Chelsea Crockett

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What Love Looks Like

Where did you learn to love? Who taught you? Was it your parents? Your Sunday school teacher? A good friend? The Bible? If it is the last option, then you…

Where did you learn to love? Who taught you? Was it your parents? Your Sunday school teacher? A good friend? The Bible? If it is the last option, then you looked to the perfect place. It could be also be a combination of all the above. The Bible is God’s handbook for us – He gave it to us so that we would know how to live life. How great is it that we don’t have to wonder what to do, we can just know? If you want to learn how to love the people in your life well, here is God’s advice.

  1. Pray without ceasing. Colossians 1:9 says “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives…” Pray for the ones you love, and pray for the wisdom to know how to love them well!
  2. Listen without interrupting. Proverbs 18:2 Reads “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Listen without trying to insert your own two cents.
  3. Give without sparing. Proverbs 21:26 tells us “All day long he craves for more,but the righteous give without sparing.” Don’t hold on to things and be selfish with your time and money, give what you have and feel fulfilled.
  4. Speak without accusing. James 1:19 says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…”
  5. Answer without arguing. Proverbs 17:1 tells us “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” This verse paints a very vivid picture of why we should pick our battles and watch our words.
  6. Share without pretending. Ephesians 4:15 reminds us “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Don’t lie to the ones you love to spare their feelings, be loving in sharing the truth.
  7. Promise without forgetting. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Don’t make promises that you can’t keep. This builds false trust and will bite you in the long run.
  8. Trust without wavering. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 reads “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
  9. Enjoy without complaint. Philippians 2:14 tells us “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” This one is a tough one!
  10. Forgive without punishing. Colossians 3:13 reminds us “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Nobody is perfect, and we all slip up, so having compassion and understanding is key to showing love in the trying times.

Love each other well.

Chels

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Is God Waiting on You?

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if…

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if He was actually waiting on YOU?

I once had a friend who was sure she was destined for a certain career. When I asked her if she had been looking into the job requirements or specific employers, she said that if it was God’s will for her to go into this occupation, then He would open those doors. It is good to pray and seek God’s will for these sorts of things, but you also have to get out there and put things in motion instead of waiting for them to happen on their own.

Us young people really want to know what God’s will is for our lives. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us “this is the will of God, your sanctification”. Unlucky for us, this does not give us much to go off of. The will of God is a hot topic and always will be. We just have to accept that we will never fully understand the “whys” and “whats” of life and instead focus on what we can do to go along with His plan and cooperate as much as He has given us the ability to. A lot of our success and failure in life depends on us. God gives us the ability to do these things – the freedom to try and fail. God is not going to do for you what you can do for yourself.

As a follower of Christ, what does the Lord want you to be responsible for in your life that tells Him that you can handle what He has given you? Have you proven that you are worthy of the blessings that are in store for you? Matthew 13:12 says “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

Pray for wisdom, because God isn’t going to always give you the answer or show you the clear path. Be disciplined with what you have been given. Accept when you are wrong and admit it to God. Be eager to learn, and refuse to live a passionless, half-hearted life. Come to grips with your strengths and weaknesses as this will make you mentally healthy and aware.

We all have needs on our life. Are yours not being met? Don’t blame God. He is waiting on you! He wants to meet your needs – you just have to ask. Just like James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”

Chels

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Laziness: It’s a Spiritual Problem

Laziness is no stranger to most of us. Even the most productive people have little ways that they let themselves be lazy. I sometimes give myself little excuses to be…

Laziness is no stranger to most of us. Even the most productive people have little ways that they let themselves be lazy. I sometimes give myself little excuses to be lazy or procrastinate and justify it as ok. But, as I am learning, laziness is actually a spiritual problem. We don’t consciously decide to set aside the things we are responsible for or not use the gifts God has given us. We don’t decide to be lazy out of nowhere. So, why IS being lazy a spiritual problem?

Laziness offends God. Yes, offends him. Diligence is a spiritual discipline, and when we refuse to honor our responsibilities and chose our own pleasures over honoring God, we cannot expect the other areas of our lives to flourish. This isn’t God punishing us, it is our own fault. If we direct our spiritual focus towards our goals, that will positively affect our time management which will affect our attitude and accomplishments. When you align your goals with God, laziness has no room.

