The time has come where we spend time with family and friends, eating, drinking and having fun. So before 2016 hits, I wanted to do this blog post and thank a few people for my wonderful journey so far and also give you a quick review into my 2015 journey, which has been magnificent and also quite scary at the same time.
Late 2014, I had started The Kurve Kit on twitter, which was just somewhere to post information that may be beneficiary to anyone who is plus sized. Seen as I wasn’t familiar with twitter, like at all! This became somewhat a bit of a chore.
So I decided to do a Facebook page instead and see how that goes, this was late February 2015. Facebook felt right, I was so familiar with it that I found posting information fun and within weeks, I was in a routine and enjoyed seeing my new Facebook page grow.
I also went through a lot of personal changes this year and things that I have been wrestling with for some time, seemed to just happen. The first thing I was able to do it cut of all my relaxed hair (well most of it), as I am getting older and learning to love myself more, I became aware of my culture more too..
To be frank, my hair wasn’t in the best condition and I wanted the chemicals out. I loved natural afro hair and admire many women who have it, so I decided to go forth and be naturally me. It took some time to fully appreciate it and 4 month and 3 haircuts later, I was hooked. I just have to try my best to stop chopping my hair of and just leave it to grow. I relaxed my hair when I was young, as I felt that this was what you did as a young black girl, but I am coming to finally understand that it’s not what the world around me that shapes who I am, its actually me that does it.
I fully accepted my natural afro hair and started to love it. I feel so empowered that I can keep my hair curly, straighten it, if I want to and with a quick wash, I can go back to curly again. But most of all I feel nothing but regret that I didn’t do this sooner. But all this confirms to me that, I’m not going to try and fit in to what society feels is acceptable anymore, society has to fit into me.
Also in March, I was able to attend my first plus size event, which was the Curve Convention, which was fantastic, I took pictures of some divine plus size women. There were two ladies that really took the time to have a chat and take interest in what I was doing. That was Katie from @toodalookatie,
While I was asking them for pictures, they were able to encourage me to also take a picture for them, as they were representing State Of Mind Active on the day. Both ladies had encouraged me to start blogging, but I just wasn’t ready as I had way too many commitments and to be honest completely scared to even go there. I also started The Kurve Kit Instagram the day before the Curve Convention and I was able to use the picture that they took of me and post on the Kurve Kits Instagram, which was shockingly of myself, which was something that I didn’t usually do.
May I just say how fabulous the Curve Convention was, for my first ever plus size event, I was extremely happy to be there.
I was also able to post fantastic pictures of all these lovely ladies. I didn’t know who any of them were or even that they had blogs. In other words, I went into this whole new plus size world very blind, but also realised that if you look for things, you will find a community that is very big.
This has only fuelled my passion for making it my duty to keep information coming and post anything that will help support plus size people to be comfortable within.
In June I decided to leave my job and go self-employed, this was a huge decision ( another one that I was struggling with) but one of the best ones I have made in a long time. I didn’t realise how stressed I was at work, until I actually left. Don’t get me wrong I loved supporting families and running workshops that helped parents, but I started to dislike the politics that became more about the business and less about supporting the families.
I finally built up the courage to start blogging, it’s been amazing being on WordPress and I can say that I actually like spending time really talking about my interest in depth. Blogging is my space where I can be free and really say what I feel and it’s nice to have that.
In October I then approached a few ladies that I had met Kat, Tanya, Michelle and a very good friend of mine Judi Love, to take part in The Kurve Kits YouTube channel and be a part of the Kurve Konfidential series.
I also met a lovely lady called Donna Noble who runs Curvesome Yoga in October and blogged about the session.
This got us speaking and over time she asked me if I would like to be an ambassador for Curvesome Yoga, which of course I said yes and love the feeling that yoga gives you.
While this year has been very busy I can honestly say, since doing what I enjoy and love, I have been very happy emotionally. The Kurve Kit just keeps on growing but 2016 feels big and there are so much more to come.
But I just want to thank all of those who follow on The Kurve Kits Facebook, WordPress and Instagram and those who regularly interact with me on the pages.
Also Katie and Hollie, from the Curve Convention, as it was you ladies that helped me finally start blogging.
But most of all my family, Lavonne, Lashanna, Latarra and Michelle and that means EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU GUYS! All my close friends, who always encourage my dreams but most importantly, Judi Love, who is also on the Kurve Konfidential, on the YouTube channel and Sonya Robertson
and lastly, that special man in my life, cos without your talent, my shit wouldn’t look so professional.
Happy Holidays guys and a Happy New year.
Xxx Fran xxX