Last year I had so much for which to be thankful. Looking back, I can’t help but think about all the highs and lows. The first part of the year is always the most exciting for me. That is the time in which I start to put my plans in motion. I use previous years to build upon for the next.
Last year, I took some time off to get myself together. I went on a few trips to reflect on my life and try to prioritize my business. The time away helped me to come up with some pretty good ideas for the future. Oftentimes, it’s in those still moments that you have your greatest moments of clarity. I have learned that it is critical to my growth and elevation.
As this month comes to an end, I am excited to share what I have to look forward to in 2017. I have planned my entire year and it is going to be an exciting one. For the next twelve months, I hope to engage my readers more by allowing you to get more involved with my posts. I have a few giveaways that involve products for men and women in the Spring. I will be connecting with more entrepreneurs for my first Pop Up Shop in April. I’m excited about the photo shoot for Ponch Cosmetics’ Spring lipstick line. Finally, I plan to end the year by giving back with my event that I haven’t planned in two years! I hope that it will be the highlight of this year.
Stay tuned to find out what all I have in store. I hope to make 2017 as stimulating for my readers as well as for me. Last year was great, but 2017 will be my best year ever! If not, it won’t be due to lack of effort on my part. What do you look forward to in 2017?
February isn’t just the month for lovers. It’s also the month for “red”. Red has so many different meanings. It’s such a strong color. It has the power to make you react. It’s the color that ignites passion. Red is associated with emotion and power. That’s why it’s the perfect color to symbolize and express love. When you wear red, it arouses the same emotions from the opposite sex, which is why every woman should be wearing red this month.
Studies have shown that women who wear red can easily get a man’s attention. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a red dress, a red hat, or red lips. Red can get the attention of a man. Therefore, single women looking to attract the opposite sex should be wearing red. I mean lots of it! This doesn’t just apply to women who are single. Women who are attached should try my theory on their significant others, also. Put some red on and see don’t you grab your man’s attention faster.
This month, I have a challenge for you ladies. Wear red as much as you can. Wear red clothes or red lips. Make sure to help make this “red” month. Even though Valentine’s day will soon be approaching, you should be preparing for this special day by wearing the heck out of red. Not just because you’re trying to get someone’s attention, but because red is stimulating and exciting. Ladies, put that red hot chilly pepper dress on and let’s all woman wear red. Tell me what type of reaction you receive.
For the past five days I have been trying to navigate my way through The Big Apple. I learned a few things while I was traveling: boy, is it big! There is absolutely nothing small about it, but land mass. The beauty of this wonderful adventure has been the fact that I have been able to learn so much about myself in the process. Growing up in a small town, all you know is what you hear about New Yorkers. Supposedly, New Yorkers are mean, rude, and unfriendly. As a result of those rumors and assumptions, it makes you enter the city with a little trepidation. Then you’re told to watch out for crazy people on the subway and that’s frightening, as well. I’m proud to say that my experience with New York was one of much appreciation and adoration. I can say that because I traveled around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx by myself.
I learned that I’m sure there are those who are rude and unsavory, but for the most part people are kind. It’s hard to say that they are considerate because everyone is in a hurry trying to get to their next destination or hustle, but not as rude as most would think.
As I rode the subway throughout the city and met countless New Yorkers, I was amazed at the allure of New York City. People move to New York for three things: money, fashion, or success. For those who are hungry and ambitious, it doesn’t seem so unimaginable. Everybody in the city is on their grind. Everybody I saw moving made me believe in the possibility of wealth and success, if that’s what you’re chasing. Staring at the Empire State Building reminded me to believe anything is possible.
Friday I had my first real experience with greatness and all the grandeur of the city. I met some amazing people that were doing amazing things in their fields. These same people were working with me, talking with me and encouraging me with possibilities of the future. For the first time in my life, I looked beyond my small town roots and knew that success and greatness were mine for the taking. Success to me was beginning to look as big as The Big Apple.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that The Big Apple is more than just bright lights in a big city full of rude people. Those lights inspire people like me. They are the guide that lights the way when you think you’re lost. Those lights gave me the extra push to keep going and believing in the magic of thinking big as the Empire State Building.
If you’re like me, you walked away from 2016 scratching your head and wondering what just happened. There were so many highs and lows of the year that left many of us in disbelief. This past year was a year of surprises, upsets, and losses. Whether you’re a Trump supporter or not, you have to admit your disbelief of the fact that 1) a man with no political experience won the Republican nomination and 2) won the race. If you never believed that anything can happen in America, then now you’re a true believer. Even though the first black man won the Presidency eight years ago, the racism that he experienced the entire time in office was no surprise. Nonetheless, 2016 taught us a lot and made us pay attention.
Our surprise and disgust at the Flint, Michigan water crisis made us totally look at government agencies differently. Then there was the loss of the greats: Prince, David Bowie, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. Kim Kardashian got robbed at gunpoint in Paris, but Kanye eventually had the meltdown we all saw coming! Then it happened. Brad and Angelina finally broke up. Lastly, the Dallas Cowboys walk away with the greatest record in their NFL history and achieved this momentous feat by way of two very explosive rookies named Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Last year was no punk!
I could go on and on about all the craziness that occurred last year, but it would be pointless because 2016 is gone. Now we must focus on how to make 2017 better than the last. I came up with a few tips to help make this new year a little more bearable.
Add Color to Your Perspective
Have you ever noticed how color can cheer you up? Likewise, it can bring you down also. It can and will cloud your vision when you see things in only one or two colors: black or white. I have a friend that sees everything in black and white. There is no gray area. However, I have argued that there are many ambiguities in life. Everything has to do with your perspective. If you see everything in the black, then everything will appear dismal, hard and hopeless. On the other hand, add a little color to your perspective and watch how your views will change. Once you start thinking with an open mind, then possibilities will abound. There is more than one way to view life and its circumstances. Color changes the way you view things because your mind starts to open up. I don’t mean black and white color. I mean yellow, green, purple, red, or orange. Try living your life in color and watch your vision change for the better.
Don’t Give Up On Mankind
With all the negativity and complete horror stories that we hear in the media, it’s hard to have faith in people these days. In most cases, until something awful happened to make you distrust people, you were born into this world trusting others. After all, as babies, we have to completely rely on others. In life, we are going to have to work with and deal with others. I am not suggesting that we trust blindly. I am suggesting that we give more people the benefit without first assuming that all blacks are bad, or all whites are racist. This goes back to opening our minds and adding a little color to our perspectives. We have got to start giving people the benefit of the doubt. Give people a chance to prove themselves before you completely count them out. If they fail, at least you tried to be a part of the solution and not the problem.
Look at the Big Picture
You must know by now that we are all apart of a bigger picture. With a world population exceeding 6 billion, every individual has a part to play in the universe in which we live whether big or small. As you create the story of your life, make sure your stamp impacts the world in such a way that you realize the importance your contribution makes to the big picture. If you’re a stay-at-home mother, raising kids that are respectful and kind is important to the big picture. If you’re a factory worker, understand that your work product contributes to products that not only consumers need, but contributes to our country’s gross national product. The scientist is just as important as the convenience store worker. Each person has a roll that contributes in some way to the bigger picture in the grand scheme of our lives. If we can just continue to think of the big picture instead of merely thinking of ourselves, then we can all contribute to making our world a better place in 2017. Make sure you’re making the right impact.