Tomorrow is my birthday !!!!!! 29 laps around the sun and I’m so blessed. As I get even closer to 30, I think about my younger self and how I imagined my life would be. I can’t believe I actually thought I would be married with kids by 25. Knowing what I know now and the experiences this journey called life has brought me the thought of that is almost laughable. Don’t get me wrong, I still want those things … but the fact that I used to put age labels on life achievements is just laughable.
For my birthday I’m going to gift y’all with 10 things my 20’s have taught me.
Have a grateful heart.
Have faith over fear.
Believe in yourself or don’t expect others to believe in you either.
Live for today, because tomorrow is not promised.
Don’t let ANYTHING or ANYONE disturb your peace.
Some people are seasonal. When some one shows you who they are, BELIEVE THEM. And move on.
Everybody is not your friend, so cherish genuine friendships and relationships, because they are rare and hard to come by these days.
A set back is a set up for a comeback. It’s all a process!
Sow a seed, watch it grow! #PERIODT
Invest in others! Invest in yourself! Invest in your community! Invest in Stock!
Most importantly, be the person you want in your life !!!!
Before you go, tell me something your 20’s taught you. If you’re reading this and your not 20 yet- bless your heart!
COVID-19 has shocked us all. I never thought the 1st 100 days of 2020 would turn out like this. But I’m not canceling 2020 goals, plans, and ideas. Yes, this is a road block on the journey but it doesn’t define anything.
2020 is still lit. Dreams are still coming true in 2020. Businesses are still being started in 2020. The vibes and the energy is still going to be great for 2020 overall. Don’t let this situation stress or depress you. Here are 7 self care practices that have really came in handy for me during this time.
Try adding some natural flavors to your water. Lately, I’ve been enjoying cucumber and mint leaves in my water. If you’re a citrus person, try adding some lemons and lime. Pinterest is a great source to finding infused water recipes.
#2 Have a warm cup of tea or coffee
All of my healthcare friends have been telling me to drink something warm everyday. Apparently it helps strengthen your respiratory system. I’m a tea lover over coffee. so I start my morning with some Yogi Tea. The green tea blend is my favorite because its a natural source of energy.
#3 Take your vitamins
Make sure you are getting your daily dose of vitamin C or a multi- use vitamin to nourish your body.
#4 Get some fresh air
Even though we are under quarantine, its helpful to take a walk outside at least once a day. Smell the fresh air and allow your skin to get some vitamin D.
#5 Spend some time offline
If you’re like me and you are working from home, spending time away from your computer and phone will help you maintain your self wellness.
#6 Practice healthy eating habits
It’s easy to just snack all day when you’re just sitting at home. Try making a weekly menu for 3 meals a day and snacks in between each meal. This will help you control your sweets intake.
#7 Get a hobby or learn a new skill
This is the best time to try new things and learn a new skill. Each week I use YouTube to try a new DIY project.
I don’t know about you but I’m on week 4 of working from home and quarantining. And I’m so over it. I just want to get all dressed up and go to brunch with my girls and do ratchet stuff like I used too. Even though I’m a full time entrepreneur I’ve had to adjust to not leaving the house everyday. Luckily, my business allows me hands on experiences so I may “work from home” but I’m normally never home.
I guess I can appreciate the downtime that quarantine is focusing me into. But I struggled in the beginning to simply stay home and be productive each day. So here are 5 helpful tips for anyone working from home during this time.
#1 The culture go your working environment is important. Don’t let the culture of your home effect your work ethic.
#2 Set up a work space. Even if you don’t have a home office, create one. Rather it be your kitchen table, in the living room or your bedroom have a place you can go to work.
#3 Stick to a routine. Make a schedule for work with a start time, lunch time, break times, and most importantly work end time.
🎤Singing 🎤 “ Do you know what today is? It’s my Blogaversary, my blogaversary!!!!”
