real talk

How I moved to Hawai’i

Aloha!

I know this is long overdue…. but here it is! The reason why I moved to Hawaii.

The most common question I got asked when I moved was: “Out of all places, why Hawaii?”

Me: “Well, why not?”

There were so many reason that led me to move here. So here it is. Bare with me.

I would say my journey started when I moved away from Savannah to Kennesaw. I moved to pursue a degree that was closer to what I wanted to do. It seemed like the right thing to do. Unfortunately, there were many signs that kept telling me that I did not belong there. I tried giving it a chance, telling myself  to weigh it out and that everything will fall into place but that was not the case. Within the first couple of months I was struggling to get used to the lifestyle. I moved without knowing anyone and I even got into a car accident that totaled my car (then my second car got broken into later on). School was not what I expected. I didn’t feel like I belonged there even though I kept trying to convince myself that it was the right decision. In other words, I was not happy. So I decided to do something about it.

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In July, I began thinking on what I really wanted to invest my future in. I knew I had to get student loans so if I was going to do it then I wanted to do it right. I researched schools that had good programs in my field. During my search, every time I had to pick a state Hawaii would always be under Georgia in the list. Before I clicked on Hawaii, I remember thinking, “For some reason, I am going to click on this and it will lead me to where I need to go.” I clicked on Hawaii, clicked on the University of Hawaii at Manoa and I fell in love. I said to my self “This is crazy?! But what if I could do this?”. So then it began.

I made a decision of taking off a semester, something I never wanted to do. I knew that taking off a semester meant that I had to work extra hard and as much as I could so I could save up for the big move. It was a big risk. I had no idea if was even accepted yet?! I began working two jobs, one full time and one part time. I would be up for work at 4 am then be home around 10:30pm. I decided to keep quite with everything and just work my butt off. Everything was still uncertain but I was determined. There was nothing but self motivation. My family naturally though it was crazy. (Could you blame them?)

November came and my time was ticking. My lease was ending, school was about to begin again and I had to make a decision to stay or leave. Then one night, my father FaceTimed me and read a letter from the University of Hawaii. I had gotten accepted and things were finally starting to come together. I put my car for sale, turned in my resignation letter and bought a one way ticket to Hawaii.

Although my time in Kennesaw was not the best, it was definitely much needed. It pushed me to pursue my dreams and I met a lot of amazing people along the way. I definitely miss a lot of friends and family but everything has been going pretty well. I have a new job, met amazing people and most importantly I am happy.

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So my message to you:

If you have dream or goal (long term or short term) just go for it. The only way you achieve it is if you just START. Don’t worry about what people will think. The point is for you to be happy and feel good about what you are doing. You will never know your limits until you push them. Never stop believing in your self. Do you boo… do you.

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Be like a child

I am not a writer but that doesn’t mean I don’t write. Hers’s a little something that has been on my mind.

“Be like a child”

Be like a child and make a new friend

Be like a child and get to know them

Be like a child and ask why they are sad

Be like a child and ask to understand

Be like a child and point out a problem

Be like a child and learn how to solve them

Be like a child and come to a conclusion

Be like a child and find a solution

Be like a child and go out and explore

Be like a child and seek to learn more

Be like a child and stumble and fall

Be like a child and stand big and tall

Be like a child and dust off the dirt

Be like a child and learn to be hurt

Be like a child and know its ok to be afraid

Be like a child and know it will get better each day

Be like a child and start growing up

Be like a child and don’t give up

Be like a child and be scared of the dark

Be like a child and leave your mark

Be like a child and let your mind wonder

Be like a child and understand the word sonder

Because we got lost in our time and forget who we are.

We have to go back and learn to restart.

It is the innocence that blinds us from the negativity.

It is the media that opens our minds to cruelty.

Love like a child, that is the most pure.

Fight the pain, that we continue to endure

We are one country and we stand together.

Tough like a rock and delicate like a feather.

Much love

-Jocelyne

Cafecito time

I want to start off this post by congratulating you on all that you are doing. Whether it is getting a new job, surviving the first week of college, or just ending your shift at work. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, only know that you got there, you made it, and keep going. We all work hard to pay our bills or perhaps provide for our expensive lifestyles (guilty). Whatever it is, congrats, because you’re doing it. Now I need you to do something:

Just stop

Take a breath…take a deep breath. Take a moment and simply relax. Even if you are going through a hard time, know that things will get better. Life happens, that includes good and bad things. You have made it this far. There are moments where we are so busy and don’t stop to give ourselves a break. So for today, your task will be to take a chill pill.

have some cafecito

read an old book

visit a friend

take a jog

stay in and listen to the rain

plugin your headphones and forget about the world.

 

You deserve it. Then keep on doing you boo. You’ve made it this far 😉

Hello World!

Welcome my little misfits to a real talk session with Joss. For my first topic I want to address someone special…YOU! Yes you eating that easy mac or just reading this to procrastinate on your homework (or both…totally not judging). I want you to know that you are so special in any shape, size, color, and form. Since you are so special I want you to embrace that inner misfit in you. Get out there and be YOU! Follow YOUR dreams not the dreams of your family or friends. Everyone is here for a purpose. Don’t know what it is? Well, go find it. How you may ask? The key is being fearless. Don’t be scared to take risks. As one of my favorite sayings go, “The probability of falling scares me but the thrill of the jump is well worth the risk.” Do something different this year. Set new goals. Travel to places you never been to before. Life is too short to keep on reliving the past or staying in your comfort zone. You will be amazed on how much you are capable of. Don’t be scared of what people think or what they might think. Instead, surprise them! Be spontaneous! You are not here to please people. Do what makes you happy.By the end of the day its your happiness that matters.  But hey, I’m just #KeepingItReal✌️