The Ebbs and Flows of Life

“ebb and flow

 a recurrent or rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth.

This expression makes reference to the regular movement of the tides, where ebb means move away from the land and  flow move back towards it”.
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Wow, it’s already February? Who else needs a restart? I know I do, the beginning of the month for me was not what I wrote on my Quarter 1 vision board goals, but I’m still here in a new month. We thank God!
With the second month on a roll, I’m already learning lessons and rewiring some old thinking habits. One habit that I HAVE to change, is my health. I had a not-so-great doctor’s visit, resulting in me being pre-diabetic, meaning I need to get my blood sugar down to a healthier level, by exercising more and choosing better foods for my body.
Easier said than done though, on top of working full time and running my consulting business, I’m a busy lady on a mission. That’s no excuse to put my health on the back burner, so I need to change my mindset, because my health is on the line.

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When I heard those words, “pre-diabetic” I cringed, and wanted to just say fuck it, but I can’t keep doing that. That’s one of those habits I need to break, especially when things get tough in life, I can’t just throw in towel, I have to go with the ebbs and flow of life. This means putting in the effort to fight for what I want (healthy body and mind) and not being afraid of success anymore. Yes, you read that right, I’m afraid of succeeding, it’s a weird concept, but another thinking habit I need to change.

 

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With the extra frustrations I’ve had this past month, I’m going to make it a point to focus on what I can fix instead of fixating on the ebbs, I just want to be the best Jasmine I can be to myself and those around me.

“The Shady Baby” glasses in Silver

 

“The Shady Baby” Glasses in Black

 

 

What thinking habits are you changing this month?

 

Style Details:

Orchid Jumpsuit (Plus Size) from Black Orchid Boutique

All style Glasses from  Shady Baby Co.

Photography Goddess Kristianna Davied 

 

Thanks for reading loves!

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Series-Is the Side Hustle Right for You? Part 2: How I Plan and Schedule my Content

Welcome back to my series on “Is the Side Hustle Right for You“! Before jumping in to Part 2, I want to recap Part 1: How I Got Started for you.

Let’s get to it!

Last week I shared my journey on how my side hustle of social media management, came about. Through the connections I made back in Houston, I was blessed with the opportunity from a fellow blogger friend who told me about it. This time last year I had been laid off from my job and had to move back home to Dallas, with my parents.

Basically while I waited and applied for jobs, I worked for a local non-profit creating and managing their social media, and I’m still doing that  along with a few other clients!

This year so far has been a whirlwind of growth for my side hustle, I’m learning a lot and want you to learn with me on my side hustle journey!

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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!

Style Details:

Blush V Neck T-Shirt

Light Wash Jeans

Sunglasses

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!