Chelsea Crockett

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As You Look at the Day Before You…

As you look at the day before you, what emotions consume you? Do you wake up with an immediate mindset of dread and negativity? Or are you filled with gratitude…

As you look at the day before you, what emotions consume you? Do you wake up with an immediate mindset of dread and negativity? Or are you filled with gratitude and excitement for what’s ahead?

It’s natural for us to wake up and grumble about our day full of work meetings or our school day filled with tests and presentations. It’s human nature to want to stay in bed and not face the responsibilities you have awaiting you.

I’ve learned that those first few thoughts I have in the morning are an indicator of how my mood will be throughout the day. I’ve read that if you train your thoughts away from negativity first thing in the morning, it prevents your head from entering a space you don’t want to be in.

So, as you look at the day before you, consider these few things.

Approach the day with gratitude.

Have one of your first thoughts in the morning be thoughts of praise. Thank God for the beautiful morning weather, the quick morning commute, the quiz that ended up being easier than you thought it would be… When you decide first thing to approach each situation, good or bad, with focusing on the good, you will be more joyful and excited for even the simplest of things.

Have an attitude of “get to” not “have to”.

When I was younger, one of my teachers told us to change our words from “have to” to “get to.” For example, we “get to” go to school to learn more, we “get to” go to practice even though today may be harder than others, we “get to” go to meetings all day for work… Phrases like this humbles us and makes us remember how blessed we are for even the simplest of things.

Counter negative thoughts with positive ones.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, 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.”

I practice this daily and always tell others to do the same. As soon as your mind starts picking out the negatives, it can quickly spiral into a bad attitude. I know this from experience! But when you immediate counter the bad thoughts with positive ones, you gain an entire new perspective. Think about the things that are worthy of praise like the verse says above!

When you wake up tomorrow, how are you going to approach the day ahead? Are you going to try and make a conscious effort to do the things above? Or are you going to mumble and grumble through your day?

I encourage you the next few days to try these attitude and mindset changes. God wants us to be our most joyful and hopeful selves, which is hard to achieve when we’re full of negativity and dread. Take advantage of every day, we only have so many!

– Chelsea

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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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The Power of Your Words

Has someone ever said something to you that lingers in your head and repeats itself over and over again? This shows the power of words. Hurtful words can take a…

Has someone ever said something to you that lingers in your head and repeats itself over and over again?

This shows the power of words. Hurtful words can take a toll on your mind, heart, and entire being. They stick with you and can be hard to forget if they hit hard enough.

God has a lot to say about the power of words throughout the Bible. He gives us advice on how to watch our mouths and prayers to pray to help us think before we speak.

When words are spoken, they are a reflection of the heart. If you’re bitter and jealous, your words will show that. If you’re happy and joyful, it’ll reflect through the way you speak to others.

Take a look at Matthew 12:33-34 for example.

It says, “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit… For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

If you struggle with jealousy, anger, bitterness, etc., it shows through your words. An angry heart will speak angry words, just like a bad tree will bear bad fruit.

This is an important message that the Bible is trying to make clear to us. Your true colors will show through the way you speak! Your words are more powerful than you think and others take note of them.

So, how do we make sure our words are used for good instead of bad?

First, we need to learn patience and gratitude. We need to be able to think before we speak to ensure that what we’re saying is the right thing. James 1:19 says this: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” 

Take the time to listen to what others are saying to you. Listen, think, and then respond. Think of how Jesus would respond to the situation! If he wouldn’t say it, then you probably shouldn’t say it either.

I think it all comes back to the golden rule: do unto others as you would like to be treated. Or in this case: speak to others as you would like to be spoken to.

Be a listening ear. Compliment others. Show kindness. You are what you say! Your positivity and kindness will be contagious, and others will take notice.

Speak from a godly heart and show others the contagious love of Jesus Christ. You’ll see a difference in how others respond to you.

Be a listener and an encourager and see how your perspective changes!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Defeat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a real struggle.  Sometimes we just can’t find the motivation to get anything done.  I’ve been there, done that, trust me!  It can even happen when I’m…

Writer’s block is a real struggle.  Sometimes we just can’t find the motivation to get anything done.  I’ve been there, done that, trust me!  It can even happen when I’m editing videos, writing articles, or coming up with Instagram captions!  When you’re struggling with writer’s block, here are a few ideas for regaining your motivation.

