|Posted on June 10, 2019 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Love Is A Doing Thing
Love is a beautiful word and a beautiful thing when you experience it in it's fullness. When I got the idea to write a book for children about love, I was so pleased becasuse love is so vast and I had found a way for children to relate to it. We normally think about love in regards to loving ourselves, loving our spouse, loving our country, loving our friends and family, loving food, loving sports, loving music, loving our cars and so much more. All of those things really are love (a feel a certain way about them), but we love those things in different ways.
As we get deeper into the notion of love, we think about God's type of love and that requires action which is why I agree that Love is a verb and a verb is a doing thing. Through God, and His love for us, we are inspired to love others as His love overflows from our hearts. We are inspired to be kind, to put people before ourselves, to be gentle and patient, to forgive, to be generous and thoughtful, caring and a blessing. Those things are love in action.
Zurie and Zaria, the twins in my book, Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is discover what love is during their first day at high school. Their 11 years old, boy and girl twins and not only do they already love each other and love their parents, they learn that love is present and demonstrated in many different ways in the world. Following their first day at high school, they run home eager to say “Mum and Dad, we know what love is!” and that is exactly what they do.
When writing Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is, I wanted to make sure that the love the parents felt for the twins was felt too. I’m not a mum yet, although I’m a god mother and aunty; I know the love of a mother and father supersedes all types of love. This was so evident in a post on Alicia Keys’ Instagram for her sons birthday where she said “Look at you. You are magnificence personified! Your spirit is unmissable! You are unforgettable! Thank you for the raw honesty and fun you bring into our lives, the strength and clarity of character you walk with. May you always be who you are and never bend or switch or change for the comfort of anyone except yourself! Keep following your star young king. I cant wait to see where it takes us. You are loved endlessly. Happy Born Day Genesis!!”
So, my mission is to spread love in a very active way. If you want to join me, get your copy of Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is on Amazon, Kindle or the books page of this website (Kayisha Online). Gift it to your child/ children or a child you know so that they can know what love is too. Thank you in advance for helping me spread love. My mission is not impossible! #MissionNotImpossible
Oh and P.S. Check out the trailer, its innocent, natural, unproduced and spontaneous.
That's my nephew, Mr Shaqai White and I'm pleased to say that He knows what love is.
#WeKnowWhatLoveIs #BookTrailer #AliciaKeys #NewBook #Author #Highschool #Loveis #LoveWins
|Posted on June 6, 2019 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
So, I'm in Florida and my nephew is in London, but when my sister sent me a WhatsApp message saying "Sister are you any good at maths?" I told her to send me a photo of his homework so I could have a look. I'm thousands of miles away and 5 hours behind, but distance and time doesn't matter. The photos came flooding through quicker than I could count to 30.
As an aunty, I'm always happy to help, support, motivate and inspire my niece and nephew. It's a part of my unwritten duty as an aunty to step in where possible, to assist my sister with the upbringing and the wellbeing of my nephew. I feel like as an adult in general, that too is our responsibility whenever we are in the presence of children. I immediately put my Kayisha In High school Hat on and dug deep in my memory bank. I was in high school doing maths over 15 years ago. OMG that makes me feel so old. No wonder I have one grey hair in the front of my head that likes to stick out and show itself no matter what hairstyle I have.
We got straight down to the nitty gritty, and let me tell you this. It wasn't easy. I don't use maths in my current career. I'm a Self Employed Photographer and I don't use maths (I use my eye), I'm a 5x Published Author and I don't use maths (I use English), I'm a Fashion Designer and I don't use maths (I use Art). When I do agency work/ Administration roles for big corporate companies I don't use maths. I haven't exercised these parts of my brain (Posterior Parietal Cortex, Ventrotemporal Occipital Cortex, and the Prefrontal Cortex), for the purposes of mathematics for about 15 years consecutively.It was a challenge, BUT I'm peased to say that I'm glad I did it.
We started with:-
Prime factors - numbers that can be multiplied into a number
12 squared = 144
Square root - a number multiplied by itself
3 times square root of 1 (the symbol for that stumped me at first but we worked it out)
Highest Common Fractor and Lowest Common Multiples (a number that two numbers have in common)
Fractions - numerators and denominators and how many parts of a certain size
Improper Fractions ETC, ETC
I spent 1hour and 5minutes on the phone with my nephew, exchanging photos and maths instructions, equations and answers so we could get his homework done. When we finished, he said "Thank you Aunty, I'm finished. Have a good night!" and I felt accomplished. It wasn't my homework but for some reason I felt accomplished. And with today being Thursday I have to admit that it was literally a Throwback Thursday moment for me.
