Chelsea Crockett

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Biblical Tips on How To Avoid Social Media Drama

Social media drama: Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we have all been involved in it one way or another, whether we were the one who started it or…

Social media drama: Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we have all been involved in it one way or another, whether we were the one who started it or an innocent bystander. Whatever the case, it is never a pleasant experience. As a Christian I try to hold myself to a code of higher “social media ethics” and take the higher road, but petty arguments, rude comments, and subtweets sometimes test my patience. To avoid the hurt, annoyance, and all around nastiness of social media drama, here are 5 ways to avoid it that are inspired by the Bible.

  1. Never comment when you are angry: Proverbs 15:1 says: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger.” Your quick-tempered comment might sound great today, but tomorrow you will probably regret it.
  2. Tame your jealousy monster: So your best friend and her boyfriend are totally cute and post completely adorable selfies all over their timeline and you are 100% single. So what? Be happy that they are happy! Social media brings out the jealousy in all of us, but just remember that although they take cute pictures and make cute statuses, things aren’t always flowers and rainbows for them.
  3. WWJP?: This stands for “what would Jesus post?” and this is pretty self-explanatory. It goes for comments as well as posts. Knowing what is appropriate to post and what isn’t will save you lots of drama in the long run!
  4. Forgive and forget: As Elsa would say, “Let it go!” Let your social media grudge go. Jesus calls us to forgive. Yeah, it is hard, but you will be so much better for it in the end!01250cc2d6220796a463b5c7b03a476e

Social media can be great, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it can be more of a hassle than anything! As the Bible says in Philippians 4:8, we are to focus on the things that are right and noble and pure and admirable. This goes for Facebook! Let your page reflect you as a Christ follower and let it be a platform for God to use you as an example for others!

XOXO, Chels

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You Can’t Change People, But God Can

Odds are, you have someone in your life who really needs to change. They have an anger problem, a sin problem, an addiction problem, an attitude problem, or maybe even…

Odds are, you have someone in your life who really needs to change. They have an anger problem, a sin problem, an addiction problem, an attitude problem, or maybe even a denial problem. And you don’t know how to help them overcome their struggle or the sin that has held them down for so long. Fed up, tired, and hopeless because you have tried and tried, but somehow nothing has changed. You come to grips with the fact that they may never change, and that they may always be the way they are. I mean, what are you supposed to do in a situation like that?

Lucky for us, the Bible gives us wisdom on how to actually help a person change. So, how can you help a person change?

Pray repeatedly. Somehow we get this unbiblical idea in our heads that we can change people and by the force of our sheer will, we can make a person turn from their ungodliness to godliness. Scripture says differently. James 1:19-10 says “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” The hard truth is that we cannot cause a person to change, no matter how hard we try. Only God can soften their heart and open their ears. The best thing we can do for a person is pray for them, and not in a “God please change this person because they are driving me crazy” kind of way, but in a “God please change this person for their good and your glory” kind of way. Pray for them constantly. Pray that God would bless them, give them joy, and give them victory over their sin. Also, instead of criticizing the person you want to change, pray for them. For every one time you criticize, pray ten times!

Encourage them often. This may sound counterproductive because if I encourage them, they will think everthing is okay, right? That isnt how it works. The authors of the Bible made this evident. Before they brought any criticism, they always began with encouragement. The way Paul responded to the Corinthians is a great example of this. The Corinthian church was going nuts. They were all engaging in sexual immorality, worshiping other Gods, making idols, and many other sinful things. But, Paul began his letter to the Corinthians by telling them how grateful he was for them. “I give thanks to my God always for you..” are his words exactly. Do you want to help a person change? Give thanks to God for them. Encourage them and point out areas where you see God at work in their life. Don’t fixate on their weaknesses and miss all the good things God is doing in them.

Correct them lovingly. There is a time for correction, but that correction should be when necessary. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” Sometimes our corrections can take the form of admonishment or rebuke. Sometimes they can take the form of helping someone in their weakness. But always correct with patience and love, not anger and frustration.

So, how do we help people truly change? Pray, encourage, correct, and repeat. Don’t try and make people change, persistently pray for them and let God do the changing.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Promises for the New Year

The new year is a blank slate. You have the chance to make different choices, new friends, life changes, and much more. This next year is full of new things….

