kim Berry
    05/30/2017 / 9:08 PM

    Keep shining girl! God’s got you!

    • Nicole
      05/30/2017 / 10:44 PM

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’ll continue to hold on to his promises

  3. 05/30/2017 / 11:27 PM

    I just turned 33 so now I’m gonna look at the next year with a side eye! Lol. Thank you for sharing!

    • Nicole
      05/31/2017 / 10:04 AM

      LOL! 🙂

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