A Reflection of 2016
I was going to save this post for New Year's Eve but was too inspired to write today!(I will have another post planned for New Year's Eve!) Now that 2016 is coming to a close, I wanted to reflect on what was the biggest year of my life thus far. I completely threw all my worries through the window and decided this year that I was going to chase after my dream... and I did.
Eleven and a half months ago, I had about 3,000 Instagram followers, I had never gone to the West Coast and I had launched my blog two months earlier, yet only had two mediocrely written posts. That all didn't matter to me, I was determined to grow on social media and realize my dreams of becoming a lifestyle blogger. I also was determined to visit Los Angeles, a destination I had wanted to visit since The Hills was on the air. (I was 10 when the first episode of The Hills aired. If you have no idea what The Hills is, you have not lived!) It was an exciting time because it was a blank slate that I wanted to fill with success, creativity yet I didn't know what direction I was going to take or even a sense of identity and how I would fit into the growing influencer world. I had been invited through ipsyOS to the Generation Beauty convention in LA at the end of January and had managed to raise enough money to book a flight and find a place to stay. (Totally felt like an adult) So on the fourth week of January, I packed my bags and headed to LA for the very first time. It was during this first visit that I met many rising and established influencers and I knew that this was what I wanted to do and although no one knew who I was, they would by the end of the year.
It didn't exactly work out like that. Constant procrastination and just pure laziness kept me from really putting in the work that I needed to make this a full-time job for myself. But, for some reason or another life kept putting me in situations that continued to keep me on the route of becoming an influencer. My images were getting reposted by Anastasia Beverly Hills, Kat Von D, Morphe Brushes and countless others on Instagram. I was even invited as a guest for a Michelle Phan video on Youtube. But toward's the middle of the year and into the summer I started to feel lost. I didn't know if this was what I was meant to do. My growth had slowed down, I had completely abandoned the blog and I started to fall into a hole of self-doubt. Generation Beauty was happening again, this time in my hometown of Brooklyn and it was exactly what I needed. I suddenly felt reinspired and it was the best feeling in the world. I wasn't necessarily creating content but I was finding my identity as a brand and refused to be pressured to the point of falling back into that hole of self-doubt and pity. This wave of inspiration changed everything!
Summer turned into fall and I received the opportunity to do a Facebook Live tutorial for Anastasia Beverly Hills and was invited to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Halloween party in LA. (If this wasn't a sign that this what I was meant to do, I don't what would be) I met THE Anastasia Beverly Hills, Ms. Anastasia Soare. (I cried like a baby the morning after) I was on full drive and had begun completely redoing my blog and investing in equipment for my videos. And this brings us to this very moment and the exciting projects that will soon be released to the world. (I really wish I could tell you guys! You will know soon enough, I promise!)
As of today, I have reached over 16K followers on Instagram, I have gone to California five times, invested myself in my blog and can't be any more proud. The things I sometimes take for granted are the same things I couldn't have dreamed of accomplishing only a year ago. You also have the same potential and ability to accomplish the dreams that you have. Believe in yourself, be kind and take every moment as a learning experience. I cannot thank you enough for the support you have given me and I cannot wait to show you what's in store for 2017. I would also like to thank everyone that I have encountered in my travels this year who has believed in me and has helped me without asking for anything in return, you have no idea how much I appreciate it. (You know who you are!) Lastly, would like to thank my beauty family and best friends for being there for me unconditionally, loving me and cheering me on, I do this for you.
I am wishing you the happiest of holidays and an amazing new year. Remember, believe in yourself and believe that you can do anything. Be the best.