I have had opportunities during my church life as a youth and young adult, to plan activities at church, whether for the children, the youth or women’s department. It allowed me to explore my abilities to plan, co-ordinate and lead others towards the successful execution of these activities. From a simple outdoor Sunday School Class to Youth Weeks, Christmas Programmes, Retreats, Camps and most recently Conferences. Opportunities at work brought the business perspective as activities planned was of a “Customer” focus ensuring we kept customers happy and desirous of returning, to get access to more of our services.
All these activities have one thing in common however; there is a room, a space, or a location, where it all goes down. There is “The spot” where the magic unfolds.
“The Christian Writers’ Meet-up” was no different, my first Event outside of the bounds of my local church or my workplace.
The chosen location was the “Allamanda Beach Resort” Conference Room. I knew from experience that the “Room” was important; it mattered how it looked, the first impression created, its ability to keep you awake to the end and its ability to create a pleasant and unforgettable moment. Never under-estimate the power of “the room”.
If you attended our first Event, you may want to comment on “The Room”. However, here are a few things I considered when preparing “the room”.
- The walls of the Conference Room were all white, the table cloths were all white, in other words there was quite a bit of white space. I could’ve chosen to add dark colours, may be a straight colour scheme like black against the white or blue against the white or some other colour. However, InspireMe and Inspirational Events are about just that “inspiration” and I felt I was on the safe path with colour, bright and present colours. This is one thing white space allows in an almost unlimited fashion, colour and a variety of it. I chose bright green, orange and purple as the theme against the white background, with slight variations here and there.
- I chose to use white table-cloths because I was going to run a risk trying to get the right shade to match the colour-scheme selected. So, I played it safe but still took little risk. The head table to the front and the table on which the water was placed, at the back, were covered with green table cloths, while all other tables were covered with white.
- I chose to have large letters plotted because they clearly communicated “it was all about writing”, it was appropriate in my view.
- I also used foam boards covered with fabric (I have found that soft fabric adds class and elegance) to give it a unique and different look, applying innovation and creativity. I stayed away from what was familiar to me and launched out putting new ideas to the test. Note, that it was important for me to stick to the three main colours as much as possible, notwithstanding, getting uniformed shades was not possible in all cases, but the difference was not significant.
- Then there was the need for flowers; the room needed either a really large floral arrangements or a number of small ones. I went with the first option as I thought, less hassle; I would just need to find one focal point as against finding a number of focal points. Note that it is important to focus your decorative pieces at key focal points; the areas that will be mostly seen. I chose a large bouquet and placed it in-front of the podium.
- Finally was my favourite decorative piece that added the final touch, in my view; the “Pen Prop”. Oh how I loved that pink pen! It was designed and created by Nahshon Jeremiah, Visual Artist and Entrepreneur. The “Pen Prop” was “pink”, yes, pink in colour but it “blended in quite well”.
From feedback received, it seems that we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish with the “Room” and that is to make sure the environment created an inspirational memorable moment that fully complimented all the activities that unfolded as part of the “Meet-up”. Despite the positive feedback however, I have asked myself, “What could’ve been better?”
How did I feel about the room! 95% Satisfied!! I think that is pretty good for a hard self-marker.
The atmosphere in the room must also be credited to Nahshon Jeremiah (Pen Prop), “This&That Grenada” (Advice, Ideas, physical support), Colleen Edwards (beautiful floral arrangement) and my beautiful, helpful daughter (prepared the writers’ folders).
I wish to add the projector screen, it was also creatively used to share our logo and inspirational pics; made possible by Quasim Joseph and my son Jonathan Jeremiah.
I also wish to Add music. Music played softly as participants entered the room and at intervals when appropriate. Music chosen for the Evening was “Jonathan Mc Reynolds” Album “Make Room”.
We must admit that “The Room” is important to the execution of “The Vision”. It is important that we put some serious thought into it, plan and execute well.
Hope you enjoyed this! Feel free to send in your comments!
About a month ago I met Jerel Langaigne. We met in April, 2018, at a Seminar for persons interested in photographers; I was introduced to Jerel by a very good friend and sister in Christ, Genel Forteau. Genel had told me about this Christian young lady who was into fashion and I anticipated meeting her.
I always wanted to hear more about her, to hear her story, especially because fashion and models have really been sold in a manner that glorifies the bodies of the models, the sexy garments they display on the runway, and the designing and construction skills of many creative designers out there. I saw it as an Industry, like all other industries focused on gaining recognition and business opportunities. I wanted to find out more about her perspective on fashion and the role to be played by Christians within this industry.
