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The Transition: Quitting Your Job and Starting Your Passion Project

In a society that seems to breed self-made entrepreneurs daily, many are saying farewell to corporate ladders and trading in the 9-to-5 for personal passion projects. You may be aspiring to be the next dabble-in-everything CEO or just taking on an endeavor you never had the time for. But quitting your day job may actually pay more in the long run.

Since childhood, we have been given rules and directions by our parents, elders and teachers. Taking on your own project not only transfers the control back into your hands but allows you to be your own boss. Whether it’s designing a line of socks like Rob Kardashian or launching a network à la Oprah, your passion dictates the project. The hardest part is simply starting.

Tracy Garraud, a former VIBE magazine editor, had to find the courage within herself to say goodbye to her love of print and start up her own line of greeting cards. Sweetest Taboo is her card-boutique brain child that offers a selection of boldly-written cards for untold love stories. She realized that relinquishing her job title meant going for what mattered most. "It wasn't so much of an epiphanic Oprah moment," she recalls. "I was confiding in a very good friend and he simply said, "Why not just quit?" I think it was then that I realized the value of your life isn't measured by your fancy ass job title per say, but by how you live."

The hardest part about a new beginning may be letting go of the past. Saying farewell to your colleagues and former boss can be intimidating but in order to handle your "two weeks notice" with style and grace, Tracy advises using the sandwich method. "Praise, Bad News, Praise," she said. "Always end off by how your job thoroughly prepared you for this moment and that you hope to make your boss proud."

As for racking up the funds, understand that you need to keep the lights on and pay the bills. Partake in small side jobs to keep your account from going negative and split your assets accordingly. Build yourself a safe cushion before you completely do away with the stable paycheck. Doing what you love doesn't mean sacrificing how you live.

The ends are just as important as the means of making your passion project a lucrative reality. Being financially savvy and building thick skin are valuable assets to have not just in business, but in life. It's the type of hands-on experience you can't get from being confined to a desk. Even if your products don’t become hot commodities as quick as you had hoped or the line isn’t around the block on opening night for your new venue, sometimes the most passionate people get knocked down before they knock out.

"Nothing is actually a failure, just a lesson," she said. "You can't be great without knowing your flaws and learning from them. There's always room for a comeback, so long as you understand that you can only connect the dots looking backwards."

So if you find yourself dragging your feet down a corporate brick road to a dead-end Oz that you don’t believe in, it may be time for a solo career. Many people take on the office life because there’s security in a three-walled cubicle, but it could become your own prison cell if it’s a position that lacks the stimulation, creativity and growth you crave in a dream job. When you build your own business, the doors that open are solely yours to go through.

The most important question to ask yourself is if not now, then when?

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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