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Lesson 1: Start Where You Are…

What’s one bite-sized action can you take today? 

What can YOU do to shift what’s not working? 

What advice would you give your 25 year old self?

These are the questions I have been pondering since culling this lesson in reflection of 35 Lessons at 35 Years of Life. The blog post that started as a birthday reflection and expanded to my own personal writing challenge and outline for my next 35 posts as I shed light on Mama J’s path of Intentional Justice™ one Tuesday at a time…

Now back to those questions, if I’m to start with the later, this is what I would say to a 25-year-old Jillian…

Advice to My 25-Year-Old Self

You already know who you are.

Enjoy the journey because you’re simply gaining the Truths for you!

Your love is limitless.

First, though you must learn to trust + surrender.

How to show up and ride YOUR wave.

You do NOT need another degree or more school.

Being in the trenches is where the work happens.

The growth. The resistance. Unearthing your TRUTH.

The journey has really just begun. What came before was merely preparation for life’s test of how bad do you want the dream.

Oh, and lay off the credit cards, it can wait! As Danielle LaPorte confirmed, when asked the same question at White Hot Truth – SF on Friday, June 19th at Grace Cathedral.

Making Shifts to Create Waves

The biz I launched 5 years ago when I turned 30 is not the one I am focused on now. From Jillybeads 4 Justice to Mama J Love Consulting, each tweak, twist, and turn on the path has created a ripple effect that leaves me in awe of what’s possible with changing your beliefs, doing the less sexy work of healing the inner girl that knows she’s only just began to show the world what she brings leaving a legacy for her daughter to build upon.

To do so, I believe in ripping off the band-aid and starting with 2 tough questions:

  1. What’s not working?
  2. What can I do to shift this?

Here’s an example I found while letting go of some Jillybeads materials over the weekend…

A reminder of how far I’ve come and the work that continues to claim my mamapreneur status and all I dream about. 5 years ago I was focused on getting my original jewelry into the world (aka selling it beyond friends and family) while supporting the organizations I care about the most at the local, national, and international level. This the essence of my then business–Jillybeads 4 Justice. Fast forward to now, the biz I’m running has evolved into a consulting firm that has been under construction (aka trial and error) since my last formal job/position ended as an educational researcher at the beginning of my third trimester in September 2014. This life change radically shifted my mindset on the brink of a second life change, becoming a mama.

While many lose themselves in motherhood, I ultimately, found myself in the process. 

These lessons and the stories it will unearth is the beginning of telling this story.

Creating Intentional Justice

By asking myself those 2 tough questions then and now, I can illuminate known data to inform my decisions and move forward with integrity. In other words, what’s one bite-sized + deliberate action you (or I) can take today? Tomorrow? Every day?

This question is the heart of Intentional Justice™

While answering this question for myself, I jotted some intentions for the week ahead, this summer (what I’ve dubbed #LovelutionSummer17), and by the start of 2018, I kept it down to 5 goals / intentions are less.

Why? Because if you can break your desire, goal, or intention into multiple steps then it’s likely too big. Start small. Easier said than done. I know because the dreamer in I longs for more in less time, which can and does lead to tying to do too many things in an unrealistic timeframe. That said, I’m still on this journey with you to refine and get better with bite-sized and deliberate daily action.

What does bite-sized look like in an area of our life? I immediately go to food, so let’s think about this together. One bite of pizza instead of the whole slice. A mini bowl of ice cream instead of the entire pint. Giving your loved one the last bite, you know the best bite you’ve been saving for yourself. Now let’s apply this to your life.

Take 5 minutes now (or after you finish reading this post) to “dreamstorm” all the ways you’d like to take action (aka do something for good) to feel Love, Justice, and Freedom in your life today, next week, or the next 3-6 months?

I highly recommend setting a timer either on your phone if you’re on the go or on the stove if you’re at home. Allow yourself to truly dream without holding yourself back. At the end of time, notice how much more time you could use to finish writing what has surfaced and add that to the clock to finish your Dreamstorm of Action.

