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Life Lessons from Daniel 3:18

Daniel 3:18 says “And if not, He is still good.” This verse may sound like an incomplete sentence or may make no sense to you, but recently this verse has…

Daniel 3:18 says “And if not, He is still good.” This verse may sound like adanieln incomplete sentence or may make no sense to you, but recently this verse has meant a lot to me. Here is what it means.

The “And if not” part of the verse is talking about the things in life that we want to happen. It is the things we dream about or strive for. It is saying that if those things don’t happen for us, if certain dreams don’t come true or if certain doors close, God has it all under control. He is still good. I read something recently that really hit me. It said that God literally cannot sin, so

anything bad happening in our lives is caused by Satan, not God. God can do no wrong. If God closes a door or changes your path so you do not have an opportunity that you thought you would get, or if life isn’t going the way you planned, He is still good. He will still carry you. He is taking your path in a new and better direction. It may not seem like it right now, in fact it may seem like He has turned His back on you, but that is never the case. He is still good. In fact, he may have closed those doors because He knows that by closing them, He is opening the door to an even bigger and better opportunity for you.

Be patient, hold strong in knowing that the God who created the whole entire universe cares about you and knows all of your hopes and fears, and look forward to the bright future He has in store for you.

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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Life Lessons From 2 Timothy 4:17

2 Timothy 4:17 says “But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength.” Have you ever felt like no one had your back and you were alone? Going to…

2 Timothy 4:17 says “But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength.” Have you ever felt like no one had your back and you were alone? Going to college in a new state, I was afraid that I would have a hard time making friends, fitting in and feeling timat home.This verse tells us that we never have to feel like that, because God has our back, always.

In situations where I feel like my faith is being attacked or I am being attacked personally, I always try to remember that the Lord is standing by me and strengthening me. Being on YouTube, I can read the comments on my videos, and sometimes they are not the sweetest words. Don’t get me wrong, there are way more sweet, nice comments and supporters than there are negative Nancy’s. But, sometimes those negative comments can overshadow all of the good. That is when I remember that the Lord with with me and is strengthening me. When you feel like you are alone in a situation, when you feel attacked or belittled, lonely, or you just feel weak and helpless, just remember that the Lord is always by your side, strengthening you.

You are never alone, and you never have to feel weak or helpless! God has your back, always.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Stay Healthy in College

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses…

I just started college a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of it! One down side? Being surrounded by thousands and thousands of people every day means sicknesses travel fast! This is a well-known fact about college campuses. Also, being so busy with class and work and trying to maintain a social life leave little time for self-care! Having a busy schedule can cause you to neglect your health, so here are some tips on how to stay healthy in college! I will be following these closely, trust me, ain’t nobody got time to be sick, and nobody wants to gain that freshmen 15!download-2

  1. Have healthy dorm room munchies on hand: One easy way to avoid the feared freshmen 15 is to have healthy snacks around. When you are sitting in your room studying or hanging out with friends or have just had a stressful day, it is easy to reach for some comfort food. Keeping HEALTHY comfort food around can help keep you on track to keeping your freshmen 15 at bay. Also, eating healthy helps ward off sickness! When your body is healthy and strong it is less likely to get sick.
  2. Get that 8 hours in: Sleep, for heaven’s sake! I know that college is about having fun and making friends, but sacrificing sleep is a big no-go. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weight, break out, get bad grades, and just be all around miserable. Plus, sleeping through class is not an option!
  3. Don’t get lazy: Most colleges have really nice work out facilities, so USE THEM! Grab your roommate or a new friend you met in class and hit the gym. Most people gain weight in college because they reduce their sleep and exercise and raise the amount of food they intake.

These are just a few tips on how to stay healthy during college. Best of luck to all of my fellow college students!

