2016 was a year where I really kicked ass and took some names. I proved to myself that I could really make what I set my mind to come to life. I worked with two cosmetic contact lens companies, expanded my channel and made some major moves with expanding on topics for the website and channel. I truly felt like I was in a great place finding my voice in the blogging world.
Another big life event that occurred in 2016 was I got HITCHED! On October 1st, 2016 Kevin and I tied the knot and I am now Jasmine Moseley Beal! We honeymooned in beautiful Jamaica (Vlog coming soon!) and I took a major break from blogging to think about next steps not only for the website, but also next steps for my husband and I as we settle into our new chapter as Mr. & Mrs. Beal.
2017 is going to be a year where I challenge myself to the fullest and take risk. I am a firm believer of putting your hopes and dreams into the universe, so they can come into fruition. 2017 for me will be about pushing myself further out of my comfort zone and further developing my brand. This means connecting with brands that I love, pushing towards collaborations and working with global publications. It is going to be difficult and scary, but great things do not happen by simply letting your ideas float aimlessly in your head. I am ready in 2017 to shock the hell out of myself and do big things. Let’s do this!
What's Up Everyone!
I figured I blab so much every week that I would rather hear from you all! Like any growing business, value comes from the most important source, the customers! (pssst- you guys). I am planning on doing a major expansion to JasMoseley in the next six months and would love to discuss and video blog things you would like to see and read. I have request to do more wedding update videos (2 and 1/2 more months until I say "I Do"), also more vlogs (Bachelorette and Honeymoon have been requested). I would love to know my audience more and get to know you all. Leave me an email, or even comment on post on the site.
How To Stay UpLifted
In times where we feel defeated, we must remember that there is always light during times of darkness. Here are a list of things I do to stay uplifted:
1. Tell yourself every morning that you are fabulous.
2. When large task seem impossible, break them down and write down small task to achieve the large task ahead.
3. Learn from your failures and realize that experiencing failure will only make you stronger.
4. Never let anyone dictate who you are.
Happy Monday to you all! With a fresh week on our hands, it is time to get out and do some big things and accomplish goals. For this week's Purple Monday, I wanted to announce that I am in the midst of developing a fitness section for JasMoseley. There were quite a few inquiries about my work out routine and how to look and feel fabulous.
I will be honest with you all, my whole life I have been very slender. When I started college in 2007 I was a whopping 79 pounds (before you speculate any eating disorders, I am 4'11 and ate regularly. I have a very high metabolism). I barely worked out and felt I looked like a stick figure. I always wanted a "body", you know...a big butt, hips and thighs, but I was and always have been super petite. I was also VERY out of shape- skinny does not mean "In Shape". It took me forever to run a mile and I barely had muscle definition, especially in my arms and legs.
In the past 2 years I have become super inspired by a few Youtubers and friends to get fit and be in the best shape possible, so I got my butt in the gym and pushed myself to the max. As I got myself in a routine, I started seeing definition in my arms, quads, abs and even my calves... not to mention my booty! Also, I started gaining muscle and body weight, which was a major goal of mine in the past.
Currently I am up to 88.6 pounds due to building muscle weight and I am still pushing to gain more. Here is a taste of my workout days. I have a long week and short week of work outs- I will get more in detail when the fitness section goes up:
Monday- Total Body Workout
Tuesday- Legs and Gluts
Thursday-Arms and Abs
Saturday- Total Body Workout
Tuesday-Legs and Gluts
Thursday- Arms and Abs
Saturday- Lifting Day
Where you At!
Ladies and Gents WHAT'S UP!
I know I have been MIA for a couple of Purple Mondays and Totes Tuesdays, but there has been a ton going on in my life. One, I filmed and edited a video of the look above-which took longer than expected. Don't worry... the video will be at the end of this post. Also, I am in the midst of working on a query letter for a major magazine. This is one of the most gutsiest moves I am making, especially knowing that rejection is a possibility, but I am ready to have my voice heard and build my brand even further.
I am getting closer to becoming a Mrs., which most of you married folks know is time consuming as lots of planning is involved. My husband-to-be and myself have been working on the minor details for our ceremony and reception. A lot of friends and viewers have been asking what my new name will be and how this will effect my site and YouTube. Well, the site and YouTube will remain JasMoseley and my new name will be Jasmine Moseley Beal come October. I will do a whole post on this soon, but I decided Moseley (which is my maiden name) will be my middle name.
Enough rambling- below is my newest video! Also make sure you come back weekly for new digs! I will keep you all posted if I will be MIA again.
You Always Have A Choice
It's time to take accountability for not only our actions, but our lives. I remember years ago I was at a point where I was severely unhappy with my life. I literally would wake up everyday miserable, because I felt like my life was not exciting and I was simply existing -not living. You get to a point where you get tired of sulking and self-pity and ask yourself "How can I change?" We all have choices in life. We can choose to be happier by making the choice to eliminate factors that make us miserable- or we can choose to do nothing and remain unhappy. If you want to be more adventurous, choose to plan out things that would fulfill that passion. Do not make excuses why you are not living life the way you imagined. The only person that is stopping you is yourself and YOUR CHOICE to stop yourself. Remember, nothing is perfect. STOP making excuses about money, household and not having all of the resources to fulfill your dreams. Those issues will always be there, so go forth and choose to live your life.
Nothing is perfect. The stars do not always align to write out "The Time Is Now" to signal that you are in a risk free zone to pursue your dream. For years I was the person who over-calculated anything and everything. I had to have certainty of the end result to my actions. Whether it was spending money, my career choice and hobbies I felt like the safe route was the way to go and I will somehow be miraculously rewarded with the life of my dreams some day. Little did I know at the time I was holding myself back; the only way I could have the life of my dreams is if I worked for it, which will require taking risk and doing things that are not always the straight and narrow path.
