Road Trip Down South 

So I had a few days off from work so I decided to take a last minute roadtrip to visit my fam in Georgia and make it a trip to see some places I’ve been wanting to go to. My original plan was to visit my fam and then head over to NC to hike, but my plans changed and won’t allow me to hike anymore. That’s okay though cause I’ve been really enjoying the scenery here in the South. Here’s a snapshot of my trip so far:

This is the view from Rock City Gardens in Georgia/Tennessee

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60 Years

The other night I admitted a patient whose family was at the bedside including his wife. These lovely people were asking the doctor how long the patient’s hospital stay would be because they had an event planned to celebrate the couple’s 60th anniversary. 60 years! Of course, the doctor said there is no timeframe we can give which is true because a person’s course of stay is dependent on so many different factors and events that can occur. I couldn’t help but think to myself and hope that the patient will be able to get out of the hospital by their anniversary. I mean, 60 years of being with someone is a long time and something many couples cannot even come close to. Later after the rest of the family left besides my patient’s wife, I was having a conversation with her, congratulating them and we started talking about how it’s such a shame nowadays how easily people get divorced. And I couldn’t agree more! I feel that people now don’t take the meaning of marriage for what it stands for nearly as much as they should. I too, come from a divorced marriage and grew up my whole life being raised by my mom. My grandparents are divorced. My sister already in a second marriage. I know what it’s like being raised by a single parent and I have always believed that I will never get married until I absolutely know I can be with the same person until the end of time.

Even though I am about to turn 30 in one month, I am not scared or sad at the fact that I haven’t found my “one”. I think it’s sad when I meet other females who get so caught up in the fact that they are not married yet and with a family by a certain age. This is just society owning your life and your thoughts as to what is “right” for YOUR life. If you haven’t met your life partner, then it’s just not the right time. And I have complete faith that the right guy will come along at the right time for me and I am 100% content that I haven’t found him yet. Or that he hasn’t found me yet. 🙂

I am loving my life right now and using my time with myself to better myself in every way possible. And I am so thankful that I am able to do whatever I want because I do not have any obligations to a boyfriend or husband or children, etc. I have met so many people already who have told me, “I’ve always wanted to go on a solo trip,” or “I would, but I can’t because of my children.” Of course it’s a blessing to have a family and children, but I also think it’s a shame when you are unable to do the things you truly want because of other people. So I just want to remind all my fellow single people out there to go do you and have faith that the right person for you will come to you at the right time. Don’t waste time looking for your life partner or being sad that you are still single at whatever age you are. Embrace YOUR life and hopefully one day we will all be able to celebrate our 60th anniversary with our husbands/wives.

Happy Monday everyone!

<3, jewlz

The Beauty of Relationships and Human Interaction

Good morning, world!

I was talking to a friend last night who was asking about my blog and how he hasn’t seen too many posts from me lately. I was so flattered and touched that he actual reads my blog! The purpose of my blog is really for me and also in hopes that it may inspire or encourage or do something positive for anyone else at the same time. So when he told me he actually enjoys reading my blog I was very happy and of course encouraged me to be more consistent with my posts. These are the kind of friends you need in your life! The ones that love you for you and support you no matter what. I am so thankful for these types of friends. But I am also thankful for human interaction in general as well. You can learn something from others every day. You just have to be present to realize there’s a lesson to be learned.

For example, a few weeks ago a coworker of mine shared with myself and a few others at work this amazing story about her daughter. Before this story, I didn’t know much about her on a personal level, but this story definitely showed me what an amazing woman, mother, and nurse she is! This encounter was just another example of how even everyday encounters with people you are not even close with can teach you something or make you feel emotions that will allow you to appreciate life or just feel something positive. These are the things you need to pick out and appreciate with human interaction. If your encounters with people are giving you negative energy then leave it out and move on. Don’t waste your energy!