XOXO, Chels

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How Exercise Can Make You Feel At Home in a New City

If you’re going to a college away from home or are moving to a new city or town, you know that moving can be a stressful, nerve wracking experience. I…

If you’re going to a college away from home or are moving to a new city or town, you know that moving can be a stressful, nerve wracking experience. I am nervous about making friends and feeling at home in a new city! One way I know I can feel more at home is to get involved at a gym. Fitness classes are a great place to meet new people and make new friends, and they can help you regain a social life after moving to a new city. Here is how you can make fitness a way to make your new home feel like home.images (2)

First, find a fitness studio or gym that you want to try, or, if you are in college, go to your school’s fitness center. Then find classes there that you think would be fun to take. When you are there, make small talk with other classmates. Try to start conversations, or become part of other people’s. Once you feel comfortable around the group, ask a few of them to go get food after class. Getting to know people and feeling part of a group is so important in making your new city feel like home.

Next, walk or run around your city. Of course you need to be safe when you do this and be aware of your surroundings, but the best way to get to know your new home is to walk or run it! Take a friend with you to make sure you are safe. Instead of taking a bus or Uber or your car, walk. You will discover new shops, restaurants, cafes, yoga studios, parks, and all kinds of other cool landmarks in your city while getting a workout. If you don’t like running on the treadmill (who really does?) then hit the streets of your new home.

I definitely think that getting involved in a gym and in fitness classes will help anyone adjust in a new city and make new friendships. I plan on using this tactic when I move to Cali next month! Not only will you make friends, but you will stay in shape as well. It is a win-win!

XOXO, Chels

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Why Laughter Is Good For You

I love to surround myself with people who make me laugh, because the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” is so true! I love to laugh. When I am with…

I love to surround myself with people who make me laugh, because the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine” is so true! I love to laugh. When I am with my friends, you know there is going to be a moment of the day where you will be laughing until your stomach hurts. Not only is laughing a great feeling, but it is also proven to be good for your health! Here is how:

  • Increases your sense of trust in others which helps strengthen your relationship with them
  • Improves the quality of your sleepFullSizeRender (3)
  • Improves memory
  • Boosts your ability to problem solve and your creativity
  • Makes you more open minded
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Releases muscle tension
  • Boosts immune system
  • Puts you in a positive mood because it stimulates the release of endorphins
  • Raises your pain tolerance

Life is so much better when it is filled with laughter. I am so blessed to be surrounded by people who are constantly making me laugh and smile. Learn to laugh things off and not to take life too seriously. After all, you only live once!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Romans 8:18

Romans 8:18 says “The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” This verse, to me, is one of the most encouraging verses I know. It…

Romans 8:18 says “The pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” This verse, to me, is one of the most encouraging verses I know.romans

It basically says that all of the pain that you have been going through, all of the heartache or sadness, cannot compare to all
of the joy that is ahead in your life! God tells us that there will be hard times as well as good times in this life, but those hard times are nothing compared to all of the joy that is in store for you! When we think about all of the pain and sadness that comes into our lives or that may be happening to us right now, it can make us depressed and doubt God’s goodness. But we should never doubt God’s plan for us and never turn our back on Him, because He has big plans for your life, and they are better than you can imagine!

So, when you are going through a tough time and feel down, just remember that this pain is small compared to all of the joy that is coming!

XOXO, Chels

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How You Know You Need a Break

Life is stressful. I am sure you know this already! We over-commit ourselves and stretch ourselves thin, trying to get everything done and hang out with everyone we can. Between…

Life is stressful. I am sure you know this already! We over-commit ourselves and stretch ourselves thin, trying to get everything done and hang out with everyone we can. Between work, your social life, and lack of sleep your body can take a beating. Giving yourself a break and letting yourself relax will help keep you sane. Here are some signs that your mind and body need a break.FullSizeRender (94)

By looking for the signs that show that our bodies are needing rest and might want to shake some things up, we can stay happier, healthier and more in love with life each day. Here are eleven things to look for in deciding when to take a breather.

  1. Work is life: Don’t let the “workaholic” culture get the best of you! Being motivated to work hard and perform well is
    great, but you also need to give yourself a break for downtime. This allows your mind and body to recoup and makes you a better worker.
  2. You feel like you are exhausted: Having a crazy schedule can make you feel exhausted. Try and go to bed at a decent time, and listen to your body when it tells you “hey, I am tired, take a break”.
  3. You feel emotional: Signs that you have pushed yourself too far are that you are irritable, panicked, cant sleep well, and have a different appetite. When your body is fatigued it affects your hormones and mood, which affect everyone around you.

