Saturday, January 04, 2014

Resolutions

Hey Guys!

So it's 2014. And I kicked it off with an end of year wedding, and partying at a bar. So not what I had planned. It's funny for the past two years my intentions have been to party, and eventually I wind up staying at home. This year, I was looking forward to drinking some hot chocolate and watching some TD Jakes in my living room. But I guess what man proposes, God disposes. Nonetheless good times.

So resolutions, not really. More like lifestyle changes, goals, and aspirations. Last year I was griping about finally starting my Master's program. Well, check, lol. It's amazing when I think about it. My program is only 10 courses with a thesis being optional. So with the right discipline, I will be finished by this time next year! And just like that, a Masters. God is great! I've finally gotten over my programming fear. I conquered Matlab last semester by force. And realized, I allow my fears to dictate my actions too often.

Some 1st quarter goals: Learn how to program in SAS, become a proficient SAS programmer. Learn how to program in SQL. It's been years since I wrote a query, it's about time, I get back to it. Hair- lol. So I'm giving extensions a break, specifically weaves. And no, not because I'm tired of them. I really like them. And the break gives my hair less stress truth be told. Effectively stimulating growth and maintaining length. But  what to do after the first 2 weeks of taking out my extensions, lol. I always have issues maintaining my hair length beyond a certain point without the assistance of extensions. It's my relief. But I'm weening myself off of the dependence. One thing that my Mom has been telling me to do for years, is steaming my hair. And shit, finally I have ears to listen. So I'll be tracking how my hair responds to it. Since it's winter here, I've found that I've been putting on a steam cap every few days, to retain moisture. I've found my hair is softer, and I have less shedding. I've also noticed my ends are curling - yes my permed hair is curling (probably because I twist it), as oppose to looking frayed and fried. So there's the hair update. Also as a protective style, I've been pinning my hair up.

 So on the makeup tip. I'm not much of a makeup girl, but I want to learn how to Glam up without assistance. So I've joined Mary Kay. I'm super excited about it. Looking to learn, grow, and become more DIVA. So check out my site: http://www.marykay.com/coton

Oh yes, I've picked up the camera, Again, lol. My sis got me a tripod for Christmas, and a friend asked me to photograph his wedding, hence the end of year wedding. So I was inspired and upgraded my lens. Nothing crazy, but I love it. It's a 28mm F1.8 Cannon wide angle lens. It definitely solves some of the issues and frustrations I had with my other 2 lenses. I used the Sigma 18mm - 200mm lens (I'm speaking off the cuff, so forgive me if the dimensions are off), and the 50-55mm F1.8 lens. Both were great, but weren't wide angle lenses. The Sigma was nice, but not as sharp, especially when I zoomed out. So I'll be heading to the city at least once a month to shoot shoots, and develop my skills.

As per my little Lady - FashionedLouise. I want to double my subscribers, and add 100 more likes to the facebook page. While I do have these goals, my focus is going to be on quality. I really want to produce great pieces that are inspirational, thought provoking, entertaining, and uplifting. This fashion blog is a piece of me, and I'm going hard, lol. I think this year I'm ready to start collaborating with other bloggers, other brands, organizations, charities etc. This is a winning year, so Let's do this.

On the flip tip, I'm ready to head back to work. I got an internship a couple days out of the work, but I really need some income, lol. This semester wasn't too bad, and I know I can handle working a "40" hour week. So I'm up for the challenge. It's a busy season, but a good one. :-)

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