“It Is Never Over, Though We Are in December”

December has arrived.

It’s the last month of this year, but some also say it is the last month in this decade. Some say next year ends the decade. I don’t know who’s right or wrong, but what I do know is the last 10 years of my life have been extremely busy!

I’ve come to realize that busy does not always mean productive. Busy also does not mean I was necessarily fulfilling my purpose and calling.

As I entered this last month and new decade, I purposed to become more INTENTIONAL about what I do with MY time.

If it doesn’t bring me joy, add value to my life, or put me closer to fulfilling God’s purpose and plan for my life, I might have to decline.

Remember, it’s not how you start, but how you finish. You don’t have to wait until January 1st to make a change.

“It is never over, though we are in December” ~Ernest Agyemang Yeboah.

What about you? How do you plan to end this year? Comment below 👇🏾

Have a blessed day and remember to find thejolly” in “moments” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna Jolivette

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You Are Destined for Greatness

My son wanted me to bring him Panda Express for lunch yesterday. When it was time for our fortune cookies I took the one that was all broken and crumbled that no one else wanted. The fortune inside said, “YOU ARE DESTINED FOR GREATNESS.”

It made me think of how quickly we sometimes give up on people because their life is all broken and crumbled.

That person you are throwing away life may not look like much now, but you never know the great plan God has for them.

I realize that there are some people we DO need to walk away from. But there are some we don’t. Sometimes that person we don’t need to give up on is ourselves.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but don’t give up on yourself. YOU ARE DESTINED FOR GREATNESS!!

Don’t Lose Hope! Don’t Give Up! The Best Is Yet To Come!

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in “moments” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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You’re Closer Than You Think You Are

Here’s the thing, I know it seems like it’s never coming or is never going to happen. But, you’re closer today than you were yesterday. If you give up now, you’ll NEVER get there.

Every time I hear the song, “Haven’t Seen It Yet,” by Danny Gokey I realize that nope, I’m not there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday and even a year ago. And, if I keep moving forward I am going to get there.

You ARE going to get there! Wherever that “there” is for you.

This is not the time to stop. If you stop now, you’re NEVER going to make it.

If you keep moving forward, a year from now, you’ll thank God you didn’t give up today.

In essence, don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Keep dreaming. Keep fighting. Keep believing. Keep moving forward.

Just because you haven’t seen it yet, does not mean it’s not coming. You’re closer than you think you are.

If you have not heard, “Haven’t Seen It Yet,” I encourage you to look it up. I pray it blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in “moments” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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Never Be Afraid to Share Your Story

This picture isn’t very clear, but I remember the day it was taken. It was five years ago at one of the first women’s conferences I ever spoke at.

I remember thinking who am I to stand in front of these women? What do I have to offer? What will they gain from me?

On the contrary, who was I not to? Who are you not to? Don’t allow your opinion of yourself, or, the false opinions of others, to disqualify you.

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page to someone else’s survival guide.” ~Morgan Harper Nichols

Someone may be suffering in silence because they think no one will understand, or no one else has been through and overcome what they’re going through.

Your testimony could heal them, encourage them, inspire them or even FREE them.

NEVER be afraid to share your story. Someone needs to hear it! No Shame! No Fear!

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in “moments” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna Jolivette

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Life in Retrospect

A close friend and I met for coffee this morning. At the last minute we found out where we wanted to go opened too late. So, we decided to try Retrospect Coffee Bar.

It’s funny how things happen sometimes. Although it wasn’t our intended location, the name itself made us reflect on things we’ve wanted to do and talked about doing, but had not done.

The reasons we hadn’t pursued those things didn’t matter because what we realized in retrospect is that all those past decisions that may not have made complete sense prepared us for where we are today in a position to pursue that which we’ve longed to do.

No time was wasted. It was all part of our process.

“You do not wake up and become the butterfly – growth is a process” ~Rupi Kaur

Keep growing and trust YOUR process!

Share with someone who may need to know it’s not over for them. They are just a work in progress. KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in “moments” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

2019 is halfway over and I have one question for you. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Here are 10 quotes to motivate you to achieve your dream:

  • “In the end… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” ~Lewis Carrol
  • “Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” ~Napoleon Hill
  • “I’d rather regret the risks that didn’t work out than the chances I didn’t take at all.” ~Simone Biles
  • “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.” ~Billy Cox
  • “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ~Earl Nightingale
  • “Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.” ~Unknown
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~Nelson Mandela
  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ~Henry Ford
  • “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” ~George Addair
  • “The future depends on what you do today.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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“Every Moment Is A Fresh Beginning”

There have been moments I have said I can’t wait until the day is over, or I can’t wait until after a certain time period has passed so that I don’t have to deal with a particular situation or person.

As I was driving the other day, I saw a billboard with the T.S. Eliot quote,

Every moment is a fresh beginning”

I paused and thought, EVERY… not some… not a few… but EVERY moment.

That’s when I was reminded that I don’t have to wait until the next day to have a fresh start. I don’t have to wait until next year, or until I leave the job, or until I move, or whatever, for a fresh beginning.

My FRESH BEGINNING can start right NOW. It starts in my attitude and thinking.

It starts with me saying that I’m not going to allow a situation or person to dictate my mood, the way I feel, or my outcome.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% percent how you respond to it. ~Charles R. Swindoll

Whatever happened, happened. I can’t rewind time and change what happened the past year, past month, past week, past day, or past hour.

BUT, I can change my response to what’s happening.

Today, CHOOSE to respond and react differently to what’s happening in your life.

When something crazy happens,

  • Take a deep breath
  • Think before you respond or react
  • Remember that EVERY MOMENT (which can literally mean the next minute or next second) is an opportunity for a NEW BEGINNING.

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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TRUST!

I woke up in the middle of the night second guessing a decision I made.

All the “what ifs” and “what will they say” raced through my mind.

After a few hours of stressing, I realized there are times when you must TRUST you heard from God regarding the decision you made, even if it doesn’t make sense to others.

At the end of the day, you have to live with your decision.

Everyone will not understand, but they don’t have to.

It’s your life.

Live it!

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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It Could All Be So Simple

Lauryn Hill’s song Ex-Factor starts off by saying “it could all be so simple, but you’d rather make it hard“. The song is referring to a relationship, but I wonder how many other things in our life are simple that we’re making hard.

I remember one time I was hired for a position and based on the interview I had an expectation that I would be doing a specific thing. However, my manager, who did not participate in the hiring process, had me doing something different. I was frustrated and stressed out about it. Several people suggested that I simply talk to my manager, but I would always talk myself out of doing it.

Finally, when I couldn’t take it anymore, I, in much nicer words, asked my manager at what point could I start doing what I expected. Her answer was simple. She said, “starting today”. It was all a simple misunderstanding.

On today, I challenge you to recognize that some things and situations are not as complicated as we’re making it out to be.

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God Is Always Working

Be encouraged on today. Know that even when you are unaware, God is always working in the background on your situation. Learn to rest and trust that HE WILL work it out! 

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way on today!

~ Keishawna

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