Also, we were made to work. Not to be workaholics, but to do good work for the glory of God.  When God says that we need a day of rest, don’t mistake rest for laziness. Rest rejuvenates us and revives us. Laziness, and avoiding our responsibilities and goals, does not bring us anywhere closer to the Lord. God is always working on our behalf, so we should also be working on His.

Are you lacking motivation or feeling restless or useless? Don’t just wait around for those feelings to flee, do something about it. Start doing a daily Bible study focusing on your areas of weakness. Pray that the Lord will use this time to reveal in you the things that need improvement. He will lead you through it. Consciously chose to do things that motivate you to avoid laziness like volunteering or becoming a mentor. Don’t give up when things get hard, because it is inevitable that we will all face tough times. As we are diligent in our obedience to work towards our goals and be more disciplined, our lives become so much more fulfilling. Remember this – “…let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9). Your season is coming! Or, you may be in it right now. Don’t give up and let laziness rule your life! You’re stronger than that.

Chels

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12 Things to do Solo

Sometimes a little “me-time” is good for the soul. We are around people most of our days, and connected to people by our phones 24/7, so there is not a…

Sometimes a little “me-time” is good for the soul. We are around people most of our days, and connected to people by our phones 24/7, so there is not a lot of time spent by ourselves. Being alone allows us to really get to know ourselves, what we like, what we dislike, and what we really think without being influenced by outside opinions. Here are a few of my favorite things to do when I need some time with me, myself, and I.

  1. Go for a run or hike. Georgia is beautiful and has lots of great outdoor exercise options. Also, my parents live in Colorado so there are endless hikes when I go and visit! It is good to keep your phone on you and let someone know where you are going before you go, just to be safe.
  2. Explore your hometown. You may find a new place to eat, a new place to work out, or even a new cute boutique to shop at. And, you are on your own time, so you can take as much or as little time as you want at each place.
  3. Go eat a certain kind of food that you have never tried before. I typically like to play it safe and eat things that I know I like, but sometimes it is fun to go outside the box.
  4. Try a workout you have never done before. I would love to try ariel yoga, where you hang in the air and stretch. It looks crazy fun!
  5. Do some volunteer work. Doing things for others is a great way to not only give you a “fulfilled” feeling but also do some major good.
  6. Be as un-productive as you want for one day. Having a lazy day every once in a while is healthy. Give your brain a break and zone out. Binge watch your favorite tv show, take a long nap, catch up on reading, or do whatever makes you feel relaxed.
  7. Clean out your closet, your room, anything that needs purging. I love going through my closet and my room and getting rid of things I don’t use or need. I almost feel cleansed afterwards. Going through my stuff makes me realize how little I actually use on a daily basis, and how few things I really “need.”
  8. Go for a drive with no destination in mind. Grab a coffee and hit the open road. Take back roads you have never explored before. Go drive to the next town over and explore. Driving with no end poit in mind is freeing!
  9. Do something you have been putting off. For me, this could be as simple as cleaning out my car. It is something that needs to be done, but gets put on the back burner more often than not.
  10. Go for a long bike ride and explore your local trails. Back home in Illinois, we had a great system of bike trails. You could ride all day and never see the same thing twice.
  11. Teach yourself a new hobby. I have always wanted to know how to garden, so this is next on my list of things to do solo. Growing my own fresh food sounds like a great challenge.
  12. Soak in a bubble bath with a good book. Any excuse to relax and read is a good excuse in my book.

What are some of your favorite things to do when you have some time to yourself?

 

Chels

 

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Prayer Road Map

Have you ever gotten stuck in a “prayer rut”? Do you feel like you don’t have the words to say when you pray, and your prayers fell empty? Many of…

Have you ever gotten stuck in a “prayer rut”? Do you feel like you don’t have the words to say when you pray, and your prayers fell empty? Many of us have felt like that at some point in our walk with Christ. We could all use a few tips on how to have more effective prayer lives, and God will show you if you just ask. He doesn’t need fancy words or long monologues, He just asks that we come to him with our hearts ready. He is always listening.

