Chelsea Crockett

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Don’t Dig Up What You Planted in Faith

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season…

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott

I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season of life my family is in. We are in a time of major transition. My parents and brother moved to Colorado, I moved to Georgia, and my sister stayed in our hometown to continue going to college. With so much change swirling around in our world, it can be hard not to second guess things.

Before making these big decisions, my family and I lifted them up in prayer. We prayed that God would give us wisdom and clarity about our decisions and would lead us in the right direction. Our actions were planted in faith, faith that God had our futures in His hands and knew where He wanted us. When things started moving along and falling into place, we could see God’s hand in all of it.

But what happens when you start to doubt your decisions? What happens when you are unsure that you made the right choice? Panic and fear seep into your head and heart. That is where Elisabeth Elliott’s wisdom comes in – Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. Translation? Don’t remove your trust in God’s plan when things start to go wrong. Don’t let your doubt cause you to take back the actions you carried out when you had full faith in them. The devil plants seeds of uncertainty in our hearts. Those seeds can sprout into weeds and quickly suffocate our hopes and optimism.

Our plans and hopes are very fragile in their beginning stages. They can easily be swayed and doubted. Criticism from ourselves and others can make us think of all the reasons we shouldn’t carry them out. We have to give our hopes and dreams and plans a chance to grow and become strong. They are like seeds. These seeds can turn into plants that represent our vision of what will come of our hopes and dreams and plans. Our ideal outcome. Once we have planted a seed, we have to cultivate it. When we let doubt dictate our actions, we are pretty much digging up our ideas out of the ground before they have a chance to grow. You have planted those seeds because you have faith in them – don’t dig them up before they can show you their potential!

XOXO, Chels

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3 Vintage Things to Put on Your Christmas List

Shopping vintage can give you some of the best hidden gems and forgotten styles out there! There are tons of styles that are making a comeback, along with different vintage…

Shopping vintage can give you some of the best hidden gems and forgotten styles out there! There are tons of styles that are making a comeback, along with different vintage things to add to your Christmas list.  Here are a few of my favorites to channel your old-school side!

One of my favorite throwback styles of shoes is Adidas’ Superstar sneakers. The original version was introduced in 1963 and is back in action!  The shoe is widely available and super affordable.  I love to throw them on with shorts, jeans, or even a cute T-shirt dress.  You can wear them with just about anything to create the perfect street-style look.

Chelsea Crockett - Calvin Klein CrewneckAnother fun vintage look is a Calvin Klein or Adidas crewneck sweatshirt. These slouchy, oversized sweatshirts are often color blocked for a retro fashionable style or solid with an apparent vintage logo.  This is a classic “90’s” look and can be paired with leggings and sneakers.  Check out the picture on the left for example!

Apart from clothing, Urban Outfitters supplies all your other vintage needs.  They sell old-school record players, records, and Polaroid cameras! These are the perfect addition to your Christmas list!  (The record player can even be a cute decoration for your room!)

Be sure to shop at your resell-it stores to see what you can find yourself!

Merry Christmas! – Chels

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5 Cheap Winter Date Ideas

Winter is the best season for fun, creative date nights.  There are so many different things you can do to get in the holiday spirit with your boyfriend or girlfriend……

Winter is the best season for fun, creative date nights.  There are so many different things you can do to get in the holiday spirit with your boyfriend or girlfriend… while saving money at the same time!  I came up with a few different date ideas that are inexpensive yet a good time for you and your crush!

  • Have a hot cocoa date. Go to your nearest grocery store and pick out different flavors of hot chocolate.  Make a variety of hot cocoa, make some cookies, and curl up on the couch!  Maybe even put on your favorite Christmas movie. 🙂
  • Do a surprise gift exchange at the mall. Set a budget and a time limit and have some fun!  Go back home and exchange your gifts with each other.  It’s not too expensive, but you still get to give and receive a gift!
  • Decorate your Christmas tree together. What’s a better way to get in the Christmas spirit than decking the halls!  Invite your boyfriend over, turn on some Christmas tunes, and set up some decorations!
  • Build a fort. Okay, this might sound super cheesy but it’s actually so fun… and not to mention, free!  Make some popcorn, pick out a movie, and chill out.  Why not channel your inner kid again?
  • Go on a horse drawn carriage ride. These are so fun and the perfect winter date!  If you live near a big city, bundle up and go for a ride.  It’s not too expensive and you get to enjoy the view of the city, too!

