Chelsea Crockett

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Godly Characteristics to Look For in A Guy

The Bible says that when you are dating someone, you need to be “equally yoked.” This means that your faith needs to match theirs. When you are in the market…

The Bible says that when you are dating someone, you need to be “equally yoked.” This means that your faith needs to match theirs. When you are in the market for a guy or are already dating one, it is important to pay attention to his personality and how he acts on his faith and lives out his values. The Bible gives us lots of tips on what a Godly man looks like. Here are some Godly characteristics to look for in a guy and the scripture to back it up!e92be97ddcb365b45d2c450768922067

  • Dependable- Psalm 15:4
  • Truthful- Ephesians 4:5
  • Humble- James 4:6
  • Gentle- 1 Thessalonians 2:7
  • Attentive- Hebrews 2:1
  • Faithful- Hebrews 11:1
  • Generous- 2 Corinthians 9:6
  • Patient- Romans 5:3-4
  • Responsible- Romans 14:12

Check out these verses when you are dreaming about/praying for your future or current guy. A man that has these above characterizes is a diamond in the rough! But don’t worry, there are guys like this out there! You just have to be patient and pray about it.

XOXO, Chels

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Start Being All Kinds of Pretty

What does the word “pretty” mean to you? When you hear it, what do you think about? The vast majority of us associate the word pretty with appearance or looks….

What does the word “pretty” mean to you? When you hear it, what do you think about? The vast majority of us associate the word pretty with appearance or looks. “That dress is pretty”, “Your eyes are pretty”, e5e369962c299f9e4acdda1d9fbfbeec“That lipstick looks pretty on you”. Today we are going to talk about a different kind of pretty.

Let’s start being all kinds of pretty. Pretty kind, pretty smart, pretty tough, pretty funny, pretty strong, not just “pretty”. I saw a image the other day that summarized this and it really struck me. How many of us spend so much time worrying about what we look like and set aside other kinds of pretty? Our society is so focused on outside appearances, when what is the most beautiful about all of us is what is inside. I just wanted to challenge you to start thinking about having a pretty attitude, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul, not just a pretty face. That being said, your face is totally gorgeous. 😉

Its time to stop worrying about just being “pretty” and start being all kinds of pretty.

XOXO, Chels

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Red Flags to Look For When Dating

Relationships are fun. Having someone you can talk to and spend time with is a great feeling. But, have you ever been in a relationship and felt a little uneasy…

Relationships are fun. Having someone you can talk to and spend time with is a great feeling. But, have you ever been in a relationship and felt a little uneasy about it? Like, you have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that something is a little off or just isn’t right. Don’t ignore that feeling! It could be a sign that the relationship isn’t meant to be. Here are 5 red flags to look out for while dating.

  1. They don’t initiate hanging out: One of the worst feelings is when you have to initiate every time you guys hang out. He never asks if you want to do something, you always have to ask. Girls like to be pursued! You having to make every move is a sign that the relationship may be a little one-sided.
  2. They’re always “too busy” or “too tired”: We make time for the people we care about and want to see, and if they are always making excuses for why they can’t hang out, that’s a red flag!
  3. They never pay for anything: Splitting the bill at dinner is totally great, but sometimes it also feels great to be treated to dinner! If you are always splitting or even paying for your dates, things need to be re-evaluated.
  4. They take a day or two to respond to a text: We are all busy, and sometimes it takes me a few hours to respond to text messages, but there is a difference between being too busy to answer and taking forever just because you can. Texting games are no fun! If they can answer the text in a timely manner, they should.
  5. All they want to DO is text: This reminds me of me and my first “boyfriend.” All he wanted to do was text and never wanted to hang out! If you’re dating a guy and he is all talk (or text, for that matter) and no action, dump him. If he won’t hang out with you in person, just text you, that is more like a virtual boyfriend, and that’s not what you signed up for!

So, if you just started dating a guy, or if you have been dating them for a few months, watch out for these red flag warning signs. If your guy does these things, it might be time to show him to the door!

