Chelsea Crockett

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It’s OK to Say No

Why is saying “no” so hard? Human nature makes us want to please people. If we say “no” we are in danger of seeming mean, negative, or unhelpful! The last…

Why is saying “no” so hard? Human nature makes us want to please people. If we say “no” we are in danger of seeming mean, negative, or unhelpful! The last thing we want to do is make someone hurt or angry, so we say yes when we really want to say no. Agreeing to things you don’t want to do can stress you out or make you overwhelmed! To avoid being both, here are a few tips on how to say “no.”

  1. Start and end your statement with a positive: Before you come right out and say no, add in a positive statement. It helps take the focus off of the “no” and can cushion the blow. Starting and ending with a positive can sound like “I’d really love to do this, but I just can’t right now. Keep me in mind next time!”833a762a743eec7c808a37388353ad9e
  2. Don’t answer right away: Before you answer, let the person know you will get back to them. Take some time to think about your response to the request. A lot of times we say yes because we are caught up in the moment and want to please them, but by taking a moment to think things through, you can figure out how to respond without offending them or committing to something you don’t want to do.
  3. Just say no: A simple no is a way to firmly get your point across. Don’t get caught up in trying not to disappoint someone. Being prepared can help you deliver your answer in a positive way that helps the receiver not feel offended or negative.

Next time someone approaches you and asks you to do something you aren’t too keen on, be confident, positive, and polite with your “no”! It will go a long way.

XOXO, Chels

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Biggest First Date Mistakes

Can I be honest with you? First dates terrify me. I spend hours mentally preparing myself, running through conversation topics to bring up if there is an awkward silence. I…

Can I be honest with you? First dates terrify me. I spend hours mentally preparing myself, running through conversation topics to bring up if there is an awkward silence. I also do a fair share of social media research on the person, but who doesn’t? I get afraid that I am going to blow it on the first date. It is easy to say “Just take a deep breath, calm down, and be yourself,” but it is not easily done. One tip, though, is to just keep in mind that it is OK if the date goes bad because this person may not be the one, and as long as you have a good time, have fun, and get to know the other person, then the date was a success! Here are the biggest mistakes people tend to make on first dates.

  1. Being late: Don’t leave your date wondering if you are standing them up. That is the worst way to make a first impression!1c766750e1fb499e95a677f0611a33dc
  2. Checking your phone: Our generation has a smartphone addiction problem. There is nothing ruder than implying that whatever is on your phone is more interesting or important than the person you are sitting with! Keep your phone on silent and out of sight.
  3. Focusing on yourself: Keep sarcasm, negativity, and neediness away. Even if you are in a bad mood, try to put it behind you. Also, don’t focus all of the conversation on yourself and neglect your date! Try not to let your nervousness make you ramble on about yourself, I know it can be tough because I do it too!
  4. Act unlike yourself: Don’t try to act like someone you aren’t just to impress your date. Don’t try and show off or be reckless, just do you.

First dates can be nerve wracking, but they can also be super fun and can turn into great relationships!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Tips for Traveling Solo

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling…

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling solo. When I travel I take a parent with me as often as possible, but I know a few of my friends that have traveled solo or with another girl friend. I’m also starting to travel a lot more on my own. Traveling solo can mean a ton of freedom because the only person you have to worry about is yourself! But, there are a few things girls need to know before they go off and travel by themselves, just for safety reasons. Here are a few of the super-important ones.

  1. Fill your family in: Before you leave, give your family back home your itinerary. Let them know what your travel schedule is, where you will be staying, and other such info in case they need to get in touch with you or if something goes wrong.fullsizerender-70
  2. Take photos of important docs: Keep photos of your passport, ids, ticket numbers, and reservations with you or in the cloud online so you always have access to them in a crunch.
  3. Pack light: This is so that criminals are less likely to rob you. If you are towing a large suitcase with a Coach purse on your arm, you are more likely to draw a robber’s attention. Small bags are also easier to get around with.
  4. Don’t keep your money in one place: Keep some cash and a credit card on you, and then keep another set in your bag, and then another at the place you are staying just to be safe.
  5. Don’t wear both headphones: Stay alert by only wearing one headphone. If you have both in you are less likely to hear if anything sketchy is going on around you.
  6. Bring a selfie stick: Solo travel means no one is there to take your picture on a moment’s notice. That is the beauty of selfie sticks! Plus, it means you don’t have to hand your camera to a total stranger to take a pic of you.

