|Posted on February 4, 2019 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Do You Know What Love Is?
If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ve seen all of my promotional content, and you know that the Kindle version of Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is, is available for pre-order on Amazon. The ebook version will be released on February 14th 2019 and the paperback copy will be released on February 10th 2019, so that copies can be ordered and delivered in time for gifting on Valentine’s Day. I’m so excited for the release. Valentine’s Day is the international day of love, and I’m looking forward to something that I’ve created being another source of love in the world.
At the start of January, I was looking for strangers/ unbiased people to read Mum and Dad, We Know What Love Is and give me honest feedback prior to the release. I was in Tesco doing my healthy food shopping and I bumped into an 11 year old girl (perfect age) and her mum. I approached them and her mum said “Yeah, she loves reading.” The little girl said “I would love to read your book”, so I gave her my business card and she emailed me. It was a sweet little email, so I sent her the preview copy of my book in pdf format and yesterday she emailed me. Her email made my heart smile, made my face smile and relaxed my brain. See her email below.
If you and children you know are e-book readers, pre-order your copy now. Pre-orders are good for my soul. Each one will help Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is move closer and closer to the number 1 spot on the Amazon Best Sellers List. It will ensure that this book becomes a part of the culture, it will assist me with my mission to spread love, to uplift and encourage children, and really just love on them. I hope you get your copy, whether its e-book or paperback. Its time more people found out what love is and we need to shape the next generation in love.
If you have any questions about the book, feel free to email me. I'd love to answer your questions and share more information about it. Oh, and feel free to follow Zurie and Zaria on Instagram - @ZurieandZaria
|Posted on November 24, 2018 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
Two years ago today....
Today is November 24th 2018. Yesterday was Black Friday, the most expensive, but cheap day of the whole year LOL!!!. The day before was Thanksgiving Day and you already know this so why am I telling you?
Two years ago I was counting down to this day in a big day. It wasn’t because I was eager to eat turkey, roast potatoes, collar greens and stuffing (I’m a Pescetarian so minus the turkey), it wasn’t because I couldn’t wait to get major deals on Amazon, Walmart, Nike or Best Buys; NO! It was because I had taken a leap of faith, I jumped into the unknown, I had worked hard consistently for weeks and created a powerful piece of literary art. I wrote a book, promoted it, and released it on Thursday 24th November 2016. It was Thanksgiving Day and I had become an Author.
I always knew that I would publish a book, I used to write little stories, poems, articles and blogs, but this was official, it was REAL. I was holding my first printed and published book in my hand. I can’t forget that I cried because it smelt good, it had my name on it, it had a barcode, an ISBN number, it was my words on paper, it had a book cover and funnily enough the book cover is my face (the side profile twice). I Did It!
Last year I celebrated the amazing year I had as an Author, with a special flashback video and an event “The Faith And Inspiration Meet-up” that brought me and my family, friends and readers together. It was December 2nd and in Nottingham, UK so it was absolutely freezing cold, but it was a fantastic celebration of what I had achieved. More importantly, a celebration of what God had done in my life. What He had allowed to take place following His promptings to write this book.
Now, 2 full years after publishing Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration, I am the Author of 4 books. When I started writing in 2016, I didn’t imagine saying that 2 years later, but God is GOOOOOOD! I’m the Author, Self-published Author of 4 books and the 4th one is the Black And White Edition of my baby, of my first book. I have a special bond, and connection to each book, so there’s no favouritism around here, but this book started my journey and it was worthy of a second edition and that is FACTS. It’s changed my readers lives, and its changed mine.
To mark this day, November 24th 2018, I have published a special book reading video on the Kayisha Online YouTube channel. I’m reading from Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration Black And White Edition and it’s a very themed video, so check it out and you’ll see what I mean.
The message I want you to get from this blog is that one decision you make to do something great, on one specific day pays off in many ways, weeks, months and years after. Procrastination is an act, if I can call it that, encouraged by the enemy. It stops you from achieving anything. It prevents the journey from even beginning. Step out and do great things, so just like me, you can look back and say “Oh My Grapes..... I did this 2 years ago, 5 years ago and look at all that’s happened as a result of it.” Believe in yourself and the power you have. Don’t listen to what people say. Do what you need to do, do what God has placed on your heart, do what brings you joy, create what the world needs to be a better place, and in years to come you will have no regrets.
