In life we all make plans. These big, grand plans of the way we want things to go in our life. It’s pretty ironic that nothing ever goes as planned.
I’ve been on my current job for 7 years in a position that although I am blessed to have doesn’t make me feel very great. But I had a plan. My plan was to continue working my mediocre job and finish my education since my company pays for it 100%. No matter how unhappy I was with with my job I was going to stick to my plan. Guess what I almost made it until an unexpected loop got thrown into my “grand plan”. Last Thursday I was called into an impromptu meeting that I did not see coming at all. This meeting included my immediate supervisor, the head of the department, another staff member and a man in a suit that I was soon to learn was a HR personnel. I was all smiles as usual thinking this was a usual workday meeting. To my surprise the other staff member and myself were handed a 90 day notice of our job ending. Not in a million years did I expect this to happen. After all I had “planned” to graduate college on my job’s dime and gladly hand them my 2 weeks’s notice and go find this wonderful job in my desired field. Boy did they bring me back to earth. It took all I had to hold my tears in and not cry in front of the people who are putting a stunt in my livelihood.
My initial thoughts were OMG what am I going to do? My second thoughts were well hey maybe this is meant. I have 90 days to figure out a plan. There I go with this “plan” mess lol. I was giving the permission to go home early and come to terms with things. I was in shock and disbelief but aside from that I saw a gleam of sunshine. I have been struggling taking care of a family, working a full time job, and juggling classes. The latter of course had my least focus. I’ve been in school the last so many years but it has kind of taken the backseat of everything else. Especially work. It got hard. My grades were starting to slip. I stressed trying to figure out how I could do an internship in my field to kind of get a feel of things. Once I got home from work, cleaned, and fed my family. I was often too tired to pick up a school book. I never felt I had time to focus and give 100% on the thing that was most important to me. Could this curve ball layoff that wasn’t a part of my “plan” be exactly what I needed? Is this my opportunity to combine my savings, the severance pay they will give me, and use my unemployment benefits to focus on my last year of school? In addition to the cash amount of my severance package, the company is also willing to pay for 2 more years of school. Wow I’m winning right?!
I haven’t shared my news with many but the one’s I have are so supportive. I was actually expecting a lot of negative feedback but the one’s closest to me never lost sight of my potential. They believe in me and know I will be A ok whatever direction I decide to take. For that I am so grateful. My significant other seems worried although he won’t admit but I assured him everything will be A ok. Everything happens for a reason. Although what lies ahead of me is very scary since I don’t have any solid “plans” I am very optimistic. Plans are meant to change so why not just have an idea of things and just go with the flow. I have a pilot that is in charge of the journey of my life. He just had to remind me. God is great! I can’t say everything will be perfect and peachy. I can’t say I won’t get sad and cry sometimes. I can’t say I have it all figured it out. What I can say is everything will be ok. I really believe that!
This past Sunday I hosted my 1st Vision Board party and it was a success. Some may be wondering what on earth is a Vision Board party? Well I’m just the person to tell you. Firstly, a vision board is a poster board or an electronic board where you place all of your dreams, goals, and visions for your future (mainly the year you made the vision board). You place your vision board in a place where you can see it often so you can always be reminded of what you are striving for. Nothing like being able to see your mission & vision daily. It’s motivating to have a great visual and daily reminder of things you strive for. It’s also refreshing to look at your board throughout the year and see all of the wonderful things manifesting in your life. Keep in mind you have to do your part and work hard to achieve your goals for best results. A friend of mine summed it all up with Vision Boards Brought to Life.
I asked everyone to bring their own poster boards which only cost $1 at any dollar store. I supplied glue, scissors, magazines, stickers, glitter, etc. I provided a simple spread of appetizers and boxed wine to make it a little more festive ;-). I had around 9 guests different age ranges, different walks of life but everyone got along so well. Great, positive conversations & mellow music in the background filled the room as everyone went to work on their board. After we finished with our boards everyone got a chance to present theirs to the group. I was so impressed with everyone’s board. I felt very blessed to know so many goal oriented and ambitious women. With that being said, a Vision Board party is when you get together with great people, throw in some good snacks, and a little wine while creating your vision and putting it on paper… Well poster board in this case!! 🙂
Check out some of my pictures from the Vision Board party!!!
If you are a writer and you are not writing,
somebody is missing their blessing.
~Arthur Bronner III~
Maybe I never introduced myself properly. My name is Andrea Jones. Born and raised in Memphis, TN. My mom and dad made me but my mom raised me as a single mom and I’ll be the first to say she did an excellent job.
