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|Wed, March 28, 2018 at 11:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday! I know. I know. The month of March is more than halfway over, and this is my first post celebrating National Women's History Month.
When thinking of who I wanted to feature for National Women's History Month, I decided to highlight a young woman whose words touched me in an extraordinary place in my heart. Today I choose to celebrate Malala Yousafzai.
I had the pleasure of visiting my son school to watch the documentary He Named Me Malala. Malala explained throughout the film how the Taliban is not a Religion, but an Ideology. She discussed her near-death experience of being shot in the face by a member of the Taliban for speaking boldly of the importance of education for girls. Although being severely injured was a horrific experience, she doesn't regret using her voice to stand up for what is right and continue till this day to speak on behalf of young women.
Watching this documentary was fascinating to me because Malala refuses to give up. She didn't allow her tragedy to force her to change her mind about education for girls. She is the living example of one of my favorite quotes by the late Malcolm X:
If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Because of Malala stance on education, she has made a concern once isolated to her hometown a Worldwide matter of contention.
Malala spirit for change reminds me so much of the young people fighting for reconstruction in America as it relates to the racial injustices as well as the push for stricter gun laws with the hopes of preventing a mass shooting in a school. These young people are on fire. They are sick of the ancient way meditating problems in this country. It would be nice to live in a World where everyone treated their neighbor with an equal amount of respect. But the foundational systems aren't built on equality. Unfortunately, the fight for change is a lifelong old dirt road leading to nowhere, which is sad.
I end this post with a few quotes by Malala that stood out to me while watching the documentary about her life experience.
It better to live like a lion for one day than to live like a slave for 100 years.
If I keep silent, I lose the right to exist.
Education gives you the power. It makes you independent, and confident. There is a moment you have to choose to be silent or stand up. Let fear die and LIVE!
Share your thoughts. Who would you like to highlight for National Women's History Month that has made an impact in your life?
|Thurs, March 8, 2018 at 4:33 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
#ProtectingYourPeace #SelfCareReposition Yourself: Assess the situation. Figure out what happened. Distinguish between the facts or fiction. Be honest about your true feelings on the matter. Pray. Make A decision. Find a way to move forward.
None of us are oblivious to being disappointed. Excuse my French, but shit happens. Even while trying to do all the right things, sometimes conflict seems to come out of nowhere. That's life right? Although life happens, most of us are taught to make lemonade out of the sour lemons that have been tossed in our direction. And yes that sounds sweet, but what about the feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, and lack of trust deriving from the situations we sometimes find ourselves associated? The recipe for developing pink lemonade doesn't sound as easy to create?
The Truth About Business & Personal
Let me share with you something that is real. Our obligations and or responsibilities do not change because the unexpected has happened. Sallie Mae, the mortgage, water, phone or power companies do not care to hear our sob stories. Our bills have a due date. They must be paid on time. It is hard sometimes to separate what we are feeling personally between what must have a successful conclusion professionally.
For me, there have been plenty of times I've allowed myself to become distracted by an outside force that made me furious to the point I had a hard time accomplishing my goals. I quickly learned that I could not allow life circumstances or the pettiness of this World to interfere with my career. I am not going to lie by pretending it isn't an inward fight in protecting my peace. However, No one is ever that important that will let me mess up the opportunity to take care of my family or run my business. I have to make a living (MONEY) to maintain my life.
Trying to work while distracted will show in your body language.
And So The Questions Are....
How do we conquer our emotions after having hurt feelings? How do we stop focusing on what is wrong and began getting back into the swing of being productive? Below are a few suggestions to the questions listed above:
Eliminate Chit-chat: Limit casual telephone conversations, social media interaction with acquaintances and messy people. Communicating with people who do not have your best interest at heart will only stir up more negativity.
Create Musical Playlist: Began creating a musical playlist of your favorite songs that have the power to keep you uplifted. Allow the songs to feed your inner spirit. Listen to them over and over again until you believe the messages in the song.