And, above all, have fun! Just have a safe time while doing it. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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What is the Passion Conference?

If you follow me on social media then you know I am gearing up to head to Atlanta Georgia on January 2nd to the Passion Conference. I am so excited…

If you follow me on social media then you know I am gearing up to head to Atlanta Georgia on January 2nd to the Passion Conference. I am so excited to go and worship and learn more about God with my friends! Some of you may not know what Passion is, so I thought I would fill you in.fullsizerender-69

The Passion Conference exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. The movement started in 1995 and has had one mission since then: to call students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most. What matters most is Jesus. Millions of students and people from 18-25 have had their lives transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit at Passion, and because of their Faith their voice is getting louder as they rise and bring hope and light to the world. Passion is more than music and events; it is a generation living for Jesus.

Want to join the movement? Come to Passion! If you can’t make it, research the conference and find out other ways you can get involved.

XOXO, Chels

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Why You (And I) Should Learn to Take a Compliment

Recently I have noticed something. Something that has really started to bother me. It is the fact that, as girls, we no longer know how to give and take compliments….

Recently I have noticed something. Something that has really started to bother me. It is the fact that, as girls, we no longer know how to give and take compliments. Why is this?

One of my philosophies is that we feel like we are being self-centered or “proud” when we take a compliment. When you are told a compliment, do you shrug it off? Why do we feel like we cannot believe the positive things other people tell us? Imagine if you accepted all of the compliments that are given to you instead of shrugging them off and trying to contradict them. How much would that change your self-confidence? Believing the positive things people tell us can be such a boost! We need to learn to see the good in ourselves that others see in us.fullsizerender-65

Now for my philosophy on why we sometimes have a hard time giving compliments. This, to me, goes hand in hand with the reason we don’t take compliments as well as we should. We don’t know how the other person will react to our praise, whether they will shrug it off or accept it. I think, as girls, sometimes we can let the jealousy bug bite us. We can think that by giving another girl a compliment, we are setting them above ourselves and making them look better than we do. WRONG. Giving someone else a compliment is the simplest, but most impactful thing you can do for them! Compliments are free to give, and they can make someone’s day SO much better!

Moral of the story? Give sincere compliments, and learn to take them in return. Accept people’s praise, because you are worth their affirmation! Don’t think that by accepting a compliment you are being self-righteous or prideful. Learn to confidently accept people’s admiration with a kind smile, and understand that you deserve it. We also need to know the importance of GIVING complements. They can honestly make someone’s day. How great is it knowing you can take someone’s mood and flip it around, just by telling them that you like their outfit? It is so easy to do, so why not humble yourself and give out a compliment or two?

XOXO, Chels

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Fun Ways to Decorate With Lights this Christmas

There is something about Christmas lights that make me feel all warm inside. They are a staple when it comes to decorating for Christmas! You can do so many things…

There is something about Christmas lights that make me feel all warm inside. They are a staple when it comes to decorating for Christmas! You can do so many things with them, from hanging them on your house to decorating your tree with them, whatever the case may be they bring a little Christmas cheer with them. Here are a few not-so common ways to DIY decorate with them this Christmas!

  1. Dixie cup lights: If you like fun and funky decorations, then you will like this easy DIY. The fun lights will add a fun flair to any space! Here is the link to learn how to do it yourself: http://www.heygorg.com/2011/08/diy-dixie-cup-garland.html.
  2. Framed picture or card display: My family and I like to display all of the Christmas cards that our friends and family send us, so this was a really cute way to do so! You can even use this year-round to display other pictures. Here is the tutorial: http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/framed-christmas-card-display/
  3. Wall art: There are tons of ways to decorate your walls with Christmas lights. Make sure you aren’t using anything that will ruin the walls or the paint when you are hanging the lights, though! Here is a cute idea where you frame photos with a heart of lights.heart

XOXO, Chels

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How to Get in The Christmas Spirit in College

Celebrating Christmas in college may seem different because you are older, and you may be away from home. Just because it is different doesn’t mean it has to be any…

Celebrating Christmas in college may seem different because you are older, and you may be away from home. Just because it is different doesn’t mean it has to be any less spectacular! You may be neck-deep in homework, but there is always room for Christmas cheer. Here is how to pump up the Christmas spirit when you are in college.

