Urban League of Nebraska Young Professional Awards – VOTE NOW

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Urban League of Nebraska Young Professional Awards

I made the top 5 for:

•Young Professional of the Year

•Educator of the Year

It is an HONOR to be considered for this auspicious award. Below you will find some of this year’s highlights. Although my Mom, Missionary Tina Roberta Thuston Johnson passed in July, our conversations during chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and even in her final hours FUELED me to continue the WORK. She believed in me and reminded me constantly to “Go, be a good little missionary.”

This was my year. My 33rd. My Jesus year. Here we go!

Executive Editor of the Voice of Missions Magazine – a publication that reaches 100 countries.

Executive Pastor of Christ Cathedral – an 18,500 sq ft facility which houses three ministries

Executive Editor of the Women of Power Newsletter

Main Stage Speaker at the Leadership Africa Summit

Creative Mornings

You Go Girl Omaha

Commencement Speak at the Queenship Academy

ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference Volunteer

BMEC AV Tech and volunteer for Vincent Taylor

Brand Ambassador for

Moduvated, Fashun Freak Boutique, D’Iyanu

International AIM Convention News Anchor and Correspondent for the live stream for the COGIC

Substitute Teacher for Papillion-La Vista Schools and Nelson Mandela Elementary School

Homecoming Makeup Artist

Hired and Employed two new paid interns for my company sevenby30

eBook consultant

Consultant to Fortune 500 company managers

Consultant to Ivy League Graduates

Student of EVERYONE.

This my year. This was my Go. Do. Be.

And now I ask you, to join me and vote for the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals Community Awards.

Let’s Go. Do. Be. Together.

Below, you’ll find the transcription for the video. I want to work to have subtitles on all videos going forward. This was a substitute teaching segment yesterday at Nelson Mandela Elementary.

Student: Good! I’ll make sure it you’re able to (inaudible)

Teacher: Good! Thank you! I wanted to make sure that the class was absolutely showing me their best skills. Thank you for sitting attentively—ready with your markers and the board. Waterfall! Waterfall!

Class: Shhh!

Teacher: Thank you. One more time. Waterfall. Waterfall.

Class: Shhh!

Teacher: Beautiful!

Principal Tooey: (Laughs) I just walked into the wrong class.

Teacher: (Laughs) (inaudible) Absolutely! We are so glad to welcome everyone back into our community today.

Class: Wow!

Teacher: And we’ll need be absolutely quiet—ready to learn, ready to receive new information. Everyone repeat after me. Everyone repeat after me. Are you ready?

Class: Are you ready?

Teacher: (Hums impromptu tune.)

Class: (Hums tune back.)

Teacher: (Hums tune.)

Class: (Hums tune back.)

Teacher: (Sings) MATH is when you ADD!

Class: (Sings) MATH is when you ADD!

Teacher: (Sings) MATH’S when you SUBTRACT!

Class: (Sings) MATH’S when you SUBTRACT!

Teacher: (Sings) MATH is when you ADD!

Class: (Sings) MATH is when you ADD!

Teacher: (Sings) MATH’S when you SUBTRACT!

Class: (Sings) MATH’S when you SUBTRACT!

Teacher: (Speaking voice returns.) So today! Now you’re done. So today we’re introducing (truly reviewing) which one? Math with adding or subtracting?

Class: (Sings) Sub-tra-cting!

Teacher: How did you know that?

Student: Because we seen the sign!

Teacher: You saw—(sings) I saw the sign!

Student: Woo!

Teacher: You saw the sign? She said because saw the sign. Which sign?

Class: (Screams) The subtraction sign!

Teacher: (Sings) The subtraction sign. (Speaking again.) This is subtraction. Okay? When you see this—this means you’re getting less: subtraction. When you see this—(dances) that’s when you’re adding. So which is—which has more movement? Subtraction or—which one has more movement?

Class: ADDING!

Teacher: So when you’re adding, you’re moving MORE!

Student: Hey, that was cool!

Teacher: Okay? So we’re doing subtraction. Let’s look. What do we have here?

Class: NINE!

Teacher: And here?

Class: ZERO!

Teacher: So what do we have if we’re subtraction?

Class: NINE!

Teacher: Who said that?

Student: You can’t—you can’t take away nine from (inaudible)zero, so you (inaudible)

Teacher: Nine—

Paraprofessional: That’s why everybody supposed to use their hands.

Teacher: Nine minus zero is?

Class: NINE!

Student: But um—we gotta—you gotta show your WORK!

Student: We gotta—we gotta cross it out! (Student sings) We gotta cross it out!

Student: You gotta cross out your FOUR! (inaudible—multiple children talking simultaneously.)

