2016 for me personally was definitely one for the books! It was NOT perfect by any means but it was one of the best years I have had as far as lessons, experiences and memories! So many amazing and crazy things happened this year, that I couldn't let it end without this recap...
THAT ONE TIME IN HOUSTON... when Briana and I randomly decided to fly there for a weekend. I don't even think we had a real reason to go, besides to just to be doing something. But that's how our friendship was, traveling to different cities together just for the hell of it, or should I say used to be, because we have drifted away from that a little bit now but we ended up having a really good time . I visited with my grandparents, I was introduced to the Breakfast Klub Houston , where they have the best chicken and waffles and then I even got to hang out with my uncle, whom I had no idea knew how to KICK IT ! He showed us a really, really good time. We somehow ended up at this random, hole in the wall bar, but inside it was CRACKING!! There were literally about a hundred black people crammed into this tiny bar, turning up to all the old ratchet jams. NO LIE! This is when I legit thought I really wanted to move to Houston because I felt like it was "SOOOOO lit" lol. However, I also used to feel that way about Atlanta after only a few trips there as well, so clearly I just get excited for any place that isn't Chicago !
Winning the 2016 Chicago Beauty Bash makeup artist competition. That was such an interesting experience because I honestly did NOT expect to win. I had tortured myself with thoughts of "what if I lose?" all the way up until the actual competition happened. I guess that was a lesson on learning not to doubt yourself, because you never know what you're capable of . And while I was super proud of myself for actually winning, it was then that I also learned that competitions were not my thing. *there's a whole blog post on that whole experience here* S/o to Tempestt for ALWAYS being my favorite model!
Spending my 27th birthday in Cancun, Mexico! One of the best birthday trips ever. I wish i could go into more detail about this trip but I will say I really enjoyed myself!
while I was in Cancun for my birthday, I decided to get a tattoo on my finger as a gift to myself. A few months later the tattoo completely faded. Yes, I was PISSED and this is a true story. *See pics*
April was probably my favorite month this year because I had accomplished one of my biggest goals. I had FINALLY finished makeup school and received my certification as a professional makeup artist. I was really happy to have finally gotten it done, because it was something I had been trying to do since 2013, but had put on the back burner for so long.
Also in April, I purchased my first brand new car. 2016 Kia, straight off the lot. Another proud moment and truly a blessing. One thing I learned this month was more moves, less announcements and that hard work truly does pay off!
On May 1st, I launched my very own website for my clients to book my makeup services directly through me. It took me a really long time to edit everything, and finally get the site to look EXACTLY how I wanted, but I got it done. I am super proud of myself for creating this gem that is www.kiarakmakeup.com and I really hope to put more into it in the upcoming year.
Also in May, was Beyonce's FORMATION tour in Chicago. Best tour/concert ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And even though I say that about all of Beyonce's concerts I think this was my favorite one because I went to see it twice lol. One of the highlights of my summer :)
This month I was booked for 9 consecutive weddings starting in June going into the rest of the summer . I believe to date, that is the most weddings I had EVER been booked for in one summer since I started doing makeup. That's not even including the fall weddings I had booked as well. So I was super thankful to God for keeping me busy with that. ( and s/o to ALL the 2016 summer brides who booked, Timikia, Joylynne, Zakiya, Nana, Markisha, Brittany M., Dontevia, Keanna and Christina B. , AGAIN, thank you so much ladies!! )
Also in June after about 11 months my relationship with my bf at the time ended. At first I didn't really understand it , but thanks to all the memes I saw on IG about how God has a bigger teddy bear for you if you let go of the small one I was good LOL jk, it was a VERY emotional ass time for me, but I knew that everything happens for a reason and I had a lot of self work I needed to do. I knew that if I wanted to mature from that situation, I had to acknowledge my faults, work on them, be better and move forward with the agreement to never make the same mistakes again. GROWTH, I truly thank God for it. Needless to say, I was still in my feelings at EVERY SINGLE ONE of those weddings I had to attend this summer lol.
My family took a trip to Atlanta and it was everything I needed, especially with everything that I was dealing with personally. It really helped me keep my mind off unnecessary things and to remind me that I was going to be OK, and there is NOTHING like family! I had never been to Atlanta without my friends, but I had a really good time hanging with the people who will love you unconditionally. This trip was when the infamous video of my family doing the running man challenge was born!
Also in July, I was finally going to be a bridesmaid! One of my good H.S. friends Zakiya was getting married, which meant a trip to NY and a wedding all in one weekend . While being a bridesmaid was a little more stressful than I thought, and it was NOT all peaches and cream, the experience was so worth it and in the end it was so much fun! All the pictures we took as a bridal party and the wedding was E V E R Y T H I N G! One thing I will always remember from that weekend was "when picking your bridal party, pick girls who will be willing to sink their heels in the dirt for you!" lol Thanks again Kiya for allowing me to be apart of your day.
I caught the bouquet at Tim and Markisha's wedding and I was confused AF with the universe because my love life was not in that order lol.
THAT OTHER TIME IN HOUSTON (yes again) for Tashi's birthday! That was a very, very crazy but FUN weekend. From buying last minute and very expensive tickets to see Drake and
Future which ended up being worth the money because it was LIT, to the Day party at Social Junkie, the argument in the car, those 30 shots that were bought at the end of the night and the hungover flight back home. EPIC weekend.
This month I had also made an abrupt decision to quit my job. It was one of the hardest decisions because it was my very first job in the corporate world and I had technically grown up there. So making the final decision to leave was not easy but it was necessary. Ya'll know the saying, when you aren't happy with something, change it. So I did, and I ended up being offered my new job, where I started later that month. God was truly on my side with that decision because i quit with out having any thing officially lined up. FAVOR!
I had FINALLY lived out my dream of being Beyonce for Halloween. It was Lit! lol
The random trip I took to Vegas in the middle of the week with my cousin's! The view we had of the Bellagio water show AND THE Paris hotel, from inside Hyde nightclub. AMAZING!
I also had finally redecorated my bedroom after a very long year of junk and clutter. S/o to the other Kiara for giving me the idea and Pinterest for helping me decide how to decorate. I LOVE my room now, I NEVER leave it when I'm at home. Maybe next year the rest of my apartment will get some love.
After realizing 2016 was coming to an end in a few days, I wrote this blog. Reflecting back helped me realize that I had a very fun, crazy, busy, emotional but still a very good year, and this isn't even everything. Going into 2017 I can really only hope to have a year as epic and life changing as 2016. I am super thankful for every good time, bad time, and everything in between. As I ALWAYS say, life is NOT perfect BUT IT'S STILL AMAZING! We all have rough times, but as long as you give focus to all the rough things that happen in life, the more rough things you'll go through! Cliche I KNOW, but it's true.
But any who,
I am wishing EVERYONE a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year !
I leave you all with this wonderful quote from my twuzzo Jamar aka @Danketchup ...
"G.O.A.F (go out and flourish!)"
Until the next post….
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