  1. Get a small cute tree for your dorm room that has cute twinkly lights.
  2. Speaking of twinkly lights — put them everywhere! Hang them from the ceiling, the walls, around the windows, anywhere that you think needs a little Christmas cheer.
  3. Write a Christmas list. Your parents are probably wondering what you are wanting for Christmas, so make it easy on them.6a015431fc4e55970c01b8d0a53e4a970c
  4. Find out if your campus is holding any Christmas-themed events, and go to them! Is there caroling going on in the dorms? Go to it! Gingerbread house decorating contest? Go! Secret Santa? Do it!
  5. Decorate stockings with your roommates. And while you’re doing it, watch Elf.
  6. Go ice skating, visit a Christmas tree farm, go to a local church’s Christmas production, and find other fun local Christmas events in your area.
  7. Bake Christmas cookies and deliver them to everyone in your hall.
  8. Listen to Christmas music while you study.
  9. Take “family Christmas pictures” with your friends. So funny.

These are just a few easy ways to get in the Christmas spirit in college that you may not have thought of. What do you do to get into the Christmas spirit?

XOXO, Chels

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Your Guide to Hosting Friendsgiving

What is the one thing that is almost as good as Thanksgiving with your family? Friendsgiving of course! As we get older, we start making traditions of our own, and…

What is the one thing that is almost as good as Thanksgiving with your family? Friendsgiving of course! As we get older, we start making traditions of our own, and one of my favorite new traditions is having a Thanksgiving with my friends, or “Friendsgiving.” Here are a few tips on how to host the best Friendsgiving ever.

  1. You make the main course, they do the rest: As the host of the party, you are in charge of the main parts of the meal such as the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But the rest of the meal should involve your friends! Have them bring their favorite side dish or appetizer.this-aint-your-mommas-thanksgiving-happy-friendsgiving-7d42b
  2. Go all out DIY: No need for fancy decorations or décor, make your own place mats out of brown craft paper and other cute decorations with tissue paper and jars.
  3. Mason jars galore: Speaking of jars, use them as cups! You can even tie little bows around the necks of the glasses to make them a little more festive.
  4. Set the mood: Having the right background music playing gets the party going. Some good tunes playing low enough for people to hear them but soft enough for people to be able to hear their conversations can really set a relaxed but joyful mood.
  5. Send home the leftovers: Buy some to-go boxes and after the night is over, send leftovers home with your guests! College students love leftovers!! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers.

Happy Friendsgiving!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.fullsizerender-61
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Find Joy in the Hard Times

Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes it can feel like life isn’t fair. Why are bad things happening to me? Will I ever get through this? The answer is yes….

Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes it can feel like life isn’t fair. Why are bad things happening to me? Will I ever get through this? The answer is yes. And you do not have to go through it alone. We all go through trials and sorrow, Jesus himself tells us this in John 16:33! But, the good news? The pain you are going though right now cannot even compare to the joy that is coming! That is from Romans 8:18. Here are a few ways that you can find joy in the hard times.

  1. Have peace: The great thing about this life is that we aren’t walking through it alone, and we can have peace because we know that God has a plan for our lives, and we can have peace in Him. Nothing surprises Him, he has it all planned out! Why worry about life when God has it all under control? Your story is already written! Have peace and know that Jesus has conquered death, and overcame the world. There is nothing He cannot do.62b50cf1f0f2626a5612d78af83f8ce1
  2. Rejoice: You may be thinking “Rejoice? How can I rejoice when I feel like my world is falling apart? How can I rejoice when I feel so sad and alone?” When Paul and Silas were in a dungeon, beaten and shackled in a dark cell, they began praying and singing praises to God. While shackled! And beaten! Other prisoners saw them praising God even in their misery, and they were astounded. Their praising God in their darkest time showed the other prisoners just how much they loved their God. That is what we are called to do, rejoice in our misery because this will show others we trust God. Rejoice, because He is always there, He will never leave us!

