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Failing Forward

I have recently read a book entitled just that, Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones For Success, by John C Maxwell. It is a good book….really gives you principles to live by ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD! That is the best part to me. Sometimes we get self-help books that have the PRINCIPLES of the Bible *they all do* but really don’t speak or mention the scriptures in which it comes from, well this book does just that! I must warn you though…this book is not for the faint at heart! It gives you a REAL inside of the steps to take in order to be successful, but truthfully!

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There are self-helps out there that give you the pretty side to life, “invest your money but make sure you pay yourself first, how to grow your business overnight”, we all have heard or read them. Not this book! It shows you that in life there ARE going to be failures, but the best part is, you will not be successful if you don’t PUSH PAST those failures.

You know there came a point in my life where I just KNEW that I was going to be an occupational therapist. I just had it in my mind from about 17 years old that I would be the best of the best when it came to this profession! HA! NOT!! I was denied entry to the occupational therapy program where I attended undergrad…GO GATORS!!! *I can hear the haters already!! BLAH BLAH BLAH!! Laughs* And what made it even worse, I knew a girl that got into the program and said that she did not want to do the program anymore! I was like this chick took my spot, I‚Äôm passionate about this thing, and she took my spot! Well I am SOOOOOO glad that I continued to pray and pray and ask God to reveal to me what His will over my life is, because I am HAPPY with my career choices, O…K…!! *laughs* And it is soooo far left of being an occupational therapist.

It took the determination in me *not of my own strength though because I wanted to give up so many times* to continue to find out what it was that God had for me, what I had the ultimate desire to do even if I didn’t get paid for it! It’s a joy to know that John C. Maxwell has wrapped all of the great teachings of the Bible and placed it on the shelves in book heaven! *I’m a nerd when it comes to books, I loooove to read!…Don’t judge me! :-)* So I challenge you to go to the library if you can’t afford to grab this book off of Amazon or at your local bookstore and find out what it means to Fail Forward! I can see that you are getting more and more curious about your future, and it excites me that you are excited! Enjoy the good read; I know it will help you on your BRIGHT future to success! Toodles! ūüôā


Hey people! Today is an exciting day because I have someone with pure talent that is shown through art. If anyone knows me, I love arts and crafty thingy stuff *if that makes sense lol* and this chick is after my own heart with her creations! Oh yeah, just as a treat she made me my OWN earrings over night, hand delivered, and CUUUUTTTEEE I might add. Marisa is a NATURAL when it comes to paint, wood, cameras, canvases, beads, brushes, make-up, fairies, should I go on?!?! She does it all folks and she has INSPIRED me beyond belief with her creative yet simple designs, check out our sit down talk:

Kimberly Renay: When did you realize that you LOVED to create things? (paintings, cakes, jewelry etc?)

Marisa: For as long as I can remember, I have always been a creative person. It started with drawing and coloring pictures for fun and evolved into a passion and need to express myself artistically. The late artist Bob Ross and my mother played a huge role in my creative side. My mom loves arts and crafts and I would always help her with projects. I think we experimented with every medium out there.


*Ms.Marisa @pumpkin patch thinking of the next creation for this year's pumpkin!*


Kimberly Renay: So what type of things did you create?

Marisa: We made play dough, painted pictures, sewed clothes, made things out of construction paper, and of course designing shirts with iron-on transfers and puff paint. Drawing was always my favorite and I remember being out on the boat with my dad all day just drawing the different landscapes I saw around the lake. As I’ve gotten older, I do more painting with acrylics, making jewelry, photography, and cake decorating. I also love to come up with creative solutions for organizing things.

Kimberly Renay: What gives you the inspiration to be so creative or make a certain pieces?

Marisa: I am constantly inspired by everything that is around me, but mainly nature. I will see the way sunlight will shine through the limbs of a tree or clouds passing through the sky and will feel a sudden urge to paint or take pictures.  I absolutely love the beach and a lot of my artwork focuses on the ocean. The little girl in me has always been fascinated by mermaids and magical forests filled with fairies so I paint a lot of those scenes.


*Canvas work that she painted specifically for her new place!*



*They sit right above her couch! Calgon take me away*


Kimberly Renay: You just sound so inspired by nature! I love it! How long did it take you do learn how to do all this?

Marisa: Show me something once and I have mastered that skill. That’s the reason why I work with so many mediums b/c as soon as I master something, I’m on to the next challenge. Chasing a challenge always inspires me to tackle different projects. My creative side is not just limited to paint and pencils but extends to power tools and wood. I’ve made window seats, tables, shelves, and fixed many things. I am not someone who reads directions. Instead, I will look at a project, decide what needs to be done, and just jump in. Sure, I make mistakes, but it always works out in the end and I look at it as a learning experience.

