It’s the start of a new year and as I embark on new challenges and opportunities. I thought I’d take a moment and reflect on last year. I figure before I jump head first into 2017, maybe a year end review of 2016 would help me shape my strategy for 2017.

2016 marked the first full year of running The DCFashion Fool really showcasing my personal style. Sure I have had my blog for several years but being a somewhat shy kind of guy, I had never really put myself out there in front of the camera. But I love men’s fashion and with the encouragement of some good friends, I decided to showcase that love on me! (Check out some of my looks from last year.)

A Look to the Past

So what was the result? First I had the chance to meet some amazing creatives. There are so many talented people and many of them have been so generous with their willingness to share their insights that I have been truly overwhelmed. Not only are they putting out some amazing content but they’ve taken time to help me embark on this exciting journey of being an influencer. I didn’t name them for fear I’d skip someone but I did want to say thank you to everyone who’s helped me.

These connections have lead to some amazing opportunities. I am now working with several brands and get to showcase some terrific products and services. I feel blessed to have the ability to work with these great brands. Better yet I really love showing them off through my own perspective. It’s my hope that people will continue to read, look at and see my work. It’s my hope to continue to inspire and give people ideas.

A year end review would not be complete without acknowledging setbacks as well. While some many terrific things happened over the year, it was not without its challenges. Several of the publications I wrote for folded, sometimes my readership isn’t as great as I think it should be and sometimes I get overlooked for things that I know I’d be perfect for. However with great challenges comes great opportunity and I plan to turn those lemons into lemonade.

Headed to the Future

That’s why I’m looking forward to 2017. My goal is to move forward. Publications fold? I’ll write my own. Brands do not want me? I’ll seek out those who do. All the while staying true to myself. I’ve always wanted to let people see that Washingtonians have a great sense of style and it’s okay to take risks. I plan on doing that in the upcoming year and hope you’ll follow me along the journey. Feel free to let me know what you want to see from me, your likes and dislikes. Together we all can be a fool for fashion!