20 Things I've Learned in 20 Years

Saturday, April 29, 2017

1. Do what you love, do it often, and do it unapologetically.
2. Time heals all wounds.
3. Not everyone will understand your journey, and that's okay. It's not their journey.
4. Taco Bell is everything.
5. Change is really hard, but change is really good.
6. There is a difference between being alone and being lonely.
7. Every season in life is temporary. The good ones and the bad ones. Live each one to the fullest because you will miss those moments when they're gone.
6. Traveling teaches you a lot about yourself.
7. Don't be angry about the bad experiences in your life. They have molded you into the woman you are today.
8. You can be constructive without being harsh.
9. Experience diversity, and always be open to learn something new.
10. You can never have enough books, dresses, candles, or flowers.
11. When people show you who they are, believe them.
12. Never turn yourself into a victim. Even when bad things happen to you, you have the power to react. Choose to react positively and be strong enough to fight your own battles.
13. I have come to know two types of people: Those who are abundant in ambition and drive, and those who like to settle for mediocracy. There is an overwhelming amount of the latter. Don't let them discourage you into giving up.
14. You reap what you sew.
15. Reading helps you to know that you're not alone, and writing helps you figure things out.
16. Timing has A LOT to do with everything.
17. To truly love is to love with no conditions or expectations.
18. Own your individuality. Love yourself for the way God made you.
19. Laughing is the best medicine.
20. Love God, Focus on others, Speak Hope.

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
-Proverbs 16:9

Flowy Spring Dress

Friday, April 21, 2017
 Hey everyone, happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well. It's finals week for me which means late nights and a lot of coffee! I'm currently finishing up my last semester, so I will be getting my diploma in May and then starting the Cosmetology program this Summer! It can be overwhelming at times but it's a really exciting time in my life.
 I wanted to share with ya'll a dress that I have been loving recently! I picked this beauty up at Rue 21 for only $24.99. I have been pleasantly surprised by Rue 21 lately, they have really improved the quality of their clothing and they have tons and tons of pretty choices!
 Shop my dress here!

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad."
-Proverbs 12:25

My Favorite Youtubers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
 Hey Ya'll! Today I wanted to write about something a little different, I wanted to share my current favorite Youtubers! I know YouTube has really blown up over the past few years, and honestly, I prefer watching a good YouTube channel rather than TV or Netflix on some days. Some of these channels I have loved for years, some I recently discovered, but I am loving them all! I know you will love them too.

1. Zoella
I had to start off with one of the most popular Youtubers out there, Zoe Sugg. She's been at the top of my list for years now. I think the reason I love her channel so much is because how different and creative she is, and I have a lot in common with her style and personality. She makes lifestyle videos on her main channel, and has a second channel where she vlogs! I think her vlogs might be my favorite. You should definitely check her out if you haven't already, along with her boyfriend and brother's channel!

2. Thataylaa
Taylor is a beauty vlogger that has a main focus on foundations for pale, acne prone skin. I personally am not very pale, but I do have acne so the foundation videos she posts are incredibly helpful! She also focuses on embracing your beauty just the way you are, and works with organizations like Project Beauty Share to help women in need. She is a gem and I absolutely adore her channel! She currently just finished a series called 15 Days of Foundation where she tries out a new foundation every single day for 15 days and gives her review on it. I highly recommend you go check it out!

3. Sarah's Day
I've never really been into fitness bloggers, but I love love love Sarah's channel! Her fitness and health tips are so helpful and her personality is adorable. I recommend you subscribe to Sarah if you are on or considering starting a fitness journey!

4. WhatsUpWoods
Whatsupwoods are currently my favorite family vloggers! They post several times a week and their videos never fail to bring a smile to my face. I love how real and relatable they are, they are just all around a good people to watch if you like watching vlogs!

5. Kristin Johns
I found Kristin's channel about a year ago and I LOVE her videos! She is so sweet and her videos are so cute. She posts a lot about fashion & beauty, and also vlogs often. She is also a Christian which I love!

6. Aspyn Ovard
I have been subscribed to Aspyn for a while now but just recently got really into her videos. She posts a lot of travel guides and lookbooks with AMAZING videography! She has some serious video editing skills! She also has her own online clothing store that I love called Luca & Grae. I highly recommend you check her out! 

7. Kalyn Nicholson
Last but not least, one of my favorite Youtubers is Kalyn Nicholson. I have been subscribed to Kalyn for years, and love every video she posts. She posts a lot of lifestyle related videos and vlogs sharing her fitness, organizing, & positivity tips along with some great life advice. She is also insanely gorgeous!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and check out these awesome YouTube channels. Let me know if you would like to see a post on my favorite Christian YouTube channels, I have tons of those!
Thanks for reading!

