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2017 Its Been Real ✌🏾

2017 Its Been Real ✌🏾

2017, Its been real ✌🏾  You were a year of building, sowing, and pruning. Some moments more difficult than others, but many that have put me in awe of this amazing journey called life.  I know that everything was set in place to continue to propel me along so I embrace every experience with gratitude and love.

You caused me to put into practice the tools I picked up during 2016 to manage the different aspects of life in a way that I had never experienced before.  In years past I faced trials from a position hoping that something outside of me would make everything better.  But this year I faced trials from a position of divine power, inner peace, and unwavering perseverance.

At the beginning of 2017, I sat down and wrote out words that came to mind on how I envisioned my year would be, they were:

beauty, style, curate, growth, light, excellence, quality, love, authenticity, intention, inspire, joy, community, focus, exploration, journey, honesty, be, mindfulness, breathe, live, trust, prosperity, and friendship

Grateful to my Creator for allowing me the power to create the year that I envisioned.

My 2017 Recap:

Said goodbye to my grandfather and hello to my new ancestor

Spent my 36th birthday in Cuba with great people!

Introduced daily meditation practice into my morning routine

Fully embraced my afro and allowed it to exist more un-manipulated and in its natural state

Started a private Facebook group for women to catalogue their growth over 52 weeks “52 Faces of YOU”

Had a photo shoot for myself to honor myself.  Printed the pictures and hung them in my house.  Proving that it is ok to want to see yourself as beautiful, even if it is just for you

Embraced my sexy

Ran for a position in my organization and lost. The victory is that I ran and put myself in a position of vulnerability.  I am proud to say it was a close race

Completed an intense renovation project for my 4-unit investment property

Started and completed a full renovation project for my single family investment property within 4 months

Re-designed my bedroom into a place that is now my own personal oasis

Painted my first photography backdrop

Completed 2 personal photography projects

Created and sold stock photography that highlighted people that look like me

2017 Best Nine R. Dione Foto

Saw Erykah Badu live in concert in CA!  Also saw Fetty Wap, Wiz Kid, The Internet, En Vouge, and Jidenna in concert…I don’t usually do too many concerts

Launched melanatED Exposure for creatives of color

Published my first photography magazine

Celebrated 10 Years of Shooting

Learned that what other people think of me is absolutely none of my business

Collaborated with great people

Became a fake mini event planner

Hosted educational webinars

Completed 30 days straight of Bikram Yoga and became a die hard advocate of the practice.   Learning that no matter how uncomfortable the situation you find yourself in, you are always in control of how you react to it and that simply showing up is a victory in itself

Went vegan after being vegetarian and holding onto dairy products…no more coagulated puss for me

Became a strong advocate for self love

Set boundaries and said “no” without apology

Won a photography award for “Best of Boudoir”

Met a new group of amazing photographers and people, sparking new friendships

Got interviewed for an upcoming documentary

Said goodbye to my cat.  A big step in letting go of something that I felt obligated to keep in my space that did not bring me joy

Continued to cleanse my space to include only items that were useful, had positive meaning, made me smile, and sparked happiness

Received confirmation that I’m on the right path through encouraging words from friends, strangers, and family

Went to Dinner En Blanc and felt like a flower child

Did a lot of domestic travel: Dallas, New Orleans (twice), Seattle, LA, The Hamptons, Ohio, Michigan (three times), Chicago

Went to the Philippines for 14 days, with 1 bag, and did some Island Hopping

Got LASIK

Cooked for myself

Finally got TSA Pre Check and now I’m wondering what took me so long!

Learned how to shoot a gun

Did a little dating…it was cool

Loved on my grandmother

Loved on my parents

Loved on my sisters

Loved on myself

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