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I've often asked myself: 'Why do we wait for people to die to give them their flowers and tell them all the great things they mean't to us, when they're not present to hear it?'

Then the COVID-19 pandemic came along and reiterated that life is SO unpredictable and we don't always have as much TIME as we think we do.

This behaviour is illogical and we must do better to show our love and appreciation for the ones we love while we can.

I've grown up in a family where I have experienced transcendental love daily, so naturally I love LOVE, I love to LOVE others, I love to receive LOVE and I love letting others know how much they are LOVED... which is probably why my exes end up staying my friends, even sometimes years after we've broken up.... because even they realise the way I LOVE is a WHOLE other level!

The last year has proven that life really is short and that ANYTHING can happen. A week before my birthday my cat was killed in a hit and run, my Nan was diagnosed with stomach cancer and my parents cars were broken into and ransacked... that's just half of things that went wrong.

For this reason I have no more TIME to waste!

For my birthday this year, I wanted to let my friends know they are the SH*T and for whatever reason and season they are in my life, deserves to be recognised and celebrated.

I'll never forget when Tyler Perry used a tree analogy to break down friendships in one of his Madea plays. He said something along the lines of (this is my remixed version)... 'Friendships are like a tree, you have your LEAVES - the seasonal people and associates who come and go with the wind. Then you have your BRANCHES - be careful now, because they'll confuse you, one minute you think they're stable and then suddenly, they'll SNAP and fall without warning. Then, there's the ROOTS - these are the friends you can count on your one hand, they're not going anywhere. They're in your life to keep you anchored and to hold you down through every season come fall, rain, snow or sunshine. You don't see them on display like the leaves and branches but they're in your corner, in the dirt, in the dark places, in the most important part of the tree - the trunk, soaking up all the water and minerals the tree needs to stay alive, healthy and stable. You can't survive without these roots SIS!'

No person is an island and we were never created to walk this journey called life on our own. So friends are important, QUALITY friends are imperative and as I once heard, maintaining these 'relationships are like military missions, they require strategy, foresight and effort.'

On Saturday 16 October I gathered my friends from longtime childhood friends to career friends who came from all over the UK, to celebrate my 28th birthday with me at the Park Regis Hotel Birmingham. I called the event 'Tee Cee's Flower's and Friends Afternoon Tea Party'

This wasn't just any, ordinary event. Yes, it was my birthday but it was all about my FRIENDS! I wanted to take this time to thank them all individually for their friendship and give them their flowers.


Theme colours: Hot pink, light pink, white

Personal touches:

I curated a special playlist for the day, each person had a specific song that was connected to a memory or reminder of our friendship. The song titles were also written on all my guests name cards on their tables.

I also made a slideshow with pictures of me and my friends from over the years which played on loop on a big TV screen during the event.

The gift bags were decorated with customised printed 'Tee Cee's Par-Tea stickers' and pink bows. Inside was pink tissue paper, two tea light candles, a tea light candle holder, popcorn, green tea, a sweet parcel and a hand-written thank you card with a personalised message for each guest and a friendship quote.

I chose afternoon tea, because I LOVE IT and funnily enough a lot of my friends have never had afternoon tea before. Plus it made a change from the usual restaurant setting!

Kudos to my family who dressed the function room at the Park Regis hotel on the day. It looked exquisite. The afternoon tea was served as a beautiful colourful banquet and my friends came to show OUT in white!


And mwaahh


After food, Smash Entertainz a personal friend as well as popular comedian hailing from Birmingham came to grace us with some light entertainment and games including 'Growing up Afro-Caribbean' bingo and a design challenge utilising whatever random items were in a plastic bag.

Flowers & Friends presentation

For the main event of the event, I made a personal speech for each of my friends and presented them with a rose to thank them for their friendship. There were tears, smiles and a lot of HEART.

This was one of my BEST birthday's EVER. I have the most amazing people in my life and to see my friends in one room at the same time and share this moment was absolutely MAGICAL.

'I wish that we could have this moment for life.'

There is no RIGHT time to tell people you love them or what they mean to you, just tell them. Better now than late or never.

Pree these pics though... DIVINE!

By @trevaughn.omari

Kudos to you if you made it to the end... THE END!

Until next time...

Tee Cee x

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One day (well technically a few hours) left until the second edition of ‘Snow Black the Seven Rastas & Other Short Stories’ will grace us all with it’s long-awaited presence so I thought it’d be the perfect time to share some JUICE about the seven stories that make up the book…

Claire’s Mystery (Mystery)

A mystery about a girl who wonders off alone on a school trip, wakes up lost and alone in the woods but does not remember how she ended up there and tries to find her way home but makes a shocking discovery on her mission.

Highly recommended: If you like mystery, confusion and all things edgy then this is the perfect story for you!

Random fact: I wrote the original to this story in my Year 8 English lesson. This story is 14-years-old...In fact, all of the stories we’re written in my Year 8 (aged 12 / 13) and Year 9 (aged 13 / 14) English lessons and are 14 / 13 year’s old!!

Twisted Tuesday

Schoolgirl Jasmine Kelly doesn’t seem to take anything seriously. One day she misses the school bus and decides to bunk off for the day only to make a remarkable discovery that could change her fate.

Highly recommended: If you can relate to not being the academic type and secretly not keen on school (it’s okay no judgment around here, educational institutions are not for everyone) then this is the story for you. You might just learn a little something about gratitude!

Random fact: I got good grades in school, was mostly in top sets for my classes, but in Year 8 I did terribly on my mock SATs Science papers and got a U. They dropped me down from Set 1 to Set 4 in Year 9 but by Year 10 I was back in Set 1…Honestly, they didn’t half put pressure on us in school!

