Attitude of Gratitude
The past few weeks have been filled with so much love it could be my birthday!
On Friday 30 June, alongside two other queens, my photo was featured in the Voice Newspaper online. This article was about natural beauty from a photographers perspective. Thanks to Pixus Photography, I have a new respect for photography. I have learnt that it is not just the quality of the images but the reasons behind the vision.
Read The Voice Online article
Nevis has been home from home for a very long time. I truly feel like an island girl. So when I got the opportunity to officially write about the Nevis Culturama Festival this summer, I was more than pleased. When I was introduced on social media I found myself smiling from ear to ear. I reflected back to a short time ago when I was in such a dark place. Now I’m more confident than I have ever been. Coming to the island was the best decision to reflect and reset myself.
You can read my first Nevis Culturama post here.
I did a write up about the #GIRLBOSS behind this brand a few months ago. She is a magician in her chosen field, offering bespoke custom crystal embellishments. Also a mother of two beautiful queens, entrepreneur Shareefa also instills in her children to think about their vision. She does all this whilst battling with personal health issues. Not matter what life throws at her, she always bounces right back (read my previous post here).
Yesterday, I was featured on the twenty604eyecandy Instagram page and it was so nice to wake up to. I was also complimented on my blog which made me smile even more. It’s always nice to know when others value my passion.
I came across this fatherhood blog after DAfroambiance wrote a blog about male Black British Bloggers. Elliott is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the parenthood platform which is described as the “mumsnet for dads”. On a Thursday he has a Twitter chat – #DaddyDebates and I particularly enjoyed the conversation about mental health. When Elliott wrote up the Twitter discussion, he featured some of my points which I’m grateful for. Although I’ not a parent, my opinion was still valued. Thank you (read the full article here).
Elliott had his big claim to fame this week when he submitted a post to The Independent about being a young, married, black father and being ignored by media. He talks about his network of dads who play active roles in their children’s lives and the assumptions that people make about active dads.
You can read the article here.
This has had to be my toughest challenge yet! When I decided I was finally going to start a blog, a work colleague introduced me to Wix. This website has really good templates where you can drag and drop to customise. It was great for a newbie like me. It meant that I could customise a website myself without a web developer and it also meant I didn’t have an excuse not to start blogging. However, six months later, I wanted my blog to look more organised. Wix only allows you to have one blog and I wanted a number of categories.
I original chose Wix over WordPress because it seemed really complicated. I decided to move to WordPress as this platform is a big player in the website game (without getting too technical). I decided to transfer my blog content from Wix to WordPress and it wasn’t easy. The blogs and YouTube videos made it seem simple, however I hit a number of stumbling blocks along the journey that took me ages to resolve.
Even though I decided to persevere with the new website, I procrastinated about publishing the new site. I did this because I wanted it to be perfect. However, trying to be perfect was slowing me down, so I decided to publish and continue to work on it in the background. It’s not perfect but it’s mine and I did it. I asked family and friends who I consider experts to offer advice and support. Thank you for coming on this website upgrade journey with me 🙂 Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the new website so far.
When the website was not going according to plan, I thought about giving up and giving Wix another go. I started to convince myself that I didn’t need a new website with different categories. However, I had invested a lot of time researching and asking experts advice so I persevered.
My mentor was instrumental in this growth. Always believing in my vision, my mentor helped me to find the answers within myself and offered suggestions that seemed so simple that I had to continue. This new website is just the beginning. Next stop is getting my brand off the paper and into fruition. A big shout out to Adam.
When you are doing something that you are passionate about, be grateful. Humble yourself and give thanks. Reflect on where you were and how far you have become. Don’t waste time worrying about those who are not supporting you. Focus on the people who are rooting for you because you don’t want to lose them. Surround yourself with people who will help you grow. Six months ago, I never thought I would have resigned from my job, left London and come to live on an island. However, I’m on Nevis island and I am making the most of paradise. I’m taking time to reset myself and looking for opportunities in the mean time. I’m regaining control of my happiness and it feels great.
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