Rolling A New Reel

Some years swallow up, but some shape individuals -like you and me- into soaring seagulls (of all animals, lol). Thankfully, this year has been a mix of both. Reflecting this year’s highlights while turning a blank page.

Hey Gents!
I’ve been through heaven and hell this year. Mostly hell, but all thanks to God for holding my hand throughout the crummy chapters of 2018.
Sometimes life metaphorically smacks you in the face, no? It was never meant to be easy. It was supposed to be challenging, rewarding, fulfilling, and fun above all else.
Why do the healthiest people suddenly get bad news from the doctor? Why do high school valedictorians suddenly feel ousted by their knowledge once they enter university? Why  do loyal friends get hurt by people they thought were closest?
Life: it’s a wacky, wonderful weird thing. 
God won’t pluck us out of situations simply because we WANT OUT. If you want all happy, all netflix, all easy, well brother… ya ain’t livin’. Might as well be a literal potato on a couch. Simple as that.
Three of the most enlightening moments of 2018 centered around adulthood, college, and blogging.
I recently moved to Charlotte, NC! I didn’t know what was ahead (in terms of opportunities), but I took a leap of faith and trusted that God was in control and that He won’t set me up for failure. Perhaps a bit of struggle here and there, but definitely not failure. Living alone in a new city can be frightening. However, i’ve learned the beauty of grocery shopping, the power of paying your own bills, and the art of scheduling dates. 
I graduated from Liberty University this past May with a degree in Marketing! You guys, I still can’t believe it. The last four years at Liberty has been a blissful ride. Lots of friendships made, lots of knowledge soaked. I’m incredibly proud of my university and the continual growth it possesses. The class of 2018 was unique in that we saw the entire shift from the old campus design to the now state-of-the-art remodel. Coming from a guy who thought college was only for the brilliant, i’m a living testimony that hard work -no matter how slow- can take you places.
The blog has given me the opportunity to attend New York Men’s Fashion Week F/W 2018, meet a handful of creatives in the industry, and relate to fellow men who struggle with their confidence. Even through the valley of struggle and months of digital detoxing, writing on this blog never fails to put a smile on my face. This truly is my passion, my purpose, my perpetual paradise. Those moments where i’m alone writing tend to be the most empowering parts of my day.
Before rolling the new reel, three more things that i’m planning to improve in:
S E L F – C O N F I D E N C E
For every “Confident” post I share, there’s always a tear (or two) rushing down from the lack of true confidence coming from within. Like I mentioned earlier, this blog is my paradise, and I always feel safe and somewhat confident when I write here. However when I step out of the blog (AKA the world in which I walk in) comparison gets the best of me. My head always plays the same broken record: “Why do I look/act different from everyone else?” Next year I plan to do more instagram lives and video content to practice my confidence. Let your inner tortoise shine, in a sea of  hares.
I’ve talked about my jaw surgery and arm problem this year. That situation pushed me to the limit. I woke up everyday not knowing when the pain will subside, but I kept on pushing and brushed off the fear (despite the constant anxiety unfolding). Next year I plan to continue strengthening my faith in any way, shape or form. 2019 is going to be the year when I let GOD take the driver’s seat.
F R I E N D S H I P S  
In all honesty, i’ve lost a handful of friends this year. It’s not that I suck at making friends, or retaining for that matter. The problem stems from the fact that I hand-select my friends with the wrong criteria (aesthetics, similarities, lifestyle, vanity, etc.) Consequently I end up with people who feel superior due to my constant outreach. I always tell myself that I will never be a doormat EVER AGAIN, but I always end up being one. People take advantage of my niceness and passion towards the relationship. Well folks, this year will be different. If you can’t send a two second text, take a quick coffee run, or simply acknowledge my presence, then i’m okay with that. Moving along….
all the brotherly love,


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


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