Whew child! It’s been one heck of a roller coaster ride these last two years. This journey has been filled with all kinds of twists and turns. It’s been up one month and down the next. It’s been promising in the morning and dreadful in the afternoon. I’ve threatened to pull my hair out on one day and cried tears of joy on the next. My money, emotions, and stress levels have all been as unstable as the stock market. But throughout this entire journey, I held on to what I knew to be true which is - change is always inevitable. I would tell myself each and everyday that if I just stayed the course, something would shake. And it did. I just had to go through it, to get to it.
Most of you know I quit my job of eight years in 2017. I didn’t plan on quitting that year, but certain circumstances and my spirit pushed me to do so. I left the job with some money saved up, my rising brand, and a part-time position with an online magazine already in my back pocket. About a year after leaving that job, two of those things slowly evaporated lol. Rent was eating my savings up, and the magazine I was working part-time for ended up loosing its Instagram account (which generated a lot of advertising revenue) and as a result, my pay vanished - and then I eventually vanished….from that job. In the midst of all that, I manifested another fashion gig and when it came to pass, I just knew it was ideal. The pay was good and the work was right up my alley…..or so I thought. Months later I would discover that this magazine wanted me to not just be the editor of one section, but they wanted me to build the entire magazine! And then after a few months of giving me a hefty salary to do so, they came to the conclusion that they couldn’t afford me anymore. How crazy is that?! After months of trying to make things work, I got word that a prominent attorney needed a content creator/social media writer. Something in my spirit prompted me to be assertive and contact the headhunter who had the details on this position so I obeyed. After about two weeks, I was in there!
Two years and a whole lot of hustling later, I’m finally getting a steady grip on things. Last week I talked about doing nothing and being still in times of confusion and impatience, and let me say this - it worked and it’s still working. Two great opportunities fell out of the sky this week, and I truly feel that there’s more where those came from.
My journey to entrepreneurship does not look how I thought it would, and that’s totally fine with me. The best thing about this journey is that it’s mine. It’s specifically tailored for my story, and it’s not supposed to fit anyone else’s. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons from this journey. I’ve learned how to manage my money better (Lawd this lesson was hard), I’ve become more in-tuned with my spirit and more confident in following its lead, and the biggest lesson I’ve learned through all of this is to simply just hang in there. If you keep going, change will come. I got knocked down several times during this journey and will probably get knocked down again. But what I do have is time…..and as long as the clock is still ticking, I have nothing better or more beneficial to do than to stay in the ring and keep rolling with the punches. Eventually, I’ll win the fight.