Guest Blogger Tiara Johnson | It Is Your Dream !

Hello Passionista, 

Last year, I met Tiara through an friend I was planning a event with. On top of her grace and sweet smile, I found her to be very encouraging, inspirational, and resourceful. Since meeting her, we have worked on several projects together and supported each others hustle. I wish I had as much energy and passion as Tiara, but she is always encouraging me to keep pushing, planning, and praying.

Tiara is a dream coach and her 21-day dream challenge is a kickstart to putting your dreams and plan into action. Tiara has recently released a dream planner titled,  Dreams & Deadlines 

Welcome Guest Blogger, Dream Coach and Business Mogul , Tiara Johnson

I have always been passionate on making my dreams come true, I have always known the importance of doing whatever you put your mind to. I am Tiara LaRae Johnson and I go by the Dream Coach, I help people execute their dreams through building personal brands, increasing client exposure, and activating God’s plan for their life! I started my first business in 7thgrade and I started my first job at 14 years old, I have always been very determined and a hard worker. In college I discovered Public Relations and that I could really go into a field where I can build solid foundations to people in business.  What keeps me going is I have a goal to build one million dreamers, and every dream activated brings me new energy and new joy. My business has changed my life in every way, I was able to step down from my job, plan events for thousands of people , and speak in front of audiences and empower them to live their dreams. I have a long way to go, but I am grateful that I can live my dreams and empower other to live theirs. You can do anything you put your mind to ! 

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Guest Blogger | Passionista Kayla Heard | Experience Elegance

Hello Passionista

Kayla Heard is a new friend I’m getting to know. She and I are both full of amazing ideas, I hope we get to work together soon. In the meantime, I have asked her to be a guest blogger because she a true Passionista. I met Kayla this year through a mutual friend. We have been really connecting our creativity and drive to expand our brands as businesswomen. I think she has a really inspiring story and meaning behind her brand Experience Elegance that can motivate others.

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For Kayla, event planning started as a hobby that blossomed into her passion. Friends and family always left Kayla in a frazzle when they arrived late or waited until the last minute to plan their events and celebrations. She then took it upon herself to relief her anxiety and began to take matters into her own hands. A customer service guru and bubbly attitude has taken her far in the industry as she continues to build a good reputation amongst her peers and fellow colleague. Well known for her down to earth personality and go-getter attitude, she strives to bring each client an over the top event, leaving them with nothing less than a personalized elegant experience. Kayla dedicates her spare time on growing her company and brand. 

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As a fellow Passionista, my biggest passion is me, Elegance. As a brand ambassador for myself, I spend time learning the new trends in my industry. Being a hospitality guru, I like to look into all aspects of the industry however events are my niche. As an entrepreneur, I’ve been in the industry for over 5 years and I’m loving it more and more by the day.  The trends, the people, and the creativity involved in the hospitality industry are exciting. Detail, logistics, and the overall planning of things get me going.

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Now I know I introduced Elegance in the beginning but there’s a method to my madness. My company is Experience Elegance Event Planning where we plan events and specialize in logistics. Experience Elegance is my baby. I birthed her at age 21 and she’s been my sole focus since. I’m passionate about curating events that go by flawlessly even when everything could be going wrong. I pride myself on breaking the myth that 90% of events always start late and when I say I pride myself I think about my brand as a whole. The flow, look, and creativity that are displayed in my services reflect not only my company, but my brand. My passion stems from me making sure my company thrives even when I don’t feel like it. Passion goes pass the financial satisfaction you’re trying to attain. As we know entrepreneurship gets tricky from time to time, but it has molded me into the so much of the woman I am today and I wouldn’t trade it for the work.

Connect with Kayla

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Website | Email: Kayla@experienceelegancenow.com | @ceoofelegance


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Guest Blogger| Passionista Brandi Thompson |Just Give Me Jesus

Hello Passionista-

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Brandi Thompson is a dear sweetheart I had the pleasure of meeting during my days attending The “Unsinkable” Albany State University. She has a joyful spirit that makes you smile every time you are in her presence even if you’re not in the mood for smiles and laughs. I had a change to watch her grow from a freshman to the AMAZING women is she today. I look forward to more of her greatness as she walks in her passion.

Now introducing my FIRST ever Guest Blogger and fellow Passionista, Brandi Thompson…. 

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Living in a world filled with famous sayings, its hard not to start a blog without one… For the longest, my favorite was: “not all who wander are lost”. Little did I know, I was living my “best life” on a lie.  For 22 years, I wandered. Truthfully, I was lost. Dangerously, I was so lost I didn’t even realize I needed to be found. Honestly, all who wander are lost.

 

 

How lost, is lost?

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From the age of 11, the taste of liquor satisfied my curiosity for the “good life” I would see on VH1 and MTV.  It was like the stock market – high risk, high reward – The higher the shelf, the better the taste. For 11 years, I struggled with blacked out drunken nights, near death intoxication, and a loose sense of moral direction.

From the age of 13, I chose to jump in and out of relationships with guys just to appease my insecurities. Being touched cured my need to be loved. A title soothed my longing for identity no matter where it came from. For 9 years, I indulged in a series of soul ties with many men (and 1 woman if I’m being honest) whose inner connection gave me “peace”.

