Get To Know Me: Random Facts About Renée

Get to Know Me

I was checking out DIY blogger Mimi G’s new style blog collaboration with Tieko Nejon (check out our Fashion Fix piece on Tieko here) and there was a post introducing their team. Each staff member at answered random questions that helped us learn more about who they are and what makes them tick. I decided to bite their style and tell you, my lovely and loyal readers, a little about me, Renée Nicole. I’m no fashion icon but I’m a little more interesting than I give myself credit. So, grab your popcorn, sit back and read away:-)

Renée Nicole Gibson

Fave Color: I’ve never had one

You are obsessed with? Journals & Jesus

Fave book: Lauren Conrad’s L.A. Candy series (teen romance novels and The Hills reruns are two of my guilty pleasures)

Speaking of guilty pleasures: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Perfect Pizza? All pizza! But to choose: NY style veggie lovers (with sausage)

Fave movie? I have five in this order: The Best Man, The Wood, The Wedding Planner, Brown Sugar, Coming to America

Fave word: Don’t trip (I know, that’s two)

If you left tomorrow you are packing for? I have to go with the majority, Paris

Fave song: Fred Hammond “I Feel Good” and Pharrell “Frontin'”

Your secret talent: Freestyling (in my mind) and walking with one leg behind my head (not much of a secret)

Rank These: Family, Work, Fun, Sleep: 1. Sleep (I’m a sucka for a good night’s rest) 2. Family 3. Fun 4. Work

One thing people would be surprised to know? I’m not afraid of heights but am petrified of the treacherous drive to Malibu, oh and I will not go anywhere near cats

Favorite Accessory: My Birkenstocks, my feet love me for them

What would you want people to remember about you? I let my light shine in a dark world

Get To Know Me

Relationship Status: Does That Make Me a Golddigger?

I’ve made it clear, to myself at least, that I do not want to be in a committed relationship until in an established, lucrative career. I am currently in transition into my purposed career and during the process of getting there I want no distractions. My next relationship will be ordained by God as a life-long commitment and its foundation has to be properly laid and set. I need to be able to bring something to the table just as much as he does. So, because of that mindset it is hard for me to imagine myself dating someone without drive and financial stability.

I’m down for recognizing his potential but I need to see that he is close to reaching it. I have to see the moves he is making to get there and that he is not all talk. And I hope he would expect the same from me.

Money is a common root for dead relationships. Financial strain can weigh on a couple, especially if one member is better at managing finances than the other. Discussions about bills and overspending turn into arguments which turn into resentment.

I ain’t saying I’m a golddigger but I’ve been broke before and I don’t see the need to be broke with more mouths to feed than my own. I can do bad all by myself. Call me crazy but I believe coming into the relationship as two whole individuals–spiritually, emotionally, and financially–makes for a better union.

Marrying for money is an entirely different scenario. Two cannot become one if there is no love there. That is a business arrangement, not an intimate relationship. If I fell in love with someone lacking in money but abundant in purpose than that would certainly outweigh all. When someone walks in purpose, prosperity will shortly follow. At the start and finish of the day, God determines who I will spend the rest of my life with.

What are your thoughts? Would you or have you date/d someone you couldn’t see growing career wise? Sound off below!

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative

Real Reflection

I remember watching a Joyce Meyer broadcast years ago and her saying that when she teaches on something, especially a heavy subject, she is attacked in that area of her life. She now is prepared for it and can easily fight and win because of training and experience. I’ve noticed this in my own life. From time to time when I share with someone be it in person or through this blog, I am targeted in that space of my life.

Yesterday morning I was led to reflect and take inventory of my spiritual growth and posted about this reflection. Later on in the day I was reminded of the mistakes I had made in the last year, one in particular that brought me shame. Here I was thinking I was on the right path and telling others how I had made this commitment when I heard from God and I was reminded of a time I had slipped. I felt guilty for sharing an untrue testimony with my readers. But then I realized that the reason I had forgotten this mistake was because I had been forgiven. Jesus totally wiped my slate clean when He died on the cross and I accepted Him as Christ. I would love for you, my readers to forgive me for negating the speed bumps in my path to spiritual growth but ultimately you do not have the power to do so like God can.

Last night my church held a communion service. We worshipped and praised as we spent the last ten days delving into our Word and fellowshipping with God at new depths. I have never before worshipped like I did last night. I honestly felt like I could’ve experienced the power to interpret tongues due to the heaviness and strength of God’s presence inside of me. I felt God cleansing me of anything unlike Him including guilt and shame. I am not perfection. Cover to cover of my life story details tragedy and wrongdoings. But I am made righteous through the shedding of His blood.

 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” ‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I thank God for this real reflection. He strips us down until He gets the true, pure version of us. That is the person He can work with. That is the human being He can mold into His likeness. Acknowledge your flaws and He will transform them into beauty. Each morning as you look into the mirror, an image of wholeness and splendor will gaze back at you.

Mid-Week Inspiration: Necessary Reflection

We are in a consistent process of evolution. We have experiences, we learn, we grow. We stumble, we fall, we make bad choices. We can look at this journey as a part of life, which it is, or we can pause and reflect to see what God is teaching us in every situation. We should be taking constant inventory of our life. We should be seeking how each encounter shapes and molds us. We should determine what is positive intake and what we need to rid of.

I was just reflecting over the positive changes God has made in me in recent months and realized that it has been a year since God started to open me up to my purpose. I have been in development all of my life but it was September 2014 that He started to show me the preparation for destiny. I, willingly, removed things and people from my life that were hindering my growth and I gradually began hearing from Him more and more. I started to make necessary changes and that was making room for the greater that God has in store. This whole building process started to happen and I now am at a height of spiritual growth I have never before reached.

Growing with God is fun because you are able to look back and see His work in you. I think of some of the past decisions I’ve made and can’t help but smile because I wouldn’t think twice of making those mistakes today. Watching yourself mature is like watching a baby evolve from being carried to crawling to walking. God has given me the ability to stand and walk on my own. He’s taken me off of His hip and placed my feet on the ground. Now, after extensive training, I am ready to run a marathon.

He must increase [in prominence] but I must decrease. John 3:30 Amplified Bible

The New International Version translates this scripture, “He must become greater; I must become less.” We all need to experience this gutting out of ourselves, our ways, our pasts, our mistakes, our regrets and be filled with who He is. We need to be filled with His vision, His purpose, His destiny. This can only come from spending time with Him. We become one with God in His presence, in His Word, in His teaching. Don’t allow busyness or laziness to prohibit your growth because you don’t feel like reading your bible, listening to encouraging messages, or simply talking to Him. If you’re wondering why you’re not hearing from Him it is because you are neglecting these essential tools to accessing God directly.

Take a moment today to reflect. Think about where God has brought you from. Think about areas where you tend to falter and decide what needs to be done to prevent yourself from doing so again. We do not have forever to get it right. Make the changes you need now so that you can ensure a better tomorrow.

Beauty News: Lip-Locking Color


Wednesday marks the first official day of Fall which can only mean one thing, the daring lip is back. Dark plums and cranberry reds aren’t just for the farmer’s market but for adorning our smiles. Being a lady allows the fun of playing dress up. What’s dressing up without a fierce face and what’s a fierce face without a bold lip?

I really have to be in full beat mode to apply foundation so to put some pep in my step, my Revlon Cherry Blossom Red lipstick is a must. If I’m feeling frisky I’ll go to my matte Wine Not matched with a bit of bronzer or rosy blush to make a statement.

Check out these hot mamas who know how to give a good lip pout. What colors are you busting out this season?

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative