I can’t believe it’s 2022. It just sounds so futuristic. It makes me think of the times I would watch movies when I was younger. Cars were flying, robots were serving food, microchips were being implants and the time was 2022. It seems so crazy and far away at the time. Now that the year has finally arrived, it just sounds so crazy to say it aloud…2022!
Between COVID, politics, racial tensions, unemployment and beyond…these last two years have been quite eventful. And now with 2022s arrival, I decided to sit down, take a breath, and assess what I’ve actually learned this past year.
Want to hear it?! Well, here it goes…
#1. Mama Bear don’t play that shit.
Let me preface this by saying that I’ve always kind of been one to say what’s on my mind. But with that, I would always fall back off of expressing certain feelings because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. Since having my son, I’ve found that I don’t give a damn if the feathers get ruffled so much that they fall on the floor and wither away. This past year, I’ve been tested so much by people who tried to talk to me with disrespect and/or treat me with disrespect. Particularly family members. It’s funny how people treat you when they think they can get away with it. Then they turn into a victim when you call them out on it. 2021 taught me to say what I mean and mean what I say. Even if that means that people will stop wanting to associate with me. I give respect to all and demand respect from all. Its important for me to show my son that it’s okay to stand up for yourself. I no longer walk on egg shells for anyone.
#2. Don’t spend just to have shit.
Like some of you, my finances have been unpredictable. Being an entrepreneur makes it even more important to make smart money moves. So spending just to have a crapload of inventory or because something was on sale is so 2021. I used to buy all of kinds of stuff just to have it. For instance, I would buy tons of fabric to make various looks for the handcrafted collection. Then make several pieces in different sizes and wait for them to sell. Sometimes they would sell and sometimes they would just sit in inventory forever!! But now, I make a sample and then make each piece when it is ordered. It helps to cut back on wasting money (and fabric). 2022 is about continuing to make smarter decisions.
#3. Life is short, stop and smell the damn roses.
I’m a very goal oriented, list making type of person. And I still am. But I don’t sulk when something isn’t completed exactly as planned. Like I did in 2021. I’ve found that my life won’t fall apart if I take a day off to binging on Netflix with my husband or playing with my baby. As long as I’m doing something it will get done. Plus, taking breaks is great for your mental health.
#4. My entrepreneurial journey is mine and no one else’s.
I’m a talker. And so there are times when I’m just having conversations with someone and before I know it, I’m spilling the beans on business things that I’m working on. 9 times out of 10, the person that I’m speaking with will throw some shade on my idea. But I had to realize that this is my journey not theirs. That’s why they are still working at a job that they hate. Because they are scared of failing or lack of ambition. That’s their problem. Not mine. I’m on my own journey. Soooo, 2021 (and years past if I’m being honest) has taught me to keep my damn mouth closed.
#5. Shit, I Need To Wearing My Own Label More!
I’ve basically been in the house for almost 3 years. Mid 2019, I was in the early stages of my pregnancy. So, I was scared to do anything. Then early 2020, COVID hit and I chose to stay in the house ‘til I had my baby. After his birth, I’ve definitely been in the house cause I didn’t want to risk him getting sick. So, wearing an oversized t-shirt has been my uniform for the last few years. But since we thought COVID was dying down, my husband and I decided to get out to attend our family holiday party. Of course, I needed something festive you wear. I searched high and low without finding even one thing that I really liked. Nothing seemed to suit my style. That’s when I decided that in 2022, I’m wearing Fashion Not Fear only. With the exception of jeans. I mean it is my brand. Plus, who knows what I like to wear more than me?! 🤷🏽♀️ Watch out for my posts here and IG showing what I’ve made myself.
Soooo excited to see what 2022 has to offer. And not to see what comes my way. But to see what I MAKE happen. What are you taking into 2022? Let me know in the comments…
Stay Fearless 💋