2016 Year In Review

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I've only published 25 posts to WriteousBabe.com this year. But if you think this means I haven't been blogging, think again.

This year I decided to do most of my blogging at SeeJaneWrite.net, my blog for my business, because I decided I really wanted to take my business to the next level. In case you don't follow me there (or @seejavaciawrite on Twitter and Instagram), here's what I've been up to in 2016.

I kicked off 2016 hosting a goal setting seminar for See Jane Write called The #GoalDigger Workshop. I'm doing it again for 2017 on Tuesday, January 3 and this time it's virtual so you can join in even if you aren't in the Birmingham area. You can register here.

In February, I had a fabulously feminist birthday party dancing in the dark to my very own girl power playlist with Sol Dance Experience and some of my closest friends from See Jane Write. I wrote the essay How to Turn 35 for B-Metro in honor of getting old AF. And Beyonce gave me a pretty fantastic birthday present by releasing "Formation."

In February I was also featured in StyleBlueprint Birmingham and during the interview the editor asked me if I would be interested in freelancing for the publication. I quickly signed on as one of their writers.

In March, I celebrated another birthday -- the birthday of See Jane Write. I hosted a chic 5th anniversary party at aloft hotel (you can check out photos here) and wrote a post on how See Jane Write has changed my life.

In April, a magazine I once dreamed of writing for wrote about me! Southern Living magazine recognized me as one of the Innovators Changing the South. I was featured alongside household names like actress Reese Witherspoon and icon Dolly Parton!

In May, I took a break from See Jane Write to focus on finishing up the 2015-2016 school year and to focus on my baby brother's wedding. That's right, CJ is a married man now!

During the summer I posted here at WriteousBabe.com more and it was back to business with with See Jane Write. I truly felt like a boss babe when I got a chance to speak on how to "Blog Like a Boss" at a Alabama Women in Business luncheon.

In August, I got a mini-makeover to mark a new direction with the See Jane Write blog. (Yes, that's actually me in the pictures above.) I decided to start getting more personal on that blog to give people a behind-the-scenes look at my life and my business.

As the post Dear God, I Wish You Were a Woman probably indicated, I've been struggling a lot with my faith this year. I went to my church's annual women's conference reCreate in September looking for some divine inspiration.

October was a month of epic costumes -- I got in Formation and was black girl Harley Quinn -- and epic fundraising. I raised over $1,000 for the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham!

And speaking of getting in "Formation," in October I also took a trip to Nashville for Beyonce's Formation World Tour and reflected on what Beyonce's career has meant to me for my own life, both professionally and personally.

November was a month of the highest highs and the lowest lows.

I was honored as one of 30 Women Who Shape the State by Alabama Media Group and gave a speech on intersectional feminism, sharing the stage with equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter.

And I went to Blogalicious with some of my best gal pals.

But the election also happened. Though I initially felt completed defeated by the results, I found Love in a Hopeless Place, and decided to use this as more motivation to empower women and girls with all my might.

To round out the Beyonce theme that I'm sure you've noticed, this month I learned that a poem I wrote inspired by Lemonade is going to be published in the forthcoming anthology the King Bey Bible. More on that coming soon!

2016 was quite the year and I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store!

What have you been up to this year?


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