Here’s the thing: I spent an enormous amount of time in my life wanting to fix me…

My hair…

My skin color…

My curves… 

My smile… 

My outfits…

My cool factor…

But here’s the one true thing that I’ve figured out, finally…

Now that I’m a mother…

And a wife…

And stronger…

And wiser…

And better… 

And grown…


And at age 42 (I ain’t shamed to tell it shoot, I look GOOD!) that’s a helluva statement coming from someone who spent what seemed like a lifetime nose to the grind, fiercely nerdy, playing the rear.



I’m happy to be me.

And if God gives me another 42, I’m going to try to spend every second of  my time on this beautiful Earth loving life like I do… air.

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  1. Chocolate Covered Daydreams

    Happy Birthday, Gorgeous! Hope it's a wonderful celebration!


  3. happy birthday! I have to say you look stunning in these pictures and I LOVE the hair do!!! : )

  4. And what a gorgeous 42 you are! Happy Birthday, and hope it's the very best ever.

  5. Happy Birthday!! Keep lovin' life.

  6. Happy Birthday!!!!

  7. Happy Birthday! You look amazing!

  8. GYF Executive Director

    Happy Birthday, Denene! You continue to be an inspiration to me. You are a lover of life, bad- ass writer/entrepreneur, fierce mommy, my greatest ambassador of NO, and an awesome BFF/Big Sister. Love you, gurl!!!

  9. Adrienne Jameelah Cathcart

    Hey Sis!!! Happy Birthday girl! You look mah-velous!!!

  10. Tracita Linda (Tracey)

    Happy Birthday! May God bless you with many many more years of being fulfilled with where you stand!

  11. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    Way to bring the sexy back…Happy Birthday Lady!

  12. Happy Birthday! And, I'm raising up a glass of filtered water to 42 more!

  13. Jennae @ Green Your Decor

    No one could've said it better! Happy Birthday, girl!

  14. Happy Birthday!!!!!

  15. You make 42 look GREAT! You look amazing! And thanks for sharing your journey of learning to love yourself. Happiest!

  16. Happy Birthday!! You make 42 look quite accomplished 🙂 Hope you have a great day.

  17. Cosmopolitan Kids Media

    Happy Birthday! You make me realize that 42 is the new 32.

  18. Happy Happy Birthday!! You Inspire!!

  19. Maya&Sean's Mom

    Happy Birthday, Beautiful. Keep on keeping on and being you!

  20. Maya&Sean's Mom

    Happy Birthday, Beautiful. Keep on keeping on and being you!

  21. Amazing. Happy Birthday!

  22. LadyLovelyPeace: Freedom is Peace

    U are so beautiful and fabulous Denene!! xoxox

  23. Happy Birthday to you. And you are right–you are beautiful! I love the confidence and that dress too by the way.

  24. Girl I LOVE YOU. Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  25. Happy belated birthday. My gosh, you look amazing, and when i turn 42, it would be an honor if i look as amazing and freeing as you look in those pics (that dress is hwat!!!!). hope you have a wonderful day. God bless 🙂

  26. MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner

    THANK YOU, each and every one, for these kind birthday wishes. Man, I love MyBrownBaby—not just because it's an uncensored creative outlet for me, but because I have THE BEST community any blogger/writer/mom could ask for. Seriously, y'all make me giggle.

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