JoJoisms

The Old Becomes New

Written By: JoJoisms - Jul• 21•20

I’ve been writing for almost 50 years. Wow! Seeing that in print sure does make me feel old! But what is old can be made new. God does that when we invite Jesus into our hearts. He’s doing that with my health now that I’ve been able to lose some weight and he’s been doing that with many things even through this difficult time in the world right now.

In honor of my word for the year, RESTORATION, I’m including a new segment here on JoJoisms for restoring old JoJoisms. You see, some of the JoJoisms I’ve written were created in visual format so many years ago that many of them need a little updating. Today’s memes are more sophisticated and elegant than they were years ago.

In addition, I originally started writing them for my Art of Eloquence communication blogsite. So, many of the first JoJoisms had that URL. However, some of the topics are better suited for this site or for my For the Love of Purple site. I’ll be updating them as I go and sharing them with you here.

The first one I wanted to revise is kind of my motto and the reason I started writing my JoJoisms. Here’s the before and after:

Whatcha think?

Vintage JoJoism

Written By: JoJoisms - Jul• 14•20

I lost count of how many JoJoisms I have written, but I started writing some of them when I was a teenager. I’m getting dangerously close to 60 so…that’s a LONG time! I thought you might like to take a little walk down memory lane with me.

This was the first JoJoism I ever actually wrote down. Up until then, I had just been voicing my funny commentary on life. At this point, I had been studying communication skills in college when this little gem crossed my mind. I didn’t actually create it in visual format until I was writing for my Art of Eloquence site.

At that time, I was trying to find fun ways of providing communication tips to my students and my Facebook fans who were mostly homeschoolers. It’s kind of ironic now, but I felt society was moving in a dangerous direction as social media and online groups began to spring up. People were emboldened to speak up, but often did so with anger because they didn’t need to look the person in the eye.

After a long while of sounding the alarm for gracious speech, I realized that people no longer took responsibility for the way in which they spoke. Freedom of speech began to take on a different hue. Instead of being a right that Americans have to say what’s on our mind, it became an excuse for speaking in anger or condescension or violence. And it’s only gotten to be more of a problem since Corona!

I felt a renewed leading from the Lord to champion speaking in grace as the more our nation is divided, the more we need to be effective in speaking out for what we believe is right. And that begins with us taking responsibility for how we speak as well as what we say.

It is the speaker’s job to be understood. It isn’t the listener’s job to figure out what the speaker meant. That means we need to speak in grace and speak directly to the audience we are addressing. That means knowing them and speaking to them instead of AT them. I’ll be addressing this more over on my Art of Eloquence blog each week, but I wanted to share the back story behind my very first JoJoism that I wrote down and created in visual format.

It’s ironic how timely this all is. I was inspired. I guess the Lord knew I’d be recommitting to both my JoJoisms blog and my Art of Eloquence blog just when it’s most important. What say you about the way people have been communicating with each other these days?

Life Lessons with JoJo: The Road to Success Won’t Look Like What You Think

Written By: JoJoisms - Jul• 07•20

In just a couple years, I’ll have lived 60 years on this planet and, if there’s one thing I know, it’s success won’t look anything like you think it will! Success is NOT instantaneous, its chart doesn’t look like a straight line trending up, and it is always much more difficult than you think it will be.

I’ve had a lot of experience in this area and I have noticed that life is a lot like my computers have been. When they’re new (think YOUNG), they are fast and eager to please. They zip right along the Information Highway taking you to places yet unknown and bringing you joy and success in the little things of life.

Children ask simple questions and quickly learn their simple answers using that knowledge to catapult them to greater and greater feats of humanity. They walk, they talk, and their parents applaud each tiny victory with great enthusiasm!

After a while, life becomes a bit complicated. More thought is needed to come to a valid conclusion of how to respond to life’s challenges just as your computer’s hard drive becomes overloaded with files. It takes a bit longer to respond and often takes you to places unknown that you really didn’t want to be.

Years later when we are old, life has become so complicated that our hardware burns out. It’s at this point that we need to find workarounds in order to do what used to take us a shorter amount of time in our youth. Legs and backs ache so we walk slowly and have to wait for other transportation in order to get where we are going.

In addition, life will throw a monkey wrench into your plans like a detour in the navigation of your car. Like a program that won’t do something we want so we are forced to figure out another way to get where we want our computer to go.

Success is a LOT like that!

Have you ever heard a success story where anyone accomplished ANYthing without detours, roadblocks, or difficulty? No! And the more amazing the success, the more of those they encountered.

I’ve built several websites, businesses, and ministries from the ground up. Want to guess if I’ve ever encountered detours, roadblocks, or problems? Of course! I’ve shared them on this blog site. I built a huge purple fan page on Facebook that had nearly 9000 fans and then Facebook took my admin status away. And not only from that fan page, but ALL OF THEM! After petitioning for over a year, they gave them back!

I’d built a very successful Art of Eloquence speech communication business selling hard copy books for homeschoolers. Then one day, there was a huge push to provide testing for each batch of materials you made. The law said you had to make sure the ink or whatever was safe. Most major publishers thought it was an extra expense they could absorb. Small publishers like me couldn’t afford to test every 100-batch of books we had published so many of us went to digital format.

The younger generations used to the Information Superhighway to “google” and get instant information often don’t understand what it takes to reach success. Our Microwave Society doesn’t want to wait for results. They want them now! But that’s not how success works.

To achieve success, one must understand that your goal will be considerably harder than you think it will be, more complicated than you’re ready for, and take longer than you ever imagined. You’ll need patience, endurance, and flexibility to change gears when things go sideways. You’ll also need to be ready for the outcome to look significantly different than you had dreamed and that, more often than not, this is for your good and from your God!