Which date idea are you going to try out?  Tell me in the comments below! 🙂

Love, 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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Thanksgiving Love Letters

During this time of year, I always take a moment to think about the things I’m thankful for. I try to practice this often throughout the year, but the month…

During this time of year, I always take a moment to think about the things I’m thankful for. I try to practice this often throughout the year, but the month of Thanksgiving really gets me thinking about all the things, especially people, God has put in my life!

When you think about Thanksgiving, what do you think of?  Do you think of all the food you get to eat?  Or maybe the Macy’s Day Parade you get to watch with your family?  More importantly, we should use this holiday to genuinely reflect on all that we’re thankful for.  And this year, why don’t we actually act on it? I have decided to challenge myself this month. I want to spend some time writing thank you notes to the people in my life that I’m grateful for. I want to challenge you to do the same thing!

It may be your parents, your grandparents, your teacher, your Pastor, or a special friend that you would like to thank! Join me this month and take a little extra time to write a note that tells someone just how much they mean to you.  You may think it’s cheesy, but it’ll mean more to them than you know!

I think this little Thanksgiving project will bless you just as much as it blesses the receiver of your letter! I certainly hope to bless those that I’m thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Love, Chels

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Prayer Journaling 101

Prayer journaling is something that’s become a really big part of my spiritual life.  It’s something that brings me closer to God and has changed my perspective on prayer as…

Prayer journaling is something that’s become a really big part of my spiritual life.  It’s something that brings me closer to God and has changed my perspective on prayer as a whole.  There are so many things about prayer journaling that I want to tell you about so you can dive into prayer in a whole new way, too!

Chelsea Crockett - Prayer JournalFirst, you’ll need an empty journal with lots of blank pages that are ready to be filled!  I like to start by writing a list of different things I want to start praying for.  Whether it be a friend that’s going through something or a hard test that’s coming up, I write it all down.  Put on paper everything that’s on your mind and everything that needs prayer.

Now comes the best part.  Find a quiet spot where you can be alone with God, just you and him. You can either pick one of those things you put on your list to journal about or just spill out your heart to God, about anything and everything.  These are like your own little love notes to God.  There’s no wrong way to write your out your needs and wants to him.  My favorite part about writing my prayers down is being able to look back at them and see how God has answered my requests.  Watch how he is faithful and see how he answers your prayers when you need him to!

So, what do you think?  Are you going to try it out?  Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop! 🙂

Love, Chels

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5 Non-Awkward First Date Ideas

First dates can be the most fun, yet most intimidating, encounters.  Sometimes the conversations flow perfectly and you hit it off right away.  But other times conversations become awkward and…

First dates can be the most fun, yet most intimidating, encounters.  Sometimes the conversations flow perfectly and you hit it off right away.  But other times conversations become awkward and you run out of things to talk about!  Since I know from personal experience that those situations can be super awkward, here are five guaranteed non-awkward first date ideas!

  • Go see a movie. Okay, now I know this might be basic but still take it into consideration! It’s not going to be awkward because you’ll be watching a movie the whole time! There won’t be time for awkward pauses or dull conversation.
  • Go to a school sporting event. Whether you’re in high school or college, going to a game together is fun and gives you something to talk about. You can even get a big group of friends to go with you!
  • Go to the zoo. The zoo is always a chill date that’s fun and relaxing! Sometimes during the winter, zoos will do a holiday festival with Christmas lights and music. Keep an eye out for those seasonal events!
  • Go to a food festival. What’s better than dressing up cute and eating good food? Enjoy sampling tasty snacks and seasonal treats with your date!
  • Be a tourist in your own city. Spend the day exploring with your date.  Think of all the cool places in your town that you’ve never tried!  Make a list and go on an all-day adventure!

Try suggesting one of these ideas next time you get asked out on a date! 🙂

XO, Chelsea

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Early Morning Workout: Why Yoga?

