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R&B singer Ciara landed her first ESSENCE Magazine cover for their May issue, where she shares how her life has blossomed after announcing her engagement to Seattle Seahawk NFL athlete, Russell Wilson.

In the midst of sharing, the 30-year-old beauty reflected on her teenage years, explaining this is the life she she envisioned for herself since a teenage girl. Back in high school, she’d inform her girlfriends at Clayton High School in College Park, Georgia of her goal and aspirations – how she’s going to grow up to be a world famous singer. She informed Essence, “I made a goal sheet.” That list held the hopes of Ciara’s future, where she hoped to sell 3 to 4 million records while having ‘longevity’ in the industry. Who knew all those things would’ve came true by the time the Grammy winning singer was 21? After she reached her goal, she began to set new ones– which involved just about any girl’s dream: a family and motherhood. She explained, “I’d always wanted to have my own family… and my pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility.” In May of 2014, her second series of goals were completed when her son, Future, was born.

No one hopes to go through trials in life, but with the good, we do see the unexpected bad. Later on down the line, Ciara suffered from a very publicized split, which drew attention to both the rapper Future and the singer herself. Although this situation could’ve shattered her hopes of ever wanting to have a family or try that road again, she humbled herself and realized this isn’t the end. She recalled, “But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time.”

They say whatever you want in life write it down and speak it into existence– it must be true! In a matter of months post the breakup, Ciara went public with her relationship with her current quarterback beau Russell Wilson, who popped the question a few months back as the twosome were romantically vacationing in Seychelles. She shared her secret behind her happy love life: “I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all.”

Congrats Ciara and we wish you all the best!

Written By: Chey Lyn

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