Now use this list to pick your Top 3 or Top 5 max that you will focus on in the coming days, weeks, and months to come. This is what I’ll be doing to start where I am. Will you join me?

If so, tell me in the comments what step you’ll be taking. Plus, if you’d like more lessons like these to join the tribe of Justice Warriors + Revolutionary Seekers below…

35 Lessons at 35 Years of Life

35 Years Around the Sun

On Friday, June 9th, the day la Luna was at her fullest, I completed my 35th orbit around the sun. However, I felt the shift begin the Monday preceding my 35th rotation. As I reflect on my last year of life, this particular birthday feels significant. Not only am I now 35, but I am also celebrating 5 years of stepping out on a path of entrepreneurship.

When I turned 30 I launched my first biz—Jillybeads 4 Justice—to pursue my passion for jewelry-making and justice. It was the result of wanting to take a leap in owning the reality that I too, like the organizations I had been employed by, needed to diversify my income streams. To say it has been a journey would be an understatement, more like a rollercoaster with all it’s twist and turns and moments of hanging by a thread.

With this perspective, I can more clearly see now that my professional path has been one of continued learning and self-discovery to embrace the intersections of my multi-passion spirit and zones of genius as a love leader, equity + inclusion consultant, and data goddess focused on a mission, vision, and Mama Mindset Mantra for each of us to Love Yourself like a Mother! with Intentional Justice™ ♥

As such, I feel clarity. I feel expansive. I feel generous. The result…

35 Lessons @ 35

On a quest to write my first book, I have been dreaming off the various ways to tell my story knowing that there’s  teachable lessons in everything we experience. Let’s begin in no particular order or connection to the number:

  1. Start Where You Are
  2. Love Makes a Family
  3. Freedom is a Moving Target
  4. The Water Calls Me
  5. Create What YOU Believe In
  6. There’s Always Something to Learn
  7. Change Begins with Your Belief
  8.  It’s a Journey, Not a Race
  9.  Coming Out — Not Just a One Time Event
  10.  Identity is Nurtured
  11. You are the Mama (Guardian) of Your Soul
  12. Find Your Soul Medicine 
  13. Sometimes Sleep is the Best Reset
  14.  Learn Your Cycle Synchronicity
  15. Ride the Wave: Trust & Surrender
  16. Busy & Balance is Bullshit
  17. The Dysfunction of Your Family Does Not Define You
  18. No One Can Heal You, You Can Only Heal Yourself
  19.  The “Woo” Lights the Path to My Intuition
  20. Persistence is My Superpower
  21. Presence is the Best Present
  22. The Path is a Series of Detours
  23.  Only You Know Your Truth
  24.  If You Don’t Have Cash to Pay for It, Then You Really Don’t Need It
  25. When You Feel Out of Control, Simply Step Away
  26. As a Woman, Knowing When You Ovulate is the Secret to Life Itself
  27.  Affirmation is My Love Language
  28.  Let Love Transform You
  29. Pleasure Increases with Intimacy
  30.  Be You!
  31. Asking, “How I want to feel?” Changed EVERYTHING
  32.  Be Your Own Oxygen Mask
  33. Those Who Know You, Know When You Need Them
  34. Replicating the Behavior You Dislike Gets You Nowhere
  35. Everything is Intersectional

In creating this list of lessons, I realized how much I could write on each one with stories that connect to my past and illuminate action for continued progress. As such, I have decided to expand on each lesson over the next 35 weeks. Providing just the outline I need for…

My Commitment to My Writing Dreams

I can already feel the fierceness rising up as I embark on the next year of life, so I am starting a new weekly practice that involves two of my favorite things writing and action. Because I have personally committed to spending the summer to write my book proposal, which includes 1-2 sample chapters, it’s time that I recommit to more writing time. As such, I will be posting a new blog every Tuesday, which will likely take on many formats: photo collages, video, audio, and downloadable worksheets.