That fan page grew to over 10, 000 fans during that year! That Art of Eloquence site has been providing materials for almost 19 years and has included materials for children and adults on many different speech communication topics– and it’s about to expand! Art of Eloquence materials have been endorsed by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and recommended by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

If you shift your mindset from instant and easy to slow and difficult, you’ll be ready for the journey and better able to adapt to its ever-changing roadways. Take it from one who’s been there…one who is currently typing on a computer whose hard drive is on life support and was given 24 hours to live…about a week ago.

To your success!

JoJo’s New Passion: Animated Memes!

Written By: JoJoisms - Jul• 07•20

I’ve been creating memes for years, especially the last year since I hadn’t been able to post on my fan pages on Facebook. But I noticed that Canva had a way to create videos or what are really animated memes. Here’s one of my JoJoisms I created about my love of coffee:

Coffee is the most important meal of the day! What’s in your #coffeemug? #coffee #coffeelover #coffeetime …

Posted by JoJo Tabares on Friday, June 19, 2020

Once I created them, it was easy to post them to Facebook and Instagram, but I couldn’t find a way to download them to my laptop in order to add them here. Well, I figured out a way to do it using the Facebook link and my JoJoisms blog editor! Yay me!! I’m a nontechie in a techie world, but I have emerged triumphant!

So here are a few of the animated memes:

Newest #purple creation! #purpleaesthetic #purpleflowers #purples #purpleflowers💜 #purpleaesthetics #purpleloverscommunity #purplelovers #fortheloveofpurple

Posted by For the Love of Purple on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

I have so much fun creating these! So nice to be able to share them with my purple loving friends again! #purplelovers #purple #fortheloveofpurple

Posted by For the Love of Purple on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cha Cha Changes…

Written By: JoJoisms - Jun• 30•20

It’s been a good long while since I was writing weekly here on JoJoisms! I just couldn’t keep up with all my blogs with the overwhelming fatigue I had so I took a long hiatus. I was still creating new JoJoisms on all my favorite topics but I was only posting monthly recaps of all the JoJoisms I had created for the previous month. However, something happened not too long ago and I felt convicted to ramp up my writing again.

I started a new program to lose weight and I figured out that adding a bit more protein to my day gave me more energy and I began feeling better. It’s amazing how much more you can get done when you don’t feel like you can’t take a shower or walk across a room or even talk on the phone because you’ll use up all your energy for the day! lol

Though it is much more difficult to write these days due to my Essential Tremors, I’m determined to fulfill my ministry, share my passions, and follow the Lord’s leading for my life as best I can. So, it is with renewed energy that I have decided to go back to posting weekly here to bring you more of the fun JoJoisms I create each week. I’ll also be sharing with you a little insight into why and how I create them as so many of you have asked.

I’ll be sharing new JoJoisms as well as old classic JoJoisms and some of the ones I’ve been meaning to give a make-over for one reason or another. I must have over 800 of them now! I lost count after about 600 so I haven’t been numbering them.

I’ll also be sharing various collections that fall under a particular subject now and again as I’ve found I tend to come back to a topic until all the nuances are covered.

Just giving you a heads up so you can subscribe or put it on your calendar to come on back and check out what’s new. JoJoisms will come out every Tuesday for the foreseeable future. So, grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and…Enjoy!

Wrapping Up May

Written By: JoJoisms - Jun• 05•20

Sooooooo! May was a really odd month, wasn’t it? As if Covid wasn’t bad enough, we had Murder Hornets, police brutality, protests, and riots too! I spent my time trying to lift spirits and make people laugh. To that end, I created a TON of new JoJoisms memes!

Here are a few of the best ones:

Now I also spent a lot of time trying to lose weight and I managed to lose 15lbs so far! I didn’t think only 15lbs would make much of a difference, but …Check this out! When you’re only 5′ nuthin’, 15 pounds makes a big difference!

You can just tell how THRILLED (ugh!) I was to pose for my before picture! I’m not the most photogenic person. I usually look like I’m drunk, but I was thrilled with the results so far. I just needed to find something to do with my hands. lol

Lastly, there was an avatar craze over on social media last month. A bunch of people tried to make one look like their pictures. Some did pretty well. Others’ avatars didn’t look anything like them. Here’s mine:

Well, that’s all the JoJoisms that’s fit to print for this month. I’ll be back next month with some more fun!

I’ve been busy this April finding the humor in life

Written By: JoJoisms - May• 03•20

I’ve been busy finding the humor in life this past month in various categories. For your giggling pleasure, I submit them to you.

The biggest topic of conversation this past month was COVID19 and I found a way to find the humor in life during Coronavirus:

The next topic I tackled was coffee:

Then I created a few on various other topics:

I hope you had some fun scrolling through my humorous take on life right now. So many are going through difficult times and I love to think I brought a little fun into it.

March 2020 JoJoisms

Written By: JoJoisms - Apr• 20•20

I’ve been busy creating mostly COVID-19 JoJoisms, but some others as well. Most of the others are Life Beyond Surviving or chronic illness related. So, in case you missed it on Facebook (because they don’t show our posts to most of our friends, here is your month in review!

I hope you enjoyed these CoronaVirus bits of humor. Ya gotta find joy where you can get it–especially during a pandemic!

Feb 2020 JoJoisms in Review

Written By: JoJoisms - Mar• 05•20

Just in case you missed any of my newest JoJoims whether for the general public’s consumption or those who are struggling with chronic illness, here’s the roundup for February. Enjoy the giggles!

Newest JoJoisms for 2020

Written By: JoJoisms - Feb• 06•20

I’ve been busy creating some new JoJoisms this year. Here are some of the highlights from January:

I pray they brought a smile to your face and a giggle to year soul…