The new year is a blank slate. You have the chance to make different choices, new friends, life changes, and much more. This next year is full of new things. 2018 is an open book! To help you navigate the new year, here are some promises that the Bible gives us that have stood the test of time.

  1. Galations 6:9- “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we wll reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This verse reminds me to keep perservering despite people doubting and knocking me down. Don’t get tired of doing good, even when you don’t see the benefits. Even when you don’t see them, they are there. Keep the faith.
  2. Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” When you are going through life’s storms, remember that you are not alone.
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” God has a plan for your life, and it is to give you a bright future. Thank goodness our futures aren’t in our own hands. All of the pressure is off of our shoulders. Our lives are being shaped by the creater of the universe.
  4. James 1:2-4 – “Count it joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” The trials of life are God testing and strengthening you. The tests mold you into the person you are and without struggles, we wouldn’t know the things we know. Trials bring wisdom, and so does patience.
  5. Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” When you feel like you are lacking the strength to go on, call on Jesus. He will give you the strength you need.
  6. Philippians 4:6-7 –“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Put your trust in God, leave your hopes and dreams in His hands. Give it to God in prayer. He knows everything, and He will give your heart peace.

Let’s make 2018 count!

XOXO, Chels

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Sin is Expensive

Sin is expensive. Incredibly expensive. The price isn’t paid in cash, though. It is paid in mental, emotional, and spiritual pain. God didn’t create a random list of things we…

Sin is expensive. Incredibly expensive.

The price isn’t paid in cash, though. It is paid in mental, emotional, and spiritual pain. God didn’t create a random list of things we should and shouldn’t do to see if we could follow them. No, He laid out a set of essential guidelines for living in the Bible for us to follow. His anger towards lying, stealing, cheating coveting, murder, jealousy and pride is because all of these actions destroy relationships. Everything that the Bible labels as sin is something that God is trying to protect us from. His desire is love, peace, grace, and harmony with Him and all of creation. Sin is our defiant rejection of this in an effort to satisfy our own selfish desires.

Ravi Zacharias, a well-known evangelist, says “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Sin is the most expensive thing out there. For those of us who have professed Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, sin cost God his only son. For those who are not followers of Christ, sin costs a person their soul. Sin causes us to lose what we hold dear. Family, friends, jobs, home, all of these things can be lost due to sin. It separates us from God’s blessings and alienates us from those we love. Sin also causes us to be restless. Guilt from the things we have done can cause us to lose sleep and can rob us of our happiness.

You can easily become a slave to sin. We lose control of our lives and the things we value over our relationship with Christ become addictions. We lose our joy. The happiness in our heart, the joy in our souls, and the hope in our lives is dissolved. Sin also effects our health, whether it be from substance abuse or emotional sickness. Guilt and shame can slowly eat away at you. It can make you frozen with uncertainty and question everything. In my life, the times when I was the most depressed and down were the times when I was living the way I knew I shouldn’t. When you know better, it makes it that much worse. My sin cost me happiness. I could have been doing so much more, but my sin distracted me from my goals. When your eyes are open to your sin, you realize how much it cost you.

You and I cannot afford the high price of our sins. They are infinitely expensive because they are sins against God. Fortunately for us, God paid that infinite debt of sin by sending His son to die for us. We can show Him gratitude by asking for His forgiveness when we sin and disappoint Him. Like I said, we cannot afford sin. Asking for forgiveness and praying for protection from the temptation to sin cuts down on the side effects, but ultimately, we are indebted to God because he footed the bill for our indiscretions. By His wounds we are healed. We must never forget the price He paid.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Why You May Be Feeling More Forgetful

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling…

Lately I have been feeling more and more forgetful and I was having a hard time figuring out why. We all have spacey moments, but if you have been feeling more forgetful than normal then something may be up with your health. Here are a few reasons that you may be feeling a bit more forgetful than normal.

