|Posted on August 22, 2020 at 5:05 PM||comments (0)|
It Took Me 5 Years
Women across the world frequently share their weight loss struggle, weight loss journey and then their weight loss success. Before and after photos are all over social media to prove it. Basically,if you don't post it, it didnt happen. There are many reasons why women lose weight, more often it's following teenage weight gain or pregnancy and child birth; but whatever the reason may be, it’s all a very personal and individual process. No two women are physically the same and that’s why I want to share my journey and a struggle I have had with weight.
My journey started 5 years ago. When I look back now, it seems like just yesterday, but over the past 5 years, my journey has been the complete opposite to many women, but I have struggled all the same. In August 2015, I lost my little sister. I recently shared my loss in a vlog on the K London YouTube channel and stated that I never really talk about her passing. I dedicated my first book, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration to her, I spoke about losing her when I was interviewed on a London based radio station back in early 2017, I’ve done little tributes, but nothing major. So, sharing the impact losing her had on my body is a big step for me. Almost immediately after her passing, I woke up and I had dropped in weight. I never really kept track of my weight before this period, I just knew that as long as my clothes fit me and I was able to fit in new size 8/10 clothes; I was good. A few other things happened to me physically, all of which rectified themselves, but regaining the weight I had dropped overnight wasn’t that easy.
I share regularly on my YouTube channel that I am a Pescatarian. I’m also allergic to dairy products and so that is where the difficulty comes in. With my diet being so restricted, I have to watch what I eat like a hawk. I have to read all of the ingredients, I have to cook a lot of things at home from scratch and by the grace of God that means I'm healthy, but it also means that I don't put on weight. My health came before thick thighs and junk in the trunk, but I really wasn't happy with my weight. I couldn't fit in any of my clothes, my head looked too big for my body, I didn't want to buy smaller clothes, I didn't really want to take any photos and me shying away from the camera was unheard of. I continued to film for my Youtube channel because you couldn't really see how much weight I had lost when it started getting cold in the UK and I had 100 layers on, but still I wasn't happy. I was treated badly by Managers at the company I worked for because I couldn't fit in my work clothes and had to wear the smallest black Levi jeans I had, coupled with my usual shirts, waistcoats blazers and ties. Trust me when I say losing weight was a nightmare, but losing my little sister was an even bigger one.
Back in October 2014, I bought a pair of scales so I could weigh my suitcase before travelling to Florida. I hadn't weighed myself for years and even with these scales in my bedroom, I still didn't weigh myself. I weighed my packed suitcase and then took the batteries out. The first time I weighed myself was just over a year after my whole world crumbled because I noticed that I wasn't putting on any weight. Another winter was coming and this "Skinny Mini" (like my big sister calls me) was going to suffer with no insulation on my body. I was literally skin and bone in my clothes and no matter how much layers I put on; I was still cold. On September 1st 2016, I took out that very brand new scale, put the batteries in, stood on the cold glass and weighed myself. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and then looked down. I was 113lbs which is 8:1 1/4 stones. I wrote on the page in a notebook "Kayisha Weight Journey" below that I underlined Once A Week and then I wrote "Lord, help me put on weight in the right places please. Amen!" This was a very sincere prayer. I was skinny all over but I didn't want unhealthy fat, I didn't want fat around my heart, fat in my arteries etc etc. I wanted healthy fat and healthy weight gain.
The journey officially began there. I weighed myself once a week. Give or take a few days and then sometimes I took a longer break because sometimes the results were disheartening. Sometimes I put on weight and then sometimes I lost it and I felt like I was going backwards. I did everything I could, and those closest to me kept saying, "You need to eat more!" It was frustrating. In 2017, I put on a few pounds and I was happy, I was making progress and the funny thing is, I love food but no matter what; it just wouldn't stick. BUT WAIT, as 2017 came to an end I had reached 122lbs. The New Year came and after all I had eaten for Christmas and New Year's Eve (trust me, I ate a lot) I was a whopping 127lbs which is 9:1 1/4. That was the most I had been since August 2015. I kept recording but it wasn't every week. I had to stop focusing on the number on the scale and just focus on feeling healthy and happy.
