Two Times the Blessings…

Have you ever found yourself in such a transition in life that you wondered how you got there? How did you feel? Who is to blame or praise? Are you happy?

Each day I wake up, I thank God for the changes he is making in my life.

In the past few weeks, I have seen him move over my life and I could not be more thankful or grateful… You see, what I have come to understand is that when you reach your “darkest place”, and feelings of defeat, and depression, and sorrow, and hurt, and every other dark feeling begins to rise, it is SURLY time to seek the face of the one who can change ANYTHING  and EVERYTHING.

When I graduated from college in May, I was excited and nervous to dive into the “real world”. With a degree in tow, and a certificate in the mail, I was convinced that it would not be long before I was standing before students and teaching in a classroom. But as the summer continued on, and I submitted multiple applications, and received disappointing news, I found myself becoming a different person… One less excited, less positive, less optimistic, and more grumpy, more impatient, more depressed.

I began getting extremely sensitive, extremely emotional, and although I would hide my feelings, (because I have the best poker face in the world), it was really taking a toll on me. It wasn’t until one Tuesday evening that everything changed…

I was so flustered from things that had happened that day that I decided to take a walk to clear my mind. It was a gray day, drizzling rain sprinkled my path, but I needed to get out the house and clear my head. It was that gray, dreary, rainy day when God began to make changes in my life…

I cried out to him, and told him of my troubles, my despair, and my frustration. I begged for his mercy and grace, and I asked him to show me what he required of me. I made him a personal promise to make changes in my life if he allow his favor to RE-ENTER my life… That day, my life changed…

I named this post “Two Times the Blessings” because the visuals that accompany this post were taken after my blessing. They are filled with joy, and happiness, and they are real… They are not just poses, they are real moments in life… God has been amazing to me, I just could not continue on with not acknowledging that fact… I’ve been covered in his favor… See?.. IMG_3824 IMG_3867No wait… There’s more…

two camo1 one camo2 three closeDifferent days… Different outfits… Different hair… but thank God for the same hope, favor, love, and happiness…

If you haven’t heard, allow me to share my newest blessing…

I HAVE been employed for the 2013-14 school year to teach Government and Economics at a wonderful high school with wonderful staff… (You will have to wait for the next post to find out where… I promise it will not be too long of a wait) ;)…

God is alive, and he’s waiting to hear for you… “There is a blessing… With your name on it… GO CLAIM IT…)

Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole

also known as MS. HOLLY 🙂

Don’t DOT Me Out…

Have you ever found yourself drawn to a specific pattern? Like stripes, or tribal, or even the latest trend, the galaxy patterns?

Mr. Gent always jokes and says, “If it has stripes or a bow, there’s a 50% chance that you’ll love it.” He is pretty much right. I love stripes (see here), and I love bows, but lately, I have been dipping and dabbing into all types of patterns including Mr. Gent’s favorite –> Polka Dots

IMG_3459I went on a thrifting adventure last week to help me out of my pitiful funk, and I scored some AWESOME items. I probably should have uploaded the thrifting post first, but when a hott, sexy, handsome, young gentleman paid me a visit, I was inspired to make him smile.

My love LOVES himself some polka dots, and when I sent him the preview pics for this post, he was “IN LOVE”.

IMG_3437This cute little ensemble was inspired directly from my “Prince Charming”. You see, when he talks about what he likes, I listen. I love for my man to compliment me. I love hearing him analyze every little detail to make it make sense.  Let me give you an example of what I mean. He is sure to say something like, “I love how you wore that fuchsia lipstick because it matches the buttons on your blazer and the polish on your toes…” lol. All in all, I love making him smile, flooring him with another great outfit, and this little number achieved the goal.

IMG_3410 IMG_3408 IMG_3452IMG_3456The breakdown of the fit is as follows… Single Sole Black and Silver Pumps ($28.50), Black and White Polka Dot Shirt ($10.00), and Simplicity Pearls ($5.00)Charlotte Russe; Black Sequence Clutch ($3.00), Patent Leather Black Belt ($1.00), and China Glaze White Fingernail Polish ($0.99)Hudson’s Dirt Cheap; and the beauty of the group, the Teal and Blue Polka Dot High Waist SkirtAmerica’s Thrift Store ($1.42).

Circumstances and issues in life are still fighting to get the best of me, but I refuse to give in. With the tests and trials that I have experienced lately, I have come to realize that even the strongest of the bunch are allowed to cry. If I told you my story, you would not believe that I am still able to smile. So how am I able to continue to smile?… My love, he is the best gift God could have blessed me with. D. Wills INcourages me, comforts me, supports me, and assures me that all will be well. God really blessed me with a MAN, and I thank him everyday for delivering me someone who REALLY and TRULY loves me.

You keep asking about a date, so I’ll tell you what Mr. Gent said… In the simplest of terms, he said, “It’s a secret… ;)”… So until the secret is revealed, I will just keep you entertained…. Don’t DOubT me just yet, I have so much more in store…

IMG_3458Oh yea, and a big shout out to my photographer… She really did her thing today… She tends to be extra and complains a great deal, but I can always count on her to come through… That’s my boo… Be sure to follow her on ig –> @_fashionablybombb  You know she has to be on point… She the little sis of Mrs. Gent, so you know I have to look out for her… Ummm just not today tho… lol

IMG_3454IMG_3428Allow me to leave you with one last tip…

Don’t let ANYONE steal your joy… It is a gift from the great one above, and it is specifically for you… Meet those obstacles head on and remember that you can not obtain success without being challenged, so take your challenge and show OWT… I will be waiting to hear your praise report… 🙂

Until next time, Kisses and more…

-J. NeKole