Today, Tuesday, June 13th, marks Week #1 with a new post each week resulting in 52 essays by end of my 35th year of life on Tuesday, June. As I mentioned above, the first 35 posts will expand on each lesson learned with a story or reflection on the past to illuminate desired action for continued progress.

Without further ado, Welcome 2 Take Action Tuesday, where I share more the why behind the revised blog vision.

What do YOU think? What would YOU like to know? Tell me below in the comments

In lovelution…

? mama j

Identity: Why the focus?

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As Dimensions Shift, Embracing Love & Compassion:  A Flashback to August 2014 

“If you bring forth that which is within you, what you bring forth will save you.” ~ Gospel of St. Thomas

I can no longer deny or postpone the fact that my job is ending in two and half weeks, transitioning me to full-time self-employment. While I’m trying to enjoy these last weeks of perceived “stability” with the freedom and responsibility ahead, I’m also struck with the simultaneous transition into my third trimester of pregnancy, which brings with it the exhilarating certainty that my focus will solely be on keeping another human alive in just over three months. In other words, I value my roles (what I would now frame as one of many personal dimensions of identity) as a daughter, sister, friend, community builder, and justicepreneur; yet, I find myself turning inward to prepare for my new role as mama. The best metaphor I’ve come up with to express this shift is to say that I can feel the “season” in me changing.  -Via the Jillybeads 4 Justice blog

The truth is that now, over 2 and half years later, I have countless valuable stories to tell, resources to share, and light to shed on my path of Intentional Justice™,  so thanks for joining me one Tuesday at a time… 

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At the heart of everything I do.
It’s pulsing through my veins.
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This is the beautiful mosaic of identity I love. Informing the personal and societal stories we tell ourselves and one another that are at the heart of our daily interactions ? @mamajlove1


Identity is… 

Who we are (how we show up in the world to ourselves and others) and how we are seen (who the world perceives us to be), as well as the experiences that result have an impact, often defining us.

Identity, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a close similarity or affinity. In particular, who someone is : the qualities, beliefs, etc., that make a particular person or group different from others.

Identity is the lens that has helped me make sense of who I am and how I view the world. While I came to understand this more philosophically in college and more poignantly in graduate school, my lived reality exposed me to it much earlier. It’s a toss up of which dimension I experienced first—race or gender; yet what is now clear is how I am seen in the world has greatly influenced my experience.

Whether it was being the only one among my peers with nappy hair (something I now take pride in); or wearing a dress the day we had to take cover due to a tornado, giving an older boy the opportunity to take a peak; or having to choose only one box when asked to select my race on my first standardized test, I can now see that identity played a role. As I reflect on my own experiences with identity, numerous personal and societal stories surface.

In fact, just last night I was asked to consider my identity within our mixed-raced family.

I found myself stopped in my tracks based on how someone closest to me described my identity: mixed-raced instead of Black. While both statements are true, the first one never felt like an option until now and the later took years of personal exploration, including an original master’s thesis, to fully embrace. The point is that I was left questioning why I was so fixated on one being wrong and the other right.

Then after a night’s rest, what became clear is that identity is constantly evolving. That both our personal and societal dimensions of self are not fixed. That this often challenging work I’ve defined for myself does not always fit into a nice pretty box. Then I’m reminded that I am not alone in this struggle. And, the struggle and challenge is where the learning happens.

“You’re learning all the time. Life is teaching you all the time.” @AniPemaChodron

As I fully embrace that I have and continue to live this content, I have also learned over the last 15 years how to discuss, frame, and explore it. While this lived experience and learning is what underlies my work, the reality is that the exploration of one’s identity is never done and I too will be joining you on this journey. Yes, at times this exploration can feel like a struggle AND it’s where growth happens. In other words, it’s exactly what I want to be doing—assisting others to Love Yourself like a Mother! with Intentional Justice

Tell me, how, if at all, have you considered identity in your life? Share in the comments below…

In lovelution…





If you’re interested in learning more about identity, then I’d love for YOU to join me at my upcoming Intentional Justice Mindset Talks premiering in Kansas City (my hometown) on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st. Click the links below for more details…

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