All Things Kayisha
|Posted on November 18, 2018 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
The STUDENTpreneur Conference 1:0 presented by The Sheeo Alliance
On November 17th 2018, I attended the Studentpreneur Conference 1.0. Now you may be thinking, “I’ve watched videos on the Sophisticated K YouTube channel, I’ve seen Kayisha Online videos, she shared her age and she’s not a student.” But let me tell you this. I’m not a student in an educational institution, but I’m a student in L.I.F.E. I’m always learning, I’m always developing and building my knowledge. I make an effort to extend my vocabulary and to understand the background and inner workings of literature and language; since I am a 4x Published Author. I learn on the job, whether it be my self-employment (photography, graphics design, fashion or videography) or my employment (my work in the corporate world, HR and Administration). I learn from reading books, watching intellectually made media (TV series, movies etc) I choose what I watch wisely. I learn from conversations with people, a lot of people hold a wealth of wisdom in their brains, and its just dying to come out. #IKeepLearning
I believe that we are always learning, always students and as long as you don’t think you KNOW-IT-ALL, you will always be open to learning something NEW.
So, I went to the event and I was very impressed. I could have vlogged, and maybe I should have vlogged BUT I made some notes and I’d like to share them with you. I always say, “If something inspires you, don’t keep it to yourself, share it!" So, here goes...
1. Khadija Hashi - Vitamin D Aware
She shared that the best way to go about building an online brand is to create quality content, and high quality images at that. She said that consistency is important, you have to be consistent, you should have a schedule and a social media plan and lastly, there should be a theme behind your content. Original quality is better than quantity and you should keep business and personal separate.
2. Amaa Amo Agyei - Co-founder of Rice at home ™
She shared that you should document your journey, which she does via her podcast “Rice At Home”. I’m now a subscriber and I’ve already listened to the first episode. I had to go back to the beginning. She advised us to build a personal brand (your brand is who you are) because it influences your business. Have pillar content she said, such as a podcast or YouTube videos, post photos on Instagram/ Facebook during the week, post on Twitter and “Be different and better”. She said you should build a product or a service around what people want and need (people are hungry, feed them your product) – so basically niche marketing is important. She said let people know that your product is for them and lastly, she said JUST START, you can’t be perfect, or be an expert unless you start. Begin the process, start the journey and perfect it along the way.
3. Mohsin Mayfair - Seriel Entrepreneur and private investor
He shared that if focus on why you started your business and stop thinking about numbers and other people you will grow. Focus on the passion that pushed you to start in the first place. If something or someone doesn’t directly affect what you are doing, don’t think about it. Know your WHY! He said that everything is written for you, things happen for a reason, so change your mindset and use it for good.
4. Abraham Adams - ABVlogs on YouTube and Nalu doorags
Aside from the fact that he has an American accent (I made him aware of it on purpose, because when I’m in Florida, everyone does that to me LOL) he shared that his upbringing taught him great things that he is using in life now. He’s from New York, but currently in the UK and he said everything happens for a reason and the goal should always be to be happy, its not just about the money. Fashion is about expression, making a statement. He said “It’s not only black thugs that wear doorags! I’m an Econgrad and I wear doorags. My aim is to change the narrative through fashion.” He openly shared that even though life in business gets lonely at times, he’s not alone. He said he is here to serve, he can’t be greedy, because other people add to his life. He sees that if someone needs help that he can give, he’s willing to help and he understands that he needs everyone to help him get to where he needs to be.
There were many other young student entrepreneurs on the panel, as well as in the audience; whether established or aspiring and it was a great environment to be in. Networking is powerful, but what’s important is that what you learn must be applied. In the introduction of my book, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration, I said “So when reading this book, you can read one or two teaspoons of faith and inspiration a day, or you can read page after page and ounce after ounce. What’s most important to me is that you experience a blessing, your life is elevated to another level as you take moments to meditate on the words within and put them into action immediately.” That’s the key, putting them into action. Don’t just read the words, listen to what people say and don’t act. The people above did something, the people you watch on TV and in the movies did something, the multi-millionaires you aspire to be like did something, so now its your turn to make a move. DO SOMETHING! Learn And Do Business!
|Posted on September 6, 2018 at 12:40 AM||comments (1)|
Notting Hill Carnival 2018
Did you get a chance to watch my Notting Hill Carnival 2018 with Sophisticated K vlog?
