Happy New Year!
It’s amazing how much can change in a year and the goals you can accomplish when you believe in your ability to bring them to fruition.
Mela Moda wasn’t something Stephanie and I just decided to create on a whim. We both have always had a passion for styling, beauty, design, and writing and we love to use our lifestyle as another form of self expression. When I was in 10th grade, I had to do a writing assignment about what we wanted to be when we were older and present it to the class, and I remember calling my Uncle who worked at Time Magazine for about 10 years as an Entertainment journalist and getting as much information as I could because all I wanted to do was be a journalist for Vogue.
But life…happens. My mother got sick, and as a result I spent a lot of time working in hospitals taking care of patients, who to me, were all my mom in some way or another. And eventually, I developed a love of the sciences and began to consider a career in healthcare. A lot has happened between now and then, but my passion for writing and design has never left.
After I began to work on the blog with Stephanie, I became confident in my decision to pursue opportunities professionally to blend both my educational background and love of health and wellness with my love of the beauty and design industries. It seemed like an almost impossible feat. I didn’t have the traditional career trajectory as most other applicants, I hadn’t interned at major brand coming out of college, and I’m in one of the most competitive job markets in the country.
Additionally, I am by nature, a risk averse person. I had landed a highly sought after internship and full-time position with a prestigious firm after graduate school, the track for promotion was transparent and timely, and I was supporting myself in the most expensive city in the country. Why would I want to give that up?
I felt like everyday I was satisfying half of who I was, I wasn’t living in my truth. And I wasn’t happy. I would look at other people following their dreams and think- I should be doing that! I can do that! Especially in a city like San Francisco, people are literally bringing their dreams to reality every day. I would call Stephanie at least every week expressing my frustrations and she would always tell me to go for it, that I was just as capable as anyone else and it was so clear what I should be doing with my life.
I read a quote a few days ago that resonated with me so much as I was thinking about writing this post. It said, “Someone once told me the definition of hell; on your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you are.”
It is never too late to go for what you want in life, and it is amazing the doors the universe will open for you when you begin to live in the truth of who you are, not who you think you should be or what’s expected of you. I landed the dream job, and I couldn’t be more excited for what 2018 has in store.
Don’t be afraid to take a risk, but most importantly, don’t be afraid to invest in the time to discover who you are, and don’t apologize for it when you figure it out.