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You know those quaint, colloquial sayings – the cobbler’s children always need shoes, or the plumber’s house always needs plumbing? Well, sometimes life gets in the way, and you forget to even post about a very significant milestone. I couldn’t let the month slip away without reflecting on the fact that June 1st marked TEN YEARS for this little agency of mine.

In 2014, I was living off the then Boulevard (now Arthur Ashe Boulevard) in Scott’s Addition. I had just moved out on my own and didn’t really know what I wanted to do next. I had started and later sold my first business in high school and knew that I wanted to continue working for myself in some capacity. I didn’t have a concrete plan, but I knew what I didn’t want. Young, uncertain, and frankly unsure of how I was going to pay my first month’s rent in my new apartment, I started Boulevard Creative out of my bedroom. By leveraging existing relationships and putting myself out there, I was fortunate enough to land my first website client a week later. I kept the lights on, I was encouraged, and I never looked back.

Over the years, I’ve dabbled in other ventures, and for a few years, Boulevard was on the back burner as I took on a full-time job. But in the past year, being back at it full-time, I’ve realized there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than charting my own destiny.

All of this to say, I’m so thankful to all the people and companies who have put their trust in me and my ad-hoc team of other wonderful professionals over the years. Helping you achieve your goals, see your visions come to life, and move the needle through various marketing capacities is an incredible honor and a privilege I don’t take for granted. As someone who’s always been self-taught, you’ve pushed me to expand my skill set and abilities simply by asking, “Do you/can you do ______?” over the years. This has taken me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow in the best way possible, and it’s why I’m able to offer a full suite of marketing services today.

My advice to you this month? If you’ve been thinking about pulling the trigger on something you’ve thought about doing for a while, rip the Band Aid off and go for it. In the words of one of my favorite recent deep house tracks, “You gotta just go for it. Don’t think about what comes after or what came before. You just gotta bend your knees, take a deep breath, and jump.”