Welcome to JoyfullyRawLife! I am so grateful you are here. I am so grateful I am here. 🙂 This has been a desire of mine for years and to finally see it come to fruition is truly exciting. It is so important to let go of fear and take a step of faith. I did it and I hope this page inspires you as well.
Now for a little introduction…
My name is Jonetta Darrell. I am a wife, mother, Minister, and educator. I live in Los Angeles, CA. Married for a little over 2 years to my amazing husband, Malcolm Darrell. We have 3 children; Eryn-11, Joslyn-7, MJ (Malcolm Jr.)-7 months. Yes, our home is busy but I wouldn’t change it.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Graduated from Dorsey High School and went to UC Santa Barbara for college. I graduated, came back to LA and began teaching high school. After a few years, I realized high schoolers were a little too much for me, I began teaching 4th grade and loved it. I the went to University of Phoenix in Gardena,CA and received for Masters Of Education dagree with an emphasis in Elementary Education.
After teaching elementary for a few years, I was let go due to LA district making cutbacks. Then out of the blue, a friend of mine informs me of a preschool teaching position at her company. At this point, the youngest I had ever worked with was 5 years old and I couldn’t imagine 18 months but I decided to go in for the interview. I got the job, became a teacher for the preschool classroom, 3-5 year olds, and I completely fell in love with that age. Fast forward 9 years later and I am still connected to the school. For two years, I was the lead teacher. For one year I wa lead teacher/assistant director. Finally for almost six years, I served as director. I absolutely love my school but after delivering MJ with complications and dealing with an autoimmune disease (I’ll talk more about that in a later post) I decided this past June to step down as director and work as an administrator in a part time capacity.
Alongside my role as an educator, I am a Minister at Kimgdom House of Worship. I help lead the ministry as well as preach the word of God during mid-week Bible Study and service on Saturdays.1
So now what? Well I am currently at home with MJ, focusing on my home and family. It has been wonderful and I have been so grateful for this time. My ultimate focus has been connecting with God and allowing him to lead. One of those leadings has led me here to JoyfullyRawLife.
JoyfullyRawLife has been in my heart to do for awhile. I desire a place to share my heart with others. A place where my words, my story can encourage others to live the life that God created. My desire is to help people heal and live a surrendered life of freedom. My goal is to live in joy, with joy at all times and I want the same for you.
What’s stopped me? Fear. Fear can entangle you and cause you to freeze and that’s what it was doing to me. However, fear and faith cannot coexist and I made the conscious decision to choose faith. So I invite you to go on this Faith ride with me. We will laugh together, we may even cry. But most of all, my prayer as I invest in sharing my life with you, you will be impacted and influenced to live a life of complete surrender in love and most of all JOY!