Thursday, July 23, 2015

Apartment 1111

I'm sitting in my new apartment in Texas on the floor as I write this post, the only piece of furniture I have is an air mattress I purchased from Walmart upon my arrival Tuesday. My kitty Maui lays on the carpet rolling around apparently joyful, as the carpet beneath her seems to be cozier than the one from our last apartment.

I thought about waiting to post this for a couple of weeks, but as I unloaded my boxes of books I felt compelled to stop and write. In the post I want to tell you about the significance and awesomeness of God in apartment 1111.

So, late last year God said something to me, "Everything new and nothing old," of which I thought he was referring to my old apartment. I started buying new pieces and even hired an interior designer to assist me when I had the uneasiness in my spirit to stop. I sent a few text messages to close friends asking for prayer, because I didn't understand what was going on and that God was telling me I'm moving. Most of my friends were like no Keenya, you're being emotional... I calmly said if you're my friend you won't give me your opinions but you'll pray so that I can hear GOD!!!! Shortly after I knew I was going to be moving, not down the street but to a new state.... Of which I was not very happy about. Not because new beginnings aren't great, but because I knew it was going to require a greater level of faith than EVER and I was going to have to against the grain of family, friends, the stupid devil and my own mind.

But because I love and trust God I started my search. My first thought was Chicago, I absolutely adore that place but I hate winter!!!! I adore snow, but being that I have a sales job, I'm always on the road and I hate unpredictable weather conditions. My next thought was Atlanta, my beautiful friend Joi is there along with countless other people I absolutely adore, but something kept saying Houston....  And to be honest with you I was like awwwww heck no Jesus..... Like that old commercial "uh eh my brother you've got to get your own." I did NOT want to move to Texas.... DID  NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ended up in Houston in February for a conference and as soon as I hit the highway with my rental car the Holy Spirit HIT ME!!!! When I say it hit me, I mean that when God is talking to me at times I feel really strong electric shocks. It causes me to jerk at times, and sometimes go whoa Jesus verbally out loud... So as I drove I believe I was hit 3-4 times, but I wasn't trying to hear him though. Lol!! I mean I love God but I have an attitude that he's working on.. Lol.

Throughout the weekend as I drove in Houston, my creativity was on level 1000 and I couldn't turn it off and didn't want to, but I still didn't want to move there. Of course, because I'm an obedient child I said God if that's the plan I need a lot of confirmations.  Well over the next couple of months God was healing and delivering me from the past while also trying to show me how he loves me. Everyday or every couple of days I would see the numbers 111 or 1111, of which I didn't understand and I thought it was just coincidental. One day I saw it about 30 times and that freaked me out to the point where I was crying like a baby driving down the road because I thought the devil was tormenting me. I began calling spiritual friends to get the answer but no one had it.

One night I'm in my apartment clearing out old stuff, when I stumble upon my green notebook and when I turn to page 3, the was the interpretation... BELOVED!!! I was VERY VERY upset at God because I wanted it to be something more profound and if I can be honest I wanted it to be about wealth and blessings. I sat down on the couch to pray and said "God I don't like this, why are you doing this to me? Why are you calling me that? You don't meant it!!! You don't really feel that way about me., as I cried uncontrollably. Within seconds I felt a mighty gust of wind that overtook me and all I could do was cry, because I KNEW it was him and he was saying "You are my beloved in whom I am well pleased Matthew 17:5" I was sooooo done for the longest time that night, but it was definitely the best experience ever. After that, I kept feeling like new was saying move to Houston, but it still was not what I wanted.... But he was relentless. I kept praying and crying, praying and crying that he would give me more concrete confirmations or that he would change his mind but he didn't. This went on from like December-ish to June. By June, I said well God I think you're saying go so let me go see about an apartment. I made it clear to God my need for a few things to already be in the apartment and in head I had a few desires:

1. Built In Bookshelves were a must
2. Washer and Dryer
3. Dishwasher
4. Garden Tub
5. Private area for my cats poop pan

I saw a few places then the big one came.... As soon as I walked in I saw all of the built in bookshelves, then the W/D, and when I hit the bathroom it took everything in me not to cry.... I looked at the guy and said I'll take it. Signed on the spot...

