A New Sense of Pride… Jaguar Pride…

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I am living my dream”?

Every morning, for the past four weeks, I have found myself saying just that.

I use to say, “When I grow up, I want to be a lawyer… I want to be a model… I want to be a professional janitor… I want to be a clown…” (and no, I did not make the last two up… I said both when I was a junior in high school, and I was quite serious)…

What is funny about my list above is that it changed quite often, and went from one extreme to the next. What didn’t change however, was my sincerity about each. If you know me, you know about my commitment and dedication, and whether I wanted to be a clown or a doctor, what you can believe is I would have been the best. Strangely enough, I changed my mind again, and at the age of ____ I am not serving in either of those capacities today, but doing something even better and even more rewarding.

Today I am living a dream I came up with when I was a senior in high school. After being mistreated for reasons I will not name, I decided something needed to be done to help students like me move ahead further than just high school, but on to a place that will help them to reach their dream of choice. I decided I did not want to argue the rest of my life, I did not want to clean the rest of my life, I did not want complain the rest of my life… I wanted to help mold children and change their lives… As a senior in high school, and three months before graduation, I decided I wanted to be an educator…

And here I am, four years later… the most recent Government and Economics teacher at Wilcox Central High School in Camden, AL. IMG_4079 IMG_4078 IMG_4080IMG_4075

I am so thankful to God for the blessings he has given me in life. A great job, new friends, and amazing students who have already made a lasting impact on my life. Each day and night, I ask God to continue blessing me to be an encouragement to my students… To let them see something in me that they admire and seek after themselves. I do more than just teaching… I INcourage, and push, and challenge them to be better. My job is more than just teaching about the three branches of government… It is about creating the leaders of tomorrow… Ask about me… They will tell you…

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2013-14 Varsity Squad

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2013-14 JV Squad

And I almost forgot… Along with landing a wonderful teaching position months after graduation, I have also been given the opportunity to be the cheerleader coach for the WCHS Jaguars. When I was offered the position, all I could think about was my senior year in high school when I was told I did not make the varsity squad after 5 years of cheering. I thought about the pain and hurt I felt, and how my mom told me that there was something better in store for me… Look at me now… My my my, how things work out… lol… Allow me to introduce you to my squad… They are quite special to me… 🙂 It’s only been a few weeks, but I love these girls with all my heart… I look forward to spending much more time with them and getting to know them… oh yea… go follow us on ig –> @wchs_cheerleaders and we do follow back lol…

One more thing before I go… I was born an Aggie, I graduated a Badger, but now, I must admit, I am a WCHS Jaguar… 🙂

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Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole —- Ms. Holly

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 🙂

Learning to Walk Before I Run…

How difficult is it for you to commit yourself to a specific task? How many times have you began a new hobby, started off strong, and then slowly found yourself falling back into old habits?

I am surly guilty of getting pumped and excited about beginning a new activity, only to find myself slowly drifting away, letting go of my “so called commitment”. The most common being exercising…

Being a recent college graduate without employment has left me with much time on my hands and a new outlook on life. After filling out numerous employment applications, and receiving multiple notifications broadcasting “position has been filled”, I began to get weary. I got flustered and agitated, and sensitive. But my most recent “rejection” gave me a new perspective on life as a post-graduate… It left me thinking, before I run, I must learn to walk…

IMG_3480So that’s what I decided to do… Walk… And walk I did. Yesterday, I walked 2.30 miles, burned 213 calories all within 45 minutes. How lovely am I? It helped me release some built in flustration, and gave me some “me time” to breathe. To INjoy the beauty of God’s world. To simply live, walk, and think…

Earlier this week, I woke up, got dressed, and headed out of town with the confidence of being hired for a 11th grade history teaching position I was told was available at a particular school. I had said my little prayers, got all my documents together, and I was ready to show this principal that HE needed me on his staff. Needless to say, I never got to “wow” this administrator because I was informed at the front desk, right after I walked in, that the position was filled… My heart was broken…

Those few little words, “the position has been filled” held so much power over my emotions at that time. I was so hurt, so upset, and so broken at that moment. I felt that position was destined for me, and I had claimed it, but reality was, it was gone. Tears swelled in my eyes as I pulled off, and a feeling of defeat began to rise. But all of that disappeared when I had a chance to talk with my love about it… INcouraging words and a pep talk about my greatness got me back to myself, and here I am… Not concentrating on the negative, but moving to be better.

