Shoutouts Saturday! w/ Jayla Breanne Parker.

Welcome back to the blog! It’s “Shoutouts Saturday”! This is the time where we put the spotlight on fellow Carolina BOSS Girls in Action! These are the girls and women across the states who are putting their dreams in action and making BIG moves.


Today’s spotlight is on miss Jayla Breanne Parker–a local actress, model, and photographer who is making BOSS MOVES!

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Jayla Breanne Parker–model

Regarding your passion for modeling , photography, and acting…where do you see yourself in the next 3 years?

♥Hmm in 3 years I see myself pursuing a masters in film or in an internship at Cartoon Network.

Among your works, which one is your favorite and why?

♥My fave work that I’ve done is a shoot done at the UNCG pool with my friend Savannah.

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Savannah, a friend of Jayla’s.

It was my favorite because I usually don’t have the resources to create the work that I constantly have spinning in my head, and that was the first one that really came to my vision 😊

How do you indulge in your passions while working and in school?

♥Well I study my passion in school as a media studies major. It’s got everything and can be everything so it’s easy for me to just constantly be working on school and passion because it’s basically the same thing for me. I just work little by little everyday.

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Jayla Breanne Parker–model.

What do you recommend for other young artists like yourself…how can they balance their love for art and their everyday life?

♥Don’t ever stop doing you. No matter what anyone says. It’s your life, not theirs! Show off your art! Build your platform! Be yourself and get very very good at what you do 😊

 

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Get to know Jayla Breanne Parker!

Instagram (personal): @bluejay_96

Website: www.jaylabreanneparker.wordpress.com

Thank you for sharing your bubbly personality and wise words with us today! You are an inspiration to the girls of C.G.I.A. and we wish you many more years of creativity, originality, and success! You are a BOSS!

CarolinaBOSSGirlsinAction

Work-it-out Wednesday! Stop Talking…Just DO it.

We say it at the start of each new month, right?

“Okay, this time, I’m gonna do it for REAL.”

Whether we’re talking about our health, bettering our relationships, going to school…again…It’s always the same spiel. And it stays as such. Just a spiel. Not our reality. You know why? Because at the end of the day—we don’t know what we truly want.

What? That’s not true.

I want to be healthy.

I want to be happy in my love life.

I want to graduate.

Okay, but what does that actually look like?


You want to be healthy. Fine. But what does that mean? What does being healthy mean to you? What do your meals look like each day? What do you do for exercise? What size pants are you wearing once you’ve reached your goal?

You want your love life to be a happy love life? What does that mean? Do you guys dance in the middle of the kitchen in your pajamas together at midnight? Good communication? Do you two work well together? Are you a stay-at-home mom and he brings home the bacon?

You want to graduate? Okay, so for starters, did you enroll? (And yes, I’m talking to myself right here.) What classes do you need to take to get that degree? Do you stay in touch with your advisor? What outfit are you going to wear under that cap and gown? What job are you going to have after you graduate?

 

Let’s stop—TALKING—and DO.

Picture that thing that you want and run after it full speed!


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After all this being said, it’s Work-it-out Wednesday for the blog, and my own personal goal for my health journey was to make small changes each week. The first small change? Simply walking 10 minutes a day. And of course today is the HOTTEST day that it has been in weeks. But whatever. I wrote out my plan and I’m sticking to it. I have my goals written down, and now all that is left to do is reach them!

 

–Kay.

Letter from Kay.

My prayer for you all is that God’s light will burn brightly in your lives!


My mother once hit me with a brainteaser that absolutely blew my mind.let-there-be-light_360_360_80

“So yeah, in the beginning, God said ‘Let there be light’…and there was light…but did you ever notice how it also says that the sun and moon weren’t created until the third and fourth day?”

I’m just gonna let that marinate for a moment.


How amazing is God that He can actually supply light without using actual, physical, light?

So where was the light coming from?

Who knows? I’m guessing the light was coming from…well, Him.

My point is, if God is great enough to supply the entire atmosphere with light, I am absolutely positive that He can shine in your life as well–and believe that He is already doing so!

God’s light is in everything. Physical, mental, and spiritual.

It’s in the trees, the rain, the aurora borealis (sigh of awe).

It’s in your teachers, your pets, your kids.

It’s in the library, the church, the hospital.
It’s in truth, love, laughter–it’s in all components of life.

Many times we are so blinded by the darkness that we forget about the life source that we most need at that time.

Light.

I suppose my prayer isn’t so much that God will shine in your life–because He is already doing so, you see?

