Jasmine’s Journal #3 – Getting Into a Rut || Style with Jas

Hi, everyone and welcome back to another Jasmine’s Journal post! I know that I did not post any outfit pictures for the past two weeks now. I want to apologize for that, but the title probably explains why this had happened. At some point during the end of July and the very beginning of August, I found myself in a rut. I was unmotivated to do anything from waking up at 7 AM, to working out, to taking pictures for my blog. I was always sad for no reason, crying almost every day. I didn’t want to do anything but sleep. In this Journal, I’m going to go into depth about the rut that I fell into, why it’s okay to be in a rut sometimes, and how to get out of them.

As someone who thrives off of being productive, it can be hard when I get into a rut. I really love to do everything and have a ton of things going on in my life that I have to do. I think that this was the true reason that I fell into a rut. Even though it is summertime and I am way more relaxed than I usually am during the school year, I always feel like I need to be doing something, you know what I mean? I feel like I need a purpose. For me, that was blogging, preparing for school next year, and preparing for another trip that I’m going on with my family.

I have been doing a lot of shopping lately and I have so many new pieces and outfits that I will be sharing with you all, which I’m super excited about. I also have tons of topics for more Jasmine’s Journal posts.  I really love blogging and creating content for you all. I got a summer assignment for my AP Chem class that I’m taking next year, which I’ve already finished, but I’ve just been studying and trying to remember everything from the assignment, because my teacher actually already told us when our quizzes and stuff are going to be, which is actually really helpful because I’m someone who likes to plan in advance. I’ve also kind of been mentally preparing myself for school because I’m taking a lot of hard classes and I am co-president of my class. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned that before, but I’m actually really excited about it and all of the great things that me, the rest of my board members, and the rest of my grade are going to do. As I mentioned before, my family are going on one last trip before school starts, so we’ve been trying to plan out what we’re going to be doing each day, our outfits for each event, and trying to get things that we need. While it’s exciting, it can definitely get frustrating at times.

It’s okay to fall into ruts. We can’t be super inspired and motivated and glowing all the time, it’s just not possible. If you’re like me and you like to do literally everything, it’s crucial that you take breaks and take time for yourself. Doing this will definitely prevent you from falling into ruts. At night when I’m going to go to sleep, I like to put on a face mask, make some sleepytime tea, listen to an audiobook or podcast, watch something on Netflix, just anything that calms me down. In the morning, I like to make my lemon water, make some tea, make a gratitude list, and listen to some music.  Find something that you love that makes you feel relaxed and do that every single day, whether it be in the morning, at night or both! I think this will help you get out of your rut.

Another thing to do is re-inspire yourself. This is one of my favorites. I really like going onto Pinterest and looking at inspirational quotes or going onto YouTube and watching videos to re-inspire myself. I don’t particularly like the “DIY Vision board! Neon colors! Inspiration!” type YouTube videos. If those help you, then you do you, girl, but I really like to watch people who have their lives together and are super productive. Personally, I find it really inspiring to see other people being productive and doing a lot in their lives and having it all together. My favorite vlogger ever is DailyPolina. I’m literally obsessed I watch her videos all the time, I follow her on all of her social media platforms, and watch her vlogs every day and I love them. I really recommend watching her vlogs if you ever need the motivation to be productive or just with life.

If you’re in a rut, I believe you can get out of it and get back to your grind! Thank you for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any other tips for how you get out of ruts, you can leave a comment below. Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter, the links/handles are at the bottom of the post, as usual. I hope you have an amazing rest of your Sunday!

love jas

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Chicago Travel Diary || Style with Jas

Hello, everyone and happy Monday! Today’s post is going to be a Chicago Travel Diary! I went on a little 4 day trip to Chicago with my family and we had a blast. We didn’t get to do everything we wanted to, but we did get to do a lot and visit some tourist-y spots. Enjoy!

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The sunrise was so beautiful. It was about 6:30 AM.

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Breakfast/Brunch. This was so delicious.

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Better pictures of my breakfast. I had this all four days that we were there. Best pancakes ever!

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We visited a lake in this place called Streeterville, which is right next to the Navy Pier. LVUS5502

This was taken on this pretty bench right in front of the entrance to the Navy Pier. 

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This caterpillar is one of many that was on that bench you saw earlier. I found them quite photogenic.

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These pictures were taken on Michigan Avenue Bridge. I was stared at quite a bit, but the pictures turned out beautifully. The water and view was so pretty!

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These pictures were taking at “The Bean” or, Cloud Gate. This place is such a tourist spot. There were so many people there, as I’m sure there usually are.

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There was this fence with a really pretty view right across from The Bean and we decided to take pictures there. 

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This was our last night and we went for a fancy dinner. We took this picture outside of our hotel and, again got a lot of stares, but who cares?

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We went to a restaurant called Fleming’s. This was before we got out food. How cute are me and my sisters’ matching outfits?

