As most of you know, I’ve been in the Philippines for the entire first 3 weeks of January. It was perfect timing as it gave me a chance to think about my career with a clearer mind. It’s hard, you know, thinking outside the box when you have to be in it all the time. I mean, how can you see outside the box if all you can see is what’s inside right?

Well, the Philippines gave me a chance to look outside in. It gave me a chance to think long and hard about what I want, who I am, and where I am in life. It forced me to ask questions about my career to see if it aligns with not only my professional goals but my personal as well. Asking these questions gave me a voice I never thought I had. Why? Because thinking about these tough questions made me realize that my personal and professional goals are one in the same. While I understand that it may not be the case for everyone, my personal and professional life is the same mainly because my businesses are my life. Ninong’s is a business owned by my family, real estate is a business started by my mom, and CO Creative Cartel is my creative outlet. There’s nothing unpersonal about it.

Realizing this gave me a light bulb moment. My voice matters, everyone’s voice matters. I have something to say and maybe, just maybe, someone out there wants to listen. Someone out there needs the help, is going through the same thing, or understands me and my journey. I realized at that moment that I have so much more to give. One of my passions is to just share as much as I can about what I’ve learned throughout this life. And that’s why I blog, that’s why I share here. Because I want to remembered for helping, for sharing, for giving and not for hoarding, for material things, or for hate.

I have to give credit to one of my best friends, Heather. We’ve known each other since we were 7 years old. Last year she started her own business and we’ve recently become accountability partners. She and I chat at least once or twice a week to help each other get things done. She has inspired me in so many ways, one of them being taking my personal brand to the next level. She’s helping me take pride in what I do and being more comfortable with showing people a small glimpse into my life. So thanks, Het! Thank you for helping come to this point, I’m so excited for the future.

So, what’s next? Stay tuned 😛 I’ll be updating this blog, the CO product line, my mission statement, etc. I’ll also be sharing more types of media here and I’m really excited for that! Til then, keep shining y’all. Talk soon.

Xoxo, 

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