IMG_3478I refused to fill sorry for myself, and I refused to allow that little mishap to get me down. I’m out of my feelings, and striving to be better. I decided that until it is time for me to start teaching, I will refocus my energy. I will continue on my job hunt, yet it will not get me down… I mean I have a teaching position next year… Why complain…

My blog has been a great way to focus my energy. It gives me life lol. I am very dedicated to my baby, and I love posting, and the writing because it is a sense of release for me. It’s my private (yet public lol) chapel, and it helps me each and everyday. So along with blogging, and crafting, I have decided to commit myself to another task… Getting and STAYING fit. Now, I have never been a size four, and I never plan on being a size six because I LOVE my curves. But what I can do is become more toned and defined, and more comfortable with me.

My workout plan is my own, and it is quite simple. I have committed myself to a plan that works for me and my lifestyle. I will be exercising 4 times a week, and each work out will consist of a minimum of 15 minutes of cardio each morning; 20 sit-ups; 20 squats; and 2 additional exercises of choice. Each evening, I will go walking (a minimum of 1 mile), and then return home to do the same routine from that morning. (p.s. I have been using Insanity for my cardio segment… It is something else…)

IMG_3477 IMG_3479I have been feeling REALLY good since I began my workout routine, and it makes me more confident and comfortable with myself. I’m not trying to lose weight, not trying to impress anyone, I am doing somehting for me. I am teaching myself to be dedicated… to filling out more applications, to completing any task, to never giving up even when it is tough… I am teaching myself to slow down, and walk, the time will come for me to show out, and then you will see me run… lol

IMG_3473I would love a work out partner… Don’t you wanna do this with me… lol

Until next time, kisses and more,

-J. NeKole

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

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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

 

 

 

Plum Passion…

From where do you draw your inspiration for dressing?

Maybe nature? Magazines? Celebrities? I find my inspiration for fashion everywhere, and recently, while eating a delicious, juicy, purple plum, I felt the urge to play with the different shades of my favorite color.

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Every since I was a little girl, purple has been my favorite color. Do I have a grand explanation of why???? No, not at all, I’ve just always loved the richness of the color. Whether it is lavender, egg plant, violet, or orchid, I am simply in love with the color. It may have something to do with the “Purple is a symbol of Royalty” thing…. We all know I am a Queen… drama queen maybe, but a Queen none the less…  🙂

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Life has been kicking my butt lately, but I have not loss my faith. My drive, determination, and will to be great is still alive, and each day I continue to be INcouraged. I say that to say I have not forgot about my blog, and although I’ve been neglecting it, that ends today. The smile in these photos are real because I am sure I am close to my break through… Don’t give up on me… 🙂

Someone believes in me enough to feature Mrs. Clark Gent on her blog. I want to give a big thank you to CHRONICLES OF A FATSHIONISTA for being amazing. Check out my interview here. 🙂

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Ya’ll, God has something great in store for is own, we just have to be patience while waiting for our angel to arrive. Keep smiling, striving, and strutting, and be sure to let me know when your blessing comes through… Here is one of mine… 🙂

1069966_10152348139810288_155754811_nMy next blessing is in the works and on the way… I will be sure to keep you posted… 🙂

Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole

 

 

Little Miss Sunshine…

Have you ever been awoken by the sunshine coming through your blinds?

It sounds poetic, but let me be the first to tell you, it is not cool. After a night of going out dancing, having drinks, and “turnin up”, the last thing you want is to wake up with the sun shining in your face. You will find yourself sweating, hot, and irritated, and that is not how you want to start your day.

