Introducing the WE DREAM IN HD, Travel series. Sade Mims will be bringing us along for her journey in Jamaica as she reflects, recharges and works. Though she’s had her business Eda's Jewels for five years, she’s decided to finally commit to it wholeheartedly.
"The transition to working for myself full-time has been the most challenging and honest decision I’ve ever made in my entire life. I really had to step out of my comfort zone, and believe in myself and all of the skills that I acquired while working for other businesses. It’s a beautiful feeling when you can say, “it’s time”, because all of the internships, mentee moments and desk jobs led you to this point, constructing the space and building the skill sets for you to finally do it alone.
My trip to Jamaica was not only an eye opener, but a boost of some much needed inspiration. I left for Jamaica a month and half after leaving my job, which was working as a Volunteer Coordinator for a Non for Profit located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. A job I never imagined doing but one that taught me the most about myself and my moral values. When I arrived in Jamaica, I made a conscious effort to open myself up, let new experiences in and to be as present as possible. I explored the coast of the lush island with a book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 'The Thing Around Your Neck,’ a journal and two humans that add so much light to my life. It was perfect. Upon my arrival back to NYC, I remember having this burning desire to return and dive head first into work. I had this ball of inspiration inside of me, that caused some anxiety and burdensome expectations. I had to bring my mindset back to the pace of Jamaica and take my stride down a notch or three, letting life kick in the door. It was in that moment I realized that sometimes you have to put ease on things, and let life’s unintended moments unfold, because those are just as glorious as the planned ones. Jamaica has taught me that." — Sade Mims
There is something quite healing about leaving your surroundings, how does travel do that for you?
Travel puts things into perspective, for me. It not only allows me to see the world through a different lens but it also challenges me to better and to slow down. New York City is fast, and can sometimes feel like a whirlpool of conceptualized art–beautiful yes, but sometimes slightly overwhelming and overstimulating. So traveling allows me to escape and pierce my scope on something new, it’s refreshing, and recharging.
One thing that’s for sure is as life goes on we sometimes realize that we’re all still “figuring this out.” How have you embraced that notion?
This is true, as every day I am reminded that I still have a lot to learn and that this is simply a part of the growing process. I embrace this notion by giving myself realistic and achievable goals and expectations. Not overreaching or putting a ton of pressure on myself has helped me understand the process of things much more clearly.
How do you deal with struggle?
I deal with struggle by not letting it define me and facing it, really. Struggle is too a part of the growing cycle, and it’s where you learn the most. I look at my moments of adversity as steps, not setbacks.
What is the most significant thing about your still evolving story that you want people to know?
Hmmm, I would love for people to know and remember that I am three dimensional. I don't like to be put into one box and I work within several different industries and realms to make my work multifaceted. I am a visual artist, but also a producer and a kind and patient human being.
What's your biggest piece of advice to anyone on their life and dream path?
To practice self-care and stay true to who you are. Define what your non-negotiable values are and hold that high when you maneuver through whatever industry you are in.
How do you "Dream in HD?"
I am the epitome of optimism. I am always thinking big, and stand strongly on speaking things into existence. I DREAM IN HD because I firmly believe that my dreams will be reality, in fact they are happening right now.