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people…

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people use it as their main form of exercise so I decided to do a little research!  Here’s why you should check out yoga for yourself! 🙂

  • It increases your muscle strength.Chelsea Crockett - Yoga Believe it or not, yoga isn’t all about relaxing.  It actually takes a lot of strength and can challenge you more than you expect.  There are lots of different moves that require strength endurance and strong muscles!
  • It straightens your posture. I know for me I could use a little help on my posture!  Yoga helps align and strengthen your spine which, in turn, strengthens your posture.  I never even thought about that but it really does help!
  • It increases your ability to focus. Yoga takes a lot of focus on your breathing and movements.  One of yoga’s biggest purposes is to learn how to focus on the present and relax!  Studies have actually shown an increase in coordination, focus, memory, and other things, as well!
  • It helps the upkeep of your joints. Along with an increase in flexibility, yoga moves your body in ways it isn’t used to moving in.  It helps move your joints in several different motions which helps loosen and stretch them out and makes them even healthier!

Get out of bed and get your stretch on!  You won’t regret it!

XO – Chels

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Unhealthy Habits to Cut Out Of Your Life

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals….

Many of us are constantly striving to improve our overall well-being. That means cutting out certain bad habits that are keeping you down and setting you back from your goals. Here are some things that I am cutting out of my life to stay healthy- both mentally and physically.

  1. Workouts I hate: Not everyone likes certain exercises. A lot of people hate crossfit, and a lot of people love it! Forcing yourself to do workouts/exercises that you dislike discourages you from working out. There are so many ways to exercise out there. Try running. Don’t like running? Try bootcamp classes. Don’t like bootcamp? Keep trying things until you find something you like. You will be much more motivated to stick with it.
  2. Negative self-talk: Stop being mean to yourself and realize that you are enough! You are strong, and you are capable. Start complimenting yourself and celebrating who you are.
  3. Stress: A little stress is healthy, it keeps us accountable and helps us accomplish our goals. But too much stress can compromise our health by causing weight gain, skin problems, physical pain etc. Manage your stress in healthy ways like exercising, having “quiet time”, and taking time to hang out with friends.
  4. Perfectionism: Setting goals is great, but striving for perfectionism is unhealthy. Focus your energy on progress, not perfection!

XOXO, Chels

 

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3 Ways to Find Rest in God

Life can be stressful.  It can be full of setbacks and disappointments that are hard to overcome.  If you let these consume you, you can lose sight of God’s plan…

Life can be stressful.  It can be full of setbacks and disappointments that are hard to overcome.  If you let these consume you, you can lose sight of God’s plan for you and how much he loves and cares for you.  Here are three different ways you can find rest in God when life throws unexpected challenges at you!

  1. Find a quiet place to dive into the Word. One of the best ways to grow closer to God is by spending time with him and him alone.  When you give yourself time to read the truth about what God says, you can find rest in his promises!
  2. Pray continuously, not just when you feel like it. When I’m in constant communication with God, I automatically feel 10x closer to him.  When I’m simply thanking him for the things in my life, I feel at peace.  It puts into perspective how many blessings I have in my life whether I realize it or not!
  3. Play some good worship music. I don’t know about you, but music is one of the most calming things for me, especially worship music. I love listening to slow, calming music that puts me into a happy mood!  It might not work for you, but it’s worth a try!

I hope this advice helps you out next time you’re feeling down or far from God! 🙂

XOXO – Chels

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How to Beat Bad Feelings

Every once in a while, we all have those days where we can’t get out of a slump.  Whether we’re tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, etc., it’s sometimes hard to snap out…

Every once in a while, we all have those days where we can’t get out of a slump.  Whether we’re tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, etc., it’s sometimes hard to snap out of the mood we’re in, no matter how hard we try.  Here are a few different ways you can beat the bad feelings that are bringing you down!