When I checked the weather prior to travelling to London, it forecasted rain. If you know me well, you know that I don't like rain BUT GOD knows the beginning from the end. I was praying and checking, praying and checking BUT GOD.
Although I was born and raised in London, UK; I know my background and my heritage. I fully embrace my culture and I enjoy what comes with it - the traditions, festivities and everything else. I enjoy being a Caribbean girl/ Island Gyal (Dominican and Jamaican), and so 10/11 years away from Notting Hill Carnival is unheard of LOL!! I last went to carnival when I was 17 years old. I can actually remember my outfit. But anyway, I wanted to share what I learnt from this experience with you, and let me tell you this... The proof is in the pudding. I vlogged it!
• We should dance in the rain
• Stay close to those that love you
• Strangers support you more than family and friends
• There's a blessing in the storm
• People's opinions are just that, their opinion
• A smile is a ministry
• God is on your side and He does everything for a reason
• Go where God wants you to go
• Everything doesn't have to be perfect
• God sees the bigger picture
Let me just expand on a few of the points
*A smile is a ministry - People always tell me that I have a nice smile. I've also been told many times that there is a shine, a radiance coming from me and I believe that it's a part of my ministry. A smile can bless someone, change their mood and how they feel, it welcomes and sends warm vibes to the person that receives it. I locked eyes with and smiled at so much people and it helped me make connections. It's the little things we do that spreads love and impacts lives.
*Go where God wants you to go - God called us, His people to go out into the world. Me as a person, you as a person is the Ekklesia; God's church, God's hands and feet. No matter where you go in the world, what events you attend, what city you live in, you should represent God and represent Him well. You have been called to go out into the world and spread the gospel. Not only did I WANT to go to carnival, God wanted me to be there. Every year prior, I have been in Florida, but this year I went where God wanted me to be. There is always a purpose.
*Everything doesn’t have to be perfect - We as human beings are not perfect, Jesus is the only perfect person to ever walk this earth, and it’s funny, but we look for the perfect time and the perfect condition or situation. Perfect is hard to find and if we always wait for perfect, (I wanted it to be 20-24 degrees celsius with blue skies and white puffy clouds, but that's not what I got and my experience was amazing.) we miss out on the great things God has planned for us. Let's stop putting things off because its not what we consider to be “PERFECT”!
*Stay close to those you love - For the duration of carnival, I went on Sunday, I had my older sister by my side. She was either to my left or right, or behind me holding onto my arm or my rucksack. I knew she was there every time I looked over my shoulder BUT there was a 4 minute period when I lost her. The police separated us because a lorry was turning the corner and they needed to get everyone out of the way. It was 4 minutes out of about 5/6 hours, but I couldn’t see her or feel her. I love my sister with all my heart and being close to those we love and those that love us is what makes life beautiful.
*We should dance in the rain - You don't know when the storm is going to pass, trials and tribulations, both big and small come, but it's your outlook and how you react that determines the outcome. I checked the weather app countless amount of times, but God is the official Weather Man and I decided to step out in my carnival outfit and enjoy the festivities that I didn't want to miss for another year. I say embrace the rain as it falls, embrace right now and be joyful. I literally danced in the rain, I had no umbrella, but I had a hood to protect my natural hair and my braids and that’s all I needed. The rain didn’t stop my fun.
*God is on your side and He does everything for a reason - You may not think that things that happen are not in your favour BUT trust Him, God sees the bigger picture and He has your best interest at heart. The rain may have put a dampener on the Notting Hill Carnival experience for some, but I began to see God's amazing grace in it. Water is a blessing, it's therapeutic, it’s cleansing, it purifies, it saves, it provides, it brings growth and new life, was used in miracles and water is POWER. I saw the rain as a positive thing as long as my camera didn't get damaged and it made me realise more than ever before that God only has good intentions and we need to alter our vision and see things His way. If we train ourselves to see that God wants the best for us and there is a strategic reason for things, life will be better.
Last but not least...
*People’s opinions are just that, their opinion - People may judge you for going places and doing certain things. In their opinion, you shouldn’t go there, you shouldn't do that, but when God has a purpose for you and He’s directing you to go somewhere, you go. When God is prompting you to do something, you do it #JustDoIt. Disobedience is sin and faithlessness. People are always going to have something to say, people are always going to judge and criticise, but it’s important to know whose opinion counts and who you want to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant” from.