XOXO, Chels

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3 Things That Make You a Bad Friend

I have heard way too many girls say that they don’t have many girl friends because “There’s too much drama” or “Too much judgement.” Our society tries to pit females…

I have heard way too many girls say that they don’t have many girl friends because “There’s too much drama” or “Too much judgement.” Our society tries to pit females against each other and dramatizes female conflict and makes everything seem like it is one big competition, when really we should be on the same team and working with each other to be better friends. I don’t doubt for one minute that you are a great friend who supports your gal pals, but like I said, we live in a world where it is often easy and sometimes encouraged to be a bad friend. Here are a few things you may not be aware you are doing, but they can be making you a bad friend.

  1. Jealousy: it can be difficult not to feel jealous when you see your bff getting her dream job, taking an incredible trip, or gaining huge achievements. But, nothing good comes from playing the
    comparison game. It just brings you down and makes you feel inadequate. It can also make your friend upset if you aren’t happy for her and her successes. Be happy for her achievements! It will make your life much more joyful, and she will be more likely to celebrate yours.FullSizeRender (79)
  2. You see her has competition: There are always going to be women that are more successful than you. Instead of making it feel like life is a competition and comparing yourself to them, take pride in what YOU have accomplished. You are also an amazing person, and are doing incredible things, so take pride in that. Not everything has to be a competition!
  3. You tend to judge her: If your friends do things you don’t agree with or approve of, let them know how their actions make you feel. Share your thoughts and feelings with them in a respectful manner instead of letting your judgements cloud your view of them. When they hear the way you feel, they will be able to respect your opinions.

Be supportive, caring, kind and a team player. That’s the key to being a great friend!

XOXO, Chels

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Be Kind, Even On Your Bad Days

Right now is a tense time for our country and our world. People are angry, hurt, confused, fed up, and because of these emotions their attitudes can become tainted. I…

Right now is a tense time for our country and our world. People are angry, hurt, confused, fed up, and 24f4701439373f95b9631f4a8a6d7bd5because of these emotions their attitudes can become tainted. I have witnessed how nasty people can become with their words and actions through the news and on social media, and I have a reminder for all of you out there: even if we disagree about everything, we can still be kind to each other.

Kindness is a courtesy we should all show each other. Being kind is so important during these times. Kindness can mean more to someone than you know. They may be having a terrible day, and your kind word or actions can change their whole outlook. Also, as a Christian, I find that my kindness acts as a witness of my faith. People notice when you are kind, and they ask how you can be that way even when it would be so much easier to be mean or rude. Jesus called us to be kind and be a witness to the world of His love.

Be kind, even on your bad days. You never know who may be watching you and may be impacted by your actions.

XOXO, Chels

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It’s OK to Say No

Why is saying “no” so hard? Human nature makes us want to please people. If we say “no” we are in danger of seeming mean, negative, or unhelpful! The last…

Why is saying “no” so hard? Human nature makes us want to please people. If we say “no” we are in danger of seeming mean, negative, or unhelpful! The last thing we want to do is make someone hurt or angry, so we say yes when we really want to say no. Agreeing to things you don’t want to do can stress you out or make you overwhelmed! To avoid being both, here are a few tips on how to say “no.”

  1. Start and end your statement with a positive: Before you come right out and say no, add in a positive statement. It helps take the focus off of the “no” and can cushion the blow. Starting and ending with a positive can sound like “I’d really love to do this, but I just can’t right now. Keep me in mind next time!”833a762a743eec7c808a37388353ad9e
  2. Don’t answer right away: Before you answer, let the person know you will get back to them. Take some time to think about your response to the request. A lot of times we say yes because we are caught up in the moment and want to please them, but by taking a moment to think things through, you can figure out how to respond without offending them or committing to something you don’t want to do.
  3. Just say no: A simple no is a way to firmly get your point across. Don’t get caught up in trying not to disappoint someone. Being prepared can help you deliver your answer in a positive way that helps the receiver not feel offended or negative.

Next time someone approaches you and asks you to do something you aren’t too keen on, be confident, positive, and polite with your “no”! It will go a long way.

