My word for the year of 2017 is transitioning.
A lot of little things happened that shaped me into the woman I am at age 25.
This post will serve as a reference for the years to come for the goals I will achieve and accomplishments I have overcome.
- Got awarded for top urban blog (SEO is important)
- Participated in Above All Sports for Nashville bloggers
- Did a sponsored post for Cars.com and Seventh Generation
- Launched course, got exactly one student - will relaunch again with a better plan and copyediting
- Moved to my hometown of South Florida during the winter months
- Attended my first blogger award show
- Networked and met new people
- Consistently hosted a guest post series all year.
- Published 50 new blog posts. Nowhere near my goal of 120, but it’s a step up from last year
I have been working on my social media growth as often as possible.
Social Media Accomplishments:
1300+ Instagram Followers
6000+ Twitter Followers
1800+ FaceBook Followers with another 1100+ Facebook Friends (I can't believe I have been on Facebook for 10 years as of June 2017!)
200+ Pinterest Followers
These goals I wrote down and accomplished! The power of planning, strategizing, and speaking it into existence!
Procrastination - it wasn’t until my laptop was stolen out of my car that I had a wake-up call on just how much procrastination was affecting me negatively.
Self Care - I have been vegan for a good 30 days which was a first for me.
It’s also easier for me to say no to the things that don’t make me happy, don’t make me money, or don’t make me a better woman, partner, and businesswoman.
This year I’ve been told many times that I am a good woman. It only motivates me to be an even better woman next year.
Personal and Business Goals for next year:
I will become a six-figure-aire by touching millions of lives.
I will have seven streams of income including affiliate/sponsorships, book publishing, online courses, workshops and seminars, five new social media marketing clients every on 90 days on a recurring basis, photoshoots, which will all be aligned in my digital marketing agency. I will also be migrating over to the podcast world. As a result, it will reduce the stress on my husband as I also receive my dream car of a Lexus and my dream house of at least 2,000 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, backyard and upstairs porch.
Be better organized - I am subscribed to so many platforms. Now I just need to focus on continuing to minimize them down to the ones I definitely utilize.
Cook Less - Ever since I have moved back to South Florida, I can understand why people eat out so much, it’s much more convenient. Now I just need to be able to make and maintain a budget for it.
Of course, I’m not going to exclude writing things down in a journal.
Sure sharing things here and in Google Docs and in these respective apps help me to be accountable, but nothing feels truer that writing it down in a physical journal.
It was actually one of the first countries my husband said he wanted to visit. There’s a lot of culture and history in Rio De Janeiro. A couple of my favorite Black travel bloggers have shown me that. I cannot wait to witness the beauty for myself especially since they are removing visa requirement for U.S. Citizens. If I can squeeze in a visit to Bahia, that would be cool too.
Caribbean (Cuba, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Tobago)
I’ve been told it is easiest to accomplish visiting a majority of these countries by cruise.
Ever since Cuba has reopened its “arms” to the U.S., I have seen blogger friends take advantage of that opportunity by visiting. Cuba has a long, amazing history. As a photographer, it would be a perfect opportunity. I am especially interested in visiting the Virgin Islands because that is where my maternal grandfather is from. I look forward to learning more about that side of my ancestry.
I have yet to visit Canada, not even as close as the Niagara Falls. Toronto is becoming a more popular music scene thanks to Drake. I am also a big fan of diversity. So I would love to see for myself just how multi-cultural it is.
Los Angeles, California
BET Awards Weekend Experience, Coachella, or NBA All-Star Weekend occur there.
It is full of events, history, and landmarks that I would like to see before they completely float or burn away.
San Diego, California
I had the pleasure of photographing my first social worker's conference in 2016. For their 60th anniversary, they will be in San Diego. I have heard a lot about San Diego so it would be a pleasure to see it for myself.
New York City
Hubby has not been yet, so I look forward to creating memories with him for my return to New York City. The Grammys and Operation Crossroads Africa 60th Anniversary Celebration are both happening in the City that doesn't sleep.
South Africa for a Photography Workshop
When I traveled in 2016, I met some amazing ladies, one of them who has a side gig as a travel event planner. Together we will host the National Geographic workshop for people of color.
Visiting as many African countries as possible such as Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland. Participating in Yacht Week East Africa will cover The Seychelles.
Operation Crossroads Africa Group Leader
Ever since I returned as a volunteer at the ripe age of 18, I knew I wanted to return as a group leader. Now, I am finally old enough to participate this summer.
United Arab Emirates, to be more specific, Dubai, Oman, Qatar.
Aside from my husband’s home country of The Gambia and the towns surrounding Larabanga, Ghana, I don’t know what it feels like to be in a predominantly Muslim country and I would like to know.
I would love to return to Italy and visit Venice before it is no longer there.
With that being said, that basically sums up my remaining countries needed in order to achieve my goal of 30 countries by age 30. As of 2017, I have five years and 20 countries left.
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