Watch the video below to see my carnival experience and understand why these are the things I learnt.
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Have a blessed day!
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|Posted on August 31, 2018 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration
Black And White Edition
Kayisha is a hard working, positive, uplifting and popular young Author, who came back with the Black And White Edition of her already successful book, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration.
The book is full of ounces and teaspoons, but also black and white sketches that explores all areas of life, justice, confidence, empowerment and relationships from a faith and inspiration perspective.
I learnt from Kayisha that six teaspoons make an ounce and so there is faith, inspiration, faith, inspiration and one ounce of health and wellbeing at the end. Each teaspoon touches on a range of topics, but one thing for sure is that it speaks right to your heart and your soul. They did to mine anyway. The tone is powerful, yet gentle and aims to inspire hope, positivty, a stronger sense of self, build faith in God and increase inner greatness that will certainly overflow to others.
This book features an opening prayer, written by Ms Glenise McIndoe-Williams called Prayer Of Faith. The blessings you will receive from this book exceeds 10 and will have you walking around declaring "I am bold, I am interesting, I am different, I am passionate, I am whole, I am worthy, I am a child of God, I am enough....." That's a quote from one of my favourite inspiration teaspoons.
All of the teaspoons within are relevant to the current day. Kayisha recently shared a photo on Instagram along with the fact that a loyal reader said, "No matter when I pick it up, or what page I read, it speaks to me about what I'm going through in life and is so inspiring." The pages, although very black and white, have a fire in them to change the world. The release date was Friday 17th August 2018. Order your copy of Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration Black And White Edition on www.kayishaonline.com/books or get your copy on Amazon. Either way, don't let this book pass you by.
Oh, and before I go, I watched the official trailer for Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration Black And White Edition. Kayisha made the Black And White theme REAL!!
Thanks for reading!
Book Review by Guest Blogger.
|Posted on August 8, 2018 at 3:15 AM||comments (0)|
What Is Love To You?
I hope you're well and enjoying the Summer with your friends and family.
In April 2017, I did a book reading in London, UK on the topic of love. Before sitting down to start writing this blog post, I was reminded of the response that a little boy in my audience gave when I asked the question - What Is Love? He stumbled a little, he ummed and ahhhed, he made the whole audience laugh and then when all of the adults were responding, he said "I know one!" With his little voice he said "Love Is FANTASTIC!" The adults said God is love, Love is patient and love is kind... but from the mouth of a 7 year old I thought love is FANTASTIC was the best response. God is FANTASTIC, loving yourself feels FANTASTIC, loving others is FANTASTIC and that means love is FANTASTIC. He was right.
At my very first book signing for my first book, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration, also in London, UK on February 24th 2017, a mum approached me and asked me what age group my book was for. I responded by saying "It's for EVERYONE!" Some people would shut me down and say the book can't be for everyone, but let me tell you this. I continued to answer her question by saying "There isn't an age group (because I didn't set an age group) my nephew is 10 years old and he's reading it, it promotes faith, healthy living, it inspires you to be a successful person, to be confident, to love yourself and we all need that no matter how old we are." Now isn't that the truth.
The oldest person I know of that's reading my book is 90 years old. She's an amazing woman of God and she keeps telling me how inspirational my book is. She's ordered copies for her mentee whose a newly baptised young lady, for her daughter in the USA and grand daughter in Jamaica. That's different generations and stages in life. The 7 year old boy listened to me as I read the teaspoons/ extracts on love and he took it in very well. There's no age restriction when it comes to matters of love, faith and inspiration.
I would love you to comment on this post with your definition of love, or stop by to say hi and let me know what your response is on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
The Black And White Edition of Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration is coming out on August 17th 2018. WOW! Just a few days to go! If you'd like a copy, pre-order your copy before August 17th to get your hands on complimentary items.
Don't forget to share this post with friends and family to share the love.
You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily motivation.
Have a blessed day!
|Posted on July 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
These Books Changed My Life!
