Chelsea Crockett

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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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Road Trip Hacks!

Summer is the perfect time to get a group of friends together and check something off your bucket list.  Road trips aren’t hard to plan.  All you need is a…

Summer is the perfect time to get a group of friends together and check something off your bucket list.  Road trips aren’t hard to plan.  All you need is a little money, a map, and good company to explore with!  If you’re down for the adventure, here are some hacks to make your trip a little easier and more enjoyable!

  • Take a phone adapter.  Since we’re all guilty of relying on our phones for directions, it’s necessary to keep it charged!  Adapters aren’t too expensive and can be extremely useful.
  • Download Gas Buddy on your smartphone.  This app is genius for long car rides!  It detects your location and lists all the nearby gas stations along with their prices.  This way you can easily find the cheapest place to fill up!
  • Download Venmo, too!  This app helps you split prices and totals between you and your friends, which is helpful when getting gas, meals, or supplies.Chelsea Crockett - Road Trip Map
  • Make or buy a portable trashcan.  There are plenty of ways you can do so, and it’ll come in handy more than you think!
  • Use a shower caddy to store all of your emergency car tools/fluids.  You never know when these could be useful!  A shower caddy will keep all of your supplies separated and organized.
  • Buy or print out a map to plan out your stops and must-see destinations.  This is the fun part!  Circle or star all of the places you plan on visiting, and connect the dots to find your best route!

Let me know where you and your friends go this summer!

Have fun! – Chelsea

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Pool Party Essentials

I’ve always loved a good pool party. Nothing says “summer” like a pool full of family or friends! If you have a pool and you are wanting to throw a…

I’ve always loved a good pool party. Nothing says “summer” like a pool full of family or friends! If you have a pool and you are wanting to throw a killer pool party, there are a few essentials to make the experience as easy and as memorable as possible! Your guests won’t want to leave!

  1. Fun pool floaties: I am sure you have seen photos of your favorite celebs floating around in pools on big swan or flamingo floaties. Well, bring those inflatables to your pool! There are tons of fun options out there, from giant inflatable ice cream sandwiches to flamingos and swans and beyond.2011-03-15-double-rainbow-pancakes-skewers-500
  2. Twinkly lights: Run twinkly Christmas lights around your deck or pool area. That way at night you can flip on the lights and have a cool whimsical vibe.
  3. A Bluetooth speaker: This is definitely an essential in my book! I love having tunes playing when I am swimming with friends. It sets a fun, carefree mood. Having a Bluetooth speaker allows you to be able to have your phone anywhere and still play music since it doesn’t have to plug into the speaker.
  4. Fun beverages: I’m talking pink lemonade, root beer, Kool Aid, the works! Have a few pitchers of cool drinks made so that people can refresh in the tastiest way possible.
  5. Fresh fruit: My favorite poolside snack is a big slice of watermelon. It is cool and refreshing which makes it the perfect summertime snack! Have some fresh fruit sliced and ready to go so your friends can munch away.

Pool parties are one of the best things about summer, wouldn’t you agree?

XOXO, Chels

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10 Things For Your Summer BFF Bucket List

This summer is my last “hoorah” before college and I plan to make it count. Summer means extra time spent with your BFF/Boyfriend, and in order to make the most…

This summer is my last “hoorah” before college and I plan to make it count. Summer means extra time spent with your BFF/Boyfriend, and in order to make the most of every minute, you need to make a list. You need to make a list so you don’t forget or miss a single fun thing this summer! Here is my top 10 things on my bff bucket list this summer.

  1. Get ice cream from an ice cream truck together.img-thing
  2. Go to your state fair.
  3. Do a huge puzzle.
  4. Have a picnic.
  5. Go to a wedding together.
  6. Go strawberry picking. And then to a farmers market!
  7. Go rollerblading or bike riding.
  8. Run through sprinklers, or buy a kiddie pool and soak in it.
  9. Have a water balloon fight.
  10. Go kayaking or canoeing.

What are some things on YOUR summer BFF bucket list?

XOXO, Chels

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Bad Company Ruins Good Morals

Have you ever heard the phrase “you are who you hang out with”? This phrase comes from 1 Corinthians 15:33 which says “bad company ruins good morals.” What does this…

Have you ever heard the phrase “you are who you hang out with”? This phrase comes from 1 Corinthians 15:33 which says “bad company ruins good morals.” What does this mean and why should it mean anything to you?

