I promise not to bore you with New Year’s Resolutions, I have no intention on fulfilling at any point in 2015. I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. There is always too much pressure placed on New Year’s, whether that be trying to find the best party to attend, what to wear to said party or coming up with something profound to say when people are asking you about your New Year’s Resolution. I try not to take all of that on. I always aim to spread my goals throughout the year, constantly updating my short term goals, while working toward my long term goals. I look at time, in blocks, which are broken down into months. It helps to keep me from getting overwhelmed, as I am able to make adjustments where I need to easily.
I can remember at the end of 2013, I had told myself that I wanted to do my first event in June, the month where Summer begins and where my birthday falls, so clearly it was all about me, right? No, I just wanted it to be in the Summer. I had given myself a block of time to get my act together, which meant having most of my planning finished and parts of the project initiated. The birth of my Back To Basics Hair Styling Workshop came to life and I was beyond happy. Dr. Mai Heath, ND, was my guest speaker and a pleasure to work with. My attendees learned a lot from us, while having a good time—my kind of event. There was also a raffle where we raised quite a bit of money for the Geneva Centre For Autism. The event went well, and so I decided to do another one in the Fall, right before most people go into hibernation mode—I could just be speaking about myself here. I wanted my second event to be just as good, but a bit different. I created Hair Talk! Another great event, where I enlisted the expertise of Toni Daley and Charmaine Daley, of Luv n’Locks, to be my special guests this time around. It was more interactive than the first event and the attendees had really appreciated it. I had done another raffle, where we raised funds for the Scarborough Centre For Healthy Communities, Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Centre. Although, I had planned on doing one event this year, I ended up doing two events. I didn’t think even doing the first was possible, but when we put our minds to anything worth working toward, we can achieve our goals. These events are a way for me to bring women together in the city and share what I know about natural hair care, in a meaningful way. It is also a great way to bridge the gap between my attendees, the consumer, and local businesses. It was an absolute pleasure to have met those wonderful women this year, and to have them share in my journey, and me in their natural hair journey as well. After I did those events, I truly felt that I could do anything I put my mind to. Anything is truly possible, if we believe in ourselves.
I have a rule. Every year has to be better than the last. I really can’t complain about 2014. I was in Fashion Magazine (the online edition, street wear), I went through some rebranding, put on two events, sat on the panel for Curls, Coils & Cocktails (another great hair event), and I showcased my work at the Toronto Natural Hair & Beauty Show. I know I have painted a very bright pretty picture for you here, but everything didn’t come up roses, as I had my fair share of challenges. There were definitely some moments that I could have done without, but in all honesty, those were all learning opportunities. I know that just sounds corny, but it’s the truth.
So about those learning opportunities – ugh! Definitely could have gone without, at least a couple. I thought it was just me, but apparently 2014, seemed to be a challenging year for many people I know. This year should have almost been called, “Life Lessons 101.” I feel like this entire year was a course on just that. All of us were busting our tails, working extremely hard for every single project or task we needed to get done. Everything was a challenge and hard, to put it plainly. Toward the end of the year, I didn’t mind, as I could see the benefits of all the hard work I had put in earlier in the year and I know it will spill into this current year as well.
So now back to hitting the artificial reset button on New Year’s Eve…I say it’s artificial because I don’t think we need to wait for a new calendar year to make positive changes in our lives or set goals…we can reset at any time we wish. Am I happy that 2014 is over—absolutely yes! It was a hard year. I know the work I put in last year will not end, and I am looking forward to working smarter, not harder this year. I am also looking forward to seeing the progress of the people around me too, as I know we have all been busting our tails together. I have a fabulous feeling about this year, and I know it will be a great year for many of us, including me! Just remember, to believe in yourselves and think positively, and you can achieve anything you want to in this life.
What would a New Year’s rant be without me thanking everyone who has supported me along the way. I would like to thank my family, friends, and clients who have supported all my efforts over the years!
Happy New Year!
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