|Posted on August 9, 2019 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Indigenous Languages Of The World
Today is August 9th 2019 and we're celebrating #IndigenousLanguagesDay because languages, although very diverse, are what connects us and allows us to verbally express LOVE to others.
There are over 7,000 languages in the world, some that spoken and used by only a small group of people, but it's still a language. In my lifetime (thus far) I have had the privilege of speaking English fluently, learning how to speak French, and most recently, learning how to speak Portuguese. I got busy and stopped, but I promised myself that I'm going to get back on it. I want to go to Brazil one day. I want to be able to speak to my Spanish and Latina brothers and sisters around the world, because when you speak Portuguese, you're able to understand Spanish.
Another reason that I'm so pleased about today being World Indigenous Peoples' Day is because I included an I love You In Different Languages section in my NEW children's book - Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is. As I wrote the story I aimed for it to teach my reader love in different forms and by the time I got to the end I figured it would be amazing to include how "I love you" is said in different languages.
I know I'm the Author, but I encourage you to treat your son, daughter or yourself to a new book. @zurieandzaria (on Instagram) know what love is, do you? When you get your copy, make sure you take a selfie and tag @ZurieandZaria on Instagram and we want to see if you find all the love words in the wordsearch in the book.
Thanks to tools like Google Earth, we can see the parts of the Earth we haven't visited yet and put that on our "To Visit List". No you may not be able to understand their language, and they may not be able to understand yours, but let me tell you this. LOVE is a global language. Kindness, Joy, Peace and Patience are languages everyone understands without words. Some of the places that are home to Indigenous People are Mohawk, Malaysia, Canada, Sami, Kunza, Cherokee and Amazon Forest. There's so much more. Some that I have never heard of.
Over 2,00 languages are at the risk of becoming extinct (like Dinosaurs LOL) The only way to stop that from happening, is to share and teach future generations. We have to keep the languages going. There's love and tradition in languages that we have to hold onto.
Let's keep languages alive!!
#WritersLife #Reading #Languages #GoogleEarth #BackToSchool #Love #ZurieandZaria #IndigenousPeoples
|Posted on July 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Welcome to the Sophisticated K T-shirt Collection/ Fashion Catalogue
The Sophisticated K T-shirt Collection started with t-shirts for the SK Natural Hair Project video on the Sophisticated K YouTube channel back in November 2015.
My love for fashion definitely contributed, but the fact that I had a specific reason to design was great, I was excited and then I was on a roll. Following the release of the video which featured several Naturalistas sharing their natural hair journey, tips and products; it was a way to promote, the love, joy and appreciation of natural hair. The video and the collection includes kids, men and women, so no one gets left out. They have cute and adorable illustrations of characters with natural hairstyles.
After that came the SK Fruits Of The Spirit T-shirt Collection. For one day and one day only, back in March 2016, I took to the pulpit and preached a sermon in church on the topic of the Fruits Of The Spirit. If you're thinking, OMG I missed it, don't worry I filmed it and released it on the Sophisticated K YouTube channel for the world to see. During my message I had a little assistant who helped me illustrate my message using 6 t-shirts that I had designed. Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Joy and Kindness. They were bright and bold, artistic and cool, my favourite one is Love with the crowned strawberry.
Then came the Success Without Excuse T-shirt Collection. To put it simply, it's bold and powerful words across the chest with SWE in a box to inspire and motivate prosperity without the need to come up with a reason why great things can't be achieved. I want you to know that you are great and you can do amazing things in this life, you just have to stop making excuses and go for it with PASSION, have GOALS and know that you have POWER.
Now the Be Inspired T-shirt Collection came shortly after and it was inspired by the Kayisha Online slogan/ motto which is "Be Inspired!" It's the goal and the aim of everything I do. I want to inspire you, uplift you and promote nothing but love and positivity. So with that, the bee (Yes, bees are on the t-shirts) are accompanied by words of inspiration such as be beautiful, be happy, be fun, be strong, be blessed, be love, be true etc. I never thought I'd wear a bee on my chest, but I do love the design and so do all the children that have their bee t-shirts.
And last but not least, because there will most certainly be more collections, is the I Am... T-shirt Collection. This collection is royal and it was inspired by a teaspoon in my debut book, Ounce Of Faith And Inspiration. The teaspoon encourages you to decree that I AM beautiful, I AM powerful, I AM blessed, I AM successful, I AM caring, I AM loving and so on. The t-shirts proclaim that you are a King, a Queen and you are a Diamond.
The Sophisticated K T-shirt Collection is unique, it's artistic, it's inspirational and it's aim is to make you feel good.
Follow the Sophisticated K Tees account on Instagram and go and check out the store
you can place orders for any design in any colour you like and make sure you take photos and
tag us so I can repost and show you some love.
#BTS10 #Fashion #Tshirts #ClothingLine #FashionDesigner #Teespring #FashionBlogger
|Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted on July 6, 2019 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Reach For The Stars
I want to encourage you to go after your dreams, they are most definitely within your reach. I want you to ask questions because the answer may work in your favour. I want you to make an effort to meet new people, because those people could be who God will use to bless you. And I want you to believe in yourself, because truth be told, you don't actually know your full potential until you start.
I say all of that because on Sunday 30th June 2019, I met Nattacha Wylllie at an event in Orlando, Florida that I registered to attend back in March 2019. I forgot about it and got a reminder email on Saturday afternoon. I wasn't sure if I was going to go but decided to and it led to this brilliant opportunity.
I was interviewed on TATV Tele Anacaona on July 1st 2019 about my book, Mum And Dad, We Know What Love Is and basically All Things Kayisha (Kayisha Online) for Caribbean American Heritage Month. It was such a big opportunity, and I'm so extremely grateful. I want you to do all that you can to be successful in this lifetime; you never know what can come as a result of your efforts. The full interview blew me away when I watched it on Tuesday morning and part of the interview is in Creole (let me know if you are bilingual - I would love to know and I'm working on that skill again; as of now.)
Anyway, watch the video above and let me know your thoughts. Did it inspire you to go after your dreams ?
"Everyone dreams at night, you just need to be the one that wakes up and makes it a reality." - Quote taken from Quotes Of Faith And Inspiration by Kayisha Thomas
The full video is on the TATV Tele Anacaona Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/teleanacaona/videos/2073014422994534/
Don't forget to share this with friends and family to share the good news and the inspiration. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram for daily motivation and updates.
Have a blessed day!
#Haiti #Carribean #BlackGirlsRock #TVInterview #Author #Inspiration #Motivation #DreamBig
|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 #BackToSchool
|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