Paraprofessional: (Sings) Oh, class!

Class: (Sings in response) Oh, yes?

Teacher: I like—I love—you know what I love? I love all of these ideas. You wanna know what else I love? I love that you’re helping me. And one more thing: I love when I get to share MY way of doing things. So let’s look at the board.

(I’ve stopped the transcription here. If there is someone who wants to assist me or redirect me to an easier way to transcribe the audio, I would be most grateful. I want to support those who hear differently.)

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Full Audience, Where’s the Artist?

Art

CL🙈SE your EYES and picture this:

The seats in the auditorium are full.

It’s jam packed.

People are whispering and waiting—

in great anticipation for the show to

BEGIN.

There’s only one thing:

They’re waiting for YOU.

Each day, an audience sits

WAITING

to HEAR from YOU.

Waiting to read YOUR original work,

to SEE your paintings,

to HEAR your voice,

to WATCH you dance,

and choreograph,

and LEAP,

and LIFT weights,

and RUN fast,

and COOK diligently,

and TRAIN passionately.

They’re waiting.

They’re watching

to see

WHEN

you

will

GRACE

the stage.

NOW is the time to SHARE like never before.

What are YOU waiting for? We NEED you.

#LetsGoDoBe

#Isaiah43v19 #iWillDoANewThing

📸: Terrence Tryon

👘: Kinesha Johnson-Roach

PA: Karieta Walker

P. S. Before you were born, God knew the earth needed you. The earth NEEDED you and what YOU bring. Don’t ever discount WHAT you have and WHO you are. You were handpicked to make a difference in the EARTH.

I Cut My Hair

beauty, Big Chop, courage, Hair, natural hair, Uncategorized

Yes, I C✂️T my hair.

👉🏿FOUR years ago!

Sorry, y’all. But I did cut it!

Here’s the story: Four years ago it was Christmas 2014 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I began taking out my waist-length Beyoncé braids and finally had enough. I got my scissors and made a decision. This hair was about to be GONE.

In 2011 I did the same thing. I texted my sisters saying, “Y’all, I just took craft scissors and cut my hair.” They didn’t believe me. I sent them a pic and they all called me simultaneously.

Best. Decision. Ever. For my hair.

It gave me a clean slate. Fast forward to December 2014, Christmas Day. I clearly felt loaded with emotions of missing home and that I graded papers at King Saud University most of the day.

Needless to say, my spirit lacked JOY. In a non-emotionally-sober moment, I snipped. And snipped. And the next thing I knew, it was all gone. And I loved it. Then I hated it. It didn’t feel like the 2011 cut. The same woman in 2011 paled in comparison to who stood before me.

Worst. Decision. Ever. For my hair.

But I GREW from it. I learned:

When making long-term decisions, be sober.

Go through your little checklist, first.

Am I in the flesh?

What’s my motive?

What does God’s Word day about this?

What is God speaking to me?

Is this wise?

Who will be impacted if I make this choice?

How does this improve lives?

Will my conscience be clear?

Is this a selfish act?

That is my list for MAJOR decisions. Now, I don’t know if all of this really applies to hair, but it’s just a good guide.

Presently, my hair is safe and sound underneath some faux locs. It’s one of my favorite protective styles to get. My friend Chris Brookins did them this time in less than four hours. Still uncertain as to how he moves so quickly.

This is what I want to leave with you:

Be led by God. Be led by His voice. Move in His direction.

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shall go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8

Are you seeking instruction or guidance? Drop you prayer request below and I WILL pray FOR and WITH you!

#LetsGoDoBe

With Deep Love and Gratitude,

Karissa

Feeding a Giraffe—with My Mouth

adventure, Africa, explore, love, Mental Health, Mystery, Teaching, Wellness, worldview

✨BRE🦒KFAST, anyone?✨

🦒Is there anything that freaks you out? Anything that just the thought of it makes your stomach turn? Anything that you said you’d never do? Anything that makes YOU look crazy?

😛I never thought I’d feed a giraffe with my own mouth, but I never knew I’d be given the opportunity to either. There’s a host of things we say we’ll NEVER do, but when opportunity knocks, our tune may quite possibly change.

🦒Today, DISCARD some of those NEVERS and FEED into some new MYSTERY, some new ADVENTURE—some #WILDLIFE.

#LetsGoDoBe

😛Tag someone who needs to be shaken up this morning.

P. S. Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

P. S. S. Much love to my #InstaMom @travelingblackwidow. Before I went to bed last night, I screenshot my pic my giraffe feeding for this morning’s post. I logged on this morning and I saw her post and was like 😍. Go check her out! 🦒

P. S. S. The tongue of the giraffe felt like SANDPAPER!

Anxiety, Depression, faith, family, Health, Health, wellness,, love, Mental Health, Teaching, worldview

L🌍VE

Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, remember this:

Worry is a NEGATIVE form of meditation. It’s like praying for the wrong thing to happen.