Luke 11 tells a story of one of Jesus’ disciples who came and asked for Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus gave them an example and gave us guidelines for what we should be both asking and thanking Him for. Even the disciples had trouble knowing how to pray sometimes! “Jesus said, ‘This is how you should pray: ‘Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.’” (Luke 11:2-4).

So, let’s break that down into a prayer road map to follow:

  1. May your name be kept holy: We should give the Lord the honor and glory that He deserves. We should begin our prayers by praising him!
  2. May His kingdom come: Asking the Lord to return soon reveals the eagerness in our hearts to be with Him in heaven someday.
  3. Give us the food we need each day: We ask him for the things we need to get through each day because we know that He is our provider.
  4. And forgive our sins: By admitting we fall short and need God’s grace, we humble ourselves and show we know that we need him.
  5. Forgive those who sin against us: We should be merciful towards those who do us wrong.
  6. Do not lead us into temptation: Pray that he will keep you strong and guard your heart from giving into temptation.

Our prayers should be like a continual conversation between you and the Lord – because talking to Him every once in a while is not enough! There is nothing too big or too small for Him to handle. Sometimes the answers to our prayers will be a yes, sometimes a no, and sometimes a “maybe.” But, you will always get an answer. He hears and he cares. Never stop talking to your Father in Heaven.

Chels

 

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Cultivate a Heart of Contentment

Comparison steals our joy. These days, being content with what we have and how we look is a struggle. If you ask a group of women what one of life’s…

Comparison steals our joy. These days, being content with what we have and how we look is a struggle. If you ask a group of women what one of life’s biggest struggles is, the overwhelming answer will be being content and not comparing ourselves to others. Contentment is something that we can and need to learn, because we are God’s children and He made us the way we are for a reason. Comparison and envy date back as far as Rachel and Leah in the Old Testament, where in Genesis 30:1 it says “When Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she envied her sister. She said to Jacob, ‘Give me children, or I shall die!’” We not only compare whether we are as “good” as others, but also compare our struggles with others and whose hardships are “worse.” How do we put out the comparison fire that Satan lights in our hearts?

Accept your uniqueness: Think of something you are good at, and then think how long you have been working at it. Is it running? Bargain shopping? Cooking? Remember everything good in life takes work. Do you envy that a friend has lost weight and looks great? Tell her that she looks amazing, and let her inspire you to work hard as well. And remember that God designed us to be different and unique. Life would be so boring if we all looked alike, dressed alike, and had the same talents and skills.

Be happy for the strengths of others: This one sort of goes with the point above. If we aren’t careful, when we first met someone we can get sucked into comparing ourselves to them. Whether it is their physical attributes or the material things they possess, we can either make ourselves feel better or worse about ourselves based on our evaluations. It is so hard to overcome this habit. Try every day to see yourself as God sees you, and remember that comparison is selfish. See the real person behind their physical and material attributes. Consider their feelings, and work hard to compliment others from the heart. You never know, they could also be struggling with a comparison battle. You can also learn from others, and instead of making life feel like a competition, you can become a better person.

Get rid of the “me” mindset: Comparison is selfishness disguised. It has us looking at others and thinking about ourselves. We need to work to train our minds to want to impress God and not others. When we stop thinking of how others view us, we can be free from the burden that is selfishness.

Kick worldly expectations to the curb: Like I said earlier, comparison steals joy. Not only does it steal our joy, it also steals our contentment and our will to live a godly life. When we compare ourselves with others, we are not using an accurate measure. Dragging around the world’s expectations hinders us from the journey that God has in store for us. We cheat ourselves out of God’s blessings when we try to live the life we see others living. When you live your own life, and stop envying someone else’s, you see your blessings more clearly.

Let’s rejoice in our strengths, work on our weaknesses, and celebrate each other for the unique people we are!

Chels

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Be Present

Do you ever have trouble sleeping or paying attention because there are so many things going on in your mind? Do you find yourself constantly distracted? When was the last…

Do you ever have trouble sleeping or paying attention because there are so many things going on in your mind? Do you find yourself constantly distracted? When was the last time you stopped to think about what you were doing and why? Here are a few ways to be more present in your everyday life so that you can calm the chaos in your mind.

