IT’S MY BLOGAVERSARY!

 

Whoa, IT’S MY BLOGAVERSARY!

July 7th 2015, I launched my brainchild chiconwallst.com. After months of planning and designing, I decided to stop putting my dreams on hold and take the next steps to making my goals a reality.

To be 100% honest, I wasn’t going to celebrate this milestone. I’ve heard the phase, “only a small percentage of blogs survive within their first year”, & I feared that I had become that statistic! I hadn’t blogged like I wanted to, posted as often as I should have, or networked like I had planned & felt embarrassed for not living up to the hype I had created; however something in me & others around me refused to let me surrender.

If I’ve heard or re-instilled anything in me through this journey, it’s to NEVER GIVE UP!

Blogging is a PROCESS, not an overnight success story! When I began blogging, I thought “hey, people will see my vision, follow me, & I would get loads of support”, but that didn’t happen as planned or as soon as I expected. I stopped for a while because I thought it was pointless. No one would care about what they wore to work, or what I had to offer. However, I received loads of support from others that I never thought were paying attention to my brand. Without me noticing, I’ve allowed others to use their voice and skills in a creative way. I’ve motivated others to take action on their future and go after their dreams. Even though I felt like a failure, I had inspired others & with that, I couldn’t give up now!

With that being said, here are a few things I’ve heard in Year One:

Be Patient – Patience is my worst enemy! Like I mentioned, blogging isn’t easy. You will not gain thousands of followers overnight, unless you decide to buy them (OOPS). Just know that your vision will come together in time. Don’t rush the process!

Be Authentic – Everything I post relates to the brand and what I want my brand to be known for. Don’t try to be like the others, be you! Let your true ideas flourish and thrive. 

Collaborate & Network – If you have an idea that would be great with the assistance of another blogger, reach out! Even reach out to brands that align with yours! It doesn’t hurt to try. 

Find An Accountability Partner – This has been my biggest struggle. I have loads of posts drafted but sometimes lack the motivation. Find someone who will listen and check up on you to make sure you are continuing on with your goals (Thanks Jessica!!!!!) 

Finally…

Keep Learning! – As your blog grows, so does your level of learning. Learn from your experiences, failures, networking events, articles, etc. Anything that will expand your knowledge, use it to your advantage. 

Many may not know but for as long as I can remember I have loved fashion (creating, designing, sewing, etc.) Now, blogging is nowhere near fashion design, but it provides endless opportunities

to incorporate all my skills into one brand and bring it full circle.

Chic on Wall Street is still unique for the simple fact that no one has the style sense that I have or the vision to take corporate fashion by storm!

So as I enter my 2nd year of blogging, I pray and plan to accomplish a few goals…

  • Design and Revamp my website

  • Revamp my Logo & Gain ownership of my name

  • Continue to grow with my brand

I won’t make promises, but let time and my work do the talking.

Before I forget, thank you to my supporters, my family and friends who have read my posts, proofread my posts late at night and early in the morning, listened to my ideas, provided advice, provided suggestions, and continuously motivated me on my journey! ❤ Love you forever for that and more!

I hope you found this post interesting and possibly motivational to start making your own dreams reality! Feel free to leave comments down below!

– Be Wall Street Chic, XOXO

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TruthInReality x CeilingBreakers – Redefining HERstory

Last evening, I attended an event that was altogether moving, empowering, inspiring, and motivational. Truth in Reality and Ceiling Breakers teamed together to bring us a preview of “Redefining HERstory” Documentary. What a great way to end Women’s History Month!

This feature length documentary aims to change the narrative of how the world’s most exploited demographics: African American and Afro-Latina women are depicted in the media. Sil Lai Abrams, CEO of Truth In Reality, said it best in her trailer description stating, “We envision that our film will expose the truth about the origin and damage of these images, explore the diversity and beauty of black womanhood, encourage adults and young people to make informed, thoughtful decisions about the media they consume, and spark a national dialogue on the need to diversify the existing images of black and Afro-Latina women across all media platforms.” The trailer is linked below. Take a look! 

(SIDEBAR – The film is expected to be released late next year)

My expertise is not in media, but we all can see the imagery being displayed of who they claim us to be and how they expect us to act. It’s time to change the dialogue and tackle the stereotypes head on! The question that was raised yesterday was “What can we do?” I’m not at liberty to tell any and everyone how to go about it, but as for myself, it’s bringing awareness to the issue. It’s continuing my efforts to bring positive messages and images to my peers and the next generation. It’s reaching out to my communities and showing them the other storylines that are out there.

