Goodbye Homecoming Queen… Hello Fashion Blog Queen…

Do you have a favorite day of the week… Week of the month… Month of the year…? What about season?

I absolutely LOVE autumn.

One reason would surly be because of my birth month, (October #LibraBaby), but the main reason of why I love the Fall is because of how nature begins to change right before our eyes.

As I drive to work each morning, the scenery is breathtaking. The trees have lost their luscious green leaves, and have been draped with yellows, and oranges, and REDZ… 🙂 The warm evenings have been replaced with chilly nights, and when we make a midnight trip, we are covered with beautiful coats, jackets, and scarves. Browns, burgundies, maroons, golds, oranges, navys, greens, and purples come out of our closets and make their presence known…purple1Autumn brings much more than just cool weather, it brings with it many activities. Fall festivals, fairs, carnivals, and a favorite of mine… Homecoming Celebrations.

Whether it is your former high school, your past college, or your church, you can bet it will be in September, October, or November.

As a recent college graduate, and a newly employed teacher, I was INspired by all of the Homecoming festivities going on, and in the midst of my hectic life, I was able to snap a few pics.  (Disclaimer: I know this post is long overdue, and many Homecomings have passed, but in my defense, my friend’s church is having a Homecoming Celebration this Sunday… So boom… lol… take that)

With no further waiting, I present to you Mrs. Clark Gent… “The FashionBlog Queen”..ppl3ppl4Our 2013 “FashionBlog Queen” is none other that Mrs. Gent herself… She is a 2013 graduate of Spring Hill College, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., and an Economics teacher at Wilcox Central High School. Along with teaching, she is the cheerleader sponsor, as well as a senior class sponsor. In her spare time, she INjoys reading, making arts and crafts, and shopping. Today she is wearing a fitted Purple knee-length dress (JCPenny), paired a pair Black platform strapped heels (Charlotte Russe) and Coral clutch (Target). Accessories include a necklace and earring Pear Set (Mommy) and  Purple and Black feathered hair piece (Dirt Cheap). When asked for a quote, she replied,  “I have arrived…” *In my NeNe Leaks voice… 🙂 Ladies and gents, it is our pleasure to present  Mrs. Clark Gent, your “FashionBlog Queen”.

*takes bow :)

*takes bow 🙂

A Message from the Queen…

Since I began this new journey in life, I’ve found myself becoming closer to God. Daily morning prayers and praise and worship services in my car have become a new habit. At one point in time it was impossible for me to believe that you could have a REAL relationship with God without going to church… But Mr. Wills has began to show me otherwise. It’s great to be able to go to the building, but just be sure that when you go to the building, your praise is REAL…

Continue to be great… Continue to be bold… Continue to be that one who is an inspiration to individuals young, and even old…

Happy Fall my loves…

Until next time, kisses and more…

-J.NeKole

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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 🙂