My prayer is truly that you will realize how it has been YOU keeping yourself from shining brightly in all areas of your life and that you will take responsibility and uncover the light.

May God continue to be with you and give you strength to run your race!

Sending you MUCH Light and Love,

Kay.

Peace Be Unto You!

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

He says it himself! If he did it, we can too!

God did NOT promise us an easy life on earth.

The only time life will be perfect is when we are dead and gone on to live with Him. But don’t get so ready to pack your bags and leave just yet! If you are still alive, you are alive for a reason. (When C.G.I.A. has its second key release, we will be teaching you all how to find your purpose for living!)

But remember to keep that in mind! You are here for a reason.

Yeah, yeah, we know. Your boyfriend just dumped you to “work on himself”, you’ve gained 26 pounds in 2 months, your bank account only has 37 dollars in it, your car won’t start up again for the third time this month and now you’re late for work. We know. God knows. We all get it.

But you have two choices. Either crawl up in a ball, collecting gray hairs from stress, eating the rest of the tub of ice cream that you just bought 20 minutes ago, or you can let the pain/hurt/lies/bankruptcy go right back out the door that it came in through.

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You simply have to find your escape route!

To find your route or your path, you’ll need a light. (…you see where this is going?) Jesus is the light!

Escape route 1.

Use prayer and faith in order to aim that light on your problems! His light is so bright that the problems will burn away, and you will then have a clear path before you!

Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness

And yes, sometimes it’s good to pray for yourself. But more importantly;

Escape route 2.

Remember to pray for other people! Whenever you are going through your darkest times…like all the happiness is sucked away from you, that is when you should begin to pray for someone else. The main times when we are unhappy are when we are stuck in a rut thinking about ourselves! When we begin to stop putting ourselves as the main focus of our lives (sounds backwards, we know) that’s when we are the happiest. Pray for others with a sincere heart. Don’t just say, “God bless whats-his-name”. Pray for them what you would like for your own self! Happiness, Peace, Love, Health, Strength, etc.


Remember to keep your mind on God’s love, light, and lessons.

Remember that you can do ALL things through Christ!

When in times of trouble or hurt, ask God to bring back to remembrance all the things that you have learned from Him. He’ll do it!

John 14:26 …he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatsoever I have said unto you

Peace be unto you all!

Light and Love,

The C.G.I.A. foundation

P.S. We’re interested here at C.G.I.A.. What’s your escape route???

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Grab an M&M! (Some Motivation from Monday)!

A few nuggets to take with you from Monday’s post:
🔹M&M 1: John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Once we choose to follow His light, we banish all opportunity of darkness to consume us!
🔹M&M 2: Once you begin following Him, you will become so infused with His light that you will begin reflecting the light! You won’t even have to tell anyone about your new lifestyle because they will see that you have already changed–not just because of your glow, but by your actions and new faith that you will begin to release.

🔹M&M 3: Stay unwavering in your faith, and He will put a new song in your mouth! Sing it for all to hear!

***1 Peter 3:15 “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…”

Light and Love, C.G.I.A.

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We slightly touched on this topic in our last blog post “Be the Light”.

We talked about how we should remember that as “lights of the world” we are instructed to shine our light in dark places so that ALL may see His Truth and Goodness.

To spread the light, we simply share our faith and what all we have learned from God, Spirit, Allah, (whomever/whatever you choose to believe in) on our individual life journeys.

Another way of spreading the light is mentioned in this Bible verse as well. “…that they may see your good works…”

Here’s a fun question. In order for you to get full usage of the sun…does it ever have to talk to you first? actions speak

Well, we hope that most of you answered ‘No!’

To get good usage from any light source, the light doesn’t have to say anything at all. It simply shines, shows us whatever we need to see, and gets the job done.

That’s how we must also be. Yes, sometimes we may need to share a word with others, but honestly, and you’ve heard it a billion times before, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. It doesn’t matter if you say the most buttery-sweet things. If after that you get in a fight, or throw litter on the ground, or decide to “twerk sum’ girl!” at your friend’s house party, people’s original thoughts about you will change. If you’re okay with that, well then, okay. More power to you. Just make sure that when their thoughts begin to change, you give them good things to think about you.

Remember that everything you do on earth is to glorify and honor the One who decided to put you on earth.

No one is asking you to be perfect. We all make mistakes.

But also, and the Bible itself says so, “You can do all things through Christ”. Ask God to give you the strength necessary to put your best foot forward and to practice what you preach.

Shine your light so that others can see Him working in your life!

You can do it.

You can do all things!

