Start Treating Fear Like That One Family Member

Keep it 100%

We all have a family member or two that we know we could live without, but unfortunately due to genetics…

Fear is a natural part of being human, but that does not mean you have to claim it. I’ve been figuring that out for myself as I face my own insecurities surrounding my business.

I’ve been telling my fears to hit the bricks. I’m keeping  my distance.

I only acknowledge my fears on occasion.

Why? Because it’s not only healthy, but helpful.

Sometimes we don’t realize that our fears greatly influence the choices we make. So I put my fears to the back of my mind and just keep an eye on it (anyone know the reference from Always Sunny?) and in the meantime, I prefer to stay focused on my next move.

 

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Dear Loved Ones, No You Can’t Have a Discount

They say the best things in life are free but I’ll tell you what’s not:

My blood.

My sweat.

My tears.

My shop.

MESSAGE: People only understand the value of time and money when it directly affects them. Don’t take it personally, but do tell these freeloaders no!

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No, you may not get “the hookup” on my work after I’ve spent my hard-earned money to make it do what it do.

No, you may not get a percentage off just because you know me, and you damn sure can’t have anything for free unless you plan to put in some work promotionally. This was really hard for me at first but as I’m coming into my brand it’s definitely been necessary.

In the beginning, I gave out so much free stuff just looking for exposure which isn’t always a bad thing if there’s a mutual agreement (future post for sure). When I look back on how much I’ve spent and how much I’ve given away, it’s absolutely embarrassing and it’s because I was giving folks the hookup.

I’m begging you DO NOT DO IT.

Especially if you know you can afford it. If you’re reading this and you actually know me, don’t be upset.

Next time pay me.

The best support in this game is monetary.

 

10 Things I Believe

 

1. The Kristianna way is the only way for me.

2. People in this life are like seasons.

3. You’ll never know until you try.

4. Family first.

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5. Music is the best medicine.

6. When in doubt pink.

7. The power of positive thought.

8. Polka-dots and stripes are a match made in heaven.

9. The power of the universe.

10. #BlackLivesMatter

Afropunk 2016 Day 2

Hey folks, 

I’m so happy to say I made it back to commodore park once again for Afropunk day 2! 

Today’s blog comes written literally from the floor of the red stage. Yes, I’m writing these very words on the ground behind VIP as I wait for Janelle Monae to take the stage. This will be my second time seeing her and I am totally hype! 

On to my outfit..
I made my very first jumpsuit y’all and I am absolutely IN LOVE. This was far from easy considering I’ve found myself to be in a huge sewing slump, I haven’t been feeling it. As a solution I decided to come join mommy’s boot camp (aka sitting in my moms sewing space so she can yell at me when I slack) I knew she would push me to get it done and I killed it! 
Check me out. 

I also decided to rock out with my black Tobi Beech bag, (which is actually the last one left unfortunately but the taupe version is still available)  it’s made from the same cloth as my jumper which is pretty dope. 
Match made in heaven. 

Let me know what you think of the jumper and feel free to reach out if you were at the show. I would love to hear from you! 

Note: Thanks for being so patient as I update the site and I apologize for the lack of posts lately. Your girl is grinding and there will be plenty of content to come.

 

Peace and Magic.

Sewing Kept Me Sane One Winter.

 

I’ve lived in a ton of places in my life, and whether it was with my family or on my own there’s always a sense of sadness that follows,

sometimes even depression.

One winter I went to live with a family friend and I just started a new job; it appeared that everything was finally coming together for me. On the outside I was fine but the inside was a different story. I was homesick and my living situation was miserable; I started to become depressed. One night I found myself binge watching Project Runway. Everyone knows I’ve been in Love with Tim Gunn and this show for years but for whatever reason I stopped watching it for a while. It was by watching at this particular time that I called my mother and asked her to bring my sewing machine with her on her next visit.

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My mommy missed me so much that she gave my machine a thorough inspection (she’s the master seamstress of the family) and brought it to me right away. Getting my sewing machine back up and running saved me. I was falling fast because I felt like I had nothing to work towards. As a goal oriented person, there is nothing more disheartening than having no goals at all. Being able to start and wrap my mind around a project gave me just the right amount of motivation to keep going.

And then with just a simple stitch,

I had purpose.