Chelsea Crockett

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GROW Bible Reading Plan

Reading your Bible can be much easier when you have a plan to follow. It allows you to not only stay on track, but have a guide to follow step…

Reading your Bible can be much easier when you have a plan to follow. It allows you to not only stay on track, but have a guide to follow step by step!

The GROW Bible reading plan is perfect for those who need a little guidance and structure through their quiet times. If you’re like me, it can be hard to stop your mind from wandering or getting distracted during your uninterrupted time with the Lord. The GROW Bible reading plan is a great starting point and can keep you on track while you meet with God!

G – Greet

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

When you first sit down, ask God to guide you through your quiet time with him. Invite him to work through you and speak to you. When you greet God before you do anything else, you open yourself to him! Ask him to speak to you through your quiet time and reveal what he is trying to tell you.

R – Read

You need to simply read through the verses or passage you’re focusing on at least three times through. If certain verses or sections really catch your attention, write them down in your journal! God can speak through you by directing your attention to specific words or verses. Read slowly, without trying to rush through it, and focus on comprehending the words in front of you.

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”Just like this verse from Romans says, listen attentively so you can build a stronger relationship with the Lord! 

O – Observe

Now, time to focus on where your mind is taking you during your quiet time. What have you written down in your journal that had popped into your mind repeatedly? What do you think God is trying to tell you? Do the words or verses that stick out to you have a common theme? Observe everything that’s coming to mind. You can even observe the feelings that come to you while you do so. Don’t forget that God speaks in whispers!

W – Write

In your journal, write down the verses or passage you’re studying. Then, write down anything and everything that comes to mind. It’s good to practice this to look back on when you need guidance! Lastly, write out a prayer to help you apply what you’ve just read. Application is the most important thing to take away from your quiet times!

Breaking down scripture and actually applying it to your life is what God intended for us to do with the Bible. It’s amazing that we even get the opportunity to read the exact words of the Lord and we should be taking advantage of this! Try this GROW method and see what God opens your eyes to!

– Chelsea

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Must-Have Items for Pursuing the Lord

You can develop a relationship with the Lord starting any time, any day. Building a relationship with God is one of the most amazing things that he desires for each…

You can develop a relationship with the Lord starting any time, any day. Building a relationship with God is one of the most amazing things that he desires for each and every one of us.

As I began diving deeper and deeper into my walk with God, I would try different books, journals, devotionals, etc. that would help me do so. Through all the different things I collected, I found that some items aided in my relationship with God tremendously and wanted to share them with you!

A Bible.

First and foremost, you’ll need a Bible that suits your style. For me, I like journaling Bibles where I can write little notes and comments next to certain verses. It helps me remember what I’ve read and allows me to meditate on it. There are also study Bibles that provide further information on certain topics, stories, verses, etc. that can help clarify what it means!

With all of the different types of Bibles, you can find one that is easiest for you to read and understand. There are lots of styles of Bibles out there, so pick the version and type that will work best for you!

A prayer journal.

Prayer journals give you a place to write down anything you may be feeling and refer back to it in the future. I prayer journal on all occasions, when I’m feeling thankful, sad, frustrated, lost… Writing out my feelings is not only therapeutic, but helps me collect my thoughts and calm me down. My favorite thing to do is to go back and read what I’ve written in the past and see what God has done in my life!

A daily devotional.

Having a set daily devotional will encourage you to stay on track as well as give you a dose of God’s word every single day! I realized it gave me a sense of accountability to make sure I spent even as little as five minutes with God. Figure out what time of the day works best for your schedule and stick with it! I suggest first thing in the morning to start your day off on the right foot. Set your alarm for 10-20 minutes earlier than you normally would, and see how that small amount of time can impact your day and attitude!

Topic-specific books. 

As you grow in your relationship with the Lord, you may begin having questions and curiosities about certain parts of the Bible. It’s completely normal to start wondering beyond the surface level. There are many books that will help you dive deeper into whatever topic you may be curious about! Jump in and discover all there is to know about God and his Word.

I encourage you to buy these items and get on track for an amazing relationship with God. We are fortunate enough to have so many resources to grow closer to him, so take advantage of them and start today! 🙂

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Deal with the “End of School Year Stress”

The time students both long for and dread is finally here! Along with the excitement that comes with summer approaching, we also have to get through one thing first: finals….

The time students both long for and dread is finally here! Along with the excitement that comes with summer approaching, we also have to get through one thing first: finals.

Even just the mention of the word can bring both stress and anxiety to our minds. They’re the only thing between us and summer and are the sole reason behind the heightened “end of the school year stress.” We all could use a few good stress relievers, so I wanted to share with you five methods that have helped me and can help you, too!

INTERVAL STUDY BREAKS

Without study breaks to look forward to, my mind would go crazy. I always spread them out so I never study too much at once. I even try to make my breaks fun by watching my favorite TV show, grabbing coffee with a friend, exercising, etc.! Over-studying or burning yourself out is the worst thing you could do during finals season!

