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Its a fresh start for me ūüôā

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-Jazzie

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A New Blog? For More Than Just Hair

I really do like this blog and I have posted a lot of things that I can go back and check myself but I have been thinking in the back of my mind about having a new blog. ¬†I mean the main reason behind me creating this blog was to track my hair journey and right now, theres so much more going on with my life than “just hair”. Thats the main reason I barely post here but I post on my tumblr because Im at a point where its no longer about hair and Im currently at the phase where Im done with research and I’m learning about my hair on my own instead og “googling” all the answers or asking someone instead of finding out myself. So I think I will begin working on a new blog and once I get it flowing correctly with posts.

-Jazzie

Making Money Online: My 2nd Check from CashCrate…

Join me on Cashcrate & Earn money with me through surveys http://www.cashcrate.com/4691457 or http://tinyurl.com/journeytolong

Join me on Cashcrate & Earn money with me through surveys http://www.cashcrate.com/4691457
or http://tinyurl.com/journeytolong

This is my second check from cashcrate for the month of June. The prior to it was for the month of August. I was surprised to get it in mail I had completely forgotten that I was suppose to get a check lol BUT I was happy. So I earned $31.39 for the total of last month and all together I’ve earned $61.23 from Cashcrate :).

Right now Cashcrate is the only site I am 100% is legit. I’ve cashed my check and had no problems..no fraud nothing. I could have gotten more money too if I would have put the time in but I didn’t.

You can earn too by signing up using my link¬†http://tinyurl.com/journeytolong. (I can’t direct use the actual cashcrate link because wordpress blocked it. I’m guessing some people abused their¬†privilege¬†and spammed their cashcrrate links which resulted in wordpress making it so the link can’t be posted.) If you do sign up because you saw this please use my link I’ve provided. I’m trying to use this money to pay off my debt so I have a bright future and can continue to pursue my college education. Right now I have it on hold because my finances aren’t up like they should be but I am learning new ways to invest and save money. I’ve really put a tamper on my spending and try to save anything that I know I wont be using or need.

-Jazzie

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#2 – Q&A (Questions & Answers)

I found this post on tumblr asking all these questions and I thought to myself, “Hmm this would be a great idea for my blog.”

So from now on everyday I’ll just be posting a question(s) and answer(s). Its really for myself just to reflect back on in the future and see my growth ūüėÄ

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Q & A #2

* Do you like your neighbors? *

No. They are loud. They’re Spanish so its louder than black people loud. They play their music loud and its always the same beat. They cook stinky smelling food. I could go on and on with complaints.

* Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable? *

It depends on who I am talking to. If I’m talking to a family member, someone who is close to the family or coworker then yes because I know whatever I say will be repeated. If I’m talking to a friend or stranger then no I am very open to talking about it.

*¬†Have any of your ex’s told you they regret breaking up? *

Yes, my ex did tell me that it was a dumb decision to break up with me.

* Favorite food? *

I really love David Sunflower Seeds. Especially the cheese flavor. I”ll skip a meal just to eat those babies.

*Are you outgoing or shy?*

I am shy to most things but if its something I know like jewelry or hair…I’m very outgoing. More on the¬†informal¬†side.

-Jazzie

Healthy Dairies Week 2: Battle of Eating Healthy & Exercise (March 3 – 9)

March 3rd

Woke up at 7am. Baked 2 salmon (Olive oil, peppered with salt and rosemary herbs), shared 1 half with my sis. Used the half of salmon to make taco with/cheese (browned in oven). Used the other whole salmon and stored it with watermelon to eat later today. Then made a parfait(8:15). Overcooked the taco in the oven ūüėÄ (9:15am). Finished eating by 9:50am. Read a little of the Bible. Then went to bed around 11am or 12pm. Woke up 2:30pm. Started cleaning room up. Took a break from cleaning up my room and began eating salom w/watermelon.and water (7:15pm). Finshed eating 7:45. Back to cleaning 8:15pm. Finshed cleaning 11:00pm then take out trash. Started braiding hair. Took a break at 12am and ate parfait but didn‚Äôt like it so ate spaghetti and bread instead. Finished eating (12:50am) Braiding hair again. Finish 2am. Went to be, too tired to workout.

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March 4th

I didn’t get anything completed today and I relaxed off my diet a little. I had bread with tea and chips this morning. Then for lunch, during work, I had goldfish with a wheat bread tuna sandwich. I plan on working out tonight 3 miles preferably. I worked hard today at work so I think that made up for the chips and bread I ate early morning. I also finished braiding my hair, so I’m happy about that. Tomorrow I will stick more to the plan.

