Happy 2018, folks! I wanted to share a few of my resolutions with you that I have for making this year one of my best yet.
2018 is going to be the year of wigs and weaves. I want to have fun! Prepare to see me in all types of colors, cuts, and lengths.
I’m done listening to the natural nazis. I used to be afraid to wear wigs and weaves because I believed that wearing hair that was different from my own texture meant that I didn’t truly embrace my natural kinks and curls. I didn’t want to get all caught up in the lacefront hype. But the truth is, doing my hair isn’t fun anymore. When I first went natural in college, it was an empowering moment. I cut all my hair off myself and vowed never to get a relaxer again (after having one for just 18 months). It was fun to change up my look with different styles – twists, braids, twist-outs, wash & go’es, the occasional press-&-curl. But I’ve exhausted all these natural do’s, I’ve been at the same length forever, and I’m bored. Don’t get me wrong, I love my hair. But the spark isn’t there anymore. I want to try something new, I want a make-over, I want to try new colors and have a whole new look without damaging my own hair. So I’m jumping into the wigs and weaves game! Rihanna and Kim K, watch out!!! LOL 😉
I made 5 YouTube videos in 2017, and my goal is to make even more videos in 2018.
I’ve been thinking of starting a petite fashion vlog series with hauls, reviews of things I’ve purchased, as well as showing how I wear things I’ve sewn. What do you think? Is this something you’d be interested in watching? Please comment below and let me know whether you’d watch.
Sewing is my passion. Passion requires work. You can’t devote time to your passion only when you feel like it. You have to put the work in every day. I travel 100 days out of the year for my job, so I cannot actively sew every day. But I can sketch wardrobe ideas, search fashion trends, watch YouTube how-to’s, read pattern-making textbooks, and journal about my ideas. That is the plan for 2018. It also would be my dream to save enough money in the coming months to take this Street Wear/Designer Finishes class at Made Institute. I want to start making more street wear – tees, joggers, sportswear, and clubbing wear. I want to expand my skills beyond lingerie and evening wear.
I wrote 9 blog posts in 2017, more than I’ve written in years past. I want to write even more in 2018. My thoughts are to have some natural hair & wig/weave styling posts, more travel blogs, and sewing and fashion tutorials. Do you have any ideas of what you’d like to read? Write them down in the comments section below! Even if it sounds crazy out-of-the-box. Out-the-box ideas are the best ideas!
I need more gratitude in my life. I am an ambitious person, so I find myself striving for more every day. When I set a goal and it’s important to me, I work towards it relentlessly. I’m impatient until I achieve that goal. But here’s the thing – while I’m on the journey to accomplishing a goal, I get blindsided to all the accomplishments that I’ve already achieved, all the things that I asked God for that have already been granted to me in the Universe. I want to continue to plan out and work towards a bright future. But I also want to be thankful every day for all the blessings in my present, everything that is in my reality and within my grasp right now. So every day, I plan to write 10 things that I’m grateful for. I got this idea from the book The Secret, and I did it faithfully when I first read the book in 2016, but I fell off. I want to get back in the swing of things for 2018.
Every year, every birthday, every revolution around the sun, and indeed every day is an opportunity to renew yourself, hit that reset button and start your life afresh. But I believe that so many of us are afraid of what other people will think if we do make a change. We’re afraid about how people will see us, how they will judge us, and what they will say about us behind our backs. For example – I almost didn’t make a resolution to switch up my style when it comes to my hair, because I know people have been used to seeing me as the “natural chick” for so long! What would people think when they saw me rocking straight hair or a 20″ weave? What would they say? And then I realized it’s not about them. It’s not their life. It’s my life. It’s about me.
I need to believe in myself and the choices that I make to improve my life – whether it’s regarding my style, my hair, my finances, my work life, or my relationships. My resolution this year is to believe in myself fiercely and without apology. Not in other people’s negativity, not in the sensational lies that society and the media spread, and certainly not in those who don’t have my best interests at heart.