Chelsea Crockett

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Falling Victim to Nyctophilia

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re…

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.

Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re doing isn’t right, but it’s comfortable. So instead of changing your actions of lifestyle, you remain in this “darkness” that the world offers, instead of looking up to God for change or direction.

We’ve all done it from time to time. We stay with the things that are familiar and comfortable because we’re too scared to take the next step.

This is when we fall victim to Nyctophilia. Instead of taking a step forward, we remain where we’re at due to fear and the “what ifs.” This keeps us doing the things we’re comfortable with, the things that cause us to turn away or ignore God.

1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

God understands the appeal of the world and the easiness of it. It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing and to desire those things, as well. But our actions are the reflection of what we stand for and what we believe in. So, like the verse says, when we show love for the world more than we show love for our heavenly Father, God’s light cannot shine through within us.

Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

 The grace of God extends with no limit. It covers our past sins, our present sins, and even the sins we haven’t committed yet. When we seek the darkness of the world and everything it has to offer, God gives us his perfect gift of grace. But just because God is merciful to us doesn’t mean we should use this as an excuse, continuing to seek the ways of the world and proceed happily in our bad habits.

It’s okay to desire comfort and ease, but the moment it keeps you from making a positive change or taking a step in the right direction, it becomes a problem. God wants us to be comfortable and relaxed, but in his way. His way is much more satisfying. It’s eternal, joyful, merciful, and so much more.

I urge you to step out of your Nyctophilia at least once this week. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but pick something you can work on in your life for the better. Maybe for you it’s gossiping, jealousy, anger, your desires, etc. Whatever it may be, try using that time spent on those actions, thoughts, or emotions, and spend it on your spiritual life.

Instead of being jealous or angry toward someone, simply start talking to God. Ask him for help and guidance on how you can change your darkness into light! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Never Try, Never Know

Regret is an awful thing. It sits on our minds day after day wondering about all the “what ifs” and outcomes that we could’ve had. More often than not, there…

Regret is an awful thing. It sits on our minds day after day wondering about all the “what ifs” and outcomes that we could’ve had. More often than not, there are things we wish we could’ve done and things we know we should’ve done. It can be a painful cycle, and God addresses it in the Bible.

Have you never said “no” to an opportunity and immediately regretted it later that day? Your mind knows when you’ve missed out on a chance or did something you maybe shouldn’t have done.

I always think about what would’ve happened if I never would have started my YouTube channel or if I never would’ve moved to Atlanta. These thoughts make me say “yes” to more opportunities and push me to try new things I wouldn’t have in the first place. Everything we’ve done in the past is a puzzle piece to who we are today.

God wants us to get out of our comfort zones. No one ever said following Him is easy, and He planted a bold and courageous heart in all of us for a reason. Look at Deuteronomy 31:6 for example: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Think of who your “them” might be. Are they your friends? Your family? Are they the people you’re trying constantly to impress?

Although this verse was written for a completely different situation, we can still apply it to whatever situations we ourselves are going through. We need a bold and courageous heart along with the confidence of knowing God will never leave us in order to leave comfort behind and try something out of the ordinary.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

We could either listen to Jesus who gives us peace, or we could listen to the world, in fear of rejection and judgement. Some things you have to do for yourself, despite the thoughts and opinions of others. I mean hey, if you never try, you truly will never know!

Never let your hearts be troubled over something that you’re passionate about. Deep regret and the unknown of the “what ifs” is much worse than trying and failing. God wants our hearts to guide us, and if you’re feeling called to do something, then take the leap and do it!

God only gives us 365 days a year. What do you say we make them count?

– Chels

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“Beloved.”

Think of who you are and what makes you, you. I’m guessing several different characteristics and adjectives popped into your head. Maybe you think of yourself as a straight-A student…

Think of who you are and what makes you, you. I’m guessing several different characteristics and adjectives popped into your head.

Maybe you think of yourself as a straight-A student or a varsity athlete. Maybe you think of yourself as the class clown or a perfectionist. There are so many little things that make us who we are.

For me, I always want to do the best in all that I do. My head gets consumed with the thoughts of “am I good enough?” “am I smart enough?” “am I athletic enough?”  We get so caught up in what we think about ourselves and forget about what the creator of the universe thinks about his children.

Recently, while I was flipping through my Bible, a certain word stuck out to me: beloved.

