Sunday, August 23, 2015

DONTAE "DREAMING" FEAT. BRITTANY MICHELE FRANKLIN MUSIC VIDEO (@DONTAE_GC3)


Hey Loves! I have some new music for you today from Dontae McFarland entitled "Dreaming" featuring the talented Brittany Michele Franklin. I am so happy to feature Dontae; he has been featured on The Blog before, with his last single "Delivered." Both videos, Parts 1 and 2, create a series of songs used to promote Christians fighting against racism and segregation. The video is awesome and clean cut. Dontae comes with really hard hitting rhymes as Brittany rides the melody. However, the two extremes coincide perfectly on this almost effortless track. I also feel the video shows a great message about discipleship. When you bring someone to Christ or get them living for Him, make sure you stay available as long as the Lord needs you. We all need support on our Christian walk, especially if we are just getting started. Great video and music, Dontae! Keep Going!

If you would like your music or video featured on Miss Elisa K, The Blog, please email your inquiry to info@misselisak.com. Subject: Music Feature. Don't wake me up. SMOOCHES XOXO

Friday, August 21, 2015

#FOODFORTHOUGHT: 3 WAYS TO STAY AN INSPIRED BLOGGER

Hey Party People! So I know there has been a large gap in my posting. This is the part where I should say it won't happen again. But today, I realized that it probably will. The thing is, I've been blogging for 5 years and this blog hasn't "taken off" yet. I always go through these stints where I am super motivated and I want to turn blogging into a business so that I can finally stop working a 9-to-5 and do something I like for a living. When that doesn't happen, it seems my views are low, people don't retweet, and I just don't feel inspired, I want to quit or just give up on blogging all together. Today, after 5 years, I've finally realized a few things about his blog.



I gave this blog and my passion for writing to the Lord. I write to minister and to help others. Therefore, I can only write what's on my heart and what is inspiring me at the time. I have been trying to stick to a schedule but, on the real, it's not going to work for me guys. I've tried schedules since I started blogging and they dampen my free spirit more than help it. The Lord showed me not too long ago that I have to be careful what I put in the atmosphere. It truly has to be from Him or it will be detrimental to others.

In my case, blogging can't be ran like a traditional blogging business. This for me is the way I share what the Lord has placed on my heart. A few months ago, the Lord told me not to put random ads on my blog but to rely on the donations of readers and wait for advertisement deals that make sense for my audience of believers. Today, the Lord is reiterating that I need to deactivate all old posts that I didn't write under the spirit. In the sense of a blogging business, this is all foolish. But in God's perfect way, I have to trust that what He is saying to me is best for me. This blog is the way I lead people to Christ. This blog is the way I give Him my life. So much to gather in one day, I know.

Girls Like Me, Inc. is my great work. It's the way I pour out the Love of God in my life. I am passionate about it and the Lord opens doors for it and we help many girls. MissElisaKTheBlog.com, this is the way I pour out the Word of God in my life. In both cases, I have to stay truly inspired by the Lord. His creativity and wisdom is the ultimate and way better than anything I could think up myself. If I don't do things as the Lord instructs or I go out of His will to do things He didn't instruct me to do, it simply has repercussions or it doesn't work.

I don't know about you, but I am tired of things not working. I want to stay inspired. I want the Lord to run things. I want Him to elevate the blog. I want God to be glorified in my life. I want his creative juices and His wisdom flowing through me. I want everything I do to be His work. I don't want the credit anymore. I just want His will to be done. So if you want these things also, here are 3 ways to stay an inspired blogger.

1. Do what the Lord tells you to do. Things will always distract you and you will always get bored if you are not doing what the Lord called you to do. The Lord is the one sending the distractions and allowing you to lose focus. Clearly, the focus isn't on Him, but what would make a great post. When I look back at my old blog posts, they were all so random. I wasn't asking God what I should write about. I wasn't letting Him tell me what to write. I was trying to just stay relevant. And guess what, it didn't work.

If you are a fashion blogger, let the Lord guide your outfits of the day. If you are a hair blogger, the Lord will lead you to contact the right companies. The Lord can build your blogger relationships. I only have one. Hey Malibu! And not because I strategically sought her out. I liked her posts and something in me (I now know it was the Lord) told me to follow her, and to encourage her. I've been following her for the last 5 years and her blog has "taken off." She found her true niche and who she is. She stuck with it. She is doing what the Lord graced her to do, where the Lord saw fit for her to be. I remember emailing Mara and telling her I just don't feel I can make it in the fashion industry where I am because I was in North Carolina desperately plotting a way to move to Philadelphia just to be closer to the fashion industry. In so many words, she responded saying fashion is where you make it. She also said she was determined to be a bomb fashion and lifestyle blogger where she was at, Texas. And she did it.

