August 14, 2014

Dress YOU!

I can easily make the excuse and say that I tend to live in places where I can't dress the way I would like to, mostly due to weather. But that's just excuses and I truly don't care. You can say I may be that person who stands out like a sore thumb.

Some or all, may think I'm crazy wearing ugh boots (liked it at one point in my life)  in the middle of summer on Guam! Yes, that sounds stupid because for one it's an island and two it's normally always 80+ degrees but I would normally wear it at night and only when it rains. So it tend to be a little bit cooler but still no one would wear it when it's 70+ degrees. The point of that was I wore what I loved and how I felt in it at the moment. 

Another time would be when I wanted to express my inner asian style. I'm not sure if this phase really has a name for it but that's what I'm going to call it. I was really intrigued by the style in Asia. I guess I thought, since I am asian I thought I'd embraced it a bit more. It was more of a topping to what I already liked. I just tweaked and maybe changed my closet a bit. In the end of this phase, I realized that it was always a part of me (no pun intended) BUT I was still missing something about my style. 

Present moment, I can actually say I am who I am and I love the style that I've created for myself because it's me. I always knew I had a SnapBack obsession and a mix match closet (meaning, I would always gravitate towards very unique pieces of clothing but nothing seemed to match in my closet, that I love). I can be a bit extereme to some and a bold to others but I've gain so much confidence just by this acknowledgement that this is who I am and I love me for me. It wasn't an easy and simple step to take in this century because we have magazines telling you one thing, maybe your parents or best friends telling you another, and most of the world portrays beauty by an outward appreance then the inside.

So when I think of what I want to wear for the day, I simply think of who I am and what I love. I also consider respecting my body and those around. I like to leave mystery. I don't want to make it easy for anyone to read me but don't get me wrong, sometimes you can be easily judged by wearing whatever it is no matter what. This is just my personal style and how I like to present myself.

Don't give yourself a hard time when it comes to style because it shouldn't be like that. Explore till you feel right with what style you like. If you want to think outside your comfort zone and try something out, GO for it. If it doesn't work out, you'll know. Don't let people bring you down about how you dress.

If I really had to give just one advice (other then what I just shared) my first thoughts would be, try everything at least one time. Then you would know what works best for you and who you truly are in your own style.

Xoxo JM

July 10, 2014

What's NEW!

Hey Guys, 

So it's been quite some time!! Lately, I've been getting a hang of my small part time job and loving it. Doing something I've never gone before so it's much more interesting. More details on that another time. 

Today was a pretty HOT day. I had my 30 min walk in the morning on my way to work and then another 30 min walk around 2pm back home and by then it was HOOOOOTTTTT, 92 degrees hot.  I truthfully wanted to get a ride and I tried asking a friend but she wasn't near by so that was my answer to "take the stairs" and enjoy that extra work out. Let me just say, I feel great. Sore but healthier, stronger and great that I took that extra 30 min walk in the sun. I may not like my weird tan line on my legs (due to wearing shorts) but I'm loving the pain I feel on my calves and bum! Getting in shape is HAPPENING people!

Also, I haven't been filming for quite some time because I wanted to financially get myself together. I wanted to make sure I'm saving, putting aside for school, for my daughter's needs, a car, and any emergency before spending on my videos. I think it's a smart move and though I wish I can be just doing my Youtube videos and blogging, right now I need to focus on the steps to getting there. No shame and just trying to live humbly. 

Let me clarify, you don't need MONEY to make youtube videos. You also don't need the best of the best. Sometimes, that small little camera you have with your grand ideas for videos will work out great. 
But because I have some fashion ideas that need some financial help, I thought that I should square away the important things first before jumping in and investing in which I like to call my Fashion Journey.  

Thought I blog that because it's been some time and I don't want to lose my blogging touch :P 

xoxo JM

June 25, 2014

I took the stairs today!

Hey guys!

So, I wanted to share something pretty (personally) awesome! What I mean about personally is that it's really just a personal accomplishment and I feel proud of myself. I "took the stairs" (referring to the Take The Stairs book by Rory Vaden) today for my first day of work.

I decided to get a small part-time job to make extra to save for a car and just to build a savings. I want more of my time to be focused on motherhood and school.

"Took the stairs" is referring to walking to work. It may not be a lot to some and it may be a huge deal to others but for me it was a big accomplishment. The reason why I'm so proud of myself is because it's not an easy decision to make. I've had the luxury of having a car every time I had a job and never had to worry about walking to work. Since I've made the decision to move to Texas I had to let go of the car in order to help us financially to move and I didn't have the money to ship it (which I wish I did now). But even that reason of having to sell it feels like there was a bigger reason for it to happen this way.