Hello Passionista ✨
I can’t believe it’s been 4 years since I publish my very first blog post. I’m so grateful that I’ve been blessed with the creative ability to share my passions with Passionista’s all over the world. Looking back on my journey I wish I would have started blogging a lot earlier.
Once upon a time, I was very fearful of being talked about and picked on. I used to let the words that people say to me get under my skin and alter who I was as a person. You could have called me a people pleaser. Looking back on my teenage years and college life I missed out on a lot of things because of fear. I feared what the social response would be from my peers, friends, and family members. I thought I had to do what was deeded socially correct all the time. Which caused me to stuff my big personality into a box, and not authentically be me.
But the person I have become today doesn’t give a damn about what anyone has to say about Khadijah. I have learned to be comfortable being me. I’m wild, passionate, somethings loud and different from others. Those were all things that I used to hide and be ashamed of. But I had to find the strength within me to get pass my fear and be my best self.
What did it take?
Honestly, I don’t know where this strength came from. I noticed that I was always unhappy, never satisfy with anything. I began to dwell on that. I came to the conclusion that I’m wasn’t living my life to my fullest potential by not allowing my light to shine as bright as my personality. Through my faith I had to find a way to be comfortable being me. It’s always going to take work because I’m a work in progress. I still struggle with some anxiety around what people will say about me. At the end of the day, I only have one life to live. It’s up to me to live my best live everyday. I truly believe that, faith over fear brings blessings. So, everyday I strive to embraced every part of who I am and strive to be better then next day.
A Passionista is a women with big ambition and a success mindset who pursues happiness and serves others by turning her passion into a paycheck. She’s not just passionate, she is fearless, determined and full of inspiration. Nothing gets in her way. Are you a Passionista?
To my loyal readers: Thank you for come back to my little space in the internet over and over again. Thanks for relying on me as a resource for all things skincare and natural hair care. You guys inspire me more than you know.
To my new readers: Welcome! I’m glad you discovered my little blog. I share my passions for skincare, natural hair care, DIY projects. Don’t forget to subscribe and come back every Thursday for new blogs.
My moods this February has been super chill. My focus has been self -discovery and working on my passions and purpose in life. Fresh flowers and dream catchers have been my inspiration lately. As a kid I was fascinated with dream catcher, but somewhere down the road lost interest. Now that I am seeking meaning behind my purpose dream catchers keep popping up in my journey (…maybe it time to do a Dream Catcher DIY).
Today is a very special day… It’s my blogaversary !!!!
Three years ago, I stopped talking about my desires to be a blogger and actually became one. This journey has not always been easy but I am grateful for every moment. There has been some moments when I felt like blogging was not for me. I felt like my blog was not getting the response it needed in order for me to consider myself a blogger. But I continue to push through my mini anxiety attacks and focused on my desire to use this as a creative space to share with others.
Why did I start Passion Locked?
I have always been an opinionated and talkative girl. Sometime its a blessing, sometimes its a curse. For years I followed different blogs like Lauren Conrad and A Belle in Brooklyn and they gave me the desire to one day start my own blog. But I felt like I needed to be older and more established before I could start a blog. At the top of 2016, I made a goal to stop talking about what I want and go after each and every thing I want for myself. So, Passion Locked was created… I have always been a creative person, full of opinions, and big ideas. I wanted to create a space where I can share all of my creativity with the world. Passion Locked is my vault of creativity- everything from skincare and beauty (product) reviews, tips and routines to the DIY projects I share. It is my desire to use my creative space to connect with others just like me and build a community of ” Passionistas”
5 tips to starting a Blog
Now that I have been working on this passion project of mine for a few years, I’d like to offer some tips to anyone thinking about starting a blog.
Don’t Second Guest Yourself. Just Do It!
Set Content Calendars to follow each month
Stay true to why you started
Collaboration over Competition
Keep it FUN!
What’s in store for Passion Locked?
I am just getting warmed up y’all. So, I hope you keep tuning in every week for new content. I want to grow Passion Locked into a creative brand as an offset to other business ventures I wish to pursue in Marketing, Brand Management and Event Planning. I’d also like to collaborate with more blogger and Passionista’s for passion projects, features and guest posts.
