Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Another Addition to my Wishlist (Well, Two...)


Hey everyone! I've been doing some research, and I after much debating within, I think I really want a Dell Studio 15! They are customizable and very nice! I was thinking about a Toshiba, or an HP, but the Dell just makes me smile :) lol. It is going to cost a grip though, so along with my savings and financial aid I should be straight. I was going to try to get a laptop for like $600, but me being the way I am about computers, it wouldn't satisfy me. I was also thinking about a Macbook Pro, but I like the Imac so much better, but right now since I'm in school, and I need mobility I think the Dell Studio 15 would be great for me! Plus, The Sims 3 is coming out soon.
I want the tangerine color, with a 2.2GHZ Processor, 320GB HD, 4GB memory, backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader, bluetooth...yes, the works!! If I don't spend this money on a laptop it will just go towards food or something meaningless.
lol. It is a cute laptop, and I know it will make me happy :) My mom is going to have a fit when I tell her I'm paying over $1,000 for a laptop, but she will be ok!! A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

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On another note, I cannot wait until February
20th, 2009! It is my grandma's birthday, and it is the release of The Sims 3!! Fun Fun FUN!!! If all goes well, which it should, I'll have my new laptop, a desk, a computer chair, speakers for my laptop, and money left over to actually live by the time February 20th rolls around. The sims 3 is going to be awesome!! I can't wait to get my hands on it! I've already pre-ordered it at BestBuy, so that is going to make it great! The cover it self is just fantastic!! Well, if this is the real cover. Some say it may not be.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The End is Near...Well, at Least the End of the Semester

The end of the first semester of college is drawing to an end! I'm so glad! I am sure that my grades will turn out ok. I found out today that if I attend two more concerts for my music appreciation class, and make what I usually make on exams for the final, I'll come out of the class with an A. I plan on Aceing this final exam though. I get paid this week, finally. Ya'll, I am seriously BROKE. I don't have three cents to rub together. I have two, but thats no fun! Anyways, when I get paid this Friday I am going to have to make it STRETCH. I was wanting to get my hair done, but I finally decided that it would save me money in the long run to go ahead and invest in a hooded dryer, and some rollers, so that is what I am going to do. I also decided to Xmay my wishlist below. I don't have the funds to be a product junkie, so I am going to stick with what has been working for me. I will be using the Design Essentials line. This includes the moistuizing shampoo, stimulations moistuizing shampoo (a GREAT conditioner!), Design Essentials Leave-In, Silk Essentials Oil..Excellent!, and Design Essentials reflection spray. I need to restock on the conditioner and oil Friday. I also need to get some type of setting lotion. I will be getting a Gold N' Hot dryer, and some rollers this weekend. I also plan to try the Aphogee 2Min reconstructor, and I will definitley be revisiting an old favorite, ULI Leave in Conditioner. Yummy! I know, I'm just typing away, but I'm on campus, and I don't have another class until 12:45, so I'm Bored!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Attacking the Issues One Step at a Time

I plan to keep my job at Dick's for a long time. :) I'm confident that I will impress! Well, I've devised a plan to attack the issues I seem to be having in my life. Not mental or anything, just things such as hair, and keeping myself up.

Hair: There are a few products I would like to try, so I've made a list of the things that I know that I will use. I know my hair now, and I know what I need! So here is a wish list:

CoCasta Shikakai Herbal Hair Oil AKA "HairVeda's Liquid GOLD" - $11

Vatika Frosting HairVeda's Enhanced Coconut Oil - $10

Amala Shampoo with Shikakai Extract - $10

SitriNillah Deep Conditioning Masque
- $8.50

This is way cheaper than what I have been using, which is great! Haircare is very important to me, so I really don't mind splurging on my hair.

I also want to try:

Alter Ego Garlic Treatment Conditioner - $35 (Kind of expensive, but I've heard so many great things about it. My hair has been shedding a lot lately, so this is a must have!)

I would also like to try the hydratherma naturals products soon, I think I may just get the growth lotion first!

GREAT First day!

I started my new job today, and I only worked two hours, but it was two hours well spent! I got to work the register right on, which was cool. I did get a little nervous, and it is kind of hard remembering everything, but I'm sure I'll have it down packed soon!! I'm off Saturday, but I work Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, & Friday I'm working 10 hours because of Black Friday!! Then, that next Saturday I'm getting 8 hours. Before now I would have been complaining about these type of hours, but I'm taking as much as I can! I know that I have to get my money right, so I'm going to do my thing. I still don't know if I am just seasonal, heck, I don't even know how much I make an hour, but I guess anything is better than nothing. I am going to keep a positive attitude, keep a smile, show my personality, and show these people that I deserve to work there!!! I HAVE TO! :) I am sooo grateful to be employed again!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Getting Back on Track

This entire week has been pretty stressful. In the end, it all came together though. Today I was hired at Dick's Sporting Goods, so I didn't have to go a full month being unemployed. I'm excited! I'll be getting some retail experience, finally. I believe I am seasonal, but hopefully if I prove myself worthy, I'll get hired permanent. This time I'm going to take control of my spending habits, and do what I REALLY need to do with my money. The new year is coming quick, and there are a lot of things I want to accomplish.