I am an avid reader. I get lost in books, but also found. I see the importance in books and thank God for the power of words. I have a list of books that I need to read, books that people have recommended but also books that I have come across and just thought "I have to read that one day." I'm currently doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge, and by that I mean I set myself a goal in January 2018. I told myself, my family, the Sophisticated K Krew and my Goodreads followers that I am going to read 12 books in 2018. Were approaching the end of July and I'm about to finish my 7th book, so I'm on track. See the books I've read so far in my latest Instagram photo @KayishaOnline.
My mum always tells me and others that I never went to bed at night without reading a book as a child. I remember that to be true, and I am so grateful for that truth. That routine has brought me to where I am today, a Published Author of soon to be 4 books. The books I have written have changed my life, but the books I have read have done the same.
These Books Changed My Life:-
One For Me, One For You by Rita Phillips Mitchell
I was 6/7 years old when I bought this book at a book sale whilst in primary school. It excited my senses. I saw little girls who looked just like me, my sisters and my best-friend, Martina and it gave me life. I enjoyed the images, the comedy, their cheeky characters and the mischief they got up to. It made me want to climb a mango tree (I love mangoes), but it also made me want to write a book. I still have my tatty, loose paged copy of the book and because I loved it so much, I got a copy for my God daughter back in 2014. I felt like it impacted my life so much, I had to pass it on. I was so entertained by this book, I feel like if I read it again today, I would enjoy it just as much as I did 20 years ago.
The Holy Bible
I am and will be eternally changed by the Holy Bible. It is a major part of my life. It is a part of who I am as a child of God, a born again Christian, daughter, sister, friend, business woman, colleague, neighbour etc. Whether I hold my printed Bible in my hands or I read it on my phone or my tablet, the impact is the same. God is speaking to me, guiding me, inspiring me, lifting me up, pouring into me and reminding me of how loved and powerful I am. The Holy Bible is the no 1 bestselling book of all time. Over 5 million copies and counting (of course) have been purchased and that's a testament of its greatness. I will never regret the day I picked up a Bible and started reading Genesis. I was gifted a little red New Testament Bible in an assembly in high school and reading that was a blessing. My eyes were opened, I was forming a relationship with Jesus and that's something I cherish.
Love & Respect by Dr Emerson Eggerichs
Love and Respect. WOW! Whilst reading this book my mind was forever changed. I learnt so much and really appreciated it. The advice is based on and geared to married couples and when I started putting things in place in my relationship I saw and felt improvements. As a result of the teachings, my behaviour/reactions, attitude and perspective changed and it had an impact (my relationship is stronger and full of love and respect). It helped me with my how I conducted myself with my siblings too. I'm by no means a Marriage Counsellor, but it even allowed me to give a married couple advice and it saved their marriage. When we understand the power of love and respect and the need we have for them/ how to give them; life changes.
Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration by Kayisha Thomas
This is my first published book. Writing it changed my life, publishing it and sharing it with others has literally changed my life and reading it, although it makes me slightly emotional when it clicks that I wrote it, it speaks to my heart and continues to inspire me, This book has made me a better person, it's made me a mother to many, it gave me a title to be proud of, but it also showed me that God wanted to use me for good in this world. I get to hear first hand the good its doing when people give me feedback and leave reviews and that tends to make me cry. I am forever changed as a human being, a woman, a child of God, a business woman and an Author. I recently decided to do a second edition of it and I'm so grateful that it's worthy of having another edition. Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration Black And White Edition available for Pre-order before August 17th 2018.
Last but not least.
Angel Armies by Tim Sheets
Whilst reading this book my prayer life changed. I didn't wait until I finished it; there was no time like the present. My knowledge of Heaven and Earth was extended, the words of my mouth and the thoughts in my mind will forever be in line with the word of God, in order to activate the angels that know my prothesis and come down from Heaven on an assignment for me. Negative thoughts come to mind because were human, but I rebuke them immediately and change my trail of thoughts. I feel more covered and protected than ever before, I know how to call and activate angels and in doing that I believe an angel saved my life on June 15th 2018. Storytime video on the Sophisticated K YouTube channel.
My Life Has Been Changed!
If this blog is the longest thing you've read in months and years, I would recommend that you start reading more books. This recommendation is not just because it is my book, but because its a soft and gentle read. It will build your faith, but it will also build your confidence, self esteem, self love and relationship with others. Get your copy of Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration.
Watch the video below to get a few teaspoons of inspiration from Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration.
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Have a blessed day!