Last Monday was my first day working at the COACH Headquarters in NYC and it was absolutely AMAZING!! I still have flexibility, choose my in-office days & can work remotely! It’s the ideal position for an entreprenuer/freelancer. I can go on and on about how great this opportunity has been for me but I have to share what it took for me to get here. So let’s rewind…
Last July (2014) my life unexpectedly turned completely upside down. I went from being a thousandaire (lol) with money in multiple accounts to having $0 in my savings and as low as $12 in my checking…BUT GOD! Many days & nights I cried. I wanted to give up. I didn’t think I would make it. I wanted to quit but I would always ask myself “then what?” and those two words alone were enough to motivate me to push forward. There was/is no “plan b.” There’s only this passion I have burning inside of me, my faith and this vision from the Lord. I wondered how I would make it through and God would continuously tell me, “Just trust Me. I have you covered. Be consistent and keep moving forward. Don’t quit.” That was all I needed to hear. I continued to work any and every job I was presented with (the freelance grind) and even got a part time job at a retail store working 12 hours a day. I kept hosting Couture Swagg events. I updated CoutureSwagg.com EVERY Monday at 9a even after ALL of my contributors moved on to greater things (shout out to you guys!) I ate noodles almost every day and NEVER went out to eat unless it was a rare occasion (even then I probably didn’t order). New clothes? What’s that?! I’ve been rocking most of the same things from since I moved out here 3 years ago (you better learn how to mix and match!). New shoes? Wellll, I’m still working on that. Lol. But despite everything, I still had joy. I was always able to pay my bills. I always had food to eat, even if it wasn’t what I wanted. I believed God for EVERYTHING I wanted and it came to pass. I was able to travel to multiple states and out of the country (Jamaica) for my birthday without a “stable” income and no help from others! And despite it all, honestly I was truly living out my dream of never living the same day twice. Was it easy? Noooo. Was it needed? Absolutely!
But wait…there’s more! Lol. Every low place in my life has prepared me for my high place. Like I always say, “Money doesn’t dictate your level of living, your faith does.” I now have two great sources of income that I’m absolutely in love with and this week I even had to turn down a job. I went from no money, to turning down money! I may not be where I want to be, and I definitely still have a long way to go, but I’m NOWHERE near where I used to be.
Keep your hope. Have faith. Push forward.