Chelsea Crockett

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Not Today, Satan

“Whenever I say Your Name, let the devil know not today.” This is a line from one of my recent favorite songs by the band “Hillsong”. If you spend any…

“Whenever I say Your Name, let the devil know not today.”

This is a line from one of my recent favorite songs by the band “Hillsong”. If you spend any time browsing social media, then you’ve probably seen memes featuring the phrase “not today Satan”, and although it is a saying that we easily throw around, it has some real depth.

The devil speaks lies, doubt and fear into our lives in many forms. He uses our weaknesses and weak spots to weasel his way in to our minds. His voice tells us that we are not good enough, not lovable, not important, and makes us feel as though we have to be in control all the time and think selfishly. This voice steals us of our composure and levelheaded-ness and tempts us into making bad or destructive decisions.

We have to fight back and tell Satan “not today.” So, how do we do this? First, you must avoid his line of fire. Do your best to avoid situations that leave your weak spots vulnerable. When you begin to see these coming, pivot out of their way. If it is a person that, whenever you are with them, you always seem to find yourself in less-than-optimal situations, stay away from them. If the daily news headlines send you into a spiral, take a break from reading them for a while. If social media wears you down and takes you to a negative place, put it away for a bit.

Another way to put Satan in his place is to walk closely with the Lord and tell him “no” to his face. Philippians teaches us “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Stay positive and let negativity roll off your back. The devil has no place in the light. Telling Satan “no” is as easy as it sounds. Tell him that he will not have any role in your life, and to get lost. Just like Jesus said in the book of Matthew, say “Get behind me, Satan!”

Today, let the devil know he has not place in your life. Not today, Satan!

Chels

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When to Bite Your Tongue

How do you know when it’s time to keep your mouth shut and when it’s time to speak your mind? We walk such a fine line of wanting to say…

How do you know when it’s time to keep your mouth shut and when it’s time to speak your mind? We walk such a fine line of wanting to say what we truly want to say while still adhering to scripture and what God would want at the same time. There are five situations in which I find myself wanting to say what’s on my mind but knowing it’s best to bite my tongue!

When you are angry:

Being angry is the #1 reason that hurtful words are oftentimes said. The emotional buildup that comes from anger can lead to saying things you don’t even mean.

James 1:19-20 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” 

Slow to speak and slow to become angry. These are the two parts of the verse that we really need to pay attention to. We grew up with the phrase: “think before you speak,” and I think that’s still applicable to life today! Don’t let anger be a gateway to regret!

When you’re tempted to gossip: 

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Gossip is one of the easiest sins to fall into. Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it! If you find yourself in a situation where you’re tempted to gossip, either remove yourself or think of a new topic to talk about. Let your conversations be full of encouragement and positivity!

When it’s time to listen:

Sometimes all a friend needs is for someone to listen to them instead of overbearing them with advice or trying to tell them what they’re doing is wrong. When was the last time someone sat and simply listened to you? We all need these moments, and it’s important to recognize when the people close to us need them, as well.

If your words will be hurtful:

Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

If you know what you’re about to say may be hurtful, then stop and think: is this benefiting anyone? Sometimes it’s necessary to be honest and straightforward, but there can be a fine line between hurtful and truthful.

If your words don’t reflect the Lord:

As followers of Christ, people watch what we say and do whether we know they are or not. Our words and actions should reflect who Jesus is as our Lord and Savior.

Psalm 19:14 says, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

If you’re wondering if you should bite your tongue, think if Jesus would approve of what you’re about to say. Although we’ll never be perfect, we can take steps to ensure that our words are pleasing to the Lord!

Start today by creating positivity and encouragement around you by what you say. Use your words to lift people up instead of tear them down. It starts with one person to make a difference in the conversations you’re having daily! Stop tearing people down and start lifting people up, even if that means staying silent! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Conquering Comparison

I never noticed I struggled with comparison. Growing up, I didn’t give it much thought as to who was “prettier,” “smarter,” “more popular,” etc. Everyone was friends with everyone and…

I never noticed I struggled with comparison. Growing up, I didn’t give it much thought as to who was “prettier,” “smarter,” “more popular,” etc. Everyone was friends with everyone and that was that.

