2020 Vision, Life Update and My Clothes are in a Music Video.

Hello Beautiful,

First things first, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We made it through 2019 and the decade!!

Wow, I feel like I haven't done this in such a long time, and I honestly missed writing. But anyway, I have so much that happened since the last blog, but we will get into that. Today's post will be a life update, lessons learnt, and a quick reflection on Fadzo Productions this last year.

1. New Roles and ResponsibIlities

One of the goals I had last year was to get more involved in my communities, and think I definitely achieved this goal.

For starters, I'm the 2019-2020 VP President of the Trent International Students Association. And it's so funny to think that there was a point in my first year that I looked at that position and thought, wow, I could never get there. Today I have it. Like, I think of the day in my second year after running for the Director of Publicity position in this same organization and found out I had lost the election even after everyone had assured me there was no way I would have lost the election. Getting this position just showed me that we have things set for us, and just because it's a NO today doesn't mean it's a NO forever.

Secondly, I am a Board Member of the Community Race Relations Community. A whole board member fam isn't that crazy. That is a whole other story, but I have learnt so much about the minority experience in the last four or five months. It made me realize the privileges that I have and to remember to be grateful for it. I learnt that some people couldn't come to campaigns or rallies not because they don't want to but simply because they have other needs that need attention today. Like we have people who might be fighting to get food on the table for the night and the next day, who simply can't just leaving their jobs to go for a rally that could help change a thing in the future. Being in this community really made me think about how we put across messages and how we, as advocates, can brand the messages in a better package.

2. Out with the old and in with the new, Friendship edition

If you know me personally, you definitely know I don't make friendships. I do acquaintances, schoolmates, a friend of a friend and family. If you don't fit those categories, we know each other period. But this year I want to change that, I need to make and maintain friends. So That means I have to actively work on my communication skills and go out of my way to meet people. So you might be thinking, why the change of heart? Well, I realized that people could not just be solo rangers every day; sometimes, you need to have people you can call and be vulnerable around. It would be best if you had people who can hold you accountable for your actions. With being said, Wish me luck.

3. My work is in a music video.

Last year during Black History Month, someone challenged me to do a vlog and he actually invited me to style some of the models as well as be featured in the video (available here). This year he called me and asked me to style some of his models for a music video project and obviously I said yes I will link it below when it comes out. From this collaboration, I learnt the importance of having good work relationships with people, as they will continue to recommend you and your work even in your absence.

4. Turning down opportunities

I have to start this section by saying this... I know I can do everything, but that doesn't mean I need to do all things. With that being said, I've had to make a reality the big decision that I might live to regret for a really long time. I got nominated for the 3M National Student Fellowship and not only got through the first round but actually went through the interview process and was chosen as one of my university's candidates for the program. But with all the plans I have for the summer and next academic year, I realized I really don't have time to dedicate myself to this cause fully. It's such an amazing opportunity, and I am so grateful for it, but I don't think it is mine right now. To cut a long story short, I learnt to listen to my heart; even if you know that its a once in a lifetime opportunity, it's important to trust that I am making the right decision and have confidence in that choice.

5. Let's talk about Fadzo Productions

Amazing news, I achieved most of the goals I had set for Fadzo Productions. We hit or podcast goals, slipped a little in the blog posts and have so much room for improvement for the video content. But overall, I am happy with all the things I managed to achieve, and I am honestly so excited for the next decade and year to come. What I learnt this year is the importance of setting goals; actually writing it down on paper, somewhere you can see them all the time, causes it to do something to your brain that makes you actually motivated to do it. Also, I learnt that procrastination could take many forms and sometimes it looks like overplanning.

Thank you so much for reading this post and getting to the end. Let's make this decade and year great.

Lots of love,