Today officially marks the one year anniversary of my blog. Crazy, right? Time has flown by! To think that exactly one year ago, I was uploading photos for my first ever post, Animal Instincts, nervous about how I looked, worried about what people would say and just anxious about this new journey that I was embarking on. I remember the night before the post, I thought to myself “I need to write some sort of introduction”, an ice breaker if you will. I can’t just throw these pictures out there without letting people get to know me a little bit, right? So I decided to write this message. In rereading the note, I couldn’t help but smile because a lot of it still rings true to this day. I’m still just trying to keep up – with fashion trends, with my career and with life in general. I think we can all relate to that feeling but what I have discovered is that everyone is on the same journey which means that no one has made it to their destination. We are all striving for greater things so with that, we will all fall short at times and that’s OK! I’ve had some hits in the past year, and I’ve certainly had my fair share of misses, blogging and otherwise. However, it’s not about tallying up the good versus the bad, it’s about discovering who you are and walking in your purpose. It may not be clear now, it isn’t quite clear for me, but as I continue to eliminate fear, doubt, insecurities, etc., things just seem to fall into place. When I started this blog, it was simply going to be a hobby for me or a creative outlet, but it has turned into so much more. To be an inspiration to women that I have never met before is a true honor but is in no way a testament to just me. This is bigger than me and I can only hope that my actions continue to inspire and uplift women everywhere.
Before I wrap this up, I cannot let this moment pass without thanking some very influential people who have helped me along the way. Que the music and let me start my “I’d like to thank God, I’d like to thank my fans” speech. Where is my award anyway?! But in all seriousness, I have been blessed with the most supportive and motivating friends and family I could ever ask for. They have been on this ride right along with me celebrating every accomplishment and denying every hiccup (we all need a dose of false reality every now and then). My amazing photographer, Steve Suavemente, who captures my essence like no one else and who has been everything from my “does this look right?” person, to my editor, to my planner and more. Thank you for sacrificing your time to help make this blog possible. And last but not least, thank YOU for rocking with me for this long. I read all of your comments and I try my best to respond to each and every message I receive. Everything from your encouraging words to your “YASSSSSSSS WERK” comments just brighten my day more than you know.
Here’s to one year down and many more to go!
Bikini Top: City Chic | Skirt: Forever 21 | Blouse: H&M
Photographer: Steve Suavemente