Ill tell ya why. This is one of the most important verses for our age group to hear. Who you hang out with has a huge impact on your life. I cannot stress this enough. HUGE impact. I have had the privilege of being surrounded with many friends that share the same beliefs and morals as me, and I cannot tell you what a positive impact that has had on my life. It has motivated me to strive to serve others and God, and honor Him with my actions and words and life. As I get ready to move on to college and make new friends I am FullSizeRender (89)realizing the importance of the friends I will make. High school and college are such pivotal times in our lives. They set us up for our future and who we will become. When you are surrounded by good company and people that share the same beliefs with you, it is easy to continue to live the life you know you should be living. When you hang out with people who do not share the same morals as you, and maybe don’t understand why you believe the way you do, it can have a serious impact on your life. I’m not saying not to have friends who don’t believe the way you do, I am saying to limit your time with them. Be smart with the situations you are in with them. You can be a witness to them, but they can also be a negative influence on you. It is easy to go with the flow and do what everyone else is doing, even when you know it is wrong, because so many other people are saying it is okay. This is why the verse says that bad company corrupts good morals. Your faith needs to be protected and nurtured, and that is what happens when you hang out with people that share your beliefs.

Be smart with who you hang out with, because it can impact the person you become.

XOXO, Chels

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College Orientation: Do’s and Don’ts

College orientation is a good place to meet people and get prepared for your first year as a college student. Along with a lot of you, I just graduated high…

College orientation is a good place to meet people and get prepared for your first year as a college student. Along with a lot of you, I just graduated high school, so orientation is coming up! There are certain things you must do during orientation. That being said, there are also things you must avoid, as well!

DO’S

  • Dress appropriately for the occasion! You will be meeting a lot of other students and even counselors of your new school.
  • Be social! Depending on where you go to college, there’s a big chance of you not knowing many people. Be talkative and engage in conversation. Everyone else there is trying to make friends just like you!
  • Ask questions. It’s hard to know what to expect when you leave for college. Orientation is supposed to answer some of those questions! Be curious and attentive in the seminars, meetings, etc.Chelsea Crockett - College Orientation

DON’TS

  • Don’t forget to bring all of your orientation essentials (especially if it’s overnight). Pack the right clothes along with everything the school requires. You may need to fill out forms or packets before arriving!
  • Don’t go unprepared. There are tons of things you’ll need to consider before orientation: which classes you want to take, how many credit hours of classes you want, etc. Have an idea in your head of what you want your schedule to look like!

I hope you have a successful college orientation :)!

-Chelsea

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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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4 Ways to Be More Friendly

In my honest opinion, I think we should all be friendlier on a daily basis. Think of how many people’s day we could make, just by smiling at them or…

In my honest opinion, I think we should all be friendlier on a daily basis. Think of how many people’s day we could make, just by smiling at them or being sweet to them? These days friendliness can be misinterpreted as flirting or being “fake.” I find that completely sad, because friendliness is such a great quality to have! It makes your life better, it makes other people’s lives better. Here is how to be more friendly so you can make someone’s day every day.

  1. Smile at people you see: When you are walking down the street, smile at people! Don’t stare blankly ahead and avoid eye contact, smile! Be that person who makes eye contact and smiles, you will be the most friendly, likeable person on the block!
  2. Be aware of body language: You can be a super sweet person, but if your body language is bad you can come off as not-so-nice. Are you sending off good vibes by making eye contact and smiling? Do you appear closed-off and unapproachable? Watch for those things!FullSizeRender (61)
  3. Give genuine compliments: A real, honest to goodness compliment is one of the nicest things you can give a person. People know when you are giving a real compliment or a transparent one. Compliment people on their best qualities and speak up when you notice something good about them or find they did something well! People like to be around people like that.
  4. Make people feel comfortable: If you are at a party or an event with friends and you see someone you are acquainted with looking like they feel uncomfortable, invite them over to sit with you or include them in conversation. This goes for people who don’t have anywhere to sit at lunch or a person who doesn’t have a group for a group project. Make people feel like they belong!

Like I said earlier, being friendly can sometimes be taken the wrong way by some people, but to others it is much appreciated. My simply making yourself more approachable you can improve people’s day and brighten your mood! Try friendliness out, it looks good on you!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Free Ways to Feel Beautiful

Let’s face it, it costs a pretty penny to feel pretty these days. Girls spend gobs of money on makeups and lotions and hair products to make themselves feel beautiful….

Let’s face it, it costs a pretty penny to feel pretty these days. Girls spend gobs of money on makeups and lotions and hair products to make themselves feel beautiful. Why spend your hard earned cash on those things when you can feel beautiful for free? Here are 5 ways to do just that.