The first step in becoming more present is to prioritize and be intentional. You know that mile-long to-do list? You may cross some items off, but it is inevitable that more will be added in their place. Ask yourself what the top three most important items on it are. Put them on their own list and make them your priority. Then work away at the longer list as you have time.

Another way that I stay present is to journal. Writing allows my thoughts to run clearly and ideas to flow uninterrupted. Journal about your fears, goals, dreams, sorrows, joys, what you are grateful for, what you are sorry for, anything that will help get the clutter out of your mind and onto your paper. This opens up more metal space to be used on other things.

When I am constantly checking my phone, I find that I feel more stressed and aggravated with myself because I know I could be using that time more wisely. While looking at your phone your mind is processing tons of information. Unplug by a certain hour at night so that your mind can rest. Put your phone away and allow yourself to hear your own thoughts rather than consuming other people’s ideas, thoughts, emotions, etc.

Another way to be more mindful is to listen more and talk less. We have all been in conversations that feel one sided. When you are talking, you feel as though the other person isn’t even listening because they are trying to think of what they are going to say next. Next time you have a conversation with someone, be the person that listens more. Let them do the talking and acknowledge that you are listening to them. You will notice things that you missed before because you were trying to think about what to say next.

When you are more present in everyday life, you begin to appreciate life more. Life is not as stressful, overwhelming, or negative as society portrays it.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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How to De-Clutter Your Mind

Have you ever gotten to a point where you feel like you cannot fit anything else in your head? Your mind is so full and you have so much going…

Have you ever gotten to a point where you feel like you cannot fit anything else in your head? Your mind is so full and you have so much going on that it starts to take a toll. We pay attention to everything else in life and invest so much time in what is happening on the outside that we neglect what is happening on the inside. This causes mental clutter, and mental clutter can cause you anxiety and stress. I feel like sometimes I need to drag and drop everything swirling around in my head into the trash can. I need to hit the refresh button or I am going to burn out. Clutter isn’t good for anyone. It suppresses our productivity and creativity! Here are a few ways to refresh your mind and get rid of the clutter.

The first order of business is to get your priorities in check. Prioritize your goals and lay them out to help you organize your decisions. Another great tool is lists. Write down all of your responsibilities, daily goals, ideas, life goals, things to do and so on. Laying these things out helps take them from your brain onto paper and prevents you from forgetting them. Once they are written down, clear some space in your mind.

One thing that really helps me is having a set routine. I get up around the same time every morning, and I try to keep things pretty routine during the day. Not only does this keep me goal-oriented and productive, it keeps me sane. I know that I am getting everything done that I need to be because it is part of my routine. Having structure keeps the worry and clutter away. Also, be aware of why you are doing the things you are doing during the day. Remind yourself that your actions have a purpose and you are working towards a goal, whether that is school or work or other personal goals.

Working out is also a huge part of keeping my mind clear and focused. Taking care of my body not only helps with my self-image but it also boosts my mood. Exercising is my “me time” when I get to listen to music and push myself. It helps me clear my head and refocus.

What helps you keep the mental clutter away? I would love to hear how you keep your mind clear and focused. We are all different and have minds of our own!

Chels

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Knowing Your Self-Love Language

Most of us have heard of the book “The 5 Love Languages.” It is a great book to read with your significant other to better understand how they show love…

Most of us have heard of the book “The 5 Love Languages.” It is a great book to read with your significant other to better understand how they show love and how they like to receive it! It has definitely helped my boyfriend and I understand eachother on a deeper level. All of us need different things to “fill our love tank.” That means that sometimes we have to turn those love languages back on ourselves and discover what our “self-love” love language is. What I need in order to feel like I am treating myself well and caring for myself may be totally different from what you need. We may even need a little of each love language! Are you speaking your own?

Acts of service: This is my #1. I love when people help me do things or do them for me. AKA taking my car to get gas for me, taking out the trash without me asking, anything that normally I would have to take time to do but they do it instead. So, how can I show myself love through acts of service? I can give myself what I need when I need it. I can take care of myself and make sure my mind and body are healthy and where they need to be. If this is your love language, cook yourself a nice meal, enjoy a nap, or let yourself indulge in an episode of your favorite TV show.