  • Allow yourself to take a half-hour or an hour break, more often than you think you need. Chelsea Crockett - Writer's Block This way is proved to be one of the most effective!
  • Take a nap.  Power-naps are a real thing.  Taking anywhere between a 30-60-minute nap can give your brain the energy it needs to think.  Sometimes sleeping really is the answer! 
  • If you’re hungry, eat your favorite snack.  I know for me, I love food!  Frustration can often take its toll so eating a light snack can give you a break and a boost.
  • Bring your spirits up.  When I get writer’s block, I often find myself getting frustrated and negative.  Do something that makes you happy!  Whether that be playing with your dog or calling your friend for a few minutes.  Positivity helps!
  • Free write.  Free writing is actually effective!  Sit down, grab a pencil, and write whatever comes to mind.  It may help or it may not, but it’s worth a shot!

I hope these help you next time you’re writing a paper or outlining your speech!

XO – Chels

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Using Social Media for the RIGHT Reasons

Social media is one of the biggest things of our generation.  About 99% of the people I know have at least one form of it, even my parents and grandparents! …

Social media is one of the biggest things of our generation.  About 99% of the people I know have at least one form of it, even my parents and grandparents!  If you’ve been keeping up with my channel, then you’ve seen one of my recent videos talking about the power of social media and why it’s so important.  I just wanted to expand on my thoughts on how our generation can use social media for the right reasons!

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For me, I live a lot of my life on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  With the following I have, I feel like God has given me a platform to help further His kingdom by posting different verses, quotes, or my own thoughts that have impacted me.  That being said, I use social media as a way to spread the love of God to all of my followers because I believe in the power of social media!  My point is not that you need to tweet about God or the Bible.  My point is that social media can make a different and it DOES make a difference.  That’s why being positive and solely uplifting is more important than you think!  If you’re only logging on to complain or post negatively, then maybe you should rethink why you have social media in the first place.    

Start using social media to spread love instead of hate!  If we as a generation made this our mission, we’d be unstoppable! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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5 Steps to Loving Yourself

We’re all at that crucial age of figuring out who we want to be, despite the pressure coming from friends, society, and many other factors that try to shape us…

We’re all at that crucial age of figuring out who we want to be, despite the pressure coming from friends, society, and many other factors that try to shape us into who they want us to be instead.  With all of the standards and expectations put on girls throughout social media, magazines, movies, etc., they make it hard to love the skin we’re in… But that’s exactly what we need to learn to do!  Here are 5 steps that will make you start loving yourself fully and wholeheartedly! Chelsea Crockett - Love Yourself Quote

  1. Avoid perfection.  Putting impossible standards on yourself will never make you happy!  You’ll be let down every time.  Don’t expect to be someone you can’t and shouldn’t be!
  2. Stay off of social media.  I don’t mean to delete all of your accounts and shut yourself out of them forever.  What I mean by this is to not log on just to compare yourself to every girl you see.  If you find yourself doing this, just log off and find something fun and positive to do.
  3. Look in the mirror and point out three things you love about yourself every day.  Positive reassurance is totally underrated.  It really works!  Give yourself three compliments each morning to continue finding things you love about yourself.
  4. Get the right mentality.  Having a negative attitude never helps in any situation.  Work on being happy and positive when it comes to your body.
  5. Acknowledge your achievements and treat yourself.  Sometimes we get down on ourselves for thinking that we’ve failed and just want to give up.  Acknowledge your success and focus on that!  Treat yourself so you feel rewarded and optimistic!

Hopefully you can soak in these tips and learn to appreciate yourself for who you are!

Love, Chelsea

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Build Up Your Friendship

Knowing you have friends that you can trust and will be by your side no matter what is one of the best things in the world.  I know I’ve had…

Knowing you have friends that you can trust and will be by your side no matter what is one of the best things in the world.  I know I’ve had trouble with finding a group of friends that I really fit in and get along with and can be myself around.  Luckily through church and school, I’ve found some amazing lifelong friends that build me up instead of tear me down.  Not only did it take them to step up to the plate, but also for me to be the best friend I could be to them.  Through that, I’ve learned some helpful tips to being a friend that’s there 24/7.Chelsea Crockett - Friends

  • Listen.  If your friends have had a bad day, take time to listen to them.  Whether it’s a break up with a boyfriend, a bad grade on a test, or a fight with their parents, let them know that they can talk to you about it.  Everyone needs somebody to lean on!
  • Build Them Up.  There’s nothing greater than having someone that believes in you and keeps you on a positive note.  A negative vibe is never good in a friendship.  That only leads to bickering and a not-so-great attitude.
  • Honesty and Trust.  We all know girls are known for gossiping and telling secrets.  Make sure your friend knows she can trust you with anything.  Be as loyal as you can and keep every promise you make.  Trust and honesty are the biggest things in any relationship.
  • Pray For Them.  Prayer is key.  God will never fail you or forsake you.  Telling a friend that you’re praying for them will lighten up their day.  Knowing God is with me and on my side always brings the biggest smile to my face.