Kimberly Renay: I know that you have some type of classical music or zone that you get into when you are being creative!? *laughs*

Marisa: *Laughs* Well yea Kim! When I’m working on something, I listen to my favorite music and just tune the world out. Several hours can pass and I not even realize it. There is a piece I did in high school that carries a lot of emotional value for me and that is a wax batik I did of my grandparents. Wax batik involves sketching something on canvas and dipping it several times in dye. Whatever you want to remain the canvas color, you use a paintbrush and fill in with melted wax. Once you are done, you use an iron and paper bag to melt out the wax. You can use any color dye and whatever you want to remain that color, you fill in with melted wax. It is a long process, but yields great results. My particular piece was chosen to be shown at the High Museum in Atlanta.


*Grandma and Grandpa! HARD WORK HERE...BEAUTIFUL!*


Kimberly Renay: WOW that is great! I know that they were happy to see that, what famous artist would you like to do a still portrait of?

Marisa: Every artist has an area of weakness and mine is painting faces. I am working on it, but I have a ways to go.  Doing a still portrait of someone scares me. I would rather travel to places like Scotland and France and paint beautiful landscapes and scenes.


*Picture taken by Marisa of the sunset! This is going in my bedroom*


Kimberly Renay: What is your favorite piece of work to date?

Marisa: My favorite work is a piece of pottery I made in high school. It’s just a simple pinch pot and I made several turtles that are crawling along the edges of it. It’s not my best work or the hardest piece I’ve done, but it just makes me happy.




Kimberly Renay: Would you trade your talent for anything? If so, what would it be?

Marisa: I would never trade my talent for anything. I would like to add some talents though like having a great singing voice or being able to play guitar. Being creative is just who I am and have always been. It’s that one part of my life that I am completely confident in and have no fear. My hands and my talent is a gift from God.

Kimberly Renay: And I know that He is happy that you are using them to bless other people with your creations, what are your next steps with your creativity?


*HAHAHAHAHA!!! Napolean himself!!! COOL!*


Marisa: You can’t plan creativity, it just happens. I try to find some time every week to do something a little artistic like make a few pairs of earrings or draw.  I would love to get some training in stain glass and work more with pottery. With the holidays quickly approaching, I know I will be doing a lot of baking and party planning.

Kimberly Renay: *Coos* Oh yeah I think that I might have to hit you up for that pumpkin roll!!! *laughs* How can the readers get in touch with you to personalize their homes with your art or get a few baked goodies?

Marisa: I can be emailed at

This talent makes me soooo happy! It is near and dear to my heart because I have seen Marisa embrace the talents that God has blessed her with and she is shining soooo bright! She happens to be one of my AVID readers who has been inspired over time to step out and be proud of what she can do! I can’t wait to see the new awesome creations that she comes up with, I have a feeling that this chick will be heard of all over! DON’T sleep on her! I just LOVE IT!!! *Takes a deep breath and smiles*

Again, this week people, I have seen the wonders of what God can do and will do through his people, just to show that He is real! Take it serious people, feel liberated with the talents that are in you by sharing it with others! **I see some people sleeping on making money around here!!!** ūüôā Until next time!

Who is J.O.L?

It’s another talent people, and I am happy to announce the talents of a cool cat from around the way *I have always wanted to say that! LOL* Seriously, this guy has been around for a long time in the Atlanta area. He is very talented and tends to keep it 100% ALL THE TIME. He can EASILY be found in many of the underground Hip-Hop spots around Atlanta, which I absolutely¬†love. Think of a stage, low lights, a tight beat with a hot verse, a crowd that understands creativity, and a mic that is waiting to be ‘spit’ into, this is his home. J.O.L., or better known as JAWZ¬†OF LIFE, is a phenomenal artist that takes his gift seriously, here is what he had to say:


*Jawz of Life!!*

Kimberly Renay: Who is J.O.L. (Jawz of Life)? 

J.O.L: Jawz of Life is a positive emcee, entertainer, host , Vice President of the BMC company based out of Los Angeles, Cali. A native of Decatur, Ga.

Kimberly Renay: So how did you end up with the name Jawz of Life?

J.O.L.: The name derived from the emergency “jaws of life ” used to bring people out of ¬†tragic car accidents..I figured I’d use my “jawz” to do the same lyrical….*laughs*…Musically Jawz¬†is a part of many different crews¬†: Dungeon Family, The 5ive, IMA , and my newest group Passport.