Social Media: If your job requires you to use social media as a marketing tool, stay laser focus on your work. There are ways you can schedule a post in advance or plan your post before you share. Share and keep it moving. You do not have to engage online.
Motivate Yourself: Pep-talks with yourself is 100% effective. Remind yourself if it isn't about business/productivity; you do not want any parts of it. Write down all the things that bring you happiness and plan to do them all. Put a smile on your face.
Journal Daily: Writing out your feelings on paper (unedited) is a great way to keep you from communicating with a person who has gossipy lips. When presented with the opportunity to go back and revisit your writing, you will learn the good and the bad things about yourself as well as how to make the necessary changes to become a better person.
In conclusion, I write this weeks blog post to empower us all. Healing thyself is possible. We have the power to master the separation between business and personal. We can put a name to our business associates and separate them from our genuinely intimate relationships. If we take action in protecting our peace: doing whatever it takes to keep ourselves in a clear head-space, the likelihood of experiencing sadness which often lead to depression, procrastination, retreating or feeling shame will be at a minimum. We can not allow anyone or anything to take food out of our mouths and the roof from over our heads. We will work at our highest level of success if we began to take our self care and mental health seriously.
You Gotta Nourish Yourself In Order To Flourish Personally And Professionally.
|Thurs, March 1, 2018 at 1:01 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
On Sunday, February 25th from 3 pm- 5 pm, Ansylla Ramsey (Holistic Hair Care Specialist and International Educator) host an event in celebration of me writing my first book, Coming Of Age: The Easy Guide to Healthy Hair Care for Teens. The book launch/signing was one of the happiest days of my life.
The room filled with so much love, laughter and honor by my beloved family, friends, clients, and supporters. I am appreciative of their excitement for me becoming a new author. I've worked extremely hard for 2-years for this moment to come to past. I am very proud of myself for being able to fulfill something I have always wanted to do. My book Coming Of Age; symbolizes to me that I can do anything I set my mind to do.
A special thank you to my event sponsors.
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|Thurs, February 22, 2018 at 6:43 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Five Questions Answered: 400 Writing Prompts Book.
Hello Everyone, Happy Thursday! I hope you are having a great week thus far. I am excited, yet a little stressed about my first book signing happening in four days. I am praying for a successful event. For the most part, the planning is going well. The only thing left to do is my hair and choose my outfit. I can't wait to share the outcome of my event with you next Thursday.
Last week there wasn't a blog post planned, and I didn't want another week to pass without writing here on keiannajohnson.com. So this week I am choosing five random questions from my 400 Writing Prompt book, gifted to me by a friend, yet purchased from FiveBelow. I enjoy my 400 Writing Prompt Book because it gives me the opportunity to write about different subjects and challenge me to think outside the box. Today's blog post is all about having fun and sharing the first thoughts that come to mind.
1.) If you could indulge in anything without consequences, what would it be?
I would plan a vacation for my husband and I and leave for an entire month. I would allow my children to stay home alone with everything they need to take care of themselves. I wouldn't tag along a cell phone or any other communication device. Our vacation would be a time to rejuvenate ourselves, get back to having fun, living stress-free with no responsibilities. We can lay back on the beach and remember our love-bird years before children. Traveling kid-free, with no worries would be nice.
2.) In what way are you a trendsetter in your social circle?
I wouldn't say I am a trendsetter as it relates to fashion because all of my friends are creative with their styles. However, I am a trendsetter in living unapologetically. I know a lot of my friends look at me crazy for sharing my life with the world via blogging/social media, but I enjoy sharing bits and pieces of who I am. I love speaking LIVE on video because I no longer have issues with showing my face without makeup. I have never been as confident in myself as I am today. Speaking my mind and promoting the causes I love allows me to walk to the beat of my drum.
3.) If you found yourself in OZ, what would you do differently than Dorothy?
If I were in OZ, I would sell the dog, Toto. Toto is a liability. There had been plenty of times where Dorothy was trying to stay focused on finding her way back home, in which Toto jumped out of her hands causing Dorothy to cry, scream and become stressed-out over the possibility of losing her beloved dog. I would sell him during the beginning part of my journey to ensure I stay focus on getting myself back home.
