Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Are you there? It's me, Selena

As I eat my very sad lunch at my desk, I think about how "it's been a while" is such an understatement. It has been about 7 months. Then again, that's how long it was before that. Anyway, shall we with updates?

Travel Show in Philadelphia

the City & Beyond

As I said in my last post, I have been traveling and making videos for YouTube. My partner and I have gone as far as attending VidCon and meeting others who are in the YouTube world. It's been one of the greatest decisions of my life (maybe Top 5). 

This year has been all about a "Year of Travel" while having a 9 to 5 stationary job position. Every month we have visited another city and posted a video about it. Then quickly we realized our viewers were going to want a better understanding of HOW we accomplish these trips. Therefore we added Talk Videos to serve as informative videos about the "how to" of travel.

Our numbers goal is to obtain 100 subscribers by the end of the year and to create 12 videos this year. So far we have 58 subscribers and we are already pass 12 videos. It's been an exciting adventure. 

Women Create

Took me a long time to come up with that name. A support group for women who create. Simple right?

I had this idea for a little while and finally decided to just jump in and create something now even if it wasn't perfect. My idea is to have a place where women can gather to vent, share and listen. Many times it feels like I am my most unhappy if I am not writing. Things don't make as much sense. I'm not as polite 👼. The list goes on. And since my traveling last year and this year, I have caught myself wishing I had a group that would go spend a week abroad to just get inspired and create.

Last Fall, I created this group with women I already knew. Three other women who illustrated, sculpted, and filmed. All of them doing beautiful things. And once every two months we take a temperature on all the work we are or aren't doing. Because lets face it, women creators have a little bit more of a difficult time to find time to create. They become girlfriends, wives, mothers, in many cases. Not to mention have obligations at work or with family. The list can go on.

It has been hard to get the four of us to be consistent but I am determined to continue to develop this idea. If you are interested in joining or just visiting, leave me a comment below.

Personal Life

There are absolutely amazing and breathtaking events that has occurred in my life in 2018. Some breathtaking in a great way, some not so great. I don't want to spend too much time on this because some things my family and framily may not want me to share, but I want to make sure I continue to be as transparent as I can. 

Here is the good and not so good in my personal life:

- I am engaged
- Family members who had major and minor hospital visits/stays
- Navient took me off of my rate reduction plan mid-year
- Had to postpone a few destinations for further in the future
- Loved ones had major financial trouble
- Major car maintenance
- Medical issues
- Increase in consumer debt
- Have been juggling side hustle jobs between 3 different apps
- A theft caused me to be minus $250 plus the money I had to spend on top of that

I think this list could go on, but why? I'm not here to make my life seem more interesting and yours less. Just think about all the things you endured this year and assume I've had about the same level of excitement.

The reason for this post is to show that our lives aren't that different. I wasn't given a special life that makes things easier for me. Though my determination has been a driving force, my resilience is annoying, and my persistence contagious, I am still only human. Much like you are. So lets not forget it.

My plans for the next year are still in development, but I'll tell you right now, you're going to be amazed. I will have to say "No" a lot and some folks will be mad, but that's okay. My focus will be on bettering the future.

What have you been up to?

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