Now do not get me wrong, I love the sunshine. I INjoy cleaning with the blinds open, and having the sunlight to flood my room. I think having the windows and blinds open inviting God’s natural light to come in helps to contribute to a positive atmosphere. I am so thankful that God wakes me up each day, and allows me to see the beauty of the world.

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The beauty of nature: the trees, the flowers, brooks, streams, rivers, the clouds, the sky, etc., is amazing. Sometimes, I find myself engulfed in my thoughts about how beautiful the sky is at various times of the day, or admiring the shapes, colors, and placements of trees, and how they create the ultimate backdrop  (like my graduation setting, Spring Hill College-Avenue of the Oaks).

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So when I woke up this past Thursday, with the natural light flooding my room, I knew what I wanted to wear for the day… my yellow hi-low dress from Charlotte Russe.

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This dress is so light and easy to wear. I falls victim to the “hi-low” trend, but that does not bother me at all. Actually, I think I like that trend. When I think about it, I have many hi-low dresses… I happen to be wearing one as I’m writing this post.

The yellow dress made me feel good. It made me happy, and gave me a positive outlook on the day. The dress fit my curves well, and the color highlighted my chocolate skin. I paired it with a skinny yellow belt, a yellow statement necklace, complimenting yellow earrings (compliments of my sissy ig –> _fashionablybombb), and I completed the look with a pair of cognac sandals with the matching clutch.

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All in all, it was a good day. Beautiful weather, simple, yet beautiful fashion, and even better company. My boo was in town, and he helped to keep the smile on my face. We have this little song we like to sing each other… let me share it with you, and maybe, you will smile too:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take, my sunshine, away.” 🙂

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Until next time, kisses and more…

-J. NeKole

The Sunday’s Blues…

How tough is it for you to chose the perfect fit to wear to church???

Well, for me, it takes a great deal of thought. You see, I have this crazy virtue called modesty, and it always seems to take hold of me during particular moments… Sundays happens to be the days when it grips me the tightest. In a simple definition, modesty is defined as “regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; free from vanity and boastfulness”.

I wanted to provide my loves with a definition of this virtue for a reason. I claim that I possess it, why not give you its meaning, and allow you to decide if you can see it in the person I am?

I consider myself to be fashionable; knowledgeable of the latest trends and styles; a fashionista. I believe God gives gifts, and I believe he gave me an eye for fashion. He gave me a love for patterns and colors, and blessed me to able to put items together and produce something great. He gave me the gift to look professional when I am in an interview, and sultry when I want to go “out on the town”. I am not boastful, I do not brag. I just live, and INjoy… and wear amazing shoes.

When I woke up Sunday morning, the sky was gray. When I looked out the window, the day looked awfully gloomy, and although I was happy to have awoken to another day, I was a not in the “happy” mood. So as I look through my closet, searching for the perfect dress to wear, I came across a little blue dress.

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This dress is one of my favorites. It is one of those dresses that can be used for almost any occasion. This was only my second time wearing it, and we received many compliments. The color was amazing, the fit was perfect, and with the my Mint Green jewelry and Nude Peep-Toe Pumps (both compliments of Charlotte Russe), we had a great outfit.

With all these curves, I have to be cautious of the outfits I wear to certain places. Being comfortable with my body, and conscience of the places I will be, I have learned how to dress for the perfect occasion. It is okay to be sexy, but sometimes, we should be classy. Today, I was a little of both, but hey, don’t blame me, blame these dangerous curves. But no worry, all was done in modesty

I have always loved Sundays because it gives you a chance to dress up… To put on your best when you go to worship. But in the process of us getting all fancy, let us not forget what Sunday is for. In all that we do, we should worship, praise, and thank God… For it is him who allows our blessings to flow.

Check me out with my Sunday’s Blues…IMG_1886 IMG_1885 IMG_1884

And after… a quick run to Wal-Mart…

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Until next time, kisses and more….

-J. NeKole