XOXO, Chels

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Biggest First Date Mistakes

Can I be honest with you? First dates terrify me. I spend hours mentally preparing myself, running through conversation topics to bring up if there is an awkward silence. I…

Can I be honest with you? First dates terrify me. I spend hours mentally preparing myself, running through conversation topics to bring up if there is an awkward silence. I also do a fair share of social media research on the person, but who doesn’t? I get afraid that I am going to blow it on the first date. It is easy to say “Just take a deep breath, calm down, and be yourself,” but it is not easily done. One tip, though, is to just keep in mind that it is OK if the date goes bad because this person may not be the one, and as long as you have a good time, have fun, and get to know the other person, then the date was a success! Here are the biggest mistakes people tend to make on first dates.

  1. Being late: Don’t leave your date wondering if you are standing them up. That is the worst way to make a first impression!1c766750e1fb499e95a677f0611a33dc
  2. Checking your phone: Our generation has a smartphone addiction problem. There is nothing ruder than implying that whatever is on your phone is more interesting or important than the person you are sitting with! Keep your phone on silent and out of sight.
  3. Focusing on yourself: Keep sarcasm, negativity, and neediness away. Even if you are in a bad mood, try to put it behind you. Also, don’t focus all of the conversation on yourself and neglect your date! Try not to let your nervousness make you ramble on about yourself, I know it can be tough because I do it too!
  4. Act unlike yourself: Don’t try to act like someone you aren’t just to impress your date. Don’t try and show off or be reckless, just do you.

First dates can be nerve wracking, but they can also be super fun and can turn into great relationships!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Tips for Traveling Solo

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling…

Our world is a beautiful, wonderful place that is meant to be traveled and explored. That being said, it is also a dangerous place to travel for a woman traveling solo. When I travel I take a parent with me as often as possible, but I know a few of my friends that have traveled solo or with another girl friend. I’m also starting to travel a lot more on my own. Traveling solo can mean a ton of freedom because the only person you have to worry about is yourself! But, there are a few things girls need to know before they go off and travel by themselves, just for safety reasons. Here are a few of the super-important ones.

  1. Fill your family in: Before you leave, give your family back home your itinerary. Let them know what your travel schedule is, where you will be staying, and other such info in case they need to get in touch with you or if something goes wrong.fullsizerender-70
  2. Take photos of important docs: Keep photos of your passport, ids, ticket numbers, and reservations with you or in the cloud online so you always have access to them in a crunch.
  3. Pack light: This is so that criminals are less likely to rob you. If you are towing a large suitcase with a Coach purse on your arm, you are more likely to draw a robber’s attention. Small bags are also easier to get around with.
  4. Don’t keep your money in one place: Keep some cash and a credit card on you, and then keep another set in your bag, and then another at the place you are staying just to be safe.
  5. Don’t wear both headphones: Stay alert by only wearing one headphone. If you have both in you are less likely to hear if anything sketchy is going on around you.
  6. Bring a selfie stick: Solo travel means no one is there to take your picture on a moment’s notice. That is the beauty of selfie sticks! Plus, it means you don’t have to hand your camera to a total stranger to take a pic of you.

And, above all, have fun! Just have a safe time while doing it. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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What is the Passion Conference?

If you follow me on social media then you know I am gearing up to head to Atlanta Georgia on January 2nd to the Passion Conference. I am so excited…

If you follow me on social media then you know I am gearing up to head to Atlanta Georgia on January 2nd to the Passion Conference. I am so excited to go and worship and learn more about God with my friends! Some of you may not know what Passion is, so I thought I would fill you in.fullsizerender-69

The Passion Conference exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. The movement started in 1995 and has had one mission since then: to call students from campuses across the nation and around the world to live for what matters most. What matters most is Jesus. Millions of students and people from 18-25 have had their lives transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit at Passion, and because of their Faith their voice is getting louder as they rise and bring hope and light to the world. Passion is more than music and events; it is a generation living for Jesus.

Want to join the movement? Come to Passion! If you can’t make it, research the conference and find out other ways you can get involved.