Popularity | Ecclesiastes 9

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 Sometimes I catch myself getting sucked into a world of "popularity", especially when it comes to blogging and social media. I know there's so many people that say "It's not about the numbers", and while I believe that to be true, sometimes I can't help but still want that popularity that so many others seem to have. I still want to be heard. I want to be followed. I want the hard work I put into my craft to be seen. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and quite frustrating, actually. I think we can all relate to wanting popularity at some point in our lives.
 But today I came across some Bible verses in Ecclesiastes 9 that really stuck out to me:

“There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard. The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” (Ecclesiastes 9:14-17)

 I love everything about this passage of scripture. It talks about how a poor man's wisdom delivered a city, yet he still went unseen. His quiet wisdom was better than strength and weapons of war, yet his words were despised and went unheard. The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools! It would be better for me to speak just one word of wisdom than to shout at the top of my lungs like a fool. 
 The man in this story definitely wasn't a popular man. He saved the whole city, yet no one wanted to listen to him. To be honest though, I don't think popularity was what he was seeking in the first place. He was using what the Lord gave him (his wisdom) to look out for the welfare of others. 
 I know sometimes it may seem like you go unnoticed, but just remember that popularity is overrated! My hope is to be a little more like the man in Ecclesiastes 9. I want to look out for the well-being of the people around me, to speak with quiet wisdom rather than foolish shouting, and to not worry about how many people will "notice" me for doing so. I want to stop trying to make a name for myself and be more concerned about the things of the Lord.  I want to honour him with the talents and gifts he has blessed me with, rather than using those gifts to garnish a following.

Thanks for reading!

Spring Vintage Vibes

Monday, April 10, 2017
My favorite season is finally here! I love the pretty flowers and pastels that accompany the Spring time weather. I have always been a vintage lover, and I thought this top from Aeropostale was too cute to pass up. My shorts are an old thrift store find, and my shoes are leather Converse !

"Commit your work unto the Lord and your plans will be established."
-Proverbs 16:3 

Overcoming Insecurity

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
 Listen up dear friend - if you are insecure - you are not alone. I truly believe that insecurity is something we all face at some point in our lives. Maybe you are scared to take that leap of faith that God has been leading you to, maybe you obsess over other's opinions of you, maybe you're self conscious about your appearance, or you are afraid that someone will someday peel off your mask of perfection only to see how flawed you really are.

 I understand because I've been there, and honestly, there are days when I am still there. One of the biggest insecurities I have ever dealt with is my acne and acne scarring. There have been times when I was so ashamed of it that I didn't want to look people in the eye, and I would never leave the house without a full face of make up on. I've had it for about eight years now, and it's something that I've had to learn how to accept. I've gotten better over the years, but I would be lying if I said it didn't make me feel extremely  insecure about myself at times. We all struggle with different things, and at times those things can make us feel as if we don't measure up. When fears and shame gnaw at our souls, we may feel like shrinking back from the way God intended us to live. Only when we understand who God is - and who we are to him - will we be able to find true worth and security that will empower us to live a bold and fulfilling life.

Here's three tips I use to help me overcome my insecurities:

1. Stop Comparing 
Comparison truly is the thief of all joy. I think we all can feel insecure when we compare our lives with the lives we see on social media. We look at others Instagram feeds and see how their perfectly squared photos flow together so flawlessly, and start to feel down about ourselves. What we have to remember is that they have insecurities too. Just because they choose not to share the "behind the scenes" footage of their lives, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.  

2. Start Looking In The Right Places 
Stop wasting so much energy trying to find worth in your beauty, your job, your finances, your career, your boyfriend, or anyone other than God himself. God is the only true source of security, and chasing down circumstances that you can't change wastes energy that you could be using to live a fulfilled life. Understand that even when things don't go your way, or people leave you feeling insecure, that God is always with you. Look to his word for affirmations of truth and stay in communication with him. He will give you the strength and the confidence to overcome whatever life throws at you. 

3. Realize That You Are Enough
When you ask the question, "Am I enough?", realize that you are. God thinks you are to die for. You don't have to earn God's love, it's a gift he gives freely.  His favor is based on his mercy, not on our desires or efforts. Even when you can't see him and he seems so far away, realize that he is at work and making good come out of every situation and insecurity you face. 

"For I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ."
-Philippians 1:6

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
-Joshua 1:9