I’ve shared a 2021 recap that features some random moments of the year. Going back in my camera roll looking for pictures to include was like reliving all the good and bad moments that I experienced. It also gave me a chance to reflect on the current state of my life.
The last couple of months have been taxing on my mental health. This year I decided that I will just do things for myself. I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions but this year I decided to give it a try.
In the first week of the year I have started to develop a routine that will allow me to stick to my goals. I’m not one to share my goals when it comes to doing new things but the couple of times I’ve mentioned new ideas, I’ve realized that some people just don’t get it. In the past, the opinions of others would deter me from trying new things but now I don’t care. I’m doing things for me. It is my solo adventure.
Wow! It definitely was not my intention to have Savir Blogs on the back burner. Real life definitely took over! So since I last posted I had a list of goals I wanted to accomplish, it’s only right that I update you on my process or lack thereof.
Savir Blogs: I updated my Newark collection. One of the pictures was used for my job’s Instagram page and it received good feedback. It also served as inspiration to other people so I thought that was cool. I still have beauty related content in mind, just not any hauls. I’m thinking maybe a makeup collection post or empty pan post.
Weight: I have not lost the 5 pounds that I wanted to lose. I did however improve my eating habits. I’ve been watching my portions and being mindful of how often I eat junk food. I find that I feel much better after meals. I haven’t started to work out and honestly I’m currently not motivated enough to begin.
Tattoos & Piercings: My goal was to have 3 new tattoos and a nose piercing by June. I accomplished this! I got 3 tattoos in one sitting. Some might think that’s a lot but the tattoos are on the smaller size of the spectrum. The pain was tolerable, even the one on my ankle. I also got my right nostril pierced. Although I did tear up when the needle went in, the pain was less than what I expected.
Vacation: In June I went to Las Vegas with my brother. It was extremely hot with over 100 degree weather but it was fun. Neither my brother or I are gamblers so we spent the majority of the time walking the strip, buying drinks, and shopping. I tried to plan a family trip to Houston but I was not prepared for all the accommodations I had to take into consideration! I haven’t decided when I’ll start planning that again.
Overall I’m not too disappointed with my goal update. I accomplished 2.5 out of the 4. Now that it’s the best time of the year, I think I’ll have time to focus on achieving the in progress goals.
Hi everyone! It has been a long time since I have posted. Life got in the way and I neglected this blog. Hopefully, this time around I can do better. My scheduling has improved so I now have time to do the things that I want. I figured I would make my first post back about my current goals.
Savir Blogs: Of course this blog would be first on the list. I have updated my Flowers collection so check it out! Coming up I have some beauty related content in mind. I placed an order for Sephora’s beauty sale that I want to tell you guys about and I have been wearing my natural nails so I decided to share my nail health progress as well.
Weight: I want to lose 5 pounds. Last year I was very focused and ended up losing 10 pounds. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep the weight off because food is just too good! This time around I’m only interested in losing 5 pounds and I don’t have a set date by when I want this to happen. I’m taking my time by being conscious of what I’m eating but not making a big deal if I have junk food. I also have been slowly getting back to indoor cycling and walking to help me burn the calories at my pace.
Tattoos & Piercings: Yes, I am getting older in age but I do not have enough body art or piercings. My goal is to have 3 new tattoos and a nose piercing by June!
Vacation: I haven’t had a vacation in over a year. Once I get vaccinated I’ll feel comfortable traveling again. I cannot wait for this! Traveling does wonders for my mental health and not being able to travel last year really sucked!
Now that I have manifested my goals I’m ready to work to achieve what I want!
In honor of World Mental Health Day, I wanted to talk about the biggest thing that I have done to put my mental health first. For the past 4 years, the highest position in my department has been opened 3 times. All those times my colleagues tried to encourage me to go for the promotion. I would just tell them, “I’m not ready.” No one really understood my hesitation.
The truth is I fully understand the nature of the job. As the head of a department I would have to bear full responsibility for the good things and the bad things. The problem for me is that the money is not worth the stress associated with the job. People say that I should’ve gone for the job because my job is already stressful. What they don’t understand is that yes, at times I am stressed, but it doesn’t compare to the amount of stress I would have if I were head honcho.
