The Journey Officially Begins #3G3Y 10

It’s well into 2013 (take that Mayans) meaning my 3G3Y journey has officially begun.  Over the next 3 years I hope to drastically change the way I live my life for the better and pave the way for a successful future. Because I’m somewhat new 3 to this, and very new to you readers, I’m going to take a minute to give you some background on each of my goals.

First things first, my financial goal:

I began dealing with financial issues when I was around 19 years old. I began working at age 16, and didn’t have any expenses at the time so I started a bad habit of buying whatever I wanted.  It wasn’t until I got to college (and now had expenses and debt) that #2 I realized, the money I was working so hard for didn’t really belong to me. Although the money was in my name, it went straight out the door to pay for rent, utilities, food, cell phone, transportation, school, etc.

I dreaded living check to check, but was making no progress to better my financial lifestyle at the time.

It took several years and countless emergency situations where I needed money I didn’t have to really solidify my focus on financial freedom.  So here I am today, having borrowed more than $70,000, and more than ready to fulfill my duties as a borrower and pay back what I owe *Riley Freeman voice*.

My entrepreneurial goal:

Similarly to my financial goal, my entrepreneurial goal is one that has been in the works for quite some time, but I never made a concrete plan to make it a reality.  For those of you that know me personally, you already know I love video editing.  My first video project in college required me to spend just over 11 hours STRAIGHT editing it to get it to perfection, and I gladly spent the time in the editing studio.  I was happier than ever money editing that footage and quickly realized I was passionate about post production.  Since then I have consistently continued editing; even worked as a video editor for two years for my wholesale jerseys college’s digital media studio.  Even with all the hours put in, I would still consider myself an amateur editor and would like to take the necessary steps to becoming an expert in the field.

Lastly, my hair goal:

This is a goal that I wouldn’t say has been long in the making but it is something I have a really strong outlook on.  A black woman’s natural hair is something that is becoming more and more accepted in today’s society.  The notion that black women’s natural hair is something to be ashamed of is coming to an end.  In my case, I was indirectly taught my natural hair was not beautiful because ever since I can remember I’ve always had relaxers (chemical process to permanently straighten hair, thus appearing to assimilate to European standards of beauty).  I remember when my natural hair would grow out and people would make comments about it being “nappy”. (Clearly having a negative connotation to the word.)

When I was younger I wanted nothing more to have the same hair texture as my Caucasian peers, because that’s what I was indirectly taught was acceptable.  Fortunately, I went to a college with a very high African American presence and I realized I don’t have to have bone straight hair to fit in.  I liked the idea of curly hair better than straight hair, and I wanted to proudly sport what God blessed me with rather than assimilating to something I’m not.  So in February of 2009 I did my Big Chop (shaved my head to get rid of all the chemically straightened hair) and started fresh rocking my natural curls.

I’ve never challenged myself to grow my hair to a certain length, and I think this will be an interesting journey.  Some of the steps I’ll be taking to grow my natural hair out to my waist will involve a pretty intense workout regimen, eating a much healthier, balanced diet, taking my daily vitamins, drinking an insane amount of water and using natural products that won’t damage my hair.  I’m excited about this goal because it won’t only affect my hair, it’ll improve my health and well being overall.

What long and short term goals are you reaching for that are non-negotiable?

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