I am a mother to a daughter which I had at the age of 24. I am not and never have been married but her father and I are in a great co parenting situation. Things haven’t always been peachy with that but it’s going great now. Our aim is to raise a happy and well-rounded young lady with the help of our own individual support teams. I’ll tell you more about my co parenting life in another blog. I am a sister, a niece, a cousin, a daughter, a granddaughter, a significant other, a friend and more.
I work full-time Mon- Fri as an administrative assistant and take classes with goals of obtaining a bachelors in Journalism/Public Relations. I have a pretty active social life because I try to be there to celebrate others milestones, achievements, and life. I am a lover of lists of things to do, goals and plans, and current achievements. I love to write although I don’t do it as much as I would like. I still own every journal/diary I had since elementary as proof of my love of writing.
I am addicted to improving myself so here are a few things I am currently working on to improve myself:
- Exercising regularly
- Eating cleaner
- Becoming better organized
- Gossiping less 🙂
- Improving study habits
- Minimizing Facebook & other distractions
- Improving money management skills
- Building savings
- Investing money
- Reading the bible more
- Praying more
- Traveling more
- Crafting (a new love)
- Brunching or lunching with my girlfriends
- Making memories with my family
- Going to concerts and museums
Of course I love to be out and about but being home doing absolutely nothing is a favorite pastime of mine as well. A day of Lifetime in my pjs is quite satisfying to me.
My biggest goal is doing all I can to be the best mother and example for my daughter. It’s tough juggling work, school, raising a daughter, and host of other things but I feel that a lot of things are necessary for the betterment of me which results in the betterment of us. If I could do things all over again I would have completed my education before having kids but here’s the thing with woulda, coulda, shoulda……. YOU DIDN’T!!! The good thing about that is IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.
My biggest concern sometimes is, am I doing too much (school-wise especially) and taking too much time away from my daughter? The answer to my own question, it’s all for a good reason. I try my best to make all of the time we spend together matter even if we are just sitting in the house. We have shared a lot of great memories and will continue to make more. Although I’ve been taking online classes to allow me to be at home with her instead of at school these last couple of years, I feel it’s now the time to get back to some face to face school interaction. I will try my best to not be away too much. I have to stay focused and assure myself and my daughter that this will only be temporary. I have 2 years left in school (hopefully) and we will be in a better place. I will be happier being in my chosen field and it’ll be another achievement added to my list. With my awesome support system, a couple of hours away a couple of days a week won’t be so bad!
I hope through this blog post you were able to get to know me a little better. I look forward to sharing more of me and my world with you soon!!
So the other day I was minding my own business when my mom called to let me know a friend of hers had a pair of tickets that she wanted to give away for the Janet Jackson concert and asked if I would like to have them. My thoughts were, “is this a trick question”? lol. Of course I would be crazy to turn down the opportunity to see a legend such as Janet Jackson. It didn’t even matter that the tickets weren’t the best seats and I didn’t have time to get an exclusive outfit together for the concert. The spontaneity of the entire ordeal made it even better. I called up my my best girl pal and we were set! Plus did I mention it was FREE!!!!!!!
Enough of the rambling now on to the good stuff. Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Miss Jackson came to the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN and did not disappoint at all. Her voice was amazing, her dance moves were rocking, she looked stunning, and she put on an overall excellent show!! This small, unexpected blessing was an opportunity of a lifetime for me!! I’m an 80s baby so I’m all about the 80s and 90s R&B/Pop. If you have the opportunity to check out Janet Jackson on her Unbreakable Tour, you will be in for a treat. Check out some of the pictures from my night:
A divine masterpiece is what I consider myself to be. A fine piece of art that’s getting designed and fine tuned for the world to see.
I’m an original creation so of course I come with blemishes and flaws. The imperfections add to my beauty so my audience should not be appalled.
A whirl wind of colors and unique characteristics that helps me stand out. The beauty you see on the outside is only a small portion of what this masterpiece is about.
My brush of life makes many errors and the eraser comes in hand. You’ll have to be the creator of this canvas to fully understand.
Big strokes and little strokes represent all of the chances I take. The different variations shows this is original art and not fake.
I play around with different elements until I find what works best for me. Trial and error is the best method for this colorful yet interesting journey.
A masterpiece is in the works this is not just unfinished art on the easel. Beautiful things take time just think of the Mona Lisa.