Jarvis Noelle

Jarvis Noelle

Where Did You Put It Down?...

Where did you put it down?  I will never forget that question, hopefully for as long as I live.

It.  Such a loaded two letter word.  At first, I sat there as though my 'it' was minute.  I'm good, I thought to myself...  I know God loves me.  I'm one of His star players (I say this in a super humble way), but as I sat in that pew-- and listened to that sermon, it became apparent  - not only did I have an it, but if I were being honest with myself, I had several its.

Failed relationships.  Entrepreneurship and the painful personal growth that comes wth it.  Yo-yo weight loss, due to not being all in.  The loneliness a set apart life can bring. Wasted years on those who just weren't worth it.  All of the disappointments those feelings bring.  Being so creative, so driven, so focused that instead of causing me to be at the top of my game, it's quite the opposite, and I'm somewhere between lyrical gangsta and lazy genius.  (Which I thought I was talking about today, but clearly God had other plans.)

Oh yes, I have its - lots of them!  Those things that seemed right.  Looked right.  Heck, even felt right, but for whatever reason, God, free will, deemed it not so.  And so, disappointment set in. But not just any disappointment.  The kind of disappointment that weighs a ton.  It keeps your feet glued to the place you first felt its sting.  The disappointment that changes your DNA.  You know the kind.  Because you don't talk about it - because you can't.  THAT disappointment.

Oh yes - I have an it or two.  The kind that the unnamed woman in 2 Kings, felt when the prophet Elijah told her that in a year, she would be carrying a baby.  The kind that double dog dares you to even look like you're going that way towards hope again. Girl-- didn't you learn your lesson the first time?  It ain't going to happen, so, you stop expecting, because that keeps you on your feet, right?

But God!  God-- He changes it all.

I heard a pastor say once that the devil is after our expectations... And maybe I'm being too deep, but that seems like a blatant challenge to call out my faith....That good is for me.  Blessings are for me--GOD is for me.  That the ability to expect God to move is just as important as knowing He can.

For you - your its may be a failed marriage, broken home life during your upbringing, children that are doing their own thing, and not listening to wise counsel...maybe you're waiting on your promise of a baby...and you're tired.  I'm asking you....where did YOU put it down?

When did you decide that it was too much for you to carry?  When did you decide that it wasn't going to happen, and out of sheer protection for yourself, you boxed it up, and put it away?  

By the time we made it to the benediction of that sermon, I felt as though all of my little its were running around the sanctuary, happy to be out of their box of banishment.  Happy to perhaps be taken back to the place of their promise.  Oh yes...the clear realization that I cannot stay here. That my its equals promises from God.  Promises that I had written off, perhaps became too tired of waiting, felt that in my timing, things weren't moving quickly enough...and so, I put them down. And stopped expecting.  

I'm not sure that this is helping anyone...but I sure needed to process this, BUT, if you, like me, have found yourself with its that have turned into disappointments...pick them back up.  And take them back to their place of promise, which is right back to the feet of Jesus.  He knows what to do with them.  He knows the plans He has for you.  Plans to prosper you.  Plans to give you a hope and a future.  But, you've got to pick them back up.  Get back in the game, and stand on the promise that God created especially for you.

Until next time, friends.

~J

Year of YES!

Have you ever read a book that has made you wonder what you have been doing all your life?!

My friend Ashley purchased this book as a beach read for our Ultimate Girls' Trip to Puerto Vallarta, and finished it before even landing in Mexico, and said that for some reason, the book screamed J A R V I S...and y'all...I'm so glad it did!

This book is uh-mazing (in my Adele voice), and evoked just about every emotion known to man....yes, it was just that good.  

Shonda Rimes, yes, THAT Shonda Rimes is the author, and she does not disappoint.  Her voice and realness just takes you to places that you have long forgotten about...places that probably aren't your favorite, and you are forced to deal with them...and suddenly, it all becomes clear....Jarvis, gurlllllll...you've been playing this life safe.

YES!  She decides (at the hand of a flippant remark from her sister), to say yes more.  Once she decides to say yes more, her life naturally begins to look very different.