  1. Lack of sleep: Sleep is vital for your brain to recharge and store memories. Lack of sleep worsens your ability to focus and learn, and sleep is necessary for storing memories so you can recall them in the future.
  2. More stress: When you are stressed or have anxiety your brain can become overloaded and discombobulated.
  3. High glycemic foods: What you eat impacts your memory. Sugary foods cause a rapid spike and drop in blood sugar, and this negatively impacts memory. Foods like this are refined grains and sugary foods.
  4. Posture: We look down at our phones way too much. We carry a lot of tension in our head, neck, spinal cord, and brain. This effects our neurotransmitters which effect memory.

If you feel like you have been frequently forgetful, then one of these things could be the issue!

XOXO, Chels

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Bible Advice for Dating Couples

As a Christian, I strive to have God as the center of all my relationships, including my romantic ones. God’s word gives us great guidelines for growth and a great…

As a Christian, I strive to have God as the center of all my relationships, including my romantic ones. God’s word gives us great guidelines for growth and a great foundation for relationships and it outlines the core principals of godliniess, purity, and unconditional love. If you are a believer and are dating another believer, these 4 verses are great to study in order to strengthen your relationship.

  1. Respect each other: Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” This means that respecting each other’s boundaries, personalities, and thoughts gives couples the ability to humble themselves individually. This gives the relationship the opportunity to mature and for each person to give respect by demonstrating integrity, moral character, and devotion to God.
  2. Encourage each other to grow spiritually: 2 Thessalonians 1:3 tells us to encourage our brothers and sisters to seek Christ and to grow spiritually. This shows maturity in relationships and strengthens them. A couple who prays together, goes to Bible study or church together, or fellowships with other believers is helping eachother flourish.
  3. Serve with each other: Hebrews 10: 24 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” serving together in the community or in church is a great way to use your spiritual gifts to further God’s kingdom, AND to grow your relationship!
  4. Pray for each other and for others: Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to pray for each other and for others, because when we do, we will experience a greater closeness to God and each other.

The Bible encourages us to be in relationships where we are equally yoked, which means of the same faith. Being in a relationship with someone who holds the same beliefs as you really sets you up for success, and gives you a sense of confidence that you are both on the same page when it comes to issues of purity and what you believe.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Tips For De-Cluttering Your Life

Do you ever just feel overwhelmed with life? I feel most overwhelmed when my room is a mess, my closet is a mess, my bathroom is a mess, and everything…

Do you ever just feel overwhelmed with life? I feel most overwhelmed when my room is a mess, my closet is a mess, my bathroom is a mess, and everything else is a mess! The best way to keep that overwhelmed feeling at bay is to simplify your life and de-clutter. I am moving to a different state soon, which means I am diving head first into packing up and de-cluttering my life. Here are a few easy ways to declutter your space so you can feel like you’ve got your life together. These are things you can get rid of and not even miss.

Magazines: Let’s face it. We all have a pile of magazines in our room that we insist we will eventually read or make crafts out of. Recycle those puppies! If you haven’t read them yet, you probably won’t be getting to it any time soon. You will always get new magazines in the mail, or if you need them for crafts you can get them at Goodwill!

Makeup: I have a whole tub of half-used or forgotten-about makeup. What good is it if I don’t use it? Some of it is dried up or broken. Why in the world do I keep it? I have no idea. Toss it!

Hangers: I always seem to have a ton of abandoned hangers jutting out from my closet. They always get in the way when I am trying to put laundry away or pick out clothes to wear. Grab all of those lonely hangers and put them in a storage bin or just get rid of them!

Crafts: Those half-finished DIYs sitting around? Those need to go.

You will not believe how good it feels to de-clutter your space. Seriously, it feels so freeing! Simplifying life is important.

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Recover from Failure

Failing is part of life, but no one said it has to be an easy part. It can make you feel depressed, inadequate, and can sometimes be embarrassing. Rejection is…

Failing is part of life, but no one said it has to be an easy part. It can make you feel depressed, inadequate, and can sometimes be embarrassing. Rejection is tough, and how you deal with it can really determine how successful and happy you are. Being resilient is such an important quality have. Resilience is the ability to take failure and rise above it! How do you get over failure and persevere through it? Here are 4 ways to be resilient.

