Passionista Seymone | The Natural Hair Journey

Meet Passionoista Seymone ….

Hello Passionista’s! My name is Seymone Jackson, born in Oahu, Hawaii but raised in Miami, FL. I am a Wife and a Mommy to a 4-month old baby boy, the 2 loves of my life. Who would’ve thought, someone who had no interest in having kids in high school, now has a son… funny right?! i grew up always changing my mind as to what I wanted to be when I grew up. My first interest was becoming a pediatrician, but then that quickly changed when I learned how long you would have to go to school for. By the time I got to college, I was in-between Nursing and Criminal Justice, which neither did not pan out as planned, because I only went to college for a little over a year and then I basically dropped out. 

Getting into my Natural Hair Journey, I decided to do the “Big Chop” June 25, 2018, which came after unintentionally transitioning for a little over a year. I say unintentionally because when I was relaxed, it got to the point where even the most potent relaxer wouldn’t take to my thick, coarse hair. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, it was a bit difficult because working in management, for a large home improvement company, I was always face to face with customers, but most did not take to my “Natural Hair” in a positive manner. I got all kinds of weird looks, I was even dismissed by a few customers because it did not come off “professional” enough for my title. Fortunately, January 11, 2019 I was able to move forward from that job and never look back to a standard 9-5 again.

This time last year, if you would have said “Seymone, don’t worry about that Assistant Store Manager position, focus on working for yourself”, I would have probably looked at you crazy. i say that because how I was raised, getting a solid job, that pays well, with a 401k was ideal. Now, I am a full-time entrepreneur, working for myself and i’m glad I took the risk and followed God’s path He has paved for me. I decided to take all the negativity I experienced in the beginning of my natural hair journey and turn it into inspiring/motivating different kinds of women who are looking for guidance on their own journey. My testimony is more than just experiences, it’s someone else’s push to go for and do what it is they may be holding themselves back from. 

You can follow my journey through my Youtube channel at youtube.com/SeymoneJ . You can also follow me on Instagram & Twitter @ iconiicbeauty . 

Passionista Quiauna | Happy Healthy Queen

Hello! Meet Passionista, Quiauna…

Coming to terms with the fact that it’s time to get more serious about sharing my journey and helping others with their weight loss goals was definitely a rough road. I
swear sometimes I would sit in disbelief like I’m really passionate about helping others as my life was changed because someone to help me but I am scared to give myself to the world. I remember praying over and over for God to give me strength to not eat the house down. I think back to the many jobs I’ve had and with each job I can associate a time where I shared my desire to lose weight with a new co worker or management. I remember rushing from work to make it to Zumba. At over 300lbs I remember always being the heaviest one in P90x class or Insanity and I also remember never feeling less than. Ive always pushed myself to get the work done physically but I could never get my nutrition aligned long enough to keep the weight off. 

Winning a scholarship for Lisa Smiths black health academy coupled with me getting weight loss surgery was definitely a life changer for me. The academy’s plant based curriculum taught me soooo much about food, manly the nutrients in food that we need to fuel  our bodies. I learned things about different diets that doctors would never want us to know. Things like how meat and dairy are not a necessary part of anyone’s diet in order to live a happy healthy life. I explored different diets and with cutting red meat and decreasing my dairy intake and of course keeping up my exercise regimen, I have lost right at 100lbs in a little over a year!  Now I’m at a point where I must share my journey with the world and I’m terrified. 


Every time I’ve tried to just lose my weight in peace God moves and shows me that I’m a messenger and my story is meant to be heard! I’m currently in the process of launching my transformation program HappyHealthyQueens, where I plan to give the assistance that was given to me by a black queen to black queens.

I’m excited as I move through my journey and I can’t wait to help change many lives as my life continue to evolve and I grow closer and closer to exuding all the characteristics of a Happy Healthy Queen.

Passionista Paris| The Passion of Paris

Hello Passionista! Meet Paris Holmes …

Paris Holmes also known as “Paris Jaa” is a freelance writer from South Carolina who enjoys sharing her unique visions with the world. She’s currently located in the Atlanta area building her brand as a screenwriter, blogger, and poet across the city. Growing up as an only child gave Paris plenty of time alone to run wild with her imagination. At the age of eight, she began to write poetry, short stories, stage plays, etc. Once her pieces begin to grasp the attention of others, she decided to transform her passion into a full blown career.

The passion I have for word play runs deep! “Theseee words are my own, from my heart flow, I love you… I love you… I love you… I love youuuu!”, just like Natasha Bedingfield expressed in her hit song is exactly how I feel about writing! I picked up the pen at the age of eight in my spare time which I had a lot of because I was an only child. Being the youngest of the family, I was surrounded by many adults feeling as if I had no voice. Because the paper listened, writing became ya girl’s best friend! Through words I am able to duplicate my imagination in a creative form! I see the world differently than the normal eye therefore, as a storyteller I hold a gift to create twists that jolt the mind of others. It’s such a beautiful thang yall! Writing poetry, screenplays, and blogs is the honey that sets my cup of tea just right!