I'm so pleased to say that on the evening of August 15th 2020, I weighed myself for the first time in 4 months. The first time since the global pandemic and lockdown and I was/ am 133lbs. 9:7 stones. I couldn't believe it. It took me 5 whole years to put on 20lbs. My sister said "4lbs each year!" and she's not quite right but it was a struggle. Below I share some of the things I did and even though I did these things, I didn't see immediate results. I had to be consistent.
Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Always include fruits and vegetables in your meals.
Drink water - at least 2000ml/ 2 litres a day.
Make smoothie recipes.
Get good sleep, at least 8 hours a day.
Stay positive. Rebuke all negative thoughts and reduce stress.
Dress comfortably for your current weight.
Eat bigger portions ( Don't overeat, but increase the portions to up your calorie intake).
Carry healthy snacks with you when you're on the go so you don't to eat takeaway or wait too long to eat.
Discuss your goal with the people closest to you.
Pray about your physical concerns, God cares about what bothers you.
Take multivitamins daily to increase your consumption of beneficial vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Sometimes it seemed like the older I got (I'm 30 years old now), the faster my metabolism got and that meant I needed to take in more calories to maintain my weight. I feel like I'm at the right weight for my height and my build now. I'm petite, I'm 5ft 3 inches, so now my challenge is to maintain this weight, stay fit, healthy and be happy. I'll probably still be cold during winter 2020 BUT at least I'm back to being able to fit in my size 8/10 clothes. And that's with the exception of some size 6 things that still fit me. I really hope this has helped someoone. I know this is the complete opposite to the normal weight struggles, but it's just as real.
Please share some weight gain or weight maintenance tips with me. I'd love to know what you do and it will help others.
All Things Kayisha
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|Posted on August 12, 2020 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Black Girl In A Car Web Series - Party With Me
There's been a new video on the K London (previously known as Sophisticated K) YouTube channel every week since January 23rd 2015, but now there's a NEW series on the K London YouTube Channel. If you read that right and you're a human calculator, you would know that, that means there are more than 280 videos on my channel. When I say I'm committed, I am committed, but anyway, back to the series. There's a new series of videos on the K London YouTube Channel and it's called "Black Girl In A Car" and yes that Black girl is me - Kayisha aka K London!
The Black Girl In A Car Series is going to be a 5 part series. I've planned it all out very strategically and at the moment there are 3 videos in the playlist. That means we've already had 3 stops. The first was London, my beloved hometown, then it was a full blown, UK road trip and most recently a nationwide, gorgeous Florida roadtrip. I've been having fun posting these, editing these and getting you off of the sofa to go for a drive with me. Trust me, it's all love and all fun.
Back in 2018, my cousin sent me the above photo. She said "I saw this and thought of you." Now when I look back, it's actually the definition of the Black Girl In A Car Series.
So, make sure you subscribe and stay tuned for each stop. It is basically an ode to the phrase "Party In The Car". I have had my driving licence since I was 19 and I immediately made CDs so I could party in the car every time I went for a drive. This has to be my favourite thing to do, especially with the people I love.
Enjoy the series that has been motivated by the fact that we are in a global pandemic, on lockdown, in quarantine and social distancing. Although I'm back at work, aside from going to work, I only go out for essential trips like most people across the world. However, through this virtual reality that I have created, we can get out of the house and go for a drive around the world together.
All I ask is that you:-
*Get off the sofa
*Get in the car with me
*Put your seat belt on #SafetyFirst
*Share with your friends and family
*Leave a car emoji in the comments
And yeah, enjoy! 1Love KL xox
All Things Kayisha
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#KLondon #YouTube #CarpoolKaraoke #DriveWithMe #Quarantine #SocialDistancing #WithMe #LockDown #VirtualReality #driveby #ContentCreator
|Posted on July 15, 2020 at 11:45 AM||comments (1)|
I'm not a Hair Stylist, or maybe I am!
All Natural - Just blow-dried hair
I've been a Naturalista since birth. No perm and no chemicals; other than that time when I had to have my hair bleached so I could dye it red, red wine. Did you sing along as you read that? Other than that, literally no chemicals have touched my hair. I'm very proud of that and I do think I'm truly a Naturalista.
