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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Thirty-One

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Good evening! It has been LONG overdue with sharing some love on some awesome people! So, that means I got a feature for y’all!

It is with much pleasure to introduce to you this beauty by the name of Peyton.

Peyton is a childhood friend of mine from Lord knows, toddlers or a little older? Lol. But, she is doing great things. She has studied Political Science/English, Master of Education and she’s an English teacher at Jolliff Day School! Girl I am amazed at how much you’ve achieved.

In addition to everything mentioned, Peyton is a Thirty-One Consultant. Let me be first to say ALL of her items are super cute!

Now, if you are looking for a quick last minute gift, I believe this post is right on time! Check out these cute bags 😍

Would you like to know how to purchase one? Yes???? Great! Because I’m going to eliminate the search and give you the deets below! 

Thirty-One isn’t your typical fashion company. Everything they stand for should be even more reason to support. They also have a program called Thirty-One Gives where they created a charitable program that empowers women and families. Read below the full details 

Peyton is an excellent consultant to have and you can even tell her I sent you! What better way to support her without the guilty “spending” conscience knowing it’s going to a great cause? There are so many options aside from buying anything too! If you’re too busy, you can even host a virtual party. Maybe you’ll get a free item or two!

Did somebody say monthly specials too?! Check check check it out 👇🏽

And, if you decide to make a purchase, you can share the excitement like this picture!

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Join her VIP Group: Thirty-One By Peyton

Follow her on Instagram: @Have_Merci

Thanks for sticking with me! Make sure everything you do is intentional. There’s a blessing with your name on it! Talk to you guys soon. Much love to you all! 

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!

 

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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! 

❤️❤️❤️

 

RECAP ALERT

Hey everyone! I’m dropping in for a quickie. I wanted you all to have a moment with strictly pictures from the More Than Music Concert. Totally an awesome RECAP ALERT!

I honestly couldn’t pick the best of the best pictures, so I decided to simply upload ALL of them from the “More Than Music Benefit Concert”. I hope you enjoy!