When you start to feel burned out, mentally and physically, it is a sign that you need to take a breather. Take a break and have some “me time”, it will make you happier and healthier and will lead you to a more well-balanced life.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from 2 Corinthians 4:18

2 Corinthians 4:18 says “So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”…

2 Corinthians 4:18 says “So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what
is unseen is eternal.”2 corinthians

This verse speaks directly to today’s “see it to believe it” culture. We focus on looks, success, money, fame, popularity, all sorts of temporary lifely pleasures. The Bible tells us to focus what on what is unseen rather than what is seen. It tells us to focus on our faith, our friendships, our relationship with God, and other things that are not temporary but are everlasting. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. God wants us to focus on what matters most in life and what will bring us the most joy and fulfillment, which is a relationship with Him, not more clothing or popularity.

Focus on what is unseen, for the temporary things in life are, well, temporary! God’s love never ends.

XOXO, Chels

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Why You Should Walk 30 Minutes a Day

Let’s be honest. Finding time to get to the gym during the week is tough during the summer because there is so much other cool stuff going on. Why go…

Let’s be honest. Finding time to get to the gym during the week is tough during the summer because there is so much other cool stuff going on. Why go to the gym and work out when you could be laying by the pool or boating with friends? If you are like me there is a little voice in the back of your head constantly telling you “go work out, you need to stay healthy, you don’t want to get out of shape!” Working out in the summer is also a pretty hot task. Did you know walking is actually super good for you? You don’t have to go to the gym and lift heavy weights to get a great workout, just tie on some shoes and step out onto your street! Here are the benefits of walking 30 minutes a day.

  1. It alleviates depression and fatigue
  2. Increases attention and decision makingFullSizeRender (90)
  3. Works your arm and shoulder muscles
  4. Strengthens your legs, quads, hips and hamstrings
  5. Improves your fitness
  6. Keeps weight in check
  7. Lowers risk of heart disease, chronic diseases, and improves your blood pressure

See? An easy walk can do your body some serious good. And you can spare 30 minutes a day, I guarantee it!

XOXO, Chels

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What to Pack in Your College Backpack

How many of you would say that you are the “mom” of your friend group? You know, the one who always has band aids and tampons and hand sanitizer in…

How many of you would say that you are the “mom” of your friend group? You know, the one who always has band aids and tampons and hand sanitizer in her purse to hand out if people need them, or is the one people call for advice, or is chosen as the one to drive everywhere because she is the “best driver.” This post is for those gals. The ones who always have a spare pair of sunglasses in their purse for anyone who may need them, or lotion in case hands get chapped, or cough drops just in case anyone catches a cold. This post is also for my college freshmen (holla!) who want to know what essentials need to be stowed in your college backpack. Here are the top 5 things you need in that sucker.

  1. A wallet: It doesn’t have to be your “everyday” wallet that is the size of a brick, it can be a small zipper one big enough to keep your license, school ID, credit cards and a bit of cash. It is always good to have this stuff in case of emergency. Or in case you need Starbucks. Either one, really. Oh, and stick your dorm key in that thing as well.school_supplies1
  2. Snack: Because being away from your dorm room/house, AKA where the food is at, calls for packing snacks. It is much cheaper to pack your own snacks rather than buying them on campus, and having munchies readily available keep your energy levels up and your hunger levels down.
  3. Headphones/laptop: Lots of my college buds have told me that they prefer to take notes on their laptops and use them constantly in class for power points and lectures and such, so a laptop is a must-have in your backpack. Also, if you prefer to study in the library or a place like Starbucks but you also like it quiet, you will want some headphones. Also, people tend to not bug you when you have headphones in.
  4. Planner/notebook: Even if you plan to take notes mostly on your laptop, it is good to have a notebook in your backpack just in case. I know from friends that professors may ask you to take out a sheet of paper for certain in class exercises or assignments, so it is always good to be prepared. Also, you NEED a planner in college! I know that between classes, social events, homework, and clubs I am going to be a busy lady, so I need a planner to keep myself on track.