4.) Talk about your favorite pair of shoes and why you love them so much.
I am in love with these knee-high boots from JustFab.com. These boots were gifted to me by one of my beloved clients for Christmas. I love these boots because they fit comfortably over my calf. It doesn't matter what outfit I wear with these boots, I look and feel sexy.
5.) What gives you the most inner peace?
I enjoy time alone. Sitting alone gives me the time to deal with my emotions while providing the opportunity for me to be vulnerable to find my inner peace from within. I also enjoy music. Music has been a keep point in my life that allows me to express myself via lyrics and song. To find inner peace, I must be free from distractions.
Thank you guys for playing along. Share your thoughts. Do you have a 400 Writing Prompt Book? If so, what do you like about the book? Which of the questions above were your favorite?
|Thurs, February 8, 2018 at 12:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Again, I am very appreciative of Amazon and Createspace for giving authors like myself a platform to have creative control of the content we create. I am pleased with the outcome of how my book turned out. The response from my family, friends, top leaders in my industry, as well as from clients, has been awesome. The celebration of my book, Coming of Age, is a highlight of my life I will never forget.
If you reside in the Maryland, D.C. or Virginia Area, feel free to register to attend my book signing that will be happening at the end of this month. Click the Eventbrite link for more information ComingOfAgeBook.eventbrite.com. I can not wait to meet you. Have a fabulous day.
|Thurs, February 1, 2018 at 11:26 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Coming of Age: The Easy Guide to Healthy Hair Care for Teens.
Hello Everyone! Happy February 1st! I hope you all are enjoying your day. I am having a good morning thus far. Today is my oldest son birthday. He is now seventeen. We are planning a intimate family dinner, surrounded by balloons, ice cream and cake. So I will be busy ensuring my son feels the love on his special day.
Today is also the day, I share with all of you my resent adventure of becoming an author. I WROTE A BOOK YALL! The title of my book is, Coming of Age: The Easy Guide for Healthy Hair Care for Teens. My book launched online January 12, 2018.
Coming of Age: The Easy Guide to Healthy Hair Care for Teens. Book written by Keianna Johnson.
My tween/teenage clients inspired me to wrote my book Coming of Age. Most of them have been coming to me for hair care and braiding services since they were young. But it seems that once they turn 12-years and older, everyone expects them to know how to care for their hair on their own but forget to teach them. I wanted to create a tool guide for the young ladies so they wouldn't feel stressed-out about their hair. My desire is for every girl to be confident in her ability to make healthy hair care and styling chooses for her hair on her own.
My book is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! I am not just saying that, it really is stunning. Mrs. Gloria Erickson, owner of London Lane Designs and Publishing Services, designed my entire book. Her communication and customer service skills were the best. I will most definitely use her professional services again. If you have plans of writing a book and is looking for a designer, contact Mrs. Gloria at www.londonlanedesigns.com and or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LondonLaneDesigns/.
To purchase my book, Coming of Age: The Easy Guide to Healthy Hair Care for Teens, click HERE! Books are sold at Amazon & Barns and Noble. Also, there is an option to 'LOOK INSIDE' the book for free via Amazon, however that option is only for desk top, laptop and table.
P.S. Are you an author? Post your book information in the comment section. I would love to support you by purchasing your book.
|Thurs, January 25, 2018 at 6:53 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Let's Be Honest.
The bright side of living unapologetically/free is standing on my convictions. Convictions are far different from being motivated to do something. I fight every day, within myself, to stand firm on what I believe to be true, allowing my truth to guide my life and not let the pressure from anyone change my mind.
Coming to terms with what I will allow in my personal space and openly share my standards for my life used to be scary for me to vocalize. Because I never, ever wanted to hurt someone elses feelings.
Being honest never hurts anyone. Being a liar hurts only you. -Unknown
I have always thought about the feelings of others, but what about me? What about my impressions of discomfort? I had to learn to be comfortable with being honest with myself about my feelings of things happening around me.