Growing up and experiencing the pressures of junior high and high school, comparison started to creep in. Being a teenage girl, we all experience the pressures of society whether that be from friends, TV shows, movies, or anything else that makes you feel like you’re not living up to societal standards.

The society we live in gives unrealistic expectations that make us feel less than, devalued, and insecure at times, and I know we’ve all felt the pressure of these expectations before.

Whenever I’m faced with something, whether it be comparison, pressure, etc., my first thought is to look and see what the Bible has to say about it. And when the topic of comparison comes up, God has some wise words we should all take note of!

Galatians 6:4-5 says, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” 

Whenever I struggle with comparison, I think back to this verse in Galatians. Let’s break this verse down piece by piece.

“Each one should test their own actions.” Take a look at yourself. How are your actions? Are they aligned with how you want them to be? You and God should be the only two allowed to judge what you do, not under the scrutiny of others!

“Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” God wants us to have the pride and confidence that he sees in us. We are God’s masterpieces and he wants us to see the beauty in us!

“For each one should carry their own load.” God doesn’t expect us to carry the loads of those around us. He doesn’t want us feeling the weight of others’ expectations or standards. We answer to someone much higher than anyone on this earth, not the friends or people around us!

Another verse in Galatians says this: “Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” – Galatians 1:10

God didn’t create us to please others. If he did, we would spend our entire lives worrying about what other people think and do.

Once we remember that our purpose is to please God and only God, comparison seems like only a distant worry.

How can you start building your confidence today? Know your worth and recognize who the Lord of your life is!

Be confident, be bold, and be proud of the masterpiece God created you to be. 

– Chelsea

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Proof that You are Worth it

Everyone deserves to feel like they are worth their weight in gold. They deserve to feel valued, treasured, and adored. The only person who can make you feel that way,…

Everyone deserves to feel like they are worth their weight in gold. They deserve to feel valued, treasured, and adored. The only person who can make you feel that way, whatever place you are at in your life or wherever you are, is Jesus. We go through so much every day. The world is a harsh, scary, sad place sometimes and it can be hard to endure some days. But you know what? God is always rooting for us. He is always in the stands, ready to whip out his pom poms and cheer us on to victory. If you ever feel like you aren’t worth His love or that you are not enough, I encourage you to read these next verses. They will help give you a glimpse at how God feels b72e634fe183d2010db7309d1e7b4b37about you.

  1. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places of Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:4, 6
  2. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
  • We are works in progress, but He isn’t done working in us yet! He has a unique purpose for each and every one of us.
  1. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17
  • Hear that? We are heirs of Christ! Also, God says our suffering for him will only bring us honor in heaven.
  1. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
  • Like I said, he has a purpose for you!
  1. ”I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
    Isaiah 43:25
  • You know that sin you are so ashamed of? He wiped it away. Gone. See ya.

We are so loved! So valued! So treasured by Jesus! He says you are worthy, and if Jesus says it you KNOW it is true.  You are so worth it!

XOXO, Chels

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Daily Affirmations for the New Year

With the new year comes new pressures, new stresses, new opportunities, new uncertainties, and new relationships. These things can cause us to question ourselves and feel unstable within certain aspects…

With the new year comes new pressures, new stresses, new opportunities, new uncertainties, and new relationships. These things can cause us to question ourselves and feel unstable within certain aspects of our lives. I find that at the beginning of the year, I can feel the most overwhelmed. We want to make this year better than the last. That is why we need all the affirmation and support we can get when the new year comes around. Feeling confident in our choices and decisions, and we need to feel like we are going in the right direction. We can’t always count on our friends and family to affirm us in the ways we need, so that is why God’s word is a great place to find affirmation. It is filled with advice and wisdom to lift our spirits and give us the confidence we need to press on. Here are some words of encouragement from the Bible to affirm yourself daily during this new year.