I have had my own dreams (and still do) of somehow impacting the world through fashion because, I love designing.
Jerel Langaigne grew up in a Christian Family, she attended the St. Joseph Convent in Grenada, one of our Prominent Secondary Schools. Jerel was desirous of becoming an Architect; her dream was to travel to Cuba to study Architecture. Cuba, because she would then get the opportunity to be bilingual. She felt confident this was God’s will for her life and waited, with high expectation, for it to materialize. Well, it didn’t, her scholarship application was turned down.
While waiting for answers and still seeking God’s will, Jerel began teaching. It later became paramount that she become qualified as a teacher, hence her quest again to obtain a scholarship. Her story takes an interesting, mind boggling turn; Jerel received a scholarship but not for Teaching but for Fashion Designing, she was told, this is the area available. Her question was, “Lord, why Fashion Design?”.
In our journey through life, there are those moments when all we could do is trust God’s leading. You see, as he leads, we are often taken through a maze that makes very little sense to us and all we could do is draw closer to God praying for a word soon, for the revelation.
Jerel held on to God’s unchanging promises and waited for him to reveal his plan for her. She successfully completed her degree graduating with great distinction (Magna Cum Laude), from the University of Trinidad & Tobago – Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design. You can get a taste of what I am speaking of by checking out her awesome thesis collection on YouTube; you can see the application of Fabric surface treatment on most, if not all of her pieces. Jerel speaks of her financial limitations that restricted her spending and how blessed she was to have learned how to treat fabrics (tie-dying) She was able to take one basic colour fabric and transform them into beautiful fabric. I enjoyed every bit of the video, pressing “replay” more than once.
Here is the link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VFcc0InMQA
Jerel speaks of countless challenges while studying in Trinidad and is grateful today, for each one. After listening to her story, I am convinced that her journey was personally designed by God and her success at the University confirmed that he was there all along. Jerel (with a capable team) was able to pull off the first ever “Totally Local Grenada Fashion Week”.
The journey to Fashion Week began in 2017. The Fashion Week was held from July 7th – 14th, 2018. I really wanted to be there to experience the display of our local talent, but my work and family schedules made it difficult. However, owing to the Facebook connection, I was able to follow to an extent.
The Fashion Week started with a Beauty Conference organized by M.E. Salon and Virtue School of Beauty, Grenada, who partnered with Grenada Fashion Week.
The Beauty Conference was held at the Salon and offered the opportunity to learn more about;
- Natural Hair Care
- Make up Artistry
- Manicures and Pedicures
- Nail Technology
- Massage Therapy
A key aspect of the Conference was an Empowerment Session; the presenter was Genel Forteau, Director of Virtue School of Beauty. I couldn’t be there in person, but I was able to listen to the live video later. Genel’s empowerment session was truly empowering! Feel free to check it out here; https://www.facebook.com/virtuoushine/videos/10156291053620170/UzpfSTM0MzU4Mzk3Mjc3Mzk1MDo0NTc1NjI5NjEzNzYwNTA/
Extracts from Genel’s empowerment session;
“Sin came to take man away from God’s glory. What does that have to do with purpose? Everything! Our purpose is locked up in understanding God’s glory and yielding to God’s glory”.
This statement struck me deep; it was the statement of essence and it summed up the point of the entire presentation, pretty much!
The Bible reference given was;
Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
Another of Genel’s quotes:
“When it comes to our purpose project, when it comes to our destiny, it is all in the Creator”! I just love this.
Following the Conference, three Fashion Shows were held, the first in St Mark’s, on July 11th, the Second in the Parish of St. Andrew’s on July 12th and the final one in the Capital, St. George. As I looked at the designs, I was truly inspired to see the great attempts made by our young and thriving designers. Something Grenada can be proud about.
I asked Jerel, “As someone working in the field of Fashion, how do you manage the conflict, being involved in the Fashion Industry and being a Christian?” I loved her response “By Ministering to them.” She further explained that what is important is that you openly share your faith and do not compromise on your Godly standards. She reminded me that Jesus dwelt among sinners, so he can reach them. The idea is to infiltrate to influence; not becoming like them but remaining uncontaminated, so that our Father can be glorified.
The curtain came down on the last day with a reward and recognition ceremony.
I pray that Jerel is successful in drawing others to Christ as she seeks to be salt and light in the Fashion Industry. I may not understand everything about the “how” and it is not my duty to. What I am, is filled with anticipation, to see how God would use her in such a time as this.
