I entered the decade as a young, worry-free teen who only cared about the latest posters of her favorite boy band and the next background she was going to add to her Twitter page. But, I'm leaving this decade as a grown woman whose worries go far beyond making it to a celebrity meet-and-greet or gaining more social media followers.
So, when you say that a lot can change in a decade, you're darn skippy.
Over these past ten years, I've lived, I've learned, I've lost, and I've loved. Life definitely chewed me up, spit me out--hell, maybe even swallowed me a few times. But, because of it, I'm stronger... I'm wiser... I'm HERE. Still here.
Even with the odds placed against me, I managed to rise above and keep pushing forward. For 2020, I will continue to do the exact same. Only, better.
If I don't know anything else, the 2010s proved one thing: I have a soul made of steel, that no one can break. Not even the most challenging obstacles or hurtful punches.
We made it, y'all. And, yes, I said we.
Because, simply put, we all go through some ish, but how we grow through it is what matters most!
2020, I'm ready for you. Are you ready for me?
As I step into my third decade, take a look at my most memorable moments from the second one. The good and the bad.
- I lost my father to cirrhosis of the liver.
- I accidentally started my career in Journalism while trying to find PR-related internships. LOL. I later realized that writing was what I was meant to be doing all along.
- I contributed some articles to Baller Alert.
- I began penning my first book, Fallin’ for a NOLA Hoodlum: A Houston Love Tale, which was then titled Dreamer.
- I briefly worked with Kontrol Magazine and a few other smaller publications, where I did my first celebrity interviews!
- Nearly everything I owned was destroyed in a house fire. It left me homeless!
- I had to drop out of college.
- Life finally got back on track enough for me to enjoy myself and attend my first Beyoncé concert.
- I snagged an Editor-in-Chief position at Polish Magazine.
- I became a lead entertainment writer for Parlé Magazine. S/O to my boss, Kevin Benoit, who really took me under his wing and made me into the journo I am today! He contributed to my experience in the media industry more than he'll ever know. It's because of him that I've been able to conduct 60+ celebrity interviews!
- I moved into a new house and got back waaaaay more than I'd lost in the house fire!
- The traumatic experience brought on a severe anxiety disorder + depression... (that I still deal with today!)
- I spent a lot of time with my family, traveled a little.
- I finished Fallin' for a NOLA Hoodlum: A Houston Love Tale, which would go on to be my debut in the literary world! At the time, I had no idea, though! God works in mysterious ways.
- I witnessed my Godson, Ja'Koree, being born! Best day of my life.
- I kinda, sorta got my heartbroken.
- Baller Alert officially hired me... for the second time?! Unfortunately, I left after a couple of months.
- God said, “Let that hurt go, and boss up, suh!” Kidding. Of course, he didn’t say it like that, verbatim, but you know what I mean. Lol.
- I bossed up in a major way, though, and became a whole AUTHOR in these streets! I signed to Miss Candice Presents.
- Fallin' for a NOLA Hoodlum: A Houston Love Tale was published.
- For the first time ever, I was interviewed! By the best, of course--Parlé Magazine!
- A few months later, I released part one of my most notable series, If These Pews Could Talk.
It became a #1 bestseller in Amazon’s African American Christian Fiction Category!
- Part two of If These Pews Could Talk dropped. Great response! It reached the bestsellers list as well!
- My Goddaughter, Kayana, was born, and again, I was there to see her come out of her mother's vajayjay, just as I'd seen her brother!
- Target and Walmart started selling my series, too! Talk about overwhelmed! Chile, I was blown away.
- I added eight more celebrity interviews to my portfolio.
- I released my fourth book, She Got It Bad for a Birmingham Hitta. (Listen, I know y'all are waiting on the next part, but be patient with me, sis! Aight? I got y'all!)
- I put out a novella, titled Side Chicks Catch Feelings Too.
- I picked up a new writing gig.
- I finally stopped playing and started offering my freelance services! I do simple brand logos, social media graphics, bios, and I sell goal-planning worksheets!
- Your girl actually got some clients! A few of them came back for more, too. Ain't God good?
- Lastly, I made UBAWA's (Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America) 'Top 100 Authors of 2019' list! I screamed when I saw my name. It's honestly super humbling and amazing! I'm a newbie out here and already getting acknowledged? That meant everything to me. Thank you to everyone who voted! And congratulations to all of the other amazing authors who even graced the nomination list!
That's all I have folks. It was a lot, right?
Clearly, this decade has been one for the books... no pun intended. *inserts awkward laugh* I've had my fair share of ups and downs, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
After all, it made me who I am today!
Where you started doesn't determine where you'll go. I hope you leave this blog post with that in mind. We're all trying to figure this thing called life out. My advice is that you never give up.
At least, I can say that I won't.
Drop a comment below and tell me your favorite moment of the decade!