Redefining HERstory is more than a film…it’s a movement. We all have a platform, whether it’s a film, a camera, website, or classroom, it’s our job to assist in this movement and help change the narrative. Small changes are just as impactful as the big ones.  

For more information on these amazing women, the movements, and the companies alike, I have linked all of their information below. Be sure to follow them and witness the amazing changes and events that will be coming your way very soon. If you liked the trailer, leave your comments down below!

Truth In Reality 

Website: truthinreality.org

Twitter: @truthinreality_

Instagram: @truthinreality_

Ceiling Breakers 

Website: ceilingbreakers.co

Facebook: Ceiling Breakers 

Twitter: @Ceiling_Breakers

– Be Wall Street Chic 

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Busy Season Blues

After two months of working 12+ hours, I finally finished my first busy season! No one (well maybe some) understands how happy I am to have my life back. Waking up at 5:30 to work all day and night & not get home until 11 or sometimes 1:30 had to be the WORST! Nonetheless, I learned a great deal about auditing, the industry, the company, as well as myself. Here are my top five takeaways from my post busy season blues.

Be A Sponge – After two weeks of starting and completing training, there was no time to waste! I was placed on a client, assigned new tasks, and required to keep up with the pace. Let’s be honest, I broke down a few times. There was so much information, knowledge about the industry/the company that I did not know, but this was prime opportunity to absorb all the information that I could. Before my favorite senior left, he told me to be a sponge, absorb as much as I could from everywhere/everyone I could. Take some time to look at previous’ years work try to understand before doing anything yourself. Learn from the people around you, see what works for them and try it! If it doesn’t, be unique and make it your own. That was the best advice for a newbie like me! 

Ask questions – One thing that I’ve learned throughout my internships and starting full time is not being afraid of asking questions. Yes you may have been the best while in school, but you won’t know it all starting with the firm or company. Realize that you will need to ask sometimes for more clarification and maybe a little assistance. I had moments of feeling intimidated by my seniors or managers. Hey, some are extremely knowledgable about the industry and the way they communicate can make you reevaulate your life. but just a hint, they want you to ask questions! That’s what superiors are for! If you don’t ask, you really won’t know. 

Pay Attention to Your Health – There’s no surprise. You’re becoming an “adult” which requires taking charge of making necessary appointments, eating well, exercising, and sleeping regularly. During busy season that doesn’t exist; however, one must learn to back away when need be. Due to lack of sleep, my body started to react and the affects showed physically. With deadlines and items due, I felt timid and guilty about leaving and/or speaking up, but my health was more important and our seniors were very understanding of that. 

Take Things One Day at a Time – This was my approach everyday of the audit! We were due to finish the auidt on the 7th of this month; however our lives had different plans for us. March 7th wasn’t realistic, so March 11th became the new date. We stayed late, worked hard even on the weekends to find out that everything would not be done in time and pushed back until the 18th. It felt like the twlight zone! Yes, deadlines are important, but it’s wise when you are overwhlemed with work and life starts to get hectic, you take each day, each task one at a time. Eventually, we signed off on last Tuesday. I finally able to see the hard work we put in paid forward, and understand the big picture. 

Laugh A Little – I’ve heard so many horror stories about busy season; for example, people staying until 3 or 4 in morning then coming back at 8. Or staying in hotels and working through the night, but I’m blessed to say that wasn’t my experience. We had a really great team and the best part… we were able to laugh and joke together. Everyone gets so caught up in the audit and begins to feel defeated when in actuality, everyone is feeling the exact same way! Everyone had their moments of wanting to quit and find something better or spending 10 minutes discussing why they chose an accounting profression, but we were able to make a joke about at the end of the day. We created nicknames, made friends on our coffee runs to Starbucks, and learned to laugh at our mistakes. 

Okay, so maybe my busy season blues weren’t as bad when I write them out and reflect on them, but just know I’m overjoyed that it’s over and I can get back to blogging. I’m also new to lifestyle posts so if this is helpful and you would like to see more, leave a comment and let me know! 

As always, 

– Be Wall Street Chic

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