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Resolutions & ReVamps: I Got Work To Do!

With the new year coming up, it’s time to get focused! That’s why…I’m taking a break.

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Hey Y’all!

I’m not going to say much but I am going to say this: I need to chill. Simple.

I have millions of ideas, goals, passions, but I realized that as soon as I get an idea, I don’t put too much thought into it. No logistics. I just throw some things together and then blast it to my audience. It be looking raggedy as hell and then I get mad when I have no real feedback. No real following base. That’s because I’m not giving you all any real substance.

And for that, I sincerely apologize.

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I was always too focused on getting it out first or being original or doing something before some spooky lab steals my ideas out my head and then sells them to the highest bidder. It took me a while to realize that I have quality content inside, but I’m putting out some real android looking content (no offense, okay maybe just a little). Either way, I have decided to silence all of my working projects and go back to the drawing board. I want to focus on two or three main projects and really get them to the height I want them to be before branching off into my mini experiments.

Going into the new year:

  1. ย I really want to redo my whole entire podcast with new and original segments, and hopefully more updated equipment/editing in which I can invite guests on the show.
  2. I want to have set posting schedules so that my audience has something to look forward to every week and it will also offer me a bit more discipline and consistency for my brand.
  3. I am also working on various events that will expose me to more creatives and influencers so that I can gain more experience and an even bigger network.

I am just super excited about everything that is to come and I am working extremely hard. I appreciate the support and I hope you all stay patient because believe me, it is coming.

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Exponentially Yours,

Jamice…of course

Finding the ‘Like’ in Love

“Allow yourself the luxury of someone who likes you back.”ย 

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Saying this, or better yet tweeting this is something that would come across as common sense, no? But in all honesty, looking back at all my past relationships whether they were platonic or not, I have failed to follow that mantra.

Junior year of college was rough to say the least, everything was so chaotic and so negative. The main problem that created all that chaos was that the people in my life did not like me. In fact, they couldn’t stand me. My “friends” were making fun of my interests and hobbies, my old flame did the same and constantly lied about everything and it was almost as if it was easier for them if I was sad. I mean, it’s easier to talk someone into anything when they’re depressed and vulnerable.

So when I say that having people who like you is a luxury, I truly mean that. Find people who support you whether you’re just starting a company or your brand has been booming for years. Allow people to be excited to see you and do you favors because you deserve them and offer people that same luxury and commitment.

When dating, it’s so easy to fall into that: “I’m simple.” “I don’t want much, just honesty and attention” mindset. Is that really you though? Fun, happiness, excitement, solace. That’s the shock value that keeps the relationship connected not just put together. Now, I’m not saying that your relationship should be extravagant 25/8 (if that’s your preference, then by all means), but what I am saying is that you should be surrounding yourself with people who actually want to be there. It’s such a freeing feeling simply because you don’t have to put a majority of your energy trying to convince them on why they should stay.

-But that’s just Jamice…of course.

MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada

Travel Buddies, for Fourth of July weekend I went to Las Vegas and stayed at the MGM Grand with a newfound friend! How was it? Well wouldn’t you like to know!

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย โ€“ Completely Unsatisfied

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย โ€“ Needs More Work

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย  โ€“ Not Bad Could Be Better

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย โ€“ Satisfied and Enjoyable

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย โ€“ The Best AKA YASSSSS !!!!

Location:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย 

The MGM Grand is located directly on the Strip so it was super convenient to walk to other hotels, sight see and to get food. Another thing you should know about Las Vegas is that Uber and Lyft do not pick you up directly on the street, you have to go to a hotel’s rideshare location usually located in the parking lot, in order to get your Uber/Lyft. Because we were on the strip, we could easily go to any hotel parking lot and catch our car to any location.

Aesthetics:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย 

Both the outside and inside of the hotel was amazing. One thing about Las Vegas hotels is that they’re not hotels, they’re resorts, so they’re HUGE! The casinos, the pools, the restaurants, some of them even have clubs so it’s really a lot to take in. However, everything is amazing, bright, and loud (in both color and sound) so it’s great for vlogging and photo-ops. Being that our room was on the sixteenth floor, it had a huge window with an amazing view so the lighting was perfect for selfies.

Cleanliness:๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ

The resort was spotless from the lobby to our double room. The pool had a lot of people which is why it was rimmed with cups and bottles which wasn’t an issue because it felt like a party.

Service:๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ

The service was great. We didn’t really call the front desk except to have more towels sent up but whenever we passed housekeeping, they always said good morning and good afternoon and was sure to ask if we needed anything. We ended up locking ourselves out and the guest services was happy to provide us with a new room key and directions to the club we were going to. We ate twice at the brunch buffet they had downstairs which was AMAZING and the staff was courteous, conversational, and can COOK!

Affordability:๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ

A lot of people tend to think that Las Vegas is expensive, but our room was very affordable for the space that they provided. If you look on any travel site or directly on the hotel’s website, you can find great deals and because Las Vegas can reach a high of 115 degrees and is pretty much party day and night, you don’t need a long stay anyway. Three or four days is more than enough.

