I'm proud of myself and I can honestly read this issue in 30 years and be proud of the work I put out. This first issue has also helped me imagine an even brighter future. I learned that rushing the creative process just puts unnecessary stress and negativity on you and it clouds your artistic touch. My first failure was in lack of research and planning. Yes, research and planning is more than half of executing a good project. It has taken me 3 years to really research on and off on all topics relevant to running a successful magazine from the business and legal aspects to finding the right team of design and editorial influence that fits in with my vision. This is only the beginning. The biggest lesson I got out of the journey up to this point is one of perseverance. My family has always told me that I'm very strong-willed, or "hard-headed", meaning that when I want something, I want it now. I'm still learning that I can use this strong-will in my favor in a progressive way. My perseverance has taught me patience, something I lack, but am building on. Dreams don't happen overnight, well not the kind of dreams I'm talking about. It takes hard work and a push of passion.
At this point, I don't even care about the profits, although that would be a bonus in this journey. Slayed Magazine is all about fashion, beauty and self-empowerment, all of which make up the niche encompasses my life right now. I cannot stress enough how much these three intertwine in society and everyday life, but I am confident that in the coming issues of Slayed, I can help people everywhere better understand this overlap and learn to embrace it. I'm all about progress, perseverance and positivity, oh and Emilio Pucci, haha. But really, this is just the beginning of the fashion, beauty, self-empowerment empire I am building to help the future me and anyone who cares to join the movement.
If you haven't already, please check out our first issue here, and let me know what you liked or didn't like and what you'd like to see in upcoming issues. Thanks for reading Luva stay slaying!_