Looking Back and Looking Forward to 2018

I figured today would be the perfect time to publish this one. A few weeks ago, I reached out to many creatives on my personal Instagram account and asked a few questions. The caption read: this year of growth is almost over. Did you accomplish your 2017 goals? Have you started planning for 2018? What advice would you give to someone interested in joining the same niche as you?

I received great responses and more than I thought I would. 2018 is off to a great start. Continue reading below.


Creator of ilCornerStop Mariah Henderson

“I didn’t do everything I set out to do this year, but what makes it better is that I accomplished things I didn’t even plan or see coming. My advice would just be to consult God first, create whatever makes YOU happy, put in the work, believe in yourself and stay true to yourself! Success has to follow.”

Dee Brown

Musician Dee Brown

“I made a few videos that promoted other’s work throughout 2017 including my own. Advice: “Seek advice, but listen to your own.” It helps in the long run.”

Self-Love Advocate Katie Winnen  

“This year was quite an adventure and I can’t wait to see what next year has in store.”


Creator of OMNI Justin Gandy

“This year has been a rollercoaster. It has been a lot of great times and a lot of hard times. I did accomplish a lot this year I set out to do, but I also accomplished a lot of things I never thought of. I would say to individuals or groups that are interested in entering the creative world, DO IT. Don’t think about anything, just do it. Thoughts create unnecessary stress. Also, pay close attention to the people surrounding you even when you think you’ve made great friends. People change and become interesting in new things and it’s natural. Keep that in mind. Don’t give up, don’t quit, become numb to negativity, and keep your eyes on the prize, but pick up the small tokens along the way.”


Journalist Aallyah Wright

“I would say never underestimate your ability to do great work. A lot of times we may sell ourselves short because we fear the unknown! This year has definitely taught me to never be afraid of the unknown but to embrace it. I’m going into 2018 FEARLESS!”


Journalist and Director Ashley Norwood

“My advice is to anyone going into Film and/or Journalism is to develop your business FIRST, then create a lifestyle. This isn’t a billion dollar industry. Not in Mississippi and definitely not for beginners, but it’s a great start. Be financially smart. Save and spend wisely and consistently and your business will last. Each year my goal is to be happy. That definition changes each year as I change within the year, but it’s an ongoing pursuit. I count each day a blessing, and with my gifts, I hope to bless others. Looking forward to the new year.”

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