2021, Let’s Crush It

I love setting goals and don’t always need a new year to do it. However after all the lifestyle and career changes in 2020 I thought I would change things up and not do an annual vision board like I normally do. If 2020 taught us anything it’s that things can change fast so taking it one day at a time is key. Plus, since I spend majority of my time in my space both working and living I thought a DIY home project was in order to remind me of my commitment to take goal setting month by month this year.

Here’s the fun part – I had this random piece of wood leftover from my furniture set so I decided to pull it out from under my bed and add this chalkboard contact paper to make a decorative vision board that I will update monthly. The paint chalk markers are so pretty in this white, silver and gold set that I honestly can’t wait until February 1st to wipe the slate clean and make another board for my visions.

I am determined to crush all my business and personal goals this year and one (not shown on my board) is to blog more about the gems that I am designing. With a lot of them also now for sell I don’t want to lose the passion behind the fashion. Sewing has refashioned my life after the loss of my mother so here is the inspiration and correlation behind crushing my 2021 goals and these (made in 2020) crushed velvet gems.

Pre Covid I was miserable with my work. I am an actor by trade and haven’t booked a job in almost two years. My side hustle of teaching group fitness classes became my main hustle in order to make ends meet. And while I love fitness and working under my brand RAD Experience, working for a company at such a high level was not my jam. Then Covid happened. The gym closed down. Hollywood too. And the world I had been dreaming about opened up – working for myself on my terms.

Working for myself is not easy, but it is my preferred career path.

So while 2020 was challenging, it was one of the best years of my life.

I am so grateful it forced me into this way of life. I sew most days, create everyday and still work in fitness – under RAD Experience only. All in my studio apartment. So since it is just me, I sometimes wear my gems while I work. Like this black crushed velvet bodysuit. I used the fabric leftover from my last holiday party jumper that I made for said fitness company. My 10th holiday party with the company, second city that I worked for them in and my last holiday party with them. This jumper will always remind me of the life that I lived before Covid. So while I have so many goals to crush this year, I look forward to wearing this gem again. Maybe as a date to someone else’s company party (go on more dates – also one of my 2021 goals). I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime I’ll just be frolicking around my studio working, living and loving this newfound life.

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