I am going to take Malibu Mara's advice and spin it for the sake of my post. Your blogging success is where you make it. Don't go outside of what you are passionate about just for likes. Don't add topics because people think you should. What skills did He give you? Don't worry about if you actually "hear" God telling you what to do. Get in your word and read what he tells us about our gifts (1 Peter 4:10-11). If He gave it to you, it is always a pressing in your heart and spirit, and there is way you can use it to give Him glory, that is your command to do what He put in you.


2. Be led by the Holy Spirit. As I mentioned above, I can't write unless I am led by Christ to do so. Right now am I writing and typing so fast. I barely remember what I wrote in the introduction. But it doesn't matter. It's not about what I want you to read. The Lord has something to say to you through me.

When you are writing about fashion, hair, cars, or beauty on your blog, the Holy Spirit will fill you and lead you while you research and write. You will give information and advice you didn't even know you knew. That's called divine wisdom. It only comes from the Holy Spirit. You may not believe in Jesus Christ and/or the Holy Spirit. But even you can't deny that when you are doing something you are good at and passionate about, something in you takes the driver's seat where you would normally be tired and uninterested. That God given drive matched with the Holy Spirit yields awesome results.

The Holy Spirit is a gift given to us to help us. Yes, the Holy Spirit can help your blogging, too! You want more people to read your posts? You want your posts to be more authentic and genuine? You want to like blogging as much as you want to make money from it? Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you before your write your blog. Pray and really take blogging to the Lord. If it's a gift the Lord gave you, He will bless you to make it great and glorify Him with it.

3. Switch up the routine. I told y'all I don't do well with blogging schedules and calendars, especially if I am going through busy seasons or periods that lack inspirations. Thank goodness we don't have to stay the same. Change it up! Even if your prefer a blogging schedule, switch it up every six months to a year to ease your boredom. Your audience will be alright; just inform them of the change, if you'd like. They will appreciate it in the long run. Nothing is worst than a bored blogger writing a boring post.

Don't be afraid to change things on the fly either, especially if led by the Holy Spirit. I just changed the TWELVE campaign because my motivation was all wrong. I even changed my schedule to let my readers know that this blog is ran by the Lord. You may get to a point where your blog design, logo, bio, or even blog title just don't fit who you've grown into. Don't be afraid to change it and start fresh. Those small changes can ignite something beautiful in your writing and blogging.

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I know you are probably saying, Elisa, why are you being so deep? The Holy Spirit leads you to blog? The Lord can instruct me about my hair blog? God really cares about blogs? I don't believe in God at all; so what, my blog doesn't matter? Come on, Girl none of this is that serious.

The truth is that God cares about anything His children does. Anything you create, He has put it in you and predestined it to be birthed out of you. He loves you whether you believe on Him or not. You are gifted by Him whether you believe on Him or not. He is that serious and He can help you with something that doesn't seem very serious (like a blog) all because you want to be treated seriously (as a blogger and make money from doing so). It is all very possible but you have to lay everything in you life, including your blog, at the feet of the Lord. Accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. The walk with Him is hard but it is the greatest decision you will ever make. Yes, you take part in the suffering here on earth, but there are riches and glory here as well. And don't forget eternal life. Just say "Lord, I believe you died for my sins and rose again. Come into my heart and life as my Savior." That's it. Start reading His word and learn about Him just like you read many blogs about becoming a better blogger and how to monetize your content. I guarantee that if you start with Christ, it will all work out for the better. SMOOCHES XOXO

Friday, July 31, 2015

CELLUS HAMILTON "CAT-O-RACKS" MUSIC VIDEO (@CELLUSHAMILTON)


Hello Gems! I have something for you... and it's good. Cellus Hamilton recently released the visual for his single "Cat-O-Racks." The song and video is really giving me Childish Gambino vibes, which is a good thing for Christian Hip Hop. Imagination can sometimes come off tacky and not well done but shouts out to the directors and editors for this video. They really created a great piece of visual art and bodied it. The visual is matched with a great song that describes how the devil can use lusts and other indulgences to blind you and hold you down. The enemy tries to really distract you when you are focused on God and have put your old ways behind you, as also displayed in the video. Overall, good work Cellus Hamilton. Continue to create thought-provoking work.

If you would like your music or video featured on Miss Elisa K, The Blog, please email your inquiry to info@misselisak.com. Subject: Music Feature. I know I'm wise. SMOOCHES XOXO

#FOODFORTHOUGHT: 5 RULES FOR ENJOYING YOUR LIFE

Hey Folks! As I stated in a past post, I just celebrated my 25th birthday! I am so excited about what the Lord has in store for me. Now that I am finally coming into my own, I just really want to enjoy my life. I say I am going to do so every year but I never do. I don't want anything to hold me back from just doing whatever I want to do (that is pleasing in the sight of God, of course). To truly enjoy life, I know I must renew my mind and the way I operate my daily life. Well I came up with 5 rules, or reminders, for me to stay in my "Enjoy Life" zone.