Beloved is a word defined as “greatly loved; dear to the heart.” What I like even more than its definition is its synonyms: cherished, precious, sweet, darling.

When we think of God calling us beloved or His beloved, He is also calling us cherished, precious, and much more. The beautiful thing about this is that in the Bible, the word “beloved” is almost always used when addressing His children.

1 John 3:1-2 says this: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does no know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now…” Beloved is such an endearing term and I love the way this verse puts it.

Look at 1 John 4:7-8: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Then again, look at 3 John 1:2: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

This word shows up over and over again in the Bible. It gives me so much comfort knowing that I am called beloved by the God who made the planets and sent His one and only son to save the sins of His people.

We need to stop thinking of ourselves as the star athlete or the class valedictorian. Although these things are great things to be, we need to remember who we are at the end of the day. We are solely God’s children and He calls us His own. He calls us His beloved, His darling, His precious, His cherished.

Next time doubts and insecurities pop into your head, remember who you are in God’s eyes. The boy you’ve been crushing on or the peers you’ve been trying to impress may never see your worth, but your father who holds you so dearly always has and always will.

Find comfort in this, find peace in this, and find joy in this. We are His beloved and that is something to be so proud about.

– Chelsea

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3 Ways to Wear Leggings as Pants

During the colder months, you’ll most likely find me wearing leggings every day of the week.  They’re so comfortable and can be dressed up or dressed down for almost any…

During the colder months, you’ll most likely find me wearing leggings every day of the week.  They’re so comfortable and can be dressed up or dressed down for almost any occasion.  Although they’re more known for lounging around in, you can pair them with different articles of clothing to dress up your outfits and be just as comfy! 🙂

  • Oversized Sweater and Boots.  Chelsea Crockett - Leggings and a SweaterI’m sure you could already guess that oversized sweaters are going to be back in full swing this fall!  Rock a simple pair of black leggings and a pair of your favorite boots with a big sweater.  This is one of the comfiest outfits ever and it still looks like you put yourself together!
  • Graphic Tee and Sneakers.  I’m a huge fan of the street style look, and this outfit represents it perfectly.  Old rock tees or athletic brand tees with a pair of leggings and Adidas sneakers can still be dressed up or down depending on the occasion!  It’s such a cute and edgy look.
  • Long Poncho.  There was a time when ponchos went out of style, but now they’re back in action, especially with the cold months quickly approaching!  These can definitely be dressed up with a pair of heeled booties and the right accessories.  How cute is that?

Which style are you going to try out?  They’re all so comfy yet fashionable! 🙂

Xo, Chelsea

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Travel in Style: Winter 2013!

Hi Lovelies,             The holiday season is one of the most popular times to travel.  Lines are longer, layovers are more often, and everyone’s engaging in the hustle and bustle. …

Hi Lovelies,

            The holiday season is one of the most popular times to travel.  Lines are longer, layovers are more often, and everyone’s engaging in the hustle and bustle.  It can be a crazy time!  So how can you travel during the holidays while still looking stylish?  Here are a few great ways to look chic, while making your way through the airport.   

            Leggings are a girl’s best friend!  They are the simplest clothing item to dress up or down and be worn almost anywhere.  For a long plane ride especially, break out your favorite pair of leggings, an over-sized sweater, and boots.  Add accessories like an over-sized scarf or beanie for extra warmth and comfort.  Even try a pair of long socks that stick out the top of your boots.Chelsea Crockett- airport style

            If you’re going on a short plane ride, go for a more stylish outfit.  Try rocking your favorite pair of skinny’s, riding boots, and a pea coat.  For a little more privacy, try a hat and pair of sunglasses.  You’ll feel like a total celebrity!  For more added style, try customizing your luggage.  Monogrammed luggage tags are an easy way to find your luggage at the baggage claim and are super cute!  If you’re going out of the country, try a passport cover!  They come in all colors and patterns and add an extra touch to your ticket out of the country.  Even try tying a bright bow to your luggage to find your bag quick and easy. 

            Traveling to a new destination is so exciting; being stylish while doing it is even better!  Follow my airport outfit guide for chic airplane travel.  Oh, and don’t forget to bring your favorite magazines for enjoyment! Happy Holidays and travel safe!

Love,

            Chelsea          

 

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