Lifestyle, Miscellaneous, Tiffany's Tales

My Weird Quirks

Day 27

Hey You,

I have weird habits/quirks that I wanted to share so I don’t feel so alone in my weird little world of… well… Tiffany. I cannot be the only person with these quirks, so I just want to make sure!

Here goes nothing!

  • I only write with black ink pens.
  • My surroundings are always clean (wherever I eat, study or work), except my bedroom.
    • This is because it is my sanctuary and it is the only place I get to be a slob and let loose so I enjoy it always. My room is always clean, don’t get me wrong but my bed always have books or clothes on it. This annoys my mother! 🙂
  • I have when my foods touch (except burgers).
    • I think I would annoy my company if I eat my burger layer by layers so I don’t.
    • I love Chipotle but this is one of the reasons why I also don’t like Chipotle. Everything. Touches.
    • I will take the time to pick apart my food and then eat everything separately.
  • My bedroom door must always be closed (day, night, cold, hot, I really don’t care, close my door when you leave my room).
  • My mouth and feet must always be in motion.
    • I always have gum or something to eat and I bounce my feet, which I find quite annoying when others do it. How hypocritical of me!
  • Whenever I give advice I always end by saying “but what do I know.” This way you take my advice at your own risk.
  • I like when everything is even except seven which is my lucky number.
  • Before I leave my house, I must always test the weather for the days. I do this by poking my naked right leg outside and it helps me when deciding how to dress.

Yes, I am a weird child. Believe me, I know. What are some of your weird habits?

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous,
   – Tiffany♥

 

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

5 Year Anniversary

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So I’ve been living in the US for five years now!

Hey You,

So… NBD, but this month makes it five (5) years since I have been living in the United States. It has been a somewhat fun and exciting experience life and learning about a new place. Jamaica is so different from the U.S., the people, the places and overall environment.

I missed my friends dearly, and I couldn’t talk to them because they were all in a boarding school where no technology devices are allowed. When I got here, I was also out of school for about two weeks, so it sucked a bit. But life has been good so far, so no complaints on my part.

Here’s to five more years! Cheers!

*** I would have cheered with a drink but my 21st birthday is yet to come!

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous,
    – Tiffany♥

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Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

Why Blog?

Why do I blog? As of this moment, I blog mostly for three reasons: leisure, to be social and for reflection. They, of course, have sub-categories which are listed below.

SOCIAL
1. I could possibly meet new people and make new friends [networking, building an audience].
2. I am PR student, and I am told it is great to have an active online presence to build credibility and out my character [traits] on display.
3. People may learn something new about me and this way we can have actual conversations about shared interests as opposed to awkward silence upon meeting.
4. It may look nice on my resume, especially when applying for internships/jobs.
5. My family and friends can catch up on my life and understand what is going on in my head.
6. I share thoughts/ideas/art that would otherwise be a jumble in my head.

LEISURE
1. It is a way for me to pass the time/ use my time to do something worthwhile as opposed to sleeping or simply doing nothing.
2. Enhance my writing/written communication skills.
3. It makes me more creative. I consistently rack my brain on what to write about and how to make my blog more interesting.
4. I can also write when I want because I love it, not because I am assigned a certain topic to write about.
5. Practice makes perfect, it is a new and beneficial hobby that may just help in my future life.
6. It’s free, and everybody likes free. Am I right?

REFLECTION
1. My life is being documented (now a 20-year-old college student). So, it will be interesting to look back years from now to see how I have changed/grown as an individual [personally.
2. It is a diary/journal that I choose to share with myself and others. I can reread my thoughts from previous days, months, years etc. It’s like a love letter to myself that I choose to share with others.
3. Look back at my previous life as a reminder of my thoughts, life, and experiences in my final years in college.

I am still learning as this is so new to me. I resolve to have more original content with regards to the photos and gifs that I use for my posts.

What do you think so far? How am I doing? Let me know in the comments, it’s free!

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

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Why Am I The Way That I Am?…

It is said that our environment, experiences, choices and family (genetics) influence our behaviors, opinions, and attitudes and who we are as a person. I must agree with that because I make my choices as to how I behave and some of my personality traits, my experiences also affect my behaviors and my family, most definitely.

