One Week As a Fashion Stylist... Assistant

 Posed  @pRIVEREVAUX  Pop-up after an intense day of photo shoot prep.   

Posed @pRIVEREVAUX Pop-up after an intense day of photo shoot prep.


One Week As a Fashion Stylist... Assistant  

When opportunity knocks, I listen. My friend David who I've known since grandmother was a girl recently asked me if I'd work with him on an important styling project. Being the entrepreneur and lover of fashion that I am, I was game! David and I went to college together back in the DMV and were roommates when we moved to NYC.  David is a fashion stylist and consultant and has been working between New York, California, and Atlanta on several TV and film projects. He was recently summoned back to New York from a project in Atlanta to do an internal lookbook for Stuart Weitzman and who did he tap to be his right hand...ME! 

The call went something like this:

David: Hey Ri

Sirita: Hey boo, what's t?

David: Girl, I know you're building EstroHaze and got a lot going on but could you use an extra coin? I have a styling project that I need an assistant on.

Sirita: Could a girl use an extra coin? Bish where, when? I'm there!

The rest is history! 

When I was pursuing my undergraduate degree I dreamed of being a fashion stylist. I was inspired by the clothes in magazines and movies. By the time I transitioned to NYC and finished my internship for Vibe magazine I was no longer interested in styling full-time. I began writing about fashion, beauty, culture and style and interviewing some of the players in those spaces.  I have always had a hand in styling though, whether is was visual merchandising for Lester's stores or selling luxury handbags and shoes to store buyers for Melanie Dizon


Shop til You Drop

There is so much prep work that goes into styling. Seeing that Stuart Weitzman is a shoe brand, the clothes pulled for the shoot had to be not only stylish and cool, but, more importantly they had to be non descript so that the focus stayed on the shoes. The internal look book serves the Stuart Weitzman staff so they can educate potential buyers on how to style the seasons latest shoes. David and I spent around 3.5 days just sourcing looks for the models which represented two distinct demographics of the Stuart Weitzman's consumer base. One model was targeting a younger, tech savvier girl, while the other was for a older, more sophisticated and chic woman. 

We ran all around the town!

From Zara and Ann Taylor to Rebecca Minkoff and Old Navy. We went everywhere. At the end of each "window shopping" day I would upload all the images from each store and send over to David, along with a total price from each store. He used this info for budgeting and to shape the final mood board that would be presented to the client for approval prior to the shoot. After the final approval David and I would then go out and shop the looks. It's important to note, aspiring stylist should have some sort of working capital. Almost every time you do a styling project you end up spending money upfront that will then be reimbursed from the company. Unless you get an advance and those on usually happen unless you have built a relationship with the brand. It was not uncommon for me to get home sometime well after midnight during this time. Most people think styling is all glamour, photoshoots and cute clothes - but it's hard work with plenty of heavy lifting. We made at least two stops to Bed Bath & Beyond to ensure the styling kits had everything they needed like: double sided tape, scissors, hangers, rolling racks, hand-held steamers, etc. Everything had to transported from midtown Manhattan to Harlem each day, as that was where our base was until the shoot day in a Brooklyn at the end of the week. 

One of my favorite moments from the week was seeing the smart mirrors at Rebecca Minkoff. Please watch the video, my pal Lonnie who heads up events at the SOHO Rebecca Minkoff boutique did a demonstration on how the mirrors work, I was so impressed...whilst enjoying my glass of champagne! 🍾

Smart shopping starts in the fitting room!

When the shoot day finally came about I was so excited. Check out some behind the scenes of the final looks and David in action! I hadn't been in a Stuart Weitzman store in ages, in fact I thought the brand had gotten a bit stale tbh. Imagine my surprise when I saw the S/S18 styles we were shooting. This pic really doesn't give the shoes justice. But know that I am looking to cop at least 3 to 4 styles before the summer is over!

