Change, growth, rebranding. Three words that we see constantly thrown around on social media, hear from mentors and read in self-help books and articles. We even witness celebrities go through different era’s, where they bring us a fresh perspective of who they are, not just as living, breathing humans but as artists. We’re taught not to be afraid of newness, and that the crippling unfamiliarity that accompanies it, is necessary to become who you and I need to be. And if you know me, you know that I wholeheartedly agree. In fact I’m one of those people who push this message every chance I get, whether it be on social media, or as I engage in conversation with friends. But with that said, it doesn’t make the process of change any easier and it doesn’t make it happen any faster. It especially doesn’t lighten the load of the emotions that come with it—stress, uncertainty, confusion and anxiousness. No matter where you are in life at this very moment, or what path you’ve taken, you are familiar with this scary and uneasy feeling. It also doesn’t help that you probably have hundreds or thousands of people watching your every move. Or so you think, because social media has a way of making us feel as if “someone” is relentlessly forcing us to take our next step as soon as possible.
I remember exactly when it was that I knew I needed a change as far as Musings of Krav was concerned. It was when I felt the need to rebrand it for a second time in only a year. Why? It was simple. I was in denial about that fact that I was bored, uninspired and in need of something new. But that realization came with uncertainty. Was I betraying the very thing that has helped me build a career? Was I letting down my readers? Did I just not rebrand correctly? Am I throwing 6 years away? It took quite some time to answer these questions and the answer was plainly and simply—no. Everyone loved it, yes. But I was no longer fulfilled, and I realized more than ever that how I felt was most important.
Musings of Krav served it’s purpose in my life. Every person I interviewed contributed to my budding career, and me starting MOK, helped me build my brand and cultivate my path in an organically unique way. I met and worked with some of my greatest interviewees IRL–Hi Solange, Christine, Margaret, Dani–and I was able to touch so many by showing that the people you admire were once in your shoes, so you can fight for your dreams. I’m in a very different space now than when I started. I’m chasing my dreams fearlessly and no longer deathly afraid of failure and making mistakes. In fact, my struggles fuel my fire and I look forward to what they can teach me. If there is anything that I've learned, it's that hardships are an inevitable part of my journey and I cannot run away from or outsmart them. Let's just say DREAM IN HD is an extension of that.
How do I DREAM IN HD? I DREAM IN HD by being open. I realize that not all of my goals will come to me exactly how I want, and that I should always make the absolute best of what comes my way. And no, that does not mean settling. There is a difference. On my journey, I've had plenty of things not go the way I envisioned, yet, whatever transpired ended up perfectly fitting my life for that period. Looking back, many times what I initially wanted I wasn't even prepared for. My openness allows me to see my dreams come to me in varied ways, rather than exact ways.
Maricia Josephs is the Founder and EIC of DREAM IN HD