I'm sure you can guess that at the hands of this book, I began to question all of the ways I have said no.  You guys...so many areas of my life are protected, on lockdown, behind the most secure wall...but ironically, I must reside behind those structures to protect my turf...and with that, comes a whole lot of NOs.

I mean sure, I took a HUGE leap of faith and left a "good" job to pursue an opportunity of a lifetime, but what about the little things that feed into the big things? Sidetone: I am acutely aware of how insanely crazy this makes me appear...and most days, I question it myself, but...YOLO!

So, as I flipped to the last page, I couldn't help but take a quick inventory...blame it on year 36 coming in hot in just a few short weeks.  I became determined that I would identify all of the things I needed to say yes to, and remain open (insert anxiousness) to the idea of saying YES...outside of my legal pad.

Have I said YES to great health?  Have I said YES to success? And not that safe success I've already experienced...I'm talking about the success that puts me under the scope, and pulls me to the spotlight that I desperately try to stay away from. Have I said yes to total contentment in this season? Have I said YES to being enough just the way I am, if I never get another feather in my cap? My list of things that I've said no to has become so comfortable that yes is as foreign to me as that email I received written in Spanish last week from Aero Mexico.

I've got enough nos already identified, that if I say yes to nothing new this year, I still wouldn't be able to recognize myself, but you know what?!? It's time.

So...here's to saying YES!  And loving it...I hope!  I'm excited, but I know that there are some plot twists that I couldn't possibly predict, and perhaps will be met with a little edge in my voice...but nonetheless.  

I am ready to say YES.  

Because it's not worth $5.25

I absolutely love the protein boxes from Starbucks, but I'm not a fan of paying $5.25 for them...because honestly, it's about $.78 worth of food!!!

 

The only thing in the recipe that I cannot readily make is the muesli bread....until today!!! Thanks to the amazing Internet, I found a copycat recipe!!! And I'm sharing it with you!!! I walnuts as my nuts of choice, but you can use whatever kind you'd like!!!

 

 https://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/3254255033/starbucks-copycat-muesli-bread-my-bizzy-kitchen/

 

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#Recipe: Mini Pepper Taco Boats

Hi there! I made my favorite tonight for dinner, and I thought I'd share the recipe with you all!

 

Ingredients:

1 packet of organic taco seasoning (I like Simply Organic)

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you like it hotter)

1 lb ground turkey

1 lb mini peppers, halved and seeded

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup chopped tomato

1 cup of cooked black beans

Other toppings as desired (sour cream, olives, chopped jalapeño, avocado, etc.)

Preparation:

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef until just cooked through, about 7 to 10 minutes, breaking up any clumps with the back of a wooden spoon. Add spice mixture and sauté until well combined, and cook as directed. Remove from heat.  Stir in black beans.

Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking try with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange mini peppers in a single layer, cut-side up but very close together.

Sprinkle with ground beef mixture and shredded cheese (make sure every mini pepper gets a little meat and cheese!). Bake 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melty.

Remove from oven and top with chopped tomatoes and any other desired toppings. Serve immediately.

I LOVE this meal because it is so filling, and it doesn't leave you sluggish from carbs!!!

Let me know if you're going to try it!  <>< J

 

#LoveYourself

My friend Amanda and I always bounce ideas off of one another.  She's a great sounding board, and the other night, she texted me about an idea that I just happened to be throwing around myself...(we roll like that sometimes).

Out of that conversation, the #LoveYourself challenge was born.  The idea is simple...pick that one thing that you've been wanting to start, or perhaps, wanting to get back to, and RoCk it out for the entire month of February!  It takes 21 days to start a new habit, and I'm giving you a head start!

With that being said, here's how I'm going to love myself this month.  I have been putting off Periscoping, and launching my YouTube channel for various silly reasons, and in February, I'm continuing to work on my 2016 goals, and grow past my comfort zones.  So, I'm making the commitment to Periscope twice a week, and upload a YouTube video once a week, (starting next week).  This is imperative to me really embracing this new new season in my life!

