*The above picture (created by @mommy.panda) is being shared in several accounts’ bio pictures on TikTok.
A New Find
Like so many people during this Covid-19 coronavirus isolation time, I have made myself busy by finding things to keep me occupied while staying at home. Pretty funny that one thing I found was TikTok. Yes, TikTok! I know. You are thinking one of two things, most likely. Wait, I thought that was for young people dancing. Or… yep, that’s me. I am hooked, addicted, and can’t get away from it.
I find it is a great place to go for positivity and making you happy. Although there are many on there that share their darker side too when they are depressed or anxious. And there are people that lift them up and give them positivity in their comments. That being said, there are several true therapists on the site giving great advice as well.
So within a few days of being on this fun app, I had this one person coming up on my FYP (Stands for For You Page) over and over again. I believe the first videos that really caught my attention was him diving onto the snow and sliding on his stomach saying he cracked a rib! Haha! His name is JT Laybourne. I was impressed with that smile and how there were so many people that were following him and doing “duets” with him on his videos.
I then went to his page and scrolled through his posts and saw the things he shared and things he said that were so positive. I thought, Dang! This is my kind of people! So I started following him. I also saw this beautiful lady that was with him in several and saw that she is his wife Brooklyn. So I started following her too.
Now, as I followed them and saw their video posts I found other folks like them to follow. I also saw a lot of the hashtags on these posts were about #positivity, #thejtway, and #justthink. I then went back to his bio and saw that he has a website called Just Think (https://thejtway.com), and as you see, the link has “thejtway” in it.
He has said many inspiring things but the thing JT has said in a few of his videos that stuck with me is, “Just think what one smile can do. Be you, be real, have fun.”
I had to check this out and when I did I found a great “My Why” page that explains how it all got started.
In a nutshell, he states that he was tired of all the negativity and putting down that he saw on social media. He found the TikTok venue and decided he would start a new social media account for himself there where he did not care what others thought and he would do what he wanted to, be it silly, goofy, whatever, but to just have fun. He received such wonderful feedback about his positivity, confidence, and smile. One thing you always saw in his videos is, in the background, his wall of hats he collects. He started having people asking if he would give away his hats. He said the way he would do this is to hide them in his area, which then spread to him sending them to other followers to hide, with his smile logo on the box to make other people smile. He stopped when he was almost out of hats. People didn’t want it to stop, so he started receiving hats from others as well as approached by a distributor. He eventually gave in and started selling hats and shirts but he would only do it at a low price people could afford. But with this guy, there was always a need to continue the movement of making people smile and feel good about themselves, and not overshadowing that with the sale of merchandise.
**By the way, I have also bought a few things and am very excited that my box is on its way soon!! 🙂
Even More Positivity
While enjoying getting to know the people on this site, sharing TikToks and having fun, I see a video a little over a week ago that JT is sharing with everyone. He has been told by his doctor that he needs to have bypass surgery and because it is in the middle of this coronavirus pandemic he will have to go in by himself without Brooklyn by his side. My heart sank knowing the impact that can play on someone, no matter how positive you are.
Once his followers found out and saw this, the outpouring of love that started flowing on TikTok was absolutely amazing! In just a couple of days, JT has another video, sharing emotionally how grateful he is to his followers and TikTok family for all the support. Because of the strength in love he was shown, he decided to go through with the surgery now and not wait.
In the week that follows it is an emotional rollercoaster ride for JT and his family, as you can imagine. And bless his heart, he and Brooklyn share it all on TikTok with everyone. This is JT. From the morning he goes into the hospital on his own leaving his family behind, to the updates from Brooklyn and his very close friend Shawn Taylor, to the constant love they are shown by their followers and family. It just makes your heart swell with all the feels! To be a part of it all is just amazing.
*Today JT made a TikTok showing everyone his gratitude for all the love being shown to him and his family. Not long after that, another one is shown, from a family member, of him in his hospital gown dancing! Nothing stops him!
Where you can find more:
To find out more about JT, you can visit his different venues:
TikTok page (TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/3ayG17/)
Instagram page (Insta: https://instagram.com/jt_laybourne?igshid=1oxvu6ttthu21)
I will share updates here as well.
Have a wonderful week and make someone smile today! 🙂
JT went home today from the hospital!!🙌
Here is a link to Brooklyn’s TikTok page with the update:
So great to see him and know he is home with his family!😊