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LIFE UPDATES + COUNTDOWN TO JULY 18

Open Letter to the Jemmies Community

Hi Jemmies!

It’s been forever since I last had my one-on-one chat with all of you, unless my long caption on my last Instagram post on 4 March counts. To reiterate what I wrote there, I took a little break from posting on my social media feeds not because of my lack of content, time or inspiration but because of my desire to spend the last seven months of my 20s living in the moment and embracing what life has to offer – all the ups and downs. On the last evening of my 20s, I want to be able to look back on this decade with a smile and say “I’ve fulfilled whatever my heart desired with humility, appreciation and risks” followed with the glee of excitement and open arms for my 30s.

I know age is only a number, but to me, there is more to that. It’s about closing one door with fulfillment and opening another door with appreciation.

I will be back on Instagram starting 4th of May, making that a full two-months hiatus on IG feed, however, I will not be in full force on all of my social media platforms until my 30th birthday which will be on Wednesday, July 18. This is the day where I am going to launch the new look-and-feel of my blog along with a new tagline. Put this on your calendar, so you can celebrate this very special day with me as I give myself this gift of knowledge, new adventure and again appreciation for God’s gift. I mean, I owe it to Him that I have these skills and talents so I shall use this platform to inspire many generations.

I want to thank you ALL for following along regardless of my inconsistency and for being there for all my adventures. You all have inspired me to be a better person every day and I can only wish that I am able to do the same.

Lots of love,
Jem

What Is My Ultimate Goal This Year?

I have four goals this year:

  • To live an active lifestyle
  • To stay positive regardless of any life challenges
  • To get into a routine
  • To save $$$ as we live a practical life

What Have I Been Up to?

If you have been following me on my Instagram stories you will be updated on what is keeping me busy but to sum it up, check out my month-by-month rundown below.

January: I’ve been preparing myself mentally and emotionally on a major lifestyle change that I’ve been wanting to do for the last three years, most especially last year when I was faced with various life scenarios that were beyond my control. I had enough of my never-ending wish list and knew that it’s time for me to execute. I was building up my drive and compiling reasons of why I should be thankful as I started my gratitude journal. At this very moment, life keeps throwing curveballs to try and put me off, but I refused.

February: We were hosting my lil sister on the island then afterward Antonio and I was faced with uncertainty. We parted ways without knowing if he may or may not return to the island. I used this as motivation to start a healthy eating lifestyle paired with my starting affection in boxing. To my surprise, my determination overpowered and I think I am heading on a right track…

Life keeps throwing curveballs to try and put me off, but I refused.

March: I took this lifestyle change challenge up a notch and started the Whole30 diet. I love this because it is not only a diet phase but I see this as a long-term change. It also taught me so much about food and clearly opened my eyes to preservatives. After 30 days, I felt like a brand new person – I am more energetic, happier, calm and definitely heading on the right path. I felt hopeful knowing that this journey isn’t an overnight fix but I am feeling a lot closer from when I started. On a different note, I also received the news that Antonio is returning to the island.

April: My adventure continues – I’ve learned to discipline myself and try to find the balance or what my boss always say “everything in moderation.” I must admit, this month has been tougher than normal because of the things that are happening around us – there are deaths, accidents and tensions but there are also stronger relationships, great news and celebrations. We simply need to remind each other to cherish every moment as we do not know what will happen next – it’s really not up to us, but what we can do is make it count.

93 Days from Now

It’s time to wrap this up.

Thank you for taking a few minutes of your precious day and sharing this moment with me digitally.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and watch out for the relaunch of my blog on July 18. This will be my personal gift to myself and all of you.

 

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19 Comments

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    Trisha
    April 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I’m so excited for what’s to come and will mark the 18th in my calendar xoxox

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you so much, Trisha. I can’t wait to see what’s next as well and I am super excited to share the new blog that I’ve been working on for months.

