KJKaptures…

Well…I finally did it. I stopped being worried about what people would think, stopped procrastinating, stopped being afraid, stopped blocking my blessings and finally started following a passion of mine. I have been studying photography and taking pictures just for fun for over five years now and now that I have a deeper feeling to pursue it a bit more, I’ve launched KJKaptures.

KJoiKaptures gives you a perspective on how I view the things I find beauty in; whether it be people, places, objects or activities. My goal is to Kapture and present every moment to you as if you were a part of it. 

You can follow me on Instagram here. I hope you enjoy it ❤

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Fun at the Fair

Yesterday my friends and I went to the Los Angeles County Fair!  Minus the fact that it was literally over 100 degrees, it was so much fun. I haven’t been to the fair in a couple years and it always makes me feel like a kid. Carnival rides, so many sweets, and just an overly exciting environment!

IMG_2798 Mind you, it would have been a LOT more fun if we weren’t all dying of heat. But what can you expect with this crazy weather lately. On a more positive note however; I won!

IMG_2799 Happy Monday!

All Smiles 

Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change. – Shannon Alder 

Since I was younger I have always hated my smile. I’ve always struggled with having dental issues and now being a grown walking brace face, I’d have to say not much has changed! Ha! No, just kidding. I have learned to love my smile. Though I rarely smile with my teeth showing, and rarely take pictures of me actually smiling. This one here is a new favorite. I look genuinely happy. And for that, here’s to a successful day two of One Hundred Days of Happiness.

Cheers!

100 Days of Happiness

Seems totally doable, no? I was stumbling around on social media today (per usual) and saw a good friend of mine, Kelly, post something on her page about this “100 Days of Happiness Challenge.” It immediately caught my attention for many reasons, the obvious one being the word happiness…who doesn’t love to be happy!?

So anyways, I reached out to her to ask her what this was all about and to learn a little bit more because I love doing numeric challenges and seeing how long I can actually keep up with them. This one, by the way, will be the longest one ever lol but totally worth it for what it stands for and represents. I asked her about it and she said that essentially you are just supposed to post about something that makes you happy or something positive, every day, for 100 days. There are no limits, no restraints, just the opportunity for you to share your happiness with the people around you.

For me, I really want to take it upon myself to stick to this challenge because I know that I let things bother me WAY more often than I should. So if I remind myself everyday of something that makes me happy or something positive in my life, I’m hoping that I will fall into a better routine of positivity and personal encouragement.

Day One: “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
A.A. Milne

This is my entry for the day because this is one of my most favorite quotes. Yes, I am fully aware that it is from Winnie the Pooh – do not judge me. But my reason for sharing this is that I have always tried to base my personal relationships (of all kinds) off of this quote. I try to be an extremely loyal person to the people I love and care about. No matter what happens in life, good or bad, I don’t want to be a person that could ever be talked about negatively. I try to be the best person I can be, I try to be the nicest person, and I truly try to make everyone happy (sometimes I try too hard – but this is about happiness so I won’t get into that! Lol) So for those people who are a part of life, who used to be a part of my life, and who will one day be a part of my life – know and remember, that you’ll always have me and I will always believe in you…you just have to remember to believe in yourself too.

So…here’s to 100 days! Don’t be a flake Kopper Joi! 😉

Words of Encouragement

I seem to have a bad habit at falling off the face of the earth with this blog. Which is quite strange to me because I’m very passionate about it and I love writing. But on the other hand it takes time for me to process my thoughts to make sure that I’m getting the proper message out. I have a tendency to ramble, you should know that if you’ve been reading along for a while. But needless to say I am back with a slightly short post today.

(Side note: In case you were curious about the BTS of this blog, I just wrote an entire post and deleted it because it wasn’t the direction that I wanted to go in. Le sigh. Moving on.)

I find it a little hard to write positively when there are so many things going on in this world that are sickening and heartbreaking. As an adult I have come to notice that not everyday is going to be a good day. Not everyday is going to be the best day of your life. Things happen to people every single day. Some people have it easier and better than others. But you (speaking to myself as well) have to take it upon yourself to stay positive. Keep having Faith that everything will be okay. Could you imagine if everyone in this world and everyone in our past just gave up once they got discouraged. I don’t even want to think about where we would be if that happened. Hell, I probably wouldn’t even be alive if that were the case.

