Long Road Home: Getting Back On Track

The year is quickly coming to an end.  As we move into July, I am forced to reflect on my progress thus far. Every year the phrase “New Year, New Me” creeps its way through social media posts, New Year’s toasts, and journals everywhere. For twelve months it hangs over your head like a cloud. Now don’t get me wrong I have nothing against the phrase itself, I take issue with the weight of it all. To place that much of a burden on yourself almost seems detrimental to our growth. I am a shining example guilty of this. 

There is no new me. 2017 ended with a lot to be desired. This new year I found myself unemployed and caught in a vicious cycle of financial instability. My faith hasn’t yet recovered and I was at a point where I was unsure of everything in my life. With all that going on, imagining trying to overhaul everything in my life seems overwhelming. At least until I applied it practically without any (read much) shame.

Fast forward. A few months ago I heard the phrase “shameless365” and it really stuck with me. For a year, Maya Washington (social media @mayasworld) was shameless in the promotion of herself and her passions in an experiment to see where it took her. The result was truly inspiring as she went through an amazing period of growth. It is something that I aspire to.

To live with that sort of courage, transparency, and self-love. I’ve spent the last few months preparing myself for the next 365 days and the goals that I have set for myself. It’s been tough. I’ve had to take a good long look at myself and my faults. A lot of time stripping away at shame and replacing it with motivation. That being said I have a few things coming up that I’m really excited about.

dopetrakk

This project is billed as “a Niche blog for the creatives” and is very important to me.  Blogging is a new challenge for me to tackle, as I’ve usually always been a number two.  I have always thrived behind the scenes, making things happen. Being in the forefront is uncharted territory and it scares me. That is why this project is so close to my heart. 

dopetrakk is all about going local and building a community. Helping creatives learn about other talented folks in the city and putting them in front of the type of audience that can appreciate them. The biggest challenge that I have faced in the last few years is finding a solid team to tend to dopetrakk duties in my absence. 2018 has seemed to bring change. Not in some spiritual way, but in a practical sense.

Planning to launch as we head into the fall gives us an opportunity to take advantage of the growth careful planning can bring. I will be looking for writers in various fields, mobile & manual photographers, and social media monsters to help breathe new life into this movement. Starting in the next few weeks we will get on a regular schedule of releasing custom playlists to get your through the week, a new website, and collabs with like-minded movements.

We Can’t Have Nice Things Podcast

This is without a doubt the project I am the M-O-S-T excited about. Podcasts have been a major part of my life for years now and I think that I’m finally in the right mind to step into this arena. We Can’t Have Nice Things will take a comical yet reflective look at self-sabotage. Each week we will cover yet another thing we have ruined for ourselves. Outside of faith, I believe our biggest growth will come from the ability to laugh with and be honest with ourselves. The podcast aims to be a mirror you don’t mind looking at.

iamdedric

I have big plans in store for this website. The biggest priority is getting the site on a regular schedule of posting, and if it proves to be too much, at least offering some form of regularly released content. That means more Facebook, more Twitter, more Instagram and more collabs with other brands. Once that milestone has been met, I want to make a shift in the content that is written. It is my goal to cover not only common sense living and self-growth but tech, health, wellness, and entertainment as well. The social media will most likely be broken down like this:

Facebook – Interesting articles and motivation
Twitter – Hot takes and live-tweeting events
Instagram – Essentially a visual journal of new and old experiences
VSCO – A Day-to-Day written journal of thoughts not meant for the blog.

I want to be clear about my intentions in 2018 moving forward. I want to be better. I want to be more. I want to become a husband, a better son, a better man, a better brother, a better friend. Most of these projects in the coming year are products of that hunger. Don’t let that dissuade you from checking it out. It is my hope that by documenting myself and my thoughts that something resonates with you, that my self-discovery serves as a mirror for your own. Other than that, I’m just here to keep you entertained.

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