Being Jamaican gives me a whole different schema than most Americans and people from other nationalities. Where I come from people are comfortable in their skin, say exactly what is on their minds, and if they dislike someone, the other person will know. I think this is why I am so blunt and I never beat around the bush with my opinions (I only share them when asked). 

I am comfortable in my skin, whereas I meet other people who want to distort their bodies to be what is ‘accepted’ during this time- whether it be by having surgeries, too much exercise, wearing uncomfortable clothes to fit in and doing unpleasant things, etc. I am not one to judge, but society does not dictate how I should behave or look just for its benefit. I do not let people dictate how I should feel.

I am from a go with the flow culture; we deal with things as they happen. Therefore, I am more relaxed and easy-going in my daily life. However, whereas most Jamaicans tend to want to be in the hype, I am a bit different in that aspect, among many others of course. I am also more accepting on a broader spectrum than most of my fellow Jamaicans.

To me, our experiences are one of the many essential functions in life. Scenarios that I have been a part of and have seen happen are what help to shape me into a more vigilant, calm and collected individual who likes to listen, know more, and talk less. What I think is that through my experiences that I have become less judgmental, more reserved and more appreciative of the little things in life. I learn more every day, and I hope to change for the better.

I  have some traits from my family. Most my character traits I get from my father. He is serious, takes shit from no one, and he is a no nonsense person. He will take and listen to people’s crap for but so long. He’s quite something really. In contrast, my mother is friendly, polite and beautiful until you insult someone she loves especially her children- bad idea. 

Overall, I would say I am an OK person. An average human who believes that people must gain my respect, I am neither too good nor too bad. What can I say? I am my daddy’s child, though I do laugh and giggle a lot once you get to know me.

I could lie and say I am good and everything about me is all peaches and rainbow, but I ceased telling lies in 2012. It no good for me or the people around me, so what’s the point, right? I am still fabulous, don’t get me wrong but I am a fabulously OK person (sounds like I’m stroking my ego here, but I’m not, just being honest). I can also be a drama queen!

What do you think?

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
      – Tiffany♥

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Twenty of My Favourite Things…

Hey you there,

As a continuation of my oversharing January Blog Challenge, 🎶these are a few of my favorite thing my favorite things🎶(to do, eat, and acquire).

1. HAMBURGERS
Double Bacon Cheeseburger with pickles, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, jalapeño peppers and even more bacon and cheese with fries on the side. If you ever asked me to describe love in a sentence.
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2.JAMAICAN CHICKEN PATTIES
This is a prime staple in a Jamaican’s diet. Patties are made from a meat/seafood (beef, chicken, shrimp) soy or vegetables. Most people prefer Beef Patties- I prefer Chicken- with Coco Bread and Cheese. (My mouth is watering just writing this).

3. GRAPEFRUIT
I pretty much like anything that has a sour taste is one interpretation of my heart. I like lemons, limes, passion fruits- anything that will make me squeeze my eyes closed.121207_hol_grapefruit-crop-rectangle3-large

4. POMEGRANATES
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5. EATING/ HANGING OUT WITH MY FRIENDS
I particularly like this because it does not require much energy. All I have to do is show up, eat fatty foods, and not move for like an hour and a half. This is my definition of working out/exercise.  There is always good conversation mostly about nothing or we act out conversations of the people around us who are on dates.

6. LEMONADE… This was way before Beyoncé too.. lemonade-640-dm

7. MY OWN SPACEpersonal-space

8. MY FRIENDS
I don’t go around liking random people, but I do like my friends when they become that. Since starting university, I have made two (kinda sad right), but I do like to keep my circle small as I have become somewhat of a loner. But they are A-OK. Love ’em.img_3634

9. READING  📖
I just want to live vicariously through the characters.

10. MUSIC
Like reading, music also allows me to escape reality for a bit. It brings to life events and scenario that we encounter daily but often fail to put in words. It is a beautiful thing really. 

11. BLOGGING/ WRITING✍🏽
As long as I find the time to blog and there is an interesting topic I will blog. I quite like and prefer sharing in the written form of communication as opposed to oral communication.

12. MOVIES
I am down to watch any movie as long as there is an acceptable storyline to follow. I can watch any genre -romantic comedies, fantasies, action, musicals, etc.- and have a fun time. I do have an intense dislike for the horror genre which is another story in itself.

