June Monthly Goals

Before I get into today’s post…..the actions of last week and what has been currently going on has been so emotionally draining for me. I honestly can’t even put into words what I’ve felt and still feel. I’ve been angry, infuriated, sad, confused and so much more. I can’t understand why people do not get the point of why we are so tired of this. I honestly wanted a dedicated post to how I’m feeling but the words just couldn’t come to together and I don’t think I’m ready to even address my feelings. This is a serious matter and everyone should be just as outraged as we are! Please don’t be afraid to say something, post something, donate, protest, use your platform.

I’m still pushing forward with my monthly goals since 2020 has been just something unexpected for a lot of us. I want to continue with dong things as normal as I can so here are the goals I set for June.

Research About Newsletters – some of you may not know but I started a newsletter called Drea Notes last year. I was surprised when people actually subscribed but the numbers started going down, people stopped opening it and I got frustrated. I want to continue it but need to do some more research to capture people’s attention.

Create YouTube Intro – I think it is about time to really have one. I see others that I follow and really love their intros. I’ve put this one off for too long and just need to create one.

Track Analytics For The Month – I honestly stopped doing this because I would get so frustrated and a bit angry with the data. I know this blog of mine is not a full time paying the bills thing but I still love it and love what I create. I want to see how my blog and Youtube channel do this month.

So that is it for my monthly goals. I hope everyone is going okay out there, staying safe and taking mental health breaks when you need to. Are you still setting goals or following the ones you set at the beginning of the year?

Just Needed To Get This Out Because I’m Not Okay…..

I had to go back and reference my other platform but I wrote a piece right after Philando Castile was murdered. It triggered me because his daughter was in the car when it happened and being a mother it really affected me. I debated back and forth to even write something because I was scared. I was still pretty new to blogging and felt it was time for me not to be scared and use my platform to speak up. I was honestly pretty surprised by the responses I got and was a little taken back by the people who unfollowed me. I learned that I can’t be afraid to speak up and use my platform to just educate others on what is going on the black community.

Years later, I find myself in the same boat, angry and outraged by the senseless murders that are caught on camera and we watch and wonder when justice will be served? I am not afraid to speak out anymore and will do it in a heartbeat about the injustice and discrimination of the black community. We have witnessed Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd’s murder on social media and heard about Breonna Taylor’s and we are still waiting on justice to be served. We are tired of this and waiting for change to come. We just want to be treated equally and fairly like everyone else and for OUR LIVES TO MATTER!!!

Last week, I honestly went through a rollercoaster of emotions. After watching George Floyd, I was so angry because here we are in 2020 and still being murdered for being black. When he was calling out that he couldn’t breathe and calling out for his mom, I lost it. I am raising a son in the midst of this couldn’t phantom the thought of something like this happening to him or any other black man. His life mattered. Yes those officers involved have been fired but we are waiting on the arrest and conviction. At this time, the main officer involved has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder and we are waiting on the arrest of the other three. I feel like at this point, we as a community had enough. We have pleaded for respect and to stop killing us. We watched as countless people got away with the murders of innocent unarmed black men and got to live their lives as their families are left with the pain and sorrow of the loss of their loved one with no justice. I think something set us off to really make some noise and get everyone’s attention.

I watched the news as the protests started and then I saw the fires, the looting and the riots. It felt like we were really trying to send the message that we want justice, we want things to changes, we want black lives to matter! I hope that we have been heard, that some conversation starts to bring change that people are held accountable for their actions and change actually happens. It is just so tiring to keep going through this, to keep fighting to be respected, to keep screaming #blacklivesmatter and keep trying to explain it to others.

I pray that we are finally being heard and will be listened to. I pray that change actually starts to happen and justice will be served. I pray that our children will never have to experience this when they grow up. I pray that we finally start to be seen as equals, start to be respected and not automatically judged for our skin color. I just want change like everyone else does. I don’t want anymore hashtags, to see any more unarmed innocent black men and women being murdered and no justice is served. I don’t want to keep explaining that all lives don’t matter until black lives matter. I just tired of being tired of this and I know so many of us are.

Quick Quarantine Makeup Tutorial

I know Zoom meetings, FaceTime and Google chats are at an all time hight during this whole social distancing situation. It is the only way people can be together all at once. Sometimes you don’t care how you look and sometime you want to put a little extra effort into it. I know we may not have time to do a full beat down but you can look glowing and refreshed in about 5 or more minutes.

I randomly came up with this quick makeup look one night and recorded it. I love how effortless it looks and you don’t need a lot of products. Just a brow pencil, concealer, mascara, eyeliner, a little highlight, refreshing/prep spray and lip gloss. Do you have a quick makeup look for virtual meetings? What do you use? Let me know!

Products Used:

E.L.F. Cosmetics Quick Lift Brown Pencil

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

Maybelline Unstoppable Eye Liner

Fenty Beauty MatchStix

Urban Decay Hydra Charged Complexion Prep Spray

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

May Goal Update

Is it me or is time flying by too fast? Next week is June and it will be Summer again before we know it. I am still keeping myself in the house despite things opening up. I’m still apprehensive about all of this and and unknown of this virus. I don’t even know if my son will be going to Summer camp this year. I know he’ll be a little heartbroken if he doesn’t because he loves camp so much. 2020 is hitting differently than we expected it too lol.

Anyway, I set some goals for this month and sharing how I made out with them. How did I do? You have to keep reading to find out!

Draft/Create Logo

This was actually pretty easy to do on Canva. Sidenote: if you don’t use Canva, you are missing out. You can create so many things on there! Anyway, it took a bit one night to find the right one but I love this logo so much and proud of it.

New Profile Pictures For Social Media

This was another easy win for this month. One of my former co-workers and good friends has a side hobby of photography and we got together one day to shoot some pictures. I didn’t post them for a while but love them. It was honestly time to update all my pictures but after Rona, looking forward to working with him again, super talented. If you are on IG, please follow him at elakephotos.

Apply Tips/Tricks Researched About LinkedIn

So about this one…yea. I honestly didn’t get to this one yet. I’ve been so focused on other things that this was put off. I know I want to take a new profile picture but my hair has to be right and I have to be cute lol. I will get to this very soon lol.

Keep Researching Final Cut Pro

I don’t know why I keep somewhat forcing myself to do this. I have no clue what intimidates me about this editing software but I keep putting this one off as well. I have logged in, looked around, created a little intro and that’s about it. I’ve tried to look at tutorials online and stuff but I need to be in the right mental to do so.

I have to say I was pretty successful with my goals this month and there are some I need to work on. You can’t win every battle but its good to win some. What goals did you have for this month? Did you accomplish them? Let me know how you made out this month!