Now, this is not by any means an extensive list, but it is a start!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Survive Life’s Seasons

Life is all about seasons. No, not “summer spring fall” seasons, LIFE seasons. Seasons like grade school, high school, college, your first job, marriage, the death of a family member,…

Life is all about seasons. No, not “summer spring fall” seasons, LIFE seasons. Seasons like grade school, high school, college, your first job, marriage, the death of a family member, all big life events that come and go but can be categorized as a “season” in our life. Each season is different and presents different challenges. For instance, my life’s season right now is the “graduated high school and moving out” season. This season is filled with uncertainty, sadness because I will be moving away from my family, and nerves, but it is also filled with excitement, anticipation, and joy. I have a bit of advice on how to stay calm, keep your cool, and keep a healthy mindset during life’s toughest seasons. Read on.

  1. Take a few minutes to rest: Don’t underestimate the power of a few minutes of rest. It may seem like a waste of time, but five or ten minutes of sitting with your eyes closed and turning off your brain is so refreshing. Snatch up every minute of rest that you can.
  2. Try to be in the middle of something all the time: What I mean is, try to be in the middle of a great TV series or a good book or a fun movie. When you are in the middle of something you are tempted to finish it. This practically forces you to take time for yourself. And you should let yourself do it! It gives you something to look forward to and gives you an outlet for some “me time.”ae644503a1e81ca13ea4a95c694a5115
  3. Learn how to ignore things: Now these things don’t include your mom or homework, but they do include text messages and other nonessential tasks. When you are in the midst of your busiest seasons, life gets overwhelming, and a messy room, a phone full of unanswered texts, or a dirty car can send you over the edge and make you feel like your whole life is out of control. Take a deep breath and realize that these things don’t really matter. Your messy room can stay messy for one more day. Take the time that you would have spent cleaning it and close your eyes and rest. You need to keep yourself rested and healthy. Once your season calms down, that is the time to tackle that messy room and dirty car.

Making use of these practices can help you to stay afloat in the stormier seasons of life, when you may not be able to feel truly rested. No matter what your circumstances, it’s important to be good to yourself and strap on that proverbial oxygen mask so you can breathe a little easier.

These are just a few ways I keep my head on straight and my mind at ease during my life’s crazy seasons. How do YOU handle yours?

XOXO, Chels

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A Guide to Making Friends in College

When you think about going to college, what makes you the most nervous? One thing I am nervous about is leaving my friends and family behind. Not that I wont…

When you think about going to college, what makes you the most nervous? One thing I am nervous about is leaving my friends and family behind. Not that I wont ever see them or talk to them, but when you move far away you naturally lose touch a little bit. Will it be hard making new friends in college? Do you ever worry about that? I do. Here are a few general tips on how to make friends in college.

  1. Make friends in your classes: Professors do cheesy “getting to know you” games on the first day of class for a reason! Be friendly and try to initiate conversation with people you think would make good friends. Not only is this good for your social life, it is also helpful to have a study buddy in the same class!61405480
  2. Keep your door open: If you live in the dorms, keep your door open if you are in your room. This invites people who are walking by to stick their head in and introduce themselves and invite you out. It is good to know who lives around you if you are wanting to go do something but don’t have anyone to go with.
  3. Join clubs: Join clubs that have to do with your major. Are you going into marketing? Join the marketing association! Not only will you meet people who are studying the same thing you are and can help you professionally, you will make some pretty great friends! Join fun clubs too, like bowling or belly dancing. These will keep you busy!
  4. Tag along: If one of your friends is going to do something with people you really don’t know, ask to go along! This is an easy way to make new friends because you know your friend will be there to make you feel more comfortable.

