In 2022, we picked ourselves back up and bounced back to be stronger and better. During this journey, we do what it takes to heal ourselves. This means showing up for yourself. You don’t always have to do the most. You have to do enough for yourself. “Enough” has different measurements for everyone.
a cybersecurity warrior
At my prior company, I gained so much hands-on experience with cybersecurity tools. I was heavily involved with operations to the point where I felt I had outgrown my position. My next promotion would’ve been about 12 months out. I had a choice to either settle or find opportunities for growth elsewhere.
The stars might have aligned because I was scouted for new opportunities at major companies. I had competing offers to the point where I negotiated for the first time in my life.
I found myself in a Cybersecurity management position. I fancy that Vice President officer title. There was a lot of work in the past few months. As always, when I am tasked to lead something, I execute and finish early. My deliverables are crème de la crème tier.
I am very grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve had throughout the years. I am thankful for those who have supported me along the journey. Challenges are natural along the path. It’s how you handle them that counts.
we can stop at gucci, stop at louis v
I continued to preach that health is wealth. After every SoulCycle class, I feel great. I believe in indoor cycling so much that I have my own pair of cycling shoes. When it comes to food, I practiced quality over quantity. A little bit of good food will easily get me full. I also got into playing golf this year, where I splurged a little on TaylorMade clubs. I’ve hit thousands of balls at the driving range to make the one count at the course. Lastly, on the health piece, I finally went to the doctor’s office and had the whole kitchen sink examination. I am Gucci.
Cold Brew Vibes passed the one-year mark a few weeks ago. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years. Eventually, I became overwhelmed and had to take a small hiatus. When I felt like it was time to return, I needed to change some things for sustainability. I will still share my genuine thoughts, but not force myself to produce lower-quality content for the sake of a calendar. Things can wait.
Mario and I continued our adventures this year. We spent my birthday in Las Vegas and had a very bougie experience at Providence. I finally made him the perfect medium rare steak. We will attempt for a pre-approval again next year, hopefully when homes are not as ridiculous as $900,000 for a 1,300 sqft. home. For now, Mario will continue to support and pitch into all of these crazy ideas I have for business ventures.
When it comes to friendship, I continued to live and learn. There were some toxic people I kept on social media because I was worried about stirring the pot and getting backlash. I finally cleaned house and felt better than ever. I had to deal with a stalker for many years, which had me tread carefully in future relations with people. I might be a master at OSINT, but at some point, it doesn’t matter anymore. As I said in my realization, who cares about the tea? You know it’ll smell, look, and taste nasty anyways. Don’t even give any regard and toss it out.
Speaking of Louis V and relationships, we got very close this year. I treated myself a bit too well with Louis Vuitton this year. I also finally got my first Hermes and David Yurman. Chanel and I continued glowing together. I’m nowhere near Bling Empire level, but I am comfortable.
A lot of these topics are repetitive because I’ve been sharing my journey throughout the years. I’m either consistent with my values or improve for the better. This is growth.