I don’t know about you, but my 2017 has been a hell of a ride. By the grace of God, there have been many high points and accomplishments, but life wouldn’t be life if those great moments weren’t accompanied by some bumps in the road. As the end of the year nears, I begin to wonder if my year was as productive as I had hoped for. Needless to say, there has been a whole lot of self-reflection in this last month of 2017.
Lets take a quick stroll through 2017. When I look back on my year, I smile knowing that I scratched two major feats off my bucket list: purchasing my first home and launching Cup of Consuella. I planned for the last few months of 2016 to get my finances and my credit in order so that I could become a homeowner. Seeing that come to fruition at only 26 years old brings me great joy. I closed on my first home in March, celebrated my 27th birthday in May, and a few days after that, I planned Richard an absolutely amazing surprise birthday party. I also celebrated my first Mother’s Day with Sanai in my arms and it was magical. It was a bonus that my mother and older sister were also in Atlanta to celebrate Mothers Day with me.
In August, I launched my blog, which had been a dream of mine for so long. I got such an outpouring of love and support for Cup of Consuella and that really warmed my heart. In September, I celebrated 5 years of living in Atlanta! I still can’t believe I’ve been here that long. I took a tour around Atlanta to celebrate my anniversary and fell in love with the city even more. That month, I also I planned Sanai’s first birthday party and it was so much fun! Check out my blog post with all the deets on the party here! I also took a stab at some modeling opportunities for Sanai by starting her an Instagram and submitting her pictures to different agencies. In just 3 months, she gained over 2000 followers and is now a brand ambassador for a dozen small shops/ boutiques on Instagram. Some companies have even reached out to collab with her to promote their brand. Talk about exciting! If you want your daily dose of cuteness, go check out her page: Sanai Brielle.
Moving along to November- this was the busiest month of the year for me! I had some business travel, I had two major city wide conventions in town, and I worked with the Atlanta Sports Council to coordinate a Familiarization visit for the NFL. As I’m sure you probably know, Atlanta will be hosting Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the process has already begun. From coordinating with over 100 hotels and booking over 20,000 room nights. To creating a 200 page venue catalog to present to NFL corporate partners to assist with booking of hundreds of hospitality events. To organizing dozens of concurrent site visits all in a 2 day time frame- it was so time consuming, so many moving parts, and a ton of hard work. But it was so fulfilling to be a part of such an event and to work so closely with our city wide hospitality partners to showcase all that Atlanta has to offer. November was a whirlwind, for sure!
The good news is, Sanai and I got to fly home to Miami for Thanksgiving, which was such a needed vacation. We got to spend time with family and friends, and I got some much needed beach time!
Now here we are in December. I’m wrapping up things at work and preparing my accounts for the new year. I’m getting ready for Sanai to have her first real Christmas. I’m starting my vision board and jotting down my goals for the new year. And I’m self reflecting on everything I accomplished this year. But why do I feel like I’m not doing enough? Why do I feel like I hit so many bumps and took so many steps back? Why haven’t I written a blog post in over a month? Why do I feel like I’m missing something? Why does it seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Why?! These thoughts seem to come like clock work towards the end of the year. They overshadow my accomplishments and cloud my mind with shoulda-coulda-woulda’s. Well, not anymore! I’m making a conscious effort to combat all of those negative thoughts with more positive and progressive ones. My goal is to focus on 2018 and all of the new things I
want to WILL accomplish. I WILL live a healthier lifestyle and make better choices for my overall well-being. I WILL refocus on my finances, raise my credit score, and continue building my savings accounts, and generate another source of income. I WILL continue to grow my blog and deliver great content to my readers. I WILL bring Cup of Consuella to YouTube. I WILL continue to focus on educating and molding my daughter. I WILL find a church home. And I WILL scratch yet another dream of mine off of my to do list, God willing. This upcoming year is about speaking things into existence and watching them come to fruition. 2018 will be my best year yet, I’m claiming it… and you should to!