I started off by saying "I'm not a Hair Stylist, but I second guessed myself immediately. I think I actually am. I may not be a professional Hair Dresser, BUT I have been styling my own hair since I was a teenager, I do my mum's hair, my sister's hair and people in high school used to ask me to do their hair. I think I am a Hair Stylist after all.
Athough I'm not a professional Hair Stylist, I did embrace my natural hair before being natural became a trend on social media, and like I said, aside from bleaching my hair so that I could dye it red way back in 2009, I haven’t manipulated my hair with any chemicals in my 30 years of living. Natural has been me, even when it’s difficult to manage, style and care for, I love it. I have curls, coils and kinks all on one head. I have 3 curl patterns because I have inherited different curl patterns from my parents. But saying that, my hair texture is unlike anyone I know. When my hair is straight (I’ve used flat irons) my hair looks Indian. I attribute that to my mum’s Syrian dad and my dad’s Arawak ancestors. I love my hair in it’s natural state, I tried to leave it curly and put the most products on it a couple of Summers ago, but the shrinkage was real and the curls were not the same at the front left, front right or back. It's crazy becaue, that day I was gettting a Fenty Beauty make-over, I looked in the mirror to admire my face, but all i could say is “Natural Hair Don’t Care!”
When I started doing my YouTube channel and started posting natural hair how-to videos, I vowed to be an inspiration to women who needed to know how to care for and style their hair. Since I was in high school, I not only had friends ask me to do their hair, I also had people ask me what I use in my hair and I have never been stingy or afraid to share. I remeber listing all of my favourite products, however, as I have grown and learnt, I have had to add the caveat that "everyone’s journey, hair texture, scalp and porosity is different" I try to inspire people to love their hair and to learn it. Saying that, the learning never ends because as you get older, your hair changes. It doesnt just turn grey, the texture and thickness changes too. In the formerly Sophisticated K, now K London YouTube videos, I suggest that you #BringIt with your natural hair, go all out, experiment and create your own style.
Over the past 3 years, I have been making my own hair products. I am so sensitive to the world, I have allergic reactions to so much things, even after having used the product previously. When I had a reaction to olive oil, carrot oil and then to coconut oil, I decided it was time to make my own hair grease and hair spray. I created my hair spray from scratch, and I use it when I am blow-drying my hair. Then my hair grease is used to grease my scalp, especially when I’m in the UK. Dry scalp in the winter is a pain.
I go back to the Hair Stylist subject because a hair professional would be able to help you determine whether you have Low Porosity or High Porosity hair. The difference between the two are grand. Low Porosity hair is dry, brittle and breaking, because of this it's important to do steams and hot oil treatments. High porosity hair soaks up product because this hair has the ability to hold moisture.
We all want soft and moisturised hair, hair that looks and feels healthy, hair that's long and curly. So, overall, I want the message to be that the natural grandeur of your hair is beautiful, it is your crown, it’s a part of the essence of your blackness (no one has hair like Black, African, Caribbean people); so we should enjoy and embrace it. Whether we are Hair Stylists or not, we can be experts in our own hair and we can rock it well.
I'd like to close this out by saying, India Arie sings, “I am not my hair” but I’d like to say that this is true BUT my hair is a part of me.
To have a look at some of my natural hair how to videos on youTube, go to the Natural Hair & Beauty K London playlist.
All Things Kayisha
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#IAmNotMyHair #NaturalHair #Naturalista #LongHair #BlackGirlsRock #NaturalHairVideo #Youtube #HairCare #HairAndBeauty #BantuKnots #Hairstyle #HealthyHair #Afrocentric
|Posted on July 6, 2020 at 4:30 AM||comments (0)|
Any Such Thing As Too Much Sunglasses?!?
