New Year, Better Me

My Journey



“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” —George Eliot

Well, it’s the new year, so I’m sure your social media feeds are full of everyone talking about their resolutions and “new year, new me,” and all that other mumbo jumbo. Well, I’m here to kind of do the same thing. This year I’m going to really start working on making my dreams a reality. So, with that being said, here is what you can expect to see from me in 2019:

Books:

One of my goals this year is to read at least 52 books, so that means I should hopefully read a book a week. Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, and during 2018 it served as a way for me to relax and escape from the everyday stressors of life. I am always looking for book suggestions and would love for you all to send me suggestions!

At the end of every month, I will post a summary of the books I’ve read along with my personal review of the book and any other fun information I learned from the books over the month.

Health/Fitness:

Another goal of mine is to increase my physical health, I plan to do this by working out at least four days a week. I currently work out at the most amazing studio, with the most badass trainer, Debbie Olivas. Through the course of the year, I will share any and all milestones I reach along with different tips and tricks.

I am also making a commitment to live a nondairy lifestyle due to my “lactose intolerance” and “possible dairy allergy” uggghh. So again, if you have any recommendations on snacks, brands, recipes, etc, please send them my way! I have been a lover of all things cheese and ice cream so you can imagine the struggle it’s been to give up that part of my life.

Mental Health:

In 2018 I dedicated a lot of my time and energy into bettering my mental health and learning how to love myself, so I am going to continue this journey in 2019 because it is a never-ending journey, and there is still so much left for me to work on. If you’ve been following along with my journey, you know that I have been very transparent in the journey to understand my anxiety and perfection disorder, and I want to continue that level of transparency in 2019.

My Brand:

Finally, my biggest goal this year is to start my company, Conley Communications. My vision is for Conley Communications to be a place where people can come and receive marketing, PR, and graphic design services. So, if you are in the need of any of those, please don’t hesitate to reach out and learn more about all that I offer!

El Fin *deep sigh*

My Journey

Guys. I did it. I survived my third year in college. There were times where it seemed like I wasn’t going to make it to this point. This has by far been my most challenging semester, but knowing that I only have one year left is such a satisfying feeling.

So much has happened in such a short time and I honestly feel like I have grown so much. Over the course of this school year, I battled with getting over my first heartbreak, seeking help for my anxiety, gaining and losing friends, balancing a full class load and working all week. Needless to say, I’ve been pretty busy, but I wouldn’t trade any of these experiences for all the money in the world. I can tell that I have honestly gotten closer with myself and have learned that it’s ok and really important to create alone time.

I wouldn’t have made it to the end if it wasn’t for my wonderful roommate Skylar. We have had so many crazy adventures this year; from random late night talks to comforting each other when boys do stupid things, to late night food runs, to playing rock, paper, scissors over who went to talk to the RA, she’s been there for it all. She’s seen the good, the bad, and the ugly (seriously she has some good blackmail on me lol.) We pushed each other to finish strong, and here we are. We survived.

If there is one thing I have learned this year, it’s that I am 100000% in the right major. I have been working as an afternoon teacher at a daycare this year and man oh man, those kids are crazy. I have a whole new level of respect for teachers everywhere. It truly takes a special person to work in education, no matter the age.

But I love my job, I work with the best group of people and even though there are days when my kids make me want to pull my hair out, I have grown to love them all so much. If anything, they’ve taught me the true meaning of patience. My class ranges in age from 18 months to 2 years and most of my day is spent saying “get off the shelf” “We don’t sit on our friend’s head” “no don’t eat that!”

Ahhh my internship this summer is going to be such a refreshing break, but I know I’m going to miss those crazy kids. I could go on and on about stories from the daycare, but I’ll save those for another day.

As I look back on this year it all seems like such a blur, it seems like life keeps moving faster and faster and I’m just trying to slow it down before the real adulting begins.

To Whom it May Concern…

Race

To whom it may concern,

Eight years ago on this day, I sat in my 7th grade homeroom class. We were all in our seats watching history take place. At the young age of 12, I didn’t know what was going on, to be honest, I was pretty bored but glad that we weren’t doing work. I never would have guessed that for the next 8 years I would grow to love and become inspired by that man on TV.obama-family-inauguration-big1.jpg

Yes, I am talking about President Obama, the people’s president, my president. I grew up watching this man and his family serve and run our great country with nothing but grace and dignity. I can remember wanting to be friends with Sasha and Malia, mostly because I wanted to see what the White House looked like, but now I genuinely would like to meet them.

Over these past eight years, I have grown into a young woman, I’ve graduated high school and completed half of my college career. Through all of that President Obama was there, not literally of course (I wish), but he was there. He was working on making this country an even better place for all of us to live and work in.

For the past eight years, I have not had to worry about the future of this country. I have been empowered and inspired to reach for my dreams because a nobody from the southside of Chicago, where half of my family is from, showed me that anything is possible.