  1. Luke 18:27 – “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” This verse could make us step back and say a big “whaaaaat?” All things are possible? Seriously? God can make all things happen if we just lean on Him? Our Christian life is to be a continuous proof that God works impossibilities. Our lives are to be a series of impossibilities made possible and actual by God’s almighty power. That is what we need. We have an almighty God that we worship. The transformation of a heart coming from dark to light (unsaved to saved) is a miracle. God is working miracles every day.
  2. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Take a second and think about this verse. I’ve grown up hearing it, reading it many times, but it will never get old because it is what I live for. It’s the purpose of which you and I can come to the cross daily and ask for forgiveness and move forward because we have a loving Father. He loves us yesterday, and he will love us tomorrow. What a love.
  3. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Notice that the verse does not say “I can do some things, or most things”.  When we give up on trying to solve our own problems and issues, and we take these things and lay them at the foot of the cross. Placing our complete faith and trust in God and His ability to take care of these problems and issues, we are renewed and we no longer have to carry the entire burden ourselves.
  4. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” When I read this, I get so encouraged knowing that in no matter the circumstance… He is faithful. I can trust that He has an intricate plan for me no matter the highs and lows.
  5. Hebrews 13:5 – “I Never will I leave you;never will I forsake you.” So often I need to be reminded of this. He is a personal God, and He wants to know and love us through whatever hurt or confusion may come.

Spending daily time with God and diving into His word is vital to grow and sustain your faith. Think of it like working out. When your faith needs to do some heavy lifting, you will be ready because you have been “exercising” in God’s word daily.

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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Life Lessons From 1 Thessalonians 5:11

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up….

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”

This is such an important thing to have in life – people who will build you up and encourage you. And it is an important personality trait for us to have ourselves. People like to be around people who are positive and make them feel good about themselves and supported. Life is so much better when you feel like you have a support system and people that believe in you and encourage you to be successful. Be that person for someone else. Be that person that builds others up and encourages them. People will be drawn to you and will want to be around you! It is so energizing to be around positive people.

I have been trying to share tons of encouragement over my social media to try and encourage and build YOU all up. I want to be that person for you, and I pray that you would be that person for someone else.

XOXO, Chels

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Who God Says You Are

You are so many things. Have you ever had people try to tell you who you are? That can be frustrating, having people try to fit you into a mold….

You are so many things. Have you ever had people try to tell you who you are? That can be frustrating, having people try to fit you into a mold. God is the only one who really knows who we are, and according to Him, we are pretty darn great. Here is the proof. God says that you are:

  1. You are beautiful. Psalm 45:11
  2. You are unique. Psalm 139:13
  3. You are loved. Jeremiah 31:3
  4. You are special. Ephesians 2:10
  5. You are created with a purpose. Jeremiah 29:11
  6. You are cared for. Ephesians 3:17-19
  7. You are lovely. Daniel 12:3
  8. You are precious. 1 Corinthians 6:20
  9. You are strong. Psalm 18:35
  10. You are important. 1 Peter 2:9
  11. You are forgiven. Psalm 103:12
  12. You are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  13. You are protected. Psalm 121:3
  14. You are empowered. Philippians 4:13
  15. You are chosen. John 15:16
  16. You are family. Ephesians 2:19
  17. You are His. Isaiah 43:1

You are who God says you are! The proof is in His word, the Bible. He gave us that book so that we can be encouraged and know exactly how much He loves us. Let that encourage you and empower you.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Micah 7:8

Micah 7:8 says “Though I fall, I will rise again.” This verse is a great reminder to keep going even when you fall, because you will rise up again. Life…

Micah 7:8 says “Though I fall, I will rise again.”

This verse is a great reminder to keep going even when you fall, because you will rise up again. Life is this
way. There are peaks, and there are valleys. What comes up must come down. We have great times in life that are followed by not-so-great times. The silver lining during those “down” times is that we know that they will eventually turn around. Even though there are days when we think “this day could not possibly get any worse” and then it does, we can find peace in the promise that though we fall, we will rise again.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Ephesians 3:20

Ephesians 3:20 says “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.” Let me tell you, I have pretty big dreams, and the fact that God has…

Ephesians 3:20 says “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.” Let me tell you, I have pretty big dreams, and the fact that God has more in store for me than that is mind blowing!

