Saturday, September 10, 2011

I can't keep it in any longer...

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No I'm not pregnant... you guys make me laugh!
So we've been in New Orleans approximately 1 year and 4 months. We've done a lot and the city has been incredible to us. We've certainly eaten our fair share of oysters, seafood, drunk our Abita purple haze and enjoyed the sounds of the Big Easy. But I can say officially, hand on heart, with all that I am. We. Are. Done. With. NOLA.
My opinion is going against the grain of the socially acceptable, but then I figure I have very few opinions that don't. In fact I'm pretty sure I was born going against said grain, but that's the way I like it. The things that this city has to offer, the heritage, the culture, the things that the people here and completely obsessed with kinda wash over me. This city is a wonderful place to visit, but I don't think it's a wonderful place to live. And that's the irony, Lover and I do live here!! Well at least for a little bit longer. Unfortunately we have some necessary bureaucracy to deal with and well, I think to be here for the 2013 Superbowl would be too good an opportunity to miss. But I'd be lying if I said I hadn't meticulously planned our escape outta here to Las Vegas.
It is what it is and I'm going to do my best to make the most of my time here. The city has been amazing to us and I'm thankful for the time here, but I'm also ready to move on and am excited to do so!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Moving On

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So I think the fact I haven't posted in something crazy like 3 months is somewhat of a hint that I'm changing things up. As I like to say, I'm going through a rebrand (when I worked at the Ad Agency in the UK, we recommended companies do this every 5 years - so I'm long over due!). And what better excuse for a rebrand than changing my name once I got married.
Jazzy Cazy is a name I gave myself when I was 16 and was getting into the internet. It was my email, my net name and if you come across that spelling on the net, there's a healthy chance that it's me. But the irony is, I don't even like Jazz. I think I liked it just because it rhymed with Cazy. But I've come into my own since then and I think JC was a sort of mask for who I wanted to be rather than who I am.

This is getting deep I know!

But I think it's time to move on, move on with my ideas and vision. I've read a lot of bloggers doing this. I think to begin with we all got on the band wagon and started a blog without thought or direction. As time went on and the interest dwindled, we took a step back and now we're all looking at each other and shrugging. Right now life is good I'm heavily developing my business and am into the full swing of it. I love blogging and will relocate myself to a different domain and chart my journey of creating my business and share some of the things which fuel my fire. Yes, it's going to be one of those pretty picture blogs, but I want it to be more than just fluff. I'm excited and will let you know where I move to once I've "settled in".

Monday, March 7, 2011

The future of J2J in the Blogosphere

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I'm at a really weird place with this blog at the moment if truth be told. I'd wanted to post more regularly and thought that putting a schedule of posting 3 times a week would kick me into posting more regularly. Unfortunately it didn't work.

I'd intended for this blog to be inspirational, but it's tough to be like that all the time. Plus there's only so many times you can really hear "I did this and it worked" - I think you've all gotten the point of positivity by now!

It occured to me that the reason I wasn't posting much was because I didn't have much to post about. This blog has no real direction to it (I feel) and it's just a random bunch of random stuff. I have so much more interest in reading about other people's lives and interests and it's about time I wrote more about what I want to write about.

I'd love to get into the artsy photography stuff too. To do that I'll need a big expensive camera which I can save for, but I just love the look of those kinds of blogs and they so inspire me.

This year is shaping up to be a pretty interesting one and I can't wait to see how it unfolds. I'm in the works of planning this blogs future, I hope you'll come with me in the journey!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Girl can never have too many Shoes!

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I had to get my shoe collection out of the closet the other day. I mean, how could I leave these babies in the UK...?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Goals for 2011

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I know these are late right, I mean, we're on day 30 of 2011!!

But I can never get into the swing of things in January. I've touched on it before, but typically I find this part of the year beyond depressing. The weather's usually pretty dismal, money is tight because of the holidays and personally, it was around this time I lost both my only Grandma and my Father within the space of a month and despite the fact it was a good few years ago, around this time I'm usually in a bit of a funk.

