If this is your first blog post of mine, I will catch you up to speed on who I am. I am a teacher and a curriculum coordinator for a top school district. I have decided that this will be my last school year in that capacity, and I am going to transition into a role that allows me the creativity, flexibility, and openness to write what I may want to write. Now, don't expect anything to dramatically change (after the school year), but it will be a liberating space to not feel tied to a school system, as it relates to what I should say, wear and do.
I'm in a space of transition, doing my best to understand the blogger path. The majority of the time, my path through this valley is clear. I always knew it was going to be a bit of a maze, and I understood that it was a hike --- deserving of sweat, grit, and continual breaks. I am not scared or fearful, but I do get these slight pangs of doubt and concern that I may have pulled the plug earlier than I should have. But then I swing back to an optimal state, and I am reminded that it's normal to feel the highs and the lows of a journey. If I can be completely honest, the hardest part about being an entrepreneur is one's belief and holding oneself accountable. I am building this blog/ digital business so that I can empower myself to live a life that allows me to call the shots. But in that same vein, if I don't produce, then I am hurting myself, and there's no one to blame but myself. In this realm, the saying, "be careful what you wish for" is soooo true.
I am in full realization that the concern and doubt I feel is absolutely normal because I am working in a field that is new and I am still learning how to navigate this world. Also, I shared that I am (mostly) doing this alone, but if we want to get deep, God keeps leading me, showing me that this is the direction he wants me to take. He sends me messages of positivity through new people, offers me opportunities that I haven't sought out, and embraces me with love and encouragement by offering me communities of like-minded individuals.
We can finish with this, although this journey is not as clear and typical as my current profession, I LOVE the experiences I am acquiring and I LOVE the woman I am becoming. Every step I take is a moment for self-discovery, reflection, and growth. Now, I am sharing about me, but I do want you to know that my work and my goals aren't just about me, and my big vision is to always serve others and ultimately help and inspire others find their calling in life. I always want to be candid and transparent that the beautiful pictures are the end product of a woman who is working really hard to produce those pictures, I didn't just wake up like that...lol, and there's so much more going on behind the scenes.
Last month, a Latina entrepreneur (Agave Fleurs), that creates beautiful hand made jewelry "con amor", reached out to me and asked if I was open to collaborating with her. She shared that she liked my Instagram feed and enjoyed the positive vibes I was sending through that channel. That is exactly what I want to hear! Well, she sent me these beautiful earrings and they are gorgeous! She asked me for my favorite color, and sent it my way.
These Agave Fleurs earrings are special to me, as they symbolize the connections that I am making through my brand. It reaffirms that people value what I am producing, and that at the end of the day I am never alone. These hand made earrings were made just for me, and I love them!
Click on the link below to visit and purchase your own handmade jewelry from Agave Fleurs!
The dress is from Forever 21 and the cute pink Steve Madden pumps are from DSW.
Happy International Women's Day!