STOP. Redirect your thoughts toward the beauty that CAN and WILL happen. Reflect on PLEASANT memories. Refuse to RECYCLE pain.

PRESS forward and be RENEWED in your mind, daily by His Word.

You’re NOT forsaken. You’re NOT forgotten. You’re NEVER alone.

I heard The Nevels Sisters sing “I got COMPANY following me!”

Be comforted in knowing that you’re not walking this out alone. You’ve got COMPANY following you.

“Many things

about tomorrow,

I don’t seem

to understand,

but I know

Who holds my future,

and I know

Who holds my hand.”

#HeWasThereAllTheTime #HeIsWithYOU #YouAreNeverAlone

📸: @iamtryon

👘: @ladykroach

Students: What do you think of when you hear Africa?

Africa, Education, explore, faith, Teaching, travel, Uncategorized, worldview

L🌍VE.

I’m a substitute teacher. I bounce around from school to school around my district and have yet to see more than three TEACHERS who look like me. I absolutely LOVE opportunities to ask my students this question:

What do you think of when you hear Africa?

Sure, I could substitute for both Omaha Public Schools, however I was raised in Papillion-La Vista School District. When I graduated with a class of 569 students, there were approximately 15 African-Americans. I never sat in a class with a Black teacher during my entire time in the district.

Let’s get back to the question.

What do you think of when you hear Africa?

🍍I think of sick kids.

🥑Dirt roads.

🥥Poor people.

🍦Helpless.

Above are actual answers from elementary school kids about a month ago.

When the little girl said, “Helpless.” I stopped and said, “I’m so glad that you said that, because there are so many lies that are being told about Africa and I want you to hear from someone who’s not on a screen and who actually visited.”

I didn’t go to Africa on a missions trip. I went on vacation. First to Egypt and then to Kenya. Pictured here I’m in Malindi, Kenya.

It’s in Kenya where my newly adopted Baba Baha told me, “Tell them we have ice cream over here.” He said that as we stood there eating some. We laughed so hard!

It was in Nairobi where I (confession) smuggled avocados back to Saudi Arabia because they were massive and I simply couldn’t go back without them. I took two.

It was in Kenya where I went to the Del Monte pineapple farm and stared at the unending rows and rows of pineapples.

It was in Kenya where I sat at the beach in Mombasa and drank fresh coconut water from a man who picked and pierced the coconut just for me.

So when I ask, “What do you think of when you hear Africa?” and then I hear statements like the ones aforementioned, my eyes light up! I realize: This is a teaching moment.

I do a test. I show them a picture and ask them where is this? It’s usually a picture of a dirt road or slum.

They almost always say, “Africa.”

I reply, “It’s Nebraska.”

I do it with a vibrant picture or setting and they reply, “Europe or Australia!”

I tell them, “Actually, it’s in Africa!”

😱

I pull out the photos of me in Kenya and the children’s jaws are ALWAYS on the ground.

It’s true, there are desolate places everywhere. I just have this holy conviction of telling new stories. The dirt road, shoeless kid narrative rings in our ears constantly.

Who will tell them of the golf courses in between Malinda and Mombasa?

Who will talk about the multi-millionaires and billionaires in African countries?

Who will tell them about the rich resources that can ONLY be found in heaps and bounds in African countries?

Who will tell them about M-Pesa and other brilliant mobile-tech ideas from African geniuses?

Who will show them Kenyan shillings with leaders on the currency who are even darker than me?

Who will show them the scarf that I bought and wore on the beach in Malindi that I later wore at the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

If you want to leave it to a substitute teacher to disseminate the information, I don’t mind. But I’m so glad to know that others are convicted about telling NEW stories too.

I’m not alone. Neither are you. If you went to an African country on vacation, please drop your memories in the comments.

I love hearing NEW stories.

Ciao for now!

Karissa Denae

P. S. I met a man in Kenya named Karisa. Apparently it’s a name for a boy. Guess what it means?! SHEPHERD!

P. S. S. Most of these photos were captured by Evans Maina. We attended the same church in Hangzhou, China. I was in China teaching English. He came to China for college. I think he was getting his Masters in Art there. For my birthday, he gave me one of his paintings that I saw in a gallery.

A Stroke THEN 7 Continents BEFORE 30 PODCAST

Anxiety, Depression, Education, explore, faith, family, Foreign Language, Health, Health, wellness,, Lesson Planning, Mental Health, music, Podcast, stroke, Teaching, travel, Uncategorized, Wellness

So here’s the deal:

I got to meet this remarkable young man who I shared a stage with at the Leadership Africa Summit this summer. Tayo Rockson invited me to speak on his podcast called “As Told By Nomads” which is not only sweeping the nation, but the entire world.