The shoot really went off without a hiccup. The day was long and I was steaming clothes to make sure all the wrinkles were out. The photographers and the entire crew were great. The kraft services were fantastic and David did an amazing job! I was a proud friend. But the job isn't over after the shoot! In fact over the next two and half days I was making returns. When you have over 10 stores you shopped - at times shopping the same store at different locations -- you have to be on top of your shit, especially with all the receipts and how you handle the merchandise. The shoot ended on time and David, myself and my partner *who showed up right on time - spent the next 3 hours organizing the items that were going to be returned. We were able to knock some returns, well one that evening and I was beat! Check out the video below. The video following is my boyfriend on a rolling rack inside of Lord & Taylor, he so graciously helped us as we struggled with navigating 500000000000000 bags back from the shoot. lol 

All in all I had a great time, learned a lot and lost about 7lbs due to all the running around the city we did. David has grown so much in his profession over the years and I was glad to be able to take the supporting role in this project. I was even introduced to some of my new favorite stores including & Other StoriesCOS and Massimo Dutti


I have a ton of videos and pics from this week that I'll update this post with, along with my favorites shoes from the collection since they have since been announced on the site

You can see more of David's work here and check him out on Instagram here

Turning Hobbies Into Businesses


Make Your Dreams Real 

Investing in women owned businesses, forming political action committees, being mentors and more were some of the many topics discussed at the 2018 Women Grow Summit. I entered excited and left fullfilled and ready to take action to make lasting change. 

This year I was with my EstroHaze business partners/friends. We broadcasted our podcast LIVE from the Women Grow Summit and I am still feeling and working through a range of emotions. The biggest of them all is gratitude. It's bigger than weed and I see it more and more everyday. It's about medicine, healing, social justice, empowerment, job creation, wealth building, legacy. To be a part of this movement is humbling. Had my co-founders and I not taken the step (left our jobs) and seized the opportunity presented to us --- we might still be disgruntled employees sitting on our talents, skills, and blessings that were waiting for us on the other side. 

 Our first media event of the year under our own company!! 

Our first media event of the year under our own company!! 

We met so many interesting people, like the folks behind Velvet Swing which makes a cannabis infused lubricant for women. We were given solid advice from our business advisors/mentors and had a fabulous event that our guests truly enjoyed (see 1st video)! It was a great reminder that we are on the right track and that there is more work ahead of us. It won't get easier by any means, but if any three women can do it, we can! 

I am very excited for where things are heading! I also recently joined a social networking group. As the saying goes, your network is your networth and if I am going to have a few brownstones and a duplex in TriBeCa, along with putting a few thousands kids through college I must get my affairs in order. I am now a part of Ivy: The Social University. They have not only a range of curated social events and workshops but they also have a lot of volunteer opportunities and talks that I know could add value to my life. So...#levelup bitches! 

10 Things That Make Me Really Happy



I have been slacking on my writing, no matter how hard I might try I just could not get into a good habit of blogging. I believe it was due to overthinking. Spending too much time pondering SEO tactics and other marketing tools to ensure my blog receives maximum exposure. When the truth of the matter is, none of that shit matters. The content matters, connecting with people matters and if you can do that (connect with people well) nothing else really matters. 

I decided over the weekend that I needed to fall back for a minute and just breathe. I love writing, always have and to that end I wanted to find something to kick start my writing so I am doing a 30 Day Writing Challenge. Today's topic: 10 Things That Make Me Really Happy! And in no particular order:

1. My mom

2. My partner Patrick 

3. My fur-baby Dolce 

4. Reading

5. The company I co-founded, EstroHaze 

6. Shopping (especially for clothes) 

7. Coffee - I am currently on a 7 day fast from coffee. My dependence had gotten out of control.  

8. Marketing 

9. Acting 

10. God 

Path to Alignment | Upgrade Your Business Strategy


I've been in a retrospective mood. 2017 was one of the biggest years of manifestation I have ever had! There was a time last year, where I wrote down what I wanted to have, including owning a cannabis media company. Last year, I became the co-founder/owner of a cannabis media company.

2018 is about ALIGNMENT

2018 is another opportunity to renovate my life deciding on what I will allow and experience. I have been thinking about areas I want to grow in like Leadership, as well as skills I want to improve on like communication and writing. There will be new challenges and things that will need to be cut, as well as relationships that will need to be cultivated and nourished. 

The New Year is definately one of my favorite times of the year because it's all about reinvention. New Year, New You - giving us a fresh start. Each month is a new chapter for you, the author of your life to curate as you wish. What I have come to realize over much reflection is that many people want to reinvent themselves and live fuller, joyful lives but they don't even know where to start. 

Building self-confidence is the first step. Without it you have no courage and without courage people tend to stop trying and aspiring. Opting instead to live average, unfulfilled lives. I decided to put together some action steps for aligning this chapter in your life, the one focused on building yourself and your business, whatever that means for you. 


