Top 6 of 2016

Everyone keeps talking about how awful 2016 was. It wasn't the best year for me, but it wasn't the worst either. So, I want to highlight some of my top moments from 2016!

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ONE
 Faith and Belief
Hard work is one thing - everyone says they are hard working. But do you actually work hard? Do you actually believe in yourself and the effort you put in? These past months, I turned to the power of prayer for answers, guidance, strength, and reassurance. God never leaves our side. He is the planner of all, the All-Knowing. He never puts us through anything we cannot handle. He tests only his strongest soldiers. I went through a lot in the past month, and I am glad for the obstacles I was put through because I wouldn't have the level of understanding I have right now if  I hadn't. I learned, nazr {the evil eye} is real man!

TWO
Friends & Family
This year I really found out who my true friends are. I don't use the term friend lightly - at all. But this year I have leaned on the same people time after time, and for some odd reason they are still by my side choosing to put up with me and my craziness. So thank you, FK, Nikki, Jamie, Aishah {M.} Brad, Jojo, Pumbaa, Coach Steinhoff, Baaji, Dr. Felvegi, and yes too Jack! You all have given me support, strength, and encouragement. Thank you for believing in me, pushing me, holding me {literally} wiping my tears, and making me laugh until I cry. Thank you guys for the serious conversations, the jokes, and being the reason I got through the last few months. I love you all more than words can express!

THREE
Photography 
This past year, the past 6 months to be more specific, I was blessed with not one, not two, but three amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, photography opportunities. I am so proud to say that I was the Official Photographer for the Hasan Minhaj: The Homecoming King Show in Houston, TX. In addition, I was able to work with former NBA player, TJ Ford and his Basketball Association as well. Not even 2 weeks ago, I was honored to meet and photograph Amir Khan and his gorgeous wife, Faryal Makhdoom for the Amir Khan: Heart of a Champion Fundrasing Gala! Thanks to the person who helped make all of these opportunities happen! I appreciate it so much Pakobe! Thank you to all those who let me capture your precious moments throughout the year, from senior portraits, to head-shots, to events, and family portraits. Thank you to those who have believed in me since day 1!

FOUR
Expect the Unexpected
In case you haven't noticed - I'm kind of a planner. I like to know what is going on- with my life, my future, so on. You can attribute it to my OCD, I guess.  This year I did lose what I thought were incredible, irreplaceable opportunities. I lost them faster than I got them. The job search - that is tough, no joke. What I had - I was so sure that it would be life-changing, and oh boy was it! I didn't even get a chance to experience it. But I learned a lot from it. I learned what I want within a company what I want to work for, and learned vital skills and knowledge about the job process. If I could go back, I would have done things differently- but if I didn't do them the way I did, I wouldn't have learned and grown. 

FIVE
Standing Up for Myself
Again, these past few months, a lot happened. Good and bad. But one thing I learned -- I needed to stand up for myself. I ended up in a battle for my personal rights at school with 3 different people with 'power'. After tears, panicking, and feeling like giving up I was told I needed to fight for myself. So, that is exactly what I did. If I hadn't stood up for myself, I would have risked a lot. But now, I have brought more awareness to an issue on campus and protocol for students and professors. The biggest takeaway from this is knowing that I do have rights as a student, and although our professors and instructors know more than we do - there are times that they are wrong, and just need to be informed, and frankly there is nothing wrong with that.

SIX
Writing / Launching Websites
This year I focused on writing a lot more, a dear friend helped me realize that I express a lot more emotion and my feelings through words when I put pen to paper. Sometimes I don't immediately express my feelings, whether it be of anger, sadness, discomfort, uncertainty, etc. But an hour or so later, if I open my journal the words come flooding, and once I am done, I feel so relieved. I took a big step by launching not one but two websites right before the semester started back up. By launching this website as well as my photography website, I have been more secure in my work, and know the things I want to improve on. This website lets me focus on writing, beauty, and fashion. It's my little corner of the web.

Thank you all for your support & encouragement this year. Let's make 2017 a great one! I cannot wait to see what the new year has in store for me, and cannot wait for my senior year semester!
 I know I'm already planning things with a new planner by Sugar Paper Co. Check out my instagram to see it!

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