2017 Reflections: What I Learned, Earned, and Burned

Despite the ongoing hype/senseless splurging for dandy, daring ensembles, NYE makes for a great pondering period. Time to reflect on the changes from the past twelve months of existence. Here we go!

Hey Dappers!

Ringing the New Year with a not-so-flashy tux, and perhaps a boring cup of coffee at hand instead of wine.

2017 has been one (fine) heck of a fireball. No words can amply define the frightful -yet- fruitful  twelve-month duration. But gladly, the pros compensated the cons by a landslide. #heckyeah

Let’s cover a few bases from this year’s lunacy: I…
  • finished my “last first” semester of college 
  • tackled Manhattan alone
  • interned at the local shop of my dreams 
  • survived a deadly car crash 
  • embraced my quirky, witty self after all these years

Something I learned…
This year, I back-pedaled from social media (including my attempt to grow the blog) and paid zero space for negativities churning inside this little head of mine.
The site undertook a major tweak earlier this year without notifying my subscribers about the sudden shift. In addition, I posted things I genuinely cared about, all for the sake of inspiring myself. Didn’t matter who read ’em, let alone if anyone popped a visit.

I re-lived my humble beginnings from the moment I started the blog (four years ago!) and rejuvenated my ultimate purpose: to create a place where all things dapper and dainty can reside. To inspire men to live a whimsically charming lifestyle. To make beautiful things above all else.

Thankfully, I have a great support system (friends, fellow bloggers, followers, family) who stick regardless of the lack thereof (consistent blog/insta posts). They believe in my vision and fully embrace my quirky tendencies. You know who you are!!

As a blogger, I learned to love EVERY SINGLE THING I create before dealing with any business tactics. Blogging takes effort, and sometimes people get carried away with the glitz and glamour, they forget what truly drives a lifestyle blog: passion, persistence, and personality.  You can buy all the gadgets and gizmos, but what you do in private will ultimately reflect through your writing and photos. Trust me, people can sniff fake when they smell one.

I also embraced the industry’s pros and cons in order for success to seep through the cracks. You know you love something wholeheartedly when you feel compelled to do XYZ even when it’s hard (i.e. olympic training, marriage, hopefully your college degree)

…and it all starts behind closed doors, writing and posting regularly no matter what. When you give your all habitually, there’s no doubt people will scout you!

Something I Earned…

A professional flair to my unconventional career path.  
Four months ago, a college senior named Ian tackled a one-of-a-kind internship experience with his forever favorite local shoppe. 
I finally used my creativity and talent for someone other than myself. AND IT FEELS SO, SO GOOD. From newsletters to gift guides, the creative freedom they gave sharpened my marketing tactics and professional trademark overall. The whole entire journey was magical because I had control over the projects. Definitely not the “coffee-run/print this and that” type of gig.

Through this experience, my love for branding took place. If someone asked me three years ago if I envisioned myself creating brand personalities for companies, I would’ve laughed profusely.

Something I Burned…

Fake friends.
Making deep, genuine friendships these days can be tough. So many times this year, i’ve been left to do all the calling/texting/planning/you name it. And what do I get in return? white noise. I’m one of those old soul lads with a soft heart, and sometimes people take advantage of my niceness. #notcool

As the quote reads, “stay close to people who feel like sunlight.” I plan to keep the ones who care enough to acknowledge my existence. When you’re putting maximum effort within a relationship, you deserve a response.

Ain’t nobody got time for one-sided relationships. 

Taking my buddy game on a whole new level this year. Gone are the days when I let other people run me over like asphalt (or perhaps an unkempt oriental rug, if you will, to make the imagery less drab). #byefelicia
Next year, i’m ditching the flaky friends for life.

Cheers to a new year! Let’s tackle 2018 gliding into the great unknown with thriving hearts. 


I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.


"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


Leave a Comment