My Year in Review… January 4, 2011 I’m excited to be back to blogging and anticipating wonderful things happening for 2011! Here’s brief review of some of my big events from 2010 . . . . Via Spritestitch.com Started an Etsy store… bought a lot of things to sell, but then decided I loved most of them so much that I couldn’t part with them (this happens often). Sold items, debated prices, learned lessons. Bought more stuff to sell but then I… This is my work!!! Enrolled in design school… it’s been very time-consuming, but I’ve definitely learned a lot & met some really great people. I’m hoping I’ll still be able to balance it with everything else going on in my life, but either way it’s been a blast. I started attending a lot of networking functions and… Met blog friends… and realized that the best thing about writing a blog, outside of having the opportunity to share your passion the world, is forming relationships and watching them grow. These relationships have encouraged my gift, so it only made sense that I… Via Publicrealtionsblogger.comStarted my company (legally)… the highest goal of work is to allow you to live your life’s passion(s) while making money. I’d love nothing more than to spend my days designing interior spaces, scouring thrift stores, and refinishing vintage furniture while making some dough. So I decided that’s exactly what I was going to do and started my company, Dayka Robinson Designs. But in the midst of all of that, I… Got a new gig… well, 3, to be exact. At the 1st one, I made great friends. At the 2nd one, I made great friends, had a cool (and insanely talented) boss, learned A TON about design, fell in love with floral styling, learned the ropes of television production, had a cool boss (did I say that already?), and learned that when you’re doing work you love, it never really seems like work. At the 3rd one, I made great friends, had cool bosses, learned A TON about design, learned the ropes of big-time television production, fell in love with craft-services (!), and had the opportunity to participate in an amazing on-location shoot. I worked really, really hard and the work wasn’t just professional, it was personal too. Lots of “life” things happened over the year, and I… Learned a lot about myself… my sister moved to Atlanta and moved in with me for most of the year. It’s been fun & frustrating (for both of us), and I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process. Even when we fight I still say, thank God for family. My busy life finally forced me to upgrade from my (horrible) Blackberry, so I did what I’ve been talking about for years and… Got an iPhone & said “hello” to Twitter… since getting rid of the Blackberry, my iPhone has enabled my to really take advantage of all that modern technology has to offer. Twitter has been great for connecting with new folks and it’s (surprisingly) been a great source for small business-related info. (Want to follow me on Twitter? Click here.) If I remember correctly, it was on Twitter that first I posted about my major business milestone when I… Via Adam Foster Had my first professional photo shoot… direct result of boss for gigs #2 & #3. Never realized the importance of professional photography before working with the boss, but I’m now a believer. Thrilling experience. More details (and pics) to come soon. And only a few days after said photo shoot, I… Attended my first blogger conference… and it was right on time, because so much of what I took away was right in line with what I’d been planning for my business & my blog in the new year. Got a chance to hang with old friends & met more great people. Lavish! 2010 rocked.Needless to say, I had an exciting and busy 2010, but I’m expecting a phenomenal 2011! Last year I talked about a site called Future Me that allows you to write a letter to yourself to be delivered at a date of your choice (learned about it from Makeunder My Life). It’s a free service, your letter can be public (posted on the website) or private, and it’s a great way to remind your future self of the hopes & dreams you have for your future today. I encourage you all to go to Future Me and write a letter to yourself to be delivered in 6-12 months from now (or further out). There’s nothing like harnessing the energy of today to accomplish your dreams for tomorrow! Thank you all for following my blog, Facebook & Twitter page–I wish you a safe, healthy, & prosperous 2011! And for those of you who made lists (or reviews), please leave a link in the comments–I’d love to stop by & check them out! Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 24 Comments on My Year in Review… Angela January 4, 2011 at 8:31 am (8 years ago) Dakya, you’re so inspiring. I don’t know you, but I like you! I really would like to learn more about creating spaces and interior design because it’s also my passion. When I saw the pic of the sketch and drafting tool, something sparked! I’m ready to do exactly what you’re doing… taking a chance to make life happen. I wish you much success and who knows, one day I may be learning from you as an apprentice. God bless! Reply Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle January 4, 2011 at 8:49 am (8 years ago) You have been missed Dayka! What a year you’ve had-makes mine seem rather dull in comparison, lol. I hope 2011 brings you every bit as much happiness and success. Reply Mr. Goodwill Hunting January 4, 2011 at 9:21 am (8 years ago) I for one, am excited to see you blogging again. I truly believe in your passion and your strength to want to take your passion to the next level. It is important to have the credentials along with it all to prove to the world, you are not just fluff. I am so eager to see more. Of course we will be in touch as always. Mr. Goodwill Hunting Reply Niki McNeill January 4, 2011 at 9:39 am (8 years ago) So glad I could be apart of your amazing year! Seems like we’ve been on the same ride… can’t wait