So...what do you think?!?!  Are you willing to join us? Is there something you've pushed to the side that you want to pick back up again?  Are you wanting to read more, wear a new lipstick color, exercise more, start a new business...whatever it is, THIS is the month to do it!  

You know it's not official if you don't have a hashtag, so here goes, use #LoveYourself to track the challenge along the way in all of your social media posts!  It will also allow us to see you shine this month, and shout you out!  I can't wait to see you SHINE!

Until next time... ~J

From Passion to Purpose...

This year has been a turning point for me in a lot of ways.  Although we are only in the first month of the year, I have begun working on some major goals that have sat on the back burner for far too long....and I am excited!

I have always been a dreamer.  My parents raised me believing that I can do anything, and this has had its good and bad moments.  However, I would much rather dream too big, than cut myself short of doing something amazing.

I want to share with you some of the systems I use to track my dreams, and have turned them into my purpose. I hope you have a good time as I did vision casting for 2016. 

Vision Boards

This is a super fun activity to do with your family, as well as make a personal vision board!  When I completed my vision board this year, I broke it into different segments: personal, business, family, health & wellness, spiritual, and financial.  From here, I was able to identify what I would love to accomplish this year as it relates to each area of my life.  Now....this is where it gets fun...because you CAN do anything you put your mind to, if you are willing to work hard enough to make it happen! So....DREAM BIG guys....the sky is the limit!

Timelines

The organization geek in me LOVES this part.  You've spent your time looking at what you want this year to bring you, now it's time to lay out the plan to get you there.  It is best to work backwards towards achieving your goals.  Dreaming about them, writing them down, putting them in a place where you can see them daily, and then going to work to achieve them....that's how we are going to #crush2016!

I personally use my planner to track my monthly, weekly, and daily action items, but if you are not big on carrying a planner (for shame), then here's a simple, yet effective sheet you can print out and use to attack your goals. 

Accountability

There's nothing like an accountability partner.  Someone you can share your goals with, and get a little help staying on track!  A lot of people overlook this step, but it is SO important!  It's amazing what a, "how are you coming along on training for that marathon," can do for you.....especially when you are starting to feel a little less than motivated!

And just for kicks, here's a picture of my 2016 Vision Board....I'd LOVE to see yours!  If you've done a vision board, will you do me a favor and post it on social media, and tag me in it (all of my social media links are below)!  I bet others will be just as inspired from your goals as you are!  

Isn't my photobomb the cutest?!??!!?!? #CocoBaylor

Isn't my photobomb the cutest?!??!!?!? #CocoBaylor

And.....if you're undercover inquisitive like me, (smile), and want a closer photo of my vision board, sans the super cute photobomb, I've got you covered!

I'm ready to #crush2016.....are YOU?????!!!!???

I'm ready to #crush2016.....are YOU?????!!!!???

Here's to goal setting....I can't wait to see how you #crush2016!!!

P.S.  If you haven't done so already, take a moment to subscribe to my weekly Glitter Notes...February 1st kicks off an amazing and fun way to launch your goals!

I'm Jarvis Noelle...

Well hello there!  

What a feeling this is to finally be in my new digs, doing one of my favorite things - writing.

I have been informally blogging for years....and I loved it, BUT, I always wanted to call myself a blogger...to carve out a special place in the world wide web, and really make it my own.  I have put this off for years, but this year, I decided to go for all of the things I have been too busy to do in the past.  And I am excited!

I am not a beauty guru...you can find me with a ponytail and sweatpants just as quickly as you can all gussied up, BUT, I LOVE makeup, and I'm definitely a girly girl.  I'm not a lifestyle blogger so to speak, because my life...though it is fun(ish), is not a style, if you will, just a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and I think you'll come to find out that you like it here.

I've been told by those closest to me that I am guarded.  That I only allow people to get so close, and I throw up a wall.  Through blogging, and vlogging, I'm working hard to break through that.  I'll be honest...it'll be a journey, but I'm up for the challenge.  Even though everything inside of me screams GIRL STAY BEHIND THAT WALL, my personal mantra for 2016, #crush2016, is causing me to be fearless!!! So again, welcome, and feel free to stay awhile.