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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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Life Lessons from Proverbs 16:24

Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” What does it mean to be gracious? To me, I think that it…

Proverbs 16:24 says “Gracious words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

What does it mean to be gracious? To me, I think that it means being a forgiving person. It means that you treat others how they should be treated, not how you necessarily want to treat them. It means believing the best in people, and being kind. Using gracious words means being gentile and kind with how you speak to people. It means building others up and taking the high road. God’s word tells us that when we use gracious words, they are actually good for us. They are mentally and spiritually healthy. You are more joyful and happy when you show others grace instead of holding on to grudges and hard feelings.

Next time you are in a difficult situation, remember to be gracious in the way you handle it, because it is better for you and for those around you in the end.

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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Do’s and Don’ts of Breaking Up

Break-ups can be both the best and worst thing in the world.  Depending on who you are and/or who you are dating, break-ups can either be freeing and relieving or…

Break-ups can be both the best and worst thing in the world.  Depending on who you are and/or who you are dating, break-ups can either be freeing and relieving or heartbreaking and miserable.  Either way, I have a few helpful do’s and don’ts that I think I could offer!

  • DO be respectful.  Make sure you are always considering their feelings and their side of the story.  Try to put yourself in their shoes and know it can be just as hard on them as it is for you.
  • DON’T forget your worth.  Oftentimes, it can be easy to forget your worth and make excuses for the other person, especially when you’re going through a rough patch.  Know what you deserve and don’t settle for anything less!
  • DO put yourself first.  There’s a huge difference between being selfish and putting yourself first.  It’s okay to consider your own feelings and to value what you need out of a relationship over your boyfriend.  At the end of the day, you have to look out for yourself!
  • DON’T forget what you learned.  You can learn so much through dating and breaking up.  It teaches you valuable lessons that you can use the next time you date someone.  You can observe what worked, what didn’t work, and what traits you’re looking for in the next person you date!

I hope this helps you out next time you go through a break up, which I hope isn’t any time soon for you!

Xoxo – Chelsea

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How to Slow Down Your Crazy Life

Life is crazy. Crazy busy, that is. We have jobs, school, church, family, friends, relationships and everything in-between competing for our attention. We rarely take the time to just slow…

Life is crazy. Crazy busy, that is. We have jobs, school, church, family, friends, relationships and everything in-between competing for our attention. We rarely take the time to just slow down and take life in. Our lives are in constant fast-forward, and we try to cram as much as we can into the day as we can. We are constantly connected to each other, and I blame this for some of the craziness. Even when we are sitting watching a movie, half the time we are on our computer and texting also. The whole life-in-fast-forward thing really bugs me. You only get one life, so why not slow it down and enjoy as much as you can of it? Here are a few ways to slow down and enjoy life.

  1. Do one thing at a time: Like I said earlier, lots of times when we are watching tv we are also on our phone, checking email, eating, and maybe 3 other things at once as well. Turn things off and focus on one thing at a time so you can really enjoy it!
  2. Take time to enjoy your hobbies: Block off some time and do something you love! Life isn’t all about work. Go on a run, read a chapter of a book, start a drawing, play the piano for a few minutes, take a break from life and do things that make you happy!
  3. Disconnect: Put your phone in a drawer and leave it there. Being connected to other people 24/7 via your phone is #1 exhausting and #2 doesn’t allow you any time to have “me” time and time to slow down. Only check your social media once or twice a day. You will be amazed how much time you have for other things when you limit yourself to that.
  4. Stop rushing around: Rushing around = stressful. Leave the house early to avoid the stress of running late and having to rush.

I need to take a dose of my own advice and slow down, too. Life can be so much more enjoyable when you stop and smell the roses and take the scenic route.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Get Rid of Toxic People

Toxic people are often hard to get away from.  Whether its due to relationships, being in the same friend group, or simply dating the wrong person, having toxic people in…

Toxic people are often hard to get away from.  Whether its due to relationships, being in the same friend group, or simply dating the wrong person, having toxic people in your life can be both draining and exhausting.  Most of us leave these people in our lives because we simply don’t know how to get away from them.  Here’s how you can separate yourself from these people in a kind and mature way!

  • Distance yourself.  Although this doesn’t always work for every situation, it does work for some.  Slowly backing away from the situation really can work.  It’s a good way to get some air and realize what you really want, whether it be in a relationship or with a close friend.
  • Pray for strength.  Prayer is powerful and I’m a strong believer that God provides when you ask him for something.  Sometimes we just need the strength to cut ties with someone and know that it really is for the best.
  • Surround yourself with people who build you up.  Surrounding yourself with good people while trying to distance yourself from the opposite is one of the best distractions.  It shows you the people you deserve to have in your life!  Know your worth!
  • Be bold and determined.  I know it’s easier said than done, but having the courage to know what you deserve in your life is something we should all believe about ourselves.  Changing your mindset to having the boldness to get rid of toxic people in your life is one of the most freeing feelings ever!