Check out the 👉🏿 podcast 👈🏿 to hear how I had a stroke and then STRUCK back.

Ciao for now!

Karissa

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International Day of the Girl

Anxiety, Depression, Education, explore, faith, family, Foreign Language, Health, Health, wellness,, love, Mental Health, travel, Wellness, worldview

#InternationalDayOfTheGirl, let’s talk. 💋👇🏿

#StrokeSurvivor #TBT

This year marks 11 years since life struck me with a (mild) stroke.

It also marks…

• my Jesus year (33)

• 15 years since I graduated from high school.

• 11 years since I learned to write, speak, and walk again.

• 11 years since being sexually assaulted by my former boyfriend.

• 1 year since I truly forgave him and apologized for my attempts to tarnish his name.

• 9 years since I became a licensed evangelist missionary.

• 7 years since I graduated from college—four years “late.”

• 7 years since I took my first trip abroad.

• 6 years since I moved to China.

• 4 years since I moved to Saudi Arabia to teach at the largest women’s university in the world.

• 3 years since I made it to my 7th continent, Antarctica.

• 2 years since I wrote my first book.

• 2 years since my Mom got diagnosed with cancer.

• almost 3 months since my Mom went back to Heaven.

But daily,

I’m reminded that

I

HAVE

SURVIVED

EVERYTHING.

And guess what, girl?

You got this too.

No matter what life tosses your way,

slide on your gloves—lace or leather, and crush it with both hands.

You’re not just a survivor.

Not just a winner.

But you’re a girl.

And let me tell you,

WE have the POWER

to START and end wars,

to INFLUENCE and BIRTH nations.

to ENGINEER the most magnificent architectural masterpieces,

to TEACH and instruct with limitless intellect,

to CHANGE flat tires, diapers,

and the WORLD.

We were made well.

We were made slowly.

We were made last.

And you know what they say about the best. Yep, they’re always saved for last. 😘

But ladies, let’s be FIRST at walking together.

Let’s contend, not compete.

Let’s march together, girls. Let’s go. Let’s do. Let’s be.

#LetsGoDoBe ✌🏿❤️

“Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” #3John1v2

With Deep Love and Extreme Gratitude,

💋Karissa Denae Johnson

#BeforeAfter by Terrence Alexandre

🌟 #GloryToGod 🌟

✍🏿 karissa@sevenby30.com

Urban League of Nebraska Young Professional of the Year & Educator of the Year Nominations

Antarctica, Education, explore, faith, family, Foreign Language, Lesson Planning, love, music, Music Class, Teaching, worldview

Take the survey here!

🎼Can you 👏🏿 on the 2 and 4 or the 1 and 3?

🍎A teacher may not feel the fire or sparkle every day in the classroom. Yesterday, unfortunately, was one of those days for me. Music class didn’t go as perfectly as I imagined it, but there were little gems along the way.

A “challenging” student taught the class the Jason (spooky) sound and a little brown girl with glasses sat with her Mom as I prepared to leave for the day. She happened to be talking about me as I approached them to compliment her on her behavior and her funky glasses. I think it made both of our days. Sparkle!

🌟More sparkle was added when I came home and found out that I was nominated for the Urban League of Nebraska Young Professional of the Year and ULNYP Educator of the Year.

I’m wildly honored to be recognized amongst a host of movers and shakers in the Omaha Metropolitan community. Being considered for these awards ignited even more fire to #GoDoBe!

#LetsGoDoBe, party people!

To vote,

Click here!

S😭W 👉🏿 RE🌟P

Anxiety, Depression, faith, family, love, Mental Health, Wellness, worldview

S😭W 👉🏿 RE🌟P

Flip through the pages of 2018. Page after page you’ll see lots of light and laughter, yet heaps and loads of heaviness and devastation.

Let’s be honest. It’s not been all bad. There’s been a host of good things too. While I was inches away when my Mom took her last breath on earth, I found joy in the support of other friends who lost their mothers this year.

While domestic terrorist attacks and horrific violence plagued(s) our Nation and world, songs of healing and restoration follow quickly to be released in the earth.

Weeping truly MAY endure for a night, my friends. But there’s something so sneaky about JOY. Like the sun, it comes in the morning.

Be strengthened, party people. Know that it’s morning time. And we gon’ be aight.

#LetsGoDoBe #GoodMourning #Arise

L💋VE y’all.

👉🏿Karissa Denae

P. S. …………..Dear 2019,

…………………………….Brace yourself.