Journey to 26-Day 22

I’m going to see Beyoncé (& Jay Z) tomorrow! I’m super excited!

I just finished my mani-pedi to prepare for the show. My foot bath is one of the best things I own and it saves me a lot of money and time.

I was preparing to write today and figured I could talk about some of the ways I save money and hopefully get some tips from you all as well.

Some of my favorite money saving tips:

At home mani-pedis

Make tea/coffee at home, instead of trips to Starbucks

90% of the meals I eat, I cook at home

I rarely buy meat when I shop for groceries

I don’t shop very often, when I do I go thrifting & avoid fast fashion when possible

I use Airbnb or stay with a friend (when possible) for vacations

I don’t have cable (Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, etc. meet all my needs)

I make and stick to grocery lists to prevent grabbing things I don’t need

I use resources to find free things to do in my city or when traveling- my favorite Nashville-based sites are Nashville Scene & Nashville Guru

Journey to 26-Day 21

I’ve been thinking a lot about faith lately.

What does it mean to have unwavering faith?

I often tell myself things like “everything will be okay” “the universe has your back” & “everything happens for a reason” during moments of anxiety. Telling myself these cliches along with other practices are helpful on tough days, but sometimes I wonder how strong my faith really is.

I question this because anytime I encounter a crisis (minor or major) I experience a familiar anxiety. I feel like if I truly believe I am fully supported, am I to face these times with calm or is it completely normal, no matter how strong your faith is to freak out from time to time?

This is for sure more of an existential crisis (which happens a lot for me), but either way I want to get stronger in my faith. One way that I reassure myself when I feel uneasy is to reflect on everything I’ve been through up until this point, sometimes I feel like I’ve lived multiple lives because I’ve had so many different experiences.

Above all I want to feel sure that I am on the right path and trust the messages I’m receiving from God without needing proof first.

Journey to 26- Day 16

My birthday is just 11 days away! I think I’ve decided the last post of this series will be on my birthday instead of going to August 31, just for the symbolism.

Having natural hair is truly a part time job & if I could just get paid for the amount of time I spend on my hair that would really help my life out.

I figured I would take some time to talk about some of my favorite natural hair products, since that’s not something I’ve done on here before.

1. Shea Moisture- Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $10-13, sold at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-aid, Amazon.com

2. Garnier Whole Blends- Oat Delicacy conditioner, $3-5, Kroger, Target, Walmart

3. Bentonite Clay- $6-10, Amazon.com, local beauty supply or health store

4. Aloe Vera gel- $5-7, Amazon.com, Walmart

5. Bonus- diy deep conditioner

I tested this out a few weeks ago on my Insta stories and it gave me the most defined curls since going natural.

For my natural hair readers out there, what are some of your favorite products?!

Journey to 26-Day 15

I’m in a space where nothing in my life is permanent and it is unsettling for me.

I am the kind of girl that always has to have a plan. In my day to day I’m not much of a planner, but in the grand scheme of what I want out of life I have always had a plan. I know that the plans we have for our lives are often arbitrary, but for me there’s comfort in knowing where I’m headed in life or at least the illusion of knowing.

The only thing I’m certain of at this moment is that where I work, live, and my lifestyle will be completely different in the next two years and I have no idea what that might look like. I know there’s beauty in the unknown and I’ve been trying to settle into it, but it’s extremely hard for me.

I will say that even though it’s difficult to feel like you’re truly taking it one day at a time with no clear end goal in mind I am optimistic. I’m hopeful because my expectations for where I would be and the experiences I would have had up until this point were completely different than my reality. I know I often limit myself and think small scale when it comes to my life, this uncertain space I’m in has allowed me the benefit of truly understanding the endless opportunities we are given in this life.

I know that I still have a lot more to learn, but I would love some sense of permanence in my life. Until then, I will enjoy my journey with grace and love.

Journey to 26-Day 14

Two whole weeks you guys! 🙂

I literally feel like I wrote day 7 yesterday.

This day has flown by (pun intended)!

I had a 9 a.m school meeting, 1 p.m home visit( for two kiddos), & 7:30 flight to Chicago. I know that all seems spread out and feasible, but each of those obligations were an hour away from home. So between doing that, packing, and bathing my dog and myself tired is an understatement.

The good news is I’m here, in my cousin’s guest room braiding my hair for the night.

We’re getting real vulnerable folks!

I’m using the Rover app to get walks for Mia while I’m away. If any of you are pet owners and need ever need a sitter, walker, visitor, or groomer ( they do it all– cats included!) My referral link: https://www.rover.com/refer/jasmib47608/ can get you $20 off!

Journey to 26-Day 13

I’ve been thinking a lot about my why?

Why am I doing what I’m doing with my career? Why am I living where I’m living? Why am I in the relationships I’m in?

A few years ago I started to get more serious about my life and my direction. I am always concerned with being happy and fulfilled. I want to make sure that I don’t wake up one day in 30 years, unsure of who I am and where my life has gone. I want a life filled with joy, balance, and overall health. I want days marked by love and gratitude.

Perhaps it’s because I’m walking into my late 20s, but I’m knee deep in a space of ensuring my intentions are clear. I know greatness lies before me, I just want to be prepared and grounded when I get there.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, this video by Gary Vee might just be the pick me up you need.