How Cierra Javon Learned to Remain Vulnerable, Authentic and Open to Life’s Twist & Turns
“I've been called a hopeless romantic, a hippie, a soul searcher, a creator; but on CierraJavon.com I’m able to stay true to who I am. It’s here I've found love…for fashion, life and the pursuit of more.”
Meet Cierra Javon.
Cierra Javon recently graced us with a moment of her time to talk about how risks, self-reflection, and writing allow her to show a bit of vulnerability. Through her journey, vulnerability has become her strength through the trying times.
Your writing on your blog is unique, what has guided your writing style?
The way I put pen to paper is a true representation of my ambiance; it’s free flowing, conversational, and raw. Surprisingly, I don’t do much editing to anything I write. And I don’t care to because I want it to be genuine.
Before I started cierrajavon.com I created tomakemylongstoryshort. It was a blog mainly focused on poetry and storytelling and I sprinkled in some fashion here and there. When I switched over I wanted to be sure that my narratives weren’t lost. I promised my readers I would keep a piece of that with me. I want anyone out there reading to feel like I’m talking with them at a coffee shop somewhere rather than through a screen.
In one word describe your style?
Gosh. It’s so hard to wrap up my style and put a bow on it. If I could get close to it, I would say it’s very minimalistic.
“Minimalism is all about simplicity that is still influential and impactful.”
Don’t get me wrong I love statement pieces, prints, and maybe a little color, but I’m always more inclined to keep it effortless and sexy.
On your blog, do you find it difficult to balance staying true to yourself and keeping your audience attention at the same time?
It’s probably the hardest battle I’ve fought since starting my journey. There are so many people who have their own ideas about where my blog should go, how it should look, and what I should post. It’s tempting and very deadly to try and keep up with all of the outside expectations, whether it’s positive or negative.
It helps that I’m surrounded by people that constantly help me stay true to my purpose. I wouldn’t be able to do it alone. I self-reflect more than the average person and I also have to remind myself of the reason why I have succeeded thus far is because people have always enjoyed my content. The followers that genuinely love me will love me regardless. I’d be doing myself a disservice if I took away what people liked about my blog in the first place.
What's the biggest risk you have taken in life and what did you learn from it?
You want just one?
I TAKE RISKS EVERY DAY. The biggest risk I’ve taken (and continue to take) in life is continuing to keep my heart open and vulnerable. And by that, I mean open to everything: open to love, open to criticism, open to ideas that are outside of my own.
Vulnerability is where my biggest heartbreaks have happened, where I’ve experienced the most hurt, and came across my greatest disappointments. But I’ve learned that it is also where I’ve achieved my all-time highs. Society wants to make us hard. I refuse to conform to the widespread ways people tend to deal with their emotions and feelings.
What are you leaving behind in 2016 and taking forward in 2017?
2016 is by far the hardest year I’ve had. I wanted to quit so many times when I felt things weren’t going my way. I can’t say that I’m leaving behind the life lessons I’ve learned, I’m taking them with me to help me through the next year.
I am looking forward to continuing to spread love and empowerment through my style and design. I want to take my inspiration and touch young girls and women who are having a hard time finding something to be passionate about because I was there.
I went through college majoring in something I had no real interest in and didn’t realize it until my last semester. In that last semester, I got evicted from my apartment, went through a breakup with my long-term boyfriend, and ended up completely broke, really struggling to find out what I was going to do next.
That season motivated me to just do what I love, while still building on my career and goals. I’m working on a campaign that will do all of that and more and I’m hoping to launch in 2017. If you can’t tell, I’m super excited already for 2017!