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Diary of a Fashion Designer: 2017 and Beyond

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Hello World! It’s been a longtime since we dished so this is just an intro to a series of 3 posts that will catch you up on what’s been going on in my world, and what to look forward to in the near future; like more video posts. 2016 has been the longest year EVER. So many twists and turns have made it memorable and full of so many lessons, not only in my journey to establish my brand, but also in my personal life.

In a nutshell, I gave birth to another baby girl, I’m still single, I had an extremely successful fashion show, launched new products: one of a kind leather handbags, sustainable active and swimwear, opened an additional online storefront, launched an unsuccessful KICKSTARTER campaign, gained some new writing clients, and much more.

I’m excited for the new year and what I have planned. People always claim, “This year is the year  for me, I’ll be successful, my careers going to take off, I’ll find love etc. etc.” But you know what, this time instead of making some vague claim about what’s going to occur, or how things are going to be, I’m going to focus on the steps I’ll be taking to get those results. 2017 will be all about action and what I;m going to call “proactivity.” At this point, I know what has not been working for me, and I’ve tallied all the casualties of my failures and put them to rest. However, I’m working hard to move on and NOT repeat the same mistakes. R.I.P to my past, and hello to my future…

Stay Tuned…….MUAH aaaaaaaaaand scene

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Diary Of A Fashion Designer: My Next Move Is My Best Move “Action Plan 2014”

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nab-1.jpgA reality check can either put you on, or throw you off your square. When the moment occurs that the light bulb finally goes off inside your head it’s also a signal for you to take action. It could be a tragedy or triumph; a personal event or something you saw on the news. It doesn’t matter as long as it causes you to make a move. My reality check was that I didn’t require a special moment to make any moves. I have been in motion for quite some time now, and I’m happy to say that I’m making more progress, than causing myself to digress. The tricky thing is figuring out what I need to do first, versus what I want to do first. So, here’s the 10 step criteria I used to help me create my action plan for 2014.

1. Prioritize Goals

My main goal is to be efficient and effective in my business, and in my life. In order to achieve that there’s a lot that needs to be done on a daily. Right now, I work three jobs. My day job at Our Next Generation Community Center, freelancing as a writer/SEO Content Specialist for Interact Media(and whoever else I can snag as a client), plus I run my design firm TSX Design House(including 2 online stores on Zazzle and Etsy). However, I can’t put 100% into every little thing and expect a 100% return on my investment. A jack of all trades is a master of none, so I have to focus on mastering my business, and being really great at freelancing and working with the kids. My goal is to reposition my brand to be stronger, consistent, superior, distinctive and communicate strong thoughts and feelings to my customer segment creating loyalty and generating strong revenue.

2. Define Resources

It’s time to re-access my resources. My main resource is me! But I think I’m keeping good maintenance on my skillset and knowledge base. I believe in continuing education and my intellectual resources so I enrolled in some MOOC grad level courses to keep my mind fresh and stay current on design and business trends. My next thing to think about is financial resources. I have to work with what I’ve got, and I’m ok with that. I can seek other sources of income to help raise capitol for living expenses, marketing and supplies. It’ll be hard, but it’s not impossible. When I’m ready, I’ll apply for another business grant and ask my family to invest in my dream.

3. Accept Who I Am

I can only be me, and do what I do. I can’t dwell on how fast others are moving, or how far they have gotten in the quest to live their dream. I can’t allow my past to haunt me, it’s a part of what has made me who I am, and it has contributed to my success and survival. If I hadn’t experienced some the things I’ve gone through in my life, I might not have been strong enough to even get this far. I RESPECT the road I’ve taken and tip my hat to the old me.

4. Reject and Deflect Drama

Drama is a distraction from the tasks at hand. You have to distance yourself from people who are not on the same page as you, and who don’t respect your hustle. Otherwise all their petty crap will through a monkey wrench in your plans. I can’t afford to get side tracked one single minute, so if you aren’t trying to work to rise to the next level, I have to cut you loose.

