Finding Balance

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As a busy professional, wife, mother, and a host of other things you may be, life can get pretty hectic and you can easily become burnt out. As women, we tend to take care of everything and everyone and oftentimes, we neglect to take care of ourselves.

Below I have listed a few essentials that keeps me grounded and help me live a more balanced life:

  1. Distribute Tasks at Home– Home life can get hectic. As the woman of the house you are expected to make sure everything gets done and stays in order. Some probably can take on that role alone and somehow remain stress free. Me on the other hand, I solicit my other housemates for help. Everyone is responsible for given tasks around the house. This way everyone plays a role in keeping an orderly household and no one is stressed out and taking everything on. pexels-photo-273850.jpeg
  2. Invest in a Personal Notebook– If your thoughts are always all over the place like mine a notebook would benefit you. Whenever you think of something important or sometimes things that are not so important, take your notebook and jot it down. A busy lifestyle can sometimes take a toll on our memory so a handy, purse sized notebook will be your best friend.

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    My current favorite notebook. (I have so many 🙂 )

  3. Daily/Monthly Planner- With a busy and sometimes chaotic life, organization is the key to sanity. Keep your life in order with a handy-dandy calendar. Currently I am using the Happy Planner Faith- Grace Upon Grace Planner  

  4. Designate Positive Reading Time to Jump-start Your Day– This could be a bible verse, an inspiring quote, a self-help book, etc. This helps to create a positive outlook for your day. I get daily quotes from a mobile app called Enliven.Screenshot_20180111-153540
  5. Learn to Say No– Sometimes we take on more than necessary because of our natural nurturing and pleasing personalities. If you feel overwhelmed it is ok to say no! What good is the world if everyone is happy and carefree except for you? Do yourself and everyone around you a favor and just say NO to avoid unnecessary stress and burn out. no
  6. Do Something Special for You– Take some time away from the daily grind and do something pleasing for you. This can come in the form of a fun vacation, a massage, a night out with friends, sending your family out for a few hours so you can get a few hours of quiet time to maybe do something as simple as curl up and read a book. pexels-photo-428547.jpeg
  7. Have a Glass of Wine– Yes I said it. Sometimes a refreshing glass of wine is just what the doctor ordered to relax and unwind. If wine is not your thing please feel free to skip this tip. 🙂 pexels-photo-94437.jpeg

These are just a few of my must haves/must dos to assist me in living a more balanced life.

Please feel free to add to the list and share what works for you in the comment area. Also don’t forget to follow and subscribe.

Until next time,

Soulfully/Truthfully Yours

 

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Class is Back in Session

 

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So yesterday was the first day of classes. This semester I have 2 online and 1 that I am going in for. I have my planner in order and getting myself organized for the semester. As I am preparing for the semester I see that me being in class 2 nights a week (Tues & Thurs) and other obligations on Wednesdays I will be away from home more often than not during the week.

Yesterday we grabbed fast food on my way in from class. I was actually disgusted with it. I made a mental note to myself that my family and I will not eat fast food several nights a week this semester so of course I had to come up with a plan.

Meal prepping is a practice that I’ve been hearing about forever but never took the time to try out myself. Starting this Sunday I plan to prepare at least 3-4 meats for the week. My classes are not too too long so I can easily prepare sides when I get home. With the meats prepared I won’t have  to worry about everyone being up way past their bedtimes waiting for dinner to get done. I can see everyone sitting down to eat dinner by 8:00 p.m. then going to bed no later than 9:00 p.m. This meal prepping thing will save money and time.

Juggling a full-time job, a family, and school is not the easiest but there are no excuses. You have to try out different things that will help make your journey easier for you. I will keep you all posted about my meal prepping. If you have any tips or suggestions for me please leave them in the comments.

*Soulfully True*

Introduction of Me

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

My loves:

  •  Cooking
  • Reading
  • Crafting (a new love)
  • Traveling
  • Brunching or lunching with my girlfriends
  • Making memories with my family
  • Going to concerts and museums
  • Writing

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!!

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Another Awesome Birthday!!

My birthday was Monday, August 24th and I must admit, I always have awesome birthdays. I save my money throughout the year so I can do fun things to celebrate me once a year. This year wasn’t any different. Although I didn’t start making plans weeks and months in advance and reaching out to a lot of people like usual, my spare of the moment plans turned out well. I enjoyed everything.

I had the opportunity to go to Los Angeles, California last week and it was everything I could imagine. Although it was kind of business related I considered it the kick off to my birthday celebration and made the most of my personal time as well. I did a little shopping, a bunch of eating, and some sightseeing. The sucky part about it was I was only there for a couple of days and I didn’t get to explore everything I wanted but I absolutely enjoyed the beautiful weather, palm trees, and the beach. I most definitely see myself making a trip back in the very near future.