Now go get ‘em tiger!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Proverbs 3:3

It is so easy to get caught up in the troubles of this world. It is easy to become angry, irritable, sarcastic, and all kinds of other negative emotions. Yet,…

It is so easy to get caught up in the troubles of this world. It is easy to become angry, irritable, sarcastic, and all kinds of other negative emotions. Yet, Proverbs 3:3 says “ Do not let kindness and truth leave you.”

When I read this verse I immediately think “How am I treating people around me? Am I treating them with kindness? Am I speaking the truth?” As a Christian, it is really important for me to embody everything this verse says. Why? A couple of reasons. The first is proverbsife because God’s word tells me to. It tells me to be kind and to tell the truth, because those are two things that God wants His followers to represent. The second reason it is important for me to do what this verse says is because I am a Christian, therefore people look to me and watch how I act. They look to me to see how I live and what I stand for. I set an example for others, and my actions can either bring honor and glory to God, or they can dishonor and shame Him. My goal is to bring glory to God in everything I do, which means being kind to others, even when it is not easy, and to speak truth.

Don’t let kindness and truth escape you, because not only do these two attributes make you a more likeable, nice person, they also bring glory to God.

XOXO, Chels

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College Laundry Etiquette

College is full of changes, the biggest being you are living away from your parents and have to become independent (that is, if you are going away for college)! For…

College is full of changes, the biggest being you are living away from your parents and have to become independent (that is, if you are going away for college)! For a lot of college kids, this means that you have to start doing things like grocery shopping and doing your own laundry. Even if you did your own laundry at home, college laundry is a totally new ballgame, or so I hear. Here are some tips on how to become a college-laundry pro that I learned from my college-student buds.

  1. Do some prep work: Sort your clothes out in your room before you go down to the laundry room. It is crowded in there and having to sort it out in there can make people aggravated with you for taking up space. Sort your loads out by color before you go down to save yourself lots of trouble.e513731f00b63fac4248314b813bfddfb326b820803a96ba2d8b7dcc1d7a3a35
  2. Don’t let your laundry pile up: Procrastination is something college students are pros at, but that shouldn’t apply to laundry! You may THINK you have enough clean clothes to last you through the week, but the longer you wait, the more it will pile up, and the longer it will take you to get it done. Doing laundry makes you feel like you have your life together and relieves that small part of your mind that was worried about all of that laundry you were going to need to do.
  3. Set a timer: While your laundry is in the washer or dryer, set a timer so you don’t forget about it. Odds are, you will go back to your dorm room and start homework or eat, and forget about your laundry. Setting a timer helps you remember to go grab it and also keeps people from getting mad at you for hogging the washer when your clothes are just sitting there waiting to be moved to the dryer. Also, this is never preferable, but if you see someone’s clothes have been sitting in the washer for a long time and are done, you may need to move them. If you do, leave a note for the person telling them where you moved their clothes, whether it be to a dryer or somewhere else. You never know when you may forget to move yours, and you would want someone to show you the same courtesy.

Laundry is just a small part of college in the grand scheme of things, so don’t sweat it!

XOXO, Chels

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The “SOAP” Bible Study Method

As a Christian, I know how important it is for me to spend time every day in God’s word, but sometimes it is hard to know where to start. I…

As a Christian, I know how important it is for me to spend time every day in God’s word, but sometimes it is hard to know where to start. I have done lots of Bible studies and read devotionals, but sometimes I just want to start reading the Bible on my own and see where it takes me. If you want to get more out of your Bible study time, try the SOAP method.

S- Scripture: Once you are done with your daily reading, write down one scripture from it that was meaningful to you.download

O- Observation: Think about what was interesting in the passage to you. What did you learn from it? Did God say anything to you through it?

A- Application: Think about how you can apply the scripture to your life and how it can change you.

P- Prayer: Go to God in prayer and ask for the scripture to guide you. Ask God to apply it in your life.

Having a guide on how to apply scripture to your life and how to make it more meaningful for you can drastically change the way you look at scripture. You look at it more as something that is wise and useful rather than something you just read over and sometimes memorize.

SOAP can change your life!

XOXO, Chels

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