The first step to DEVELOP CONFIDENCE is believing in yourself and your abilities. When I was "home for the holidays" I found myself searching through my mom's files for ANYTHING from my childhood. I ended up finding my college degree that has been MIA for a good while now. I also found some reports/projects that I had done during my final semester. Looking back on those A's and B's reminded me of a few things: the cool people I met in college and the organizations I joined. But more importantly I was reminded of how smart I was and still am. I busted my butt in those classes and my hard work paid off.

This is also why I keep a journal. If I scan old diaries of mine I am able to see a full spectrum of my life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I also see how I got through difficult times; over the years my confidence in myself has grown. I encourage everyone to keep a journal or a notepad near. Begin jotting down some of your accomplishments, any awards you've received, or praises from past teachers, employers or clients. When you feel down or things aren't working out in certain areas of your life, take your journal out, or read over the notes/cards people have given you over the years. It will encourage you and give your confidence a boost. Build your confidence every day, that can be by reading inspiring books, exercising or any other way you choose to practice self-care. 

Without confidence you won't be able to take the next step...  

CUT DEAD WEIGHT. Now I know how hard this can be for some people. It's not easy to let things or people go sometimes. Never mind the fact that you haven't worn your prom dress since your prom 20 years ago, or the fact that the job you're in really isn't taking you anywhere. Be that as it may, it's time to cut the cord on toxic people, places and things that do not serve you.

I have found that JUST on the other side of a breakup - be it romantic or professional there is a major breakthrough on the other side. If you can cut the cord to those things which weigh you down, you'll be aligned with your destiny much faster. 

Toxic Relationships: How To Detach

Lastly, MAKE YOUR MOVE! You are the CEO of you and without great risk there are NO great rewards. Take one tangible step. Figure out the next thing you need to do to realize your dreams. It might be as simple as sending an email to a potential mentor, it might mean going to a networking event in your area in 18 degree weather. No matter what it is, GET UP OUT THE BOAT. It's time to walk on water - you've been called! 

You have it in your power to make your days on Earth a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns.
— Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Toxic Relationships: Filling The Void

Last year I wrote a three - part series on toxic relationships: how to know your in one and how to detach from them (click links above). It's 2018, let go of people, places and things that don't bring your vibrations higher. 


Reflections Of...Time Management (Free Template)

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This year has a been a bit of a whirlwind if I am being honest with myself. I am now at that time of year where I begin reflecting on everything including my home, finances, style, and career. Over the weekend I didn't do much, in fact I pretty much did nothing but reflecting. I've started reading We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. My partner went to hear him speak recently and brought home the book. I haven't yet got into the nitty gritty, in fact I only finished the forward, but I am intrigued and will be diving back in. 

Reflecting on this year has made me see where I have grown up in many areas of my life as well as shown me some areas I need to improve upon. One of the areas I really wanted to tighten up as I move into the new year was my "work" schedule. I am an entrepreneur and I like to think I am pretty productive, and do well at getting things done. But as my career and business endeavors have expanded, I have had no choice but to improve upon my time management after much scrutinizing. 

For awhile I felt pulled in many directions and if I am being truly honest no two days are the same for me. I can be creating content for or, speaking on a panel, and creating a marketing plan for a client all in the same day! On top of that It's not unusual for me to get a acting gig or two, so that can drastically shift my schedule. And what's most important is that I absolutely LOVE what I do. I am challenged everyday to create and share and I aim to please and bring value to people. What I don't like is feeling overwhelmed to the point where my work no longer makes me feel alive but instead starts to feel like a chore. That scattered feeling is not the look. 

As I work to streamline and manage my businesses (EstroHaze, social media consulting, acting), I have found implementing a time blocking schedule to be truly effective and efficient for me. I used to be a pen and paper girl, and I do still print out everything but I have moved my to do list digital, and I am so glad I made that choice. 

I start off each Sunday making a list of my task for the week, both personal and business. On the right side of the list is time I am allocating for each task. From there, I add my task to my time block calendar. Sidenote, I use the Marinara: Pomodoro® Assistant - Chrome Web Store time extension to manage the time I spend on each task. I love this timer because I can adjust it to my needs and it also has a break timer so I get some room to breath throughout the day. 