I hope you have enough courage to break away from the people bringing you down in your life! 🙂

Love, Chels

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How to Find Your Passion in Life

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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5 Easy Lifestyle Boosts to Try for Yourself

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry…

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry through with it?  And how long do we actually keep it going when we do?  Here are a few lifestyle boosts that are easy to keep up with and will benefit both your body and mood!

  • Drink more water. Chelsea Crockett - Water I’ve always heard this and thought “yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever,” but it really pays off and makes your body feel all-around better!  Carry around a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and you won’t even realize how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.
  • Make daily to-do lists.  Checking off tasks on a to-do list is scientifically proven to boost your mood.  It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and success even if it’s completing something super small!
  • Stick to a bedtime and wakeup time.  Once again, science proves that this will benefit both your mind and body greatly.  You’ll feel less tired and more motivated to take on the day!
  • Start your day with a cup of coffee and some time with God.  I know for me, starting the day out by talking to God refreshes me more than anything (and some caffeine doesn’t hurt either!).
  • Don’t use your phone an hour before bed.  Your phone screen gives off blue light that actually keeps your brain awake and alert.  So when you lay down and play on your phone to “make yourself tired,” it’s actually doing the opposite!

I hope you consider giving these a try!  With a little determination, you can make all of these lifestyle boosts an everyday habit!

XO – Chelsea

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Life Lessons From Psalm 93:4

Psalm 93:4 says “Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you.” What an incredible visual. When you gaze at waves on the ocean, you can see…

Psalm 93:4 says “Mightier than the waves of the sea is His love for you.”

What an incredible visual. When you gaze at waves on the ocean, you can see just how powerful waves are as they rumble to the shore. That’s why this verse is so meaningful to me. It says that God’s love for us is mightier than the waves on the sea. No one on this earth will love you like that. If you are feeling lonely, sad, misunderstood, or unloved, I think this is a great verse to study. Next time you are at the ocean, take a minute to admire the strength of the waves and remember that God’s love for you is even mightier.

 

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Isaiah 60:22

Isaiah 60:22 says “When the time is right, I, The Lord, will make it happen.” God doesn’t make things happen on our time. They happen on HIS. You may be…

Isaiah 60:22 says “When the time is right, I, The Lord, will make it happen.”

God doesn’t make things happen on our time. They happen on HIS. You may be in a stage of life where you are waiting on something big to happen or are waiting on answers. God’s timing is always perfect timing. It might not seem like it now, but good things come to those who wait. Waiting is hard! It can seem like God has forgotten about us or thinks we are unimportant. That is the opposite of the truth. God loves us so much. He knows all of the hairs on our head! He knows absolutely everything about us. That means he knows what is best for us. His ways are better than ours! Find comfort in that. When you feel like nothing is happening for you in your life, just know that God has a plan, and His plans are better than anything we could ever dream up for ourselves. In the future, you will be able to look back at what happened and what God did and see that it was true, He took care of you and everything turned out all right.

 

Let go and let God.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Daniel 3:17-18

Have you ever wanted something so bad and worked so hard for it…and then didn’t get it? And you wondered why God would do this to you, you deserved it,…

Have you ever wanted something so bad and worked so hard for it…and then didn’t get it? And you wondered why God would do this to you, you deserved it, right? It could be a scholarship, boyfriend, job, winning a sports event, anything that you strive for and want more than anything. Daniel 3:17-18 gives us a little reality check when we don’t get the things we really want.

Daniel 3:17-18 says “And if not, He is still GOOD.” This means that if God doesn’t give you what you want or badly desire or have strived for, He is still good. He knows what is best for you, and maybe getting the job or boyfriend would have led to something negative in the future. He knows how much you can handle in your life, and He knows what your life has in store for you. Think about all of the other things He has given you in your life! You are incredibly blessed. He is SO good!

So, when you don’t God doesn’t give you exactly what you want or have strived for, just remember all of the other blessings in your life and that He is good!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Psalm 139:5

During this season of life, I have been looking up encouraging Bible verses to prepare both my heart and my mind for the trials and hard times. One verse that…

During this season of life, I have been looking up encouraging Bible verses to prepare both my heart and my mind for the trials and hard times. One verse that has calmed my anxious heart is Psalm 139:5, which says “ You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”

To me, this verse says that there is no need to worry about the future. God has gone before you and prepared the way for you. He already knows your future and what it holds, so there is no reason for YOU to fret about it. He has looked into the future and has seen the trials you will have, and he is preparing you for them right now. He places his hand of blessing on your head, which is a comfort to know. He has blessed you greatly and will continue to do so! Not only does God go before you, but He also follows you wherever you go. You are not alone, He is with you! When you feel nervous or anxious, just remember that whatever you are going through is in God’s plan.