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    Tiffany Alejandro
    April 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome post! Sometimes you need to disconnect, to recharge and reconnect with yourself. What a perfect time to do it – “The last of your 20’s” a decade of memories and accomplishments to look back on. Looking forward to your relaunch girl! xo

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Aww, Tiff. That means a lot to me. It was quite tough to disconnect but I think that is one of the things this island has taught me – it reminds me to take a pause and appreciate what I have around me. Thanks again, girl xo

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    Emily Smith
    April 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    There is much to look forward to on the horizon! So wonderful you were able to give yourself the gift of time and focus on experiencing and achieving dreams and goals in your heart. Inspiring! 💕

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Emily!! Thank you for taking a few minutes of your precious day and to drop me an inspiring comment. I am truly grateful that I have this opportunity and really want to make sure that I am making it count. Thank you so much and I can’t wait for what’s coming soon xo

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    Krystle
    April 15, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Do your thing, girl! Live life to the fullest! Your community will always be here. Can’t wait to see what you do next! Xo

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Uber thank you, Krystle! I am so grateful to have such supporting community. Thank you again and will see you soon girl xo

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    Zeba
    April 15, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I love how focused you are on being mindful and achieving your goals! You make me wonder if I should do a social media detox to and see if my life changes!

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Zeba my girl! Thanks for dropping by and showing some love. I think completely disconnecting from social media can be harmful to the soul especially for us because I really struggled in the beginning, hence, why I was still doing instastories but I do see a BIG difference whenever I disconnect during work or when I’m spending time with friends, family and Antonio. I feel more present. It took a lot of discipline and resistance in the beginning but eventually it becomes second nature 🙂

      thank you again and I can’t wait to see you soon xoxoo

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    Jackie
    April 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    You are always so positive on social media – and I love how open you are about your challenges and how you work to overcome them. Wherever you’re living, your community is here for you! And I hope you and Antonio are doing better these days <3
    Jackie

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks Jackie! Ah, I try… I really try to be so transparent even though sometimes it’s a bit hard to share all the details but I just keep reminding myself that my story can inspire someone (or at least one person) and that motivates me to share. Thank you again for dropping some love. It really means a lot to me! XO

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    Katie | Life She Lives
    April 15, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Our relationship is so new but I already have so much appreciation for you. I admire your ability to take control of your life and make decisions that are best for you both mentally and physically, despite how challenging those decisions may be! Your focus is undeniable and I have no doubt that you’ll hit 30 and be pleased with how far you’ve come. It’s been so inspiring to get to know you and watch your journey – I can’t wait to see what’s to come in July! You rock, girl! xo

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      jemcastor@gmail.com
      April 15, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Girl, I am telling you … you are gonna be my island bizbestie! It’s been so challenging but surrounding myself with amazing people such as yourself (and can’t wait to grow and strengthen our relationship) has been helping tremendously. Looking forward to catching up soon. XO

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    Alyssa (aka Lyza)
    April 16, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Awwww Jeanne!
    I’m excited for what’s to come!
    I love how you’re always emptying out your cup and constantly bettering yourself.
    This is why you continue to be such an inspiration to me because even though I look up to you so much and I’m sure many others do as well, you always make it known that there are always room for improvements. Keep inspiring, keep growing and thanks for always keeping it 100 😘 you’re a real one and I’m so thankful to know you online and offline tehehe xoxo cause you’re even better in person 💕 I’m glad we’re friends tehehe. Miss you loads!

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    Mandy
    April 16, 2018 at 8:32 am

    So exciting about your blog relaunch! Can’t wait to see what it all looks like!!

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    Emily
    April 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    How awesome!! So excited to see your new look and feel. As a new follower of yours I just love how real and open you are. Never change! Big things are ahead and I’m glad to have connected with you. xo

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    Devlin // Happily in Pursuit
    April 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    J – feeling so inspired by you and all you’ve accomplished in 2018! You’ve made me so excited and prepared to start Whole30, thank you. Enjoy the last few months of your 20s, I’m so excited for July 18!

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    Jade
    April 24, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    So inspiring! ❤️ Can’t wait to see your new launch!!

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