I've recently learned that a lot of big time successful people actually did the things they didn't really want to do but always knew that doing that will get them to where they want to be. Make sense?
I truly don't want to walk to work! It's HOTT here in Texas and it's SUMMER TIME! The walk isn't so bad but it takes me about 30mins to walk to work and 30mins to walk back home. I could complain over and over about it but I realized that its such a great workout to and from work. This will get me in shape which will benefit my health (DOUBLE awesome-ness)!

When I'm on my walk I have time to make a call to a friend to say hello, pray and spend time with God (giving thanks to all that I have and asking for strength for what is to come), listen to music (my favorite past time), and just enjoy nature.

I'm pretty stoked that I even got this job around the time I decided to make some challenging but positive decisions that I know will take me to where I want to be. So much will be benefited from that hard decisions to Take The Stairs!

Food for thought: When faced with a challenging decision to do something you may not want to do but you know it can positively help you in the long run, tell yourself to TAKE THE STAIRS over and over. I promise you'll get strength from that and will be pleased once you accomplished it.


June 24, 2014

Child Dance Prodigy?!

I love vlogging on Saturdays because I get to capture great memories. Here's this past Saturday and Sunday's vlog. 

My daughter always amazes me and I love her out-going, goofy, talented personality. I'm so glad we can have these vlogs to look back!

Don't forget to give this vlog a THUMBS UP and subscribe to my channel. Also, let me know if you like the way I edited it so I can continue making it like that. Or should I stick to a regular vlog?! You tell me. 

June 19, 2014

Our Moments: Our Reading Spot

I wanted to share my special moments with my Minnie. I love to capture our adventures and take you along with us. 

Here is our 1st Our Moments at our reading spot behind the library. We love to read! Behind the library is a really cute, shady, relaxing spot and we can also feed/visit the ducks. 


June 18, 2014

a New Beginning!

Hey Guys!

So, June 16th was the start of something new for me. I'm currently in a place where I am reinventing, reopening, understanding, and loving life to the fullest. I can't express enough how much I feel right now. I'm just feeling good inside and out.

Don't get me wrong, I still have moments of anxiety, doubts, and loads of insecurities. Who doesn't? But I feel now that I am on the path that God has always planned for me. It's now changing the "SHOULD I do this?!?" to "How am I going to do this!" It's that PIVOT POINT we all need.

I want to invite you on this journey because I also realized that this journey is not just for me and I'm not the only one that can feel this way. Whatever I experience I want to share with you and become more connected because I know that I can't just do things on my own. This is all about finding my YOU, your YOU and being that person to the fullest.

The first step I took in this new beginning is a vision board. Heard of it? Done one? I may be speaking to highly right now but I feel like I'm already being the ME I've been searching for just by putting this vision board together. I am a very visual person and this vision board makes me feel like I'm creating that person I know I can be. It's a step and each one counts.

I'll be posting a video on my Youtube channel soon on how I started my vision board, thoughts/questions I had to help me create it and I'll also explain what I have on my vision board.

I'm excited and I hope you feel that way too! Because I'm also doing this for YOU!

Got question, don't fear on asking. Ask AWAY. I may not always have the answer but I will answer you honestly. I am not be a professional or may have complete knowledge of what is asked but I will, 100%, be there for you to get the answers you need (may not want but NEED).

Thanks Guys,
Joi Marie

June 15, 2014

Saturday Vlog: Happy Father's Day

So, even though I am on a small hiatus I decided to keep up with my Saturday vlogs. I love to capture moments with my little one, family or just the beautiful day we were given. 

Enjoy and don't forget to give the vlog a THUMBS UP and subscribe to my channel! More to come!


June 13, 2014

Small Hiatus


It's been some time since I've blogged or vlogged. There's a few reasons why!

1. Recently moved to TEXAS
2. Job Hunting
3. Its SUMMER for the little one, so spending some great quality time
and last but not least...
4. Gathering more content and resources for new videos/blog post

I don't want to go on this small hiatus without a single word so this is why. When I do come back, I hope you are all with me and ready to see some great improvement and LOADS of FUN!

We can still stay connected through TWITTER or INSTAGRAM. I'll still be updating every so often on there. 

Love you and the support. 

ps. I'll see you very very soon! 


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