Sparks Sunglasses has been a part of the Kayisha Online Empire since the 19th May 2019. Just over a year now and everything is going well. It's a great addition to the family and so much people have already been added to the Sparks Family. When I tell you that it's a beautiful occasion every time someone places an order or two. And I say order or two because, it's only been a year and we've already had repeat customers. Anyway, someone recently asked if you can ever have too much sunglasses, and as an official sunglasses lover, I can proudly say that you can NEVER have too much! I have been collecting sunglasses since I was a teenager in high school. Sadly, back in the day I used to be so generous, I'd lend them to people, but unfortunately I never got them back. That hurts because each pair that becomes a part of my personal collection was chosen for a specific reason. Each pair is connected to a time and a place (London, Ft Lauderdale, Orlando etc). I choose each pair of sunglasses because they reflect my love for style and sunglasses; so losing them is like losing a piece of me. You might say that sounds dramatic, but I'm a real Sunglasses Lover.
Sparks Sunglasses can help you do a lot of finding:-
1. Find the shape to fit the silhouette of your face
2. Find the colours to match your chosen outfit of the day
3. Find tints and shades to fit your mood
4. Find the ones that are the most comfortable for you.
5. Find the style to suit the occasion
And the list goes on...
Basically, to answer the question is... You can never have too much sunglasses in your home collection and that is why Sparks Sunglasses are here to help. Come rain or shine, winter, spring, summer or fall all you have to do is call or just visit our website and place an order. With speedy delivery, you don't have to settle for a pair that don't match the outfit you have in mind. We will get them to you just in time.
And because it's July and I'm feeling joyfully generous, I'm giving 6/7 people items from a TED BAKER Beauty set with each order from the Summer Vybz Sparks Sunglasses Collection. Some people might get 1/2 pieces. But make sure you place your order today, otherwise you will miss out on these complimentary items. When they're gone, they're gone! Who knows when I'll be feeling generous again LOL!
Head over to https://www.sparkssunglasses.co.uk to check out the Summer Vybz Collection. Follow Sparks on Instagram and/or Facebook @SparksSunglasses oh and you can subscribe to the YouTube channel - Sparks Sunglasses for videos. That way you can see what is going on behind the scenes.
#SparksSunglasses #Sunglasses #Summer2020 #SummerTime #SummerFashion #2020vision #SunglassesLover #SunglassesFashion #BlackBusinessWoman #OversizedSunglasses #LoveSunglasses #SunglassesShop
|Posted on June 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
I'm Not A Wealth Expert
So I'm not a wealth expert, I'm not a Financial Advisor, I'm not a Billionaire yet, BUT I have made wise decisions with money all my life, I read books so I can be financially literate and I would love to share some tips with you. What makes me qualified to give money advice then? Well, I am 30 years old and I'm not in £1 of debt (I was born and raised in the UK), I'm also not in $1 of debt (I'm Bicoastal and also live in Florida). Because of that, there are things that I have done that I would just like to share with you in the hopes that it will assist your financial journey.
Now aside from being employed and doing agency work (I do long term temporary contracts with big corporate companies), I am Self-employed, I have several streams of income, some which come in whilst I'm sleeping (that's called a Passive Income), and I am an avid saver and not a big spender. Every week on what I call "Finance Friday" I sit with my money aka my online banking and I work out and manage my money. I work out what I'm saving, what I'm giving as offering, what I need to spend, what I'm using for bills and what is going to stay in my current account so there is always a balance there. I also don't and never have had an overdraft because I don't spend money that I don't have. I have banked with the same bank in the UK since I was 11 years old and with the same bank in the USA for 11 years. I like that stability. I do use a different bank for my business accounts so there are no connections with my business and personal. I also contribute to my pensions. I started when I was 23 years old, like I said above; I'm now 30 so I've been making monthly and weekly contributions for 7 years. If I thought "I won't start now, I'll wait until I'm older I won't retire until I'm 65+" I would have missed out on those 7 years.
So here are some tips, make a note of them, share them with your friends and family - do whatever you can to get the word out because financial freedom should be everyone's goal.
1. Spend less money - That needs no explanation. Don't spend more money than you make.
2. Save more money - Be committed to saving at least 10% of what you earn.
3. Have multiple streams of income - The Holy Bible says 8 streams and I think we should listen and be doers of the word.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.
