The Art of Gratefulness

It’s the beginning of the week, and as we all head back to work, school, etc let’s practice gratefulness. Yes I know the world is overwhelming at times, but for some reason reflecting on what you’re grateful for, makes life just a little bit better. Lately I’ve made it a point to say out loud or write down 3 things I am grateful for, this helps calms my anxiety and keeps me from comparing my life to others.

Here are three things that I’m grateful for:

1. The ability to cherish the present moment

How often do we really stop to “smell the roses”? The ability to be present in wherever you are in life, is an amazing gift. Just being present wherever you are, allows you to be just you and only you. When you give yourself a break from worrying about the future, to just stop and think about what you’re grateful for, you open yourself up for amazing, good energy. Everyone wants good energy right?

So do what’s on your heart, date that guy, wear that crushed velvet dress, or travel to that country you’ve always wanted to go to. Be present and go for it.

2. My Amazing Support System

 

Sometimes my thoughts get to me, and I forget how amazing my support system is. To everyone that has helped me level up in my life, thank you! I honestly would not be at this point, if it we’re not for my support system. I am truly grateful for those who take time out of their day to check on me, send me crazy memes or refer business opportunities to me. THANK YOU!

There is nothing more valuable than having a strong support system, consisting of friends and family. In their own special way, each person has helped me develop into who I am now. And I like to think that I’m pretty phenomenal! I challenge you to look at those around you, and thank them if they have helped you at any point in your life. If you can, just call them, take them to lunch or send a thank you note.

 

3. My Ability to Adapt Anywhere

 

In my 25 years of life, I’ve seen some things, experienced some great and not-so-great moments, but I’m still here; present as ever. I am grateful for everything that I have experienced so far, because these experiences have shaped and molded me into a resilient woman. I know wherever I go in life, I’m going to be great. Although I’ve gone through some tough years lately, I am still rockin and rollin honey. Fear rarely resides wherever I am, I know I can adapt to any situation and environment.

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What I hoped you gained from this post, is to stop for a moment and really think about where you are in life. Whether you’re in a good or bad spot, be grateful for that shit! I mean it! I know when we’re going through tough times, it’s hard to be grateful, but you have to trust me on this one.

This week, I want you all to make it a point to write down or say out loud, three things you’re grateful for. You can share this with someone you trust or keep it to yourself, just express to the universe that you are grateful.

 

 

 

 

Well that’s all for now lovelies! Remember to be grateful this week and thank you for reading!

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Casual Summer Slay with Rainbow Shops

Hey yall! Yes I know it’s been a minute since we’ve talked, life has been of course crazy; I’m working full time and running my side consulting business, so I’m pretty much busy all the time. That’s no excuse though to check in with you all! This past weekend I got the chance to explore more of my hometown Dallas,TX in one of my favorite areas, Deep Ellum. I love that every time I visit, I find something new, especially the murals.

 

 

And to make this weekend even better, I was also able to score these jeans for $10 at Rainbow Shops, and this super comfortable shirt (that I thought was a dress LOL, my ass said otherwise!) for $6 as well. I’ve been kind of obsessing over rose pink and metallic colors this summer, so it was only right I shared this cute fit with you. My style is pretty casual, I love any variation of blue jeans and a v-neck tshirt. Oh! And my shoes were only $7 from this awesome shoe store called Shu-Deal (LOL don’t ask myewhy they spell it like that, I just go for the cute and reasonably priced shoes)

 

 

If you’re ever in Dallas, take some time to visit Deep Ellum, there are so many cool places and murals to see!

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Rose Gold Sandals

Thanks for reading loves, hope you enjoyed this style post! Have a great week!

 

Summer Accessories Product Review with Leather Glitter

Hey Loves!

How’s your week going so far? I hope well! Today I’m bringing you an awesome product review with Leather Glitter, a custom leather jewelry company, that makes the cutest accessories!

“Leather Glitter provides high quality handmade leather jewelry. All pieces are crafted from genuine cowhide and/or lambskin. Custom orders available!”

I am really excited to share this with you all, because summer is coming up meaning it’s time to shop for new and fun accessories! When I received the package it came in the cutest burlap, drawstring bag and brown tissue paper. I can definitely tell that love and passion were put into creating these beautiful pieces. Check out what I received complimentary, below!

 

 

Even my younger sister loved them! I let her try on these cute and simple black leather ones! Love the detail!

 

 

If you all are looking for ways to jazz up your accessories and support a small business please contact Leather Glitter here and follow them below on social media!

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Thanks for reading loves!

The “Strong Black Woman”

Ballin’ on a Budget: How do you Groupon your Coupon?

 

 *This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine*

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If you’re like me, you want to save as much money as possible especially if you love to shop. Lately couponing has become a weekly ritual for me, before I think about shopping I ask myself, “Is there a coupon for this?” I like to call this type of lifestyle “Ballin’ on a Budget”. Saving  money while spending it on my favorite things, is something I definitely want to do.Which is why I love checking Groupon Coupons  first before I buy anything, and by doing this I’m more in control of my spending habits, which is something we should all aspire to do.

Retailers such as Starbucks, Gap, Kenneth Cole and Nordstrom Rack have verified coupons and codes for all you savvy shoppers. I highly recommend browsing Groupon Coupons first before any shopping trips, you’ll thank your bank account later! Since I’m still living the post-grad life, the last thing I want to do is spend more money if I don’t have to, and with trying to live decently on a budget, Groupon Coupons helps a lot with my goal for saving money. Also if you’re a student check out their Student Discounts section and save money honey! (lol I know super lame) but you get what I’m saying.

For Example, you could save money with these Groupon Coupons:

  • 40% off more at Loft
  • 10% off with Hotels.com
  •  40% Off ANY Order W/ Gap Promo Code

Alright Loves, that’s all for today! Don’t forget to share and comment your favorite ways to save money!