I found this time blocking template through searching the good sis Pinterest. The template has been an absolute godsend!! I have been using it just under two weeks now and I am getting shit done and really seeing how long certain things take. I am excited to open my weekly calendar again and no longer feel overwhelmed. If things pop up as they almost always do, I can easily move things around. The template also has a section for monthly goals that I haven't quite tackled yet, but I am conjuring up some goals for December. Also in my productivity toolkit is Trello and you see in the images above that Trello is also time blocked on my visual calendar. 

If you are looking for new productivity tools and are tired of the to-do list, then I highly recommend you take some time and try out this template. You can also download the Google Drive app so you can access your visual calendar anytime. Let me know if you try out this template and how it goes for you. I recommend setting up a weekly alarm so that you can sit and plan out your weekly calendar - I typically do this on Sundays. It helps me sleep better knowing my week is pretty much set and all I have to do is execute. When it's time to do my task I simply start the Marina timer and get to work. After each Pomodoro cycle a break cycle notification will pop up. You will also see the number of completed Pomodoro cycles you have completed for the day. 

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So, there you have it. I am reflecting on ways I can improve my time management and sharing it all with you. Here's to kicking ass in business and life people! 

Productivity Is All That's On The Brain

With so much to do, sometimes it's hard to know where to start. At least for me sometimes. I don't know about you, but I am still trying to find a new normal. Currently I am working to balance building a startup, maintaining my personal relationships while building and nurturing professional ones and on and on. 

 Me chilling on my cofounders bedstuy stoop after a afternoon work sesh!

Me chilling on my cofounders bedstuy stoop after a afternoon work sesh!

I realized that because my schedule shifts week to week and occasionally day to day that it's urgent now more than ever that I create routines and get clearer on the goals I am working toward as I close out this year and move into the next. There is never not a moment that I am not thinking about how I can continue to push myself, while maintaining a full cup of mental clarity as not to exhaust myself to the point of madness.

Every week I am working to keep abreast of what's moving within the cannabis and Marketing industries as well as promote the webseries I am in (195 Lewis) that's being shown around the world. And honestly, entrepreneurship is tiring, but I love it. I honestly cannot get enough of the work I do and the opportunities that continue to be offered up to me. 



But I know I can accomplish more with more discipline. The word discipline is key for me right now. I love to take on projects, however its time to moving at a higher level which means being even more strategic. On that wave I have been reading a lot about leadership, brand building and consumer engagement. I was reading through this month's Fast Company and had the overwhelming feeling that I wanted EstroHaze to be listed as one their most 'innovative companies' and wtf does innovation mean, for me personally for us a brand? I realized I've been yearning to be a better communicator, increasing my capacity for knowledge and just level up in general. 

 Roamed into  SINCERELY tommy , my neighborhood coffee shop and concept store

Roamed into SINCERELY tommy, my neighborhood coffee shop and concept store

With that I am introducing 'FREELANCE FRIDAY'. Each Friday, I will basically be working from home, tightening up my professional digital footprint. The first half of the morning will consist of EDUCATION. Up to 90 minutes of learning (video, audio, book) related to my business niches: social media marketing and content strategy. This is followed by a short break, and then I jump into 75 minutes of implementation and updating. I'll choose a platform each week where I'll do some spring cleaning. This week I am working on LinkedIn. I got a [FREEBIE FRIDAY] from Lou Bortone, a video marketing expert this morning and since I been wanting to evolve my LinkedIn presence, this email was perfect timing.

The "FREEBIE" was about LinkedIn's adoption of native video and how professionals can use this distribution channel to grow their brands/businesses. It was a great, informative video. I personally believe LinkedIn to be a sleeping giant for a number of industries including cannabis and fashion that I just don't see using as effectively as I think it could be done. Along with the fact that I have been seeing a number of speakers and coaches I know doing more video content on the platform - so I knew something was up. 

I took a ton of notes from the webinar replay that Lou shared with his email list, and even took some screen captures. I'll be using the platform to share more of my video content to expand my professional network, and to see if I can book more consulting and content creation projects. The audience looking for experts in these fields are sitting on LinkedIn, along with VC's and angel investors looking for new products and services to throw money into --- so why not step up my presence and the platform and see what happens. EstroHaze has a new travel series coming out, so I'll be interested in sharing those video clips natively to the platform in hopes that it translates to website traffic and more opportunities for us there as well. 

The way I'll be rounding out FREELANCE FRIDAY will be by blogging here about what I did for that day to optimize my digital footprint. Ala, this post you're currently reading!!! 

