All posts by Jennise Beverly Chaffold

#iamthankful: This Week I Want To Thank 3 People For…

I am so excited in a few short days we get to celebrate Thanksgiving. In honor of this month I want to Thank 3 people for life, love, and happiness.

Georgia Beverly, my mom. I want to thank you for giving me life! Life begins in the womb, and if it was not for you being that vessel that brought me forth to live this life, I would not be here. I also like to thank you for being the example of how to live a full and complete life to the fullest. So no only did you give me life, you have been instrumental in helping me live my life. I am thankful for you.

My beautiful kids. Words can not really explain real, true, authentic love. I want to thank my kids for teaching me the real true essence of unconditional love. Love that has no boundaries, love that has no time or space, love that covers all things said and unsaid.

June Wells Baker, a friend I met over 15 years ago. We do not see each other, we do not hang out, or even talk very often, but I am  thankful for her and here is why. No matter what time of day or night I login to  my Facebook account I know that I can go to June’s page and find something that will make me happy. June has always been a happy jovial person and her happiness and fun loving personality bring me joy and happiness. We used to work in Labor and Delivery together during the night shift, and some nights I would laugh until my stomached cramped with June and some of my other co-workers. I want to thank June for being the reason that I laugh and smile many days.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

 

Love and Blessing!

 

Jennise

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Serve Before Being Served

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How can I help someone less fortunate on Thanksgiving?

November is normally the month where most people will spend time sharing the things they are thankful for. I believe this is why this is my favorite month of the year. I tend to take a somewhat different approach. Each day during my devotional time I ask God to use me to help at least one person. It is deeply planted within my fiber to serve others.  As I reflect on the month at hand and brainstorm ways I can help someone less fortunate on Thanksgiving, I came up with one idea that I have pondered for years. This year I am going to volunteer to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. This will give me an opportunity to serve someone else before I serve myself a big plate of food, fun, and laughter with my family.  This may not save the world, but it will be a way to give back and to show my gratitude and thanks to God for choosing me to live such a vibrant and fruitful life.

 

Happy Serving!

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#iamthankful: What I Am Most Thankful For In My Business In 2014

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The Three Cs of my thankfulness in 2014

Courage

Consistency

Collaboration

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Love and Blessing!

Jennise

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#IAMTHANKFUL: My Favorite Part Of Fall

#IAMTHANKFUL: My Favorite Part Of Fall

Fall is my favorite season of the year. November is my favorite month of the year. I love this time of year for a few reasons.

1. A time to reflect  on all the great blessing of the year and to  be thankful

2. A time to reflect and plan for the next year

3. A time to reflect on all the changes that are taking place in the environment

tarabuck_thankyou_gratitudeI try to live a life of gratitude all the time, and not just during the month of November. However, this is a month that you are surrounded with gratitude and there is even a full day dedicated to gratitude. I love it. Family, Food, Friends, and SHOPPING. Black Friday just makes this month complete.

As the year comes to a close November is a time for me to start planning for the upcoming year. Setting goals and planning summer vacations. This month is also a time to reflect on if I met my goals for the year and if not, I still have sometime to readjust to meet my goals.

Finally, I love to see the changes in the environment. The leaves change, and fall, the air is cool and crisp. A early morning walk, or early evening walk with family has so much more meaning when you can physically see the changes that are talking place around you.

But my absolute favorite part of Fall is getting geared up to celebrate with family. I love time with family. It makes my heart sing.

 

Love and Blessing!

Jennise

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#SocialChallenge Day 7: Pursuing My Dream Job

Do what you love and the money will follow!

I worked many years in Corporate America as an Healthcare Administrator. At that time,  I thought life was pretty good.  Then the other shoe dropped and I was hit with life challenges that would change my life forever. I spent 20+ years in healthcare and finally made the decision to pursue my dream job. My dream was to become a motivational speaker, author, coach. Today, I spend my time motivating/and mentoring individuals on how to overcome life challenges, how to start a business, or whatever tickles their fancy. This does not feel like work, and it is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love what I do! If anyone ever told me I had to go back to work, life would end…I am having so much fun this could never be classified as work.

 

Thanks for reading, share or comment.

 

Smooches!
Jennise

#SocialChallenge: Day 6: The Hardest Thing I Have Ever Experienced.

Life has many ups and downs. Trials and Tribulations.

We may not be able to control what happens to us, but we can choose not to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou

This quote turned my life around after a tragic event. In 2009 my love died in a car accident. I was 13 weeks pregnant with our daughter and life stopped. I did not want to go on, not for one second.  I knew I needed to be here for my son and my future daughter, but other than that, I really did not see a point of going on with life. One day  about 2 years after the tragedy, I was in the bookstore and I ran across a book by Maya Angelou. The book was titled ” Letter To My Daughter”. I purchased the book and life begin to unfold for me in some miraculous ways. This book helped me to realize that there is a reason and a season for everthing. I know that on February 28, 2009 my life changed and would never be the same. He died leaving a legacy by giving the world Suga (my now 5 year old daughter). I lived to nurture and love that gift. God is so good and I thank him everyday. As sad as it is to lose someone you love so much, his life and his death taught me how to love life more,  and how to strive to leave my mark on the world. Since that time I have changed careers, and have been blessed enough to enjoy my children everyday and Ieven found love again. Life is good!