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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Fun Ways to Decorate With Lights this Christmas

There is something about Christmas lights that make me feel all warm inside. They are a staple when it comes to decorating for Christmas! You can do so many things…

There is something about Christmas lights that make me feel all warm inside. They are a staple when it comes to decorating for Christmas! You can do so many things with them, from hanging them on your house to decorating your tree with them, whatever the case may be they bring a little Christmas cheer with them. Here are a few not-so common ways to DIY decorate with them this Christmas!

  1. Dixie cup lights: If you like fun and funky decorations, then you will like this easy DIY. The fun lights will add a fun flair to any space! Here is the link to learn how to do it yourself: http://www.heygorg.com/2011/08/diy-dixie-cup-garland.html.
  2. Framed picture or card display: My family and I like to display all of the Christmas cards that our friends and family send us, so this was a really cute way to do so! You can even use this year-round to display other pictures. Here is the tutorial: http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/framed-christmas-card-display/
  3. Wall art: There are tons of ways to decorate your walls with Christmas lights. Make sure you aren’t using anything that will ruin the walls or the paint when you are hanging the lights, though! Here is a cute idea where you frame photos with a heart of lights.heart

XOXO, Chels

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How to Get in The Christmas Spirit in College

Celebrating Christmas in college may seem different because you are older, and you may be away from home. Just because it is different doesn’t mean it has to be any…

Celebrating Christmas in college may seem different because you are older, and you may be away from home. Just because it is different doesn’t mean it has to be any less spectacular! You may be neck-deep in homework, but there is always room for Christmas cheer. Here is how to pump up the Christmas spirit when you are in college.

  1. Get a small cute tree for your dorm room that has cute twinkly lights.
  2. Speaking of twinkly lights — put them everywhere! Hang them from the ceiling, the walls, around the windows, anywhere that you think needs a little Christmas cheer.
  3. Write a Christmas list. Your parents are probably wondering what you are wanting for Christmas, so make it easy on them.6a015431fc4e55970c01b8d0a53e4a970c
  4. Find out if your campus is holding any Christmas-themed events, and go to them! Is there caroling going on in the dorms? Go to it! Gingerbread house decorating contest? Go! Secret Santa? Do it!
  5. Decorate stockings with your roommates. And while you’re doing it, watch Elf.
  6. Go ice skating, visit a Christmas tree farm, go to a local church’s Christmas production, and find other fun local Christmas events in your area.
  7. Bake Christmas cookies and deliver them to everyone in your hall.
  8. Listen to Christmas music while you study.
  9. Take “family Christmas pictures” with your friends. So funny.

These are just a few easy ways to get in the Christmas spirit in college that you may not have thought of. What do you do to get into the Christmas spirit?

XOXO, Chels

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Your Guide to Hosting Friendsgiving

What is the one thing that is almost as good as Thanksgiving with your family? Friendsgiving of course! As we get older, we start making traditions of our own, and…

What is the one thing that is almost as good as Thanksgiving with your family? Friendsgiving of course! As we get older, we start making traditions of our own, and one of my favorite new traditions is having a Thanksgiving with my friends, or “Friendsgiving.” Here are a few tips on how to host the best Friendsgiving ever.

  1. You make the main course, they do the rest: As the host of the party, you are in charge of the main parts of the meal such as the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But the rest of the meal should involve your friends! Have them bring their favorite side dish or appetizer.this-aint-your-mommas-thanksgiving-happy-friendsgiving-7d42b
  2. Go all out DIY: No need for fancy decorations or décor, make your own place mats out of brown craft paper and other cute decorations with tissue paper and jars.
  3. Mason jars galore: Speaking of jars, use them as cups! You can even tie little bows around the necks of the glasses to make them a little more festive.
  4. Set the mood: Having the right background music playing gets the party going. Some good tunes playing low enough for people to hear them but soft enough for people to be able to hear their conversations can really set a relaxed but joyful mood.
  5. Send home the leftovers: Buy some to-go boxes and after the night is over, send leftovers home with your guests! College students love leftovers!! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers.

