Life Happened

Hey Ladies and Gents,

I hope all is well with each and everyone of you beautiful people.

I know I’ve been MIA (Missing In Action) for quit some time, and I know you all are probably wondering what happened with me my answer is simple LIFE HAPPENED!! I’ve been embarking on so many new things everything from school to starting a new career . To say that I’ve been busy is most definitely an understatement!

I’m not going to discuss any specific topic this week as I just wanted to check in with you all to see how things are going with you!! Next week I will be starting back fresh! Until then comment something that you would like for me to discuss. Also comment what you all have been up to I would love to hear from you all.

Until next time

-Jaquasia C.

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September, School & Stress !

Hey folks!

It’s September which can only mean one thing… Summer is over and School is back in session (I can sense your enthusiasm😂)!! So with school being back in session, things can become a bit overwhelming and stressful; especially if you are a full time employee, have children and are trying to keep up with posting frequently.

To make a bit less stressful, I’ve listed a few things that may help you balance work, school and anything else that may become overwhelming during the school year.

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  1. Create a schedule- If you find it useful, draw up a schedule for yourself each Sunday afternoon, one that details everything that you need to accomplish over the course of the following six days. Whether you create this agenda on a piece of paper or on your smartphone, you should note all of the tests, assignment due dates, work hours, and social events that are coming up. Afterwards, stick to your schedule diligently, and always fight the urge to procrastinate.
    • Tip: Organizers and planners are a great way to keep up with your daily/weekly and monthly activities. If you cannot get access to a physical planner try your smartphone. There are several applications designed to help you keep your life up to date and in order.
  2. Prioritize – Decide on your priorities and accept that something, somewhere, will have to give—and not just the housecleaning. Expect to take a pass on the occasional outing or weekend away. With so much on your plate, you can’t do everything.
    • Tip: It is important to be able to distinguish what is very important from what is somewhat important. Sometimes your going to have to miss out on a night out with friends to study for a final.
  3. Take care of yourself- Take regular breaks, get enough sleep, stay physically active, get out into the great outdoors and let yourself enjoy some of what life has to offer.
    • Tip: remember over working yourself isn’t always the best thing to do. Staying up all night to study for a test will not grantee you an “A”, Take it easy!!!

Lastly, remember that there is a significant reason to justify why you are working and going to school, so remember that reason and continue to strive. Constantly remind yourself of your goals, dreams and aspirations and strive for them.

As Always, Love & Peace

-Jaquasia C.

 

Happy Sunday

Good evening Ladies and Gents!

This is just your Sunday evening reminder that you can handle what ever this week throws at you.

No matter what you maybe facing, you need to constantly remind yourself that you are SO MUCH MORE STRONGER than what you are going through.

When things seem like they are being too much, you find your self stressed, overwhelmed or overworked… take a deep breathe, count back from 20, and remind yourself that “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”.

I hope you all of a Blessed and wonderful week. Put on your high heels (for the men throw on your best sneakers) and kick some A** this week!!!

As always,

Peace & Love

-Jaquasia C.

Happy Friday

Happy Friday Ladies and Gents.

TGIF- “Thank God It’s Friday” !!

It’s Friday Afternoon so must of you are either off of work or are currently getting ready to leave work. It’s probably been a stressful week and you can not wait to get home put your feet up and just RELAX!

Well if your like myself and plan on staying in for the evening with your spouse, children, friends (or all of the above) and you need something good to watch; I’ve got you covered!

I am going to give you a list of shows that’s are binge watch worthy as well as a few movies. Most if not all of these shows and movies can be found on either Netflix or Hulu but I will be sure to include that in the description.

Synopsis: This drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.

Where to watch: Netflix

Seasons: 2

Gents: Thiller/ Action/ Comedy

Synopsis: Jennifer Lopez stars as New York detective Harlee Santos, a single mother who runs with a group of dirty cops, taking her cut of the bribes and protection money to give her bright and promising daughter the best life possible and a leg up for a better future. However, all good things must come to an end and she is caught by the FBI, which forces her to turn informant on her cop family. Harlee struggles to walk a line between loyalty, honour and betrayal, all the while working to keep everything together for her daughter.

