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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Grow Through What You Go Through

Life isn’t butterflies and rainbows. This is something we all know painfully well. Reality isn’t something we can run away or take a break from. Mistakes are made, we fall…

Life isn’t butterflies and rainbows. This is something we all know painfully well. Reality isn’t something we can run away or take a break from. Mistakes are made, we fall short of our expectations for ourselves, and no matter how hard we try, things still go wrong.

Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to everyone. In these situations, we look up at God and wonder how in the world He is working for the good in our lives. Failure is a reality, and it is impossible to resist. We can look at life’s trials in two ways. One involves letting the hurt and disappoint overtake us and make us into bitter people. Or, we can look at them as an opportunity to improve, learn, have a change of heart, and grow.

When I went away to college in California, I never imagined I would be back home a month later. The whole experience was an enormous learning experience. At the time, it did not feel like anything good would come of the situation. I was feeling so much self-doubt and regret. But, the whole thing taught me a lot about myself. The choices you make are a testament to the life you live. You can either let dire situations destroy you or mold you.

If we never made mistakes, we would stay stationary. Mistakes bring learning and learning shapes your character. Change and growth go hand-in-hand. If you aren’t growing, you aren’t going anywhere.

Life is all about hills and valleys. The valleys make the hills seem that much bigger and better. Bad circumstances are never easy to go through. I can safely say that nobody enjoys going through life’s storms. The important thing to remember is that you are going through them, meaning that you will come out on the other side. Our darkest storms and most painful mistakes can turn into our greatest victories. Think of your deepest regret that happened in your past. How did it change you and how have you learned? Think of the deepest valley you have faced. How did it shape you as a person?

God uses the good and the bad in our lives for the greater good. We need to let our struggles mold and shape us into becoming the woman God intended for us to be. If life was free of struggles, many of us would be shells of the people we are today. We also need to forgive ourselves for things that happened in our past. God is a forgiver, not a condemner.

“Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4.” If you are going through a rough patch right now and are struggling to find the courage to keep going, keep this in mind. Your faith and your character are being tested. Hope found in Christ is what will get us through all that life throws at us. You are capable of more than you know.

When the storm has passed, and the clouds have cleared, you may not recognize the woman you have become. And that, my friends, could be the greatest thing to ever happen to you.

Xoxo, Chels

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4 Tips for a Thicker Ponytail

Everyone wants fuller, thicker hair.  Especially when you throw your hair up into a ponytail, you want it to appear as full and luscious as it can!  There are lots…

Everyone wants fuller, thicker hair.  Especially when you throw your hair up into a ponytail, you want it to appear as full and luscious as it can!  There are lots of different ways you can achieve this, you just have to follow a few tips in order to do so.  Here are 5 different tips to volumize your ponytail!

  • Before every ponytail, you’ll need to add some texture to your hair. This will make your hair look fuller before you even put it into a ponytail.  Whether you do this with mousse or texture spray, it’s the first step to almost every hairstyle!
  • Prop up your ponytail with two bobby pins. Set two bobby pins in place under your ponytail like the picture below.  This gives it the height it needs and will also help keep it in place for the night!Chelsea Crockett - Bobby Pin Hack
  • Add some dry shampoo. Dry shampoo does more than just its original purpose.  If you add some to your hair before you put it up, it’ll feel cleaner and appear thicker!
  • Tease different sections of your hair. To keep the messy look, tease different parts of your pony so it’s not too over-the-top but still has some lift in it.

Did these tips work for you?  Share with me below what works best for your hair!

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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4 Tips for Masking Greasy Hair

Greasy hair is a struggle for us all.  They say you’re not supposed to wash your hair every day, but when you don’t, your hair becomes a greasy mess!  Especially…

Greasy hair is a struggle for us all.  They say you’re not supposed to wash your hair every day, but when you don’t, your hair becomes a greasy mess!  Especially if you have thick hair like me, you know the struggle.  If you have this problem too, here are 5 tips that will help you out!

  • Dry Shampoo. If you’ve never used dry shampoo, then get ready to be amazed! It does wonders for your hair.  Spray a little bit of this on your hair at any time of the day and it’ll give it the lift it needs.
  • Baby Powder. If you don’t have any dry shampoo lying around, baby powder almost works just as well!  I found this trick hard to believe, but it really does work!  Sprinkle a small amount of powder around your scalp to disappear any grease your hair has.  It’s a cheap and quick method to substitute for dry shampoo!
  • Hats and Headbands. As you can already guess, hats and headbands are the perfect cover-up for greasy hair.  They’re the key solution to any messy hair day, trust me!
  • Braid it. Braiding the top of your hair makes for a cute hairstyle while still doing a good job of covering up dirty hair!  You can still look good on your way to class without worrying about it!

Have any other tips you can give me?  Share your tricks with me in the comments below!

XO – Chelsea

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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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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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4 Do’s and Don’ts of Eyebrow Waxing

Being a girl can be a struggle.  If you’re like me, you were born with thick, dark eyebrows that you have to keep up with!  I always find myself plucking,…

Being a girl can be a struggle.  If you’re like me, you were born with thick, dark eyebrows that you have to keep up with!  I always find myself plucking, trimming, and waxing my brows more often than I should.  But I just recently learned about some waxing do’s and don’ts that should assure me the best wax possible! 🙂

  • DO get them done by someone you trust. Chelsea Crockett - Eyebrow ShapeYour eyebrows are seen by everyone, so you want them to look the best they can!  I like to go to nail or hair salons that have been recommended to me by a friend.  This way I can trust that the same person will hopefully do just as good of a job on my own brows!
  • DO know your eyebrow shape. Especially if you wax them yourself, you need to know which shape is best for your brows. You’ll want to know what frames your face the best!  Everyone is different so know what you’re going for! 🙂
  • DON’T wax them too frequently. Although waxing every once in a while won’t hurt your skin, too much of anything can be harmful! Waxing should keep the hair around your eyebrows away for a good amount of time.  That being said, simply wax them when you’re starting to see hair grow back, not every few days!
  • DON’T wax your eyebrows too close to a big event. Regardless of how many times you’ve done it before, you never know how your skin will react. Give your skin a few days to heal before your event!

