Hey loves, I hope you’re all doing amazing and having a fantastic day! I leave for Nairobi today and thought right before I jump onto a plane for about 13 hours, I’d stick to my schedule and write to you. I wanna know how your new year has been so far? Is it treating you well? What do you wanna change this year? I talked about resolutions a little while ago, and I think this is probably the third year I set resolutions for myself. With a new year is a brand new fresh start and I can’t wait to see all the positive things you guys can do (myself included) in a short span of 12 months! Looking back, I think the reasons why I never stuck to my resolutions is because they weren’t realistic at all and they were so negative. I mean who the hell should make ” be skinny” a resolution? This year for me is all about change. Changing my everyday routines, changing my organization skills, changing my cooking, changing perception of myself and changing my perceptions of the world. I want to you to take a second and think about all the change you want to make this year because resolutions aren’t about becoming a certain type of person for all the wrong reasons but instead growing and improving yourself. I’ve done a lot of thinking lately and I feel like slowly but surely am becoming stronger. I’m not really finding myself interested in comments or opinions that are negative and won’t help me in anyway, I find myself not doing things for other people but finally putting myself first , I find myself not constructing who I’m supposed to be so that society accepts me and finally I find myself not settling or going against my morals, if someone approaches me or does something that I know deep down I’m not okay with, I speak up and keep it moving. I’m taking steps, realizing what I want, the woman I want to be and continuously being inspired. I know we all want success, and it is achievable but by setting goals (within each step of your journey) for yourself career wise and also in terms of your well being, you will get you there. If you told me 4 years ago that I would have found a love in writing, film and fashion and decided to pursue it all, I would have never believed you! I never thought either twice or thrice in a week I’d be writing to you and making an impact. The amazing thing about life is that it gives us things we don’t really think we’re good at, and then turns out we’re actually freaking amazing at them! I think that also as we grow this year we (including me) need to remember one thing that probably haunted us throughout our childhood or even teenage hood ; being alone. I have no idea why but for the longest time as a kid and then as a teenager I was so scared of being alone. I almost felt like I had eremophobia (fear of being alone) because, I am an only child (yes I had a lot of imaginary friends) and I thought that it was almost like something was wrong with me, but I think within the past few weeks I’ve realized that being alone sometimes is okay. People can be there for you without physically being there and it’s good to know that you’ve got yourself, the top person you can trust when you’re feeling alone. This change of heart really changed the way I approach people or even my perceptions on different things. So much so that maybe sometime in the future (maybe towards the end of the year) I would want to travel for a whole month or two on my own, no friends, no family , just me. I feel like that would just strike up a lot of inspiration and I’d probably write a lot! I know this is quite a lengthy post but I just wanted to talk about this and put every detail into perspective. Once again this year is all about change, but change for the better. If there are any questions or really anything you every want to discuss with me you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will for sure get back to you as quickly as I can.