A new exciting Chapter has begun!!
On November 3rd I turned 30!!!!!
Let me tell you something... I don't feel any different!! There are so many people that are so afraid to enter their 30s and I think that it's hilarious!!! To me I feel like turning 30 is super exciting and I feel amazing!!! I have been preparing myself in my 20s to get to this point and I think that I have been the healthiest that I have ever been. I have always heard that your 30s are some of the best years of your life, so I am excited about this new chapter!!
I always take the time around my birthday to reflect on things that have happened through out the year and think about what I want to change and things that I want to add for the new year. Since my birthday is at the end of the year if feel like it is a perfect time to do something like this.
So here we go...
For me 2017 has been a year of a lot of firsts and I have had some of the best opportunities and I am forever grateful for the platform that I have built. But let me tell you this is only the beginning!!! I feel like with my blog and my brand I have just begun to see the return on what I have invested in the past 2 years. Back tracking just a little bit... I rebranded and started Glitz and Glam by Tiff 2 years ago, and my little blog has grown quite a bit. How? because this is what I eat, sleep and breath. I love that my friends and my family have started following me and share my posts with their friends. Thank you so much!!! I am so happy and overwhelmed by the support and love in the past couple of years. I know it will only get bigger and grow so much more from here. I am honestly just getting use to people walking up to me and telling me "I love your blog!! I love what you share." I am not use to attention, and it is so unexpected, but so appreciated. I am just here to share what I love and I want to encourage others to be themselves and do what they love everyday!!! It is hard... It is a LOT of work, but it is so worth it!! Trust me!!
Being a blogger/influencer (and a Model... I still do that too sometimes) I am always learning and growing and there are so many brands out there!!! It's crazy!! When I was contacted by NYDJ's PR and had the opportunity to work with them this Spring it will be a memory that will last forever!! I still can't believe I was in an ad in Oprah mag!!! Being in a major magazine is something that I have always dreamed of and it happened this year!! OH but it's not going to stop there! More mag features and campaigns are coming! Watch out for them ;). I also got to go to KAABOO this year with Kettle Brand, and it was another unexpected surprise!! It was my first time attending a major music festival and I hope I get to go again in 2018!! I have to thank all of the brands and people that I have been able to work with this year!! You all are amazing and I love being able to make new relationships with so many great people. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Another thing that I started doing this year is making more friends that do similar things that I do. There is nothing wrong with the friends that I have, but they aren't in my industry, so somethings are hard to relate and explain. It's always good to have people around you to bounce ideas off of and just to have a different insight, opinion and perspective. It's also great to collaborate with others as well! it will help you to grow and connect with people that you could never even imagine. So don't be afraid to reach out to other people in your industry, some people may not open up to you and that's ok. Find the people that are open and willing to help you. We are here to work and grow together. the more people you link up with the better. There are so many people that I want to work with, and my list is endless. I have made so many great connections this year and have been working with some of my best friends that have become part of my team. I am growing a team y'all!! If you have something that you want to contribute? Let me know!!
One last thing that has been important for myself is Self Love and Self Care!! I can't say that I have never not taken care of myself before, but I think that I have made it a point to really listen to how I am feeling and feeding my body more good things vs. bad. It's not only about what I consume inside of my body but what I am absorbing from the outside world as well. I have cut off negative energy from my life and don't like it around me at all!! I've never had any drama in my life and I don't ever plan to have it, so I have never allowed that to even be around anyway. I have spent a lot more time by myself this year, not because I don't like being around people, but because I really have been focusing on what I want for me and my own life goals. I feel like I am rubbing off on people, because my sisters started their own YouTube channel this year and my mom is starting her own side business. I am so happy for them and can't wait to see them grow in what they love doing. Love always spreads more love around. I have also learned not to be so hard on my self, because I do like things to be a certain way, but being a creative I have learned to just try things out see how it goes... learn from them and try again later. Nothing is going to be perfect, but things always get better as you learn and grow. I quit Dairy this year and I have seen a dramatic change in my skin and my body!! I know there's a craze going on right now because of "What the Health?", but listen this has been an on going thing for me way before all of these "NEW" discoveries have come about. I did not choose to stick to any particular diet, but I have been making more of a conscious effort to be mindful of what I am eating and how it makes me feel. It matters people!! It matters!!
Have I lost you yet?? I know this post is long.
For 2018 I want to continue to build even more relationships and brand partnerships. I want to create even more with my friends and also help others in my community that may not either be confident or aren't sure how to start their own brand, business or blog. I really want to encourage others to just go for it and get started!! You will never know what you can do unless you try!! As far as modeling goes... I am still here to model, but not as focused on it as I once was. A lot has changed over the years and the industry (here in San Diego at least) is not as fun for me anymore. I hope to model more in other cities and locations, because if I stay in San Diego I may just quit altogether (that's just how I feel at the moment). I started training models this year, so I really want to continue to help develop and teach younger models how to get started and be successful. I want to travel more and see new places! I actually have a few trips planned already that I am super excited about. I can't wait!! I want to connect more with my followers and want more of you all to become my friends. I don't know why you are here, but I hope that you plan to stay for a while!! Let's grow and learn together!! I love new friendships and relationships. Speaking of relationships I am open to being in one!! I feel like I had to work on myself a little bit and now I feel more ok with the possibility of someone being my life teammate. I honestly have had a lot of confidence issues with being in relationships and haven't really felt loved or wanted in that way. So it has been hard to really trust or let anyone in. Yes it's true I've had to admit to myself that I am and have been a very closed up person. But you know what, I am letting it all go and what ever happens will happen. So if you see me with a BF any time soon, well I already told you here that I was ready for it to happen. Over all I am just excited about life!! Possibilities are endless and I honestly live day by day and week by week. Things are forever changing and I think that you should have a plan, but leave a little wiggle room and expect the unexpected!! I am excited to live my 30s to the fullest and live my best life!!! hope you all will do the same.
If you made it this far in to the post. Thank you so much for being here!! I love my Glitz and Glam fam and I can't wait to share with you all what happens next!! <3
XoXo - Tiff