What a year. Already.
Six months into 2016, I've experienced some of the highest highs and lowest lows in my lifetime. Finishing school, at least for the time being? Very good high. Those 10 days in Cuba? An amazing high. Trekking out on my own and getting my first real big boy job here in my dream city? Sensational.
But I launched this website, January 1, from the waiting room of a hospital. 2 hours after the launch, I heard my father's voice for the last time. I've yet to recover from that hurt, and I'm not sure if it'll ever happen. I don't know if I ever would've shared this website with him, since he likely wouldn't have understood exactly what it is I'm doing, but in fairness, I'm really still feeling this out myself.
Oddly enough though, this thing might've been one of his final gifts to me. In the six months since, this project has given me purpose beyond belief. On days I felt unable to leave my apartment or even get out of bed, I'd grab my laptop and tinker with the site layout or the logo, ever the perfectionist my father raised me to be. He'd kill me if he knew exactly how much I've invested in this project, but I think he'd be just as proud with my commitment to getting this right.
And we're working, particularly to build consistency and good habits. Instagram content has been a constant, but expect these essays to start coming at you guys fast, from me and some of my homies. Everybody has a blog nowadays, but I'm determined to set myself apart from the rest. There's a constant push for innovation here, and before the year is over, I'm hoping to have figured out means of integrating other social mediums with the site. I'm happy with where the project is today, but I doubt I'll ever be satisfied.
I've yet to look at statistics and analytics and all the numbers the good people at Squarespace provide, and I have absolutely no clue if people actually read this thing, but if you've even taken a second to glance at this website, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Seeing all these fashion blogs and lifestyle websites get thousands of Facebook and Instagram likes can be a bit discouraging, but even the few dozen likes I get on occasion remind me this is a process. I'm just reaching month six! We've got a ways to go, and I'm grateful to have you all accompany me on this journey.
Thank you, again, for your continued support. We're about to get this thing jumping for real. Let's see where we are in another six.