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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Facial Self Care

Hello Passionistas!!!

Self care is very important to me. I’m not a pro at it just yet. But over the years, I have realized that taking good care of yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally is a super important factor to living a happy life.

One thing I enjoy doing is pampering myself. As much as I love going to the spa, realistically I can’t afford a spa visit every week. But I always pamper myself with a facial mask and body scrubs. It leaves my skin feeling soft and makes me feel good. I don’t have a routine or specific products I use. I like to try different techniques and brands. That’s why I’m such a Product Junkie!!!

Here’s my 1st facial self care video:

Products used:

Yes To Coconut cleansing balm

Dickerson’s witch hazel

Formula 10.0.6 One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub

Olay Daily Face Oil

Be sure to like and share. Leave me feedback as well.

DIY Project | Hexagon Shape Shelf

Hello Passionistas!

I’m excited to share with you, my first DIY project video.

How to make Hexagon Shaped Shelves out of popsicle sticks?

This project was super simple to make and cost less than $20.00

I hung the shelves on the wall near the entry way of my apartment. This is also where I have my storage ottoman to store my shoes and handbags. I thought the wall decor gave this area a little more character.

Be sure to drop some feedback in the comments section below and let me know what you think. If you’d like to see more videos like this one – give this post a like!

Xoxo

Get Ready with Me |Natural Hair Style

Hello Passionistas!

This is my first “Get Ready with Me” type video. I am still getting the hang of this editing stuff. A lot of what I filmed had background music that I had to mute for copyright purposes😩. But check out this video and let me know if you wanna see more in the comments box below.

Vacay VoxBox from Influenster

Happy Sunday Funday Passionistas!

I received my first Vox Box from Influenster. This is the #VacayVoxBox complete with…..

EVA NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer

EVA NYC Clean It Up Shampoo

KISS LASH Blowout Lashes in Pageboy

INVISIBOBBLE Original

SOUR PATCH Kids candy Fire & Freeze flavors

Stay tune for my review videos and post on my social media over the next few weeks for each of these products ….

Oil Essentials – One Stop Beauty Solution

Hello Passionistas!

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I found an entire line of oil essentials that I have falling in love with and I want to share them with you. I purchase these oils from Amazon. Oil Essentials is truly a one stop beauty soultion for all skin and hair types. Oil Essentials is unlike any oil collection to come before as its inspires the sense while delivering amazing beauty benefits. These products made with natural and sustainable blends of eco-cert essentials oils and fortified with an advanced anti-aging complex.

 

 

 

Products Mentioned:

Oil Essentials Argan & Wheat Germ

Oil Essentials Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose

Oil Essentials Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage

Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia

Oil Essentials Lavender &  Rose Hip

Oil Essentials Neroli & Avocado

 



What I’m wearing:

Top: BooHoo Plus & Curves

Necklace + Bracelets: Pandora

Ring: Class Ring (8th Grade)

How to contact and connect with me:
Blog: http://www.passionlocked.com
Email for business and branding opportunities: passionlockedblog@gmail.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thepassionista__
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/passionlocked

 

My Last Ipsy Bag- May 2018 Review

Hello Passionistas!

This is my review of my May Ipsy Make Up Bag. This will be my last make up bag from Ipsy, I have decided to unsubscribe. If you know of any other skincare/ makeup beauty bags or boxes subscriptions I should try, please share in the comments section.

Products Mentioned:
Adesse New York Organic Infused Nail Lacquer, color: Bellini
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, color: Monte Carlo
Jivi Moisturizer with Micro Algae, scent: Lavender
Elizabeth Mott POP! Goes the Shadow, color: Mermaid Teal

What I’m wearing:
Shirt: From Goodwill
Jewelry: Pandora Bracelets
NO MAKE UP

How to contact and connect with me:
Blog: http://www.passionlocked.com
Email for business and branding opportunities: passionlockedblog@gmail.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thepassionista__
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/passionlocked

My Hair Wash Routine

Hello Passionistas!!!

This is my 1st Hair Wash video. I love washing my hair, but I hate styling it. So here’s how I do it…

 

Products Mentioned:
Maui Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Has Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
Curls Unleashed Curl Creme
Shea Moisture Anti Frizz Styling Mousse
Cantu Anti Friss Argan Oil

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EMPTIES!!! PRODUCTS I’VE USED- WHAT’S GOOD? WHAT’S NOT?

Hello Passionistas!

Here is a video where I share my EMPTIES with you! I have been collecting my beauty and skincare trash for over a month now and I wanted to share some products I’ve used. Some of them I love and have already repurchased, some of them are going in the trash, FOR GOOD.

Products Mentioned:

Lotta Body Setting Lotion

Curls Goddess Curls Botanical Gelle

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Leave in Conditioner

OGX Coconut Oil

OGX Coconut Milk

Deep Sea Body Oil:

Jergens Natural Glow

Nivea In shower Lotion

Bath and Body Works Hand Soap

 

What I’m wearing:

Plus Fran Distressed Cut Shoulder Tee- boohoo.com

Necklace- Alex and Ani

Stud Earrings- Forever 21

Lipstick- MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick, color- Oh Lady

 


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NEW In- Store Target Beauty Box

Hello Passionista!

I am super excited for what is in store for Passion Locked.

I filmed my every first YouTube review video.  This is something that I have been talking about for some time now, but never really put forth any effort. So, this weekend I just started filming and researching how to edit and post my first video. 

Today, I will be reviewing the “Treat Yourself” Beauty Box from Target. These Beauty Boxes used to be available online only- but they are now IN STORE for only $7.00

 

I really hope you enjoyed this video. I can’t wait to decorate a little vlogging station in my tiny apartment and produce more content for you. I hope to be able to post at least 1 video a week and 1 written blog or picture palette.

Be Sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and I would love to hear you feedback.

This box includes:
Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter
Dr. Teal Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath
ME! Bath Bath Bomb
Luxe by Mr. Bubble Sweet and Clean meltaway soak
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Red Dahlia
Olay Regenerist Whips Facial Moisturizer
Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser


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