I remember my life frequently and in chapters. Despite all of the hustle and bustle throughout the day, flashbacks still find their way into my head. Those moments are what I hope to capture here. The past year for me has been big. Bigger than big, it’s been huge. With so many ups and downs, I wasn’t sure if I’d reach the goals that I had set for myself. Yet, if you’ve been following my journey, then you see the joy I have in my work and the effort I put in; each and every day.

The past year for me has been big. Bigger than big, it’s been huge. But with so many ups and downs, I wasn’t sure if I’d reach the goals that I had set for myself. Yet, if you’ve been following my journey, then you see the joy I have in my work and the effort I put in; each and every day.

Storytelling for me has always been my outlet from day one,  I’ve always wanted to tell a good story.

Just a couple years ago that meant writing about love, tech, and society for The Huffington Post and a number of other outlets to help me pay the bills and also to create a voice through my experiences. Nowadays the writing is more tailored towards tech and business.

The last of couple of years have been tough; I had to find my way on my own, no different than the others. But as I approach my 24th birthday in preparation of renewing my lease  for another year out here New York, I take a real look back.

Last night I made a personal decision. If you know me you know that I’ve always felt the need to prove myself.  Regardless of the contest I wanted everyone to know that I was worthy. Whether that meant training countless hours to become better at my craft or keeping you updated on what I’m doing on social media – the urge was there. In today’s world that likely means FOMO, fear of missing out.  Over my years I’ve just been working too hard to stay in front of other people. And not enough time enjoying the fruits of my labor. So yesterday I signed off of social media for a few months and I felt that instead of turning to the social world I should recap my year here. A sense of closure I guess?

It’s been two years since I wrote what love would look like without smartphones. If you’ve been a follower of this site you know the doors that article opened for me, but more importantly you know the genuine opinion that it expressed. One day I hope to have the chance to write those kinds of things again but in the meantime I doubt you all want to hear about the business related articles so I don’t think I’ll be posting much here. But in an effort to keep you updated here’s where I’ve been throughout this past rollercoaster of a year.

As the year went on I found myself focusing a lot more on my work, which led to a content partnership with LinkedIn, a mentorship with a program called New York on Tech, Bando, Black Theory II, and now my role at Augment. Since October I’ve amassed over 800,000 views on LinkedIn pulse and Black Theory II is in contention for a handful of screenings/awards this upcoming spring and summer as well as educational installments. Bando, my passion project, is still growing organically and will be soon getting funding for an overhaul.

As my personal year comes to a close and I approach 24,  I want some break of the habits of before. This year I’ve seen a great deal of growth in expressing myself, a great deal of growth in my writing and I hope to further growth in my connections. Being 23, I’ve learned just as much as I’ve experienced and I hope to continue to become the man I’ve dreamed of becoming.  This may seem cliche to you all but right now I have a personal mission. This website has been my portfolio since day one, and if you go back and look at the first post it’s where I started on the ground level.  I hope there’s a beautiful ending to the story and I thank you all for your early support. If you only know of me through the internet then you should know that I’m an introvert, I don’t express myself well and I used to close off those who know me best. Sitting here on the other side of this computer with a broken arm not sure when I’ll be able to type fluently again is tough but I know I’ve grown because my outlook would be so much different just a year ago. If I’ve learned anything it’s that you should always speak your mind for the sake of your relationships, invest in yourself for the sake of your future,  and control what you can control; let go of what you can’t.

Until I sign back on again,

Best,

  • Dennis