Gifts: This is the one that I identify with the least. I feel almost uncomfortable accepting gifts. I never know what to say! I feel like “thank you” just doesn’t cover it. But, if this is your love language, treat yo’ self. This is not to say that you should go blow a ton of money, I am all for budgeting and being smart with your spending. But, every once in a while, it is okay to spend $10 at Starbucks because you need a pick-me-up. It doesn’t cost a lot to be kind to yourself! Is there something that you have been really wanting? Start budgeting and then treat yourself to it. Invest in yourself!

Quality time: This love language comes in second for me. I love spending time with my loved ones, whether it is on a family vacation or just sitting around in the living room watching The Bachelor together. It doesn’t matter where we are as long as we are together. In order to show yourself some quality time, spend time doing something you love. Take a run or a walk by yourself. Give yourself some “me-time” to be able to journal or reflect. Go have fun and take time to do one of your hobbies.

Physical touch: Go get yourself a massage. Give your tired weary muscles some love. Have a spa day, even if it is just at home in your living room with a $1 Target face mask. Do some yoga, and go get a green smoothie. Again, treat yo’ self.

Words of affirmation: I go through phases where I am really good at this and then the next week I can fall out of touch with it. I try and affirm my friends and loved onces as often as possible, but sometimes you get in a rut. It is so important to make sure you aren’t forgetting to affirm yourself. Build yourself up and cheer yourself on. Remind yourself how good you are doing, and say it out loud! Think about yourself in a positive light. It can be a game changer!

Now go show yourself some self-love.

Chels

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25 Kind Things to do for Your Significant Other

When I do something nice for Nick, it makes me feel so happy and proud seeing how much he appreciates it. Being kind and thoughtful to your significant other is…

When I do something nice for Nick, it makes me feel so happy and proud seeing how much he appreciates it. Being kind and thoughtful to your significant other is definitely key in maintaining a healthy relationship. No matter how big or small, acts of kindness never go unnoticed or unappreciated. Here are some easy ideas on how to serve your significant other and make them feel loved.

  1. Start a conversation with him that you know he will really value.
  2. Watch a sports game with him (or an event that he really loves to watch)
  3. Leave a sweet love note in his backpack or coat pocket so he will find it later.
  4. Brag about him in front of his friends. It will make him feel proud and will boost his self-esteem!
  5. Pray for him. Then, let him know that you have been praying for him.
  6. Hold his hand in public, when you are in the car, any time you can!
  7. Tell him how much you appreciate him. Give him specific examples of things that you appreciate about him.
  8. Do one of his daily chores for him, like taking out the trash, emptying the dishwasher, or anything else he usually does.
  9. Cook him his favorite meal.
  10. Let him pick the movie or restaurant or desert or whatever you are doing for date night!
  11. Leave your phone, tv, or computer off while you are eating dinner and give him your undivided attention.
  12. Give him a genuine compliment (or two)
  13. Write an encouraging Bible verse and place it somewhere he’ll see it.
  14. Ask him if there is anything you can do for him, or if you can help him with anything.
  15. Surprise him at work with his favorite lunch or coffee.
  16. Send him a random text in the middle of the day telling him you are thinking about him.
  17. Bake his favorite treat.
  18. Take his car and get it washed, vacuum it out, and make it look squeaky clean!
  19. Make him a mix tape CD or Spotify playlist with songs that make you think of him.
  20. Brag about him on your social media.
  21. Surprise him with something he loves, like tickets to see his favorite band or a new book by his favorite author.
  22. Tell him that you are glad he is in your life.
  23. Play his favorite board game or video game with him.
  24. Ask him to go on a walk or bike ride with you.
  25. Go out and do his hobby with him. It may not be your favorite thing, but he will appreciate your effort to spend time with him!

Doing ALL of these things definitely isn’t necessary, but there are definitely some great ideas on this list! Whatever place you are at in life, whatever season you are going through, you can always find ways, however big or small, to make your significant other feel loved and appreciated.

