Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay! Life is beautiful is a message you can’t miss from JollyNotes, as Bomi draws inspiration from motherhood and everyday activities to help us understand God and seemingly complex life situations better.
Bomi’s purpose is clear, it is to make you smile, laugh, explore, learn and reflect as you enjoy everyday life.
If Jollynotes is published as a daily devotional, I will buy many copies. I will keep one under my pillow, one in my handbag, and one on my writing table, and i will give out many to all the women in my life!
Femme Lounge blows plenty of sunshine from JollyNotes your way today as we talk to the publisher of JollyNotes.com, the beautiful and insightful Bomi Jolly!
Hello Bomi, tell us a bit about you
I live in Michigan, USA with the 3 most amazing guys ever (hubby and 2 little ones). I am also surrounded by my wonderful extended family and friends on all sides. I am very blessed to know that I am a child of God, and blessed to have the opportunity to learn something new every day. I absolutely love reading, writing, getting to know people, hanging out, sunshine and all the goodies that come with it, music, movies, making a positive difference, simple pleasures like eating too much corn, and being silly!
So, what is Jolly Notes all about?
The purpose of Jolly Notes is to play a part in inspiring all who read to live and experience joyful lives. My prayer is that Jolly Notes will inspire lives & hearts all over the world to shine, radiate goodness and remain joyful as we all inevitably go through the ups, downs and in-betweens of life.
I hope the stuff shared on Jolly Notes will continually make us smile, laugh, explore, and reflect on different issues. I hope they will inspire, encourage, and always be a blessing to everyone who visits.
What inspired it?
I have always loved writing and it is especially touching to find out something I wrote has had a positive effect on a reader. I started writing online after joining Facebook, and people’s responses to my articles were always very positive. I was told regularly how much the articles had touched them; sometimes in ways I had never imagined.
Not only were the comments touching, they also provided insights and experiences that all readers could learn from. The articles became such a great way for us all to share and encourage each other regularly.
I was constantly encouraged by friends and family to start writing on a publicly available website, with the hope that people who were not currently my Facebook friends would have access to the notes as well. I decided to do just that, and that’s how Jolly Notes was born!
Your posts are often tied around lessons learnt from being with your kids. Tell us about motherhood.
You’re absolutely right – It never ceases to amaze me, how much we can learn from little ones!
Ah – Motherhood! Extremely exciting, yet extremely challenging. Inexplicable and unparalleled joy. Can sometimes be painful, but provides ever abounding situations to learn from. I am ever so grateful for the opportunity to be a mom – It is certainly helping shape me into a much better person!
People have different reasons for blogging, what do you hope to achieve with Jolly Notes?
The Mission for Jolly Notes is to continually inspire people around the world to experience joyful living – through inspirational, motivational, uplifting & encouraging notes, scriptures, music, videos and more.
My prayer and hope is that as we’ve been doing, we will continually share with each other, learn from, inspire, encourage and uplift each other. That we never stop learning, never stop rejoicing, and never stop developing solid characters and solid relationships with God. Amen.
At what point did you know you wanted to have this kind of blog & what sacrifices have you made?
I had heard about yet another tragic story of a man who had killed himself, his wife and their five children after losing his job. He and his wife were up to their necks in bills, and they had felt really desperate and abandoned by friends and family. I was heartbroken! I knew from my experiences and those of others, that sometimes all a person needs to make it through another day, to get up, keep on hoping, and keep on living, is an encouraging word. Being inspired to see things from a different perspective. Or just knowing someone cares, that you are not alone. I knew at that point that I certainly wanted to play my part, by God’s grace, in motivating, encouraging and inspiring as many people as possible, not just people I knew personally. So help me God.
The hardest part of publishing Jolly Notes?
Probably the time it takes. But it’s all worth it!
The best part of publishing Jolly Notes?
Knowing that Jolly Notes has been a blessing to someone one way or another. It is very humbling, heartwarming and always very encouraging and reassuring to hear. It certainly helps keep me going!
Your most fulfilling moment on this journey.
Getting a beautiful message early one morning from a couple who had been blessed by Jolly Notes – from Iraq! I guess I never really thought about Jolly Notes being read by someone in Iraq. I was just so touched. And along those lines, getting messages from people all around the world – near and far – about renewed hope, reconciliation, rededication, renewed energy, etc. It’s very fulfilling.
People’s response to it so far.
People’s responses have been positive, enthusiastic and oh so encouraging! Like I said earlier – knowing that something shared on Jolly Notes has blessed someone is always very humbling, heartwarming, and very encouraging. And I love how we all learn something and are encouraged from what others have taken the time to share. It’s amazing – I love it and I am really grateful to be a part of this.
What significant life lessons have you learnt on this journey?
That God can use anyone and anything to get a message across. God is no respecter of persons, age, status or position. I have also been reminded so many times, how much God cares about us and how far he will go to draw us closer to him. Finally, to quote my friend Deborah Ope – “Where God’s finger points, his hand will make a way”. No exceptions!
Your greatest strengths and skills that has been particularly been of help in achieving this.
My passion for writing and my love for people.
What’s the future beckoning you to?
Being the person God wants me to be – in every aspect of my life.
Most successful women have had to climb on the shoulders of others to have a clearer view of the road ahead them, who are your own mentors?
My parents, My husband, My five sisters, and believe it or not – my 4yr old and my 2yr old!
What do you think are the success essentials for today’s young women?
Not letting others define or determine what “success” is for you. Focus. Discipline. Getting up after you fall. Not being too hard on your self. Surrounding yourself with people and things that will motivate and inspire you. And finally, remembering to dance as we go through life. Life is short. Don’t forget to enjoy it!
Tell us One thing you know for sure
God is real and His love for us is greater than what we can even fathom. There are so many things in life that seem to throw me in a loop sometimes. Questions I have. Some things don’t seem to make any sense. But one thing I know for sure – God is real, and His love is real. I can testify.
Where and how can we know more about your work?
1. Check out http://www.jollynotes.com – you will see tons of goodies like inspirational articles with thoughts/comments from a variety of people; Great Bible verses by topic; Uplifting, encouraging and inspirational songs, videos, words, etc.
2. “By liking JollyNotes on facebook – http://www.facebook.com/jollynotes . It’s a great way to keep in touch!”
3. I am also on facebook – My profile is at http://www.facebook.com/bomijolly . I am always excited about meeting new people so please free to connect with me anytime. It’s wonderful how Facebook brings us all together!
Thanks!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to read. I look forward to “seeing” you on jollynotes.com !:)! & Thank you Femme Lounge for the interview – I really appreciate it!