You will be so surprised at how God can work in your life when you surrender your pain and sorrow to Him. He will open your eyes to the good in your life, He will put people in your life that will uplift and encourage you, and He will give you strength to get through every hardship you endure! Trust in Him and cast your burdens on Him, because he cares SO much for you.

XOXO, Chels

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How To (Happily) Travel With Friends

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team took a trip to LA last year and had a blast! And I took a trip to Florida…

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team took a trip to LA last year and had a blast! And I took a trip to Florida this past summer with a few of my closest gal pals. But, traveling with friends isn’t always a walk in the park. Face it, even your closest BFF can sometimes drive you batty. Here are a few tips on how to stay sane when traveling with friends!fullsizerender-56

  1. Pick wisely: Be smart when picking a travel companion. Pick a friend (or friends) who you really get along with and who you genuinely like spending time with. A bad pick can end in an even worse trip!
  2. Communicate: Before the trip gets underway, talk to each other about what you want to get out of the trip that way no one ends up disappointed or feels left out. You want to make sure you all have the best time ever!
  3. Be considerate: Make sure you keep an eye on how your friend is doing aka their mood. You want to make sure you are both energized and happy to explore! If they are feeling tired or fatigued, be sensitive to that and let them rest up before going on more adventures.

From short road trips to week-long getaways, any type of trip with a friend is a good one! The memories you make together will last a lifetime.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Make the Most of Your Hair Appointments

I never feel like I have enough time. There are so many things to fit in a day! Because of my hectic schedule, hair appointments are the last thing on…

I never feel like I have enough time. There are so many things to fit in a day! Because of my hectic schedule, hair appointments are the last thing on my mind. But, they have to happen at some point! Here are ways to make the most for your hair appointments and to help get you in and out of there!452735bcc9ac66847cbacfef9f54b1f6

  1. Know what you want: Give the hair stylist something to work with, like a photo of the cut or color that you are wanting. This helps the stylist know the direction you want to go and saves time because you aren’t trying to verbally explain it to them.
  2. Plan ahead: Know approximately how much time you think you will need for the appointment so you and the stylist don’t feel rushed. Plan it into your day just like you would anything else. Block out time for it.
  3. Don’t go in with wet hair: Your stylist is going to want to look at your hair dry to see how it normally looks, and they are going to want to feel it to see if there is a lot of damage they will need to trim off. If you come with a wet head, they will have to blow dry it before you start the appointment, which takes time. Save time, go dry!

Next time you need to make a trip to the salon, try these time-saving tips to make the most of it!

XOXO, Chels

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Why We Should Work Out with Friends

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are great therapy. But, working out with friends has its perks too!…

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out by myself. Long runs with just me and my music are great therapy. But, working out with friends has its perks too! Here are the benefits of working out with friends, besides much-needed girl time.

Accountability: When you are forced to schedule your workout ahead of time or don’t want to cancel on friends, it is a great way to stay accountable!635980440725861308438135525_bd4e6a743aeb93e9e09220cf56b83739

Motivation: When the going gets tough, your buds can provide that extra boost of energy! We all have those days when the last thing we want to do is work out, so having a friend to get you off your tush and into the gym is always a bonus.

Learn more exercises: Your friends can teach you new moves and ways to work out! I love mixing up my exercise routines. They can teach how to use different machines at the gym or they can show you new fitness classes that you would never have known about if it weren’t for them!

Healthy competition: Everyone knows you work harder when you are competing against someone! 😉

It’s more fun!: Working out with a friend is just downright fun.

Get up, grab a friend, and hit the gym.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Dating Tips to Defy Distance

If you are in a long distance relationship like me, you know how hard and emotionally rough it can be. Relationships are already a lot of work, so add in…

If you are in a long distance relationship like me, you know how hard and emotionally rough it can be. Relationships are already a lot of work, so add in distance and you’ve really got a challenge! I strive to be the best girlfriend I can be, even from a thousand miles away. Here are some of my tips on how to keep your relationship strong despite the distance.