He gave me my apartment number which was like #1524 or something like that on the 2nd floor, but a few weeks later I emailed requesting the 1st floor because I wanted the hardwood floors.....

I couldn't Believe what was about to happen next..... He sent back my apartment number..... #1111

And that was it..... I completely lost it at my computer and it took me a few days to recover!!! Even Tuesday when I walked up to the apartment all I could do was laugh and smile, because I couldn't have made this up. Like I received a lot of confirmations about moving here, but it's soooo amazing what a God did after I signed the lease. Now for the next 365 days I get to see 1111 every single day and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I'm in Gods hands and that he is truly pleased with me.

After accepting that apartment, I was reminded... Everything new and nothing old... so I sold EVERYTHING that I owned except for my clothes, shoes and books and hit the road. I didn't know what I was going to do when I got here, but I remembered when I left Kentucky, I sold everything and carried my books, shoes and clothes... so this move was nothing new!! I'm super excited about the past 72 hours, I've purchased all new furniture, appliances and some things I've been wanting for a very long time... so I'm truly grateful for now only these new items, but such an amazing new start....

A lot of times we find it hard to obey God, because we typically want to know the entire story before we move, but I refuse.. I told God I will do whatever you tell me to do. I'll obey and ask questions later... and that's exactly what I'm going to be doing while I'm here in Texas... for as long as I am supposed to be here.

Soon, I'll share the details of what happened upon my arrival, but let me say this..... About $10,000..... STAY TUNED!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Color and My Natural Hair

July of last year (2014) I had my entire head colored brown and then brown highlights. In just a few weeks it'll be a year and my roots are ridiculous. LOL. Part of me wants to just let my hair grow out black, while the perfectionist in me wants to get it all one color... UGH the struggle. 

I hadn't colored my hair since like 2005, so I went all out with this one... loved the color!! I will say that I've noticed my hair is soooo dry as a result of the color and I need to moisturize it so much more than my black hair. I've honestly been terrible in terms of taking care of my hair with so much going on. UGH!! Jesus Fix It.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

What A Difference A Year Makes

Hey Guys!! 
For some strange reason I logged onto my blog today and started bringing it up to date, and realized that its been over a year since my last blog post.... WOW!

Life is DRASTICALLY different now than it was last year, but I must say that I am sooooo happy and so grateful for the past 12 months. I sit here listening to the sound of my dryer running, Lethal Weapon playing on the television with peace in my spirit, and I must say that life is such an amazing blessing. 

We are 3 weeks away from Return of the Curls Weekend 2015 and I am just blown away by all that God has done these 3 short years. I'm not a hairstylist, nor do I have the desire to style hair, I just REALLY enjoy Sales/Marketing and Natural Hair... but look what the Lord has done.


...and not to mention, we've got an amazing announcement coming as soon as the press release is complete... and its probably the biggest announcement I've EVER made in my business. 
Praise God!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Keenya Kelly Business Coaching and Mentoring

Hey Friends!! It's been a long time coming, but I finally ready to launch
"60 Minutes with Keenya Kelly Business Coaching and Mentoring." Over the past 12 years I have been spending majority of my time growing and learning (sometimes the hard way) about developing and growing businesses from  scratch, learning all about Social Media Marketing and networking my way through life the right way, so I am now ready to share all of this with you all. 

I am now taking just a few clients with a free 30 minute consultation. We will discuss everything from growing yourself into a successful business person mentally, creating your personal image as well as all the fundamentals of starting and growing your business. 

