At some point in your life I'm sure you've heard someone say, "as one door closes, another opens." As cliché as it may sound, that wise old saying actually has some truth behind it. As another year passes, I've had the opportunity to live through a few new experiences of my own, both within my professional and personal life, causing me to realize something about that statement that I never did before. What I discovered was we often spend most of our lives staring back at those closed doors, meanwhile we have failed to see the others doors opening right in front of us. I don't know about you, but I've been guilty of doing this very thing more than I would like to admit. However, what I have learned from those past experiences have taught me many valuable lessons. The most important lesson being, to NEVER let a closed door prevent you from chasing what may be waiting for you behind another.
When I launched this blog over year ago on 1-5-16 (hence where the blog's name Fifteen Sixteen came from) I was looking for an opportunity to reclaim my identity again. A place where I could become Chance without being over shadowed by my brand or the businesses I had created. Don't get me wrong, ALL of those things got me to where I am today, but I had become lost behind them and needed to have a voice of my own again. Fast forward almost two years later, what I thought was just going to be a hobby, soon evolved into something I was incredibly passionate about. Since those days, and with the support of readers like yourself, I've continued to share my passion for menswear with people all over the world through this very blog, opening doors I never knew existed.
As another season passed and 2017 began, I found myself faced with some challenges that I never saw coming; leaving me feeling defeated and unaware of my own self-worth. Obstacles began being placed in my path, causing me to question the very things that once made me so happy. As the summer came to an end I set back, going over and over in my head as to how I could get back to being my authentic self again. What I discovered during this process shocked me. All of those things I once thought defined me really didn't; they were merely an extension of who I was. The one thing that did define me had actually been there this whole time...it was myself. It wasn't a store or clothing brand. It wasn't a magazine article or a famous client. It was my inner voice and creative soul that defined me as a person. From that point on I made the decision to get back to my roots and return to blogging, sharing my story and individualistic style with the world like I had once before.
This month, that passion didn't go unrecognized as I proudly accepted my invitation to join the rewardStyle team as one of their newest social media influencers and LIKEtoKNOW.it bloggers. Upon receiving the news earlier this month that I would be joining one of the worlds most exclusive groups of online influencers, I found myself remembering again the value of hard work. I'm beyond honored and extremely grateful to have this opportunity to work alongside some of the industries most talented individuals. Most importantly, I'm ready to get back to pursuing my passions and look forward to beginning this next chapter of my life. A chapter where closed doors are a thing of the past.
There are a few people I would like to say thank you to, before I sign off. First and foremost, I have to thank the man upstairs for the life and many talents He has so graciously blessed me with. Without Him, I would be nothing. To all of the readers, followers, and supporters of this blog, THANK YOU. Your continual support inspires me each and every day to never give up on chasing my dreams. To the always fashionable Creator and Founder of rewardStyle, Mrs. Amber Venz Box, THANK YOU for giving this guy a chance to be a part of your dream team. To my incredible family and group of friends, THANK YOU for always believing in me; especially during those times where I didn't even believe in myself. I wouldn't be where I am today without ALL of you guys.
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