Happy Birthday

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Go shawty, it’s your birthday! Happy Birthday!

Alright y’all, it’s officially my 23rd birthday! So this post is definitely about to be short, sweet and to the point. Surprisingly I’m excited for my birthday to finally be here. Like, I am actually 23 years old. I dreaded the thought of getting older as time goes on but I might as well enjoy this life to the fullest.

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 Let me do a little reflection on this new age I’m about to get acquainted with. Alright, so boom I’m 23 which puts me two years until I’m 25. If that puts me two years to 25, then that’s middle 20’s. Now, if this is considered mid 20’s, then that’s only 5 years from being 30. LORD! This is the reason I avoid thinking about age. But in all seriousness, time literally does not wait for anyone. I try to catch the time train at each stop so I won’t miss any amazing moments in life. I am truly thankful that I’ve been blessed to see this day let alone.

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So many people I know aren’t here to even experience their next birthday but yet I have the opportunity to celebrate mine. This is an exciting time for me honestly. I’m looking forward to my “Jordan” year being the best time of my life.

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Another folk saying from my Aunt Janet: It takes 21 days to begin or break a habit.

This birthday, I’m doing things a little different. I’m reclaiming the blessings that were meant for me, time, and health. I’ll be building healthy habits and relationships with “boss” minded individuals. With a cleared mind and spirit, I have so much to offer you guys! Thank you to each person that has text, messaged, or commented “Happy Birthday” to me. I love love love seeing notifications pop up for things like this and it just fills my heart with joy! I love you guys too from the bottom of my heart.

Until next time! I’m going to Harlem Shake on off of this and have a little dance party in my own zone. See ya later!

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year!

What a time to experience year after year with old and new people?!

Hi my loves! I believe it is fair to say long time no see. I’ve missed you all tremendously as I took a quick hiatus to gather my thoughts headed into the new year. It’s a little overwhelming for me right now simply because I have lived this far to even write this post for you all as we “read”. It’s a mixture of emotions but I thank God to see this day come to pass.

Are you all experiencing the same emotions?

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I’m going to be extremely transparent with you all as a warning.

2017 has treated me like the child that stays in the corner. No matter what I said or did, I was always put into timeout. Now, I constantly asked “why is this happening to me?” I couldn’t seem to win an ounce of goodness. But, with all that was going on, I did something terrible. I began putting myself in self destruction mode. Y’all I LOST myself. I was literally a ticking time bomb. Let me explain…

  • Weight gain
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of motivation
  • Workaholic (for the wrong reasons)
  • Lack of priorities
  • Stressed out
  • Lack of prayer life
  • Emotional
  • BILLS

AND THE LIST GOES ON…

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First thought, many people would respond “That’s so hard to believe.” Often times when I’m in action, you will always catch me red in the cheeks and smiling a smile that could reach my ears. But, I was harboring pain and junk…yea, that’s what we’ll call it JUNK. That’s what was inside me head to toe. I was battling an invisible fight that I seemed to allow to go unnoticed for a while. Now, for anyone that has encountered me, don’t mistaken that smile to be a mask over my emotions. The smile was genuine, the happiness was pure and the love was organic.

As you read, you may say “this doesn’t sound like a Happy New Year.” Just hang in there with me

Granted, the things I’ve listed are all normal I guess for this whole adulting thing I’m trying to understand. But, it wasn’t what I planned out for my life. Keep an eye out for how many times I make note about “my plan for my life.” Ok, so I wasn’t supposed to gain weight and have bills up to my neck. By 23 I am supposed to have had a baby, a 3,000 square foot house and debt free. I really didn’t care about timing either. My hubby would try to talk reality and sense into me but boy was I stuck in my own way. He wasn’t the only person to try to knock me upside my head either.

REALITY CHECK: God didn’t have my plan written in his plan for my life.