 

Thanks for reading, share or comment.

 

Smooches!

 

Jennise

#SocialChallenge Day 5: 5 Things That Make Me Most Happy Right Now.

It really does not take much to make me happy. I am pretty easy to please. But take a look at where my happiness is rooted right now.

tarabuck_5_dayfive5_socialchallenge1. Silence in the house tonight, kids are with grandma. As much as I love those two kids, tonight it is complete silence and it is making me happy. I will be ready to be back tomorrow.

2. Dinner with my cousin tonight was so relaxing and laid back, had a blast, that made me happy.

3. A Friend offered to get me a really nice hand bag for my birthday, I thought it was a joke, nope. I will be picking up my very nice Kate Spade bag tomorrow. That makes me happy.

4. I am staying obedient to what God is telling me to do and I had some really clear revelations today. THAT MAKES ME HAPPY!

5. I look great today in this blue shirt with my hair and make up popping. That was a good look for my happiness.

So to sum it up, I am free of kids and chaos tonight, a full stomach, a fresh new handbag, obedient and listenting to God, all while looking and feeling great. I would say today was a good day. (In my Icecube Voice).

 

Please share or comment!

Smooches!

 

Jennise

#SocialChallenge Day 4: 10 Things I Would Tell My 16 Year Old Self

tarabuck_4_dayfour4_socialchallengeTo be young, wild, and free. Life for me has been pretty good, with a few minor bumps. If I could have a conversation with my 16 year old self, what would I say.

1. Enjoy the last two years of free room and board, meals, etc.

2. Fear is a destroyer of dreams. Fear not.

3. Got to college when you graduate, don’t wait.

4. Don’t marry before you experience the 3 T’s- Triumph over something challenging, Treat yourself, don’t wait for someone else to do it, Travel, go and explore how other cultures live, and learn.

5. Set boundaries. Not everything is okay, not everyone thing is what it seems. Set boudaries in all that you do, eating, spending, dating, exploring. There are limitations, set them and be aware of what lies on the other side.

6. Date, a lot. Learn the value in platonic relationships, date alot, date often, date outside your race. Explore. Keep it clean.

7. Be honest no matter what, a lie to protect one’s feelings, or your own backside is still a lie.

9. Don’t let no one control your emotions, learn the hot buttons and when, where, or how they are triggered. Then find ways to remain in control, the moment you allow someone else to control your emotions, you have given them power over you.

10. Love yourself, every inch. If there is something you do not like, change it. Complaining never changed a thing. Move to action.

 

I hope you enjoyed my conversation with the 16 year old me. Pleas share or comment.

 

Smooches!

Jennise

#SocialChallenge: Day 3- My Relationship With My Parents

tarabuck_3daythree3_socialchallengeRichard Pryor, Bernie Mack, Eddie Murphy you name them, it matters not! Why? Because my mother is by far the funniest person I have ever met hands down. She missed her calling to become a comedian for sure.  Growing up she was balanced and stable, teaching us to be independent and self sufficient. She took great care of us and showed us by the way she managed our household how resilience stamps out complaining. I can not recall my mother ever complaining, she just took care of us in amazing ways. Today she is one of my best friends that I still rely on for guidance and direction. I love her beyond the spoken word. She is my SHERO!

 

Have you ever seen a sheep dressed in a lions clothes? Well I have. My father, has a fierce bark, but a heart of pure flesh and gold. He come across as the fussy, rough and tough guy, but is the guy that would give you his last. Growing up he did not always make the best decisions, and it cost or family alot of the years, and still today. But at the end of the day, his voice of reason still echos in my ear on a daily basis. Some of the greatest lessons in life I learned from my dad. He encouraged me to always be my best, to not worry what anyone says or thinks. He encouraged me to build and purchase my first home at the age of 23. He told me that leaving a bad relationship is not always taboo, follow my heart. Although my dad is no longer able to take care of himself, his intellect and snap has not changed. He still helps me with small issues around my house or with my car with sound advice. I love him beyond words. He is the reason I can hold my head up and keep pushing despite all the odds.

Thanks for reading my post, please share or comment!  Smooches!

 

Jennise

#SocialChallenge Day 2: 3 Fears I Have

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For the most part of my life I was fearless. As time an age would meet me, I begin to develop fears.

Listed below are 3 Fears I Have:

1.  The lack of humility in the world is one of my fears. This is a fear because the opposite of humility is pride. The world is becoming so acceptable of uncommon things. My fear is the world will become unaware of what it means to be humble, leading to a prideful world headed for destruction.

2. Dolls, or Stuffed Animals with eyes in a dark room. That terrifies me to have all those eyes on me. Dolls are creepy.

3. Settling. I have a fear of settling for less than I deserve, or less than I desire. This rings true for me in a career, a relationship, or a friendship.

Thanks for reading my list of fears. Please share, or comment.   Smooches!

Jennise