Love, Chelsea

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The Power of Being Positive

          Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”   When you think about that…it is so true!   A negative attitude can be power draining.  …

          Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”   When you think about that…it is so true!   A negative attitude can be power draining.   A positive attitude, on the other hand, can help you enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.  It can put you in a good position with others.  No one wants to be around someone that is always complaining and fault finding.Chelsea Crockett - Power in Positivity

          All of us need to change our attitude at times and all that takes is changing the way we think!  When the going gets tough…just realizing that this too shall pass and just saying  “Oh well”….can really help us to keep things in perspective.  Try not to make a mountain out of a molehill.

          Most importantly, stay in touch with God.  He’s the One who sees the big picture and orchestrates everything around us.  Make your time with Him an important part of your daily schedule.  Do your best to communicate with Him through prayer, reading your Bible and worship.   Do your best to be a positive person.   The more positive you are….the more powerful you are!

XOXO-
Chelsea

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Running Low on Sleep? Look Awake!

Wake up, go to school, eat, sleep, repeat.  Sound familiar?  The school week can be exhausting!   Although it’s only 5 days, it can feel like a lifetime!  I put together…

Wake up, go to school, eat, sleep, repeat.  Sound familiar?  The school week can be exhausting!   Although it’s only 5 days, it can feel like a lifetime!  I put together a few tips to help you look awake when you’re running low on sleep.  As a high school student myself, these tips can be a lifesaver!

The biggest struggle after rolling out of bed is figuring out how to cover the dark circles formed under your eyes.  Such a pain!  Although there are ways to prevent them, such Chelsea Crockett - Too Faced Concealeras eye creams, drinking lots of water, and reducing stress, you can’t always find time to keep up.  With that being said, concealer is the most obvious way to go.  One of my favorites is the Absolutely Flawless Concealer by Too Faced.  Click here to check it out!

Another option is to grab a quick coffee on your way to school.  If you feel awake, you look awake!  A little caffeine doesn’t hurt and can serve as a little pick-me-up before starting the day.  Try to avoid huge energy drinks and quick energy fixes.  They’ll give you the energy you want but will lead to crashing later in the day!

Did you know that having a positive mindset can change your entire attitude towards the day?  So what you might be a little tired… count the positives!  I know whenever I have a better mindset I feel happier and more thankful about the day.  This will change your tired and sluggish mood to a brighter, more upbeat attitude!  Give it a try :)!

Love, Chelsea

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Simple Tips for Becoming a Morning Person

Do you ever catch yourself pressing the snooze button over and over again in the mornings? Or maybe you have to drink 3 cups of coffee before you even think…

Do you ever catch yourself pressing the snooze button over and over again in the mornings? Or maybe you have to drink 3 cups of coffee before you even think about leaving the house! If you fall into either category, you could probably use a few tips on how you can make mornings a little less miserable!

  • Take a cold shower. If you’ve tried this before, you know how well it works! After being warm and cozy in bed, nothing can wake you up better than a cold shower.
  • Go for a jog. Exercising as soon as you get up is not only good for your body, but good for giving you a little extra energy for the day! Plus, knowing that you’ve completed a good work out can help motivate you for other tasks throughout the day!Chelsea Crockett - Morning Runs
  • Go outside. Sitting inside a dark room under your covers isn’t going to help you wake up. Try being in the sun or going into a room that won’t tempt you to doze off.
  • Have a good attitude. Now I’m not saying you’re going to suddenly wake up one day and be super happy about it… But starting your day off with a positive mindset is a baby step. I know how boring school can be, but think to yourself that it’s going to be a great day and it might just be!

If you’re already a morning person, share your secrets below!

Love ya! – Chelsea

 

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Lokai: Fashion with a Meaning

There are many, many fashion trends and brands that exist all around the world today. So many that we can’t even begin to count them. Since fashion helps make the…

There are many, many fashion trends and brands that exist all around the world today. So many that we can’t even begin to count them. Since fashion helps make the world go ‘round, several brands have started to realize the impact they can have by putting a meaning behind their products. A brand named Lokai is one of the coolest I’ve heard of yet. Check it out below!

