At the end of 2013, I began to question myself. I was unhappy with where I was in life and, honestly, not very confident that I could improve it. I questioned my potential, my strength, my resolve. 2014 was an experimental year for me.
In 2014, I asked the woman in the mirror what she was made of.
Over the last year, I matured emotionally, spiritually, and professionally. I began to choose what I wanted from life. I realized the meaning of motivation and hard work. I tested my limits.
I made myself proud in 2014. I accomplished more last year than I have in any other year alone. I developed a clearer path for my life, and I began thinking independently. I overcame some tough challenges. I became aware of my potential.
That’s why I’m so excited for 2015. I only scratched the surface of my capabilities last year, and now I am confident that I am limitless!
Maya Angelou, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers. Winter hasn't even come yet and 2014 has already seen quite a few celebrity deaths. One of the most recent famous losses came this past Monday when fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta passed away. Having been interested in fashion for many years, I was saddened by his passing. I wondered how his fashion house would respond to this tragedy... I was disappointed.
This photograph was the only acknowledgement of Oscar de la Renta’s passing from the companies social media outlets. The same image was used on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. No description, just the photo. I expected more.
As melancholy as it may be, the death of the face of the brand is a critical moment in the brand story. This is a moment to invite fans into the fashion house, so-to-speak, and grieve with them. Sadness is a powerful emotion, and - while you surely don't intend to profit from it - it should not be neglected.
Now that I’m older, I realize I’ve always had a latent desire to learn things. I just disliked the structure of school. As a child, I used to read books about science and other cultures, and I loved learning new creative skills. I spent a day of Spring Break one year in my room watching TedTalks. Last year, as a Christmas present to myself, I bought tarot cards and a book about feng shui. I hope my little cousin learns to disassociate his distaste for school with learning. There are so many cool things to learn.
Take a moment to imagine your life if you knew everything there was know. The opportunities would be limitless; the experiences would be endless!
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.