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March 5th

I got very lazy today and didn’t do anything I had fried chicken with fried wedges and a dr. pepper. I have go to do better for myself! The positives that came from today are:  I did manage to make myself a necklace and pair of earrings. I also decided that I will no longer be making jewelry or anything for anyone except maybe family. Another decision I made is that I want to learn how to make dresses. I only wear dresses so it would be great if I learned, I would save so much money just like I do with jewelry now. I haven’t bought any jewelry from a store in 2 years :D.

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Match 6th

Woke up around 6:40.  Cleaned up: made bed, took out trash. Moisturized hair with texturemenatural product, love it! Cooked some asparagus. Ate asparagus with low fat orange yogurt around 8:11am. The asparagus was disgusting so I only ate the yogurt. Afterward I made myself a lunch wheat bread turkey sandwich w/cheese, spinach and mustard (because mustard fights off cancer) and then I added some pineapple to the side.

I’m not sure what I will be eating for dinner but I usually get hungry around 8pm or 9pm…I may just eat some fruit or yogurt with a little granola sprinkled at the top.

I have a appointment at 10am at school. Started getting dressed at 9am, did oil pulling.

For the rest of the day I ate my turkey sandwich with fruit. My mother bought me a McDonalds bacon eggs and cheese sandwich, I was tempted to eat it so I ate half…I should of just thrown the rest away but I left in the fridge. Then when dinner time came I made myself some shrimp and organic rice. The shrimp was good but the organic rice was YUCK! So I ended up eating the rest of the McDonalds sandwich with some goldfish crackers.

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March 7th

Woke up at 5:29am. Stayed in bed until 6am debating whether or not to workout. Finally began to workout but didn’t feel comfortable (my sister was up, I try to work out when she is asleep) so I only got 1 mile of Leslie sansone in around 6:40. I’m just happy I made an effort to workout.

I have lot of math hw to do, as you can see from my to do list this week, I haven’t completed any of the math proportions lol. So I will be surprised if I get to finish my other mile today.

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March 8th

I only slept 3 hours today because I was so busy with math hw. I have a test today that I was stressed about. Ate pretty good today. Didn’t get a chance workout because I had at test in the morning but on the way to school I ate some yogurt with granola. When I got out went home started cooking curry then while curry was cooking I ate some more yogurt. Ate curry for the rest of the night with watermelon. Curry came out bad because I didn’t have the right ingredients.

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March 9th

Stayed up all morning. Attempted to cook some coconut pancakes but failed, I had too much coconut flour and it tasted heavy instead of light. So instead I’m eating yogurt with granola and beef jerky. I prepped my watermelon with turkey sandwich for later on today. For lunch at work I plan on having a tuna sandwich from my job. Then when I get back home I plan on diving into the bed and going to sleep then when I wake up I will probably eat my turkey sandwich.

-Jazzie

Healthy Diary Logs Begin!…Weight Loss & Exercise

Well this has been a journey in the making for a long time and I’ve finally started it the way I want to and no one else. I’m not following anyone’s plans or schedule, I’m doing what I think is best for me through trial and error.

I’ve started by changing my whole grocery list and purchased fruits, veges, granola and poultry, salmon. So in my Healthy Journey section it will be purely updated probably everyday with how my day goes, my schedule..everything I do and eat¬†through¬†out the day. I’m doing this so I can see my patterns and see for myself, what I need to change and¬†tweak. It also keeps me on track and busy which will probably prevent me from being bored.

My goal really is to live my life eating healthy. I don’t want the junk food anymore, I want to go to the doctors in¬†confident¬†and hear them say,”You’re as healthy as an ox.” I’d ¬†also like to go to the doctors and show up with some weight loss. So wish me luck and pray for me :).

-Jazzie

Journey to Becoming A Social Worker: I Don’t Like My Job Anymore (Nursing Home)

black-woman-stressedI work at a nursing home that refuses to admit that its an actual nursing home. They’re delicate to calling the people that reside there: “Old people”, “patients” or “the¬†elderly”. Instead they refer to them as “residents”. They even have a catholic church in the home so the residents don’t have to leave and they can go anytime they want. I really enjoyed the fact that they¬†seemingly take¬†good care of their residents and respect them.

I’m a college student and I am currently majoring in Human Services to become a Social Worker…I want a master’s degree in the field. As of now I am taking a human services course that requires me to get a certain amount of hours (115 hours) actually working somewhere so I decided to use the place I work.

For a while now I have been losing my passion and motivation to actually work at this place. But a conversation between my supervisor and I topped the cake. Never am I disrespectful to anyone nor do I bother anyone. I try my best and do what I can.

Days prior to this situation I had been talking to some residents…as seemingly nice and nurturing the home is, none of the residents are truly happy. I’ve heard things like,”We do the same damn thing every day” or “I have no more family, no home…what now, I’m not happy here” and even from the people I work with “These people don’t give a damn about us, I’ve been working here over 20 years and I still have no say in what goes on, no one listens to you or cares”. You know what? Its true.