  1. Don’t ignore your emotions: Looking at the bright side of a situation isn’t always realistic, especially when you are feeling like a failure. Let yourself feel the sad emotions, don’t try to push them down. Once you have allowed yourself to feel the negative emotions you leave room for the positive ones to take over!
  2. Be realistically optimistic: Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, we all know that. Just know life has ups and downs and that life isn’t going to be easy all of the time. Keep a positive outlook on things, but also be realistic.
  3. Have a strong support system: This is so important. Always having a strong network of friends and family that support you is vital for when you come across hard times. They will be right there by your side when times get tough and will help you back up when you fall. They can build your happiness back up and make you feel more resilient!
  4. Be grateful: Appreciate all of the positive things in your life, take joy in your victories no matter how small they are. When you are positive even about the small things, the big things don’t seem so bad. Have an attitude of gratitude and be thankful for everything going RIGHT in life.

Life is tough, but you are tougher!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

 

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Bad Relationship Advice from Disney Princesses

At some point in our childhood, we all wanted to be a Disney princess. Now that we are grownups, going back and watching those movies is so different. We catch…

At some point in our childhood, we all wanted to be a Disney princess. Now that we are grownups, going back and watching those movies is so different. We catch things that went right over our heads as kids, things like how dysfunctional their relationships are! As much as we love the princesses, they’ve made some questionable dude decisions. Here are the top 5 pieces of really bad relationship advice Disney princesses give us.

  1. Pretending you are something you aren’t is a great way to begin a relationship: Cinderella, for example. She pretended to be a princess so the prince would fall in love with her. This is just bad. In our case, it could be pretending you like certain things to impress the guy you are dating. In the end, being someone you aren’t is deceiving, even if your intentions are good. Just be yourself! This can also go the other way, and the guy can be lying about who he really is. Aladdin is totally guilty of this. It causes huge strain on your relationship when you learn that person isn’t who you thought they were.
  2. Spend all of your time waiting for the love of your life to show up: Nope, don’t be Rapunzel. Get out there and show ‘em who’s boss! Don’t wait for them to come to you, put yourself out there.
  3. You can change the person you are dating: Belle. The Beast. Enough said. Trying to “save” the person you are dating and turn them into your ideal man is not the way a healthy relationship goes. Your guy should be striving to be the best person he can be, and you should be doing the same. It is not your responsibility to “save” them. That’s God’s job.
  4. Finding the right guy solves all of life’s problems: Yes, we all want our own happily ever after. But the idea of finding the guy and having the fairytale ending is just that, a fairytale. Life is hard. Life throws you curves. But that is half the fun! Going through life’s battles with your guy by your side makes you stronger, and also helps you appreciate the good times.

I know we all have wished that life could “Bibbity Bobbity Boo” a little relationship luck our way. Disney princesses don’t always have the keys to life, my friends!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Nurture Your Long Distance Relationship

As most of you know, I am in a long-distance relationship. My boyfriend lives down South, and I live in the Midwest. Long-distance is not easy. At all. When you…

As most of you know, I am in a long-distance relationship. My boyfriend lives down South, and I live in the Midwest. Long-distance is not easy. At all. When you miss your boo, you can’t just drive over to their house and hang. Sometimes we go months at a time without seeing each other in person. Facetime and social media keep it way easier to keep in touch, which is awesome, but there are other ways to keep your relationship strong despite the distance. Here are a few tips, from one long distance-er to another.

Make plans and keep them: This isn’t just plans to travel and see each other. This can be plans to have a Skype date, plans to make dinner together while on the phone, plans to start and finish the same book. This keeps us from feeling like it has been a long time since we saw each other and helps make the time pass faster. It is always fun having something to look forward too! And when you make plans, keep them, just like you would with an actual date.

Be as open and honest as possible: We all know how easy it is to misinterpret messages. When you are feeling sad, lonely, hurt, confused, or just missing your guy, tell him! And make sure he feels he can do the same to you. It is easy to feel neglected or put on the back burner when you are both so busy and have two separate lives. That is why it is so important to be intentional about having meaningful conversations and opening up to one another.

Give them something to remember you by: Whether it is a little note that you stick in his wallet that reminds him how you feel about him, or an item that he can use all the time and remember you by, like a watch. Little reminders of your affection will keep the spark alive and be great reminders of how much you care.

Long distance is tough, but it is also worth it.

Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship? How did YOU make it work? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Find Your Passion in Life

We all get stuck sometimes. Stuck where we feel like our life is not going the way we thought it would, or it is not really going anywhere at all….

We all get stuck sometimes. Stuck where we feel like our life is not going the way we thought it would, or it is not really going anywhere at all. Maybe you are in a job that you really don’t like. Or maybe what you are studying in school isn’t turning out to be as great as you thought it would be. In these times it is important to stop and reflect and remember what you are passionate about and what you love in life. This is not as easy as it sounds, but here are a few ways to help you get there.

  1. Be present: It is easy to put yourself on “autopilot” and just go through the motions of every day. One day we will realize that years have passed and we may feel like we have missed out on doing the things we love to do! Start paying attention and living in the present. Take time to notice what is going on and where you are in life.
  2. Pay attention to how you feel: To find your passions and discover what you love in life, you must let yourself feel things. How will you know what you are passionate about if you shut off feelings of joy and appreciation and excitement? Those emotions can be hard to let ourselves feel because we think that if we let them in, they will probably lead to disappointment. Not always the case.
  3. Learn to put yourself first sometimes: It is important to think about others, but it is also important to give yourself value as well. Finding your passion is about finding yourself, so learn to put yourself first when you need to.
  4. Take pride in your accomplishments and your abilities: Realize what you are good at it, and don’t minimize it. Be proud of it! Find out who you are and what you are good at by “dating yourself.” Ask yourself questions like you were on a date with yourself and were wanting to get to know you. This will help you realize your skills and talents. Brag on yourself a bit!
  5. Write it all down and reflect: Keep track of your thoughts from #4. Write down what you have learned about yourself and use that to help you find what you are passionate about and what you love in life.

And lastly, pray about it! God will reveal to you what you seek if you ask Him, and He will do it when He knows the time is right. Finding your passion can give you so much joy and fulfillment! When you are doing the things you love, life is good. When I realized that my passion was speaking to others about Christ and giving advice, it changed my life.

XOXO, Chels

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4 Signs of a True Gentleman

I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase “there are no good boys in my town” when girls are talking about why they don’t have a boyfriend….

I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase “there are no good boys in my town” when girls are talking about why they don’t have a boyfriend. And sometimes, that really can seem like the truth! In my age group, there seems to be a lack of gentlemen, and finding a quality guy can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. Don’t lose heart! There is a guy out there for you that will treat you like a lady. Here are the signs that you have found a true gentlemen.

  1. He treats the women in his life with respect: Whether it is his mother, sister, or other friends that are girls, a boy should respect and treat them with dignity. He does this by listening to them when they talk and by affirming and defending them. I was always told to watch how a boy treats his mother, because that is a sign of the way he will treat his girlfriend.
  2. He values you: A gentlemen will lift you up, not tear you down. He will make sure you know how valuable you are!
  3. He is confident without being cocky: No one likes being with a guy that is full of himself. A gentlemen is humble, and he also seeks guidance from people that are older and wiser than him, aka he is not a know-it-all!
  4. He is smart with money: This one isn’t as big of a deal at this stage of life, but knowing how to wisely handle money is a biiiiiiig deal as you get older! So, having a guy who knows how to save money and doesn’t blow it all the second he gets it is a huge plus. Getting in the habit of saving money is really important.

Finding a true gentlemen may be hard, but it is worth the wait! You are worth it.

XOXO, Chels

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5 Ways to Be More Friendly

In my honest opinion, I think we should all be friendlier on a daily basis. Think of how many people’s day we could make, just by smiling at them or…

In my honest opinion, I think we should all be friendlier on a daily basis. Think of how many people’s day we could make, just by smiling at them or being sweet to them? These days friendliness can be misinterpreted as flirting or being “fake.” I find that completely sad, because friendliness is such a great quality to have! It makes your life better, it makes other people’s lives better. Here is how to be more friendly so you can make someone’s day every day.