Happy Friendsgiving!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Hairstyles for Runners

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping…

As a runner, I know how hard it is to find hair styles that work for working out. When I am running, I hate the feeling of my ponytail swooping back and forth, I hate it when braids hit my back, and I cannot stand hair in my face! There are only a few hair styles I approve of when going on a run for those reasons. Here are my favs!

  1. Low pony: This is the easiest style of them all. Low ponies are better than high because they don’t swoosh around when you’re running. They’re quick to do, and to keep the flyaway hairs out of your face add in a headband.fullsizerender-61
  2. French braid: This one is my go-to running style. I love it because, like a low ponytail, it doesn’t swoosh around when you run, and the braid keeps the hair off of your forehead. Plus it is super cute!
  3. Mini Ponies: This last style is the most complicated, but that being said it is still very easy to do. It is great for ladies with long hair or lots of layers. Grab the section of hair at the top of your head into ponytail. Tie it with an elastic. Gather another section further down and secure it into an elastic, including the top section. Keep this going until you secure the final ponytail with a more durable band.

Having my hair secured while I run is essential for me to have a successful workout. Without having to worry about my hair falling out or getting in my face I am free to run as I please!

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Find Joy in the Hard Times

Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes it can feel like life isn’t fair. Why are bad things happening to me? Will I ever get through this? The answer is yes….

Sometimes life is just hard. Sometimes it can feel like life isn’t fair. Why are bad things happening to me? Will I ever get through this? The answer is yes. And you do not have to go through it alone. We all go through trials and sorrow, Jesus himself tells us this in John 16:33! But, the good news? The pain you are going though right now cannot even compare to the joy that is coming! That is from Romans 8:18. Here are a few ways that you can find joy in the hard times.

  1. Have peace: The great thing about this life is that we aren’t walking through it alone, and we can have peace because we know that God has a plan for our lives, and we can have peace in Him. Nothing surprises Him, he has it all planned out! Why worry about life when God has it all under control? Your story is already written! Have peace and know that Jesus has conquered death, and overcame the world. There is nothing He cannot do.62b50cf1f0f2626a5612d78af83f8ce1
  2. Rejoice: You may be thinking “Rejoice? How can I rejoice when I feel like my world is falling apart? How can I rejoice when I feel so sad and alone?” When Paul and Silas were in a dungeon, beaten and shackled in a dark cell, they began praying and singing praises to God. While shackled! And beaten! Other prisoners saw them praising God even in their misery, and they were astounded. Their praising God in their darkest time showed the other prisoners just how much they loved their God. That is what we are called to do, rejoice in our misery because this will show others we trust God. Rejoice, because He is always there, He will never leave us!

You will be so surprised at how God can work in your life when you surrender your pain and sorrow to Him. He will open your eyes to the good in your life, He will put people in your life that will uplift and encourage you, and He will give you strength to get through every hardship you endure! Trust in Him and cast your burdens on Him, because he cares SO much for you.

XOXO, Chels

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How To (Happily) Travel With Friends

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team took a trip to LA last year and had a blast! And I took a trip to Florida…

Traveling with friends can be fun! Heck, me and the ChelseaCrockett.com team took a trip to LA last year and had a blast! And I took a trip to Florida this past summer with a few of my closest gal pals. But, traveling with friends isn’t always a walk in the park. Face it, even your closest BFF can sometimes drive you batty. Here are a few tips on how to stay sane when traveling with friends!fullsizerender-56

  1. Pick wisely: Be smart when picking a travel companion. Pick a friend (or friends) who you really get along with and who you genuinely like spending time with. A bad pick can end in an even worse trip!
  2. Communicate: Before the trip gets underway, talk to each other about what you want to get out of the trip that way no one ends up disappointed or feels left out. You want to make sure you all have the best time ever!
  3. Be considerate: Make sure you keep an eye on how your friend is doing aka their mood. You want to make sure you are both energized and happy to explore! If they are feeling tired or fatigued, be sensitive to that and let them rest up before going on more adventures.

From short road trips to week-long getaways, any type of trip with a friend is a good one! The memories you make together will last a lifetime.

XOXO, Chels

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