Getting Back to Me

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.

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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.

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Queen City – The Beginning of a Platform

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It’s the last summer of my undergraduate career.

Soon, it will be time to think about career opportunities and what lies ahead. The past few months have been filled with lots of decision making, reflections and risks. As my future practically stares me in the face, I am left with no choice but to pursue something that will set things up for a more concrete future.

Alas, my road to Charlotte is born.

Coming here, honestly was by chance. My good friend recommended me two places to reach out to. Without a breath, I reached out immediately, made my connections, and traveled out to take a chance on a few interviews to see if anyone would find me a good fit. Not having any sort of idea what I would be doing if the interviews didn’t work out at all, but just feeling that if I didn’t do anything about these opportunities, something would be passing me by.

The exact same day as my arrival, I was hired.

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For the next few months, I will be serving a videographer role with the Metro Proponent news studio of Charlotte, NC. The platform itself is a great one – non profit organization giving back to local businesses by providing free marketing opportunities in their newspapers, presenting news to the people of Charlotte in a unique way, and just really providing a different platform that, I would argue, is one I’ve hardly ever seen.

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As with any opportunity, there is always questions about whether or not you’ll fit in, you’ll live up to the expectations of who hired you, etc. And I’ll admit, I definitely had my fair share of those, and often times still do. Here is a person who believes in me and my work without even fully knowing who I am, but just trusting in me to be there and get the job done.

When I think about what I would like to do with my career, I envision myself serving on a platform that gives back. Something that really shows the public why it matters, and really taking pride with the news it delivers to their audience. I’ve always been a little unorthodoxed in my approach with news and journalism, and at times, it can be intimidating for me to explore certain platforms and not get discouraged along the way that I won’t get hired by a company, or fit in with the brand.

These next few months, I tear down those barriers as I continue to explore the voice that I have in media and today’s society and really showing the world what I’m made of. My advice to anyone that is pursuing an internship, or currently has one – definitely don’t take the opportunity lightly. You honestly never know when a door will open and release an opportunity your way.

– KD

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The internship series will occur all summer long featuring video, behind the scenes and editorial features of advice and activity happening during my internship with The Metro Proponent. For more of the fun stuff, be sure to follow along with my blog, “Truth Be Told”! Share your thoughts and connect with me!

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