2017 was all about growth and creating a solid foundation.
On January 1, 2017, I entered this year on the worst term possible. I was struggling with my relationship. Struggling with my self esteem both personally and professionally. I had maintained a lifestyle in Charleston doing my career that I love wholeheartedly, and not being able to afford to live the lifestyle I was “living” in.
But as the saying goes, it’s not how you start. It’s how you finish.
In February, my rocky relationship came to a traumatic end. I would be broken down in the worst way, and would have to find myself again.
In March, I decided to step out on faith with my goals and shifted my focus to The Conqueror Movement, which is my communications platform that serves as a connecting point for Black millennial creatives and professionals. With the help of my two best friends, we created “Falling In Love With Your Passion”. This event would host 50 people in one room, most of who I had never met before personally. The idea of this event was to encourage Black creators that what you do and what you’re passionate about, you must maintain a relationship with it. It must be something that you dedicate your time and energy to as if it were a one on one relationship. It would be the successful catalyst for a great year for my platform. My solid team would go on to create several events and opportunities throughout the year that would help these creators grow, learn and evolve, such as monthly brunch meetups, an annual celebration , of the company, and a documentary showing called “Find Your Light” . But not only did these projects help others, they allowed me to get back to myself and see what my true potential is.
I was pushed in ways I had never been pushed. Pushed to persevere. Pushed to trust the process. Pushed to trust others.
Now that I think of it, that would be the foundation of what I learned this year about myself and what I would learn I need to do for myself.
I learned that energy can be toxic if it’s wrong. Be protective of yours and don’t allow others to steal your joy.
My life experiences are constantly shaping me, and that’s important.
If you cannot learn from what you do, what you see around you, and even the people you find yourself around, you are doing things wrong.
Looking ahead, I want to be more open about the things I have experienced so that those things can help others. I also want to be more real with myself about where I am, where I want to be, and just learning how to be more unapologetic.
In 2018, you will see a lot more from me, starting with this website.
Things have changed since I last debuted it on my birthday, May 30 of 2015. I have acquired my dream job, I have grown from a youngin’ to a young woman, and I am more confident in my abilities. You no longer need to see the labor of my work, you know what I’m capable of. The question now is: Who Is Khadijah?
You will find out alot more than you could imagine.
Going into the new year, I hope you will visualize your biggest fear and conquer it. I hope you won’t let it define you.
Stay tuned, friends.