a period of 366 days in which I struggled, cried (a lot), lost hope, found some, opened my heart, experienced new cities, made many new friends and collaborators, challenged myself through creative projects and uncomfortable circumstances, and took some exciting steps toward my lofty goals
Work holiday party. Our first night on the town that included food, drinks, bad dancing, and a lot of fun.
The official start to the holiday season, a family outing to Jones Family Farm to pick out our Christmas tree.
Y’all. The backstory behind my first published piece is a trip, but what matters is that it exists.
Climbing Vines lives on through the Sister, Sister x Climbing Vines first annual brunch at Penn Homecoming. Looking forward to reengaging on this project in January.
My first professional video shoot. It may not have been perfect, but I am proud of it nonetheless.
Just one of many rewarding industry-related events I attended throughout the DMV this year, providing me with the opportunity to connect with up and coming singers.
Volunteering at a Grammys DC event. More networking. More new friends.
On a boat. Probably the best 4th of July weekend I’ve ever had. Water, beers, and friends – you can’t go wrong.
As I climb these mountains, grateful to have my family by my side. Standing on top of Diamond Head in Honolulu, HI.
Our first “big” family vacation in many years to celebrate my Dad’s retirement. Trying to take it all in at Kahala Lookout (Honolulu, HI).
Looking out on the waters I would eventually surf on in a day’s time. The famous Waikīkī Beach.
At some point during the year I had the random impulse to shoot some video shorts/covers primarily for Instagram. I called up my DC partner in crime, and she agreed to help me out no questions asked. All of our ideas didn’t pan out (this was all one night after work), but here’s to releasing more of them in 2017.
My last night in Paris, France with my wonderful, gracious, hosts in front of the Notre Dame. Such an incredible experience.
Just me, chillen in the hall of mirrors. This was my big solo adventure during my trip to Paris, I navigated to, and spent the day exploring the Palace of Versailles all on my own.
Doing some recon for my future home, I think these gates will be perfect. (Palace of Versailles, Paris, Fr.)
The infamous cherry blossoms. Not only did I get to take in their beauty, but I did it was my DC partner in crime during a 3-hr walk from Georgetown to the monuments and back during perfect weather. One of my favorite work-nights.
I literally never win contest that are by chance; that is until 2016. Due to my social media activity I got to have breakfast with Andra Day. Shoutout to Homewood Suites once more!
I had to include this in here because you know what, although the day ended terribly, I had a wonderful afternoon. I had spent most of that weekend crying, feeling alone and lost. But that beautiful Sunday I picked myself up, did my hair and makeup, and took myself on an outing to the Newseum.
Finally, a bish got a photoshoot. And the photos were phenomenal — peep the homepage!
One of my first trips of the year to visit my best friend in Atlanta. Still waiting to tour inside the house!
With the bad at the start of the year came the good – an unexpected invite to attend a Heat game followed by access to the team friends and family meet & greet.
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a period of 365 days that has me shook. that I don’t feel ready for. that will challenge me in new ways, some of which will be undesired. yet a period in which I will prevail over the hurdles that have plagued me for nearly two years. a period in which I will rediscover purpose in my work. in which I will build on the relationships I forged in 2016. in which I will travel more domestically and internationally. in which I will put my mental, physical, and emotional health first.
Thank you to all of my family, friends, and readers who continue to support ayminor.com, may you all have a blessed 2017!
You know the saying, “When it rains it pours?” Well sometimes, a stranger is nice enough to open an umbrella — the gesture alone can get you through the storm.
A few weeks ago, I received a tweet from Homewood Suites. Because of my social media activity and blog coverage of Andra Day, I was chosen as a “surprise” social media winner of the #RiseUpRitual contest! As a winner, I was able to attend Andra’s concert at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, followed by an intimate meet and greet breakfast the next morning.
Embassy Suites staff, a few reporters, and, members of Andra’s team stood on the edges of the room as my fellow winners and I huddled at a table — all eyes on Andra. For almost an hour, she sat with us for an open, candid conversation about life, family and music.
I can’t fully articulate what an exciting and exhilarating experience it was — thank you again Embassy Suites for the opportunity!
Andra Day performed at U Street Music Hall on October 18, to promote her debut album Cheers to the Fall. Watch snippets from her phenomenal set including “Gold,” “Forever Mine,” “Rise Up,” “Mistakes,” and her encore cover of “Big Poppa.”
Let me preface this by saying, I don’t particularly like this venue. It’s a one-level, rectangular basement with a very small stage. If you aren’t within the first few “rows,” it’s nearly impossible to see anything.
HOWEVER, the U Street Music Hall is the venue of choice for most of the new/up & coming artist that come to D.C., so it is an evil that must be dealt with. I just advise getting there early!