I created a vision board last year and listed a couple of things that I wanted to accomplish. Growing the Fluharty Book Scholarship and putting together an event called "Business Of Blogging" were apart of the board. I didn't get to accomplish them in 2017 because I was still trying to put the pieces together. I was figuring out the best ways to effectively grow my scholarship and host an event that will be able to enrich, uplift and educate people on how to truly turn their brand into a business and bridge the gap between their major and their creative passion. With much preparation and a solid team, on April 21st, 2018 I was able to host my very own event and raise $800 for the Fluharty Book Scholarship, which will be awarded to a Meade High School senior to help fund their college books and dorm supplies. It's been a goal of mine to increase the amount each year and with the success of the Business of Blogging event, I hope to put this event together annually.
Wow, the 60th Grammy Awards were held in New York City at Madison square garden. I did not have any tickets to attend the glamorous event but I know that one day, the opportunity will pass me by. Instead, I was invited as a plus one to the Universal Music Grammy after party, which was filled with A-list celebrities, talented producers and creative masterminds from the music industry. I had such a great time jamming to Eryka Badu on the ones and twos. I have never seen her DJ or perform live before so it was pretty amazing to see her on the turntables. And if you watch Empire you would be familiar with Bre-Z who plays a rapper named Freda Gatz on the show. She was super sweet and so pleasant to speak with. Overall, I had a long night but I am glad I got to connect with industry top creatives.
Hello beautiful people! I wanted to share with you my blessings and things that I discovered upon creating my vision board for 2017. I believe in always sharing what I learn because I want you all to manifest in the glory that is meant for you, me and everyone in the world. When you write things down it ceases to exist. It is also very important to keep yourself in constant motion because if you are not moving, then something is broken. I understand that the agony of life is to sit in a place of movement. You see everyone moving forward in life while you feel stuck in your own contentment. I would like to help you stop comparing and start manifesting your goals into reality.
1. It's a MAP for what you hope to accomplish
A vision board is a set of goals with pictures on a board. A vision board is a Map that literally comes to life. It's a map created as if you already have what you want. It shows you your desires and wants before you even have it.
2. It helps maintain focus on your goals
Have you heard of the saying "If you do something for 30 days straight, it gets accustomed to your daily routine?" Well that's how a vision board works. If you see your board every single day, it helps keep you on track to attaining your goals. You also subconsciously start putting little pieces together of your goals without knowing it.
3. It turns your expectations into reality
Everything you always wanted to happen, actually turns into a reality for you. It is all about persistence. You have to tell your self that this is what you want every single day. Not only do you have to speak it but you have to believe it and act on it. Make some moves into making what you want happen and your dreams will come to life.
4. It teaches you patience
I learned a lot of patience from having a vision board. There were some things on my board that I was able to get in the midst of but I never actually attained it. For instance, there were certain big companies that I wanted to work in this year but didn't land the position. I landed the interview but not the position. And from that, I learned that it was simply not my time. It gave me a taste of what I wanted but showed me that with much more preparation, anything is attainable.
"Nature does not hurry yet everything is accomplished"
"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be"
5. It's a constant visualization of where you need to be
Seeing is believing, and once you believe then anything is possible. Your board reinforces your purpose in life and where your potential lies. Your dreams are manifested into the atmosphere, all you have to do is let go and let everything take its course.
6. Removes fear
This has been the best lesson I have learned so far. Fear plays into preventing us from grasping our goals and turning them into something true and real. It is very important that we all confront fear with full force. We all have to remember that it is the thought of the thing that scares us but once we actually do it, then the fear is gone. I've come to the realization that we don't fear what we want, we fear the thought of it. I learned best from Will Smith when he said " The point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear. Why are you scared of something you haven't even done yet? On the other side of your maximum fear are all of your best things in life." Therefore, do not be stopped by fear! Put what you were afraid of on your board and watch it come to life.
7. It enhances your creativity
Creating a vision board is the ultimate creative boost. Having to visualize where you want to be in life can serve as a huge creative exercise. Try to visualize every aspect of your goals like where you want to travel, down to that shiny car you want to drive. Don't be afraid to think big and put things down that you would have never thought of doing and watch your creativity unlock.
Plan a trip to Dubai
- Book your ticket in advance (we booked ours 5 months in advance)
- DO NOT FLY TURKISH! I REPEAT - DO NOT FLY TURKISH AIRLINES
- Dubai does not tax but their items are far more expensive. So save up
- I would not recommend shopping at the mall, you can find cheaper in America
- Download Uber before you go. (you will spend a lot of money on uber and taxis so budget wisely)
- The Gold Souk is very overwhelming. Make sure you negotiate all the prices because you could receive it for a low price.
- You can not show skin at the Mosque in Abu Dhabi but they give you clothes for FREE
- You can slightly wear whatever you want in Dubai, just don't be inappropriate
- You can either book your excursions on Groupon or at your hotel
- Dubai is like America but luxurious. They have a lot of American food available so don't think you are going to eat anything special.
- IT IS VERY HOTTTTTTTTTTTT!
- They use dollars or dirham (Dubai money) so either or, you will be fine. I would recommend changing half of your money to dirham to use for activities.
- CHEK OUT THE MAP BELOW FOR ALL THE PLACES I VISITED
Check out my collaborations with Viva Lifestyle and Travel.
Video #1: Viva sent me to Firefly Music Festival to capture peoples experience at a festival and get behind the scenes footage on what the environment is all about.
Video #2: Took Viva to one of my favorite spots in Downtown Manhattan to grab lunch, read a book then chill out with friends.