Thank you to all my subscribers and supporters for being apart of this journey with me!!!
I have been attending some really dope networking events and mixers lately. So I thought it would be a great idea to share recaps and key takeaways from each event on my blog. If you don’t already know, I currently live in Atlanta, GA. And as I take this journey to grow my side hustle into a business I NEED to networking. Last year, networking and going to events were a struggle for me. I would scroll through Eventbrite or Facebook and see so many events that I wanted to attend but failed to actually go because I had no one to go with me. Now, I am putting that fear behind me and getting out of the house more. I must say, I have connected with some really DOPE young moguls who are making things happen.
It’s always good to connect with like minded people for inspiration and business connections. This weekend I met at least 5 people I want to stay in contact with to work with on either a event or business collaboration. So if you are in the Atlanta area, I want to encourage you to GET OUT AND NETWORK. Follow me on IG for upcoming events (on my IG story).
January 5th: LEVEL UP: Caught Between A Dream and A Job
This event was hosted by Young Entrepreneurs of Atlanta, featuring some dope panelist that shared their business startup stories and advice for living in your purpose.
Tiara Johnson,The Dream Coach and Owner of TLJ Agency for Brand Management and Public Relations | IG: @tljagency
Erica Dias, Owner of The B Firm PR and Creator of Table of 20 | IG: @fashion101ed
A few of the key life hacks and gems I took from the panel discussions:
#1 Stay FOCUSED; Focus on what YOU really want and keep you focus on making it happen | Just do it!
#2 Be a good person! Stay mindful of who you are and how you treat others. You will not be successful when you are trying to break others downs. Treat people how you want to be treated.
#3 Your character is important. When you’re starting a business, networking and working with other people, you need to be likable and a pleasure to work with to keep a steady flow of business and partnerships. If you are a negative and nasty person, people are not going to want to continue to work with you. You can be the result of your own failure.
I love a turn up after work happy hour/ open bar event. The Ask me what I do Networking Event hosted by My Networking Appeal ( IG: @mynetworkingappeal) was not you ordinary networking event. Of course there was food, a DJ and free drinks, but this event also featured a DOPE Photo Booth from Moment in time rentals and a cool networking game throughout the event. Upon arrival everyone received a email for the “Networking Game”. Everyone was challenged to meet 5 people working a 9-5 and have a business, 3 people that’s ready to quit their job for their business and 3 people with a dope elevator pitch, etc. To keep the game going there was about 2 to 3 rounds of this game.
I thought the networking game was a really good idea to encourage people to talk to someone that they didn’t know. Because I will be honest, when I arrived I scanned the room and jetted over to the people I knew as soon as I spotted them. That’s not really NETWORKING. But I was thinking if stick with them, I might be introduced to someone else they may know that I don’t- or I could introduce them to someone I knew that they may not of known before the event. That’s how I tend to make connections. But the networking game encouraged people to go up to one another and just start talking. My shyness got the best of me until a Real Estate Agent just walked up to me handing me her card and asking me my name and what do I do? Of course that sparked a healthy conversation that lead to meeting a bartender and stylist. That’s what networking is all about.
January 12th: Glitter and Goals Vision Board Party
Last year, I connected with TLJ Little League (IG: @tljlittleleague) as a mentor for young girls in the Atlanta area. We meet once a quarter to mentor girls from 4th grade to 12th grade. ” Girls with dreams, become Women with Vision”. As I am walking in my purpose and living my dreams I want to always be able to reach back and instill that into our young, brilliant, beautiful females. Back in October, I got the chance to host a self care session with the girls- teaching them how to make DIY face mask and body scrubs. I think I enjoyed playing “beauty” just as much as the girls did. It warmed my heart to see them participating and engaging in the session. This weekend we had the 1st event of the year that was had a major turn out. This time we had more girls (all ages) attend and we even have more mentors now. The program is rapidly growing and I cannot wait to see what’s in store next.