  1. Smile at people you see: When you are walking down the street, smile at people! Don’t stare blankly ahead and avoid eye contact, smile! Be that person who makes eye contact and smiles, you will be the most friendly, likable person on the block!
  2. Be aware of body language: You can be a super sweet person, but if your body language is bad you can come off as not-so-nice. Are you sending off good vibes by making eye contact and smiling? Do you appear closed-off and unapproachable? Watch for those things!
  3. Give genuine compliments: A real, honest to goodness compliment is one of the nicest things you can give a person. People know when you are giving a real compliment or a transparent one. Compliment people on their best qualities and speak up when you notice something good about them or find they did something well! People like to be around people like that.
  4. Make people feel comfortable: If you are at a party or an event with friends and you see someone you are acquainted with looking like they feel uncomfortable, invite them over to sit with you or include them in conversation. This goes for people who don’t have anywhere to sit at lunch or a person who doesn’t have a group for a group project. Make people feel like they belong!

Like I said earlier, being friendly can sometimes be taken the wrong way by some people, but to others it is much appreciated. By simply making yourself more approachable you can improve people’s day and brighten your mood! Try friendliness out, it looks good on you!

XOXO, Chels

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Small Ways to Show You Care

Our culture is so fast paced and dominated by technology. With all of the distractions around is, it can be easy to forget how important it is to show people…

Our culture is so fast paced and dominated by technology. With all of the distractions around is, it can be easy to forget how important it is to show people we are thinking about them, we love them, and we care about them. How long has it been since you told your best friend you were thinking about her? If you don’t see her every day, it can be easy to forget to remind her how much she means to you. Same goes to your sister or your boyfriend. Here are a few ways to let the people you care about know, well, that you care about them!

  1. Handwritten notes: Knowing that you spent the time to hand write them a letter will warm their heart. Handwriting someone you love a letter is even shown to decrease YOUR stress and improve your mood! Everyone loves getting a “love note.”
  2. Remembering the little details: Does your bff have a test on Tuesday? Text her that morning and wish her luck! Does your boyfriend have a big baseball game coming up? Text him before and let him know you are rooting for him. You can even show up to the game with his favorite snack and give it to him after the game. He will be so impressed you remembered what his favorite candy bar is and thought to bring it to him! Remembering the details shows how much you care.
  3. Random surprises: Out of the blue gifts are so fun to receive because you had no clue it was coming, and it can totally brighten your day! Doing random acts of kindness is not only great for others, but it is good for you as well because it increases your mood! Surprise your sister with flowers today and watch her face light up.

 

What gestures make YOU feel loved?

XOXO, Chels

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Why Anxiety Happens

One of my friends shared this graphic the other day and I really loved its message. It says “Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. Turn…

One of my friends shared this graphic the other day and I really loved its message. It says “Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. Turn to God. He has a plan.”

How true. We want to be in control of everything in our life. We want to choose what happens and when it happens, and the pressure to have everything in life planned out and figured out can be crippling. Why put all of that pressure on yourself? Turn to God. Hand Him your life and say “take it, do what you can with it.” He has a plan for your life that is more blessed and more incredible than the plans you have for yourself!

Save yourself the anxiety and stress and turn to God. You don’t have to have everything figured out! Trust God’s plan and pray for His guidance.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Take Great Group Photos

Prom and graduation are here, and with both comes one thing…. group pictures! We have all had that awkward group-photo experience where everyone is confused about what they are supposed…

Prom and graduation are here, and with both comes one thing…. group pictures! We have all had that awkward group-photo experience where everyone is confused about what they are supposed to be doing with their hands, if they should be squatting or standing, and “guys, are we smiling or are we being serious?” Here are a few tips on how to look fierce in every group pic.

  1. Get in sync: Not Insync, like the band, in sync like as in the same pose! One of the keys to a good group is to make sure you are all on the same page pose wise.
  2. Keep up the candids: I looooove candid pictures. They let your personality shine through! Just because it is graduation doesn’t mean you have to stand stiff and serious! Throw your hat, have a laugh, and hug your friends.
  3. Squat it out: Once you have mastered the “squad squat” you will never have trouble taking group pics again. When you need to fit a bunch of buds into one pic, file into a few rows, then squat your tush down.
  4. Pop a knee: An easy way to add some sass and attitude to a group pic is to do a little pop of the knee. A knee pop can actually help fit more people into the pic if you are standing diagonally!

Now go rock those group photos!

XOXO, Chels

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