I look forward to “Grenada Fashion Week 2019”
I started writing songs as a teenager; my sentiments is that while it can be a boring experience, it is also exciting and fulfilling. It is a wonderful opportunity to share your stories through songs. For some reason however, I never thought much about the songs I wrote. I never felt fully confident about sharing. Despite those feelings, I did share some of the songs I wrote and I have no regrets. They were simple songs in my view, which exposed my humble upbringing and inexperience in song-writing and in music generally.
Despite my lack of confidence, passion emerged, passion that is difficult to ignore. Recently, I have taken a more serious approach to writing; this time, I have decided not to listen to the doubts in my head. Now, I understand that it is my purpose to write and to share what I write. I need not be the one to assess whether my songs are good or bad. What I have come to realise, is that my focus was in the wrong place; I was just a little too concerned about whether my song was “good enough” to bless someone.
The days of hiding my songs are over. While, I would critique my work and ask others to do the same, I am no longer defining God’s gift as “not good enough”. So happy to see the light! :). I confess that I dream of writing that one song that would capture the heart of everyone who hears it, but more importantly, I dream to please God with every song I write.
In this season of my life, I am embracing song-writing anew, with divine purpose and determination. It is all about purpose!
As God continues to unfold new and exciting projects in my life, I would continue to share my story, but for now I share the words of the latest song I wrote; “Let Faith Arise”
Many times we want to take that step but we keep ourselves down by allowing procrastination and doubtful thoughts to dictate our actions; we succumb to these thoughts and feelings, and we do nothing. We talk about faith but we don’t practice it.
It is from within this context that I wrote this song. It is a motivation to myself to “let faith arise” and hopefully, it would stir you to act as well. Don’t look down on your gift, acknowledge it and share it with the world.
Let faith arise
Here you’re sitting, contemplating anxiously
Here you’re thinking, over thinking senselessly
But you’ve got dreams
Let faith arise, won’t you walk by faith and not by sight
Get up, get ready, set, Go!
If God is for me, who can be against me
Lord, I trust in your might
Lead me Lord, I will follow
May my life, be your light
Cause I’ve got dreams
Saviour, like a shepherd lead me x 3
Lead me on, Lead me on
Today, marks the start of a special promotion, geared toward encouraging more persons to subscribe to my blog; inspireothersonline.com.
The first two persons to subscribe and to get three (3) other people to subscribe will receive one of the lovely necklaces in the featured picture above. This first offer is extended to readers in my home country, Grenada! Don’t worry, there will be other offers for other destinations.
Before I tell you how you can get this special offer, let me tell you more about the items being offered:
The pendants of the featured necklaces were hand-made by Roland Benjamin, a contemporary visual Artist, who is from Grenada. He creates art using valuable resources that we find in our environment. Roland believes in the power of creative ingenuity and design, and has a passion for working with wood, leather and other fine precious metal.
The Pendant on the left is made of White Cedar, decorated with Wilks’ (Sea Snails) Shells, with a strip of leather at the top. The pieces are tied together using copper wire. The Pendant on the right is made of Campeche Wood, with a Ring of Coral and again Wilks’ Shells. The pieces are tied together using stainless steel.
When I saw these pendants, I thought they were beautiful and I decided, while I would love to keep them, I would rather enjoy the thrill of giving them away. So, with the help of “This and That” Craft Shop in Grenada, I added silk twine to the one on the left and a suede chord to the one on the right, with rings and clasps, making them into exquisite necklaces. I really love them, and I hope whoever is blessed to get them would love them and take very good care of them. The pieces of wood (white Cedar & Campeche) can be maintained by applying a little mineral oil every now and them.
Now, this is how you can get one of these beautiful necklaces:
- Access my blog through https://inspireothersonline.com
- Scroll down until you see the “subscribe” box on your right and follow the instructions to subscribe, which would also include going to your e-mail inbox to complete the process.
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About five years ago, I decided to teach myself face-painting. I was motivated because I had a young daughter, who would’ve been about six then. I thought she would be a great model for practicing and it would be an exciting way to spend time together.
I purchased a face-painting kit from Amazon and started to have fun, experimenting with designs. I managed to paint three designs on different occasions, a butterfly, a bumble bee and part of spiderman’s face (this was painted on another’s child’s face). My favorite was the butterfly; I have seen a few butterfly designs, all pretty and captivating to the eye.
It has been a while however, since I practiced, and I have been thinking it is time to have some face-painting fun again.