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Consequently, I stuck by this frame of mind for a while because I was determined to prove that it is possible to get these things in life.  I believed I deserved this, that, and the third in life without having to do the leg work. I slacked on my prayer time but found myself seeking God when situations arose. In this timeline, I became the typical Christian. I just knew my life would get by if I whispered a quick prayer saying “Lord please help me get out of this and I repent for everything I’ve done. I promise I won’t do it again,” HONEY the next day I did exactly what I just prayed about. You would think with having to say this prayer so much something would change…Nah. I was exhausted and still carried the world on my shoulders to get what I wanted.

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A wise woman in my life revealed to me that I wanted those desirable things too much. The drive I had to make my life feel in order was higher than God. I then realized that I immediately woke up thinking about how to get the house in an impossible time frame, having my life altogether by my birthday and things would hit a 360 in the nick of time.

Take into consideration the words I am saying. Please don’t confuse any of this as you can’t be blessed with the desires of your heart. Things happen in decency and in order. Your life sequence should not play out like scattered scrabble letters.

P.S. Thanks for the continuous lessons Aunt Janet

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Now, lets fast forward to now…I’m sitting here in front of a blazing fireplace with family and peace. Although I am nowhere near what I want, I realized that maybe my plan was stuck inside of a box and I didn’t leave any room for more growth. I mean, who was going to tell Jorelle what to do because I’m grown. HA! Yea right.

See that mindset I carried hindered me in some ways and helped me in other ways. The main problem was the lack of balance.

As I conclude this post, I want to say I wish you all a Happy New Year! I believe there will be some extreme blessings and changes that will happen for many. It took me a while to understand the true meaning of a lesson learned. My mind stayed crowded with anger because I simply didn’t get what I wanted. BUT, lets say this was an opportunity for me to be inspiration to you. Pick up that pen and paper and get to work. It’s people out there looking for an escape out just like you.

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2018 is about to be the best year of my life! The number 7 signifies the number of completion with 8 signifying new beginnings. I wish you all nothing but success and blessings untold. I learned one thing that stuck with me too by Che Haughton: FEAR IS EXPENSIVE. Do not allow the fear that settled in 2017 accompany you in 2018. Ask yourself if it’s really worth it to bring baggage from the past just because you want closure or you still enjoy toying with the idea. You either want it all or not at all. Stop serving two masters as we enter this new year.

Be DECISIVE. Remain POSITIVE. Be PRODUCTIVE.

#NOFEARALL2018

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Bold Favor Magazine

Bold Favor Magazine! Nothing more to say.

Good evening everyone! I hope all has been well. Tonight, I bring to you the wonder of the Bold Favor Magazine Awards.

Y’all, this award show was so classy and elegant. Everyone in the building came dressed to impress honey. There was a range of entertainment starting with a comedic segment, fashion show styled by Norahs Khan, spoken word and a quick work out session! Can you say Wow.

Important note: I must give immediate honors to Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell for this event. Everyone, this lady is a powerhouse. Along with the help of every individual with Bold Favor, I must applaud the mountains this platform is conquering.

I’m going to be completely honest for a second too. This blog post is long overdue because I couldn’t get my words together. Secondly, I snapped 500 photos of this event! If you know how I am with my pictures, please understand I didn’t take this post lightly. I had the OPPORTUNITY to capture a lot of amazing moments. Also, shoutout to Toyin Fadina for bringing me along under Two Cameras and a Brush.

Now, a little about Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell…

First, she is a leader. Ever since I met Lynita, I have witnessed a true role model with poise, sophistication and most importantly Christ as the center of her life. Secondly, she has been recognized on Forbes along with many other platforms. Lynita is also CEO of Bold Favor Media Group! To add on top of it all, she’s a CPA and a Publisher Attorney. (AMAZING)

I wish I could write a complete guide about her but the list will continue to go on and on. If you ever see this name across your feed or in conversation, make sure you pay attention. I can see now this won’t be the last time she will be featured in anything.

Huge congratulations to each recipient for being recognized for a Bold Award too. Just to name a few…

and so many more!

I can vouch that each individual who received an award have A LOT to offer in this era. Whether I’ve known them before this awards show or met them that day of, I had a token of advice to take home with me.

If you want to know about Bold Favor Media Group, go check them out! I can’t wait to see what 2018 holds for this company.

