i am currently enrolled at Arizona State University and i live in Maryland. as you know, i am from Arizona and it has been a dream of mine to attend ASU. when i lived out there, i was taking classes at a local community college in hopes to transfer to ASU. then my husband got orders and we had to move out here. i had to put school on hold for a while because i didn’t know if i wanted to continue going to school and two, because i wasn’t quite sure what i wanted to be when i grow up. i tried taking classes at a university here in Maryland, but then i got pregnant and again, had to put school on hold. so, after having the baby, i worked and worked, until one day when i driving to work, i heard an advertisement by ASU that they were offering online degrees. i did my research while at work and i signed up for school that same night.
today is baby girl's birthday!
we're packing up our stuff and we're headed to New York City for the weekend.
this is my first time going and super excited! all i can think about is Home Alone 2, do you guys remember that?
i'm more excited about eating great food and just experiencing the coolness that NYC has to offer.
what do you have planned for this weekend?
Here some finds from around the internet...
we plan on stopping by here this weekend. it's nothing but cookie dough! this place is so good that it even give you a disclaimer along with instructions about their line to get into the shop! yummy cookie dough
i bought a bag similar to this, but in 'meow'. check out this brand, they have a lot of great stuff for mommies on the go.
i definitely don't hate my job. i just know i am destined to be something greater. this is a great read for those who feel the same way.... how to be happy at work.
i am obsessed with these bars. i tried one day because the packaging looked very simple and all the ingredients are listed right on the front. definitely a great protein bar.
have a great weekend everyone!
a little motivation for this beautiful Monday.
this quote fits well into my life right now.
this week, i've decided to start this road to a better me. after reading this quote, i told myself 'just start already!'
my daughter turns two this month and i've done nothing in the past two years to change my attitude towards my weight. i think i've exhausted all the excuses in the book and now... i can't even make one up.
i have nothing to fear. i have nothing to lose. acutally, my laziness. that's what i'll have to lose... laziness. oh and my desire to eat everything in sight, especially when stressed. i'll be losing that too... but i'm okay with it. i will have to come to accept what i've been comfortable with for the past two years.
this change is not going to be easy, but like this quote says, 'start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at command, and better tools will be found as you go along'.
with that being said, i'm going to take this and run with it!
have a great Monday and a wonderful week!
it's 2:57 a.m friday morning and i'm just now getting done with my homework.
happy friday! i'm so glad this week is coming to an end. i have a lot cleaning and homework planned for the weekend and i'm just ready to get started. my kids are going back home to their mom this week! i'm pretty bummed, but excited for them at the same time. we had a long and eventful summer. they're just ready to see their friends and start school! then it will just be my husband, the baby, and i for about a month. anyway, i'm cleaning out my house this weekend because i'm getting to redecorate everything! i mean everything! here is a little inspo for the weekend... something to keep motivated through this process...
have a lovely weekend!
blogging started for me around 2012. i was looking at outfits for a Vegas trip, when i came across a few plus-size bloggers. i was a little confused because i wasn't quite sure what i was looking at. i thought they were featured articles for a fashion magazine. nope, they were ordinary people who loved fashion, took beautiful pictures, wrote about it, and made up their own website! i thought to myself at that moment... "why didn't i think this?!" since then i've been hooked!
the first blog i created was a fashion blog that i started with a friend. that blog was very short lived because we lived far apart and just couldn't match up our schedules. i ventured out on my own and was doing really well for about 6 months. then I got pregnant and just didn't have the motivation to do anything with blog. when my daughter was about 3 months, i started writing on that blog again. this is when i found my love for writing. after 6 months, my blog started getting messy because i was doing reviews on products that were horrible. one day, i just deleted everything and started all over.
last year, i launched Hello Jade Studios and loved the direction it was going. i was posting my own pictures and writing about things that i loved. then old habits came back and i started accepting reviews i had no desire for. so, a few weeks ago, i hit unplublish and erased everything only to start all over AGAIN!
launching my blog this time around had a different feeling.. blogging is not for everyone. it is like another job. at the same time, it is also very exciting! spending countless hours on one blog post to meet an imaginary deadline and then to have just maybe one person read what you have constructed, it's like one of the greatest feelings ever! then you become addicted to that feeling and want to write more and take more pictures only to spend even more time perfecting your craft! i think my fellow bloggers can relate!?
i would love to hear your story....
made it through my first week of blogging! what an exciting adventure! hope you guys enjoyed...
my week was pretty busy as always. it was just school. my schedule was all over the place. this weekend its all about getting my homework done and studying for an upcoming test. exciting, right? i also hope to do a little exploring so i can get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. i'm going to try to cookout and have dinner outside! i think Sunday is national Hot Dog Day, but don't quote me on that. what perfect day to get the grill going?
here are a few finds around the internet... i get bored from time to time and scout the internet for great content.
have a great weekend! go out and explore!
yesterday, my father would've been 47 years old. it's hard to believe that the man i thought of as my hero passed away 6 years ago. that day he left the world replays in my head from time to time. sometimes it makes me sad, but other times i feel at peace. my dad was everything to me, especially when i was kid. i wanted to be just like him. i wanted to join the military. i wanted to travel the whole world with my kids and go on random drives while playing jazz music. now that i'm much older and i have more kids than he did, i find myself reflecting how i didn't turn out to be that person. i didn't join the military. i have yet to travel the world. i don't think i ever told my kids to get in the car and lets go for a drive. i do sometimes listen to the jazz station when they're in there, but they're usually on their phones or tablets. i miss my childhood days and creating those memories with him. and although i am a busy mother and my life didn't turn out the way i planned, i still do try to create memories with my kids in other ways like showing them how to cook or doing random movie nights. hopefully one day they think of me as i do of my dad when i'm long gone.
thank you dad for all the beautiful memories. thank you for teaching us to be explorers. thank you for loving us!
i love you Daddy! Happy Birthday!
So to continue to break the ice with my new blog, here are few facts about me...
those are my 10 facts. anything on here that you can relate to? let me know!
have a great day!
welcome to Hello Jade Studios!
my name is Vanessa and this is my little space on the world wide web.
i am a military wife, mother of 5, i work full-time, and i'm in school full-time as well. as you can see, i have lot on my plate. because i have so much on my plate, i really don't make time for myself. i created this blog to start an adventure. i'm always on the go, but never stop to smell the flowers. i want this blog to be a little get away from my busy life and just share what's on my mind or what's going on in my life. i want to reflect on this years and years from now to see that everything wasn't just about business.
thank you for stopping by, take a look around, and stop by often...