I could sit here and start with an apology for posting in the sixth month of 2017 but I am not going to apologize. As part of my journey one very important attitude I’ve learned is that I will never apologize for taking a break. I truly believe that we encounter periods in our lives where we need to disconnect and refresh our souls. One of the first things I did in 2017 was delete all my social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram & Snapchat). Initially I planned on going a full year but later realized that social media for me is more of a creative outlet. Once I knew that I was using it for good and not nonsense (like most millennial) it took me about three months before I was plugged back in and sharing with the world.
The three months I spent “offline” I strengthen my faith and got closer to God. I was thirsty for information and anything new so I did just that. I dedicated my days to reading new articles, books, blogs, watching documentaries, spending time with family. I focused more on feeding my soul and getting lots of rest. In other words I went into hibernation lol. During this time I paid close attention to the few who reached out to check in on me and it spoke volumes. As a result of this re-set I was able to radiate that new-found energy into my passion (which we all know is fashion). Secondly I landed a career growth opportunity which will help me develop my skills to keep my dream alive.
I hope whoever reads this can understand the importance of taking care of yourself first. If your intentions are pure then there will never be a need for you to apologize for looking out for yourself. I sit here in disbelief of all the blessings I’ve received in just the last 12 months. Now more than ever my faith has grown stronger in knowing that we must trust God’s timing for his plan. Be patient with him because he will answer your prayers in due time.
This past memorial day weekend marked the 5th year since I have moved the New York City. I was fortunate enough to witness the sun rise on the beach (bucket list item-checked!) while my girlfriends were sleeping. I sat there at the edge of the ocean and reflected on the last 5 years of my life. My reflection session was soon interrupted by the sight of a small red line in the sky which to my ignorance was the sun about to rise. As the sun is rising all I could do was smile and cry at the same time. At that very moment I had realized that this life is so amazingly beautiful.
Not to say we must overlook the ugliness that still exist but the point is to not focus on what is wrong. We should definately acknowledge the shortcomings of the world and do our part to help but also know and appreciate the beauty of the simple things in life (Like a sun-rise!). There is so much beauty in the small things that we take for granted.
Throughout most of my adult life I have always managed to keep my lens clean regardless of the adversity I am presented with. Recently I ran into an old friendly face I hadn’t seen in about 3 years. After chatting a few minutes she blessed me with a comment-“you know I forgot how positive you always are I am glad to know you haven’t changed.” It made me smile and I said thank you. I’ve posted this before and I will say it again- “Vibrate good energy into others soul; making them never forget the beauty of yours.” That is how I chose to live my life. I am the true embodiment of the ever popular mantra- “Good Vibes Only”.
I am not dictating how you should live your life but I am simply sharing who I am as a person and the benefits of remaining positive no matter the circumstances. We’ve all been through rough patches in life including myself but trust that it’s all part of the process. When you start to train your mind to think of problems as lessons and be grateful for everything. Only then will you be that much closer to ultimate happiness.
Life is beautiful and so are you. Stay blessed!