I went to an all girls school in London. West London to be precise, and maths wasn't my favourite subject. If you can't already tell, I loved English and passed with flying colours all the way up to my A Levels. My God brother tutored me on Algebra because he was an A* student and once we got a few lessons done, I was an A* student too. I needed to get good grades for my GCSE's so after three or four lessons, I loved algebra because of him. But let's stop there, like I said before, that was 12/13 years ago.
When I have children, I want to be able to assist them with their homework, just the way I did with my nephew today. We may think maths and science, geography and history are useless, irrelevant and a waste of time when were in high school, but looking back I can see that they were good for something, even if just to help my nephew.
My most recent book, Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is, is about 11 year old twins (Zurie and Zaria) who discover what love is, but also embark on their first day of high school. What I just did with my nephew is an inevitable part of parenting, so let's be prepared for days like this. Let's educate ourselves so we have the knowledge when our children present us with their homework. Let's practice, so when they come to us we can do the work with them gladly.
My sister has a toothache, so I'm happy I could step in to help the way I did. Trust me when I say I had the scientific calculator out, and I said "One second, I'm old. I need to remember what I was told to do in order to subtract fractions." and guess what my nephew said. "Ok Aunty!"
Anyway, I didnt know my afternoon would turn into a long distance maths class, but hey "You never know what the future holds." Oh and I made sure he showed all of his working outs for all of the teachers reading this. I'm well aware that in exams you can lose points if you don't show your working out, especially when the question asks you to do so. Yes, I'm A Good Aunty!
#maths #teacher #parenthood #highschool #momlife #schoolboy #homework #homeschool
|Posted on March 28, 2019 at 6:25 PM||comments (1)|
A few weeks ago, I filmed the official We Know What Love Is Fun Trailer. With the book's target market being adolescents/ pre-teens/ young adults, I thought it should star my 12 year old nephew/ actor Shaqai White and his childhood friend, Calli. I love them both and was so happy with the trailer just being them having fun. SIMPLE! Their children and the smiles on their faces said more than I could have said.
Whilst promoting the release of the trailer on the Kayisha Online YouTube channel, I posted a photo on the Zurie and Zaria and Kayisha Online Instagram accounts, and looking at the photo made me smile. It captured a very special moment in my life, and one that I worked hard for. I posted the photo above of my nephew reading the book, and here are the captions that followed.
"I loved seeing my nephew @shaqaiwhitetalent reading my new book, Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is. For one, its dedicated to him and two, he contributed a lil something something which makes it even more special. Follow @zurieandzaria for regular updates and get your copy on Amazon, Kindle or Kayisha Online. KO ⭐❤⭐"
"A quick shot from the newly released We Know What Love Is Fun Trailer for the book that's all about us. Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is by Kayisha Thomas @kayishaonline is OUT NOW. Watch the video and treat your son, daughter or yourself to a new book. Oh and get a t-shirt to go with it. VIDEO LINK IN BIO!"
The love of books and reading is so important, so it felt marvellous to see my nephew so engrossed in my first children's book. It felt tremendous to see my nephew read a book that I've dedicated to him, simply because of my love for him, my love for reading and our new found love for reading books together.
In 2018, we started an aunty-nephew book club and its truly a blessing. Now, my suggestion that follows is not just because the book is mine, its because I know it has the power to spark the love of reading in our children. I suggest you get a copy for yourself, and one for your son or daughter. The characters are boy, girl twins so both genders can relate. Then I'd like you to take a selfie with the book and send it to me so I can smile like a cheshire cat. Get your copy on Amazaon, Kindle or the books page of this website. Thank you in advance for helping me spread love. My mission is not impossible! #MissionNotImpossible
Check out the trailer, its innocent, natural, unproduced and spontaneous.
I'm pleased to say that He knows what love is and look, he made it to the video thumbnail as well.
#WeKnowWhatLoveIs #BookTrailer #Video #NewBook #Author #Highschool
|Posted on March 17, 2019 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Be Inspired! Testimony Time!
I'd like to introduce my "Be Inspired Testimonies" to the Kayisha Online Blog. I experience dfferent things as we all do, and when I see God's hand in it, I feel compelled to share it because it proves that God Will Do It, All The Time because He Is Good. So here goes...