Sending you Light and Love,

The C.G.I.A. Foundation

#BeTheLight

Our last post talked about how Jesus is the light of the world, and how instead of trying to control our own lives, we should let Jesus light our paths.

This is what we at C.G.I.A. figure. If Jesus is the light of the world, and we are made in His image, then we are also lights of the world! But you don’t have to take our word for it.

Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world…

Yeah. That means YOU, dear reader. You are the light of the world!

God also says, Out of darkness, the light shall shine.

Remember that no matter what you are going through, you will always overcome if you are following Jesus Christ. John 8:12 I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

And think about it this way: In order to truly appreciate light, there has to be darkness! You may go through some really dark times in your life, but your light will shine so brightly that the darkness will begin to dissolve!


Now. What does light in the physical world do? It allows people to see.

Spiritual lights do the same thing. We allow people to see and hear the Truth. We share our faith and what we’ve learned in order to spread the light.

After following Jesus and surrendering yourselves to Him, you won’t even be able to hide your light. Shine brightly!

Matthew 5:14…A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Shine your light on everything and everyone–not just to other people with the same light. (Even though it is good practice. There is never too much spiritual light.) But remember to shine your light in dark places so that ALL may see His Truth and Goodness as well!

Remember what Mr. Adrian Rogers said: When you get right with God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will simply shine through you!

Grab an M&M! (Motivation from Monday)!

A few nuggets to take with you from our Monday post:

Monday’s post was entitled, “#GotLight?”–in this post we talked about a life where Jesus would light our paths.

♦M&M 1John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

♦M&M 2: Once we choose to follow His light, we banish all opportunity of darkness to consume us! When we stay close to Jesus, He will give us a brand new mindset and attitude and will enlighten us with His truth.

♦M&M 3: Remember what it was that made you join His side in the first place. Stay unwavering in your faith and He will put a new song in your mouth! Sing it for all to hear!

 

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#GotLight?

Are you looking for someone else to take the lead in your life? Are you tired of making your own decisions and then regretting the choices you make? Well, try letting Jesus light your path!

O.K….How???

John 8:12 “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Because He is already waiting for you to make Him the head of your life, you don’t have to do much! Simply remember to keep up a relationship with Him. Become aware of His presence in your life. Continuously thank Him for everything He has done, is doing, and will do in your life.

Begin to engage in more spiritual-like things. (Being kind to one another, showing love to everyone, constantly praying and meditating, reading the Bible, becoming more active in your community, etc) jesus is the light of the world

Once we choose to follow His light, we banish all opportunity of darkness to consume us! When we stay close to Jesus, He will give us a brand new mindset and attitude and will enlighten us with His truth.

Ephesians 5:8 Walk as children of light.

Once you begin following Him, you will become so infused with His light that you will begin reflecting the light! You won’t even have to tell anyone about your new lifestyle because they will see that you have already changed–not just because of your glow, but by your actions and new faith that you will begin to release.

You will be tested, however. A common test that new-er followers of Christ will have to go through will be people continuously asking you about your decision to make Jesus the head of your life and judging your decision.

Meditate on it and practice giving your answer over and over! It is so easy to become wavering in your faith once people start hassling you.

1 Peter 3:15…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

Tell them it’s because it’s so much easier to believe in Him than not believing in anything at all!

Remember what it was that made you join His side in the first place.

Stay unwavering in your faith and He will put a new song in your mouth!

Sing it for all to hear!

Do Your Part!

It was once said by Adrian Rogers, (http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/love-worth-finding/articles/bright-lights-in-a-dark-world-12807.html) that; “When you get right with God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will simply shine through you”

Sure, it may sound like a tedious task–getting right with God–but in all honesty, it’s not that bad. You just have to do your part and He will do the rest.

“But what’s my part?”

Whatever you and God agree on.

Maybe it’s repenting for your sins and getting baptized…or baptized again.

Maybe it’s volunteering at a homeless shelter.

Maybe it’s studying for 5 hours a day so that you can make “A honor roll”.

You find out what your part is by communicating with God. Tell Him that you want an amazing relationship with Him. He wants it too!

Delight yourself in Him, and He will shine through you.

The communication part isn’t hard either! Just talk to Him any way that you would talk to a friend. He understands everything you say.

Maybe you’re having a bad day:

“Lord, I feel so rough today. Instead of people seeing me, let them see you instead.” And He’ll do it! You’ll have this glow about you that others won’t even be able to describe.

Our prayer for you is that you will be filled with God’s light and love. Any struggles that you may be going through, may they be burned down from the powerful light that God puts in you.

May your soul burn brightly!

Sending you light and love,

The C.G.I.A. foundation