This is also why it is so important why you should pick and choose who you spend your time with. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that our time on this earth is so precious and it shouldn’t be wasted with people that don’t matter or with people who don’t push you to be a better version of yourself. I’ve done my share of hanging out with friends who are not that close to me, but are fun to hang out with. You know, the friends you go out to party with, but they only know you on the surface level. These are the people who are close to you on a lighter level instead of a deeper one. Now that I’m older (and wiser), I am happy to be able to realize and choose who I want to spend my time with. There’s this famous quote:

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

As a nurse, I’m always reminded of our short time on this earth so I like to remind myself that I have the power to choose who I spend my time with and I hope this is a reminder to you as well who you choose to spend your precious time with. Make every day count!

<3, jewlz

A Week In Review

Hi, guys!

I am so sorry I’ve been MIA for so long now! It’s been two weeks since my last post and the reason is because I worked overtime both weeks and if you are a nurse and work night shifts you should know how draining it is to reenergize. But still no excuses! I just wanted to write an update post and tell you what I’ve been up to.

So besides working so much, the last few days I’ve been off and I’ve been really trying to settle in, get organized, and get new furniture for my new place! Here’s some pictures of what I have so far:

I’ve been to IKEA 3x this week!

With the carpet…what do you think? Is it too small?
Plants! I love my plants :)

So most of my furniture is from IKEA, but that’s okay cause I do like IKEA furniture. I know some can be low quality, but I’m happy with my picks and that I’m saving a lot of money. I need the savings for traveling! I went to West Elm the other day and I loved so many of their pieces, but their prices definitely kept me away. Although I did get some cute succulents from there. I feel so hip now with my succulent collection. 😉 Speaking of plants, I used to be into decorating with fake flowers/plants, but something about REAL flowers/plants brings so much more life into your place! And I love the spiritual aspect of having plants and taking care of them, nurturing them, allowing them to grow, etc. I know, I’m such a hippie, but that’s okay with me. I find a lot of satisfaction getting up in the morning to water them now.

 

This is the other day when I finally went biking in my new neighborhood. Beautiful isn’t it? I feel so lucky to be able to live in such an amazing neighborhood with so many beautiful trees! I have such an obsession with trees now. Here’s the quote that kind of sparked that obsession:

“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Herman Hesse

Amazing, isn’t it?

Besides my apartment, I’ve also been listening to some awesome music. Here’s my current repeat:

I actually found out this one from Ingrid Nilsen who is a YouTube star. I stopped watching a lot of the beauty and makeup videos I used to be addicted to before, but I still watch a few select people who I think are genuine and have awesome style. Missglamorazzi being one of them! She recently came out on one of her YouTube videos and that definitely made me appreciate her even more. I think she has more than 3 million followers and to think about how much impact she can have on people is amazing! I definitely can support anyone who can be brave and be their own person. Kudos to you, Ingrid! Keep shining and bringing positivity to this world. 🙂

And finally here are two videos that Google + suggested to me today:

Hope these two videos inspire you to do something positive today! Do something you fear or spread the word on sex trafficking or learn more about it or do something for a bigger cause. Make every day count!

I know this post is a little random, but that’s me and I hope you enjoyed. As always, thank you for taking the time to read! Till next time.. 🙂

<3, jewlz

Daily Goal

Lately I’ve been trying to use my time in my day wisely by doing things that feed my mind, body, and soul. I’m going to make it my goal to do something every day to take care of these three components. It’s so easy to get caught up with daily life and forget about taking care of yourself, but I’m so blessed to have met some amazing people recently who have had so much of a positive impact and I’m just feeding off their energy. They say the people you spend most of your time with define who you are and I truly believe in this! I don’t want to surround my LIMITED time on this earth with people with negative energy. I kind of feel high on life and I don’t want this feeling to stop. I won’t let it stop.

What are you doing today to feed your mind, body, and soul? Today I watched some TED Talks for my mind. Another great website to feed your mind is Big Think. For my body I fed myself some delicious food and am about to do some leg workouts after this post. And for my soul I’ve been jamming out to some music, which is something that always feeds my soul. Here’s a playlist from my SoundCloud I created.

Enjoy!

<3, jewlz