30 More Days Till 30

In 30 more days I will be turning 30 years old. I know most girls cringe at that number and age, but for me I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at in life and what I’ve accomplished so far. I feel high on life and I’m excited for what’s to come. This past year and some months since the break up has been so life changing and eye opening for me. I have my own place I can call home, I’m becoming a stronger nurse, I’ve gone to South America on a solo trip and I’ve learned so much about myself. I’ve become a better version of myself and am still striving to better myself every day! I may be getting older, but I’m okay with that because every day and experience that passes makes me wiser. These next 30 days I hope to make the best of my last days of my twenties, but I am ready for this next decade of my life and what it has to offer. To all my fellow 29’ers about to turn thirty, I hope you’re also feeling the momentum and making your life the best life it can be. 

Stay positive!

❤ always, jewlz

P.S. I’m planning another solo trip for my birthday so be on the look out for more adventures! 🙂 

 

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

A Daily Habit 

Since I’ve been back from South America, my schedule has been pretty busy with work, moving, cruise with the family, new friends, etc. Going to South America was such a spiritual journey for myself and I’ve noticed that being back has really taken away from me being able to be in tune with myself and my soul. I haven’t really had much time to myself. It’s so easy to get caught up with daily life and forget to be present. Today I’m writing as I’m enjoying dinner with myself and I started thinking how thankful I am to be able to have the freedom to take myself to a good meal. To be able to have a mind that is okay and happy being in my own company. To have a healthy body to be able to go wherever I choose. It’s these simple things in life that matter and I want to start making a daily habit of acknowledging something I’m thankful for every day. What are you thankful for today? 

Hope you’re starting off this week with lots of energy and sunshine. 🙂 

<3, jewlz