4. Run a home based business - No need to have a brick and mortar, or have extra expenses when you can start at home and keep the costs down.
5. File your taxes - Keep all of your receipts and invoices and then add on all of your expenses that contribute to the growth of your business.
6. Keep records of everything - Don't discard anything and act like it's not important, keep and file everything away, all of your expenses - business and personal.
7. Spend time with your money - Like I said I have #FinanceFriday which is a time I dedicate to managing my money.
8. Read financial books - Become financially literate. You must educate yourself, get wise and crave knowledge. Yes, read for entertainment, but read more for education and self-improvement.
9. Ask questions - No question is stupid, if you never ask you will never know.
10. Live below your means and act poor - It might sound terrible to say act poor, but by that I mean don't be a big spender because you have money coming in. Live comfortably but not flashy. Just because you can afford to buy things, doesn't mean you should. You have to always ask yourself "Do I need to spend money on this?"
11. Invest in yourself - This should be self explanatory but you need to invest in yourself and your business wisely. People can tell when you don't and they will wonder why they should invest in you if you don't invest in you. Also invest in your education.
12. Have a budget - Give yourself a limit. This is not to have negative restrictions on how you use your money, a budget is a positive thing, it's a guideline. Ultimately it will be a boundary that you will be pleased that you didn't cross when you start to follow it.
13. Pay your bills on time - Have calendar reminders for your bills and your credit card payments so you don't forget and you're never late. Punctuality was important in school and it's important now.
14. Be charitable - Do charitable acts and give to those in need but also to your home church. Your tithes and offerings are a big part of your finances and once you understand that a cheerful giver is protected and blessed, life changes.
Click To Watch This Motivational Talk Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RNX0qvirnc
I have read books like "Becoming A Millionaire God's Way", "Richest Man In Babylon" and "Go Givers Sell More" etc.
So I'm not perfect. I'm still learning, and like I said I'm not a Money Expert and here's something I need to work on. For years I have been told to literally/ physically keep money in my pocket/ my purse, and that is one thing that I have struggled to do. I don't like coins! I don't like pence or cents. I don't have a massive purse and I like to be able to close my purse so I don't keep coins. I also can't keep notes, pounds or dollars. Every time I withdraw notes to keep in my purse as "just in case money", a just in case moment happens almost straight away or someone says they need money and I give it to them. It could be £5 or $10 and it's gone. So because of that, I don't keep money in my pocket. I'm not perfect, so I am going to work on the "just in case notes" because what if one day all ATMs stop working, the card terminals stop working and I need to buy something urgently. I need to have cash, so I will get there.
Oh My Gosh! Saying that, I watched a movie called How It Ends and it seemed like the world was ending. The dad and son-in-law stopped at a petrol station to fill up and HAD to pay with cash. I need to work on keeping money in my purse, contactless debit card although convenient may not be so convenient in a financial shut down.
Anyway, I really hope these help you on your journey to financial freedom. I also hope you were inspired by the video above
All Things Kayisha
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|Posted on June 3, 2020 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
#BlackLivesMatter YES They Do!
It would be unbelievable to say that you are not aware of what has been going on in the supposedly United States of America. It would be ludicrous to say that you haven't seen what has been going on very publicly for the past month and more BUT most recently in May 2020. The saying, you must be living under a rock would definitely be true if you have not seen how the States have been ravaged with hate, racism, discrimination, violence, unlawlful, unjust, fatal treatment and acts towards Black/ African American people. The things I have witnessed via social media have been disorienting and the things I have been feeling are overwhelming especially since I am Black. As well as that big fact, I am bicoastal and have lived in and called Florida my home for 10 years. It is very disheartening and just like everyone else in the Black Lives Matter movement, we need this to stop. We need racism at the core to be eradicated, we need some serious exercises to take place, some serious education and therapy for those that have racist tendancies and this deadly racist heart condition. We also need justice and real conviction for those that have committed these unlawful crimes against our people.
