Lane Bryant

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Back to Basics

Happy New Year! I know you guys are probably expecting me to share the deets to some fabulous NYE party that I attended, but with the beginning of a new year, I decided to get back to basics. 2012 was such an eventful year for me. It was the year that I truly decided to embrace God's purpose for my life. Although I officially launched Everyday Runway this time last year, my true year didn't begin until the month of March. That's when I truly started to pour everything into simultaneously building both my Parker Simmons and Everyday Runway brands.  

From being nominated for a Style Blogger of Color Award, to covering Full Figured Fashion Week in NYC, to attending a variety of events on the Atlanta social scene, I accomplished a lot in 2012. My life has been enhanced by a variety of new people. Some of them I am able to call my friends, while others I have learned valuable lessons in loyalty and trust. With all the amazing things I was able to do this year, none of it would have been possible without my unyielding faith that I am following the plan that God has set for my life.  

Sadly, with all that He has done for me, He did not get the placement in my schedule that He deserved. Thankfully, my God is forgiving and always has a way of leading His stray sheep back home. For that reason, I knew the only place I wanted to be on NYE was thanking the one person that has been constant in my life. During the service my Pastor, William Holmes Robinson, delivered a very inspirational message. The theme of the sermon was "Seasonal Shifts...Maintaining Your Faith When Seasons Change".  

What a very fitting topic both literally and metaphorically. The general synopsis of the sermon was that in life, we will experience different seasons. There will be times that we are immensely successful and living in excess of what we need and there will also be times when we are living in a season of struggle. The thing that must remain constant is your faith in God. When your whole life feels like it's spinning out of control, praise God! Your breakthrough is just around the corner.  God is stronger than your struggle and He can step in and turn your situation around at anytime. 

With that being said, I want to encourage all of you to start your year off right. Get back to basics. Start back doing what makes you the unique individual you are. Often times, life consumes every fiber of our being and we lose sight of what's really important. Take the time celebrate all the blessings in your life and also be thankful for the bumps in the road, for those are what help you learn and grow and hopefully not make the same mistakes again. I’m so excited about what 2013 has to offer and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! 

See you on the front row! 

<3 Parker S. 


  1. I am TrulyBlessed to have met you and know somewhere down the line we are blood. Lol But on a positive note getting back to what is important which is allowing God to do his work through us is what is best. We all have GIFTS but we tend to misuse, forget or never use them; which causes us to loss them. Loyalty &Trust are very big on my list in everything I do because it says what type if person you are. So to you I say thank you and 2013 keep up the good work.
    Tastefully SoSo

  2. Love this post. I definitely need to work on putting God first and foremost in my life. All to many times we get so caught up in our everyday lives that something falls by the waist side. This year, Im making it definite that my God won't. Happy New Year.

  3. Simply Beautiful...What a fitting way to begin a new year. Thank you for the inspirational post. I needed that.