As always, be great in all that you do! Do not waste time by holding yourself back from yourself. You can be your own worst enemy and miss out on opportunities. The chance I had with Bold Favor to me, was a once in a lifetime moment. I didn’t have to be blessed and offered an opportunity to capture these intimate moments. So, next year, if you want to find out more about Bold Favor then you ought to purchase your ticket.

 

Ceesay Banjul

My loves, my bros and everyone else tuning in, what is up! I have a super dope but quick recap coming your way. Ceesay Banjul. Allow the name to speak for itself. ALL ABOUT FASHION!

So, I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the “Ceesay Banjul Holiday Must Haves” Pop Up Shop. I was seriously impressed with the setup top to bottom AND the vibe that filled the room. It was definitely an event worth attending.

Oh! One quick thing. Your girl was in the influencer spotlight! Whoop whoop..ok now back to business.

 This Pop Up Shop had two awesome artists speak about fashion. Guess who was one of the speakers??? Priiincesss! First, if you follow her blog, then you know you the fashion tips were solid from her. To compliment her was Celebrity Stylist Julian Lark. Y’all, these two gave some great fashion tips along with a Q & A session.

Personally, I took away a few tips for myself. For one, I surely do not have the basic shoes that are a must have. So ladies, make sure you have open toe and pointed toe heels! But keep the colors BASIC too. Don’t go overboard with and a nice nude is one way to go! Also, be comfortable in what you wear. Stop trying to hide every nook and cranny and own up to the beauty within you.

Priiincesss noted how sweaters are always in style too. So, don’t hesitate to wear that cute turtle neck and a statement piece.

Also as a tip from Julian…study fashion. Don’t simply look at the go to’s and use that as leverage for your fashion sense. Dive into it. I mean, go to the history of fashion, fashion moguls that you’ve never heard of, create a fashion board and absorb that knowledge. Be bold and daring!

 Shop ahead of season to prepare for the upcoming season. Make sure you have your fall looks in the spring for a consistent rotation in your closet. Floral is in season too!

Next up, the FOOD! Y’all, I am a lover of food and I have to shine a spotlight on it. The caterer for the evening was the talented Chef Nikki. She is a private chef and caterer. My fav had to be the shrimp and grits. SO MUCH FLAVOR. Lawd!

In totality, Ceesay Banjul was absolutely a game changer. I even had the wonderful company of my husband as my photographer too! But, the clothes were super cute and AFFORDABLE.

You guys ALL need to go and support this lovely company and the beauty behind it. As Julian asked the crowd, “how many people have a business in here?…how many of you shop at black owned businesses?” We need to support one another and support our sisters and brothers when they invest in themselves.

With such simplicity, my mindset was changed again. My wardrobe isn’t up to my standards at all but I can say I felt more confident within myself after hearing some key advice. Sometimes simple confidence can help boost that fashion sense you thought you didn’t have.

*The event was held at Coze Event Space Atlanta. This event was curated by Lillie Mae of Lillie Mae PR Agency and it was an absolute success.

You say you’ve never heard of Ceesay Banjul? Well after reading this post, if you don’t know now you know. Below will feature the panelists and how to reach them. Enjoy a few extra recap pics too!

Priiincesss

Julian Lark

Lillie Mae

More Than Music Benefit Concert

What’s going on?! Y’all, I have to say really quick THANK YOU! Without your support I would not do what I do. It means so much and I will continue to provide awesomeness! Now that that’s done, let’s go ahead and chat about the “More Than Music Benefit Concert!”

If you saw my post yesterday, then you saw the full recap of pictures from this event. If not click here!

You guys, this was one of the best benefit concerts I’ve ever attended. It’s actually the only one I’ve ever been to lol. BUT, my opinion about this concert is true and organic.

It was A B S O L U T E L Y moving. There was a wide range of entertainment starting with spoken word and ending with long lasting relationships.

Have you ever had one of those moments where you walk in to an event and “feel” like you weren’t supposed to miss it? That’s exactly what I felt when I arrived to the Patchwerk Recording Studio where it all began.