Chels

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Verses to Help You Be Wise With Your Words

I think I speak for most people when I say that when we are feeling irritated or short on patience, we can be harsh with our words. Often times, the…

I think I speak for most people when I say that when we are feeling irritated or short on patience, we can be harsh with our words. Often times, the people we love most are on the receiving end of the harshness. Sometimes, the words come out when we feel hurt because “you hurt me so I am going to hurt you.” As my pastor always says, hurting people hurt people.

As we get older and wiser, we learn how to keep our emotions more in check, which (hopefully) leads to controlling the words that come out of our mouths. I am not always good at this. Sometimes harshness slips through the cracks of my control and it often gets taken out on the people closest to me. This sucks the fun and joy right out of life and is not biblical. We are supposed to have self-control and be kind, which includes watching the words that come out of our mouths. If only it were as simple as it sounds. Only Jesus can help us with this, as James 3:8 would say “no human being can tame the tongue.” We have to give our words to God and guard our tongue. Here are some verses I pray when I am feeling particularly irritable or out of patience.

Colossians 4:6 – Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Ephesians 4:29 –  Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Romans 14:19 – Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Praying these verses really helps me become slower to respond or say harsh words impulsively. Building others up instead of tearing them down or being critical is what we should be striving for. When you are in a moment of annoyance, instead of venting your frustrations using damaging words, keep in mind what impact your words could have. You can edify and encourage someone with your approach instead of embarrassing or hurting them.

I am nowhere near perfect at this. I am not guaranteeing you that if you pray these verses a few times a week or even daily that you will never say a harsh word impulsively again. But, I can tell you that it helps. Would you rather be known as someone who reacts to conflict or annoyance with severity, or with grace and kindness? I know which I would rather be.

Chels

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5 Picture Editing Hacks for the Best Quality Pics

I love taking pictures and updating my Instagram feed.  It’s something that I find fun and entertaining!  Every time I post a picture, I like to make sure it has…

I love taking pictures and updating my Instagram feed.  It’s something that I find fun and entertaining!  Every time I post a picture, I like to make sure it has the best edit and quality it can have.  So, if you’re like me, here are 5 picture editing hacks to ensure you the best Instagram worthy pics! 🙂

  • Play around with the exposure. When it comes to taking pictures, lighting is everything.  Adjust the exposure and brightness of your photo to make sure you can clearly see the quality of the picture!
  • Try out VSCO. VSCO is a pro editing app that has all your photo editing needs! There are tons of different filters that edit your picture in a variety of ways so you can pick your favorite one! You can change anything on your picture from brightness to color.Chelsea Crockett - VSCO
  • Sharpen it up. The sharpening tool should become your new best friend!  It can make a picture go from blurry to sharp at the click of a button. I use this tool on almost all of my pictures!
  • Enhance the highlights and shadows. Although you may be more unfamiliar with these effects, you can increase or decrease the highlights and shadows in your pic to your liking!  These can even help sharpen up your picture by eliminating too much highlight or too many shadows.
  • Turn up the saturation. If you want some more pop of color in your photo, turn up the saturation!  I love bringing out the bright colors and making the picture more fun!

Have any other creative tips for me?  Share with me below!

Xoxo – Chels

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Too Blessed to be Stressed

No matter what stage or phase of life you are in, there is a pretty good chance that you are facing at least some sort of stress. Whether it be…

No matter what stage or phase of life you are in, there is a pretty good chance that you are facing at least some sort of stress. Whether it be minor or major stress, it is taking its toll on you nonetheless. How we manage that anxiety can really determine our outlook on life and also our moods. Here are a few bible verses to help you manage your stress.

  1. Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope.
  2. Proverbs 29:11 – The fool vents all his feelings, but the wise person keeps them to himself.
  3. Proverbs 3:5-6- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
  4. Ephesians 4:26: Be angry, yet do not sin.” Do not let the sun set while you are still angry.
  5. Ephesians 4:31-32: Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another just as God has forgiven you in the Messiah.
  6. Matthew 6:19-21:“Stop storing up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But keep on storing up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal, because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
  7. Hebrews 12:6: For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he punishes every son he accepts.”

We’re too blessed to be stressed!