OVERALL SCORE:๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ

This hotel averaged to five bells as I have no complaints! I had a great time and the stay was definitely memorable as I had an amazing partner to experience with! We did our best to beat the heat but the MGM Grand definitely made it worth it. I would love to stay at other hotels, just to see what it’s like but for a first time goer, I would strongly recommend the MGM Grand!

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

I recently stayed at the @SonestaPhilly, check out my review!

Recently, I visited the Sonesta hotel in Philadelphia located in the Center City area. It was a solo travel adventure and I felt like I needed to get away as all the things that were going on in my life were piling up. As a go-hard wanderluster, I decided to document my travels in which I would give my honest opinion about the accommodations in hopes that it would inspire my readers to seek out an adventure on their own.

I have developed a legend for my travels:

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย – Completely Unsatisfied

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย – Needs More Work

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย  – Not Bad Could Be Better

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย – Satisfied and Enjoyable

๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย – The Best AKA YASSSSS !!!!

Location:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย 

The Sonesta Philadelphia in Rittenhouse is conveniently located at 1800 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA which makes it one of the best places for someone who is traveling, especially on a solo trip. Everything that you would need such as banks, late night food, shopping, etc is a quick two to eight-minute walk away which was a huge weight on my limbs and my pockets.

Aesthetics:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธ

As far as the outside and inside of the hotel and the room, I really enjoyed it. I had a double bed with a couch and since it was only me, and it was considered a standard guest room, I believe that it was a nice setup. However, I am a huge fan of bathrooms and lighting and I feel that the tub was a little too small and the lighting was fairly dim and weirdly placed. Now, I may be a little biased due to me being an avid selfie lover and growing blogger; however, I believe that a lot of individuals would come on business ventures and for people who do blog/vlog, lighting is super important for photo/video purposes.

Cleanliness:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ย 

The hotel was spotless inside and out for the most part inside and out. The only issue that I had was there must’ve been a not so romantic evening as their was a huge red wine stain on the shower curtain in the bathroom.

Service:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ย 

The service was pretty good. When I checked in, I got aย handwritten thank you note from the front desk staff and they always was sure to say good morning and good night as I was coming and going. As far as the housekeeping, I called to have the beds changed and made and clean towels and they came and dropped off towels and graciously cleaned the bathroom but my beds remained untended. Another thing that bugged me is that you cannot ride past the eighth floor in the elevator without your key card, therefore, if you are staying on a higher floor and you have a friend/family dropping buy, you have to go all the way downstairs to get them. Huge annoyance.

Affordability:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ย 

For the most part, Sonesta is a great place to stay but I would definitely considering booking this place during sale time on their website or through a third-party like Booking.com or Expedia. Prices can range from 250+ a night and although it’s in a great spot, that still is a bit steep for my liking.

OVERALL SCORE:ย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย ๐Ÿ›Ž๏ธย 

This hotel averaged to four bells as it was a great stay and since I caught a great deal, it was pretty amazing. The overall pros were definitely the room layout and the location and the only cons I would say were the lighting placement and the key card/elevator hassle. Other than that, I’d recommend staying with this chain and I look forward to staying here again!

“Why I Stayed…” | I’m Finally A Published Author!

So I am an avid reader and I have been writing all my life and I am proud to say that I am now published on Amazon! I wrote a short book of poems and excerpts that follow some of the darkest and happiest times of life dating all the way back to middle school.

Writing is something that comes easy but also is very hard because I excel at fiction but i struggle with putting my real thoughts into post like these. When I make up characters and scenarios, the words just flow and the story kind of weaves itself. On the other hand, when I report my life in a more non-fiction way, I call it “real time writing,” my words tend to become convoluted and take on this start-stop feel in which I feel like I’m reading a first-draft.

In addition, I always love the art of performing as I grew up in church and I am a singer. I was a part of ‘Phenomenal Voices,’ a performing arts and community service group at SUNY University at Albany, and since then I fell in love with the idea of spoken word.

“Why I stayed…” really hits home for me because it is so personal and so raw; but that I know it will evoke strong emotions and hopefully bring back some of those happy memories for my audience. When writing this, it felt like fiction because of the use of metaphors and heavy symbolism and allowed me to really tap into those emotions without having to name names. I love to write fiction and I am currently working on a few novels that I hope to have done by the end of this year or early 2018.

I hope to turn “Why I Stayed…” into a series of about three or four books that fall into each other and allow people to see theย real writer behind the great author I aspire to be. If you would like to support my work, you can add the kindle version or the paperback to your summer reading list!

A GREAT READ!!! #Inspo

We think of about 60,000 thoughts per day. How terrible is it that if more than half of those thoughts result in you complaining? Thatโ€™s a lot of damn complaining. When weโ€™re living in a negative head-space it can be extremely difficult to find something not worth complaining about at least once a day. Viewing life fromย [โ€ฆ]

via Why Complaining Less is The Best Approach to A Better Life โ€” amber-janae.com

#WomenSupportingWomen

Blessed 2017, yโ€™all. In case you havenโ€™t noticed, Iโ€™m a proud bibliophile. Next to sipping wine and tea, listening to trap music and collecting journals, I love nothing more than getting cozy on the couch and flipping my fingers through a good book. My affinity for reading was instilled in me at a very youngย [โ€ฆ]

via 20 Books To Help Get Your Mind Right In 2017 โ€” CHASITY S. COOPER