More specifically I shared natively a clip from a interview I conducted earlier this year at the Women Grow Leadership Summit in Denver, CO. I was able to interview a ton of Women of Color who were working within the cannabis industry. I spoke with Kiana Hughes of Two Dope Chicks about her cannabis career journey - she too was brought up under the D.A.R.E. campaign but through a boyfriend who later became her husband she learned the awesome power of cannabis. She's doing great work in Chicago too! Check out the full interview below: 

I'm more than excited and ready to implement all of the things I've been listening to via podcast like Masters of Scale and Foundr. For me that means more collaborating and creating. More sharing of the knowledge that I do have in various areas. That means taking better care of my health by exercising, eating much cleaner, and continuing to keep my damn head down and be about my father's business! 

So, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed the first of many more 'Freelance Friday's' to come. 



What would happen if...

I could just create and manage 1 to-do list

Adults would not complain about their life for one hour

Children would not complain about their life for thirty min 

People would read the story and not JUST the headline


People didn't litter in the subway

High school reunions didn't feel so...high schoolish

You would run your own race

Everyone took a collective deep breath and realized it's not that deep

You would have taken that chance on us

We paused 





But, With Correct Perspective...

Mannnn ain't nothing like a good word from the Lord! Especially with all the fuck shit going on in US politics. My mouth seems to always be on the floor when 45 tweets. I often find myself laughing and I am now realizing it's to keep from crying at the 2nd hand embarrassment I feel being from the US and the overall leadership. I will say this though, it has led me to look deeper into my understanding of how all of this government shit works because this is a mess. 

 Not a picture from my bday - just one I really like! Living that lean, mean startup life in Boulder, CO. I did the whole capsule wardrobe thing. Black/Grey with a sprinkle of tan pieces and a total of 20 items for a 4 - month stay. Thanks Pinterest! 

Not a picture from my bday - just one I really like! Living that lean, mean startup life in Boulder, CO. I did the whole capsule wardrobe thing. Black/Grey with a sprinkle of tan pieces and a total of 20 items for a 4 - month stay. Thanks Pinterest! 

Recently, I celebrated a birthday - the yearly one, the one where people call and text you and put messages on your FaceBook page about your special day. Frankly, everyday that I wake up imo is my birthday. And everyday I attempt to open myself up to receive more knowledge as my cofounders and I build our cannabis media company EstroHaze. And we are challenged to level up daily. 

Since returning back East I have been cleaning out my closets and home really, to get rid of things my partner and I aren't using, and I came across this 7 day Live on Purpose devotional I got via TD Jakes ministries. Apparently I stopped at Day 3, and I am not even sure what year it was I started using the devotional tbh. What I do know is, I picked right back up where I left off and today I am on Day 5 - Is it a Crisis or Transition (Be Strong and Very Courageous)

like Grace Jones bishhh


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Anyhow, today's devotional really spoke to me because I know I am NOT in a crisis (despite a dwindling checking account) but in fact I am in a transition and it's sooooo ripe right now. The excitement I feel when I get up in the mornings, ready to work on EstroHaze is unlike anything else I have ever felt. Actually, I am so hungry for expansion, knowledge, and seizing opportunities that I had to really step back a few weeks ago and work on hard stops. As much as I want my business endeavors to GROW and become fruitful, I need to get rest and I need to take care of myself and spend time with my family. All of me feeds into my work which turns arounds and feeds right back into me. 

Sometimes we're forced into what looks like a crisis, ie: a job loss or when a loved one passes away - but these "crises" are opportunities to transition and level up. That's why it's important to have courage and find ways to build it up if you lack in that department. If you need some courage, check out Shaka Zulu on Netflix and 1980's mini-series about an African King who grew up damn near a bastard, and he had crisis after crisis - and eventually he made it to the throne that so many people didn't want him to attain. I read my bible, listen to podcast, read articles, etc to keep my mental health in check so I don't wallow in self-doubt and unbelief. 

All of which leads me to perspective. It's important to have the right perspective on your situation and find a way to see pass your circumstances. I don't see my dwindling bank account as a crisis, my bills are up to date (always a plus) and I have plenty of food in my fridge. What I see is a NEW opportunity to expand my marketing consulting business and reignite my acting career, especially since my cofounders and I are back from the business accelerator in Colorado we were accepted into back in February of this year. 