So my short note to self (and to anyone else who is listening), is to just keep on fighting. Don’t lose hope, and don’t give up. Whether it’s with work, relationships, health, friendships, hobbies, whatever it may be…you can do it.

“Whether you’ve just had another setback chasing your dreams, been rejected by someone you care about, faced tragedy, or you’re just feeling drained from the ups and downs of this journey we call life, remember that things can turn around in an instant. All you have to do is keep moving forward, even when it feels like it would be easier to just lay down and give up.”

Believe in yourself.

Perseverance

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12Lately, I’ve been feeling like people are trying my patience and testing just how far they can go with me. Usually it would just irritate me and I would just entertain the stupidity, but I have come to realize that the more space you give someone the more space they occupy. When I read this daily Bible verse it truly spoke to me. I had to tell myself that no matter what other people put you through, the only true test is the test of God. Devilish behavior has no space in my life anymore and I will no longer allow people to believe that they are entitled to get a reaction out of me. I’ve made a point in my life to exude positivity. Why work so hard on myself and continue to let people bring me down to their level over acts of immaturity? That doesn’t make sense.

This past weekend I went to the beach and it just really took me back to my childhood days. My family and I grew up on this beach and spent countless days and hours just playing in the ocean, spending time enjoying each other’s company, without a care in the world. While it was nearly twenty years ago (wow, that made me feel super old), just being able to put my feet in the same sand, same body of water, on the same beach where my life used to be filled with innocence and drama free; I’ve never felt happier and more free. As a continuation of working on bettering myself I have realized that not everyone is meant to be a part of your future, they may be there to occupy a moment of your life just merely as a hitchhiker looking for a ride on the side of the highway. It’s up to you to realize who is worth your time and who truly values it. If it doesn’t make you happy, it’s not worth it.

Let’s Just Be Real

As a young woman I have found myself continually searching for a certain level of realness. In a society like the one we live in today it’s pretty easy to be exposed to fake things. Whether it be people, situations, opportunities, or whatever – it’s everywhere. And for that reason alone I’ve found it very hard to bring myself to trust people. I have never been the type of person to do any and everything to get ahead. I don’t know if that comes from my insecurities and just not even being confident enough to put myself out there. But if that is the case then I’m thankful for that.

When I look at young women around me doing the absolute most to try to make a name for themselves, it just kind of saddens me. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for being a hustler, trying to come up and be noticed. But it can only go so far. If it’s starting to look like you are acting out of your character, becoming desperate, losing hold of your values, and forgetting where you came from – then by no means will I support you. It’s already hard enough for women to be taken seriously, so you’re really not making it easier for any of us.

Growing up in the entertainment industry I have heard my parents tell stories of people who took a turn for the worse, simply by just trying to get ahead. I find it incredibly sad that fame, attention, and recognition can change who people really are. There are certain people who live for this stuff. They want to go to every party, be seen with anybody who is somebody, and in doing that they are losing the foundation of their character. I’ve come to realize that even as sad as it is, a lot of people in this world will only come around you if they can benefit from you – and there’s a positive and negative side of that, depending upon how you approach it.

If you make it a point to only surround yourself by people who can better you, truly valuing these relationships and not taking them for granted or abusing them – then there is nothing wrong with that. Surrounding yourself by hardworking, successful people is guaranteed inspiration and motivation. But if you only try to create relationships and hold onto people solely for the purpose of getting something out of it or gaining something from them – then you’re doing this all for the wrong reasons. And eventually things will catch up with you. I’ve always heard the saying “it’s lonely at the top.” But that doesn’t always have to be accurate. The top can be rewarding and fulfilling if you’ve built the foundation correctly. You will stand tall and be surrounded by things you truly value and people who support you. But if you build an empire on cheated success and false realities, nobody is going to want to hold you up and eventually you will fall.

So for those of you out there wanting to be somebody, trying to be successful, and hoping to be discovered – think about how you want create your future. Think about what you want your endgame to look like. If there is something out there that you want, I guarantee you, you will get so much more pleasure and satisfaction in knowing that you did it and obtained it on your own. Don’t use people to build you up, because remember, if you needed them to build you up, it’s very possible they have it in them to bring you down.