Showing up is half the battle

A note about the importance of just showing up. It really is half the battle. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ On Afropunk day two I was really and truly riding the struggle bus.๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Wonโ€™t go into details, but one thing after another kept going wrong, and whereas I had intended to arrive by noon, I didnโ€™t end up getting there until 5:00pm, feeling tired, tattered, and unwell. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ


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I literally almost turned around and went back home. But my MUAย @totspott worked her magic ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ and got me feeling and looking like a human being again, so that gave me a little boost.๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป So I gave myself a talking to – as sometimes one must – adjusted my energy, and pulled myself together.

The universe sentย @jess2cute4uย andย @miggyfromdablockย to meet me on the subway, keep my spirits up, and get me to the gates. (Thanks, guys๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’•) And then, preparation and alignment met opportunity and grace. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ People, many of them photographers, responded positively to my look, created byย @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. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ And none of it would have happened if I had not shown up. ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

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