2016 was a hell of a year!
Over the past 12 months, I attended New York Fashion Week for the first time, I was laid off from my job of two and a half years, I met the legendary Calvin Murphy, I started my own blog, I stepped outside of my comfort zone, I questioned the value of my life, I became closer to God, I was featured on multiple discussion panels throughout Texas, I questioned the trust of my “family”, I met so many wonderful people, I fell in love, I failed, I succeeded – but, most importantly, I grew as a woman.
I’m not going to lie: 2016 was tough. During my six-month hiatus from work, I tussled with my own personal demons. Debt, loneliness, fear of rejection and other burning transgressions plagued my mind but I also took a few leaps of faith. I created this personal hub of self-expression, I lived my life without hesitation and I got a glimpse of who was truly in my corner. Man, there’s nothing like a good struggle to make you realize how unconditionally blessed you are! I look back in retrospect still wondering how I made it through such dark times but, with God at the helm of my life, I know I can conquer any trial and twirl on all upcoming tribulations. The year 2016 forced me to stay consistent and steadfast on this tumultuous journey. And, just like everyone else, I cried and I broke down but I also prayed like there was no tomorrow.
As I scroll down my Instagram timeline, I notice how people tend to create this idea of establishing a “new” persona for the upcoming year. I’m sure you’re seen the captions: “New Year, New Me” or “Stepping into 2017 like…” or “Out with the old and in with the new”. I could go on and on! But, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not a resolution person – not only will I break them within the first three weeks on January but I just don’t see the point in establishing such farfetched goals. Change takes time, young grasshopper! It’s not going to happen overnight. Enjoy the process and savor the moment, just trust your heart and your mind will follow.
I’m so proud of the experiences 2016 has taught me; yet, I’m even prouder of the progress I’ve made. I’ve done things that other twenty-somethings can only call mere “dreams”. In the midst of my pitfalls, I managed to get back up, brush myself off and keep pushing forward. I’ve written for the #1 multicultural online magazine (for two years and counting), I’ve disclosed knowledge to up-and-coming entrepreneurs on the logistics of the blogger industry, I’ve lived in my purpose and I’ve even solidified some lifetime friends along the way.
There is no doubt in my mind that 2017 will be filled with nothing but positive vibes, love overflowing, faith and a sense of hope that radiates my entire being. With my 28th birthday rapidly approaching, I’m excited about what God has in store for the future. Yes, I am getting older and, yes, life is fleeting; however, with age, should come wisdom. And, I can honestly say, I’m much wiser than when I was 23 or 24. I’ve come so far and I’m convinced that the only way to go is up!
To all my readers and followers, thank you so much for rocking with me! You’ve gotten a chance to witness my ups and downs, firsthand. You’ve enjoyed a sample of the thoughts that run through my mind and you’ve learned what makes me tick. I am so thankful to have such a dedicated support system and I’m ecstatic about the content I have lined up for 2017. So, stay tuned!
I love you more than you’ll ever know. Cheers!