5. Forgive and Release

Emotional baggage weighs heavy on a great mind. Anger and resentment can consume you, totally wasting precious time that could be spent being productive and innovative. As I’ve said in past posts you have to learn to bless your enemy. Forgive those that have wronged you, ask for forgiveness for those you have done wrong, and move on. You can’t see what’s in front of you if you’re always looking to see what’s behind you.

6. Trust

Trust yourself and your vision. It may take more than one attempt at achieving your dreams to reach that final product that will take you to the top. Apple’s first version of the Mac probably wasn’t as good as it the MacBook is now, so don’t get deterred by a few trial runs. And don’t be afraid to take on the big boys. If you conceive that your idea is a luxury market idea, then build it as a luxury market product. It’s ok to put yourself out there if you have what people want.

7. Enforce Accountability

When you say you’re going to do something do it. So set realistic goals with realistic outcomes. But if you don’t meet them figure out why it didn’t work, and what needs to be tweaked to make it work. It’s ok as long as you’ve worked as hard as you can to make it happen.

8. Work More Hours

I have to put in more hours. I like to sleep, eat, and I am a reality TV junkie. But I know that if I want to make more money, and be more successful I have to add about 14-20 more work hours to my week to make it happen.

9. Establish A Routine

Working from home it’s hard to establish a routine. But if I know that I’ll be writing everyday from 10am-noon and sewing from 9pm-11pm at least four days out of the week, I can plan those activities according to the order I want to complete projects. I can blog, tend to my social media and marketing and finish the rest of this collection.

10. Love My Family

Most importantly I have to make time to spend with my family. I have a 16 year old daughter and 4 year old son, and I’m very close to my mother. brother and other immediate family. Relationships are important, and regardless of whether or not I make a million dollars my family will always love and appreciate me. So I have to find time to nurture those relationships.

It’s all coming together and I can feel that my time is coming. I just have to make sure everything is in place when it all goes down. Opportunity doesn’t have to knock on my door, I’m out here making it happen on my own. Stay tuned, MUAH…aaand scene

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Diary Of A Fashion Designer: The Turning Point

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ZAZZLE2   There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s career when everything changes. You either bang or bust. Whether it’s for the good or the bad, you just don’t know until it happens. It seems surreal, but that moment is instrumental in molding the future of your brand. You’ll know where it’s going, as well as how, when and why.

TSXDH is at that moment right now. The wheels are already in motion, but the next seven days will pick up the speed of things. I keep asking myself if I’m ready, and the answer is yes. Then I venture into a little self doubt and wonder if I’m worthy of success, and the answer is yes. Then I face the ultimate question, what if I fail, and the answer is I won’t. From the initial conception of my dream, failure was just not even an option. As I’ve been putting this together over the years failing was not part of the plan, my vision was just too clear.

This is the turning point, I’m at the crossroads; with full realization of everything I worked for so close I can taste it. I did everything I said I was going to do, and consider myself successful, so now what’s next? It’s funny though, I always thought I’d have to see my first million  before I felt complete. You always think you know what success is going to look like, but it’s not all black and white. It’s something you have to experience on the inside. It’s a feeling that transcends material things and other people’s opinions. With that said, here’s a breakdown of what success looks like to me…

1. Money

I want to turn a profit. The bottom line is I want people to buy my products.

2. To be recognized as a brand.

When people see my logo, I want them to recognize it. When you see my artwork, clothes, or any products I create; I want you to recognize my brand identity, respect it, and then participate in my brand culture and embrace it as a lifestyle.

3. I want it all.

I want my career, my family, and stability.

So this is my turning point, this is it. This is the time to make shit happen. Nothing is going to stand in my way. As I look back and reflect, the naysayers and haters have always been around. Never in plain sight, but camouflaging and disguising themselves as friends. As I choose this path and leave the past behind, I also very politely tell those people to eat my dust. I’ve turned the corner, right onto the catwalk, and from there I’m going to take it all the way to the bank…stay tuned MUAH, aaand scene.

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