I remember volunteering for FREE to help this woman with an event because my supervisor suggested it and I was looking to do something new. The woman had an event coming where the residents had to perform a song with bells and children singing in the background,¬†in front¬†of the higher up staff (Ceo, vice president, etc). I went to help her and it turned out that she didn’t need help. I was literally standing there doing nothing. She wanted me to help the residents¬†every time¬†something was wrong with their bell. When something was wrong with their bell, either she would tell them and if she told me to go help them, they would look at me like…”Do you think I’m dumb or is it you?” So I brought this to my supervisor’s attention and she told me well she does need help which was true. BUT she didn’t need MY help, she needed a different type of help. The woman was just stressed and flustered about the event so the next day I was suppose to help her I just called in sick.

Another thing that I noticed which made me never want to work here again is that all of the people of different¬†ethnicity¬† work where you can not see them. You know who see’s them all the time? The residents. They don’t work where they’re in the front of the building where people come to visit or where the people who are not employed there come the most, unless its a janitor cleaning up around the building. You know where I see most of the black people? In the basement on the ground floor, either cleaning or cooking. I’ve yet to see a black man/woman, Asian, Latino in a business suit in this building or wearing a white doctors coat. Everyone who works higher up or where the visitors come are WHITE.

Aside from this and my perspective: My supervisor and I have to meet up every so often to sign papers and discuss how I am doing and what I am doing for my courses hour logs. In the past I really enjoyed the strictly “work” relationship I have had with my supervisor. She seems to keep it on that level and I really did respect and enjoy her for that. She is a very busy woman and sometimes seems uptight. So throughout the time I have been there I hardly ever meet up with her and when I do its always a rush.

This past Monday I met with her to sign some papers and overview my goals working there. So I showed her my papers and discussed my goals. Now I had set my goals to things I felt I needed to work on and things that I actually do and KNOW. She looked at my goals and said,”These goals are too simplistic, your focusing too much on the work and not enough on what this¬†building¬†is about.” Now I was not offended by what she said at first but the comments after that offended me to high heavens. I’m not the neatest or the fastest writer mind you, so I had to write it out¬†in front¬†of her the suggestions she gave me. When giving me the suggestions she said I need to look at the bigger picture and know the departments, what everyone does and how things are processed. Then as she told me these things she would stop and say,”Do you know what that means” or “Do you know how to spell that?” (I misspelled ONE word once last year, now she thinks I’m a¬†dumb ass). Then when she finished telling me all these things and assigning me to learn them…as she was signing my paper she said,”I doubt your professor will accept this but I’ll sign it”. Even though this may sound like its a simple situation, it was really her tone and her expressions that gave off that “I’m intentionally being rude because I am your supervisor and you need me for your grades” feel. Then she rushed me off.

After meeting with her, I felt like crap, horrible and¬†embarrassed¬† I’ve never done or said anything disrespectful to her. I’ve been nothing but¬†polite or at least tried.

I have come to her and told her that one of the staff employees were rude and lazy (which I think after her running her mouth got back around to him because he rolled his eyes at me once when he saw me). I’m not sure if this has anything to do with that but from now on I have decided that I will NO LONGER go out of my way to help out at my job. I will no longer do what I don’t have to do. If it is someone else’s job to do it then I’m not doing it, simple as that. I’m tired of being nice and helpful then getting slapped in the face. I don’t care if it effects my grade in class, if anything I will go to my school and tell them about my¬†situation¬†with my supervisor to protect other students who may choose to use their fieldwork toward that place. I don’t appreciate being¬†under-appreciated¬†and I won’t be. After May has come and gone for this semester. I am quitting and never coming back. In the future (when I’m not working there and gone from thought) I WILL be mentioning this companies name so that people are aware what type of place this truly is.

-Jazzie

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Even though I am single, I would like to take the time out to say Happy Valentines Day to everyone who has someone to spend it with. Be happy and enjoy your loved one. It doesn’t even have to be a boyfriend or girlfriend, it can be a family member, a friend…a stranger. You never know. It’s about love, not the gift. Enjoy and embrace the happiness. If you’re single don’t be bitter or mad, you too can embrace the happiness. Life is what you make it. I’ll be posting a lot of Valentines Day personal photos today :))

Sincerely,

Jazzie

Dream Housing: Normal Beds Are Boring!!

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I have NEVER been a fan of normal beds, even though I own one I don’t like it. I would love love love to have my very own daybed. I think that they are beautiful and unique. You barely see them and you can customize it more to make it your own. To me its more versatile and eye catching. This is my dream bed when I get my own place.