From the age of 18, my wandering led me away from the nest of home to a new land to roam – ready to be conquered. With no sense of identity, purpose, and security, my aimless journey led me into the arms of an emotionally abusive man. I convinced myself that ‘leaving was easy’ and ‘my damage has to be worth something’. For 3 years, I endured an emotionally debilitating relationship built off a false perception of mental fortitude all to say I was “loved”.

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For 22 years, I wandered and filled my heart with the joys of the world, adding layers of darkness to my heart, building a life on sinking sand. My wandering grew dark, cold, depressing… the person I displayed was never an accurate depiction of the dying person I was on the inside. I was beginning to understand why suicide seemed to be the answer 9 years ago.  Being at war with my reality and convictions created a battle of inner conflict that I began to question my own purpose for being here.… After 22 years of wandering, all of the questions I had, the “good life” I was longing for, the “peace” is desperately needed, and the “love” I was searching for all could be found in one place…. The answer to it all was Jesus.

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“There is nothing I desire that can’t be found in you. You’re everything that I’ve ever needed… Just give me Jesus!”

 

 

 

The new passion I found to live the life God has called me to live has redefined my life. His plans have surpassed my expectations of the life I thought I was supposed to have. His will has created a new perspective of what really matters in the world.

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What good is my business if my family isn’t truly saved?

What good is owning a home & nice car if salvation hasn’t reached all four corners of the Earth?

What good is my life, or anyone else’s, without Jesus?

In Him, you will find your identity – the knowledge to recognize you’re a child of the most high.

In Him, you will find your purpose – the reason He created you to be here.

In Him, you will find your stability – the foundation to stand firm on your purpose.

Inwardly, there has always been a love to help people with a problem and to have a great time with amazing people. No wonder event planning and designing party décor became my career aspiration. As I continue to give my life’s plan to God, He continues to open my eyes of how HE wants me to solve problems by having a great time with HIS amazing people for the Kingdom.  There is so much peace in his plan! You may be thinking, “well what about my dreams?”

Be passionate about your business. Be dedicated to your education. Be invested in the present life you are walking in. Embrace the development taking place in each season you are in. Seek correction and direction from the wise ones who surround you. Develop your talent, master your craft, and perfect your gift. Do all of this while posturing your heart to desire the One. In Him, you, your plans, your goals, and your business will have identity, purpose, and stability!  

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What good are our passions without a true Passion for Christ?

All who wander are lost… but I pray you wander into arms of Jesus.  

 

 

 

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OOTD

Good Day Passionistas!

Fortunately, today is the end of my work week and I have an exciting weekend planned 🤩…

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, I am wearing

Beaded collar button down top from Lane Bryant

Navy Blue Pants from Cato

(P.S. I got these pants on mark down for like $6😉)

Black pointe toe flats from Lane Bryant

Have a great day 💝

Hump Day OOTD

Happy Hump Day, Passionistas!

I want today to be an easy breeze type of day!

Long Sleeve Dress from Boohoo.com

Loafs from Target

Have a great day 💝

Blogmas Day 7: Making Money for the Holidays!!!

Happy Blogmas!

OMG!!! I can’t believe we are at Day 7 already!!!!!!!!!!

Today I wanna share with you how to make a few extra dollars for the holidays… it’s super easy.

You can make a few extra dollars for the holidays by using the Poshmark app to sell those clothes you wore once, took a picture in, and never wore again.

Poshmark allows you to post pictures of the items you wish to sell and set a price. There is no cost to you. Simply post your picture, set your price, and let people shop. When someone purchases your item, they pay the shipping and you are sent a shipping label via email. All you need to do is print the shipping label, package the item or items and take it to the post office.

Once the item has shipped you will be credited the amount of the item. You can link a PayPal account or bank account to the app for your money to directly deposit to.

I’ve made at least $100 in 3 short months. Check out my closet on the app my searching @passionlocked.

I recently posted my old sweaters from last years winter season that are too small or no longer to my liking. As well as a few jackets that I haven’t wore in ages, and past Christmas and New Years Dresses that I literally wore once.

If you already have a closet set up on Poshmark, share in the comment box below…

See you tomorrow!!!

Boohoo Shopping Haul

Happy Hump Day Passionistas!

 

Today, I have something new for you all. I am going to be sharing the items I purchased from my last online shopping free. My favorite online stop is Boohoo. They are great for plus size clothing and a great sale. I absolutely love the five items I purchased from Boohoo with 50% off.

For each item I will add the item name, sale price, and product code under the picture.

For this shopping experience I was looking for a few new fall pieces I could wear for work and happy hour. I work in an environment that is very casual but still a office settings. So I try to but comfortable and cute but also keep it a little semi dressy.

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I really like this top and it looks really calm and comfortable for a causal fall outfit. I don’t really have a lot of black tops. So this is a classic black top that I can match with denim, ponte pants, or dress pants.