For a free consultation you can email me at keenyakelly@gmail.com.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Get Creamed - Handcrafted Soap


A few weeks ago I had the privilege of trying out Get Creamed - Handcrafted Soap, I must say as soon as I opened the package it was an amazingly breath of fresh air. The aroma oozing from the soap was beyond my expectations, to the point where I left it on our dining room table for a few weeks as it added to the classic ambiance while we ate each meal. Weird, I know, but it was an amazing smell. 

You could tell that the bar was made by hand and with love and that it was 100% natural as their ingredients explained. 

Now I knew (1) thing before I tried out the product, I was aware that because it was a natural soap that we weren't going to need to use a ton to get a lather, but also that the bar would evaporate a lot quicker than the soap you purchase at a grocery store. 

I started thinking (before I wet the bar) that the bar was only going to last a few days, so I was already bummed...just to be honest, but I went to work on it. Not only did the bar smell beyond amazing, but the soap felt absolutely amazing on my skin and added a special experience to my shower. 
My husband used it as well and we both agreed the smell and feel were absolutely breath-taking, but as the bar got smaller and smaller we were bummed that we would have to go back to our normal soap. 
We both agreed that the soap was so awesome that we didn't have to use very much lotion as the soap provided us with lots of moisture, beyond any other soap we have previously used. 

The soap is valued at $7.00 per bar of which I believe is worth it, depending on your expendable income. 
If you are interested in purchasing some of her lovely products, you can reach her at:

Final Thoughts:
- Great Soap
- Great Smell
- Awesome Moisture
- Just a little pricey for my monthly budget

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

10 Lessons I've Learned In Business

As CEO of Return of the Curls, I am incredibly blessed to be able to celebrate my two-year business anniversary. This is truly a feat only made possible through hard work, the continued support of our followers and God's incredible faithfulness. Why is two years significant? 

  • Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month (but more businesses shut down than start up each month)
  • 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months
  • 51% of small businesses fail within the first five years
Sources: Forbes, Small Business Administration 

So, I'm sharing the following top ten items I've learned during my first two years in business. Hopefully, it will help you become a better prepared and more informed entrepreneur. 

1. Get Everything in writing
I made the mistake early on taking everyone's word for everything, to then either be let down, taken advantage of or just simply bamboozled, all because we didn't have anything in writing. 

2. Presentation is everything, but so is execution
I have always been proud of how much effort I take in the foundational things, such a logos, websites, flyers etc, but I never knew how much other people did not, until I began receiving complimentary calls from companies thanking me for taking the time to focus on all of the details. 

3. Customer Service can make or break you
We've all been the victim of "bad customer service" and the effect that has had on your buying decisions for the future. When operating my business, I knew I would not get everything right and that I wouldn't be able to please everyone, but when it came to customer service I was determined to give the best, because they deserve it and so do I. 

4. You must hire people that believe in you, and not more into themselves. 
I learned this one EARLY on, that you need people on your team that have bought into you and your vision, and not those that come on board with an agenda. When someone believes in you and your vision it's evident by their work ethic and spirit.

5. Copyright EVERYTHING
In my first year not only did I have to deal with making sure we understand not to steal someone intellectual property, but to also to have our ducks in a row so that if someone attempts to steal anything of ours, that we have grounds to take legal action, if necessary. 

6. Don't Cut Corners
If you take the time that's needed to build a successful company without cutting here and there, the results will be evident. But, if you choose the latter, it will also be evident.

7. Online access is a must, but MOBILE IS KING.

Our first website had flash and if you were operating from an iPhone, you couldn't see a thing. We learned to ask all of the questions to your designer before they begin.

8. You don't need money to start, but you better get some quick.
To build any business at some point you are going to need some money. Whether that's for a logo, business cards, website, etc., those things cost money...you only have so many favors you can get. 

9. You must continue to develop your business/leadership skills...new people and new things are occurring daily. 
I'll never forget when some of our volunteers created an Instagram account for us; I had no idea what that was or how it was worth it to our business, but after humbling myself I learned the value of it and the value of working with people that are "sometimes" younger than you, fresh out of college and sometimes just stronger than you in certain areas. 