  1. Call your mom or best friend to have a chat: These are the two people that will build you up and remind you of what a beautiful person you are.
  2. Get dressed up for dinner: Here is where you can get yourself all done up. Do your hair, put on some lip gloss, and go out to dinner with the girls.FullSizeRender (44)
  3. Laugh as much as possible: A smile is the most beautiful thing you can wear.
  4. Perform a random act of kindness: Your personality’s beauty will make you shine. Plus, you will feel like a million bucks because you helped someone else.
  5. Go on a walk or run outside: Go to a nature trail and just soak in the beauty of nature. Also, the exercise will make you feel refreshed and, well, beautiful.

Being beautiful doesn’t always mean getting all done up (although that can be fun sometimes J ). It can be something as simple as having a good laugh and feeling yourself smile. Beauty isn’t skin deep!

XOXO, Chels

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Why I Went Out for School Sports

This year I decided to go out for my school’s tennis team, and it was such a great decision. I was on the dance team my freshmen year and loved…

This year I decided to go out for my school’s tennis team, and it was such a great decision. I was on the dance team my freshmen year and loved it, but because of my crazy schedule I had to stop. I loved being on the dance team because of all the friendships I made, the fun dances we got to do, the events and competitions we got to perform at, and because it was great exercise! I missed being on a school sport, so I joined tennis. Here are 3 reasons I decided to go out for tennis this year!

  1. It was my senior year and I wanted to try something new. Senior year is your last hoorah before real life kicks in, so take advantage of it!

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  2. Being on a team keeps me motivated and exercising often. I love the feeling of hearing my friends and teammates cheering me on when I make a good serve or a good save during my matches. It is so exhilarating! Also, because we practice or have matches almost every day, I am constantly exercising. I get to stay in shape AND hang out with my friends, all at the same time!
  3. Getting involved in high school is so rewarding and making new friends is so fun. Being on a school sports team gives you a sense of pride. Wherever you go for matches or competitions you get to represent your school! I also love all of the new friends I have made through tennis. Plus, I am on the team with my sister! Bonus!

I have loved being on my school’s sports teams throughout my high school experience. If you have never been on one or are contemplating it, I highly recommend it! You will not regret being involved in school. These are memories you will take with you the rest of your life!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Pray for Your Friends

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when…

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when life gets hard I have no problem praying for what I want and need, but when my friends are going through tough times Im not as good about it! The best thing you can do for your friends is pray for them. Here are 4 prayers for your friends and mine.

  1. Jeremiah 17:7-8:Ask that the Lord would bless your friend as she trusts in the Lord. Pray that she would be like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots strong and deep by the stream, and has no need to fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Pray that God would make your friend strong, fruitful, and flourishing for His glory.il_340x270.678591084_c3z7
  2. Numbers 6:24-26: Pray that the Lord bless your friend and keep her; that He would make his face to shine upon her and be gracious to her; that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon her and give her peace.
  3. Proverbs 3:3-8: Pray that she would trust in the Lord with all his heart, and not lean on her own understanding. Ask that in all her ways she would acknowledge God, and God will make straight your friend’s paths. Entreat the Lord to help your friend not be wise in her own eyes, but to fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
  4. Psalm 138:7-8: Ask that when your friend walks in the midst of trouble, God would preserve her life. Claim His promise to stretch out His hand against the wrath of your friend’s enemies, to deliver her with His right hand. Remind God of His commitment to fulfill His purpose for your friend, and of His steadfast and endless love for her.

I hope my friends pray these prayers over me from time to time as well. What an encouragement to know that someone cares about you enough to lift you up in prayer!

XOXO, Chels

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“Gal”entine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is something someone came up with for all the single ladies out there! If you don’t understand, the first part in GALentine’s Day refers to your gals that…

Galentine’s Day is something someone came up with for all the single ladies out there! If you don’t understand, the first part in GALentine’s Day refers to your gals that are in the same boat as you! Celebrate this holiday with your BFFs by having a girl’s night! Here are some ideas to make your night the best Valentine’s Day yet!

  • Make a reservation at a nice restaurant and make a night out of it! Dress up and take lots of fun pictures to capture your night.
  • If you’d rather stay in for the night, have a baking night and make tons of Valentine’s Day treats. After they’re done, put on a movie and pig out :).Chelsea Crockett - Ice Skating
  • Wherever you live, there’s always something to do if you think outside the box. Where I live, there’s an ice skating rink that all of my friends and I like to go to every year! Think what’s different to do around your area that’ll be fun for you and your friends!
  • If you’re able to, treat yourself and take a weekend trip somewhere! Maybe you’re old enough to road trip to a nearby big city depending on where you live!
  • This idea is my favorite! Instead of doing secret Santa like you do around Christmas time, do secret valentine! Draw names at least a week before the holiday to give your friends some time to get their gifts. Maybe grab your valentine some chocolates and candy! Set a price range and have fun :).