 EstroHaze cofounders from L to R: Safon Floyd, Sirita Wright, and Kali Wilder 

EstroHaze cofounders from L to R: Safon Floyd, Sirita Wright, and Kali Wilder 

The right perspective on your situation can empower you and give you the energy you need to get done the things which need to be done to improve what you perceive to be a crisis. I can vividly recall the times I did not look at a situation with a fresh perspective and instead took the easy way out "why did this have to happen to me." Until one day my mom, sick of my whining said "why not you, who are you that bad stuff can't happen?" That led to a major inward shift. She was right, bad stuff happens sometimes and shit - what you gonna do? Wallow in self-pity, maybe for a few minutes or a couple of days - but then what? I choose to fight that inner demon that wants me to be salty and point the finger at others, instead I choose to get my shit together. Cause when I get my shit together, I can help another person get their shit together and together we can get this country on track. Personally, I'd implement mandatory Yoga and meditation statewide so we can get some collective clarity going! But, I might be too progressive for yall. 



Getting back to perspective though, what my mom said to me then, moved me to take my life and desires in my own hands. From getting out of toxic relationships to pursuing my acting desires. Her advice is pretty much the same thing I say to people waiting for their circumstances to change or blaming everyone else for where they are in their life. Get your shit together and fuck what they think, whoever they is, and fuck your circumstances - go get your blessing! Because the time is ripe, the time is now and the window to possess the land is going to close. Pick up the book, take the class, sell the car and level up. 

With love, SavageGazelle 



Came Back For You

It's been awhile and the pressure is on to perform. I haven't even been home for a full month, and that's a bit shocking. I took a HUGE leap back in February and made a move to Boulder, CO. EstroHaze, a cannabis startup I cofounded with two colleagues was accepted into a business accelerator. 

The last few weeks I have just been working to get myself organized and find a new normal. Everyday is so different now. With the exception of EstroHaze's weekly meetings and podcast recordings. Normally this time of year I'd be in Florida with my old job covering one of their yearly events. This year however, I am working for myself. 

One thing I was able to do, since getting back home was make a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The BBG is absolutely one of my favorite places in New York. I highly recommend stopping by if you live in or plan on visiting Brooklyn. 

All photos taken by bae 




Guided into Gratitude // Keeping a Gratitude Journal

The year has flown by. I've gotten sharper and grown more business savvy. I traveled to Nigeria and taught about social media strategy. I moderated a panel on cannabis business opportunities and interviewed a MAJOR Silicon Valley tech CEO.  I promise I will continue to soar even higher in 2017, God willing. What I am really clear on, these final days of the year is getting back to my spiritual center. The theme for the month of January is Guidance. When I'm guided I move with intention and obtain deeper impact. I'm at peace within, and things that I don't know or understand, I pray on it and put it in God's hands. I MUST stay in peace. I can't afford to lose my cool or have my ego taking over my actions. I don't want to be too consumed with what other people are doing, or what someone may think of me. I want to be guided, have my steps ordered so that nothing stops me from doing what the hell I need to do, which is: Keep it Pushing! I encourage any and everyone to do the same! 

This morning I was guided to pray for those in authority. I can't remember the last time I prayed for elected officials, other countries or even those who are in authority at my place of employment. I guess you could say I forgot to care, I speak more in detail about this on anchor. 

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For Christmas, I got myself a few gifts, lol. One of my gifts to self, a small journal. It's my new gratitude journal. A few years ago I was working for a motivational teacher who was a BIG believer in keeping a gratitude journal. He gave me my first one when I worked for him. It took me about 2 years to fill it out, I hope to cut the time in half with my new journal. When I flip through my old gratitude journal it truly does fill my heart with joy to see how excited and grateful I was about any and everything. The years it took me to complete that gratitude journal were some pretty lean years. It was after the 2008 recession and I was working 2 part-time jobs that still didn't cover all of my expenses and my 8-year-old Volkswagon Beetle was draining me financially as well. But there I was learning, growing and expanding. At one point I was mad at God because I worked at a call center, all the way out in Coney Island no less, but I was grateful to be employed. I was grateful my boss Jullien was teaching me about building a community, working in your passion and what a sales funnel was. Despite any setbacks, there was so much to be grateful for and I captured as much of it as I could in my journal. It's been on my mind a lot lately, the need to document the little things. As I once again set out to reshape my life + career and expand on my gifts and talents in the New Year I will again keep a gratitude journal to stay humble and connected to my spiritual center.