Listen To Your Heart

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Today I wanted to write about the importance of having a hobby. Personally, I can get so wrapped up into my day-to-day routines resulting in me getting pretty bored. You know: dealing with the not so interesting aspects of life such as work, school, finances, etc. that no one really WANTS to deal with but have to be done. So to spice things up a bit and to keep myself motivated, I try to do other things. I love to take pictures, film and edit YouTube videos, blog, read and sometimes play piano, if time permits. These activities disconnect me from routine life and also help reduce my stress level.
That being said, sometimes I ask myself why I blog. Other than the fact that it gives me a voice that I can use to communicate with you all, I often feel like a grain of sand by the ocean. With SO many other blogs out there, what do I have to offer of value? Lately, I have been feeling like I can no longer relate to fashion blogs like I once did. They are so “polished”, for lack of a better word, and while I can understand that with success comes change, I quite enjoy relaxed ‘outfits-of-the-days’ where I can afford what is being showcased and I am able to easily find the items/ similar pieces. I mean, do these bloggers really wear heels on a daily basis and sport a FULL face of make-up? LOL, oh you know I will choose comfort any day and I truly believe that you can look wonderful without having to spend 3 hours a day to get ready. I hope that through my more simplistic (and original) approach of blogging you can relate to me being a regular 20-something year old. Anyways, I digress.
Back to the topic at hand! Having a hobby keeps you sane. Some of us are fortunate enough to be able to make a living off of it, while others would risk becoming homeless as long as they are able to do what they love. I say: find balance in your life and do what makes you happy. It is yours after all! So GET CREATIVE: It’s never too late to add a new interest to your routine.

..xo

-J

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Before the clock strikes midnight, I wanted to put a post up today. I have been horrible at keeping this blog up to date. Quite frankly, I would understand if you had abandonment issues at this point and I apologize. However, since it is my birthday, will you forgive me?

Usually, around this time of the year, I like to reflect on my life. Although I am not exactly where I would want to be ideally, I do have a lot to be thankful for. No matter how rough things are, it is always productive to recognize the good. I am grateful for my health, my family & my friends.

2013 was a rough year and January isn’t necessarily my favourite month. If you are familiar with this blog, you may know why. However, when life throws challenges at you, you have to build a bridge and get over them. There is a lot that I want to accomplish this year, this blog being one of them. I hope to change a few things and post more often than I have in the past. Let’s hope for a great year!

Happy Birthday to me.

xx

 

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”

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Hey all!

Thanks to all who read my last post and kept me in their prayers. It really felt good to get this off my chest and connect with you all on a personal level. I have decided to take control of my life once again and have started to rebuild my relationship with God. It’s been a while, but going to church last Sunday gave me a sense of inner peace that I really needed.

I snapped these shots last week. I find the first photo pretty amazing. This plant is able to thrive in this dry, rocky environment. I am sure many of us can learn a thing or two from this. We are stronger than we imagine and are able to make it through the storm.

Anyways, I hope everyone is enjoying their week-ends!

..xo

-J

Sweater Kinda Day

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Hey guys!

Today was actually SO nice here. It was sunny with a high of 6 degrees! It might not seem warm for a lot of you but considering the fact that it was -40 degrees less then a month ago, I would say I was burning! 🙂 Anyways, I had a pretty nice day, just enjoying the little things that life has to offer. How is your week-end going?

..xo

-J

So, Today is my Birthday…

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I know I have been gone for a while now.  To be honest, I find it hard to keep up with the blog and my YouTube channel at the same time. Mind you, I still work two jobs, have a life and go to school! *Shrug*.  I need to prioritize my life, in order to keep the blog alive.

In any case, I really wanted to write a post.  I turn 23 today. However, I no longer “celebrate” my birthday. January, in general, is a really tough month for me.  My father passed away 3 years ago. I was really close to him, so it is still extremely hard for me to deal with it.  I usually refrain from doing ANYTHING that entire month. I know it might not be healthy, but it is how I express my grief. He passed away between January 12 and January 17, 2010. How can that be, you might wonder.

Remember that massive earthquake that took place in Haiti in 2010? Well, my dad was one of the unfortunate souls that passed away. He was at work when it happened. He worked downtown Port-Au-Prince and the building collapsed with him trapped inside. We, my family and I, were so hopeful until the very end. On January 17th, after 5 days of digging through the rumbles, my mom finally found his body. I never got to see it nor have I been to his funeral. My mom buried him the same day as the body was already in such bad shape. She didn’t want to wait for us to make travel arrangement as planes were barely flying in Haiti at that point. My mom was fortunate enough to even be able to bury him because there we no more spots to bury anyone in a cemetery. She was reserving this spot for my grandmother, who was sick at the time, so she was able to use it for my father.

Needless to say, I lost part of me that week. I was bitter for the longest time. Out of all the people that survived, why couldn’t he? Maybe God works in mysterious ways, but the pain that I felt then and still feels now is truly inexplicable. I remember being so angry then, yet devastated at the same time. I was angry at God, simply put. How can he allow something like this?  I just couldn’t stop thinking about all the families that were affected, all the people mourning, and an entire country in so much pain! I’ve learn to let my anger go, however, or it would have just taken over me. I learned to trust God, as he wouldn’t put us through anything that we wouldn’t be able to handle.

I don’t think I will ever be able to celebrate another birthday while dealing with something like this. To be honest, I just try to keep myself busy. I made my first YouTube video back in January 12, 2010 in order to take my mind off of things. I never really speak about my experience but today, I’ve decided to share it with you all.

Thank you for reading!

..xo

-J