Create smart goals in the New Year. Everyone has their input on how they envision their new and improved self but are they actually equipped with the tools to support and execute. Don’t be discouraged if you set goals and suddenly delayed them until after the New Year. Step one to having success in your life is knowing that success looks different for everyone and that you don’t owe success to anyone but yourself. Now you may be wondering, what I mean when I say smart goals. Well the letters literally represent the meaning, S for specific, M for measurable, A for attainable, R for relevant and T for time bound. This simply means creating the guidelines and strategy for the goal that you want to achieve over a certain time period. It is important to do so because you will need a “rule book” or standard set that you will be able to keep in mind in order to diligently achieve your goals. I also suggest breaking your goals down to a timely basis so that you aren’t trying to achieve a ten-year goal in a one years’ time. Sometimes it may even help to assess your goals on a weekly basis and analyze your results to see if you need to change or create a new goal or etc. Be realistic. It’s perfectly okay if your goals aren’t nearly the same as your peers or those in your age bracket. Everyone’s journey is different and the moment you go to compare yourself to others is when you are distracted from the most important thing, yourself! Make sure that your goals align with what you’re trying to do for yourself. Don’t allow the influence of others goals make you feel like you aren’t achieving success. Some of my personal goals for the New Year are to work out at least two times a week for 30 mins to build my stamina, save at least $100 a week for 6 months, and so on. Your goals should be sacred to you so you don’t have to share them with others if you don’t feel comfortable. No explanation needed. Just create the blueprint and work towards your goals a little every day. You may lose track sometimes but having a strategy makes getting back on track a little easier. When you have a clear vision and recipe for success in your life, outside influences will have a hard time getting through to you. The major key is to make sure you set yourself up with a strong foundation to begin. Good luck to everyone in the new decade and I wish you all major success! Whatever that looks like for you.
Flashback to your favorite 90s rap artists on television flashing their ice and cash flow. They were so cool. Some would make a fan out of their stash while others would “Make it Rain” to show us money wasn’t a thing. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that money was the decoy and money only has value because we give it just that. But money isn’t the end all, having equity and assets is truly where its at. The silly diamonds and fancy cars shining kept us blinded. I call them perishables because from the moment you buy a car or a nice piece of jewelry, the value decreases. Money as most of us know is a printed piece of paper. We then as humans give it value based on what society tries to influence us has the most value. This is why marketing and audience reach is more important than ever. As vain as it may sound, Instagram influencers’ are a great example. Before you judge, let me explain. Social media gives us a chance to have content and ideas shared around the world in an instant and have access to a huge audience. Instagram users who have actually taken time to understand the algorithm of the app are able to grow their following and increase their audience. The bigger the audience the more influence the person has. The more buzz created is exactly what businesses are looking for. Businesses capitalize on this so much that they even have business tools that help them to measure this “buzz”. So the value that is created is quantified and businesses partner with “influencers” for paid advertisements and marketing. Influencers are super valuable to brands that want to maximize profit, but they’re also the tastemakers that provide a relatable aspect that a lot of brands without a creative person cannot provide on their own.
Money can never be the end all. When it gets to that point, the purpose of the business gets cloudy and the audience becomes disinterested. Many fashion retailer brands are shutting down business and leaving shopping in New York City a thing of the past. Once fashion became about profit margins and less about the art, I knew there would be a shift. I just didn’t ever think some of the most iconic retailers and brands would fall victim. Where did they go wrong? What could have been done differently? Everyone wants to go straight to the numbers but let’s be honest fashion is changing. There are so many amazing new brands that believe in the art of fashion that they’re willing to sacrifice to keep the integrity of their small brand making a big impact. Sometimes big brands get comfy and forget they too have to keep their market stimulated and not just with product and a household name.
Aside from e-commerce crushing brick and mortar, what other reason is there that retailers are suffering today?
We now have access to people from all over the world in an instant moment. Whether it be through our phones, social media, or some app. It is quite intriguing to think that at one time in order to speak to someone halfway across the world you had to wait weeks. That’s just absurd I know. But these are real advancements in technology that we have to thank for these now everyday norms.
Do you use technology for work? How many hours of the day are you using your cell phone? These are questions that make you realize how instant time has become.
There’s really nothing in between you and accessing things that may or may not be “far” away. What I find most interesting is that with the prevalence of cell phones and technology there becomes a spill over of work life and personal life. I know that for me personally just because I left my work place for the day doesn’t mean that I stop communicating with clients. This is normal for me because fashion is so fast these days that I need to be two steps ahead always if I want to be a sought after wardrobe stylist. Now my clients are catching on and they will text me at any hour about fashion and items they want. Before there was this concept of an appropriate hour and being professional.
I think the more we continue to progress in technology the more fluid time will become. There will be no issue with emailing clients at 10pm on a Monday night. Nor will there be a problem with you texting your coworker at 11pm about a project you guys are working on together. Of course an immediate response won’t be required but the communication is there and ready for response at the other persons earliest convenience.
The idea of time sometimes will have you missing out on opportunities. Why not send that proposal of that great idea you came up with when it comes to you? Why wait for the appropriate hour and then potentially forget or worse lose the idea? Some people will say just draft it and send it during business hours. Okay so you write down the idea just before you go to sleep, you wake up and start your day. Things don’t go expected and you’re busy asf at work and the day goes by without you proposing that idea. Now it’s the next day, someone else has proposed a great idea and your boss loves it and you’re too late. I do believe like the quote says that “Time is of the essence”.
I think that the meaning of time gets misconstrued and is easy to take and make of it what you choose. One thing for sure time is precious and valuable. The time is now.
What are your thoughts about time?
All images taken at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.
In life you’re always lucky. It’s up to you if you choose to take the time to realize and appreciate it, but that doesn’t mean those little blessings aren’t there. The most important thing is to live with a life of passion and place happiness at the center of your universe. No matter what that looks like for you.
My boyfriend and I visited my home town city, DC, to celebrate Easter Sunday with my family for our traditional holiday dinner at my aunts place. We stayed with my sister and her husband at their place in neighboring Laurel, Maryland. I was surprised at the things I saw in my city mostly because I barely even recognized certain areas. So much has changed so quickly and one can’t help but to look at the influx of people moving into the city.
It was so lovely and refreshing to be home again with all my loved ones enjoying each other under one roof. A familiar yet new feeling after finally making it home to a family holiday get together in a long time. Love filled the room along with the aroma of a delicious Sunday dinner, paired with wine and spirits and my aunt’s infamous pineapple upside down cake. It was a beautiful time.
This year I made a resolution that I would do more traveling and less of the routine going to work and coming home. It’s no way to truly enjoy the true value of your life. Taking time off from work was not only much needed for me but it was also beneficial for my boyfriend. He had a great time and he got to experience more of my background and the strong amazing people who are a huge part of who I am today. This was great for our relationship.
Sunday we went go cart racing then straight to my aunts place for dinner. The weekend was tight with only really one day to enjoy. After dinner, my sister and her husband took me and my boyfriend sightseeing downtown just a 20 min drive from my aunts place. We didn’t get to visit the memorials but we did see them from the lawn of the monument. It was a nice night with a beautiful sundown view over the water.
Life is beautiful. You just really owe it to yourself to stop and take time for the blessings all around you. Working hard is great but the true luxury of life is enjoying what you have while you have it. Nothing is promised so spend time with loved ones, visit new places, and talk to people and make connections outside of work!
All photos taken by Chanel
Red swimsuit H&M
Leopard Maxi Skirt alice + olivia
Shoes Helmut Lang