I really need to get back on track with my healthy hair journey. I have been dealing with a lot of shedding lately, which is scary. It usually sheds when the seasons change though. I'm going to take my hair back to black, no more high lights! In the coming weeks I also plan to try the http://hairveda.com products, as well as the Hydratherma Naturals products ( http://healthyhairjourney.com ) By this time next year I want full mid-back length, HEALTHY hair. That is the goal!

I also need a laptop computer. I'm sure I will receive my financial aid money, and tax returns by February, and this time I will not be wasting it! I will get me a good laptop, and wireless internet, and I will of course get The Sims 3, that is a must! I want to get an HP laptop. I thought about getting a MAC, but I think I'll wait until next year for that one.

As far as budgeting goes, I know I'll be getting paid every two weeks. I know I'm going to need gas, so I'll fill up ($50) and save an extra ($25) for the next week. I'll pay my credit card bills ($40) and pay my aunt for my prom dress... :) lol. ($50) Sooo, I should have a good bit left over, and I'll be able to save!! YAY!!

As far as school goes, I think I'll come out with pretty decent grades...BETTER than the ones I made in high school. lol. I still have to attend four concerts for my music appreciation class, and I don't know how I'm going to work that out considering that I'll be working!! But, where there is a will, there is a way. Next semester I plan on taking English 102, Psychology, Sociology, and Microeconomics.

I promised myself that I am going to make this job work for me! I'm going to provide excellent customer service, and try my best and give it 200%!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Pressure is ON!

HECTIC! That is the only word I can think of to describe my life right now. Last week I lost my job working at Hilton Head Guest Services as a telemarketer. There are negatives and positives to that. The major negative is that I'm BROKE! The positive is, I don't ever have to go back there. :). I have faith that I will find a new job soon enough.

School has also been a little rough. I can't seem to make any A's! I keep making high C's on my tests, so for finals I plan to bust A's on every single exam! I'm trying to make good grades, I really am. I made a 46 on my first history exam, and on the second I made a 78. Major improvement!! I emailed my teacher and asked about my grade, and I have a high C before the final exam, so I plan on making an A on that exam and bringing that grade up to a B. I'm doing soooo much better in college than I did in high school. So, if anyone ever tells you that you'll fail in college because of your high school ways, there is hope.

I recently applied to the University of Alabama. To transfer you must have 24 credit hours, and a 2.0 GPA. I'll have the 24 credit hours at the end of May, and better than a 2.0 GPA. Hopefully everything works out smoothly. I can't wait to see what happens with my hectic life! lol.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Body Bakery


The Body Bakery is the BEST bakery I've ever been to. To bad its STRICTLY for your body. These delicious body desserts smell so good, they'll make you want to dip your fingers into the product and eat them! If I wasn't afraid of becoming dreadfully sick, I just might try it ;)

I first heard of the body bakery on Youtube. There were a few reviews, and I liked what I was hearing, so I decided to place an order. They arrived in 5 days, and I was soooo excited!! I ordered:

Whipped Cream -- Vanilla Coconut
Bedtime Balm -- Vanilla Pillowzzz
Lip Butter -- Rasberry Lemonade'

YUMMY!! I love vanilla, and the whipped cream is vanilla heaven! I was worried that the coconut would be over bearing in the mix, but the vanilla is clearly dominate. So, if you like Vanilla with a hint of Coconut, you'll LOVE it! The bedtime balm is great! I put it on before I go to bed, and when I wake up my lips are moist and soft. I keep a fan near my face, so this has done wonders! The Rasberry Lemonade' Lip Butter smells like someone just poured lemonade' all over my face, which is perfectly OKAY. Its a great lip conditioner, and adds subtle gloss to the lips.

The prices are a bit high, but the quality, and service is phenominal. Will I place another order? YES! I can't wait!!

A "Sorta" New Attitude

Well, its been a hot minute since I last updated. Life sure is HECTIC! I'm in school, working on getting into the advertising world. I know thats going to be hard, since I live in Munford, and the nearest big city is Birmingham, and that is 45 minutes away. ANYWHO...I no longer work at Deltacom. I am now a telemarketer for Hilton Head Guest Services. Its soo hard trying to sell people stuff over the phone, especially since I've never been to Hilton Head Island. I went down in pay again. I now make $6.55 an hour, however; for every sale you make your hourly pay can go up $1. PLUS, they pay every week. I HATE Bi-Weekly pay...IT SUCKS! lol.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Growing Up