January 12th is National Vision Board Day, so you know exactly what we did… MADE VISION BOARDS. We started by giving each girl a paper butterfly and asking them to write down their DREAM. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With their DREAM in mind the girls started on their vision boards and setting goals for what they need to do to make their dreams come true. Kids are so creative and innovative, I was surprised by the level on context some of the girls gave when explaining the finished project. Everyone made such creative vision boards with great ideas and goals to put behind their dreams. I love listening to youth speak passionately about their future.
2018 was a good year! So much happened. So much to be proud of. So much to be grateful for. So much meaning to life. I’ve completed yet another chapter of my journey, and so have you.
2018 I actually did some traveling. I walked the wall of the Old City in Jerusalem. I prayer at the western wall. I walked the Via Dolorosa. It’s still surreal to me. That’s something I never in a million years thought I’d do in my lifetime. It wasn’t even something that I planned, it just happened and I’m forever grateful for the opportunity. I also went to Paris…. FRANCE!!!! Although it was only for a short period of time, I saw Paris. I stood in front of The Eiffel Tower!
BEYCHELLA happened this year. I stayed up until 2am just to watch Queen B slay the stage for BEYCHELLA. The first BLACK FEMALE headline for COACHELLA (ain’t that a 🤬).
My girls and I survived a road trip to Washington DC for a music festival, in my brand new ride. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since I bought my 1st car on my own.
I continued to improve my blogging skills and event planning skills to grow my business. I booked several successful events; gender revealing, baby showers, parties, and weddings. I pray for more increase in 2019.
I turned 27 years old, I’ve had to reflect on a lot things in my life that I need to work on. I’ve accepted a lot of things and I’ve made a vow to myself to change certain things. I’ve made a promise to never compromise who I am for someone else and keep my dreams alive by never giving up no matter what obstacles I may face. I’m a one women show!
I want to continue providing creative content 3x a week. My goal is to be better prepared and plan out materials. I strive to have each month’s content planned out at least 2 weeks before the month begins.
I want to work with brands for brand ambassadors or sponsorship opportunities. My goals is to stay consistent and market my content through my social media channels to attract brands lookin for ambassadors or paid sponsorship programs. If I can work with at least 3 brands in 2019 that will help me take my brand to the next level.
I want to monetize my blog and brand. My goal is to make $1k per quarter as a additional stream of income for sponsorships, events, custom decor and gift, as well as starting a shop on my blog. I tried using Etsy before but I was just to complicated for me. I strongly thinking about upgrading my WordPress plan.
Everytime I meet a blogger, the conversation always results to blogging tips resources and equipment. I’m not one of those people who doesn’t like to share information. I like to find out what other bloggers are using to blog and post videos, as well as share my resources and tips. We can all learn from one another. There are a few blogger and influencer groups on Facebook that I’ve found to be very helpful. It was another blogger that I met online that really encouraged me to move from 1 post a week to 3 posts a week. There was an instant increase of traffic on not just my website but my social media accounts too.
Blogmas has been a blessing because I feel like I’m getting new traffic on both my social media accounts and my website. I want to keep you all coming back to Passion Locked and build a online community of moguls that want to learn, grow and support each other. I’m now in an intense planning mode for 2019. I want to get better at preparing content and finding new innovative ways to bring readers to my lil ol’ blog.
Today I want to share with you the equipment I used to blog. Although I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, I still consider myself a starter blogger… lol ! I say that because I started blogging as a hobby and its still a hobby. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work but I’m not getting paid for it…YET!!! I plan to grow my blog and brand to another level next year .
Most of the things I use to blog are really cheap, but they work and get the job done for me. The most important things are my Macbook and iPhone. I take all my pictures on my iPhone, edit them on my iPhone as well. Over time I hope to invest in a camera and better blogging equipment.
Here is what I use to take blog pictures
CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control for Smartphones