Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Look into my eyes

Well this year so far has been so-so. I'm taking a college class (Managerial Accounting) I barely somewhat understand but have a an awesome friend who is tutoring me. I'm slowly starting to accumulate the camera equipment for my camera. I've bought a tripod, a new 40 mm lens, and custom camera strap (Paisley Maizie). I've been playing around with my new DSLR and trying to learn about it. It's quite an intimidating camera especially if you don't have a clue on how to use it but the class I took and some reading I've done along with Youtube videos have helped me stay out of the Auto focus mode for now.

I plan on revamping my business website, All That MsJazz Hair and Body Products. I also want to revamp my personal website here as well. I want to add new products to my small business and researching new ideas. I already have a few in my head I'm trying to work on. I also want to get in some more vending opportunities but want to make sure I don't put too much pressure on myself. Right now business is slow so I'm taking the time to figure out what direction I want to go with my business and how I can market better.

My right foot is still giving me issues (see previous post) and I need to get back to working out. My body just feels like a huge weight on my lower body. But my mind still seems to be the biggest weight over all. I don't want to sink back into self doubting myself. Dealing with depression is a bitch. Just trying to get things out of my head now.  On another note, I can't wait for next Friday, I'll be going on a mini vacation for 3 days. Lord knows I need it.

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

Wednesday, February 04, 2015


I just realized this is my first post of the New Year (I think).  This year has already been trying for me and it's only February. On January 5th I decided to go play in a social Volleyball game. I had a great time and for two hours I was having the time of my life. Unfortunately my body afterwards was going nuts saying, you are 35, NOT 15. My feet definitely paid the price. The day after the volleyball game my feet were in so much pain I could barely stand, let alone walk. Yet with my high tolerance for pain, I pushed through thinking the pain was subside eventually. Well last week, I finally broke down and went to my doctor's office and was informed that I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot. This definitely wasn't good news especially since I had started playing volleyball to get myself active again in hopes of losing some weight. I was informed of my options in regards to how to deal with it. Exercises to alleviate the heel pain, a cortisone shot in my heel, or just deal with it. So right now I'm doing ok, as long as I have my tennis shoes on, for the most part, the majority of the pain is gone but I definitely still have some issues with my heel. I'm hoping it will go away eventually. much of a high as I was riding on from last semester with my 3 A's, I tell ya, just taking one class this semester that has me so upset and agitated can just bomb your self confidence. I'm taking managerial accounting for the third time and I've come to the conclusion that I have most likely wasted my money in regards to taking this class. I don't understand the concepts, I've read and re-read the materials.  The syllabus for the class is not clear, I'm being bombarded by emails from the professor for the class with other assignments that should have been listed in the syllabus. The online blackboard that we are suppose to use because this is an ONLINE course, no one is active in regards to the discussion boards.

What makes it worse is that I feel stupid in not understanding any of this especially with me having a business. Mind you it's not a big ass corporation but it still is a business. I don't see myself acquiring a business degree because this is just too frustrating. This reminds me of when I first was in college and I wanted to go for computers and my heart was just crushed because I couldn't wrap my mind around Java or Programming and Design. Math in general is a really weak subject for me. Didn't do well in Calculus and I can't stand math word problems. I even bought the Managerial Accounting book for Dummies and I'm still lost.

Dealing with this bullshit is making me remember why I hated school so much in the first place. I have until April to withdraw and not have a bad grade or I can try to withdraw now and try to recoup some of my money, if any back. Overall I'm just pissed. At this point I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'm just considering if I can get an associate or something because at this point I'm just fucking done. 

Not to mention all this fucking stress has me eating so any healthy habits I was trying to go for, have pretty much gone out the window. Now it's February, my damn birthday month and honestly I don't feel celebrating a damn thing. I thought this year was suppose to be a brand new me, yet I feel like I'm dealing with the same ole bullshit. I need a drink.
Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's been a minute....

It's been a minute since I've been actively posting. With my side business picking up momentum and also being back in college, I really haven't had time to just sit down and just take a breather. So on the short side my good news is that I received all A's in the three classes I was enrolled in for the Fall semester and my shea butter business has beening doing great as well.

Yet I think the funny thing is that I have not talked about my side business really except for my last post and this one. So since I am so late in regards to this for those who haven't checked out my Instagram, Facebook fan page, or Twitter account. I have a whipped shea butter business called All That MsJazz. Shea butter is wonderful from head to toe, but don't just take my word for it, try some for yourself.

Yesterday I did my first vendor showing at a church function and even though I had a good time, the event wasn't in my opinion really catered towards the vendors. I was grateful for the experience and I definitely learned from it. There is another vendor opportunity next weekend that I'm hoping to be able to participate in. If not, I'll be having a huge overstock sale.

Overall, I'm hoping to become more active again on my blog. I just have to find the time. 

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

Saturday, September 27, 2014

What do you do for an Auction, donate of course:)

Life is Beautiful and so is this basket!!

 Well the BMS Chili Cook off and Silent Auction which will be held next Friday at my job is almost here. This is one of the biggest events and is great because we receive a lot of traffic also due to the high school football game which also takes place as well. The Silent auction consists of not only donations from businesses around the area but also 'Family' baskets which are those made up by the groups of students at my job.

Since I started my business with my whipped Shea butters I'm always looking for ways to spread the word about my business and I came up with the idea back in July to make up a basket centered around pampering. I knew I wanted it to be a unique basket and I remember there was a former coworker, Kathleen Berhmann, who also had her own business, Buddha Bath and Body, making homemade soaps as well as other items. So I thought it would be a great idea to also ask  if she would like to donate some of her homemade soaps to the basket, another coworker, Denise Balley who is unofficially in to Partylite candles donated a candle holder and some votive candles. So since Denise wasn't an official rep I put the name of the lady, Kathy Willhite, who is her contact also in the basket as well.

I also bought a Loofah and some fuzzy socks to round out the items. 

I already had bought the basket and items to decorate the basket in advance at Hobby Lobby. I knew I had a certain vision for the basket but I knew unfortunately I wasn't skilled enough to put it all together. So this past Friday I finally brought all the materials up to the job and a coworker who had experience in making gift baskets put mine together and I have to say she exceeded all my expectations and did an amazing job.

As she was finishing up my basket with my hair dryer to shrink up the plastic so it would mold to the basket, her first class of the day was coming into her classroom. They were crowding around the basket and asking who it belonged to. I told them I had it made for the silent auction and that the whipped shea butters and soaps were handmade while the candle accessories were donated. It's a unique basket because all the items with the exception of loofah and the socks were from staff (present and past) who were connected to the school district that I worked for. 

the item list sign I made to go with the basket

I'm hoping the basket will be a big success and who knows, it might become something that we can do every year. If other coworkers have their own businesses and would like to donate then maybe next year the basket will be bigger. Not only are we doing it for a good cause but also it will help spread the word about our businesses.

All That MsJazz

Buddha Body & Bath

Party Lite - Kathy Willhite

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz
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