On A Personal Note…

I feel like June is trying to sneak by us too fast! Doesn’t it seem like the Summer goes by so fast? You blink and it is over just like that lol. I know so many people wait for Summer because the local beaches are open, they can have their favorite Summer treats (mine is funnel cake), they can finally go on that vacation, break from work on so on. I am hoping to enjoy Summer this year, get out to the beach as much as I can and not let the season get away from me. Also its not officially Summertime for me until I hear the song belonging to the below GIF lol.

I also can’t believe we are in the second half of the year already. I have been seeing a lot of posts floating around on Instagram reminding me of my goals to level up and get myself together. I’ll admit that I’ve slacked a little bit but I’m determined to get back on track and smash these goals. Along the way I had to change some of my personal goals to best meet what was going on in my life. The ones I originally set just didn’t match how I was trying to grow and evolve. It is okay to realize that some goals will not help you achieve what you are looking for and you can change them. I feel so much better about the direction I am headed in and can’t wait to celebrate at the end of the year!

I honestly want to speak on a lot of what has been going on lately but I start to think if it fits my platform or should I even say anything. I know there are some things better left unsaid but why blog if you don’t write about what is on your mind or use your platform to speak out about things? Mostly likely these thoughts of mine will come on the blog sometime soon lol.

Hope you guys are having a great start to your week and see you tomorrow!

On A Personal Note…

It is that time of the year again….Allergy season and I am currently suffering. Funny thing about me is that every allergy medicine makes me drowsy, even if it is “daytime”, I still feel drowsy. I have to wait until I get off from work to take something because I would be asleep at my desk lol. I am with you if you are suffering through allergy season too.

I can’t believe my newsletter is launching next week, next Monday to be exact and I am low key freaking out! I am so happy that people subscribed to it and I want everyone to enjoy it. I wanted to be able to connect with my audience outside of social media because you never know what may happen. Remember when Instagram and Facebook went down last month.

I think it is important to have a way to reach and still connect with your followers. I was so scared to even do this newsletter. I started it sometime last year and stopped when I was in a funk about my blog. I wasn’t sure at the time if I was going to continue blogging but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. One of my goals this year is to be fearless and this was scary jumping into this. I am still tweeking a few things but the first issue is just about done. I am so excited about it and know it will be a success.

I have also been struggling with the direction of my platform. I know when I initially started, I was basically all over the place talking about everything. I felt like I was doing too much and just switched gears. I find myself wanting to broaden what I talk about but it is about my audience. I can’t just talk about whatever and expect people to keep coming back if it does not relate to them.

I know my main focus is the hair and I have been enjoying doing the hair demos and trying out different products. I know I stopped with the makeup tutorials and fashion posts, I’m not sure if I should bring those back every once in a while. My other focus is bringing awareness to Black Owned Businesses. I felt it was important to use my platform, as small as it is and support my community and culture. Black Owned Businesses really need our support and if I can help them gain some exposure or new customers, I feel like I have done my part. There are times I want to talk about motherhood and marriage but I know a lot of my audience does not have kids or is single. It seems hard when there are things you want to blog about but it doesn’t relate to your audience.

I know I will figure things out and get it together lol. I feel like I am doing well with keeping up with the goals I set for myself this month. I sometimes feel myself getting overwhelmed but I know how to take a step back and regroup. I am just looking forward to everything this year has to offer. See you guys tomorrow!

On A Personal Note…

Hey guys, it is me…the girl behind Naturalle Drea that has been hiding behind these other posts lol! It has been a while since I updated you guys on life and just everything.

2019 has started out pretty interesting for me. I set some goals I wanted to accomplish during the year and realized a couple months in that they were not realistic for me. I’m not sure what state of mind I was in but I am glad I changed direction.

I have really been struggling with my time management and breaking some bad habits. As you know, I am notorious for waking up late and scrambling around like a crazy person. It doesn’t help when you have a seven year old who sometimes gives me a hard time in the morning and never knows where his shoes are ironically lol. It is not a good way to start the day. I read online somewhere that it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle. I wonder how true that is so I am attempting to create a habit of having a morning routine. I know it is going to be a little hard at first but if I keep going, I know it will work out for the best.

I was excited when I was chosen to become one of the Winter/Spring ambassador for Bask And Bloom. You have seen some reviews and tutorials on their products (which are amazing by the way lol). I took a chance when they posted about looking for ambassadors and honestly thought that I wouldn’t be chosen. I know I shouldn’t doubt myself like that but I know that the work I have been doing has paid off. I am just so grateful for the opportunity and hope this opens more doors for me. I just love creating content, especially hair videos.

I am also working on being fearless and stepping out on faith. I have a tendency to be in my own way and self sabotage. I was tired of holding myself back from opportunities and just being scared to do things. I had the thought of of creating a newsletter for a long time but was scared that no one would subscribe or read it. I keep reading and hearing about being in contact with your audience outside of social media. I had conformation after that day Instagram and Facebook went down. What if social media disappeared? I am launching my newsletter next month and so happy that I have people who subscribed! I am nervous about keep their attention and putting out good content.

Life has thrown its usual ups and downs but I am rolling with it. Everyday is not perfect but I can only learn from the lessons I am given. I am working on not being so overwhelmed and not taking on so much. I do feel myself creeping back into that sometimes but I take a step back and regroup. It is so easy to start thinking about so many things and get overwhelmed and then…stress. I am still a work in progress and happy about the direction I am going in.

How is everything going for you guys? How has 2019 been treating you? See you guys tomorrow!

On A Personal Note….

2019 has started out on a good note so far. I’ve been so busy with so much and can’t wait to share. I’m so happy to be seeing another year and my birthday later this month. I can’t believe I’m turning 35 this year!! How Sway?? I’m grateful for looking so much younger than 35 but I’m just thinking about how old I’m getting lol.

I’m also happy that 2018 is behind me. I’m thankful for all the lessons learned and all the people I left behind that no longer benefit me. I am ready to move forward in a more positive direction. I have to keep reminding myself to tackle things one at a time so I don’t get so overwhelmed and stressed out.

I feel like 2018 was a real teaching moment for myself. My eyes were open to so much that I did not see before. Last year came with a lot of challenges, tears, fears, meltdowns, chaos and so much more. I felt like I was walking around most of the time lost with no direction. I felt so all over the place and couldn’t figure it out until it hit me one day. I’m just so thankful for that light bulb that finally went off.

I was trying to do too much at once and push too much. I got so overwhelmed and drove myself crazy. I had to realize I can’t do everything at once. I know things will flow better once I manage my time better and have a better daily schedule. I’ll get myself back in the gym, have better eating habits, make time for my family and friends and much more. I can do it all….in moderation lol!

I don’t make resolutions anymore but my theme for 2019 is Level Up and my word is consistency. I’m ready to be a better version of Drea and stop living in fear. I’m just ready for what the rest of 2019 has in store for me.

What is your focus for 2019? What are planning to improve on this year?