Let me know what you and your BFFs do for Galentine’s Day!

XOXO – Chels

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Sweet Gifts for Your Long Distance BFF

Friendship is the best thing ever. BFFs are God’s gift to you. So you know what is the absolute worst? When your best friend moves away. It is like there…

Friendship is the best thing ever. BFFs are God’s gift to you. So you know what is the absolute worst? When your best friend moves away. It is like there is a hole in your heart! Here are 3 sweet gifts for you and your bff to make the distance feel more manageable.

  1. State necklaces: Give your bff a necklace with your states on them! The sweet charms are an adorable reminder of your home and hers, and how you hold each other close to your hearts! Find them HERE.il_214x170.851091112_23t1
  2. Pretty pillows: Give her an adorable pillow like this one to remind her of you! She will think of you every time she sees it. There is a heart in the place where you live connected to a heart where she lives, reminding you that, no matter how far apart you are, your heart is with her. Grab yours HERE
  3. Cute coffee mugs: Who doesn’t love a cute coffee mug? This pair of mugs is the perfect gift for a long distance BFF. Get yours HERE.

Remember, true friendship isn’t about being inseparable. It is about being separated and having nothing change. Just because you are far apart doesn’t mean your friendship has to be!

XOXO, Chels

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Things to Do Instead of Checking your Phone

How many times a day do you check your phone? I’m scared to count. I am afraid to know how much time I waste on it! Think of everything you…

How many times a day do you check your phone? I’m scared to count. I am afraid to know how much time I waste on it! Think of everything you could do with your time instead of checking your phone. Here are 10 things to do instead of checking Instagram for the 15th time today.

  1. Start a to-do list
  2. Go on a run
  3. Clean your room. Clean the kitchen. Clean the bathroom. Go on a cleaning spree!
  4. Take a napdownload (6)
  5. Go to a coffee shop, buy a hot cuppa joe, read a book, and people watch
  6. Make a bucket list
  7. Cook yummy things for yourself, or your friends
  8. Clean out your closet
  9. Go through old pictures of you and your bffs during your “awkward phase”
  10. Go pick up your best friend and go on a walk together and talk about that awkward phase mentioned above.

Keeping your phone at arm’s length and checking it only every so often can leave so much free time open! Try it and see how much more time you have during your day.

XOXO, Chels

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Haters Gonna Hate

In the words of my BFF Taylor Swift, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate”. I wish this wasn’t true, but unfortunately…it is. No matter what you do it’s always going to…

In the words of my BFF Taylor Swift, “haters gonna hate, hate, hate”. I wish this wasn’t true, but unfortunately…it is. No matter what you do it’s always going to be impossible to please everyone. I mean, check out my feed! Sometimes, people leave nasty comments on my YouTube and Instagram just to be mean! If I took these comments to heart, well…I would be one unhappy person. When you learn to love yourself, mean comments will run in one ear and out the other. It’s time to block out the haters!Chelsea Crockett- taylor swift meme

Some people can find something wrong with anything. They could even hate that you’re too nice! Crazy, right?! When you hear a mean comment, brush it off. It’s important to always be the bigger person. Arguing won’t do anything, especially if you say a mean comment back. That just puts you down to their level. You must always rise above it! Surrounding yourself with a group of people that lift you up is also important. Too many friend groups have competition in them. Between jealousy and wanting to be the best, there could possibility be a lot of hate going on behind your back. Feel confident about yourself and the people you hang out with. When you love yourself, the haters will mean nothing!    

Just remember to “shake it off” Insiders!

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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Transitions

Transitions can be tough. I’m currently going through one myself. It’s a challenging period of change and growth. I sometimes find myself lost and unable to deal with everything going…

Transitions can be tough. I’m currently going through one myself. It’s a challenging period of change and growth. I sometimes find myself lost and unable to deal with everything going on. Between college searching, thinking about being away from my friends and family, and balancing a social life and YouTube, life can be overwhelming! While transitions are scary, they are ultimately a blessing in disguise.Chelsea Crockett- trusting God

Transitions are a time to better understand yourself. When faced with decisions that seem impossible to make, you have to weigh your pros and cons. Things that you thought were your first priority may seem little. Making big life decisions and transitioning to my college years has really made me realize who and what are important.

Trusting in God has been my saving grace. Praying to Him and knowing he’s got a plan for me keeps be hopeful for the future. Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

TRUST IN HIM

XOXO,

            Chelsea

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