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Part of the view from our hotel room.

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I hope you all liked this post! I really liked making it and getting all of the pictures I took together and creating this for you. I will try to make these kinds of posts whenever I travel. Make sure you follow me on all of my social media accounts below. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

love jas

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Jasmine’s Journal #2 – Growing Up || Style with Jas

Hi, everyone, happy Sunday. Thank you so much for reading my first Jasmine’s Journal if you did. My best friend actually read it and told me that she really liked it and that it was thought-provoking, which made me really happy. I don’t know how, but somehow I’ll just be doing something random like eating lunch or reading or dancing to music and all of a sudden a topic to write about will just come to me. I’ll just think about some issue or a deep topic and think, Hey, I should write about that. Today I want to write about growing up and moving onto different stages of life.

I’m going into my junior year of high school. If someone had told me while I was in 8th grade that I was going to have boy problems in high school, I probably would have laughed in their face. I used to be very insecure and shy when I was younger. I think I was always cute, but at some point between 8th grade and the middle of 9th grade, I had changed my mind. I didn’t look like all of the 5’4, bright-eyed, pretty white girls that went to my school. For some reason unknown, I thought because guys weren’t interested in me  back then, I wasn’t beautiful. By the end of my 9th grade year, I realized that those thoughts were 100%, completely and utterly wrong. You and I both don’t need to fit into some cookie cutter image that society has made for us. Don’t be afraid to break the box that society is trying to fit you into. I just think I’ve grown so much since then. Once you have that self love and confidence in yourself, it will be reflected to the world and people will be attracted to it. It’s 100% true. I want to do a whole nother post on my thoughts about self love and confidence, because I am so passionate about it, but it’s not the topic that had come to me today.

We’re going to talk about growing up and moving onto new stages in life. I think that junior year is such an significant part of everyone’s lives. You are starting to think about college more seriously, you are starting to prepare for the SAT/ACT, and you are slowly approaching the end of your high school career. While I am excited to start my junior year and see where it takes me, I’m also terrified. I have so much going on next year and I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to handle it all. I’m taking a lot of hard classes, and I took on a really big leadership role for my class. I played volleyball my freshman year, but I decided that it was best that I don’t play this year because of how busy I’m already going to be.

I know everyone says junior year of high school is the worst one or whatever, but I’m really determined to make it the best year yet. Freshman year was quite bumpy for me. Though it wasn’t all bad and I made some really great memories, I also had some really low points, such as sobbing into my pillow on my birthday, but we’re not going to talk about that. It was in the past, I cried that river, built the bridge, and got over it, and I do not plan on going back. A lot of people in my grade are starting to get their licenses this year, and I don’t even have my permit. I am the second to youngest person in my grade, and while it’s really great, it can also suck so much. Whenever people find out that I’m about a year younger than most people in my grade, I usually get a mixed response. Most say “You’re so smart for your age!” but sometimes I get the occasional “Aren’t you supposed to be in ____ grade?” Maybe I am, I don’t know, but my parents put me into school earlier. I do really like being younger because I want to study to become a surgeon and I will be going to school for a very long time, so being younger isn’t so bad.

I’ve always been an independent person for as long as I can remember. I always rely on no one but myself, and I think it’s one of my best qualities. I am fulfilled and happy with myself. That is another reason why I can’t wait to graduate high school and go into college and be truly independent and not have to worry about anyone but myself. I know that this can come off as me being selfish, but I just know what I want for myself and where I want to be.

If you’re around my age or stage of life, I hope you could relate to this post. Throughout the week, I had a few more ideas for future Jasmine’s Journal posts, so make sure you are tuning in every Sunday for new ones! I have more posts coming soon, so make sure that you are following my blog to keep up with all of them. Make sure you are also following my social media accounts that are always linked at the bottom of these posts!

love jas

Jasmine’s Journal #1 – Social Media is Ruining Us || Style with Jas

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I know it’s really weird to see a post from me on a Sunday, but I actually had an idea that I wanted to carry out. On my old blog, Chanel in a Nutshell, I used to publish posts every single Sunday that I would call Tea Time and I would just share my thoughts, realizations, and experiences throughout the week, one thought, realization, or experience in particular, and/or updates on my life (almost) every single week. My initial idea was to create a series called Redesign Your Life, where I would give my advice on certain topics and common struggles between people. I think it would be a lot more personal and a learning experience for not only you, but for me as well, if I were to just come onto here every Sunday and share my thoughts, realizations, experiences, as well as updates on my life with you. I thought the name Jasmine’s Journal was a little more practical, self-explanatory, and not something that I would grow out of.

