Hi Guys! Last week I attended the ENVSN Festival in Brooklyn (pronounced: Envision), which is an inspirational event geared towards women who want to gain access to valuable tools and life lessons that will help make them the best they can be. It had speakers from different career fields (within the arts), who spoke with the audience about some of the tools needed to be successful. It was a one day, 2-part event which lasted from 9am-10pm. The first part included speakers such as: Makeup Artist: Jackie Aina, Broadcaster: Alexa Rosenberg, The Budgetnista: Tiffany Aliche, and many others. The second part featured performances from Tinashe, Queen Naija, and more. It was a great event. The weather wasn’t too bad at all. I personally don’t like cold weather so I was definitely
happy that it was a semi-warm day. The festival was held at Industry City in Brooklyn, and they had it decorated with a halloween/festival theme. Along with the panels and performances they also had vendors to shop with. If shopping, panels, and/or workshops weren’t up your alley, you could also just chill in the outdoor area and listen to several different DJ’s play music from all over the world. All of the DJs were females. I thought that was so cool!
My favorite segments were the Women In Media panel and the Financial Literacy Workshop with The Budgetnista. The Women in Media workshop was one of my favorites because I’ve really gotten in tune with my inner “journalist/reporter” side this year. For those who don’t know, I majored in Broadcast Journalism in college, and I really thought I was destined for a job on MTV’s TRL (The original one) lol. I probably could’ve worked super hard and got that job or something similar, but long story short, I wasn’t focused. I went to school in Virginia, and after college I came home and lost my passion for journalism, although I remained driven in other ways. I worked in finance, I opened a clothing boutique, and started many businesses, but I never really wanted to focus on Journalism after college. Since starting my blog last year, I really started to feel my old passion for Interviewing/Reporting creeping up on me. This was most likely due to my blogging and press coverage events, and it made me want to really start taking it seriously. Over the past few months I’ve been covering music and beauty events, interviewing several celebrities and industry insiders, and really making my mark in the world of press. For these reasons, the Women in Media panel really spoke to me. My passion for media had already been awakened months ago, but this event kind of pushed me into overdrive. I loved it.
The Financial Literacy class really just made me want to get my ish together from a financial standpoint. If you live in NYC, you know that it’s super hard out here! Bills are coming in from left and right! But that financial workshop taught me that you don’t have to just sit and take it. We’re currently living in the “gig economy” which means that we have to get our hustle on, and make our money work for us. The Budgetnista taught us about different types of income, how to budget, how to save, etc. I already knew a lot of this info, but I also learned a lot too. I have a natural hustler’s spirit, so this was right up my alley. I liked this class because her personality was so big that we actually had a great time talking numbers for over an hour, which is something I don’t actually enjoy doing. I’m going to make a separate post about The Budgetnista and how we can get involved with some of the cool things she has going on. Stay tuned!
I felt like these two segments really spoke to me in a personal way, and really forced me to think about where I want to take my life and my career. I feel like it’s so common for us (or is it just me?), to think about where life is heading around this time of year. It’s October, so we’re pretty much at the end of 2018. It’s really time to take a look at the goals I set at the beginning of the year to see if I’m on point or if I really need to go hard in this last 60+ days to hit my goals. Overall I’m pretty happy with where I’m headed. I’m definitely not exactly where I planned to be in January, but I’m definitely headed in the right direction. This was one of the hardest working years of my life! I think the reason for that is because I’m way more focused than I have ever been, EVER! I have plans and I’m really making the time and sacrifices needed to achieve them. Over the next few months I plan to make some really big changes in my career. I really want to go into blogging and content creating full time, which is a huge step for me. Nothing is promised in a creative field, so to take it on full time would mean that I’m making it my primary income stream. That’s a scary thought, especially with a child, but I’m going to plan it carefully and make sure it’s really what I want before I just jump straight in. I believe in myself and I trust my intuition so I’m confident that I will make the best decision. Plus I know God got me! Most of my end of the year goals are to set me up for a bright 2019. I’ve never really been the type to say “this is my year”, but I feel like I’ll be saying that in 2019. As corny and cliche as it sounds, it’s true! I’m claiming it! One goal I slacked on was fitness so I definitely need to revisit a routine for the end of the year. As I’m writing this post I’m realizing that these last 60 days are a perfect segway into the new year. We have enough time to make a plan (or rework a current plan), create the habit by working on it for the remainder of the year, and then continuing to go full force for 2019. That’s what I’m going to do. Do you have any goals you need to hit by the end of the year? Have you stayed on course since January?