I know you are asking "So, Jasmine... what is the life of your dreams?" The life I always envisioned was a life of freedom; freedom to call my own shots, be creative and touch lives. I want to be a testament that you can do anything you want as long as you put a full effort and use your hustle muscle. I remember watching trendy beauty and fashion bloggers who graced magazines and sat on the sides of catwalks during Fashion Week and saying "I wish I was living that life, I want to be them... but I don't have the best video software, I don't have the best camera equipment, I don't have the writing skills, I don't have the right computer...". When I kept hearing myself repeat "I don't" over 3 million times I realized I am never going to get anywhere if I don't start somewhere. I took the risk to blindly get into blogging like the people I admired. This was not typical of me because the old me would have waited until I had every piece of equipment I needed to start. But I knew that I would find a reason why I couldn't due to some other imperfection. I started with two empty boxes as a tripod, my Mom's Canon T3I and a very shy self who had to put the pieces together... and I am learning something new every day to achieve my dream.
Do I have the "it factor"? Who knows. Will I ever be successful at what I am doing? We will see. All I know is waiting around for the stars to align is not a way to live your life. I have realized that taking things one day at a time, while experimenting and testing your limits is better than having every single thing in life be predictable. How can you learn and grow if you know the answer to everything? How can you feel accomplished if you keeping waiting for a perfect moment to pursue what you want in life? The beauty in life is striving to be the person who you are meant to be while filling in the gaps... not waiting for all the pieces to be on your lap.
How Prince Impacted My Life
After hearing about Prince’s passing today through a text my aunt sent to me this afternoon, I was mind blown and felt empty. I never had the chance to meet Prince or see one of his breathtaking live shows- but he was my all-time favorite artist. He was a true superstar and an extraordinary creator beyond his time.
My love affair started when I was 3 years old and my parents would play Prince’s vinyl records throughout our cozy town home apartment. The room filled with upbeat tempos and smooth melodies of the Purple Rain album, it was infatuating to say the least.When I was 4, the movie “Under the Cherry Moon” was on our Hitachi TV and I instantly found my “future husband”. He was the most beautiful man I ever seen in my life and had the most amazing style. He had this aura that was electrifying and captivating… Charlie Murphy was not exaggerating when talked about the “glow” that surrounded him.
Growing up watching Prince on TV, reading articles in magazine covers he graced and listening to his music defined the meaning of iconic for me. He had charisma and spunk along with flourishing talent. As a painfully shy and unpopular kid throughout school, I always thought of Prince as my alter ego and who I admired to be. Prince is the only man that can attract any woman on the planet while wearing a pair of pumps, myself included in the throng of memorized women. His fashion sense was killer and overall genius. He perfectly blended feminine and masculine elements during the androgynous 1980’s and could care less about what anyone else thought of him. His attitude, sexiness and hint of mystery were his signature and made us fall in love.
I am a firm believer that the only person that can stop you is YOU- and Prince was not afraid to fail. He was not afraid to be different, which I regularly remind myself it is OK to be different. For real, why blend in when you are meant to stand out?
Prince embodied living out loud and living life passionately to the fullest. Even though there will never be another Prince, my ultimate goal in life would be to make an impact on someone’s life as he did mine.
In celebration of his life and the re-branding of JasMoseley- Mondays will be “Purple Monday” with all things uplifting and inspirational on the site. Rest peacefully Prince Rogers Nelson.
How To Deal with Haters
Don't ever let the opinions of others get you down! This was a requested vlog to address how to deal with negativity. So many times I let people bring me down, people who really did not matter in my life. My advice is to know yourself and know your worth. When you are 100% comfortable and aware of yourself, no one can bring you down. Keep your head up!
It has been forever and a week since I posted, but I am ready to give you the "low-down" on what is going on in my world...
Many things have been happening in my life, some tragic and some wonderful. I was at an emotional block when it came to writing, so I decided to use that energy for making videos on my YouTube channel. To be honest with you, having that 3 to 4 month break from fixing my site was much needed. I really needed the time to focus and work on my channel more, which is important for brand development. I know what you are thinking... "Well leaving us high and dry on jasmoseley.com is not helping your development either!", but I needed to figure some things out. The first thing was my day job. I switched to an amazing firm and could not be happier! I needed more bacon to bring in. I am still a Human Resources professional, which HR and business will ALWAYS be a love of mine and I am developing content for my followers who want more professional advise. As I have stated in the past, I want this site to be the "total package" and help women to not only be savvy in the beauty and fashion world, but in their professional lives. Their is nothing sexier than brains and beauty!
In terms of tragedy, one of the most important people in my life passed away in January and that was my Nana. Not many people have their great-grandmother in their life while in their mid-twenties, but luckily I did. She taught me how to cook from scratch, garden (even though I am kind of lousy at it) and be lady. We had frequent conversations, especially when I was in college. I thought that I would come to terms with it since she was in her 90's, but I was heart broken.
In March, Kevin lost his grandfather. Another painful time in our household. I always thought Kevin was so lucky to have his grandfather as long as he did. The grandfather I got to know (My Dad's father) passed when I was 4, but I remember him very well. Kevin's grandfather was the funniest and had the biggest heart, I really see where Kevin gets him charm from.
Last month, one of the biggest changes in our lives happened. Kevin proposed to me on May 15, 2015. I was incredibly surprised! I should have known this was going to happen, come this October we will be celebrating five years as a couple, but we known each other for almost six. As of right now we are aiming for Fall 2016 to become husband and wife. It is really a dream come true. I've been through a lot in my life when it came to finding that special person in my life and God answered my prayers. Don't worry, I will be doing wedding post and vlogs for you all! My Dad actually suggested that I blog the whole wedding process for you all. Oh yes! It will be very entertaining!