The Feeling Of War (Action)

A journal of a mixed-raced British young woman gives her vivid account and experience of World War 1 after disguising herself as man in hope to fight for the equality of Black British nurses.

Highly recommended: If you’re into equality and standing up for justice. This is a story all about being brave, courageous and will definitely put a pep in your step to march to the beat of your own drum, okurr!

Random fact: I’m not really into action films so very surprised at myself for coming up with this story in the first place.

Snow Black and the Seven Rastas (Alternative Fairy-Tale)

A quirky Caribbean twist on the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Set in the internationally renowned island of sunny Jamaica, this is a story about a Nubian Princess in search of safety from her wicked stepfather.

Highly recommended: If you love Jamaican culture...YA'MON!

Random fact: I have so, so, SO much more planned for this story, watch this space!!

Reality Check (Fantasy / Adventure)

A fantasy adventure filled with mythical creates and a wild imagination centered around a girl called Jane Pip who is highly sensitive and a bit of a geek.

Highly recommended: If you don’t take yourself too seriously and like the idea of allowing your mind to wonder off freely into unimaginable states and worlds.

Random fact: Like Jane Pip, I too was a very highly sensitive child.

Will You Be My Valentine? (Romantic)

A series of funny diary entries told by a teen girl, raised by a single Dad who discovers what it means to have self-confidence and self love.

Highly recommended: If you’re just up for a laugh and a giggle.

Random fact: I know I wrote this story, but I genuinely find it SO entertaining!

Trapped (Thriller)

Centred around a girl who deals with mental health issues and anxiety and unveils what it's like to live inside her world.

Highly recommended: If you’re interested in the subject matters of mental health and anxiety.

Random fact: I relate A LOT to this story and it’s the first time I share with anyone outside of my immediate family an insight of what it was like to live inside my world as a child.

Snow Black, the Seven Rastas & Other Stories (Second Edition)

Available on Amazon November 12th

Paperback, £7.99

Enjoy and happy reading!

Tee Cee x

PS: Remember to write me a review, I’d love to hear what you think :)

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YEP! You read right...BBC Presenter and Digital content creator, Author, Founder of Not Your Average Girl and NOW joining my plethora of shiny professional hats...a coach!

I'm rubbish at life updates, so for the last year I've been training to be a career / life coach and didn't tell anyone outside of my immediate family. I've always been the person who prefers to just get on with it and let my results and wins speak for themselves. BUT...It's also important to let people who are genuinely interested also feel apart of the journey (I'm going to get better at this!).

This is my trainer and business coach / mentor, Wayne Malcolm a.k.a The Business Bishop (who you may have seen make an appearance on Love Island a few series back...OBVIOUSLY NOT as a contestant LOL!). There's not a single word in the dictionary to possibly some up the GLOW UP and level of personal and professional transformation I have experienced through his course, teachings and training.

B.Wayne is a leading and well respected GLOBAL professional performance coach with over 25 books on self-development and entrepreneurship and has personally trained thousands of people around the world through workshops, seminars and training programs on the science of entrepreneurship and professional progress. His global network spans across the business and corporate sectors to the people on his doorstep, the community!

Oh, did I mention he's also a personal friend of Les Brown?

Out of the NUMBER of training programmes and courses he runs, I decided to take a leap of faith by joining the first cohort of his Mordecai (career) Coaching course - all about "finding your true passion, purpose and place in the master plan!" and also:

  1. Discovering your true passion, purpose and pre-destined career path

  2. Mapping your career plan

  3. Setting SMART career goals

  4. Implementing a personal development plan for career success

  5. Aligning your ambitions with your anointing

  6. Resolving any conflicts between faith and work

  7. Accelerating your career progress

  8. Spiritual accountability and covering in the workplace

The journey has been incredibly EPIC! It's really caused me to dig deep inside and evaluate myself, my relationships, spirituality and my true purpose and calling. I know EXACTLY what I was put on this earth for and the tribe I am destined to save. The value of knowing why the world needs you is truly priceless and I thank this course and B.Wayne for awakening my mind and helping me to discover the person I am becoming. This time last year, I was at a point where I had accomplished all of the seven goals I wrote at 16. However the contrast that was going on inside of me was mortifying...Let's just say I was professionally excelling, but personally suicidal.

Giving my dinner speech

I always joke and say "you can't put glitter on poo!" and that's what I was doing, I used my professional achievements and accolades to camouflage my personal flaws but the weight of it all became so draining I just knew I had to clean up my sh*t once and for all! Now, I know this process isn't a quick fix, and I'm not saying I'm anyway in 100% tip top state, but I have a better understanding, better emotional intelligence, tools, strategies and techniques on how to deal with this now. I no longer have to cover up my flaws, it's about acknowledging them and understanding that I have the power to take my power back and keep it without letting my flaws control me and keep me captive behind smiles, picture perfects and accolades.

Mordecai Career Coaching Class of 2019

Over the weekend, I joined B.Wayne and the rest of my Mordecai Coaching Class of 2019 which included honorary OBE recipients AnnMarie Lewis and Dr. Mark Prince at London's gorgeous Sunborn Yacht Hotel...YACHT YOU KNOW! This spot is too instagrammable for words, I can't! And with the 35 degree heat that was beaming down on my melanin, LIFE AND STRIFE! Bliss. We had an exquisite three course meal, shared emotional testimonies on the journey we'd all come on since being on the course, received our certificates of achievement and of course shared much gratitude to our wonderful trainer, B.Wayne.

When they say everyday is a school day, it really is no cliche', this course really emphasised that even when you think you know it all, you don't and there's ALWAYS a lot more to learn about yourself, your calling and the world around you. It's by far one of the best investments I've ever made in myself and I'd happily do it ten times over...But now, it's time for me, Talisha 'Tee Cee' Johnson to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

You heard it here first good people, never forget.

Tee Cee x

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