Well I have decided to finally take the leap into the world of YouTube. Ever since I discovered YouTube as a teenager struggling to apply eyeshadow, I have been addicted. It's been a goal of mine for awhile, but I always talked myself out of it. It's intimidating putting yourself out there for the entire world to judge. With that being said I'm taking baby steps. I love watching apartment tours and figured, why not make one! I have a long way to go, but I'm loving it so far! It's my first place by myself so I have complete creative control of the design. Watch and comment below!
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One of my favorite things about the internet is the abundance of resources for creatives. It also means I have no excuse to learn. The downside is now I have one million things I want to try with limited time! Here are a few websites I have been using for awhile and highly recommend.
Creative market- I'm sure I've mentioned this site before, but it really is a must. Whether you're designing a logo, website or looking for a resume template, this website has it all. Every week there are six free items to download. I have a folder full of resources just from that. My favorite products tend to be their actions and presets for photoshop and lightroom. You can set up a shop to sell your work and they post jobs!
Skillshare- If you are in need of tutorials and YT isn't quite cutting it, I recommend this website. I've taken self portrait photography, blogging and digital painting classes. Each one was incredibly insightful and many times worksheets are included as well as class projects.
PixelBuddha This is another awesome website that provides free and premium resources. I've found so many pretty fonts perfect for my brand and patterns to match my theme. If you want to help your fellow creatives out, you can submit resources. What I love the most is not only do they have free items, but you can use them for commercial purposes! Increase your skills while making your passion into a living!
Behance This is a great place to go for exposure and inspiration. You can find everything from product design, game design, sound, fashion and illustration. You can showcase your work and use this platform as an online portfolio. I've really been into character design so I tend to browse through that gallery in hopes of learning something new.
ilovecreatives- I discovered this gem this year and I wish I would've found it sooner. After subscribing you get a newsletter every Wednesday with their latest ads including jobs, events and creative profiles. I'm thinking about applying for a creative profile as another way to reach brands and other bloggers. The testimonials are great and really motivating me to step up my game. If you have a job, product or event that you want you can buy an ad to help with your search.
As a child I never truly embraced my curly hair. I've spent hundreds of dollars on straighteners and my straight hair became a crutch. I relied on it to feel pretty and acceptable wherever I went. As I got older I began to realize the complex I had towards my hair and it was shocking. The fact that I didn't accept my God-given hair bothered me so much, especially since I tell others to love themselves and the way they look. If I had a daughter, what example would I be to her? This may sound a little too deep considering I'm talking about hair, but it really isn't. If I'm ashamed of my natural hair, what other complexes do I have?
The transition to accepting my curls hasn't been easy and isn't over. I first began my transition by doing braid outs and twist outs. I wasn't completely comfortable with my curl pattern due to another complex. I don't have large, spirally 3b curls that you see on every curly Instagram page. My hair is kinkier and I have some heat damage from all those years of taking a flat iron to it in the morning and sometimes the afternoon. It was a step I took to feel comfortable since this was a huge change.
Not only was I beginning to work with my natural hair, but I also had to figure out what products to use which is another world within itself. There's only a small section at most stores specifically designed for my hair type and they tend to be pricey. This market is growing, but still very small in comparison. Then I began to hear about ingredients that are bad for curly hair and are in some curly hair products! This seemed liked a never ending battle. I started to read natural hair blogs for advice and this is when I really learned about my specific hair texture beyond the curl pattern. Porosity, density, and elasticity all play a major part.
Learning to love my hair has been a hard, awkward and rewarding journey. I don't feel captive to my hair anymore and it has helped me embrace other areas about myself. Self love is so important and everyone deserves to feel beautiful.
As I sit here and type my mind is running rampant with all the things I want to share (if you're still around that is)! So much has changed for the better and life now has a clearer purpose. I decided to go back to school and pursue a MBA. After graduating last year and experiencing the "9-5 adult life," I realized I wanted more for myself. I want to build my own business, partner with brands, own a brand and contribute to society in a positive and impactful manner. I am currently enrolled for the summer so now I have to adjust to studying and paying attention in class all over again! In the end I know it will be worth it. I'm going to make a separate post of my application process, because that's a story within itself!
My next big life change is moving into my apartment! I've literally been waiting on this for nearly a year. Moving back home was so hard and made me feel as though I was moving backwards in life. Now that I'm on my own, I have a space where I can create freely. Leaving my mom was the hardest part. I will miss her home cooking, laughter and long talks, but we are only 25 minutes or a phone call away from each other. I already plan on seeing her this weekend!
With all these external changes happening I decided to address internal feelings that I have been harboring. I have struggled with sharing my emotions, speaking my mind and being 100% honest with others when they hurt me. I also have been "holding on" to things that have happened in the past. With all this being said I saw a counselor for the first time. It was the best decision I've ever made for myself and certainly long overdue. Your mental health is just as important as the physical. I want to be the best version of myself: physically, emotionally and spiritually.
So now that I have caught you all up with my life, I hope to post content regularly. I truly enjoy blogging and connecting with my readers.