Welcome officially to the new Purity W/Style Online Magazine!!!
Wow, it’s still surreal that I can say that. I absolutely LOVE when the New Year comes around. Although the new year is typically associated with cold weather and snow here in the DC Metropolitan area, it’s also officially the time when people are excited, pumped and ready to tackle the new year with resolutions. There is also a sense that you have an opportunity to start fresh. Last year was a really tough year for me personally. I was challenged and disappointed in some areas of my life that many days had me second guessing myself and my abilities, battling major discouragement and wondering if the journey (which at times can seem like a fight) to waiting on God’s best in every area of my life was really worth it.
What a difference a year makes! Looking at who I am today, just one year later is an encouragement in itself. Even through the many dark days of tears, prayers and pondering, I see that God was doing some reconstruction in my heart, mind and ability to fully trust Him, His timing and His plan.
I now see that the perspective, understanding, wisdom, and growth that came through the joys and trials of 2016 were intentionally preparing me to have the capacity and compassion necessary for all that is planned for me in 2017. The reality is that it’s never fun going through the valley, no matter what that may look like in your life. But, here is what I have learned through this season…..if you choose to grow, and not turn your back even through the scariest times of uncertainty, thinking it’s best to take your life and decisions in your own hands, the beauty is seen in the aftermath. In the product of what is produced as a result of the test in your life.
After growing through a tough season I am now so grateful. Grateful that I did not give up, grateful that I chose to remain accountable and stay connected to mentors in my life, and grateful that the vision of Purity W/Style was not destroyed, but was actually being developed. Most importantly, as I step into 2017, I am so grateful to be in the season of “RIGHT NOW”. I still don’t have all the details, or know all the answers that maybe I think I should know about my life, and that’s ok because I am confident that the individual who holds my future (God), has nothing but the best intentions for me. Many times we are always looking to what’s next, or what we don’t have, that we miss the opportunity to capitalize on everything that we have right where we are. It’s not a mistake that you are where you are, at the time and age that you are. So enjoy life right where you are! You won’t get this time back, and as you fully invest in what you have been given now it will allow you to be prepared and trusted with all that God wants to give you in the future. Here is what I know because I am right in the middle of living it out. I know that as you follow God’s plan that in the end you always win. The desires of your heart, in the right season, when you are at your best to receive and appreciate them are all coming….and better than anything you could have ever imagined!
It is with this restored and uncontainable LIT passion that I am not only choosing to step into the New Year, with New Style and New Confidence, but I encourage every individual reading this letter to do the same! As you dive into the community and get familiar with the online magazine one thing you can look forward to each month is a letter from the editor…ME! This will allow me to share with you what types of cool videos, artist interviews, features from our amazing contributors, and brand apparel/product launches that you can look forward to that month. Check out the front cover to see some of this month’s features. Whether you are male, female, college student or young adult making your way through the professional world, our team of amazingly diverse contributors and artist has something for you.
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