The Patchwerk Recording Studios is located at 1094 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

BEFORE I BEGIN

Let me give a huge shoutout to the caterer for this event Frances of Eat Saasy. When I tell you all she threw down with that spread. SHE THREW DOWNNNN!

BOOK HER!

The set up and decorations by designer Janine were absolutely gorgeous! Janine has a knack for precision and placement. Make sure you request her services for your next event.

Everyone who helped to pull this off did an EXCELLENT job! I mean check out this cupcake display! Um, YES PLEASE!

Next, let’s move on to the talent that came in and showed out! I may not have each person strictly in order but here goes!

First up, let me introduce you to Dri. Dri was brought as a little person with a big package. Let me tell you, she came, she saw and DELIVERED! This girl can sing.

Instagram: @drijackmusic

Listen to her hereDri Jack Music

Second, we have Laddddyyyyy Poetryyyyyy (in my presenter voice). She served us with a melody or words that resonated within your heart. Each beat of her poetic genius sinks into your heart and mind. You could feel the emotion she wrote, the pain she felt and the heavy beating in your heart from the roller coaster of feelings when she spoke.

Instagram: @ladypoetry86

Listen to her here: Lady Poetry

Third, we have Ebony Franklin. Now let me tell you about this girl. She wasn’t feeling good and kept apologizing for not hitting a note or two. I honestly don’t know why she felt bad when she served us such a beautiful tone. It was so smooth and filtered with pure, heartfelt deliverance. From me to you, I Loved it!

 

Instagram: @_sincerely_eb

Listen to her here: E Sings

Fourth, we have the powerful, vocal Wanesha Spencer. Y’all….this woman can move mountains with her voice. Wanesha provided us with a second dose of spoken word. She came with a vengeance but served with class. She was a powerhouse of words that were raw and unedited. The strength she possesses coupled with the harmonious flow of vocabulary gave the audience CHILLS. She demanded attention and that is what she received.

Instagram: @wanesha_spencer

What is she up to? The Ella Project

Fifth, we have Erika Janae G. Y’all, she blew me away! I honestly can’t figure out a flow to describe her performance properly. She had a Macy Gray twang, Jill Scott soultry feel and Erykah Badu twist. I don’t have many words on this one. Y’all just need to check her out for yourself. I think all of the singers should do a collaboration together. I would pay for that!

Instagram: @erikajanaeg

Listen to her here: Erika Janae

Subscribe to her YouTube Channel: ErikaJaNae

Lastly, I introduce Karmen to you all! Karmen was the icing on the cake. Literally everyone that performed were out of this world! Karmen delivered us in song and it was a beautiful vibe. Her voice was so melodic like lullaby. She shared a personal song which required more emotion than usual and it was so touching. It’s something about vulnerability when people perform. It always seems to have an even deeper meaning behind it. Karmen reminded me of Tweet from back in the day. I loved the flow!

Instagram: @karmenbebeautiful

Subscribe to her Youtube Channel: Karmen Be Beautiful

Oh, I can’t forget our illustrious host! The beautiful Marcia Alene kept everyone’s attention as the host. She was down to earth and funny. Absolutely loved the line up with everyone involved to pull this off!

Instagram: @nogirlfriendsallowed

Check out her book, make a purchase: No Girlfriends Allowed

Personal shoutout to Angela Young, Founder of The BeNaked Campaign for having this vision and allowing it to blossom. The cause behind this benefit concert was to raise enough money to provide gift boxes to the women of the Solomon’s Temple Foundation. These boxes will provide toiletries and other necessities. This annual project is also called The ‘Little Black Box Project’ 

Read about it here 👇🏽

The ‘Little Black Box Project’ is an annual donation drive. The goal of the project is to give hope by providing much needed personal items in a compassionate and loving way. Each holiday box will be filled with toiletry items and donated to a women and children’s shelter. The goal is to assist with making the holidays happen for families in need. Your gift helps me fulfill my mission of bringing joy to women and children that are less fortunate during the holiday season!

I hope you guys enjoyed this treat! Much love to you all again and remember to be you and be dope while doing it! 

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