Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A mini vacation to Florida

This past weekend my sister and I went to Florida to just hang and chill out. Plans were made originally in January and I couldn't believe when I purchased my ticket that I was going to be enjoying myself in FLORIDAAAAAA in the first week of March. I was anticipating it like a little child and I just couldn't wait for the big day. Even though I waited until the night before to do my packing. We left Friday morning and after 2 flights made our way to Jacksonville, FL by noon. What greeted us was 40 degree weather with a rainy disposition.

We make our way to our rental and shortly thereafter we make it to our hotel. We stayed at the Marriot Sawgrass which is known to the PGA pros. We were there for a previous family reunion and since we enjoyed the accommodations my sister made reservations for our stay to be there again. What is great about this hotel is that there is an option to stay within the hotel or on the grounds in a villa. So this time around we decided on the villa. After making our way to our particular villa we find out that the electricity is turned off in the main part of the room. So after the engineers come through and rectify that issue we make our way to St. Augustine and take in an outlet mall and then to the historic part of St. Augustine to take in some dinner at a location called Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill. This restaurant had a great ambiance and the food was wonderful. I enjoyed some Voodoo Shrimp as an appetizer followed by Pasta Chicken Louisianne. Which I can only describe as a Creole version of a Feteccine Alfredo with some kick to it. It was AMAZING!!! Now the funny thing is that I normally can't handle spicy food, but THIS was well worth it. After our dinner we made our way back to our hotel where one of my best friends was going to meet up with me.

My girlfriend Kai picked me up that evening along with her family and we made the two hour trek back to her home in Deltona that night. I was so excited to see my girl you have NO IDEA!!! That night we just stayed up and enjoyed ourselves. Talking and just reminiscing about the times. The next day we made our way to my god-daughter's dance performance. She is truly an amazing and exceptional child. Her mannerisms remind me so much of myself. Her younger sister reminds me of my younger sister, she is definitely a little diva, I LOVE IT and their little brother has an imagination out of this world!!!

After her performance we check out (I think) every Homegoods and Marshall in Florida. LOL Which I had a blast doing because I was able to find my dream gold leaf that I wanted to update for my vendor table with my shea butter products. I packed it in my suitcase and I'm proud to say it made it's way back to Saint Louis without any issue. I also was able to visit my first IKEA store and I have to say it is everything plus a bag of CHIPS!!!!

OMG this place is HEAVEN ON EARTH!!!! We did the complete walk through so I could check out everything and I now I can't WAIT for the IKEA to open here in Chesterfield. 

We also hit up a Burlington Coat factory where I found a church outfit to wear the next day. After checking a few more Homegoods we make our way back to their home and enjoy some really great pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a few glasses of wine. The kiddies go to bed and Kai, James (her husband) and I are just sitting on the couch talking, enjoying our wine and just having a great conversation. 

The next morning we get ready for church and I was ready to go and then unfortunately I stubbed my toe. It was bleeding like crazy for about 15 minutes and couldn't get it to stop until I was able to get some heavy gauze around it and Kai was able to put some medical tape around it.

Church service was great and I really felt as though the sermon was speaking specifically for me. His sermon was bout how you can feel like you are sinking without drowning. It actually brought tears to my eyes because I can relate so strongly to the words he was preaching. Afterwards I was invited to a room where they had refreshments and was able to meet with the pastor briefly. I can definitely see why Kai and James fellowship there. It was definitely a place of warmth.

Afterwards we went and picked up some items for lunch and made our way back to their home to take a few pictures and settle down before it was time for them to drop me back off at the airport. 

I arrive back to the airport and say my goodbyes to Kai, James and the children. My sister texts me to let me know she already at the airport and we make our way to our terminal. After a two hour flight we make our way to Houston, Texas where the last leg of our trip will have us back to Saint Louis. We finally make it back home around 11:45pm. I had work this morning so I had to be up by 6am. I had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back.

Until the next episode....

 All That MsJazz

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.

College.......as 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
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