Where to watch: Hulu

Seasons: 3

Genre: Action/ Thiller

Synopsis: Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected — first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another’s thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity — as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them.

Where to watch: Netflix

Seasons: 1.5

Genre: Thiller/ Sci-Fi

Synopsis:Two overworked and underpaid assistants come up with a plan to get their bosses off their backs by setting them up with each other.

Where to watch: Netflix

Seasons: it’s a movie

Synopsis: When Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she embarks on a humorous mission to find a new love for Sam, her fiancé and best friend since childhood.

Where to watch: Netflix

Seasons: it’s a movie

I hope you guys enjoyed both the movies and shows that I have picked out this Friday. Come back next week to see what shows I have picked out for next week. And be sure to comment which shows you like or didn’t like!!

As always peace and Love

-Jaquasia C.

Try this: Essential oils for Anxiety and Stress

Good Afternoon, hope all is well!

Essential oils are a wonderful tool that can help relieve symptoms associated with anxiety and stress.

Aromatherapy is a complementary and alternative medicine practice that taps into the healing power of scents from essential oils extracted from plants in order to balance your mind, body, and spirit.

Essential oils can be diluted by water and diffused into the air or a few drops can be gently rubbed into acupressure points on the body. Studies have shown that specific essential oils used in aromatherapy can help relieve stress, relax the body, and promote better sleep.

Here are three essential oils that can help relieve stress and promote sleep.

1. Lavender essential oil is one of the most well-studied essential oils in terms of its relaxing effects. One study found that lavender oil aromatherapy calmed the nervous system — lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature as well as changing brain waves to a more relaxed state. Lavender can also help with mild insomnia and provide better quality of sleep. Lavender aromatherapy has also been found to help reduce anxiety and depression in women with postpartum depression. Lavender has also been found to help reduce anxiety in many medical settings, such as dental offices, the intensive care unit, and during preparations before surgery.

The scent of lavender stimulates brain pathways, including our limbic system, which is connected to our emotional response and memories. Studies using electroencephalography (EEG), which measures brain waves, and brain imaging using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) show significant changes during lavender aromatherapy consistent with its relaxing effects.

You can purchase Lavender Essential Oil from Amazon.com for $6.99

2. Clary sage oil is extracted from the clary sage herb, a close relative of the common garden herb sage. Clary sage essential oil has been found to help people relax during dental procedures. Clary sage oil aromatherapy has also been shown to have antidepressant-like effects.

You can purchase Sage Essential Oil from Amazon.com for $9.99.

3. Jasmine has a sweet aroma and can be relaxing fragrance. Jasmine essential oil is less well-studied, but does have one study that suggests that the odor of jasmine tea can be calming.

You can purchase Jasmine Essential Oil from Amazon.com for $8.50

There are many more therapeutic essential oils to explore, that have a calming and soothing effect when undergoing stress and/or anxiety. I advise you all to give the above three and any others that you find a go. Let me know which ones worked best for you and which ones didn’t.

Always,

Love and peace

-Jaquasia C.

[Disclaimer: some of the information used was retrieved from the following websites: webmd.com and Healthline.com]

Monday Motivation

“The future depends on what you do today.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Hey Ladies and Gents,

Monday is a day of beginnings and fresh starts. It’s a day where the week is before you and possibilities are endless. … So let’s make this Monday one of the good ones. Let’s start today off with positive vibes and gear towards our goals!!

REMEMBER: Don’t let anyone steal your joy this week. If you begin to feel overwhelmed or stressed, take a break do something that uplifts your spirits; go to the movies, read a book, do a little retail therapy etc.

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” –Lao Tzu

As always,

Peace and love

– Jaquasia C.

Bullying

Hey Blog Fam,

I know you guys are probably super excited at the fact that I’ve been more active in reference to reading and commenting on post as well as uploading my own post! So first things first thank you all for liking, commenting, sharing and subscribing it is greatly appreciated!! 

