An Open Letter to My Single Brothers & Sisters

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DISCLAIMER: This is โ€ขmyโ€ข open letter. You, of course, are entitled to your own.

While not all singles desire to be married, all singles should desire to be whole. While not all singles will get married, all singles should constantly strive for enhancement, development, and refinement.

What is written below is a conglomeration of that which has been poured into me over the course of my lifetime at home and abroad as a single woman. I have gleaned well and I am grateful for all of the seeds that have been sown. I am yet learning.
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Shalom, Kings & Queens. Shalom.

It is a joy to address you today. Perhaps I can have a moment of your time.

While you are preparing for your most intelligent choice, I’d like to share a few items that you may find beneficial.

Instead of asking, “Why are you still single?”, consider asking, “How are you stewarding your time as a single?”

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The 31st Year: The Year of Resilience ๐ŸŒน 32: FRUITION

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๐Ÿ’Dear 31,

Thank you.

I began to grind my teeth
at your arrival–
frustrated by the fabric
and textures of your entrance,
I grew angry.

Confused by the exit
of many who I loved,
I sat dazed and jaded.

But 31, you resilient one,
you pulled through.

Missed deadlines
and slips of the tongue,
packed schedules,
and
bountiful partnerships,
you soared.

CJ Hunter Called Me “Karissa “No Plans” Johnson”

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As I write, I am moments away from packing the last bits of my bag for my trip to Coffeyfille, KS. ย We’ll gather to remember CJ Hunter in just a matter of hours. It’s hard for me to take any trip abroad or domestically without thinking of the name CJ gave me.

Here’s the story:

Back in 2011 when I lacked the knowledge of how to prepare for my first international trip, I reached out to him first. I knew that he recently visited the UK and I was a fumbling and stumbling mess, in need of help.

I’d later reach out to Bishop Maurice Green of Bryan, TX. He graciously linked me to the Blackman family and the COGIC UK tribe. It was all divine.

CJ’s messages still bring a smile to my face.

I believe we Skyped that night too and I got a severe tongue lashing from him. We laughed until we cried that night because of my lack of planning. This was in September of 2011. My first trip abroad to England was in September of 2011. That’s when he first called me Karissa “No Plans” Johnson.

No Credit Cards for 7 Continents

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๐ŸƒWhile living and working abroad, both companies in #China and #SaudiArabia provided lodging for me free of charge. I simply had to steward what I received.๐ŸŒฟ


๐ŸŒฟFive years ago, while teaching in China, I paid off the commercial debt that I had which was less than $1,000. My trip to #Antarctica cost $5,000+. I used savings to pay for it. Responsible stewardship is critical.๐Ÿƒ

๐ŸƒAfter my first year of teaching English in China, I returned home for a vacation and sold my luxury car (Volkswagen Eos, hardtop convertible) in order to achieve my seven by 30 goal. I simply broke even with that sell.๐ŸŒฟ

Fresh Start LIVE | Charity Fisher |Karissa Johnson

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The honor was all mine when Charity Fisher invited me on her show, Fresh Start LIVE! If you’ve never heard my testimony of seeing all seven continents before 30, now is the time. My first trip abroad was at 26 and I made it to Antarctica at 29. Possibilities await you. Start now!

Over 3,000 have watched this interview on Facebook with over 30 shares. Watch the full video from Charity’s YouTube page below and feel free to comment and subscribe!

Treasured Trinkets

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๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿพ On the #WashingtonDeluxe ๐ŸšŒ #bus from #NYC to #DC and I’m grateful for the last rest stop. I just took one of the #bracelets that my 103 year-old Great-Grandma Brown left behind after transitioning in February (She departed on #Superbowl Sunday and during Black History Month. She did nothing small even in her departure! ๐Ÿ˜‚) and moved it closer to my #heart. โค๏ธ

COGIC World Missions’ Youth Trip to Israel

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Mourning with Grace & Grit

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And while you’re celebrating, someone somewhere is suffering.

There’s very little grace that accompanies mourning, I’d say.  Plenty of grit with it, paired with sorrow. That’s the natural bit.

But Grace. She’s enviable in my opinion. How she holds her head high while most hold theirs low. I envy her. She grabs tissue for others while tears simultaneously stream down her face. Oh, Grace.

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And then there’s Grit. Courageous enough to cry–wail even, openly. Falling in laps continuously to exhale, moan, and weep. Flailing arms high in question and bowing at reality.  You’re so over the top, Grit. I know you well.

I Love You; Prove It.

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I wondered why I was drawn to Colorado this week with Cousin Samuel.

Higher elevation appears critical for me to rise to a place of action–to have the difficult conversations with myself.

Now, I pause to glance back at my hearty writing session from only an hour or so ago.

I am allowing you in on this fiercely floral conversation.

Tickled by my tone, cadence, and posture, I now grow even more thankful for my growth.

DISCLAIMER: ย Don’t be alarmed; I’m not always this cold, blunt, or rigid. But some days require it.

๐Ÿ’It begins here:

I dug, trespassingly into my comfort zone and โ€ขwentโ€ข there. Asking rhetorical questions, I ripped at my own ego.