When I got off of my overnight flight back home Saturday morning I got a couple of hours of shut eye and was ready to go. My first stop was to go enjoy juicy, succulent crab legs at the casino. My beau knows that crab legs are one thing that make me very happy so he made sure to include them in the days agenda. After crab legs I went to hang out with my family members. Of course that night including side aching laughs.

Sunday afternoon was my annual birthday brunch. I know I forgot to mention this one fact but here goes. My mom and I share the same birthday. Yes her water decided to break on her birthday when she was headed out to celebrate herself. I was ready to come out to celebrate too!! 🙂 So basically my mom and I have a birthday brunch at this amazing restaurant in downtown Memphis, TN named The Majestic Grille every year. Just like every year it was an amazing turn out of family and friends. I waited until the last minute to tell my crowd but many were still able to show up and the ones who couldn’t sent their love and wishes! 🙂 Later that day my grandma fixed me an awesome Sunday dinner which included a made from scratch strawberry cake!! 🙂

The finale, my actual birthday fell on a Monday so I took the day off. It began as a lazy day of laying in bed. I received breakfast in bed so that was a plus!! I got up and did a little shopping until it was time to go get my daughter from school. We then prepared to go to my mom’s and I annual birthday dinner at Benihana (Honestly can’t beat the $30 birthday voucher they give you when you sign up for their birthday club). It was more of an intimate crowd (a party of 5) this year but as always it was awesome!! I enjoyed the food and the show the hibachi chef put on. Most of all I loved my company.

This birthday was very laid back and it kind of reflects my growth. I am usually in party mode but really wasn’t up for that much this year. Not saying I’ve completely retired the party scene just wasn’t feeling it. I appreciate the birthday wishes and love my family and friends showed me! Check out my pics from my birthday festivities!!:)

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Fun in LA

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FUn in LA

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Fun in LA

Fun in LA

Fun in LA

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Crablegs!! My fave!

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My mom’s & I birthday brunch!

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My mom’s & I birthday brunch!

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My mom & I at our birthday brunch!

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My mom & I at our birthday brunch!

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My beautiful daughter & I at the birthday brunch!

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My mom’s & I birthday brunch!

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Me with my girlfriends at the birthday brunch!!

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Strawberry cake my grandma made for me!

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My beautiful grandma and I

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Me on my birthday! Dinner at Benihanas

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My mom and my daughter. Dinner at Benihana

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My little family!

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Dinner at Benihana

Fun Day at the new Bass Pro Shop in Memphis, TN

So I finally got a chance to experience the new Bass pro Shop located in the Pyramid of Memphis, TN. No I’m not a regular outdoorsy type of person but I can’t pretend I didn’t want to go find out what all of the hype all of us in the city of Memphis has been waiting 2 years to see about.

The transformation of the Pyramid into the Bass Pro Memphis retail shop was a total cost of 113 million. It includes a hotel, a rooftop restaurant, a sky ride, bowling alley, aquarium and more.

The line was extremely long to ride the elevator to the top of the pyramid to see all of the before mentioned things. You also have to pay $10 to ride the elevator up to gain access to all of the top floor perks.

Although the top floor is a popular tourist spot, you can find plenty of “free” excitement on the lower floor as well. A river flowing through the ground floor complete with fish, a huge wall fish tank, a gun shop, food shop, and much more. Check out some of my pics:

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Outdoor View

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Sign

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Wild pigs (fake)

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Sniper Mannequin

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Me checking my aim. Yes it’s a bebe gun! 🙂

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Fun on a 4 wheeler

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My cousin and his son

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My sweet daughter & I. I have to force her to take pics! 🙂

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Some of the fish from the large tank

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Elevator to the top

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More fish from the huge tank

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Fish in the river that flows through the ground floor

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My daughter testing out a 4 wheeler

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Summer Fun

My daughter, as all  kids are this summer, is all about going swimming and getting wet. I thought she had enough pool action from her week long vacation in Arizona. Obviously not. After a little research, I decided on a cool inexpensive spot to cool off from the scorching summer sun. It’s a little spot downtown Memphis in between Main Street and Adams near the trolley that is indeed a hidden gem. I’ve been staying in Memphis all of my life but never knew where this piece of water heaven was located. We had to park our car and walk the small distance to our destination. My daughter insisted on riding her bike which was fine with me. As we approached the spot, my daughter got super excited as she watched water splatter from different fountains all around. At first she was quite shy to dive in but after a while she could not get enough!! I’m glad she had a great time, a chance to cool off, and last but not least we didn’t spend a dime. Take a look at the pics. We will definitely be back!!

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