January 19, 2017, will not be the last day for my president. Each and every day following I will continue to respect and honor the man that showed me that “yes we can.” Why do we need to bother making America great again? We are blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to voice our opinion and worship whoever or whatever we feel like.

Could things be improved? Of course. Nothing is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we need to condemn our country and say it’s not great. If anything the Obama’s have shown us time and again that this country is awesome.  1280_obamas_october_cover-essence

I refuse to live these next four years in fear. I have learned a lot from the POTUS and FLOTUS and one thing we all need to remember is that when “they” go low, we go high. We can’t get sucked into this vortex of hate. We must rise above. We must fight to be heard.

“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” -Michelle Obama

I refuse to lose focus on my goals. I refuse to be silent. I will make an impact, whether it’s just within my circle of friends and family or within the community or God willing something larger than that. If we want change we must demand it.

We have to be smart. We must not be angry. We must present ourselves with the same amount of grace, dignity, and composure that the Obama’s showed us for the past eight years.

We can not get caught up in the theatrics of this new political system. We must continue educating ourselves. Educate yourself on things that interest you. Become involved within your community, speak up at school board meetings, town hall meetings. Write letters to your senators and representatives. Be active.

The worst thing we could do in these next four years is to become silent. President Obama and his family are not going to stop fighting, so why should we?

Sincerely,

Jasmine Conley
A millennial who will be heard

It’s the Climb

My Journey

*Inhales deeply*  Ahhh….
I made it, no, better yet we made it. This has been one crazy year and it all seemed to happen so fast.

This post was originally supposed to be about the past semester in school, but lifimg_7376e happened and this has now turned into a reflection on the year in its entirety.

I think I speak for the general public when I say that this year will go down as one of the craziest years in history. I mean the election in itself was enough to make people crazy, no matter who you wanted to win. I am proud to say that I was able to exercise my 19th amendment right.

Now that’s all I’ll say about politics. Let’s talk about me now.

This year consisted of me finishing up my sophomore year, and beginning the first half of my junior year. It is still crazy to think that I only have 3 semesters (and a few summer classes) left until I’m kicked out into the real world.

This past semester was one of my more challenging semesters. I am starting to get into the bulk of major and minor classes and the work is tough, but I couldn’t imagine going to school for anything else. Public Relations is where I belong.
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I served as the social media manager for the University of Central Arkansas’ PRSSA chapter this semester and will hold the position again this spring. It has been a great experience, and I can’t wait to do more with it this spring.

Even though this semester was very challenging, I finished with my highest GPA yet. I was so close to a 3.0, but I ended with a 2.8. This coming semester I am challenging myself to finish with a 3.0 or higher.

I have the best roommate this year. Skylar and I hit it off from the day we moved in. We have shared countless late night laughs and food runs, as well as late night vent sessions and dance parties.

I am truly thankful for my friends and family, they helped me get through the rough spots this year, and helped celebrate the highs too. Without them, I would not be where I am, or who I am today.

Over the summer I moved back home to Rogers, AR and lived at home with my mom, Willie, and Marcus. Of course, I would’ve much rather stayed in Central Arkansas and maintained my “independent” lifestyle, but situations came up to where moving home was the best option.

Now, being home was not awful in any way. I truly enjoyed being able to spend time with my family and brothers, because we are all getting older and moments like that are going to become harder to coordinate. But I was very happy when August finally came around and it was time for me to move back to Conway.

A few months ago my boyfriend and I decided that it was time to go our separate ways. At the time it seemed like my world was ending, but I quickly made it to the other side. me-time

Since then I have grown and learned more about myself and what I want in that aspect of life. With all lows that life brings, this one taught me many lessons. I am thankful for all the lessons this year has taught me, and I can confidently say that I have grown a lot during these past twelve months.

As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 approaches, I have decided to make a few New Years resolutions:

  • I plan on reading one book per month for the entire year, I want to expand my knowledge past what I learn in the classroom.
  • Becoming more mindful of my actions, meaning that everything I do has a purpose to either better myself or the people around me
  • Not to hold on to the things that hold me back. I have big dreams for my future and I want to surround myself with people who have a similar mindset so that they propel me forward, not backward
  • Continue to break out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I am a very shy and introverted person. I don’t want to turn myself into an extrovert by any means, but I want to challenge myself each day to do something that makes me a little uncomfortable.

I hope that all of you had a great 2016 too, I know at times it seemed like the world was ending and far too many legends were taken away from us, but, we made it to the end. My prayer for all of you is that 2017 brings nothing but blessings and good fortune.

Like Miley Cyrus said.. “it’s the climb” and I plan to continue climbing until I reach my peak.

Now let’s all buckle in and enjoy the ride because come January 20, we will all enter a new and unprecedented era.