Have any of you ever heard of Lokai bracelets? This company has one of the coolest ideas behind it. Each of these bracelets have 24 clear beads with 1 black bead and 1 white bead. The black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea which is the lowest point on the earth. The white bead contains water from the top of Mount Everest which is the highest point on the earth. The white bead represents the positive, high points of your life; whereas, the black bead represents the negative, low points of your life. This bracelet is a great reminder to stay positive no matter what you may be going through.Chelsea Crockett - Lokai

Lokai’s saying is “Sometimes you’ve hit a low, stay hopeful. Sometimes you’re on top of the world, stay humble.” This brand is super inspiring and develops a really cool message. They make a perfect gift for a friend or someone in your family! Check them out or buy one on their website: www.mylokai.com.

XO – Chels

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5 Tips for Healthy Living!

A healthy and happy lifestyle is one of the most important things to maintain in life. Life is short, so why wouldn’t you want to live the best life you…

A healthy and happy lifestyle is one of the most important things to maintain in life. Life is short, so why wouldn’t you want to live the best life you can each and every day? There are five simple steps that are easy to incorporate into your daily lives that put you on a path to a healthier lifestyle!

  1. Exercise. Get out and exercise for at least an hour a day! It can be as simple as riding your bike or playing basketball with your friends. You know what they say, when you look good, you feel good!Chelsea Crockett - Healthy Living
  2. Sleep. Sleep is so, so important! Getting 7-8 hours every night will make such a big difference! When I get a good night of sleep, it’s a lot easier for me to pay attention in school. The day actually goes by a little faster when I’m not constantly trying to keep my eyes open!
  3. Eat healthy. Eating a healthy diet will not only satisfy you and your body, but make you feel good :)! If you’re not a fan of fruits and vegetables, there are several substitutes that can give you the vitamins and nutrients you need. Just follow the food pyramid on the right for a start to a yummy and healthy diet!
  4. Think positive. Having a good attitude improves ANY situation you’re in. Even going to school or work can turn from bad to good if you start your day in the right mindset.
  5. Love more. Encourage others and build them up. I view loving others as a domino effect, once someone sees you being a positive influence in someone’s life, they want to do the same! It’s as simple as that!

XO – Chelsea

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Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Hey insiders! I hope your day started off with many blessings!  I know our lives are filled with too many blessings to count.  Even when we are going through tough…

Hey insiders!
I hope your day started off with many blessings!  I know our lives are filled with too many blessings to count.  Even when we are going through tough times, I try to think of everything I’m thankful for.  After all, if you can see, hear, feel, eat, sleep, drink, and breathe, then you already have seven things to thank God for.  So many people are suffering from illnesses or abuse of
many kinds.  Therefore, I try to find the good in all situations! Chelsea Crockett - Thankfulness
Sometimes I complain and focus on the negatives.  But if I take a step back, I realize there are too many things to be thankful for and that complaining isn’t a way to thank God at all.  Literally, the list is endless.  To start off  write down 20 things you are thankful for.  Throughout each week, continue to list off every blessing you find throughout the days.
An attitude of gratitude is what creates joy and peace.  Fault finding, complaining, and grumbling are not very appealing.  Don’t you want to surround yourself with thankfulness, peace, and joy?  Well, the good news is you can!  Thanksgiving, praise, and gratitude are so powerful.  Give it a try!  Spend some time focusing on everything good in your life.  You might be
surprised at what you will find!
XOXO, Chelsea

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Self Esteem: The Secret to Being Confident

            Hey girls!             In the November issue of Teen Vogue, Demi Lovato talks about how she is stronger than ever and how she couldn’t be happier with the skin…

            Hey girls!

            In the November issue of Teen Vogue, Demi Lovato talks about how she is stronger than ever and how she couldn’t be happier with the skin she’s in.  This is a perfect example of someone we should look up to, especially in our teen years.  Being comfortable and confident in your own skin is one of the very secrets of finding the person you want to be!

            Self-esteem is hard to keep upChelsea Crockett - Confidence at the age we’re at, and going to school doesn’t help.  There’s always someone that has something negative to say about you whether they’re judging your clothes, personality, friends, etc.  Feeling right in your own skin is the first step to ignoring negativity from others.  Don’t be a people pleaser!  You can’t make everyone happy so don’t try so hard.  God made you in His image, so you should be overjoyed with the skin you’re in!

 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

 

                                                            Love, Chelsea

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