Have any other tips for me to add to my list?  I can use all the help I can get!

XOXO – Chels

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What God Says About Overcoming Fear

Fear is something that we all deal with. Sometimes it’s very real and other times it’s simply imagined.  Either way, fear can paralyze us and steal our joy. The enemy…

Fear is something that we all deal with. Sometimes it’s very real and other times it’s simply imagined.  Either way, fear can paralyze us and steal our joy. The enemy uses fear to overpower and destroy us, but we have a God that is much greater than that!

The fear of rejection… The fear of failure… The fear of commitment… The fear of change… The fear of not being accepted…  All of the above are real to all of us and we have to know that the Bible says we can conquer and overcome fear through Christ!

There are two verses that I love to read when I’m feeling scared of what’s to come.  Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  “2 Timothy 1:7: “for god has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. “

And then there is my favorite Bible verse about fear:

Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious for anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. “

I challenge you to meditate on the above Scriptures. Speak them out loud and memorize his Word! And then we can trust and walk in faith. One way to do that is to continuously give thanks for our blessings and thank God for working out answers to our requests. This keeps our mind off of fear and focuses it on thanksgiving!

Love, Chelsea

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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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7 Psalms to Help Calm Anxiety

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I…

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I can feel overwhelmed when I think of everything coming up, but then I remember who is in control. Going to God with my worries helps calm my heart and my mind. Here are 7 psalms to help calm your anxious heart.

  1. Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  2. Psalm 116: “The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”
  3. Psalm 103: “For as high as the heaves are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
  4. Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”
  5. Psalm 34: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
  6. Psalm 40: “As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”
  7. Psalm 62: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

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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4 Things to Ask Yourself Before Getting into a Relationship

Getting into a relationship is a much bigger deal than people make it out to be.  It can end in either one of two ways: breaking up or marriage!   When…

Getting into a relationship is a much bigger deal than people make it out to be.  It can end in either one of two ways: breaking up or marriage!   When you put it that way and look at the bigger picture, you should make sure you’re certain about someone before you get into a relationship with them.  Here are four things to ask yourself before dating someone!

  • “Am I ready for a relationship?” First and foremost, you need to put yourself first.  Although you might like the idea of him, make sure YOU are ready to make the commitment.  You need to be sure you’re over any past relationships and are ready to date again.
  • “Does he have everything I’m looking for?” We have to set our standards, ladies!  Sometimes it even helps to write down a list of all the things you look for in someone.  Maybe it’s humor, manners, kindness, or honesty.  The list can go on and on.  Then, go from there!
  • “Are there any red flags?” These are SO important to pick out before you get into a relationship with someone.  If there’s an automatic red flag at any point, you should definitely look further into it!  Whatever it may be true or not, don’t make excuses for it unless you ask them about it first.
  • “Are you both on the same page?” Making sure you have the same morals and values is also an extremely important factor to put into play. Although opposites can attract, most times two people with similar mindsets work out a little better!

I hope this helps you next time you’re unsure about getting into a relationship! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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How to Feel Awake After a Bad Night’s Sleep

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse…

We have all had those nights when we feel like we toss and turn all night and wake up feeling like we never actually fell asleep. There is nothing worse than waking up feeling exhausted! I have a feeling I am going to find myself having nights with little sleep during my college career, so I went on a search for ways to recover from a bad night’s sleep or from little sleep. Here are 4 of the best ways to feel more energized and awake after a rough night’s sleep. Just because you slept bad doesn’t mean you have to feel miserable!

  1. Watch out for caffeine: A cup of coffee in the morning is just fine, but try to avoid caffeine in the afternoon. If you drink anything with caffeine in it within 4 hours of bed time it can mess up your sleep.
  2. Drink plenty of H2O: Bad sleep leads to dehydration because you are up longer and are using up your body’s natural reserves. Being dehydrated can lead to you feeling even MORE tired, so keep water handy and drink up.
  3. Get some Vitamin D and take a walk: Getting 15 minutes of sunlight in the a.m. helps reset your body clock and increases your body’s levels of serotonin, which increases your mood and energy! Also, getting a quick walk in will help you reduce your fatigue and wake your body up.
  4. Take a cold shower: This doesn’t sound appealing to me at all! But, cold showers can give you a jolt of energy because the splash of cold increases your breathing and oxygen intake, which increases your heart rate and blood flow, which energizes you!

I know these tips will come in handy the next 4 years of college.

XOXO, Chels

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Faith To-Do List

As Christians, we have an everyday “faith to-do list.” This list includes things that we should strive to encompass on a daily basis, and these are things that are laid…

As Christians, we have an everyday “faith to-do list.” This list includes things that we should strive to encompass on a daily basis, and these

are things that are laid out in the Bible. The Bible is an awesome source for a life “to-do” list. I have this list printed out and display it in my room to help encourage me to keep my walk with Christ strong.

  1. Wait patiently – Psalm 27:14
  2. Have faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7
  3. Pray – Philippians 4:6
  4. Think of others – Philippians 2:4
  5. Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5
  6. Read God’s word – Psalm 119:12
  7. Give Thanks – Psalm 136

Jesus gave us the best possible guidebook for life. He lays it all out for us. Life can be tough. Thank goodness we aren’t going through it alone!

XOXO, Chels

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