As 2016 comes to an end, It’s about that time to reflect over everything that has happened over the past year. Personally speaking, I was feeling unhappy for quite some time and one of the contributing factors to this was my day job. Don’t get me wrong, it was a wonderful first job straight out of college but after working there for three years (which I hadn’t anticipated in doing but that’s what life does to you), I realized that I was slowly beginning to lose my passion. The breaking point was when I would consistently find myself uncontrollably crying in the passenger seat of my boyfriends car after a long day at work. I lost that fire I once had and longed for that feeling of doing things that make my heart come alive.
Mid way through the year, I decided to call it quits and take on freelancing in order to dedicate more time towards Sheselle. I invested countless late nights editing photos and creating content with a limited freelance budget. Although there were moments of stress, it was a good kind of stress. Ya know, the kind that doesn’t really feel like stress because you’re doing what you love.
It’s only been half a year since I decided to really focus on the potential of Sheselle and I’m so grateful for all the little opportunities that have come my way so far. I got the chance to collaborate with amazing brands like Aeropostale, Fossil, Pocky, Revolt Clothing, and Scentbird. I also got features by Nylon Magazine and GAP (and yes I fangirl every time this happens). Through it all, your support and engagement has been so positively overwhelming. It’s scary to jump head first into something new and try to build a career out of something deemed unconventional but the creative community I’ve found on Instagram has definitely pushed me to keep going!
This is still the beginning and I can’t wait to see where next year takes me. In 2017, I’ll be working even harder to create colorful and inspiring content for Sheselle. Thanks again for following me on this crazy little journey of mine so far. What are you hoping to see from me next year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
xo, Donna Belle