The Bible app scripture of the day for today - June 3rd 2020 is "2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." I had that scripture in mind when on May 29th 2020 I posted the below photo and caption on the Kayisha Online Instagram. I was inspired to post what I did because living in fear is not life; fear arrests you and makes you think that things are impossible, but let me reassure you that with God it is possible. Change is possible and yes, Justice is possible. I had enough of people posting things saying "Am I Next?", being scared for their lives and that of their brothers, fathers, sons and for that of others. It's not right, it's unacceptable and my caption says it all.
"No one should leave their house scared that they won't come home, no mother should have to worry that she won't see her child again, no parent should have to bury their child and no race should feel less than any other. We are all human beings, underneath the layer of skin is all the same body parts, organs, cells, tissues etc. Yes Black people are talented, creative, beautiful and strong but it took us 9 months to develop in the womb just like every other race. WHY should we be treated unfairly and unjustly murdered, our lives are just as precious. Racism is terrorism! It's wicked, it's evil and it has to STOP."
Following that was Blackout Day 2020. A lot of people didn't understand the purpose of it, but when you understand the impact of racism, you realise that we have to come together because we are #StrongerTogether for real. The Blackout Day was an effort to show solidarity across the board, it was to stop the show (the promotion of everything but Black Lives Matter) BUT the only issue was that people used the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag which meant the blackness filled that # when we needed to show the reason why we were protesting in this manner in the first place. The collage above consists of the posts I shared as my contribution to the blackut across all of my Instagram accounts. Social media is very powerful and when we use it correctly, we can certainly educate, protest and bring about tremendous change.
Let me just reiterate! I say that because Black Lives Matter and we can bring about tremendous change because there is far more with us than there is against us. I also say that because all remnants of evil must go. Evil and wickedness have no place in this world, the devil was cast down and that's what happens when you're evil, so I believe that light is going to eradicate darkness. I beliebe that evil will be eradicated now that it has reared its ugly head in such a despicable fashion in front of the entire world. Its existence can't be denied. Justice is overwhelmingly in our favour, and at this point there is more good than bad.
In London today, thousands of people (men, women and teenagers) walked the streets of Central London and successfully carried out a peaceful protest in support of the unlawful deaths in America; the despicable violence at the hands of the police but also the delusional citizens that think they have the right and authority to take a Black persons life. They were also in protest of the injustice and inequality in the USA, but also in the United Kingdom. I'm a proud Londoner as the sun sets tonight, and although I wasn't there, I can say we stood up and stood together with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. Below is a Zurie and Zaria scene that says Zurie and Zaria are standing with the peaceful protesters in order to state that we shouldn't have to live in fear of being attacked and killed because of the colour of our skin.
My children's book characters, Zurie and Zaria declare that Black Lives Matter!
We may have been posting black squares on June 2nd 2020 but racism can't hide. It has been brought to light even moreso than before and now is the time for it to be extinguished once and for all. That's worldwide, not just in America. It needs to be extinguished in the United Kingdom, in Europe, in Australia, Africa and Asia. Enough is enough!
Now please remember, God is with us. The Holy Spirit is with us, Jesus Christ died so that we would be free to live life abundantly. Jesus' death and resurrection are not in vain. We also have angels that are guarding us, angels on assignments to assist and protect us. We have to put our angels to work.
Our ultimate goal is to completely remove and destroy racism, to cause it to cease to exist from the root. Above I mentioned education, practical exercises and therapy and that is definitely necessary. We also have to continue to spread love, to be good examples, we are human beings and we are all in this together.
I'd like to close this out by praying:
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will open the eyes of our hearts. I pray that You give us a clean heart, create a right spirit within us, fills us wth the Holy Spirit and cause us to be more righteous. I pray for a miraculous victory to fall on the entire earth and Lord I ask you to wipe out all wicked and evil. I call on the power of God to allow love and peace to reign. God, You are love, You made us in your image, so restore love in this world and hear my call for a worlwide revival. Bless us Lord! In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen!
All Things Kayisha
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#BlackLivesMatter #BlackOutTuesday #EnoughIsEnough #StrongerTogether #Hope #Light #Faith #SpreadLove #Justice #PrayWithMe #TogetherWeAreStrong #BLM #ThisIsAmerica
|Posted on May 26, 2020 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Kayisha Online is 4 Years Old Today!