  1. Give him your full attention: When you are on the phone with him or skyping, get rid of distractions. You want him to know that when you are talking to him that he has all of your attention. You want to make the most of the little time you have together.FullSizeRender (34)
  2. Be the “friend” in girlfriend: Be his best friend! Be the one who they can talk to and share all of their hopes, dreams, and fears. Ask him how his day went, tell him the funny parts of your day, and just be a friend! Things don’t have to be romantic all the time.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Don’t focus on the negative and don’t pick fights. When you focus on the negative, all you will see is negative!
  4. Love something he loves: Does your boyfriend like football or a certain band? Ask him about how his favorite team is doing or download some of the band’s music and discuss it with him when you talk to him next. Watch an episode of his favorite tv show with him over skype. By sharing in the things he loves, you are becoming closer and you are showing him how much you care!
  5. Don’t text him allllll the time: A few texts during the day is just fine. You both understand that you are busy, and feeling like you have to constantly keep texting each other can make you feel a little stressed. Wait until the end of the day to catch up on everything, it will give you more to talk about when you are together or when you have his undivided attention. Plus, he needs his space and you need yours!

Long distance relationship-ers…I’m with you! I feel your pain! You are not alone. We got this. J

XOXO, Chels

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College Packing List Essentials

Moving into a college dorm requires a long list of items, and going into the process without some sort of guide or list of essentials can be overwhelming! In order…

Moving into a college dorm requires a long list of items, and going into the process without some sort of guide or list of essentials can be overwhelming! In order to make this process easy on all of us, I have made a list of must-haves that I will be taking with me to college. I did my research, so this list should cover all the bases!

  • Wall calendar – so you and your roomates can keep track of fun events on campus AND keep track of where each of you will be when!hanging-closet-shoe-storage-mini-dot-o
  • Cute ID holder – for your school ID and dorm room key.
  • Cute backpack
  • Jewelry organizer – so you can display all of your cute accessories and use it as room décor!
  • Mini fridge – a definite essential.
  • Cute rain boots – a college campus must! Nobody likes walking around in wet, soggy shoes all day. You will love rainy days when you have a cute pair of rain boots!
  • Cute shower caddy
  • Lap desk – for those of us who do our best work while sitting in bed. 🙂
  • Shower flip flops – because hygiene.
  • Cute comforter – a cute comforter does wonders to spruce up a boring dorm room!
  • Under the bed shoe storage
  • Stylish water bottle – to help you stay hydrated AND accessorized.
  • Laundry bag
  • Hanging closet organizer

These are the essentials I am packing up and taking with me to school. Did I miss anything that you think would be useful in my dorm room? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Say Bye But Also Stay In Touch With Old Friends

This week, my close high school friends have started leaving for college. The fact that we are all going our separate ways and are growing up is starting to hit…

This week, my close high school friends have started leaving for college. The fact that we are all going our separate ways and are growing up is starting to hit me hard. I know I will make lots of new great friends in college, but I also don’t want to neglect my childhood friends because we have been through so much together! I want to be able to stay close to them, even when we are apart. Here are a few ways I have found to stay in touch with your hometown friends when you go your separate ways.

  1. Say a proper goodbye: Go out and have a special evening with your friends before you both go your separate ways. Celebrate your friendship, share fun memories, and wish them luck on their new adventure! Remember that it’s not goodbye forever, just for a little while!FullSizeRender (24)
  2. Set your expectations for keeping in touch: Talk to your friends about keeping touch. Remember that it is important to maintain your old friendships, but it is also really vital that you make new ones! Remind each other that you won’t be talking as much as you used to, and that its okay and doesn’t mean you don’t care about each other. You will both need to find a healthy balance between maintaining old friendships and cultivating new ones. Remind them that you can keep in the loop through social media, too! They can stay up to date with everything you are doing that way. The first week of school, it will be tempting to text old friends and check up with them on social media, but try and put your phone down and be in the moment.
  3. It’s OK to feel nervous: Realize that it is normal to be nervous about making new friends. Don’t try and fight your anxiety, embrace it!

Your high school friends will always have a special place in your heart, so keeping in touch is important!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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