Saturday 9th March 2019 proved that when God says something is for you, nothing and no one can take it from you. No matter how hard a person tries, when something is for you, it's definitely for you. Yesterday, meaning March 8th LOL, I was on the phone and I was told that due to a very small, trivial mistake (on my part), I had lost something that I worked hard for. I was advised that I could appeal the matter, but it wasn't guaranteed. The appeal was put in on March 8th on my behalf, and as I put the phone down; ending the call, I left it all in the very capable hands of God.Trust me when I say that I had a very good sleep that night, I trust God and His miracle working powers.
Less than 24 hours later, the appeal was successful. I got an email on Saturday afternoon which stated and I quote...
"I am pleased to confirm that the appeal was successful!"
Jump for joy with me because I'm getting what I was told I couldn't have. Isn't God good? God is good, All the time, Won't He do it is all I could say upon reading the email, but actually that was sufficient because it was all down to Him. And the moral is... I didn't have to fight for it, get angry or frustrated. God gave me the victory, a sweatless victory because He said it was mine in the first place. You Can and will always WIN with God on your side! The battle is not yours, it's the Lord's so have faith. For more Faith And Inspiration visit the books page of this website for more info on my books!
I have since received what I was told I lost. Hallelujah! In fact, I received it on March 15th and this whole situation had me thinking:-
*What God says is for you, no man can take from you
*Who God bless, no man curse - Proverbs 3:33
*God opens doors that no man can shut
*What God delivers, no man can bind
#WontHeDoIt #GodIsGood #PraiseTheLord #Gospel #Testimony
|Posted on March 13, 2019 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
So, Instagram is down (the app and the website because of a major outage) and it's funny because 10 plus years ago, apps weren't a big deal to us. We used Facebook and BBM, but that was it. 10 plus years ago people still had flip phones and brick Nokia phones that we could only play Snake on - there was no Candy Crush. But fast forward to 2019 and Instagram and Facebook being down is an inconvenience. No offense to the elderly, but even they have smart phones and use social media. Seriously, no offense, I love old people.
Every day I post something on Instagram and Facebook, and when I say "I post something", I mean I post at least one photo on @KayishaOnline, @SophisticatedKK, @PCBphotography and the new addition @ZurieandZaria. Actually, how can I forget the even newer addition @ShaqaiWhitetalent (an account I'm managing for my nephew's acting career). Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter etc are not just apps and platforms that I/ we use to promote ourselves and our businesses, document our lives and share our experiences. We also use them to socialise, learn and explore - explore through other people's lives. It's quite amazing how things become such a big part of our lives in a blink of an eye, and then we miss them when their gone.
Last night I prepared the photos I wanted to share this morning before going to work, but when I got home from work, I wanted to check my accounts and possibly post more photos, and that's when I saw "Couldn't Refresh Feed" Dunn dunnn durrrr!!! OMG!!!! WHAT ON EARTH!!!! Is my internet down I thought.
It was a little annoying at first, but I thought to myself, and this is what I actually thought. "If Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter went offline and never got back up and running, the world might be lost for a while, but atleast I'd still have my own platforms. I'd still have my website, my blog and I'd be more than content with sharing my images on KayishaOnline.com." Right here, because that's what my websites are for after all.
I think the moral of the story here is not to get so dependent on other people's platforms - especially as a business or public figure. Create your own, build your own space and attract an audience to YOU. I always look for a moral or a lesson in things that happen because I think it's important to do that. As a Business Woman, but also a Human Being, I'm always looking to learn, seek new knowledge and new ways of doing things. Because of that, and because of today's traumatic event LOL, I'm going to start posting more things on here, the Kayisha Online Blog. Sometimes I want to write a long post under the photos I post on Instagram, but refrain and stick to a powerful caption. I'll start posting the more indepth messages along with the photos on here, so keep an eye out for more regular posts.
My aim is always to uplift, inspire, entertain, spread love and joy and that's what I've been successful doing thus far through my photography, youtube channel, t-shirt collection and books. If you like what you get from me, Kayisha Thomas, keep following me and send me a message. I'd love to hear from you.
#Instagram #InstagramIsDown #SocialMedia #SocialMediaPlan #Twitter #BusinessWoman
|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
#WeKnowWhatLoveIs #NewBook #Kindle #Preorder #ChildrensBook #YoungAdultBook #Love #BookReview
|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
#BlackAndWhite #NewBook #Author #Writer #Faith #Inspiration #NewBook #Anniversary