For me, 2017 started at the end of November 2016. I happened upon an opportunity that would allow my to start 2017 like a lioness...LOL! Most of you do not know that I had been looking for a space to open Accessmatized Studios for the entire year. Now....don't get your panties in a bunch...I am still providing traveling services to my clients and Pretty Mobile Baltimore, DMV's First Mobile Make-Up Studio is still my main squeeze. However, as I look to expand and grow by brand and my business, having a studio space was essential. It was getting harder by the day to find space to rent at an affordable rate for my classes...not to mention being able to find space at a drop of a dime to try some of the ideas that I have floating around in this big ole head of mine. So I began looking for a space in the Spring of 2016...I even thought I had found one. At the time, it was perfect. Located in Mount Vernon, free 2 hour parking, on a bus route, and the rental rate was right up my alley. Unfortunately, it didn't come through for me. It is true what business advisors say about establishing business credit. I had NONE and it showed!! And I was sad y'all. I had envisioned what I was going to do with the space, how I was going to market...I mean the whole 9 yards. So when it didn't happen for me, I was heartbroken. So I stopped looking....until November!
I was chatting it up on the phone with my cousin...as per usual...and decided to look on Craigslist. If you know me you know that I love looking on Craigslist for everything from a new job to a desk. You name it, they have it on there. So it was only like right to visit the commercial rentals section to see what the happenings were in and around Baltimore. And there she was! A beauty of a space, right in the neighborhood that I had been quietly praying about. I scheduled a tour and took my family with me to take a look. I thought for sure that they would see the Beauty in the space and want to go in together to use it as a "Collective" space. WRONG again! The space just wasn't right for them. You want to talk about devastated! But God. Now listen....I'm no holy roller, bible thumper, or a regular church goer. I don't force my beliefs on others and I sin just like the next person. But what I know for sure is that I am not, could not, and will not be all that I am without God...now that's just stating facts. So when I say, HE worked things out for me in a way that only he can. I mean... I talked myself out of this place for 2 straight weeks. First I couldn't do it by myself. Then my credit wasn't good enough. Then I didn't have the money. And lastly, how was I going to furnish this place. But when I tell you everything worked out...I mean EVERYTHING!