My motivation received even more steam, when about one month ago I attended Gospel Expressions. It is a Gospel Concert, with great children attractions, held every year during the second quarter of the year. As part of the children’s attractions, face-painting was offered and this year and previous years, Nahshon Jeremiah Arts was the Organisation responsible for making these kids smile.
When my daughter’s eyes found the face-painting corner, her face began to glow, and she was immediately interested. Not too long after, she was sitting having her face painted. I sat and observed the artist in action and was so impressed and inspired by how smoothly and confidently she worked, creating part of a butterfly on my daughter’s face. It was beautiful! I immediately thought “this is pure creativity and should be shared with others”. I loved it that much.
A few days later, I invited Nahshon Jeremiah Arts to share a tutorial on my blog and they agreed, I am so grateful.
Maybe you love working with children or you are just excited about art, then you would most likely find this tutorial interesting.
Note the beautiful models in this article. :).
Face Painting with Nahshon Jeremiah Arts!!
Written by: Princess Jaggasar of Nahshon Jeremiah Arts!!
What do I need?
Invest in some quality Face Paint. Ensure that it is non-toxic and friendly to faces of all ages!
Brushes and Sponges
Most persons use sponges designed for face-painting, or make-up sponges, as it is less time consuming when covering large areas, but paint brushes are handy, when it is necessary to produce sharp edges and well-defined styles!
Glitz and Glamour
These are the extras or enhancements that you can use to make the painting ‘POP’! Yah! These little glitz are multi-colored, neon, translucent and textured ‘Glitter’. On the other hand, glamour is the various types of rhinestones, beads and jewelry used.
To produce this painting, we followed 4 very simple steps:
Step one – Base – Using your sponge, lay down the main colours.
Step two -Outline – Use a high contrasting colour to outline the shape of the item being painted.
Step three – Frills and Designs- Add unique styles (curves, sharper edges than usual etc.) to the design.
Step four- Glitz and Glamour- Glitz it up! The more it sparkles/pops out to the eye, the more attractive it is.
Have fun face-painting!!
When we observe creation, we can’t help but think about God and how awesome He is!!
It was 3:00 a.m., Saturday morning, April 7th, 2018 and I just wanted to read my bible. For some reason, I felt rested and I didn’t want to be idle,so, I thought to myself, let me grab my bible.
You see, the Bible, it is a treasure for me, a childhood guide to my destiny; I saw it as an honour to read a book of such quality.
And yet, I lingered, procrastinated and wavered, should I or should I not, read my bible? It made no sense at all, that I would rise from my bed with such a desire, and then seek to dampen the fire.
The fire that was stirring inside of me, a yearning to engross myself within the pages of world history, and yet, I hesitated.
I knew if my passion could stir my will, I would reach for my bible, I surely will. Then I knew it was not what I thought or felt, it was a simple choice that I had the power to make; to yield to a more seemingly attractive alternative or to reach for my bible.
So I chose. I chose so that my passion could connect with my will, and the unknown reason why I felt the urge in the first place could be revealed.
I chose, so that my spirit could be enlightened, and my eyes awakened to new frontiers, renewed visions and places to conquer. I chose, so that my mind could be renewed, and I could soar on wings of an Eagle. I chose to read my bible.
I chose wisely, because I thought to myself, there must be a reason why sleep left my eyes, why I felt that urge, there must be a reason why suddenly, I felt a struggle to choose otherwise. I knew then that it would’ve been a golden opportunity missed, so I chose, I chose wisely.
I read my bible, not just one or two verses, but many, and, I am no longer the same.
He that hath no rule over his own Spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
What in the world would we do without Jesus, without God, who makes it his business to pursue us, to seek us out, even when we are rejecting his love and warm tender pleas to come to Him.
It is time we show appreciation, for he has been faithful!!
I started this blog on my birthday, September 25th, 2017, to be exact, and today five months after, I know more than ever, that I made the right decision.
I prayed about it, pondered on the idea because I never wanted to just do something because it sounded good. I try to please God in every decision I make. I have not done so every time, but I can say most times.
This blog gave me an opportunity to breathe, to exhale, to share things as the Holy Spirit would prompt and nudge me to. I have been blessed by your feedback, online as well as offline, I have been truly inspired by your kind words.
Please know that I appreciate you and the fact that you are taking the time out to read what I write. My goal is to make sure each post is sound, inspirational material that brings glory and honour to my Saviour and King, Jesus Christ.
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