XOXO, Chels

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Why Weightlifting is Good For You

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting…

Usually when I think of working out, I think of doing cardio. I think of running or biking or doing short exercise circuits. Fitness experts are saying that weight lifting is just as or even more important than getting that cardio in! When I say weight lifting I don’t mean getting huge bulky muscles or bench pressing your body weight. Light lifting can actually help you get slim, toned, and in the best shape ever! Here is the deets.  416F66RTE0L._SX300_

  1. You will melt more fat: For real. Researchers have found that people who lift weights shed 6 more pounds of fat than those who only did cardio.
  2. Boost your metabolism: As you get older you begin to lose muscle mass, which can tank your metabolism. Lifting weights and building muscle keeps your metabolism kicking!
  3. You will burn through more cals: Your body continues to burn calories even after your workout is done when you lift weights. This is because your muscles have to work extra hard to repair their fibers!
  4. You will catch more Zzz’s: Strength training helps you improve your quality of sleep and helps you fall asleep faster.

In the past, weight lifting has not been my favorite thing in the world, but I have been making sure to work some weight training into my exercise routines because I know it will help me maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Easy Lifestyle Boosts to Try for Yourself

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry…

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry through with it?  And how long do we actually keep it going when we do?  Here are a few lifestyle boosts that are easy to keep up with and will benefit both your body and mood!

  • Drink more water. Chelsea Crockett - Water I’ve always heard this and thought “yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever,” but it really pays off and makes your body feel all-around better!  Carry around a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and you won’t even realize how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.
  • Make daily to-do lists.  Checking off tasks on a to-do list is scientifically proven to boost your mood.  It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and success even if it’s completing something super small!
  • Stick to a bedtime and wakeup time.  Once again, science proves that this will benefit both your mind and body greatly.  You’ll feel less tired and more motivated to take on the day!
  • Start your day with a cup of coffee and some time with God.  I know for me, starting the day out by talking to God refreshes me more than anything (and some caffeine doesn’t hurt either!).
  • Don’t use your phone an hour before bed.  Your phone screen gives off blue light that actually keeps your brain awake and alert.  So when you lay down and play on your phone to “make yourself tired,” it’s actually doing the opposite!

I hope you consider giving these a try!  With a little determination, you can make all of these lifestyle boosts an everyday habit!

XO – Chelsea

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It Isn’t About You

Do you ever just sit back and reflect on how short our lives really are? They are literally a blip on the radar, a speck on a timeline. We are…

Do you ever just sit back and reflect on how short our lives really are? They are literally a blip on the radar, a speck on a timeline. We are such a small piece of the puzzle. So, if we are just a piece, how can we think that the whole thing is about us?

Remembering that we get to live our lives for Jesus is important. We don’t HAVE to live our lives for Him, we GET to. Keeping God the center of our lives is crucial. I know it can be tough, there are so many things to do in a day and so little time to do them. How can we remember to make sure Jesus is at the center of everything we do? Some days it is harder than others. I can get caught up in my own life and forget that it isn’t about me. We all have days when we have a hard time “fitting God in” with our busy schedules. Just remember, we are not the main piece of the puzzle. We should not be trying to fit God into our life’s puzzle, we should be trying to fit ourselves into His master work of art.

The short time that we are allowed on this planet should be lived intentionally. Your piece of the puzzle is crucial to the finished product. The things you do and say, the way you present yourself and go through life, those things make a big difference. YOU make a difference. Don’t think that the things that happen in your life don’t matter to God, because they do. Big and small. The same detail that he put into creating the smallest fish in the sea to the largest mountain on the planet is the care he put into creating you. He has given you an invitation to enjoy His goodness. Let others see Jesus’s good works through you. Trust that God can take care of everything in our lives way better than we can handle them ourselves. We just hand over control to Him.

Trust me, I know all about life getting busy. Remembering to live for Jesus every day is easy when you make it a part of your life. Because remember, it isn’t about you. Take your daily dose of humble and step out the door ready to show others what it looks like to live for someone else other than themselves. That, after all, is what our generation needs to see more of. More people ready to surrender themselves and live for others, not be so caught up in themselves that they miss the joy of living in Christ.

Chels

 

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