Showing up is half the battle

A note about the importance of just showing up. It really is half the battle. 👊🏾👊🏾 On Afropunk day two I was really and truly riding the struggle bus.😩😩 Won’t go into details, but one thing after another kept going wrong, and whereas I had intended to arrive by noon, I didn’t end up getting there until 5:00pm, feeling tired, tattered, and unwell. 😩


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I literally almost turned around and went back home. But my MUA worked her magic 🙏🏾 and got me feeling and looking like a human being again, so that gave me a little boost.💄💅🏻 So I gave myself a talking to – as sometimes one must – adjusted my energy, and pulled myself together.

The universe sent @jess2cute4u and @miggyfromdablock to meet me on the subway, keep my spirits up, and get me to the gates. (Thanks, guys😊🙏🏾💕) And then, preparation and alignment met opportunity and grace. 🙏🏾🙏🏾 People, many of them photographers, responded positively to my look, created by @jen_nollaig. And ya girl ended up getting coverage. Teen Vogue, Fashion Bomb Daily, WWD, Coveteur, and more. Very grateful for the positive response, and to every shutterbug who (literally) gave me a shot. 🙏🏾🙏🏾 And none of it would have happened if I had not shown up. 👊🏾🙏🏾

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