A lot has happened in the past few weeks. For starters, I no longer work at the Anniston Army Depot, so my second job has become my only job! I resigned last Monday, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I'm getting back control of my life, and I'm making things happen. I'm enrolled in Gadsden State Community College, and right now I will be taking English 101, US History I, Music Appreciation 101, Speech 106, Orientation 101, and Math 098. I'm taking 16 credit hours, but only 12 will actually count for anything. I'm going to take more next semester though. That math is a remedial course...OHHH I HATE MATH!! My ultimate goal is to get into The University of Alabama. I want to live the college life! I grew up around the campus, and the school amazes me! I want to transfer in the fall of 2009, so that I can work toward a degree in advertising. Everything is achievable, I just have to make moves, and make it happen. I'm getting focused though. I want ALL A's...No exceptions. I did HORRIBLE in high school, and I KNOW I can do so much better. All I have to do is study, and actually put forth the effort, and I'm willing to sweat for the A's. I got some major plans, and its time to get the ball rolling. If I would have stayed at the depot, I'd still be banging on stuff with a hammer, with no real purpose. God has bigger plans for me. I took a major pay cut, but its going to be alright. I got a pell grant, and that should cover enough. I'm going to save as much as possible before I transfer, even if its not to UA.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I Got a Second Job!!

I work as a Co-op student @ the army depot making $12.81 an hour, great right? Wrong! Since I'm a Co-op, I'm only allowed to have 35 hours every two weeks, and considering the costs of gas, and extra things, thats just not cutting it! I decided it was time for me to get another job a while ago, and filled out some applications a few weeks ago. I went for an interview today with ITC Deltacom (a telephone operator service) and got hired!

There I will be getting at least 20-32 hours every WEEK not two, and the best part is Deltacom gets paid the week that the depot doesn't, so I should be STRAIGHT! They pay $7.00 an hour, and at the end of each month you get evaluated, and if you did good that month, you'll get a $50 bonus on your next check, which is a pretty good incentive to do a good job. My mom thinks that I'm going to quite after a while, but we'll see. I start training August 11th, and I'm just ready to get the money rolling in! Hopefully I'll like the enviroment, and there won't be any problems. I am worried about working taking up allll of my time, but hopefully it won't.

Getting another job was so necessary because in the beginning, I was ballin, and now that I can't it sucks! I'm getting that SWAG up again, I'm tryna tell ya'll. lol. Plus, paypal keeps messing with my account, I'm about to act a nut on them! Anywho, there are some things that I'm going to have to get ASAP like a laptop, and a new AT&T cellphone, because Tmobile sucks around here, and I wouldn't be able to do this without another J.O.B.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Total Package Challenge

The Total Package Challenge is a challenge that I am joining on Long Hair Care Forum. The challenge is all about positive change, and that is something I am passionate about. I find it hard to understand why people hate themselves, because anything that you dislike about yourself, you can change it! It may take some time, but you have a life time! Thats what makes being an individual so wonderful! You can change at your own discretion, whether it be good or bad. I choose good! Ok, enough to it, lets get to it!!

General Goals
Learn to manage my money!
Extend my wardrobe AKA up my SWAG!
Learn about taking care of my hair
Save Money!!

Finacial
Clear up the credit card issues!
Save at least $500
Stop eating out so much
Stop wasting my money on stupid things

Fashion/Beauty/Hair
Stop wearing my coveralls to school
Pick my clothes out at night, iron them, and put them in a bag for the next day
Buy a new outfit whenever I get paid
Buy a pair of shoes whenever I get paid
Buy more accessories
I will figure out my style!
I want to learn to do my own manicures & pedicures
Buy a new makeup product(s) whenever I get paid
Buy a hard hat dryer
Try the products I have been wanting to try

Health/Body
Stop eating so much junk!
Workout at least 5 times a week
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Get my teeth whitened...ZOOM!

School
Keep good grades!
Buy a laptop

Personal
Go to bed at a decent hour (before 1 a.m.)
Start going back to church
Stop using profanity
Make better decisions
Get out more! I'm sick of being in the house!


I'm pretty sure I will be editing this as the challenge progresses, but right now, here is where I stand. I'm ready to take on the challenge!!

I plan on using discipline, willpower, and rewarding myself to achieve my goals!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Beginning of a new Jasmine

My name is Jasmine, and I am 18 years old. I must admit that this blog was a "I'm so bored" kinda thing, but we'll see what happens. I live in a really small town in Alabama called Munford. Saying that it is boring would be giving the town some justice. Its so frustrating seeing things prosper around your area, and your own town just became a city : ).

The reason why I am here is because I want to begin a new journey. I'm 18 now, for some reason I know soooo little about the things that intrigue me the most. I love reading magazines about beauty, and I Loooove going through the makeup isles in stores. I feel like I have been left behind, and I'm going to have to catch up! I named this blog So Exquisite because Exquisite is a word I use to describe myself all the time, mostly in a joking manner. lol. I'm ready to live up to the true meaning!

I am beginning a journey to improve my life, and enjoy it. I am on a hair journey to improve my hair, I am on a beauty journey to learn how to enhance my beauty, & I am on a style journey to upgrade my style.

Its time to up my swag!

Thanks for reading!