So nailing down goals can come a bit later. But why not...? If they're my goals, they can be set whenever I would like them to be! So here goes...
  • Be more sociable. Travelling round as much as Lover and I have mean you lose touch with people. I do miss having some great girlfriends in my life, going for dinners with others and just generally spending some time with some great friends. We've met some amazing people in NOLA and I just want to spend some time building those friendships.
  • Save some $$$. I would really like to nail this down. I don't know why I have such a problem budgeting but I do. I put aside money for savings, but for whatever reason, I end up needing to dip into that money. It's incredibly aggravating. We need to save and I need to figure this all out. Would love any budgeting suggestions!!
  • Get outta NOLA. This is a great city and I love it here, but Vegas is still where mine and Lover's heart is and that's where we want to be. It should work out that we'll be there by this time next year.
  • Visit somewhere new in the US. I want to travel somewhere new this year and would love to visit Miami, New York, Chicago or maybe somewhere closer to home like Houston. I still love to travel and would love to see more of the great US of A.
  • Get the wheels turning for the bigger picture. Remember when I had those 3 days off, 4 day work weeks which I loved so much? That is what I want to aim for ultimately. I want to be able to dictate my work schedule and call the shots. Now I know managing your own business doesn't really mean working less, but it does mean having the control which I'm desperately craving. I'm really tired of being a cog in someone's badly placed together clock. I want to create the clock and have it ticking to my tune. I have the ideas on how I want to do this - it's just getting the wheels in motion!
  • Aside from the above, there's some other little things that need to be taken case of this year. I want to finish all my visa stuff and I really would like to be driving this around by this time next year. Yes, you can take the girl outta Europe, but you can't take Europe outta the girl. I just don't get y'alls obsession with giant trucks... why?!?! I can see if you have a family but for us, smaller cute cars are more economical, speedier, easier to park and just a lot more practical and I am in love with the 2011 Mazda 2.
So there you have it! I'm excited about 2011, I'm excited because nothing's set in stone, it's not a "this time next year we'll be doing the same thing as we're doing now" situation, although it could be, I don't know. But you know, I love that. I love driving without a map sometimes, I think there's nothing wrong with it so long as you have a destination in mind!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

How I materialized my new job

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That's right blog readers, I've moved from the front desk to the marketing department and I'm beyond happy about it. I've been attending marketing meetings for a few months before the Director asked me to move over permanently.

But to be honest with you, I've been working at this for a few months. Even in my interview for the position I'd told my interviewer that I was keen to move into marketing and he'd said that this would be possible. So that's what I clung onto.

The other driving factor was my total unsuitability for the front desk. Hats off to the people in customer services but I'm just not cut out for it. When people jump down your throat for trying your absolute best to help them out, I check out, you lose me and I couldn't care less what sort of room you sleep in and what kind of view you have. I tell ya, there are some really rude people out there!

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. So I did my best every day to believe that I was working in the marketing department. I'll quote some of the things I was writing down at night:

"I am grateful to be employed by the marketing department at work"
"Thank you to work for giving me the new job"
"Thank you for my job in the marketing department which I am loving"
"Thank you for Mondays and my incredible job in the marketing department"
"Thank you to my amazing job in the marketing department. It is so fufilling and I am so happy there"
I even drew a terrible stick figure diagram of me working with my new colleagues

Every time I would leave the house to go to work at the front desk, if I was feeling down, I'd try to turn that around and picture how I'd feel if I was leaving to go work in marketing. What would I be wearing? What time would it be? What would I be about to go and work on? Somehow, after doing this, going to work at the desk didn't seem that bad.

It took a little time time but it came out of nowhere. I didn't replace anyone, this came completely out of the blue. I'm saying this not to toot my own horn, but to illustrate that just because a situation seems hopeless, if you believe and commit to something, somehow it will happen, someway.

A lot of people are sceptical of The Secret which is fair enough. So much crap happens to so many good people and its completely inexplicable. But I think if you focus on something, believe in it and act as if it has already happened and never lose faith, it will come, but you have to believe!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Football Crazy

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Something which I wasn't expecting to be into as much as I am was football (aka American Football). Lover had to explain it to me in very elemental terms, but since he did, and since we started watching games together, I have to say, I totally get it.

To be honest though, I challenge anyone to live in New Orleans and not be into football. This city eats, breathes and sleeps it and this is only more so thanks to the Saint's win at the Superbowl last year. Being so close to an NFL stadium, (it's literally a 20 minute walk) we couldn't not go to a game, so we did, and this is us very wrapped up at the Saints vs Rams game in December...


It was a lot of fun and the Saints won thank goodness (I would have hated to have gone to a game where the home team lost!). There was a really great atmosphere there and it was amazing to see Dads bring their kids and sharing the experience, it's just so different to English football where they don't even serve beer in the stadium for fear of holliganism at the game. I've never understood why there's such a problem with that at English soccer games, soccer is a non contact sport! But for some reason there is and I think that's sad that there isn't the same spirit at UK soccer games as there is for football games in the US.

So, despite being NOLA residents, the Saints are our #2 adopted team. The great thing about coming to the US from abroad is that we can chose our team! Clearly if Las Vegas had an NFL team, it would be that team but since they don't we have to go with another. Honestly, there's no real logic to this choice. Basically, the first year that Lover came to the US, this team won the Superbowl which I guess is as good a reason as any. Also, they are the team from New England and I'm from Old England so I guess that makes some sense too.

Yep, that's right, we're Pats fans and I'm beyond excited for today's game. The Patriots have been doing so well this season (said like I know what I'm talking about!), they've beaten the Jets this season and I know they'll do the same this afternoon! So we're gonna get set with our light beer, pretzels and chicken and enjoy some football!


P.S. Fear not, this blog is a loooong way from becoming a blog talking only about football. I wouldn't even know where to start with that!