2016 IN REVIEW....AS TOLD BY MY 2017 SELF.

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*Writing my intentions in future-past tense is something that I started last year & continue to do because I love the way it makes me think differently about how I spend my time. Knowing what I WANT to say helps me design my time with the end in mind and based on last years results, it's pretty successful!* 

You know what was cool about this year? Everything you touched worked in your favor, like you started out believing it would. There were so many engaging projects to explore and the right people showed up at EVERY TURN. For your events & your trips, as your assistants and your mentors, you always had had what you needed.And you made moves like you already knew it. 2015 was the warm up & 2016 was GAME TIME. It was the year that you finally let go of everything that's really been calling you the last 2 years and released it so that it could find it's rightful place. And so that, in turn, you could find yours, too.

You know what the most important thing was? You became an expert at doing the things that felt good. And you let go of your attachment to outcomes and just followed the curiosities for the sake of joy. And there were a lot of curiosities and wonderful surprises along your journey.You relaunched your website, expanded your services, went to your dream destination, created a tribe of women who are choosing to master their own lives and managed to visit the Taj Mahal, too. All the travel you did this year was really incredible. Far off destinations with wonderful tales & stories about each place. You saw Australia this year.....AUSTRALIA. You nevvvvvvvvvver imagined that happening, and yet there you were, with the pictures to prove it. That travel journal of yours really became a concrete thing! You released your book!! The very one you found yourself surprised to be writing & in letting go, it found the perfect audience...along with bestseller status. Personal development was the foundation of everything you did and because of your desire to help women create well-designed lives, the speaking engagements rolled in, full of rooms of people who were passionate about the same things you were and committed to doing their own work to achieve it. Everything you asked for was "with grace, in a perfect way" and that's exactly how it came. You took the time to really get your finances together and because you treated your money with respect, it respected you. And you made a lot of it this year.

You took a step back from some familiar things in an effort to let a new creative outlet spring forth. Brands & companies alike saw the value in your unique offering and partnered with you on exciting projects that were authentic to who you are and how you do business. Having freedom, investing in great projects and new relationships continued to deepen your well. Your life looks so different than it looked 5 years ago....and even 3 years ago. You've finally been able to see the fruit of what you always say, that what you desired was always desiring you.All ways. Cheers to a year well done!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! MY 2015 YEAR IN REVIEW.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

2015 was probably my best year. (*except for 1984 when I got the Michael Jackson poster, doll and microphone for my 5th birthday but I digress*). 

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In January I proclaimed that my word for the year would be Intention but if I had to pick a theme, I'd say it was Expansion. My life really exploded last year. Personally & professionally, in ways I welcomed and ways that made me cringe, the entire year GREW me in the best ways possible. Many things (MANY things) didn't go according to plan and yet I feel really good about 2015 anyhow. And I can't articulate how good it feels to be able to say that. I've been in a sweet spot with my business for awhile and this was the year that saw me growing beyond my own comfort zones. Realizing that I want something beyond Interior Design and starting to allow myself to go after it. One of the biggest lessons I learned (and one I preach often) is--Pay Attention to How You Feel. I learned to really tune into how my body is feeling and let those feelings guide my next steps. If thinking about something gave me anxiety, headaches or made me feel uncomfortable, I tried my best to acknowledge te "elephant in the room" and steer clear....even when that meant I didn't know the next step. And I often didn't know the next step. But I started thinking a lot about things like ease and the path of least resistance and as much as possible, I tried to let that guide me when I didn't know what to do.  My 2015 was pressed down, shaken together and running over.  Here's a look back:

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FIRST QUARTER:  In the most intimate & personal post I've ever penned I finally shared the story of my Vitiligo diagnosis with the world and received such kind & supportive feedback from everyone. So funny how I was so nervous about putting everything out there and now I'm like, "Oh, that? Oh yeah....". Growth is a beautiful thing.  Southern Home launched an incredible 8 page spread of my home and it was the first time I've really shared pics of where I lay my head in detail. You never really know if you're gonna love the articles when they come out but I've been really lucky--it was beautiful & working with everyone was a dream. I landed a coveted spot on Al Roker's national morning show, Wake Up With Al, with a live, in-studio interview with the man himself. Listen to me: Me. Live. Interviewed by Al Roker & Stephanie Abrams. National TV. Like, 3 days notice. Had me shaking a bit but I left the studio feeling like I knocked it out of the park. A major milestone checked off of my list. A cool, more personal feature on my journey went live on BlackEnterprise.com. Turned 36.

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SECOND QUARTER: Redesigned my home office & created a space I'm still obsessed with! Started renovating my 1985 bathroom. Ummm....an ESSENCE MAGAZINE feature--an unexpected dream come true! A beautiful & personal Atlanta Home feature. Changed the course of my life when I decided to turn down a work opportunity to travel to abroad on my own--wrote that I was going before I even purchased the ticket. Created & starred in videos for Astrobrights, Office Depot & Office Max.

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THIRD QUARTER: Got the New York blood running back through my veins when I spent all of July in NYC. Worked on the Traditional Home showhouse in the Hamptons with BPF (see more of that on Instagram). Got a crazy stupid tooth infection on 4th of July. Saw Rob Bell in person! Hired by my first NYC client. Worked my butt off renovation a local clients' ever-expanding bathroom project. Changed the course of my life when I went to Istanbul. Came back to tons of work. Finally got my hands on a copy of my Black Enterprise feature--2 full pages, all Dayka. Hired an intern & learned a lot about being a boss.

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FOURTH QUARTER: Wrapped up client projects. Hired by Colgate Palmolive as Brand Ambassador for a very cool Family Dollar Fabulous event (Atlanta). Flew to Ohio to style TV commercials for Big Lots holiday spots. Was contacted about a super cool project shooting at my house with a major national magazine (goes live in 2016!). Decided to see America by Amtrak and booked myself on an extended vacation--one that was much more transformative than expected. Diligently working on a new website launch to expand my brand & diversify. TOOK THE TIME OFF THAT I EARNED!

So 2015 was full. And juicy. It gave me the courage to dream bigger & take more risks, which is the only way to create the life I most want. So that's what I'm gonna do. Step by step, bit by bit.