God has bigger plans for you than you can even comprehend. Do you sometimes feel like your life isn’t going anywhere or you aren’t moving forward? Do you feel like giving up on your big dreams because things just aren’t panning out the way you thought they would? Don’t get caught up in the negative. God’s plans for your life may not be what YOUR plans are. They may be totally opposite of what you thought your life would look like! But let me tell you, God’s plans are always greater than ours. God has so many wonderful things planned for you! He put you on this earth for a purpose. I sometimes get the feeling that I have no purpose and am just floundering. It is easy to feel this way when we get to a low point in our life. It is important for us to remember, though, that we need to be patient and let God do his thing. Why? Read Ephesians 3:20.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Mark 5:41

Do you ever feel like you are being overlooked or that your voice is not being heard? Mark 5:41 says “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” Arise! Arise from…

Do you ever feel like you are being overlooked or that your voice is not being heard? Mark 5:41 says “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”

Arise! Arise from the troubles in your life. Arise from all of the struggles getting you down. Rise above what people say about you and arise above their expectations. I feel like this verse is encouraging
because it literally tells you to get up and go after it. Arise! God is with you when you do. Rise above depression, anxiety, and other struggles that the devil has put in place in your life to keep you down. Rise up and show others how you can get through anything in life with God on your side.

Keep the faith and keep on truckin’!

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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Life Lessons from Psalm 147:3

Where are my girls who are hurting? Broken-hearted? Feeling sad or alone? I hear you. And I know what it is like. I have a verse that I think will…

Where are my girls who are hurting? Broken-hearted? Feeling sad or alone? I hear you. And I know what it is like. I have a verse that I think will really speak to you, and that is Psalm 147:3, which says “He heals every shattered heart.”

It may not make you feel encouraged now, but just having the knowledge that your heart will not be in d393b5d339057f4bb13592aa6221d887pain forever, even though it may feel like it will, is comforting. God tells us in His word that He will heal our shattered hearts. In time, your heart will feel whole again. No pain is too great for God’s incredible healing. When you are heartbroken, it can feel like you are in a pit. Like you cannot get out and cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give up hope. Don’t lose faith. Your Heavenly Father will sew your heart back together and lift you out of your pit.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From 1 Thessalonians 5:11

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up….

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”1-thesselonians

This is such an important thing to have in life – people who will build you up and encourage you. And it is an important personality trait for us to have ourselves. People like to be around people who are positive and make them feel good about themselves and supported. Life is so much better when you feel like you have a support system and people that believe in you and encourage you to be successful. Be that person for someone else. Be that person that builds others up and encourages them. People will be drawn to you and will want to be around you! It is so energizing to be around positive people.

I have been trying to share tons of encouragement over my social media to try and encourage and build YOU all up. I want to be that person for you, and I pray that you would be that person for someone else.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 112:7

“She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” This is what Psalm 112:7 proclaims. I love these kinds of verses, ones that give us advice on how to…

“She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” This is what Psalm 112:7 proclaims. I love these kinds of verses, ones that give us advice on how to trust God and where putting your faith in God can take you.122

Lets break that verse down. It starts out by saying that she CONFIDENTLY trusts the Lord. She doesn’t just trust Him. She has confidence and is sure of herself. She is sure of the Lord’s care for her life and that He has her future in the palm of His hand. Nothing surprises God. He knows just what you need when you need it. So, lets finish breaking this verse down. She confidently trusts the Lord to what? To take care of her. Isn’t that what most girls seek? To feel safe and to have the feeling that she is taken care of? God has that covered.

Trust confidently in the Lord! He will never let you down.

XOXO, Chels

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“Admire Someone Else’s Beauty Without Questioning Your Own”

  Have you ever looked at someone and immediately compared yourself to them? My guess is that almost everyone has done this, and done it many times. You look at…

 

Have you ever looked at someone and immediately compared yourself to them? My guess is that almost everyone has done this, and done it many times. You look at them and think “I wish I was as skinny as her” or “I wish I had clothes as nice as hers.” I saw a quote online the other day that really hit home with me on this subject. It said “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.”beauty

What does that quote say to me? It says that you should be able to look at someone and think “Wow. She is beautiful. She dresses so nice and has such a great personality!” without immediately thinking “Am I as pretty as her? Do people think that I have a great personality and dress nice?” As girls we can be so critical of ourselves. We feel pressure to look great, dress nice, and be “put-together” all the time. Everyone is beautiful, and they are beautiful in their own way. Us girls need to be supportive of each other and compliment and admire each other’s beauty without comparing it to our own. We are all so beautifully different!

I challenge you to admire other people’s beauty without doubting or questioning your own. Being confident in yourself is one of the best things you can be!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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