I don’t consider this a failure because my role has expanded in other ways. I’ve been dabbling in marketing and the latest thing is event planning. These new responsibilities are things that I would never think I would ever be involved in. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not one for social media, yet somehow I’m involved with creating social media campaigns! I’m also learning about design and I’m involved in the editing process for videos, which also includes scripts.
I say all of this to say that I don’t regret choosing my mental health over money. I didn’t want to be that person who was successful yet unhappy. I took a different path and I hope to implement what I have learned with this blog!
I have never been a flower person but lately I find myself admiring the flowers that I see on my walks. Once I see a pretty flower I just want to take a picture of it. It’s the way a flower looks once it’s bloomed that does it for me. I don’t care if it delays me in my travels, I will take as many pictures as I need to until I get the one I like.
With the pictures that I end up keeping I try different edits on them to see what speaks to me. I experiment with different editing apps to get the best results. I admit I’m no photographer or professional photo editor. I just go by what I like.
Since the majority of the time I end up doing absolutely nothing with the photos, I decided to add some to Savir Blogs. If you click here you will find more pictures. Don’t forget to check back for updates.
Due to the whole pandemic I haven’t been able to travel. I usually take a trip or 2 in a year to keep me sane but coronavirus messed that all up for me. I have been working almost nonstop for about 10 months, including a lot of weekends. A LOT! My brain started telling me that I was doing too much. I was moving at a fast pace and losing touch with my sanity.
For that reason, I went in to work one day last week and stated, “I have some exciting news!” When I was asked what it was I simply replied, “I’m taking tomorrow off for no reason in particular!” I called it a Mental Health Day. It felt good to basically say they had to figure it out without me.
So, on my day off I did absolutely nothing…for the most part. I did have to submit 2 reports but I was able to do it in about an hour. I also had to choose a training course otherwise they were going to choose for me. I didn’t mind the bit of work on my day off because for the remainder of the day I basically slept! It was nice to have a lazy day.
For a while I was hesitant to take time off just to be at home but it was definitely needed this time around. I enjoyed the laziness so much that I’m already thinking of my next Mental Health Day. Not sure if I’ll stick to staying home or taking a day trip nearby to explore.
I recently went to get my nails done and I let Sonia, my nail lady, freestyle. I typically stick to natural solid colors with no designs so my only input was the pink powder. When she told me that she was going to add glitter I didn’t know what to expect since I find glitter to be too girly for me. At first I thought that the glitter was too chunky but once she buffed and filed it it looked much better.
I must say that these nails remind me of Barbie, especially the glitter ombre nails. Even with the Barbie pink I actually like these nails. The added rhinestones are also much more in my lane of simplicity. This was my first time letting Sonia completely freestyle. Usually I go in with an idea of what I want and she puts her twist to it. But regardless of whether I know what I want or not, Sonia never disappoints me! She gets my nail style which is why I always go back to her.
In honor of National World Photography Day here is a picture of my hometown from 2 years ago.
This is the view of Newark from the outdoor terrace of one of the luxury apartment buildings in downtown. This is one of my favorite views of Newark because of the sword at Military Park. It shows “new” Newark with the addition of the Prudential building and “old” Newark with buildings like Hahne & Co. and the Military Park Building.
Newark has changed a lot over the past couple of years. A lot of the mom and pop stores have closed making the way for stores like Nike and Starbucks. It’s being gentrified slowly. The downside is that money speaks volume and lifelong Newark residents can’t afford the expensive standard of living.
Hey there! I’m Jessica from Newark, NJ. I am a first generation American, born to Salvadoran immigrants in the late 80s. I started “Savir Blogs” on a whim with no sense of direction. I needed something to do since COVID cancelled all of my plans for the rest of the year. As much as I would love to, I knew just eating and sleeping was not the way to go.
This blog is not tailored to a specific topic or aesthetic. It is me “directionless blogging” my shenanigans. The name Savir is a representation of me and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the things that bring me joy. I love sleeping, traveling, photography, spending time with my family, and of course my dog.
I hope that you join me on this new unknown adventure. I don’t know if anything will make sense but it’s going to be purely me.