Growing up, I wrote short stories for fun and shared them with my closest friends. The stories kept them all intrigued and they were anxious for what would happen next. This went on for a while until I allowed an outsider to read and was asked why’d I not turn my short stories into short films? I had no clue why, although the ideas originally came from my dreams anyway so this made perfect sense. People would now be able to capture my visions with the human eye!? whatttt! How explosively exciting!! Without thinking I dived head first into screenwriting. I shadowed other film makers, conducted auditions for actors, and even attended a 5 week screenwriting course where I won 4th place in a pitch contest. I wrote, produced, and directed two short films which are now on YouTube,  “Transitions” and “True Colors”. Whenever the production process became a bit lengthy, I needed a way to release my everyday emotions. The ones that I wasn’t ready to show and tell at the moment. This lead me to write poetry. Poetry became a coping mechanism and still to this day is therapy for me. I’ve never felt a relief so gratifying once I lay the pen down from expressing my true feelings on paper! It was absolutely shocking to see how others related so well, after finally gaining the courage to share some of my most vulnerable pieces on social media.

Blogging hit my writing world quicker than a slap to the face! I honestly didn’t see this amazing blessing coming! I knew a friend who knew a friend that blogged for a fashion website. Word got out about my dedication and the passion I have for writing and WHOOP DERE IT IS! I was blogging for a fashion site which was amusing, animated, and glittery! I had the ability to exercise my word play by uniquely describing the colors, shapes, and designs I saw in fashion and how they made me feel. My blog samples later landed me my very own opinion column in a upcoming magazine expressing my thoughts towards serious topics. I finally got the green light to let my hair down and tell it like it is! Extremely intense but breath taking!

I must admit, there have been times where I thought writing may not work in my best interest as far as a career goes. But at the doorstep of my heart the words always knock as a reminder. I can’t allow life issues to distract me from what’s destined because this love runs too deep! Instead, create a banging story, movie, or poem from all experiences and continue to manifest my dreams by moving forward. God gave me visions for a reason, so they must be told!

Website: www.parisjaa.com

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 ! 

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.  

 

 

 

Shirt can be found at www.dopeanalogy.com

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Christal’s Cakes N Bakes for the Hoildays (Blogmas Day 17)

Christmas time is here and it is one of my favorite holidays.  It’s not just a time when you get gifts, but it is also a time to enjoy family, friends, and FOOD!  Who doesn’t enjoy or yearn for all those things?

This Christmas one of my closest friends gave me the special gift of posting a guest blog here on PassionLocked.  Let me say first that I want to thank you for this opportunity to share my Christmas joy as well as my business on your blog (:

My name is Christal and I am a self-taught home baker located in Atlanta, Ga.  You can follow me on Instagram @christalscakesnbakes or contact me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christalscakesnbakes.

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I absolutely enjoy baking.  What I love most about it is that I teach myself everything from measuring to modeling as well as sculpting to decorating.  Today I came to share with you all an easy Sugar Cookie Recipe that will leave you looking like the baddest pastry chef (: So let’s just jump right into it!!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

1 (16.5 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough

¼ to ½ cup of All Purpose Flour (*see note)

*flour amount depends on how you want your texture

Icing:

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

2 Tbsp Meringue Powder

1 Tsp Vanilla

½ cup hot water

Gel icing colors

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and thaw cookie dough until room temperature.

Step 2: In a large bowl combine the cookie dough and flour until you reach the proper consistency needed to be able to roll with a rolling pin or canned good.

Step 3:  Roll out sugar cookie dough about ¼ of an inch (cookies will spread when baking) and with a cookie cutter cut out your cookies.

Step 4: Place cookies on cookie sheet and cookie for about 8-9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.

Step 5: Combine all icing ingredients until fully combined and smooth.  Separate icing into however many bowls for however many colors you are making. (extra hot water may be needed to fine proper icing consistency)

Step 6: With a icing piping bag or a fine tip squeeze bottle carefully icing the cookies designing them in any way you like.  Allow to cool after icing for about 30 minutes

DONE!

I hope that you all enjoyed this simple sugar cookie recipe.  I hope that I was able to help you all out in the kitchen with those holiday desserts.

I absolutely enjoyed being a guest blogger here on PassionLocked and I hope that I will be able to share more post with you all in the future.

If you are in the Atlanta area and in need of a beautiful, reasonably priced and delicious cake, cupcakes or anything sweet please don’t hesitate to hit me up @christalscakesnbakes or www.facebook.com/christalscakesnbakes or email me at christalcakesnbakes@gmail.com

PEACE LOVE AND DESSERT!

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