  • Feeling tired? Although you most likely just want to stay in bed, get up and get moving!  I suggest chugging some water and fueling your body with a snack that’s healthy and will give your body a boost.  If you absolutely need a nap, only allow yourself to sleep for 20-30 minutes for a quick recharge!
  • Feeling insecure? Instead of thinking negatively, write down a list of characteristics that you love about yourself.  Change your focus from popularity or appearance and think more about your personality and the people you surround yourself with that love you more than you know!
  • Feeling stressed out? Between school, homework, and a social life, this is an easy mindset to slip into.  Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the work you have to do. It helps me when I break down all I have to do into smaller pieces. This way, your work will present itself more manageable and less overwhelming.

I hope these tips help you snap back into a better mood ASAP! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Tips to Keep Winter Weight Off

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. This is especially true when the cold weather comes and all we want to do is be cozy in our jammies on the couch. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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3 Closet Organizing Hacks Every Girl Needs to Know

Keeping my closet neat and organized isn’t one of my best strengths… With lots of clothes and shoes, a girl can get a little overwhelmed with finding space for everything,…

Keeping my closet neat and organized isn’t one of my best strengths… With lots of clothes and shoes, a girl can get a little overwhelmed with finding space for everything, especially when space is limited.  I discovered a few organizing hacks that I find really helpful when it comes to keeping my closet together!

  • Use soda tabs to hang two shirts at once. Chelsea Crockett - Closet RackYou can place a hanger through one hole of the soda tab and a hanger through the second hole.  This serves as a double hanger for your shirts leaving you more hanging room in your closet.
  • Use a hanging shoe organizer for multiple purposes. You can hang one of these on your closet door or somewhere else inside your closet.  Of course, you can use it to store your shoes, but you can also store things like underwear, socks, bras, shorts, swimsuits, etc. in it, as well!
  • Purchase a second closet rack like the picture on the right. These can act as another storage space and as a piece of décor for your room!  If you have limited closet space, hang your thicker sweaters, jackets, and coats on your second rack to free up some more space.

Are you going to try any of these out?  Let me know how they work for you!  Also, share with me any organizing tips of your own below! 🙂

Xoxo – Chels

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Do’s and Don’ts of Breaking Up

Break-ups can be both the best and worst thing in the world.  Depending on who you are and/or who you are dating, break-ups can either be freeing and relieving or…

Break-ups can be both the best and worst thing in the world.  Depending on who you are and/or who you are dating, break-ups can either be freeing and relieving or heartbreaking and miserable.  Either way, I have a few helpful do’s and don’ts that I think I could offer!

  • DO be respectful.  Make sure you are always considering their feelings and their side of the story.  Try to put yourself in their shoes and know it can be just as hard on them as it is for you.
  • DON’T forget your worth.  Oftentimes, it can be easy to forget your worth and make excuses for the other person, especially when you’re going through a rough patch.  Know what you deserve and don’t settle for anything less!
  • DO put yourself first.  There’s a huge difference between being selfish and putting yourself first.  It’s okay to consider your own feelings and to value what you need out of a relationship over your boyfriend.  At the end of the day, you have to look out for yourself!
  • DON’T forget what you learned.  You can learn so much through dating and breaking up.  It teaches you valuable lessons that you can use the next time you date someone.  You can observe what worked, what didn’t work, and what traits you’re looking for in the next person you date!

I hope this helps you out next time you go through a break up, which I hope isn’t any time soon for you!

Xoxo – Chelsea

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The 4 R’s Devotional Plan

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing…

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing quiet times where God directly speaks to me through it!  Here’s a 4 R’s devotional plan that I find extremely refreshing!

  • Read.  The first step is pretty self-explanatory.  Pick a passage or chapter of the Bible that you want to dive into, and read it a few times through.  Make sure you gain a full understanding of what you’re reading to get the most out of it!
  • Record.  This step requires picking out which verses speak to you or have greater importance than the others.  Write down the key verses or concepts of the passage.  Highlight your favorite verse and maybe even challenge yourself to memorize it!
  • Reflect.  This part is the easy step.  You can either spend time simply thinking about the passage and trying to gain a deeper understanding of what you wrote.  Or you can write down what you think each part of the passage means if writing things down is more your style! 🙂
  • Respond.  Now comes the application.  Take what you wrote down and think of how you can apply it to your life.  If the passage is about forgiveness, think of how you can be more forgiving in your daily life.  And again, write it down!

I hope you love this plan as much as I do!

XO – Chels

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