*Jawz of Life*

Kimberly Renay: So I see that you have many groups that you are apart of across ATL, what inspired you in the beginning to become an artist?

J.O.L.: The¬†inspirations vary from J.Lee , a collegemate¬†at Alcorn State University, to Andre 3000, Common, Black Thought of the Roots and Jay-Z …and many more too many to name *lol*

Kimberly Renay: Did you just say Common and Black Thought?! Common is my first love…*heeeey boo! Smiling*¬† So speaking of all of these artist, which artist would you like to go into a head to head battle with?¬†

J.O.L.:¬†¬† I’ve never claim to be a “Battle” emcee however I’ve never lost a battle that I was in *laughs*..but I’d have to say I would always wonder if Jay came at me how would¬†I respond…I love challenges so that would actually excite me, like I’m pretty sure it did Nas when they were going head up to go at it with a legend.

*JOL,the way he pointing in this pic would give you an indication that in a battle this dude would be a BEAST!LOL*

Kimberly Renay:¬†¬† Well alrightly then Mr. I Never Lost a Battle! *laughs* Wouldn’t that be a site to see you and Jay on the stage! Where is the craziest place that you have performed?

J.O.L.: The craziest place I’ve performed would have to say this place back in the day called the “normanclature” *not sure if spelling correct* but it is now Door 44 in the A…it was really strange how the stage was set up and¬†I only remember 4 people being at that show and one guy was disabled in a wheelchair but he loved hip-hop so he “rolled” wit¬†it!! ***hahahaha***…ALSO Bangkok,Thailand was an awesome experience..the people called me 50cent¬†when¬†I walked off the plane..I’m thinkin ..boi¬†stop *big boi voice..I look nothing like dude!*laughs*

Kimberly Renay: Yea you look nothing like him, people people people!! *LOL*   Ok you know I have to ask this, when did you fall in love with Hip-Hop? *for all of my Brown Sugar fans out there…lol.*

J.O.L:¬†I fell in love with hip-hop¬†when¬†I heard Rakim say “thought¬†I was a donut you tried to glaze me”….I lost it! Like that was the 1st metaphor¬†I remember hearing…the rest is history.

Kimberly Renay: Classic! And that is why Hip-Hop still lives, what new projects is J.O.L. working on?

J.O.L.:Right now I’m finishing up a goal¬†I set on January 1st 2010 and that was too complete 100 songs or verses or hooks..whatever¬†I breathe the end of the year and give it away in the process…so far so good,¬†I have “40 to go”..I know gotta turn it on right? I will trust me ….love pressure..also bout to release our 1st Passport Album and Dungeoneze¬†Mix Tape solo project will follow tentatively¬†titled “Enuff¬†is Enuff”.

*JOL, in deep thought!LOL*

Kimberly¬†Renay:¬†¬†Wow sounds like you set a tough goal for 2010, and it looks like you are going to hit the mark! Can’t wait to hear all 100 verses/hooks. Would you trade this¬†talent for anything? If so, what would it be?¬†

J.O.L.: NO!, Next question! *laughs*

Kimberly Renay: Well alrighty then, with that being said, how can the readers get in touch with J.O.L.? 

J.O.L.: You can follow me on¬†at¬†¬†and on Facebook¬†…MySpace is *if anybody still goes on there anymore! lol* And our new website for Passport is!!

KimberlyRenay: Give us a few upcoming dates, I know that you have a line-up!

J.O.L.: *laughs* Oh yeah, I sure do, always have a show lined up.¬†I will be rocking Sunday Oct 3 at Cloud 9..177 peters street. 7pm Apache Cafe Oct 5 10pm¬†other locations tba….but if¬†you follow me on twitter and Facebook¬†you won’t miss the promo¬†I promise! ūüėČ

People, I can’t stress this enough, when you find your passion go with it. This man just said his craziest moment was performing¬†in front of 4 people! How much dedication and courage does it take for one to do this? Now I can tell you that J.O.L. is no longer performing in front of 4 people, *lmbo* I have been to his shows, and he has a LARGE following of fans who loves his music, are very dedicated, and show up at ALL shows. This goes to show that as time goes on and you perfect your talent, you get to travel the world, *Bangkok* and touch other people with your gifts. Be who you are, and I guarantee you that people will learn to love who you are and what you have become. Are you chasing your dream or are you having recurring ‘nightmares’ about your future? Make it happen folks…another Tuesday and talent….