The Rebirth: A Letter To 2017

Dear 2017,

You’re here and I can’t stress enough how happy I am to see you. 2016 was a beautifully terrible year for me. Grab a cup of tea and let me tell you all about it.

Last year, I took some of the most amazing vacations all over the world. That was a large part of my year and I’m forever grateful for all of those experiences. There were trips I took that I didn’t even blog about. I went to the Essence Festival in New Orleans and the Revolt Music Conference in Miami with Baller Alert!!! I learned so much about the music blogging industry while meeting some of my favorite celebrities. Those experiences were invaluable and I want to thank Stephanie (@Eleven8) for allowing me those opportunities! I also went to NYC in February and attended the Nas/Maxwell concert at the Barclays Center. I went to Toronto & Zürich in April, Chicago & Memphis in May, and Baltimore in June to the Beyoncé Formation Tour!!!! Those memories will stay with me forever.

Even with all of the above, 2016 was also arguably the worst year of my life only to rival the year prior. My dad died in 2015 and that sent me into a depression that carried over to most of 2016. I lost my job in May of 2016 and was unemployed until December. That’s partially how I was able to travel while everyone else was working and being responsible adults. On top of that, I suffered heartbreak and other situations that almost took me out of the game. Some friendships were lost, others were found. I hit my bottom in 2016. Most of my worst fears were realized. BUT, GOD!!!

I’m not a super religious person, but I am very spiritual. My faith was tested and I questioned God so much in 2016. Things went from great, to good, to bad, to the worst! I kept waiting for things to change in my life but they were only getting worse. It had gotten so bad that I stopped praying for myself. I started only praying for other people. And then it happened: God showed up! He showed up in the people around me and nothing was the same. When I was broke and on the brink of being broken, people showed up in my life and saved me. My family comforted me. My best friends were consistent and remained my pillars throughout my lowest points. People who were once distant acquaintances came to my rescue and supported me in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. All of these people now make up my tribe, my support system. Just when I thought God had forgotten about me, these people restored my faith. Imagine that.

2017, I wasn’t sure I would see you. But guess what? I’m still here and I’m coming for everything I’m owed. Every thing that I felt was stripped from me… every goal I didn’t reach… love… peace… prosperity…  I’M COMING FOR IT ALL. I hope you’re ready, because I am. 

Sincerely,

The Style Accomplice

Note from the Editor: 

Today is my blog’s second birthday and I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone that has supported THE STYLE ACCOMPLICE in any capacity. Happy New YeaR and may blessings follow you all 2017!

 

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