It’s currently summertime and I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to do pretty much whatever I want to. I already eat a pretty balanced diet, but I decided to tweak it a little bit by cutting out processed foods. I may have a bag of barbecue potato chips every once in awhile, but for the most part I will not be eating processed foods. I’ve been super inspired with this and have been scouring the internet and Pinterest for new recipes and food to try. I wake up at 7 AM every morning and work out for 30-45 minutes too. I really love working out first thing in the morning, it makes me feel so good, super inspired, and just ready to start my day.

I was sitting on my bed, on my phone, refreshing Twitter for the fourth time when I actually had a realization. What was I doing? How long had I been sitting on my phone for? I had always heard people saying that social media will ruin your life and that we’re all too addicted to our phones.The voice in my head had told me, Maybe you should pick up that book you just borrowed from the library. Go drink some water. Get up and do something productive! I consider myself a very productive person for my age. I’m only 15 years old and I feel I do way more things than the average 15 year old. Although I very much enjoy social media, I don’t consider myself obsessed. Sometimes, I just find myself falling into a social media hypnosis. I think that this happens to a lot of us.

When you think about it, social media is fake. The only things that we put onto our social media accounts are the highlights of our days, the high points in our lives. Moments like when you graduate high school, or you’re going to brunch with your boyfriend of two years. What you won’t see is that maybe that person graduated high school with a 2.5 GPA. What you won’t see is that someone fought with their boyfriend right before brunch because they were taking too long to get ready. Once you are following certain someone on social media for a long time, you unconsciously start to form an image of this person. You only see that they supposedly have this perfect body, perfect boyfriend, perfect family, perfect life, when it’s not true. When you have this perfect image of someone in your mind, that’s when the comparison starts to kick in.

I think that self-comparison is a huge issue that people deal with. Comparison will kill you. People create these false images of other people and then start to compare themselves to these images. But I don’t look like her. I don’t have as many friends as them. So? As Hannah Montana taught me when I was in elementary school, life is what you make it. You are in control of your life. You are the only one that you have at the end of the day, so why are you wasting your time worrying about someone else? Do you see how much social media can affect all of us without even thinking about it? Think about that the next time you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed.

That’s kind of what was on my mind when I realized that I should probably turn off my phone. Lana Del Rey’s newest album, Lust for Life came out on Friday. If you know anything about me, you know that I absolutely love Lana Del Rey. I’m actually obsessed. I know every single lyric to every single song (excluding the new album for now, and give or take two or three songs). I stayed up until the minute the album came out and listened to it. Don’t even ask me what my favorite song on the album is, because I honestly love every single one.

Anyway, I really enjoyed talking with you all and sharing some of my thoughts on social media and stuff. Let me know what you thought about this post below! Thank you so much for reading, and don’t forget to follow me on social media!

love jas

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Starting My Blog || Style with Jas

Hey! I’m Jasmine and welcome to my new blog.  This is not my first rodeo. I recently deleted my old blog, which was called Chanel in a Nutshell. I had that blog for almost two years, and I felt that I reached a plateau. I wasn’t in love with everything that I was posting, and I wasn’t growing too much in followers, views, opportunities, etc., so I decided to start fresh. I loved Chanel in a Nutshell, but I feel that I outgrew it. So, in this post, I’m going to tell you a few things about me, as well as a few goals that I have for my blog.

So, as I mentioned earlier, my name is Jasmine. My “nickname” if you will, is Jas. There are a few people who call me Jas, sometimes people will call me Jas on occasion, but either is fine. I’m 15 years old and I just finished my sophomore year in high school. (Fun fact: I’m the youngest person in my class!) I have two younger sisters who are twins (they are fraternal). I was born and raised on the East Coast of the United States, but my ethnicity is 100% Nigerian. I’m about 5 feet and 9 inches tall. I want to go to college in New York City, and I want to become a surgeon, but I’m not sure what kind yet. I am a Christian, and I believe in God, so I may make a post every now and then relating to Christianity/Faith.

I have a few goals for Style with Jas, that I would like to share. I really want to work on posting on my blog consistently. That was a huge issue of mine on my old blog. I would post consistently or post a lot at once and then not post for 2+ weeks, which is really bad. Another problem I had was finding out that I haven’t posted for a while and then would throw something together. I really don’t want to do that, I only want to put up posts that I am in love with and are 100% proud of. It took me a little while to launch this blog, because I wanted to start taking pictures and writing and planning out my posts before launching so that I have something to put up for you all. I also wanted to launch this in the summer, because I’ll have a lot more time to write and take pictures.

Another goal of mine is to gain as much traffic on my blog as possible. Obviously everyone who is a blogger wants as much traffic as possible, but I think the reasons for me not having as much traffic as I wanted to have was not being as active on social media as I should have been with advertising myself, as well as posting inconsistently. I think once I put that little bit of extra effort into my blog, I will gain more traffic than I used to.

Thank you for reading this post about me and some of my goals for my blog! I hope you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day and I’m really excited to see where my blog goes! See you in my next post!

love jas