for the rest of this year to manifest 😉 Reply Shanika@LifeisPichey January 4, 2011 at 10:54 am (8 years ago) I am so happy that I stumbled onto your blog and have gotten to know you. You are and I are on the same paths with our business and I am sooo excited for what the future holds. For both of us! I hope we can meet this year *fingers crossed* Reply Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design January 4, 2011 at 11:26 am (8 years ago) You did have a very busy 2010!! I expect only great things for you for 2011!! I am so glad I got to meet you in December and thanks for the tip on the letter! Reply Dayka (Life +Style) January 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm (8 years ago) @ Angela-Aw, thank you so much for the kind words! If ID is your passion, by all means follow it! I didn’t always realize that’s what it was for me, but not that things have come together I couldn’t have imagined it any other way! If you have any other questions, please email me–I’d love to help anyway I can. And as for apprentice, I hadn’t imagined myself having one, but I kinda like the sound of that! 🙂 @ karen–thanks dear–I’ve missed you! Sent you an email… Reply Dayka (Life +Style) January 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm (8 years ago) @Rashon (Mr GW-Hunting): Thank you for always being a source of support! Reply Stephanie Sabbe January 4, 2011 at 12:09 pm (8 years ago) fun year! hope the next one is just as eventful! Reply Dayka (Life +Style) January 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm (8 years ago) Thanks, all. 🙂 Wishing you all the best this New Year! Reply K. Rock January 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm (8 years ago) Looks like you had a great year. Congrats! Reply Erika at BluLabel Bungalow January 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm (8 years ago) Yay, What a post Dayka! So glad to see you back on the blog scene and to read about your most excellent adventures in 2010! As for 2011, I. CANNOT. WAIT. to see how all God has in store for you. You are overflowing with talent, great ideas, and have the mind of a genius! Rock on Baby Doll, I’m cheering for you!! Reply autumn January 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm (8 years ago) welcome back friend! i have missed seeing your amazing, thrifty finds, and virtually chatting with you through our blogs. you REALLY had a great 2010! i am so impressed with all that you managed to accomplish. may 2011 bring you even MORE happiness and knowledge and friendships!(how can thing NOT be amazing when you’ve got your very own PRECIOUS?!)all the best,autumn Reply JIN now @SOUL + FOOD January 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm (8 years ago) WHAT A YEAR IT’S BEEN FOR YOU – VERY INSPIRATIONAL! YOU SHOULD BE SOOOO PROUD. – JIN PS: I MOVED FROM MY OLD BLOG AND AM NOW AT THE PROVIDED LINK – WISHING YOU LOTS OF BLESSINGS FOR THE NEW YEAR Reply Tiffany @ Savor Home January 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm (8 years ago) Welcome back!! You have accomplished so much and I am so excited for you! I am thankful that we met and that I have a great blogger to talk and look up to! Congrats! Reply TamStyles January 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm (8 years ago) AWWW Dayka, this really inspired me. Thanks for posting this. Totally feel you, and where your coming from. So glad I had the chance to meet you when I was in ATL. You helped to make my visit so much better, and easier for me. There is no time like the present, and I think we all have the same vision of success, and actually doing it this year. As my blog says: GET IT GIRL! tam Reply Michelle January 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm (8 years ago) Hi Dayka, welcome back. It’s really inspiring to see what you accomplished in 2010. Good luck on all your endeavors, I’m certain you’ll do fabulous in 2011. P.S. When I saw how many jobs you have, I was reminded of the skits from In Living Color with the Jamaican family. three jobs mon! 🙂P.S. the hair thing is working out really well. Thanks so much!!! Reply CASABrasi January 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm (8 years ago) This is awesome Dayka! Congrats to you and best of luck in 2011! Reply Tish Johnson January 5, 2011 at 12:51 am (8 years ago) Dayka, I am so proud of you! You found your passion and are going after your goals! You had a wonderful year and I wish you nothing but miracles and blessings in the years that follow!! Tish 🙂 Reply Meant2B January 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm (8 years ago) I love your blog and enthusiasm! i also love my new Iphone…im thinking of naming her.lol to a HAPPY NEW YEAR and more success than you ever imagined! Reply Ari Cortes January 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm (8 years ago) Dayka! I was beginning to miss you and great to see you are back! Congrats on a great year and cheers to a fantastic 2011. I can’t wait to see what this year brings for you. Reply CLAIRE WATKINS, ASID ALLIED January 5, 2011 at 5:58 pm (8 years ago) LOVE you and all your progress and so happy to call you a friend! Keep knocking em dead =) Reply Dayka (Life +Style) January 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm (8 years ago) You guys have been to kind to me both, my old friends & new! Your support means everything to me and keeps me pushing forward! Reply Swtpee1010 January 6, 2011 at 11:25 am (8 years ago) Do I need to say it…I love you!! And am happy for all that you accomplished in 2010! And I am glad we were able to find time to connect and not just meet up while I was on one of my many visits. And who knows where I will be planting my feet…Only time will tell. Lol! I’ve enjoyed taking this journey with you (yes, I am right there..feel me?!). Can’t wait for what’s in store! KNA aka Swtpee1010 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.