My personality do not mesh well with narcissistic personalities....Or people who are not humble. Super Christians get on my nerves as well as people who only deal with others when it benefits them. These kinds of people are not kind.
But, I do not want to be the kind of person who complains about what everyone else is doing. Being negative, also, isn't very kind. I recently discovered that there are ways I can accept people for who they are without compromising who I am. Below are a few key suggestions I will like to share with you.
Three ways we can choose our battles without compromising our energy.
1.) Choose wisely the kinds of conversations we entertain: If someone is engaging in a conversation we do not like, instead of expressing our opinion, discreetly remove ourselves from the discussion.
2.) Limit negative phone conversations: We all have someone in our lives who speak negatively ALL THE TIME! Instead of disowning them, merely limit our conversations with them. Instead of talking with them four days a week, define the call to once a week.
3.) Follow our intuition: It isn't a crime to turn down an invitation. We do not have to attend events that make us feel uncomfortable. It is OK to kindly inform our friends of our absents. Just as long as we do not decline at the last minute.
I hope today's blog post gave you more insight on how you can take back your power to be yourself. Trust me, the journey to live free takes practice, but I believe if we really want to live our lives unapologetically, there will be times we will have to make choices that goes against the desires of others.
|Thurs, January 18, 2018 at 5:11 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
New Year. New Me. Choosing My Energy.Not involving myself in other peoples affairs.
Just like you, I am a woman who wears many hats. I am a wife, mother of Five children ages 5-16, an entrepreneur, blogger and an author. In order to experience some level of order in my life, I had to create a plan to keep my life centered. Having a Sanity Plan is essential for me to keep my head above water to ensure I am the best person I can be.
The central theme of my Sanity Plan is: Choose Your Energy. Choosing my enthusiasm reminds me that I am 100% in control of my life. I do not want to associate with anything that doesn't allow me to be my best self. My Sanity Plan consists of three major components:
Be mindful of my associations with people and events.
Television programs, Social interactions must reflect my inner peace.
The reason why choosing my energy is crucial to me is because there was a time in my life I unknowingly surrounded myself with drama. Being the oldest child, I was always in the middle of adverse family affairs between my siblings and my cousins. If there was a problem in the family, I was the one listening to the family gossip over the phone and giving advice based on what I heard which caused more problems. Because I had a bad habit of picking sides, I found myself being isolated from people I care about which made the environment all the more toxic. I later realized that all of this unnecessary wasted energy was not worth it. I needed to mind my own business.
Choosing my energy is a daily process for me. I have since pulled myself away from being the point of contact when the family drama unfolds. I remind myself to be very careful of who I am chatting with on the phone. What has helped me with my sanity is that I send almost every phone call to voicemail. That way I can pick and choose which phone call is worth my time. I also pick and choose which text messages I respond to. My sanity level has become better because I am no longer in the loop of the drama.
What I've learned from creating a Sanity Plan was that 80% of the drama I had in the center of my life was built outside of my home. It wasn't my husband, children or business causing chaos in my life. It was everyone living outside of the four walls of my house. Coming to terms with my reality let me know that I was 100% at fault for the position I put myself in. No one else was to be blamed but me.
When I began to focus on my own affairs, I learned there was more time to balance my home/business life. On days I would work late styling hair, I would utilize my crock pot to create yummy meals for my family. At the end of my business day, dinner was already made. My husband is off work every single Monday. I too decided to take off work on Mondays to spend quality time with him alone. Sundays are fun days with my children. They love the trampoline park. Oh, I can't forget my self-care days. I recently took a trip to New York with friends. I didn't have to worry about anyone but myself. It was the best time ever.
Staying focused on my Sanity Plan is teaching me how to balance my life. Minding my own business has been great for my quality of life as well as for my husband and children. I can now show up to the family functions happy. I do not know everybody's secrets, and my lips are sealed.
Do you have an action plan set in place to keep you focus on your lifestyle goals? Feel free to share your thoughts.
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