This article will be a casual brainstorm. (that being said, please excuse any dangling modifiers or errors in parallel structure.)
1. Write a Book
I was very inspired by Aimee Song's Capture Your Style. (website) It was a how-to manual and definitely one of the first of its kind. It had many gorgeous photographs. Mainly, it was a creative project where Aimee Song was able to just write about doing what she loves (taking and editing photos for her blog and Instagram) and inspire thousands of other people to do the same. I long to build this blog to the point where it is a very large platform with thousands of people engaged. I don't want this because I want to be famous. I genuinely want to inspire people to get dressed in the morning. To wear that thing they bought a long time ago but are afraid of wearing. To post that picture they think they can't pull off. Because you know what? When you make a bold move by wearing something daring or by sharing something with the world via social media, YOU WILL BECOME MORE CONFIDENT. YOU WILL FEEL GREAT.
When I watch one of Chriselle Lim's (website) YouTube videos and see the funky, creative, glamorous outfit she's wearing, I get this feeling that I can't really describe. It's like a feeling of wonder and amazement and longing at the same time. Maybe. Really, it's indescribable. I want to have the power to give others this same feeling. I want to communicate to other people through my blog and through what I wear on a daily basis that I love fashion because what I wear shows the world that I am a confident, unique individual who commands the respect of others. This is why FASHION MATTERS. I want to write a book that communicates this message.
2. Start a Second-Hand Clothing Sustainability Initiative
For a while now, it's been my dream to work for a company like ASOS or Zara. My personality needs to be around other people I think, and I would really do well in an environment where I get to work with other creative, stylish people who agree with my message from the paragraph above. So, to add in my love for thrifting and my desire to reduce global waste, I want to start a marketing campaign. In theory, people would ship their old clothes back to the company they bought them from in exchange for a discount on new clothes. With these old clothes, we would open up a second hand store where people can shop these clothes at a discount if they have donated. To keep brand loyalty and to build the initiative to donate, only those who have donated would be allowed to shop in the second hand store. Man, I was really excited about this idea when I had it a few weeks ago. I am coining this right now so when I'm applying for internships in college in a few years, I can show that I had this idea in June 2017. I feel like if I started this marketing campaign for a company, I would be staying true to myself by encouraging second-hand shopping, and importantly, I would be doing my part to popularize the idea of reducing global waste.
3. Design My Own Line
Nothing super deep about this. I have always wanted to collaborate with a brand and design my own shoe/jewelry/clothing line.