1. Be a dedicated Believer in Jesus Christ. There is no joy or true fulfillment if Christ is not the forefront. And I said dedicated believer. In order to enjoy my life, I just can't engage in fellowship with Him at Bible Study and Sunday Service, no matter how busy I get. I have to keep my personal relationship with Him tight. I have to seek Him and stay in His word daily. I have to continue to serve Him in the capacities He has instructed me to. Enjoying Life is not synonymous with lessening the "Jesus Effect" over my life (as many do this to seek enjoyment from worldly outlets). If anything, your walk with Jesus has to intensify in order to look past all the trouble in the world and in your life to value true enjoyment.

2. Don't worry about what you don't have. This one is going to be a hard one for me but I have seen many improvements in this area of my life since I gave it to the Lord. I am a recovering worrier and I worry about everything! Money (or the lack thereof) is a major trigger for me. People think I am frugal because I am good with money. I realized I was frugal because I didn't trust God to do what He told me He was going to do when I prayed to Him about why I didn't have any money years ago. This worry has seeped over into my thoughts about future relationships and plans for my life. I had to realize that life is short. It could end tomorrow while I am worrying about something that hasn't happened yet. Plus, God holds my life in His hands. I am trusting Him now to provide everything I need to make it DAILY. Yes, I have opportunities daily to worry but I choose to trust Him instead. I want to go on trips, look pretty while doing so, and experience quality living. If it is God's will for me to enjoy my life (which it is), I know He will provide if I ask and seek Him. Don't worry; trust Jesus.

3. Embrace the unknown. I just told y'all I was a worrier. So unknown things used to really bother me. I don't even like to not know what the driving directions are when I get in the car. But I now look at the unknown differently. As I grow closer to Jesus in my personal walk with Him, He divulges more and more information to me about His Word and about my future. I now look at the unknown as an opportunity to let the Lord pour into me. And I figure if the Lord hasn't told me about it yet, than that means He has it under control without my help or knowledge. It is freeing to know and realize that the Lord truly has His hand on all things, known and unknown, concerning you. Enjoy every moment and relish in the fact that this awesome moment will lead to the next even if you don't know what that may be yet.

4. Live. Laugh. Love. LIVE your life. Do new and interesting things. Make time for yourself. Explore your God given passions and skills. Live the great life Christ has in mind for you. LAUGH at everything. Don't take yourself too seriously. I was always so serious. Many times I look back and think, "What a waste of time I could've spent having fun." Be happy and provoke happiness in others with a kind spirit. LOVE everyone. Now is not the time to shut down your heart. Be smart with your heart but don't be afraid to love people. Let people in after praying to God for discernment.  Do things to show your love for the people in your life you know love you back. Christ loves you so that you can spread His love.

5. Keep His Peace. Simply put, No Fight Fight. It can be difficult at times but thank God that you have the power to control your emotions and to practice self-discipline. Only through the peace of God will you be able to enjoy this awesome life of new experiences you just asked for. Things will always happen to anger or annoy you. Peace is a practice that must be harnessed within one's own mind and spirit. Don't let those emotions steal your peace. I could be eating ice cream sundaes on a yacht with my homies Jesus, Tupac, Beyonce, and my future husband wearing Louboutin shoes I didn't pay for, and eating grapes out of my Birkin bag. But if I let the captain's hacking cough over the speaker for 5 hours make me irritable, I missed the chance to enjoy and revel in the moment. Instead, focus on making and taking your own peace wherever you go.

I hope that these rules and reminders were helpful. Please let me know if you have any other good ones. I am serious about really embracing and living life to the fullest. As Christians, we will suffer and endure trouble on this earth. However, there is another side of God that is prosperous in joy, peace, love, self-discipline, and even riches. All of those things are heavenly and he does want to share those things with you. You have to give God your whole heart first. And then you really have to trust Him even when it doesn't look like nothing heavenly is going to happen for you. Trust in your Lord. SMOOCHES XOXO

#STYLEMOMENT: FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI (@FRANCESCAMUSIC)



Hey Sugarfoots! Today's Style Moment goes to the lovely Francesca Battistelli. In her promotional photo shoot, Francesca gets ultra glam in black and white. Francesca's use of elegant silhouettes, glam face, and perfectly coiffed hair allows her true beauty to shine through. Talent and endless beauty to match. Oh, she did that!

If you are beautiful, stylish, deserve your moment to shine, and you would like for Miss Elisa K, The Blog to feature your graceful style, please email me at info@misselisak.com. Subject: Style Moment. Coiffed. SMOOCHES XOXO