Goodbye 2017, it’s been an interesting year. My mission for the past year was to regain happiness that 2016 slapped away and grow as an individual. I would like to say although I had times where anxiety won, I had many personal successes throughout the year, let’s celebrate and reflect in order to create a better 2018.
Towards the beginning of the year, I participated in my first of two creative programs. In association with A New Direction and Create Jobs I started a fashion and social media short course that involved a professional photo shoot at the end. Through this course, it allowed me to realise there are many opportunities for 18-25-year-olds across London, as well as creative events to attend, some are even free. Another plus was meeting a creative family that had a similar mindset to me. I adore my friends but we all venue down different career paths, what interests me, isn’t the same for them thus I would hold myself back occasionally from attending events or setting up a photography shoot. This year allowed me to grow in this sense as I attended a few events alone and organised shoots with upcoming photographers. Towards the end of the year, I interned with Butterfly Twists in their marketing department. The experience showed me that it is possible to find a job that you enjoy doing and get paid for it. The office environment was refreshing to be apart of, no matter what your position may have been, everyone was equal and could learn from one another. As the internship was in association with The Hospital Club, I also got the chance to work on a creative project revolving diversity. It was great to get others involved, attend events specifically for the brief and generally learn new things. I’m grateful for both opportunities, it was refreshing to be a part of both, I learned something new from and gained some amazing friendships.
What have I achieved during the past year? Starting from the beginning, I photographed London Fashion Week Festival (LFWF) and put forward one of my favourite shots of the day for the British Fashion Council (BFC) student photography competition. To my surprise, it got shortlisted for the top 15, which I’m very proud of. Just the thought of public speaking makes me nervous, but I decided to ignore this feeling and accept the role of a speaker at my old secondary school in July. It was a two-day sixth form training session. It involved me speaking to the final year students about the academic journey, what university entails, what I was currently doing and also participate in the training activities. In September I participated in #TheBlogRace and after weeks of challenges, creative thinking and poetic verses I resulted among the top three, highly commended. It made me realise that I’m working hard towards the right path, the comments of encouragement made me hungrier, think out of the box and more determined overall to succeed in blogging. Another achievement was starting my YouTube channel and finally hitting the upload button on a few videos. Statistically people enjoy viewing videos than reading blog posts, however, as I enjoy doing both, you can expect more YouTube content from me in the new year.
Other highlights of 2017 involved events, travelling and networking,
Attended Creative & Fashion Events
Anatomie Launch Party (February), Valentine’s Ladies Night (February)
London Fashion Week (February)
Sam Mcknight Exhibit (March), Adfest (March)
Dazed 100 Party (April), DA&D Festival (April)
Bloggers Ball (June)
Magnum Photos Event (July)
Bloggers Festival (September) Next Blogger Network Relaunch (September)
London Fashion Week (September)
Basquait Exhibit (October)
Cheap Monday Store Birthday (February)
Livity Party (May)
Rinse FM Block Party (June) MHD (June)
Joey Badass (October)
ibis Lates (December)
#ILiveItIBlogIt Campaign (John)
SS17 Trends (Priscilla & Martha)
YouTube Tags (Mariama)
Vintage Car Show (April) Flyering
Field Day (June) Game hostess
NME #LifeHacks (November) Artist liaison & design set up
2017 you’ve been nice to me, but it’s time to part ways.
2018 you’ll be the year of growth
focusing more on content, posting a minimum of twice a week
collaborating more and attending events without second guessing
my rollercoaster reflection has come to an end
now it’s your turn
how would you sum up 2017?
What were your achievements of the year?
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,