Thanks for reading!

Savings with Spookieloo: Save your Money and Phone Battery with Groupon!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.*

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Hello Loves! In today’s post, I’m sharing some money-saving deals on your phone battery with Groupon. Happy Reading!

So I’m sure we can all agree that our phones are basically our lifelines right? I know I would probably go a little crazy if I didn’t have my phone on me at all times. Does it also bug you when your phone battery dies midday, and you’re not even close to a plug outlet? Yea, me too. As a creative professional and blogger, I need my phone to be charged and full of battery at all times; I have to check my social media, respond quickly to emails and occasionally snap a few pretty pictures. So lovelies, what are your go-to’s for keeping your phone charged? I usually carry my wall plugin if I know I’ll be near an outlet, but what happens if I’m not?

That’s why I love looking on Groupon Goods for the latest deals on battery cases, especially for iPhones! 

For all my bloggers, fashionistas on the go, and other creative professionals, having a case that not only protects your phone, but charges it is pretty awesome! And it’s a fraction of the price, so you’re not spending too much money trying to save your phone battery. As well, these cases make great gifts for friends and family!

Thanks for reading!

My Bell’s Palsy Experience & Why You Should Nurture Your Mental Health

First Day & Diagnosis of Bell's Palsy

First Day & Diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy

 

March 15th, 2016… Noon

I woke up feeling like something heavy had been sitting on my face overnight, the left side of my face was numb and stiff. When I went to the bathroom, to engage in my daily routine, I noticed something was different about my face. As I kept on with my routine of brushing my teeth, I also noticed that I couldn’t keep the water inside my mouth, to get rid of the toothpaste residue. That’s when I began to poke and prod at my face; it drooped down from my eye all the way to the left corner of my mouth. I stared at myself in the mirror scared and confused as to what the hell had happened.

The next thought running in my mind was that I had a small stroke and didn’t even know it. So before hyping myself up, I asked a medical friend if they noticed something different of me. And of course they saw that my face was droopy, and that I could not move my facial muscles to fully smile. WTF?! My friend did a quick stroke test on me; she had me raise my arms, bend down, talk, etc. everything was functioning just fine, so why did half of my face look like this?

As you can see in the above picture, I could not smile fully like I usually do. Instead of going for a run that I had planned with my friend that day, I went to an Urgent Doc by my house, to see what was going on. I got to the doctor’s office, filled out the paperwork (praise the Lord for insurance lol) and waited for the verdict. After checking my vitals (which were good) the doctor came back and had me try to make the blow fish face. I failed at that. I could not hold my breath, without letting air out on the left side of my face, I kept trying and trying while the doctor shook her head in agreement with herself; she knew what was up. She then asked me a series of questions about my stress levels and I answered honestly, “Well I am graduating, I have a heavy school and work load and I’m dealing with other personal issues,” I looked at the doctor sheepishly. “Mhhmmm, well Jasmine, you have Bell’s Palsy. The facial nerves have stopped functioning…” At that point I drowned her out with an overwhelming sea of thoughts, as to how this happened to me. I touched the left side of my face and said, “What? I have Bell’s Palsy? What is that? Am I gonna be ok? Is this treatable?”  I was a nervous big-eyed mess. “You will be fine, Jasmine,” the doctor said reassuringly. “You just really need to watch your stress levels, it’s good that you caught this early or it could have gotten worse.” 

After my visit, I had learned that I had a temporary facial paralysis, that could have been caused by stress. I was prescribed with a steroid Prednisone, that reduced the inflammation in my face, I had to take that for a week. So I had a half functioning face, how in the world was I going to function throughout the day?

Week 3 of my Bell's Palsy

Week 3 of my Bell’s Palsy

 

I did my research to see how this could be treated, and I stumbled upon some videos on YouTube that made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this journey. Bell’s Palsy Recovery and Remedies I’ve been Trying  was very helpful because the same thing happened to this person as well. Her facial paralysis lasted for about 4 weeks like mine, and she did a lot facial exercises to help ease the pain.

Since this was my first time experiencing this (and hopefully my last), I was very concerned and scared about my health. I guess you could say, “I woke up”. I really did not need a health scare during the most crucial time in my life; I’m graduating in May, looking for a full-time job, and just overall transitioning into this new area of my life. Why did this happen? I don’t have a definite answer, but I do know that I have learned from this situation. My mental health needs to be nurtured too, such as reducing my stress levels by removing things and people out of my life, that aren’t good for me. I’m an introvert at heart, and when I stress, I keep it in, it’s hard to reach out when you feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But there’s always a silver lining to crazy situations like these; someone has gone through a similar situation and can help you, whatever it may be, don’t keep your stress in. Trust me, you don’t want to end up like me, with half your face working.

My Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy:

  • Pain in the ear
  • Abnormal taste sensitivity
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Dry eye (my left eye would not close all the way, so I had to use eye drops a lot)
  • Constant twitching
  •  Difficulty eating, food would slip of my mouth
  • Confidence was a little low, I was ashamed to smile sometimes because I looked really weird

In no way am I a medical professional, this is just my experience that I wanted to share with you all. I want you all to be healthy and as stress-free as possible, this shit is not fun or cute. Stay healthy friends.

Notice how my left eye looks compared to the right one

Notice how my left eye looks compared to the right one

I am glad to report that I am 95% recovered, sometimes I still twitch and experience stiffness. I hope nothing like this happens again, this experience has taught me to take care of my mental health, and to let out my frustrations. As a young woman, I want to encourage you all to nurture your mental health, it’s vital to your well being. Mental health is real yall.

Thanks babes for reading, I hope this helps someone.