I took a month-long break because life got busy, and one of my intentions for my blog is to take the breaks I need when I need them. Well, I am back, and it is time for another Currently Living post. What better time to share the happenings in my life than right after a break? So without further ado...
Projects and Events
A lot can happen in seven months, and a lot did happen in seven months. God is blowing me away, and I am thankful. In December, I moved in faith and dropped a lot of the things I was doing for work. I dusted up my resume and stepped back into the job market. It was DRY at the start of the year, and I was stuck between looking for a full-time job and securing a mix-match of projects, primarily because I felt led to choose the latter over the former. However, I was nervous. The entrepreneurial life had taken a lot out of me and I needed a break. But God impressed it heavily on my heart so I made a list of business owners and entrepreneurs I wanted to work with, and I began cold and warm connecting to introduce myself as a project manager.
Fast forward to July, and things are A LOT different. I am working on a mix-match of projects just as God impressed on my heart in December. I have both retainer and revolving clients, and I have proposals going out and inquiries coming in. I am managing photo shoots, video shoots, re-branding projects, events, product launches, events for pop-up shops and social media content.
My plate is full and I am back to praying the prayer I shared here:
“Dear Jesus, I want a full plate, but I don’t want to be overwhelmed. Help me release anything on my plate that is not for me and not for this season. Help me let them fall to the wayside. I choose to take on projects that are for this season. I also pray for the wisdom to recognize what should be on my plate, and what I should let go or pause. Amen.”
Two highlights from the first half of the year are that the first two projects I managed this year — styled shoots for Grace + Ivory and N Natural Hair Salon — were picked up and published on 100 Layer Cake and Munaluchi Bride respectively. I see the work of Christ and I know I am drenched in favor.
I am still evolving through this season. I am learning the kind of projects and events I like and those I don’t. I am paying attention to my capacity as one person, and when I need to bring in help. Though my phone is ringing and my email is buzzing, I want to do great work. I’m learning and growing the processes and systems that work while securing the help I need to be sustainable.
One thing I can say for sure is that I prayed for this.
When Radiant Health Magazine reached out to me n December about writing a 5-article story, I was blown away. They found me on Instagram, and it was God way of reaffirming me as he continues to teach me that hustle will never get me where grace would. The icing on the cake was the kind of story I was asked to cover and the women I chose and interviewed for this story. Amazing African women at home and in the diaspora who had gone through pain and how they came out or are coming out. Stories of war, trauma, disease, death... It is the kind of stories I want to tell. Anyways, Issue 11 is now out, Luvvie Ajayi is on the cover and my story is titled "Woman Interrupted. It is available online and also in Barnes and Noble.
In other storytelling happenings, I am editing a novel manuscript and consulting as a storyline editor for a documentary film.
YEAR OF BAE
The year of bae is still loading! I need Jesus to clone himself and get on this process as he got on my career. Hello Jesus, wassup? I am not interested in choosing my career over my love life, hence my desire to grow a successful love life even as my business grows.
A few weeks ago, I began watching Skinny Girls in Transit and I am enjoying it a lot. I don’t watch TV often, but this is my newest guilty pleasure.
I went back home to Minnesota for a week in June, and it was such a dream come true. I was there for a friend’s wedding, and I decided to spend a week instead of the weekend. because I could work from there. It truly reaffirmed my desire to pursue work I can do anywhere instead of a 9-5 that I have to go into every day. I worked while my friends were at work and then spend the evenings hanging with them. None of my client's work suffered, and it made me truly happy.
I got back to DC from Minnesota on a Tuesday and left for New York City on Thursday to coordinate a wedding. I’m back home and looking forward to my next trip.