Know Your Weight: Women of Influence and Change

A Woman on a Journey to Purpose

I love researching words, their origins, the essence of their original intent. In the same vein, I also enjoy searching the meaning of people’s names! My name means strong and determined, so I tell people my name means Strongly determined. ☺️ The name determines the function.

Jocelyn – derived from the French Joscelin and is rooted in a Germanic tribal name, Gauts; these definitions do not lead me to much, so I keep digging.

Jocelyn – Hebrew name for girls meaning Supplanter: This is also the meaning of the name Jacob who was the twin brother of Esau who held his heel. Genesis 25:26 Afterward his brother came out, and his hand grasped Esau’s heel, so he was named Jacob ([j]one who grabs by the heel, supplanter). Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

Sooooo….what is supplanter? One who unsettles, or takes over or takes the place of something/someone else. And it is a French term that means to take the place of someone by making them lose credibility.

Jocelyn Nelson, born and bred in Gadsden, AL, but a Birmingham native for the past 10+ years, and I genuinely believe she is here to take over, overtake, disrupt, unsettle, usurp, dispel, and conquer. She is a woman in pursuit of purpose – her God-given and God-driven occasion for existence.

Controlled by her faith and very open and honest about her Christian journey, Jocelyn was able to find foundation in her home church of United Christian Church and then gain solace, guidance, and confirmation at Christ Church under the leadership of former Pastor Darius McClure and 1st Lady Brittney McClure. She has also become a faithful member of The Delegation led by Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts.

With a blog entitled, Women of Purpose, what is Jocelyn’s purpose? Simply, writer and dancer. Both are revealing art forms of expression, and both she says she would passionately do for free. The resilience she possesses is evident in her art. She has fought through and endured much but never lost swayed from her journey. Her testimonies empower her to give the women in her path the tools to claim their divine destinies.

With two successful workshops on her resume’, Jocelyn has purposed to encourage women to establish brands and build businesses. Backed by her family, church, friends, and the city of Birmingham, she presented attendees vital information from heavyweights of marketing, branding, sales, blogging, and entrepreneurship. She writes, ”

 I was sitting in group night at church one night and something pastor talked about stood out to me at that time and the next day while sitting at my desk God gave me the idea for the event so I just went with it. I reached out to some people and let them know what I was trying to do and God’s hand was in the process every step of the way because all my speakers either waived their rate or discounted it solely because of what I was trying to do and to support my vision. That in itself blew my mind and let me know that I was doing exactly what God called me to do. I’ve been wanting to host an event for about 2 years but when I started looking into the amount of money it was going to take scared me so that fear kept me from trying, but this time I put self & fear aside and God told me, “if I’ve given you the vision then the seed has been planted and I WILL bring it to fruition and make provision for it to manifest” so I kept planning and reaching out to people and He kept opening doors. A friend volunteered to sponsor the cost of food and other offered to do sponsorships.

Throughout her journey, Jocelyn has not only become a dancer and writer but also a queen competing in 2016 & 2017 Miss Natural Hair Health Beauty Pageant, Miss Black Don’t Crack pageant, and probably a few more contests that I am not even aware of; a model becoming the brand sponsor and face for local boutiques and jewelry makers, and a natural hair model faithful to The Mane Choice brand. To me, her Black Girl Magic was birthed through her fearlessness, and her ability to say, why not? Her words: Trendsetting, ground-breaking, and innovative = BGM, and this is her: Jocelyn, the Supplanter.

I have had the privilege of watching her grow up to evolve, develop, and adapt. She has never been shy or timid. Jocelyn is not afraid to walk the line or rock the boat. She is overwhelmingly supportive and loving and a fighter. I was worried about where her twenties would lead her but grateful to see how God’s hand has guided, shielded, protected, and favored her. I believe purpose is achieved when God says, well done, thy good and faithful servant; therefore the journey is ongoing and evolving. I pray that she will never stop.

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. (AMPC)

Give love. Get love.

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