I'm not successful by any means. I haven't accomplished much in life, or reached my goals and dreams as of yet. But if you don't ever do anything, how do you expect to become anything? So I'm trying. I'm realistic. I have a day job. It's a means to an end and it pays the bills... and that's life. Some days will be bad, but I have to try to focus on the positive.
I've been out of design school for almost 4 years now and the fashion industry is a beast, but it's my passion... I'm not going to lie... that's why I'm still here. I moved back to NYC a little over a year ago with 2 weeks worth of clothing in my suitcase, slept on a friend's couch for 2 months, and slowly moved my things up with each visit home to Miami that I was able to take. My dad was fully supportive of my decision for the first time and said, "if you don't go to New York, you might as well quit now" and it made me so happy to hear his approval after so many years of yelling at me for being stupid for choosing fashion and not medical. Well... he still yells at me for not choosing medical but oh well... =T
You do what you have to do... as long as you stay true to yourself and never forget where you came from... Not everyone is lucky, and some people have to work a lot harder than others to achieve what they want. As long as you keep trying... Please believe that you and only YOU have the all mighty power to make your life however you choose it to be... never let anyone ever tell you that you can't become who you want to be. Talent and skills can only take you so far, but in life... it's all about effort... so if it's not working... put in more effort and be persistent. You make mistakes, you learn from them, and you press on. Always push forward. Like Steve Jobs said in his speech (older entry below), "you have to believe that all your dots will connect."
And to end this very long entry (longest I've ever written)... ehehe... I want to thank my family, friends, and everyone in between for all the support and love you've given me throughout the years. My heart swells up with love and happiness and you inspire me to keep going... so from the bottom of my heart... THANK YOU.