Well 2017 – you were quite the year! I feel like so much has happened in the last year in my life, as well as those around me. In this blog post I’m going to be sharing some things that happened in 2017 – good, bad, ugly, and great + sharing some of my looks from the past year starting with this first look above. It’s SO crazy that this pic above was taken at the beginning of last year. Like it doesn’t even feel like this was in 2017.
Here are some things that I learned in 2017:
THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN –
Yep in 2017 (or ever really) I never thought that I’d lose my job. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that back in March myself and other Google Fiber employees were unfortunately part of a wave of lay-offs that happened in multiple cities. This was really hard for me, especially because I was told I had done nothing wrong, it was a ‘change in the business plans’. It was a hand I was dealt and I literally had to just be okay with it, there was nothing I could do. It didn’t take me long to realize though that this was a blessing in disguise. This was a humbling reality to me and I learned so much throughout the entire process of being let go and searching for a new job. This whole experience taught me that sometimes things happen and sometimes they’re out of our control, but you just have to take a step back, breathe, and put together a plan and then act on it.
PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE GO A LONG WAY –
In 2017, I learned that sometimes you can want and dream things up all you want, but unless you really plan & work for them, they’re just going to sit there either in your mind or on a piece of paper. They also don’t just happen in the blink of an eye, sometimes they take time. In 2017 I learned more than ever the power of being patient and persistent. Did y’all know that it took me 5 and 1/2 months to find my new job? Sure I could’ve taken other offers, but I knew in the long run I wouldn’t be happy and I am tired of hoping around and I wanted to find somewhere I could stay put for a while. Did y’all also know that it also took me 4-5 tries to be approved for RewardStyle/LiketoKnow.It? This is not a jab at them by any means, but instead a point to not give up. Sure it was frustrating, but instead of just giving up I took these fails as opportunities to do and be better. I changed my branding, upgraded my camera, and uped my game. You cannot let failures like this break you down. Instead you have to use it as fuel to keep going. You can’t always control things when they happen to you, but I’ve learned this year that you can most certainly change how you move forward. You’re the only one who can control how you handle the situations that are brought into your life. I’m telling y’all – patience & persistence are essential KEYS to success.
YOU HAVE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX –
In the midst of my failures from this year, I learned that these are the times more than ever that you have to think like no one else. You have to really think about who you are, what exactly you want, and how do you get what you want. This year I had to figure out a way to grow my brand and with the help of some fellow Influencers and the support of my family & friends, I started my Taylor Your Closet styling services. I have always loved shopping, putting outfits together, and organizing so why not make a living out of it? Sometimes I think we can get caught up in feeling like if we are enjoying ‘work’ that it is wrong. I am here to tell you that it is 120% not wrong. Sure we all have things we have to do that are work-related that we are not going to enjoy. BUT it doesn’t have to be like that 24/7/365. Again, this goes back to you’re the only one in control of what you do with your time, how/where you work, etc. It’s all up to you. In 2018 I am going to challenge myself (and y’all too) to think outside the box. Think like no one else! Think like you and then make sh*t happen people.
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO DO YOU –
You’re not always going to make sense to some people. Your choices aren’t always going to make sense to anyone but you and that’s okay. You have, have, have to trust your gut. Only you know what is right for you. Sure there is nothing wrong with seeking the advice of your family & friends, I do it all. the. time. Maybe too much? But in 2017 I can say that I feel like while I took the advice of my family & friends to heart, I still ultimately made decisions based more so on what I wanted and what I knew was best for me. I know you might be thinking ‘okay, why haven’t you always done that?’, well the answer is IDK. I mean I’ve made choices on my own in the past obvi, but I don’t know why but this year in particular I felt like they were choices that were 150% for me and were what I actually wanted. I wanted my own place back in Charlotte and I did it. I made the leap and couldn’t be more happy with my decision. Sure it was difficult and a little scary, but I am so happy I did it. Also I learned that even with guys, if I didn’t fully feel right about them or want to see them again – I didn’t. I don’t have time for you to BS me, and ladies I’m telling you that you don’t either. If you don’t like a guy, get out of the situation. If you don’t feel right about the guy, get out of the situation. You have to do you. YDY. You. Do. You. You deserve it! Whether it’s your career, relationships, or deciding what pair of shoes to buy, you do you and don’t worry about what others will think. If they love you and care about you – then then get you and therefore will be supportive.
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018..
This year I hope to continue to inspire y’all from your closets to your hearts. I truly believe that looking your best allows you to feel your best and that can only lead to more wins for you in your daily lives. I want to encourage y’all more this year by offering you more meaningful content. One of my passions outside of fashion (those rhymes tho’) has always been encouraging others. This was one of the reasons I LOVED my job as a teacher. I taught my students to see their best selves and then encouraged them to go after what they wanted. I want to do more of that for y’all in 2018. Like I mentioned the other day on my IG story, this year I am also challenging myself to take a few minutes every morning and write in a journal what I am grateful for and a few affirmations for my day. What I mean by the affirmations is I am writing TODAY I WILL BE.. and then listing things such as strong, focused, creative, confident, etc. I want this Gratitude and Today I Will Be activity to be a way to reflect on my life, what I’m grateful for, and to get me pumped for the day. I believe this will make my days better in 2018. I am also thinking of taking a few minutes before I go to bed to reflect on the day and write it down in this same journal.
Obviously in 2018, I will continue to work on my fitness & diet with my trainer in JGo and I am so excited about my progress with her and all the progress to come. I am also going to continue to live my life implementing the lessons I learned this past year and know that if I keep my focus and work hard that I will see more successes in 2018.
What are some of y’alls ‘resolutions’ or hopes for 2018?? Share with us in the comments below! We can all learn from each other!
I hope y’all enjoyed this post and that it pumps you up for 2018. I hope y’all have a safe and FUN NYE tonight! Thanks for following me and being a part of what I love to do. Y’all have been the best this past year and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to write for you, share outfits, and my experiences. It means so so much to me!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!