It's been a while and there is so much that has happened since the last time I sent out blog post! But let's just say I'm grateful for 2017. Here is a long winded but quick overview of last year.
I been cultivating my passion
Well for starters after the fashion show, I hopped on a plane and went to good ol' Sierra Leone, West Africa!(at this point twice!!!)
As an individual that has been braiding hair for over 14 years, I have come to understand and appreciate the relationship that we have with our hair. With the emergence of #protectivestyles, I thought how beautiful and meaningful it can be for a woman to wear hair extensions that was made by hand by another African woman. That in itself creates this immediate connection to the diaspora. So here is my "passion project": Femafric are legit HAND BRAIDED crochet braids hand crafted in Sierra Leone by talented hair stylist to celebrate the sentiment of hair braiding while promoting women solidarity. check out: www.femafric.com......this has been an interesting ride.! Im onto something.
Meet Mamadi, is one of our newest teammates. She joined the team with an eager attitude and no nonsense perception when it comes to getting things done. You always see her smiling face and hilarious jokes lighting up the room.
Meet Khadi, is also a new team. Khadi is hilarious and loves to crack jokes. Since she joined the team, she makes it her point to speak English to me.
I will be sharing profiles for all of the stylist over the course of this year. If you haven't already done so please check out femafric.com and subscribe to stay up to date with what we have going on.
While there I also got to connect with some talented photographers, makeup artists, and models to create some great shots for promoting my brand. Check them out.!!!
My Residency at a Salon
I had a little stint at a Hair Salon in Philly called "Blessed Hands Unisex Lounge".
So grateful I got to spend time with this amazing team. I intently asked God for this and got way more than what I asked for and I am soooo grateful for that! It was a shoooort stint but I learned so much about being a stylist beyond what I could have taught myself or looked up online. They taught me to own my craft and be more confident in my talents. I definitely toughened up!
Love the ladies I went with and the experience I had with them. I want to go back for sure. I LOVE YOU Xoxoxoxo
Forbes Under 30 Summit 2017
It was amazing and was encouraged to keep pushing forward to whats next. This year a good chunk of the black people that attended the summit decided together and start something called the '(For)bes the Culture' group. See article about the magic that happen at this past summit:
Fei takes Dallas-Fort Worth
And with all that going on, yes, I still have a day job and that day job got your girl to a new city.
I recently got an amazing opportunity to move to a new city and decided to take the leap of faith and just go. I moved all the way to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX to give myself a chance to grow and flourish in something new and foreign. Although it was a scary decision to make, my gut said it was the right thing to do. I know it will takes some time to adjust but I trust that this will take me to the next level with my life professionally and most importantly personally.
This year was amazing to say the least. No BS it was really really good. It has been a challenge to juggle all of what I am doing. Yes, I am exhausted. Yes, my love life is the pits. But you know what, I thank God for the guidance and grounding me. In the midst of the anxiety I get from time to time in this daily pursuit, l so appreciate these moments where I can just reflect on how great life really is. I make mistakes, have close calls, and been in some situations that to this day I don’t know how I survived. Through all that I can honestly say I still don’t know what I'm doing but f*ck it I’m here, I’m breathing, learning, and I AM DOING. Even though I beat myself up sometimes about where I should be or what I could have done differently, today is not that day and I am so grateful.
So cheers to the little day to day decision! Cheers to having people to vent to, cheers to the mistakes, cheers to laughter, cheers to anxiety and cheers to you for being here with me. xoxo
Y'all stay tune into www.femafric.com exciting stuff up ahead.