Kayisha Online is four years old today. On May 26th 2016 I launched this website - www.kayishaonline.com. It's exactly 4 years to the date and I remember being in Florida, on my bed typing away, graphic designing away, creating page after page of what I was calling The Home Of "All Things Kayisha" It's been 4 years and time flies. I'm kind of glad that time flies because I have been able to achieve so much, experience so much, accomplish so much, meet so much amazing people, travel so much, uplift, inspire and serve multitudes of people and grow so much. Not only has Kayisha Online grown in these past 4 years, but me, I, Kayisha Thomas have grown. I have grown as a person, as a child of God, as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a colleague a Writer and as a Business Woman. I am a Female Entrepreneur and I love it!
Kayisha Online is a massive part of my life and I couldn't be more glad that it bears my name. My name means living prosperously, and my desire for Kayisha Online and all things that come under the umbrella, in the empire is that they prosper. I like to celebrate, I like to smile, laugh and enjoy; but unfortunately at this time we are in a global lockdown, we are quarantining and in a global pandemic, so I can't celebrate with an event like I would have liked to. So instead I got creative and designed some posters. I created posters to celebrate my 4 year milestone and hopefully they get seen by thousands of people all around the world.
Kayisha Online consists of :-
PCBphotography - My heart is in photography. I have been taking photos since disposable camera film days. I was a child taking photos of my shoes and my hairstyles. I used to pose around the house and now I am front and centre at international fashion shows. PCB was officially established in August 2011 when I worked for BBC Nottingham for Nottingham Caribbean Carnival. Almost 9 years later and it still brings me joy like the first day.
Sophisticated K T-shirts - Fashion is a massive part of my life. I used my own style and fashion ideas to make up for the fact that I was hiding my skin and my Eczema scars from the world, so I always came up with a creative outfit, especially after I didn't have to wear school uniform anymore. After that I wanted to clothes I wore to really represent me. I setup the SK clothing Line at the end of 2014 when I was in Florida and it consisted of uniquely designed t-shirts. Now I have a bigger collection and people around the world wear my designs on t-shirts and hoodies. I also get asked to customise t-shirts and do one off collections.
K London YouTube - The K London YouTube channel started as Sophisticated K back in January 2015. I figured I would use the name of my t-shirt collection but September 2019 came along and I changed it to K London (a name that had been brewing since 2012). I have over 32,000 views on my channel, 275 videos; I've posted 1 a week for the past 5 years. My content has grown and developed into what I see as a lifestyle channel that uplifts, inspires, motivates and entertains my viewers, also known as The Krew.
Kayisha Online Publishing - I'm an Author, a Published Author and writing is in my blood. Words and sentences run through my veins and I don't think I could survive if I couldn't write. I have published 5 books since November 2016 and as a result of that I have done public speaking engagements, travelled the world, appeared on radio in London and on Haitian television in Florida USA. Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration, Quotes Of Faith And Inspiration, Measures Of Purpose In Life, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration Black And White Edition and Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is make up my Author Library. They are all available on Amazon, Kindle and Kayisha Online.
Sparks Sunglasses - Most recently (One year ago) on May 19th 2019 I launched Sparks Sunglasses. I am a Sunglasses Connoisseur, I absolutely love sunglasses and this venture was a long time coming. It is the newest addition to the empire, but the passion is just as ancient as the others. I have the honour and the privilege of dressing faces, and providing top quality, trendy, stylish and fashionable sunglasses that love and protect your eyes. I don't take that lightly, and after celebrating the first year just last week, I am looking forward to what's next for Sparks.
The first paragraph of this blog got deleted. I could have given up and said forget it but after 4 years I have learnt to NEVER GIVE UP. I opened a new page, saw the blank page and had to start all over again. But after all these years I can proudly say that my perspective has matured and I can tell you that a fresh start is always great. Believing in yourself always pays off and going the extra mile when others stop at the end will most certainly get you further in life. Trust the process, have faith, stay positive and you will succeed. It might seem hard sometimes, it might seem like no one sees your efforts or cares about what you're doing BUT trust me, people are watching and your time is coming. KEEP GOING!
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