Beyoncé has a message for all her adoring subjects in the Bey Hive.

Two days after ringing in her thirty-seventh birthday with the help of family and friends, Beyoncé reflected on her whirlwind year by writing a rare letter to fans.

“At 36, I became a new mother of 3. I breastfed twins. I renewed my vows with my husband of ten years. I came back home to the stage to do Coachella, after pregnancy. Then my husband and I released our album together, Everything Is Love. And we’ve been touring with our family around the world, and loving it. This year has been monumental for me. I thank God for everyone in my life. Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn from my past, living in the present, and surrendering to the future. I love you, Hive. B”

In case you need a helpful recap, Bey gave birth to her gorgeous twins, Rumi and Sir, last year, unveiling their faces in a Renaissance-inspired photo shoot. She also performed one of the most memorable festival sets in recent memory, and also, unbelievably, had the entire Louvre museum to herself as she and Jay-Z filmed a music video for their joint single “APES**T.” “This year has been monumental for me,” she (correctly) sums up. “I thank God for everyone in my life. Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes. I’m looking forward to continuing to learn from my past, living in the present and surrendering to the future. I love you, Hive.”

The only big milestone missing from her message? Her historic cover for Vogue‘s September issue. “When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell,” Beyoncé said in an as-told-to interview. “Clearly that has been proven a myth.”

Photos: Beyoncé’s Instagram

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