God has blessed you in so many ways! Have comfort in knowing that he has gone before you and prepared a way for you!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from an 80-Year-Old

As teenagers, we still have so much life left to live.  I’ve always wondered how people at the end of their lives feel looking back on their own lives.  Are…

As teenagers, we still have so much life left to live.  I’ve always wondered how people at the end of their lives feel looking back on their own lives.  Are they filled with happiness?  Or regret and unfulfillment?  I found a post online that listed a few life lessons from an 80-year-old.  I found them inspiring and wanted to share some of them!

  • Look people in the eye.” Chelsea Crockett - Bible verseEye contact is important and the ability to have that is a good quality to have!  It tells people that you’re really interested in the conversation.  This is something our generation needs to learn how to do!
  • “Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.”  I’ve always loved the quote, “be the person you want to meet.”  We should all strive to be the best person we can be!  
  • “Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.” Doing something nice for someone is easy, but doing it without getting any recognition is what we can often struggle with.  Try it sometime! 
  • “Loosen up. Relax. Nothing is as important as it first seems.”  I live by this advice!  It is so important to let go of things and know that you’re probably stressing over nothing anyway. 
  • “Be bold and courageous.”  There’s a verse in the Bible that says the same thing.  Take risks and get out of your comfort zone!  Life’s too short to let opportunities pass you by.

What lessons have you learned so far throughout your life?  Share with me below!

Love, Chelsea

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Internet Privacy Safety Tips

There are a lot of “plus sides” to the internet. Funny memes and Instagram, just to name a few. There are also a lot of down sides, one of the…

There are a lot of “plus sides” to the internet. Funny memes and Instagram, just to name a few. There are also a lot of down sides, one of the biggest being that it can be a danger to your privacy. Breaches in your online security can have really bad consequences, from having your passwords stolen and your social media accounts hacked to someone getting your credit card information and stealing your identity. The best way to prevent a breach in your online security and privacy is to never do any of the following:

  1. Giving unnecessary info: When you are filling out a profile online, whether it is a clothing website or a social media profile, be wary about what information you give them. A lot of the time, the information they are asking for isn’t really needed (things like your mother’s maiden name and your phone number, to name a few). Only fill out the boxes that are required, and I even suggest making up a fake birthday so it is not as easy for people to steal your identity.
  2. Sharing your location settings: When apps like Facebook or sites like Google ask if they can use your location, say no. Especially Facebook because every post you make tells your location, which makes it easy for people to track you. People can be tracking you on sites where you wouldn’t even expect it! Be careful when letting sites use your location data.
  3. Using the same password for everything: I used to be bad at this! It is so convenient to use the same password, or a variation of it, for everything because you never forget it. But, once a hacker has that password, they can go to town. Use a different password for everything to make sure that a hacker can’t take over your accounts! Keep your passwords in a small notebook so that you can keep track of them.

I want you to stay safe on the internet, so I hope these warnings help!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 34:14

Psalm 34:14 tells us to “Seek peace and pursue it.” Are there areas of your life where you wish there was more peace or happiness? To me, seeking and pursuing…

Psalm 34:14 tells us to “Seek peace and pursue it.” Are there areas of your life where you wish there was seek peacemore peace or happiness?

To me, seeking and pursuing peace means a couple of things. First, it means to not seek conflict. If you disagree with someone, you can respectfully disagree with them and politely state your opinion, but
there is no need to stir up drama or create a confrontation. Secondly, I think it is about your attitude. I happy, friendly person is definitely more peaceful and more calming to be around than an uptight or rude one. Being a person that makes the people around them feel at peace, happy and at ease is a big deal. It can be a great way to minister to people and also draws people to you.

If you want to set an example for others, then seek peace and pursue it. A more peaceful life means a less stressed and tense life.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Lamentations 3:23

We all have bad days. We have days where we don’t feel like ourselves, where we are mad or angry or sad and maybe take it out on the people…

We all have bad days. We have days where we don’t feel like ourselves, where we are mad or angry or sad and maybe take it out on the people we love. There are also times where we do things we know we shouldn’t be doing, and then end up feeling guilty or disappointed in ourselves. Lucky for us, God lets us push the “reset” button every day.lamentations

Lamentations 3:23 says “His mercies are new every morning.” This means that God doesn’t hold your mistakes against you, he gives you a chance to start fresh every day if you ask Him for forgiveness. God doesn’t want you to live in guilt or sadness because of how you acted or what you did in the past. He wants you to treat each day like it is a brand new gift and a fresh start. He shows you mercy by wiping your slate clean every day. We don’t deserve this, but we serve a gracious and mighty God. Because of His son Jesus dying on the cross for us, we are able to repent of our sins and are forgiven and made new.

I am so happy that I serve a God who gives me countless chances to do the right thing and start over!

XOXO, Chels

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