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Now, as per my previous post I stated that I would allow my followers, friends and family to pick a topic that they would like me to write about and the winner is *drum roll* BULLYING!! So,Today we will be focusing on BULLYING and exploring both sides of bullying (I know some of you guys are like wait,what? There’s two sides 🤭) but yes TWO sides!! Just wait for it!!

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I recently watched a show called 13 Reasons Why and although I have been an advocate against bullying this show just really motivated me to step it up notch. So kick back, grab your reading glasses (if you need them), a notebook and pen and maybe even some tissues because I am going to talk about bullying In a way that it has not been talked about before!

So what exactly is bullying? Well according to Webster dictionary bullying is defined as followed: use of  superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. But Isn’t it true that there is more then one definition when regarding bullying? And if there are multiple definitions then which one do we use? Tricky huh? Confusing? Well just wait because it gets better 🤔!!

There are always two sides to every story right? So when discussing bullying we have to consider both the perpetrators and victims sides and that’s exactly what I am going to do today. I will not be holding back any punches (or kicks), I am going to give it to you guys raw and uncut! We all know that things are going to get worse before they get better so why not start here?!

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Perpetrators:

Has anyone every wondered why the bully bullies? No we do not! We feel bad for the victim and completely disregard the perpetrator. Why is that? Are we not aware that by figuring out the underlying problem we can ultimately find a solution to the general problem? No we don’t think that far either. (Hey don’t worry its not just you!)

So many children suffer in silence and the only way to get adequate attention is by acting out in sometimes hurtful and harmful ways. Ironically, the attention does come but not in the way that it should! Instead of immediately resulting in detention or suspension or worst expulsion we need to comfort these students and figure out if they them selves are being abused ; sexually, physically, emotionally or mentally, we need to figure out if they are afraid of someone or something, we need to ask questions before jumping to conclusions. Because after we expel these children do you think the bullying that they are doing stops? No it continues…. And what do you think occurs once they are expelled from school? The go out in to the world with no direction, and ultimately end up in jail or worse… DEAD.

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Victims:

When a student, friend or family member comes to you and tells you that they are being bullied what is your immediate reaction? I mean do you even react? Or do you brush them off and tell them “your probably overreacting?” In many situations teenagers/ young adults don’t even want to confide in an adult if things like this are occurring and for good reason. They fear that they won’t be helped or that the adult won’t understand or worse that they won’t care.

Children are getting bullied beyond school because of this really powerful tool that we have called the internet! You have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and so many other platforms where bullying can be executed. But bullying does start somewhere and it starts at school. — you may not have the latest sneakers or clothes so you’re instantly a “bum” or your “poor” and that’s cause to get bullied. Or you may not prefer a contact sport so your “gay” (or worse) another cause behind bullying. There are so many reasons why one can get bullied but does it matter why? NO ONE SHOULD BE BULLIED BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT!! And yet it happens.

Sometimes you have people who can make it threw with committing suicide or causing bodily harm to themselves (meaning cutting or burning) but what about the people who aren’t strong enough to live through the pain? What about those who want to seek revenge because of the pain? What then? Why does it take a death or multiple deaths to occur for awareness on bullying to occur?

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I bet you feel bad now:

So what do you think? People just wake up and want to be a bully? No I don’t think so, I believe that some thing traumatic has happened to them or is happening to that is causing them to react in such a negative way. I know, I know some people are just ass holes, but you can’t write all bullies off because of a few scattered ass holes!

Hold on wait I’m not done! Can you answer this question? Do you think those students who go to school with guns and shoot teachers and students and faculty jus woke up one morning and decided to be a murder? Decided to throw their whole life away? No I don’t think so! I believe they were bullied and humiliated and when they sought out help they did not receive it. So their only option was to murder! Now yes I also know that some people suffer from mental health illness; but what is the guidance counselor for? 🤔

I say all that to say this… Bullying is a two way street. we can not automatically jump to conclusions without having adequate information. We must educate our selves on the signs of what a victim looks like and what a perpetrator looks like so we can better assess the situation and prevent things like suicide or mass school shootings from occurring. Now I no way believe that we can stop major things like that from occurring but I do think that we have to start somewhere!

As always,

Peace & Love

– Jaquasia C.