13. WATCHING YOUTUBE FAIL VIDEOS
Having a bad day? Feeling down? Bored? This is the best way to lighten your mood guaranteed. Unless you start crying because their failures are so sad. X-Factor/ American Idol, any singing competition fail does it for me. Try it out. Yes, I know I am a horrible person. Some of them are truly delusional. Check out this one.

14. MI FAMILIA
They’re great. A force of nature they are, and though sometimes we don’t get along you can’t choose ’em, right? Love them to death still. Good thing is… they can never be rid of me… ***witch laughs***

15. DANCING💃🏾💃🏾beyonce2Because it makes me happy and it takes away the pain. Ladies, you know. 

16. HAIR CONDITIONER
As a black girl with tangly, nappy hair (wait… when have I ever been anything but? I guess it is now up for debate) consuming conditioner is a must. I have 4C kinky hair and if the breeze so much as pass through it I have major problems with which to deal. So, conditioner is a must have in my house or else absolutely nothing will be done to my hair. That’s not a suitable option now, is it?

17. MATTE LIPSTICKS💄💋
Lately, I have been wearing matte lipsticks because when I do it makes me feel as fabulous as ever. Kat Von D is my favorite brand so far, and the colors that I wear are Vampira and Damned.

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I’m wearing Kat Von D-Vampira.

18. THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND THE HOME ALONE FRANCHISE
These are some guilty pleasures of mine- watching Home Alone is an X-Mas tradition and then The Sound of Music on New Years.

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19. MOI… Cause I’m fabulous honey!!fabtiff

20.PHOTOGRAPHY📸
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Granted, I am an amateur, but it is a keen interest of mine. I just need better equipment.

Thanks for bearing with me. Let me know if you have anything in common.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous…
      – Tiffany♥

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My Happy Place…

Hey there! You lovely people.

Day 19 of 31 huh. I am still pushing through. I think for once I might actually accomplish a New Year’s Resolution (yay me!), but let me not jinx it. My happy place is wherever I get to be myself (not that I am not always myself) and be as happy and chirpy and free as a bird. These photographs are representations of some of my happy places.

PhiladelphiaThe City of Brotherly Love which has been my home for almost five years.

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Fairmount Park

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Ben Franklin Parkway/ Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The Sun… my best friend because I am a child produced in the Caribbean.

Mis amigos 😉 

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Not pictured:

  1. Applebees/Five Guys (because they provide good junk food for my tiny frame).
  2. My family (because I have no group picture of them, but they know I love them).
  3. Home/ My room- because I have no pictures and I am not home when this is written, and this post is a bit late. I love it because it is my own personal space and I get to control what happens here. I shall do a future blog post on this.

Let me know what your happy place looks like.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
      – Tiffany♥

Dear Diary, Tiffany's Tales

Meaning Behind Blog Name…

Why hello!

Jus Tiffany! Why ‘Jus Tiffany’?

There is not much but then, so much behind my blog name. I was appointed the name Tiffany at birth. It is the English name from the Greek word Theophany (or the Egyptian holiday Epiphany), and I quite like that it means “appearance of God,” which I love my name. However, over the years I have been given nicknames that I just don’t like.

 

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I love my name, I do. I just hate when it is shortened as a term of endearment from others. I do not like being called ‘Tiff,’ and I get that a lot, mostly since I started college and everyone decides to shorten my name because they are not bothered to say the rest of my name. I will accept the nickname Tiff but only if we are friends or I if I am familiar with the individual.

My last name is a whole different story. I have a surname that is somewhat difficult to spell and pronounce. When people attempt to use it, letters are either added or subtracted for their benefit, so I usually shorten it to avoid any confusion. Plus, I hate people spoiling my name, it kind of a pet peeve of mine.

So… when I share my name with others I tell them to refer to me as just Tiffany, and that;’s fine. This means that they will avoid shortening my first name and never using my surname, unless necessary of course. That is why my blog is called Jus Tiffany.

Oh, and the ‘Just’ is spelled ‘Jus’ because that’s how it is pronounced in Jamaica- without the T. I endeavor to insert my Jamaicanness in everything that I can whenever I can.

Until next time…

Stay Fabulous
        – Tiffany♥