Plus Addison Ruffle Crepe Boxy Top

$12.50 (on sale for 50% off)

Product Code: PZZ87054-105-51

 

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For summer Boohoo was my go to place for off the shoulder bodysuits. I mean I have the same style summer bodysuit in like 4 different colors. The material is soft, the fit is nice, and the price is affordable. So when I saw this long sleeved bodysuit I knew I had to order it. I only ordered one to start just to make sure the fit and feel is the same as the summer bodysuits I ordered. And I have to be honest- I have worn this bodysuit twice already. It’s an easy piece to dress up and dress down with.

Plus Emma Plunge Bodysuit

$10.00 (on sale for 50% off)

Product Code: PZZ87389-105-51

 

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What girl doesn’t love ruffles? I love ruffles!!!! So this shirt speaks to me and my style. It’s really thick, which I like for a windy day when you don’t really want to wear a light jacket all day. I love natural tones so this color is amazing. The length on the model is actually longer than the fit on me. But it fits well and I can’t wait to wear it.

Plus Amelia Ruffle Detail Knitted Top

$16.00 (on sale for 50% off)

Product Code: PZZ87055-161-350

 

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Everyone needs a lightweight cardigan in their wardrobe. I have a few but I find myself getting tired of them quickly. So In ordered this white one. I’m not one of those poeple who stops wearing white after labor day. If it fits good and goes with my outfit- I’m wearing! ! !

Plus Orla Jersey Pocket Cardigan

$9.00 (on sale for 50% off)

Product Code: PZZ99024-123-350

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My last piece, is this amazing Coat. It is actually thicker than I thought it would be but I like it. I can’t wait to rock this bad boy!!!!!! I live in GA so the cold weather is picking up but not yet time to bring this out. I think it’s a very casual piece that can also be dressy or super casual.

Plus Jourdan Wool Look Wrap Front Coat

$26.00 (on sale for 50% off)

Product Code: PZZ91580-111-351

 

This is my first time doing a clothing shopping haul. If you liked it please let me know in the comments below. Also- if you’d like me to do more shopping haul in the future also let me know in the comment section.

 

Talk to you later

XOXOXO

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A Passion Locked Surpise

Happy Hump Day Passionistas!!!!

Today, I wanted to share with you one of the little projects I have been working on…..

Drum Roll Please …  …   … …

PASSION LOCKED IS NOW SELLING ON ETSY

That’s Right! I have my very own etsy shop for all my Kreative Passions.

www.etsy.com/shop/passionlocked

On the Passion Locked Etsy shop you will find some of the same things viewed on my Kreative Passions page, but having a Etsy Shop makes it easier for people to order the things that they like.

Currently, my shop have the following featured items:


Personalized Glittered Wine Glasses


Wooden Decor Letters (customizable)


Handmade T-shirt Quilt (made to order)


Custom Baby Onsies


Handmade Baby Crib Quilt

So go ahead over to Etsy and check out my shop, also follow us on IG @PassionLocked

Until Next Time

XOXOXO

New Beginnings

Hello Passionistas!

It has been too long since I’ve written a blog post. But I have been super busy, making boss moves. I recently completed all of my course requirements for grad school. That’s right! Your girl will be walking across the stage in May for her M.B.A. I am also getting my ducks in a row for my new business venue. And I am taking more time out spend with my family and friends. But that’s not all…. FINALLY I have some exciting news to share with all of you.

 I SAID YESSSS…. To a new job!!!!! Lol

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Today is the start of my second week at my new job and I could not be happier. If you have been following PassionLocked over the pass couple of months, you’ve seen my post about the JOB HUNT.

Wait. Stop. If you have not read Apply Yourself!, The Job Seeker or The 31-Day Challenge,  please go check them out and come back to this post.

 

 

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I made a plan. I sought it out. I never gave up. Even now, I’m still working hard, pursing even more. So this post is dedicated to New Beginnings and Eternal Happiness.

 

 

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No matter who you are and what you dream of, never let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your dreams… including yourself. Nothing happens over night, but you must keep pushing. Remember, good things come to those who wait.

Follow PassionLocked on Instagram: @passionlocked

A Passionista’s Guide to Phone Interview Success

Hello Passionista’s

If you’re having a phone interview, it is likely that a third- party recruiter has reached out to you or the hiring manager for a job you’ve applied for is interested in you as a candidate for a job. This is great news! Commonly, someone will reach out to you via email to see when you are available to speak to them about the job posting. When you receive this initial email here a few things you should do:

  • Review the job description of the position applied forIf you are anything like me (at this point of life) applying for jobs is a part of your daily routine. It is important to know exactly which position and company you are being contacted about. For some this is common sense. But you’d be surprised how many people go on interviews and have no knowledge of the responsibilities and details of the job.
  • Find quiet time in your schedule to conduct the interviewWhen you respond to the recruiter or hiring manager, you want to make sure your schedule is clear and you have enough quiet time to speak with them. Nothing is worse than being on a phone interview but stuck in a noisy area. Plan your day accordingly.
  • Respond to the email with multiple dates and times you are availableRecruiters and Hiring Managers have busy schedules and are in and out of meeting all day. By giving them several options of your availability, you’ll receive a faster turn around with confirmation of your phone interview. This will also show them that you are flexible with your time, which is important during the hiring process.

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