10. GOD MUST BE AT THE CENTER.

I can not tell you how important this must be when you decide to start and launch your business. I have seen so many businesses come and go and a lot of times its as a result of improper guidance, improper planning and because God's blessing was never on it. I don't think people realize how powerful GOD really is...I mean he is God for crying out loud! When God tells you to start a business, to do this and that and you obey, He is obligated to make it successful. But, when you choose to do something then ask God to bless it, technically he doesn't have to, because he never told you to do it in the first place!

Friday, January 3, 2014

4 Years Natural And I'm Still Learning

Two weeks ago I decided to wash, condition and style my hair using some products that I have previously used together maybe a few years ago and unfortunately I had an epic fail; you would've thought I needed some Head and Shoulders FOR REAL. 
But after thinking about what happened, I realized all the creamy products that I used together were now clashing with one another!!! WHOMP WHOMP

Now you would probably assume that I know this by now, but how about NO!
I'm 32 years old, probably received a relaxer at age 10 or 11 so that over 20 years of caring for relaxed hair, so you already know I am not going to know what I am doing with all this curly thick goodness in 4 years, especially with all that I have goings on everyday!! LOL

So this post I just wanted to encourage you ladies to just keep at it. Don't give up on your natural journey just because you haven't quite figured things out just yet...it really does take time like weight loss.. nobody loses weight over night without some surgery or something. 
(not knocking surgeries, just saying its progressive like typical weight loss is)
**Just in case someone saying I'm throwing shade**

Every time I do my hair and try a new style or a new products or a new method or something, I find it kinda exhausting and sometimes disappointing, but I just keep on trying. 
I've been looking at a few things online lately that I am itching to try out especially while my husband is at work, in case I look a hot mess!! So be on the look out for some of that. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

15 Days Left For Our Early Bird Special


I'm so excited to host my 3rd year of Return of the Curls events all across the country, this year touring in: Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and California! 
I would have to say that I stay super excited about hosting events in Kentucky since that is where I spent the majority of my life and seeing all of my old friends coming out to support and educate themselves on natural hair care. 
I'm even more excited to head over to Los Angeles this year as this will be my first trip to Los Angeles in a VERY long time and I believe this will be my husbands first time EVER...

I would love to have some of you guys helping us with this years tour, so we are hiring Sales Representatives and bringing on about 25-30 Bloggers/Vloggers to help us along the journey!!

If you're interested please email us at marketing@returnofthecurls.com

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Style Fail

After deep conditioning my hair the other day, I decided to do two-strand twists using Shea Moistures Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I didn't think very much of it putting a creamy moisturizer and a cream leave in conditioner together, until I untwisted my hair and had the MOST flakes on my shirt. 
My husband looked at the top of my head and said, your hair is really white and tried to brush it out with his hands. FAILED!!

It never crossed my mind that my hair would turn out like this...but apprently the deep conditioner, leave-in and the moisturizer was NOT the best idea. I'm gonna co wash my hair in a few and style it again....no idea with what though. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Heat Damage...What is it?


No this isn't me, I found it on google! LOL
One of the scariest things in a natural girls life is going to the salon for a blow out and then jumping in the shower and washing our hair, to see if we experienced any heat damage. I know for me, thats the scariest thing ever!! You spend years growing and caring for your naturally curly hair, then one day decide, I'm going to do a length check with a blow out. You hair is super longer than you thought, its bouncing around like the woman from the Herbal Essence commercial and then the day you decide to wash your hair, you panic!!!
I KNOW I DID TODAY!!
I know my stylist is good at what she does and she used extra heat protectant, per my request, but still I was so afraid my hair would look like the young ladies pictured above. But thank God it didn't!!
Check out this link below written by Urban Bush Babes on Heat Damage