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A Fresh Start

Updated: Dec 27, 2021

With the New Year approaching, I am constantly hearing everyone's resolutions. I only have one... to begin the year with a clear mind and focus on my projects. I will be graduating college with my bachelors at the end of next year and I want to have a plan. I do not want to be one of those people who have nothing waiting for the them at the end of college. I am only finishing because I started and this is something I have always dreamed of accomplishing. My aunt died a few years ago and she always told me that I was too smart and too talented. She always encouraged me to think big and to get away. I miss getting her calls my freshman year just telling me how proud she is of me. So she is another reason why I want to finish. Going back to my hometown to live with family is not even an option and hasn't been for a while. I have a life here and business here already in my college town, but I don't want to be stuck here either. So what am I going to do? I have absolutely no idea.

I am not like most people, I am a natural born go getter and I always have been. I sold candy in elementary school, and by the time high school came, I had escalated to repairing iPhone screens and ripping jeans. Fixing iPhone screens is something I taught myself, like most of my other skills. I started my bachelors in 2015 and entered the job market shortly after because I couldn't get financial help from my family. It was alright and did what it needed to do for the time being. I knew when I got my first job in 2016, that I wasn't going to be working for anyone but myself for much longer. Fast forward to the present, I am currently a full time student working on finishing a liberal arts bachelors with a possible double minor, since I already have the credits, and I am working for myself. When I was finishing my associate degree at the local community college, I found a job I liked, so I stayed there for a while. I worked there for 2 years, the longest job I had, part time in the beginning and full time after 6 months. I also consecutively worked a part time job in retail.

It was a non for profit, so "they didn't give raises", according to the former CEO. I had earned mine. I saw the budget I was producing due to my productivity versus the previous person who held my position. It was higher by a lot, I deserved it and they fought me. So eventually I chose to part ways with them. During that time towards the end, I had gotten into doing hair again. I always did my own hair and had been cutting for several years as well. I also could do others hair as well. So I most days I would work a full time shift and come home and do hair in my living room. Eventually, I got so popular here because I am pretty much the only professional who offers the service in the area. So I just chose to do hair and barber full time. I never cared about jobs anyway and I definitely didn't care for how they treated employees. I'm also a self taught fashion designer. I got into fashion heavy my freshman year of high school and began designing clothes sometime later in high school. I was voted "Best Dressed" so when I decided to go to college, I said I would focus on my fashion. I bought my first sewing machine freshman year and never looked back. Here I am in the present, with LLC's and brands and trademarks and I just don't know where I will go from here. I have t-shirt printing equipment, and sewing machines. I have decided that I am going to put my all in to my fashion career. I have not been into the media that much so I am going to spend much more time on my socials and staying active there. I have a pretty decent feedback even though I don't have many followers. I have invested in a camera and I am aiming for at least 3 designs to be produced a week. I plan on documenting it over the course of my last year of undergraduate and just see where it takes me.

If all else fails, I am not worried and I am certainly not in a rush. 7 years for a bachelors I think I can wait a little more for a successful and lucrative career that I actually like.

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