I’m Back

Sometimes I wonder what this would have been if I would’ve stuck with it. I have owned this domain for what seems like forever! Writing, talking about things I love, and taking pictures have always been things I love to do. However, discipline with consistency, carving out the time before or after work, and my overall lack of confidence in this blog being anything have always stopped me from continuing.

I have accomplished a lot during all of this. I’ve traveled to some dope places, made some dope food, tried a lot of makeup and skincare, and have really started to take the time to curate my own personal aesthetic. I have also learned so much about myself and what I want in life.

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Brasilia, Brazil. I am no longer in retail and have committed 2021 to working on some professional and personal goals:

Professional:

  1. Growing my personal brand.
  2. Better Together Design Co.; a branding and website design company I started with my best friend Amanda.
  3. Lipgloss and Politics; a podcast I am starting because I am sick and tired of people saying that their platforms were created for beauty, fashion or whatever the fuck irrelevant things that they want to talk about to cop out of talking about real life things that matter like police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and the insurrection at the Capitol Building. Which was the day that inspired me to create Lipgloss and Politics.
  4. Deciding what I want to do with Don & Sunset; a fashion company I started in January of 2020 that I decided I didn’t want to completely run as an online boutique. I bought some product and while I thought it was cute it just wasn’t what I wanted to put out into the world. I wanted people to be able to find it easy to shop and for them to find their own aesthetic but I haven’t yet nailed mine. More to come on this endeavor in 2021.

Personal Goals:

It would be remiss of me to sit here and not tell you that there are a few things personally that I am committing to in 2021. I think to be able to get all of the above done this year there are a few things that I need to work on mentally and in myself to get there.

  1. Discipline: I’m talking sticking to a schedule. Moving my body daily. Sticking to my morning and evening routines. Making sure that I eat enough and eat healthy foods that make me happy 80% of the time.
  2. Boundaries: I’ve decided I am going to have a career online so with that comes what I am sharing. I am choosing to not share my romantic relationships until I am engaged or married and even them I am not sure in what capacity. I also need to work on my personal boundaries. Boundaries to myself like if it is going to come in between my goals or my work on discipline then it’s a no go for me.
  3. Management of Emotions: If you guys haven’t checked out Love Dorsey on instagram you should. I will be the first to admit I send a 4 page text message. And sometimes I am too impatient to voice my frustrations in person so I call or text. Sometimes I bitch even when I know that I am not going to do anything about it. So i’ve committed to taking time to actually know what I am feeling. Asking myself if it has crossed a boundary in my life and what am I going to do about it. Is this actually going to matter in the long run? I think happiness is a choice that we make. It’s not like we don’t have bad days or things aren’t going to piss you off however, how quickly can you assess your actual emotion, how do you bounce back from that feeling into your good space.

So what can you expect here? Probably a mix of shit I love. A lot of cooking and food, some beauty bits, lots of style posts, some YouTube content maybe? I am not sure honestly, I am trying to figure out the real structure of this and your feedback is always welcome! Either way I am excited to get back into this. Let me know if there is anything specific you guys want to discuss.

I want to be able to talk about it all! Business, makeup, clothes, politics, mindset, spirituality. I hope that we can create a community of people who are open minded, love to talk and share tips and tricks to have a dope life!

Talk soon,

Janelle

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