QUIET TIMES WITH GOD

There is nothing that relieves my stress more than talking to God and spending time with Him. Reading my Bible or doing a devotional always starts my day off on the right foot. When I do set aside uninterrupted time with Him first thing in the morning, I feel like my days are happier and calmer! He wants us to come to Him and lay down our worries at the foot of the cross.

PRAYER JOURNALING

Sometimes counting your blessings is the best way to relieve anxiety. I love sitting down and writing out a prayer that thanks God for all of the good things in my life. Then, when you’re feeling anxious, you have a prayer ready to go that reminds you of all that God has given you. It’s one of the simplest stress relievers, and it really does work. Thank him today for even the smallest of blessing!

EXERCISE

For me, exercising is a way to release endorphins and increase my mood no matter how stressful of a day I’m having. It gets my mind off of the things I’m worried about, even if it’s just for a small amount of time throughout my day. It’s a scientifically proven stress reliever, so try it out and see how it can help you!

CLEAN YOUR STUDY SPACE

Whenever I’m in a clean environment, I feel so much more motivated and at peace. If your bedroom at home is your study space, take a break to clean and organize your surroundings. Even if you don’t enjoy cleaning, you’ll feel more relaxed once your space is all put together!

If you’ve never used any of these tips, I encourage you to give them a try. You may find your new stress reliever just in time for finals! 🙂

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Prayer Journal

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite ways to talk to God. It allows me to spill out all of my thoughts on paper, praising him, confessing to him, whatever…

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite ways to talk to God. It allows me to spill out all of my thoughts on paper, praising him, confessing to him, whatever those thoughts may be.

Sitting down and aimlessly writing out prayers can be hard at times, especially when you’re stuck and don’t know what to pray about. I wanted to give you five different ways to prayer journal so you can feel motivated to start your own!

  1. Count your blessings.

Journaling about all the good things in your life is one of the most refreshing and uplifting things you could do. Spending a moment in complete gratitude is the perfect way to start your day on the right foot! Write down even the smallest of things such as the big breakfast you had or the fact that your car started this morning. Nothing good should go unnoticed with God!

  1. Make a list of all your worries, anxieties, fears, etc.

No one is a better person to vent to than God! He knows the depths of our hearts’ struggles and truly understands the things we go through. Never be ashamed of your struggles or think that God doesn’t listen when you present even the bad parts of your life to him. He will always be our loving Father that is there to carry us when we need it most.

  1. Pick a person in your life once a day, and write out a prayer for them.

This could be someone in your class, at your work, in your church, etc. that needs prayer over their life. Maybe you’re wanting God to open an opportunity to witness to them and talk to them about having a relationship with the Lord. Write that in your journal! Or maybe a friend has asked you to pray for them for a specific reason. Write about it! Everyone can always use a little more prayer!

  1. Free write a prayer about anything and everything.

To me, free writing is therapeutic. If a thought comes, I write it down. This is the perfect time to fully let God move through me. This type of prayer journaling allows God to speak to you and to let those hidden whispers become evident in your writing. Try it out and see what God is trying to tell you!

  1. Record answered prayers.

Have you ever experienced something, such as a weight lifted off your shoulders or a healing of a family member, that you knew was an answered prayer? These moments are incredible and will always make you feel so close to God. I never want to forget when God answers a prayer and how I felt in that moment. When this happens in your life, journal about it so you too can look back on it and be in awe of God’s glory!

My favorite thing about prayer journaling is being able to go back and look at what we once were in prayer over. It shows us the journey that God takes us on and the prayers that he so graciously answers. It also gives us the chance to look back and see which prayers have gone unanswered so we can continue praying for those in the future!

I challenge you to prayer journal one time this week, and see how it changes your heart and your perspective!

– Chelsea

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SOAP Quiet Time

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him. If you have trouble…

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him.

If you have trouble figuring out where to start during your quiet times, you can follow this easy template that breaks up the passages into four different parts: scripture, observation, application, and prayer.

Scripture:

First, start by figuring out what chapter of the Bible you want to begin with. Ephesians or Philippians is a great place to start since they’re smaller chapters and are easier to get through! Write out the verses in your journal and meditate on them. Read over them several times if you have to. We are more likely to remember things when we write them down, so do this as many times as you need/want to!

Observation:

Review the chapter or passages that you read over, and write down everything that you observe or realize. When we write things out and put things onto paper, it’s easier to explore our thoughts and remember them, too. We want to get as deep as we can with the verses we mediate on, so observe everything you can, even if you didn’t notice it the first time through!

Application:

One of the most important parts of your life walking alongside God is how you take what you learn and apply it to your life. When you read a passage from the Bible, you should always be thinking about how you can incorporate that into your daily life.

For example, let’s look at Joshua 1:8-9: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

What can you take away from this to apply to your life? Meditate on his word, be strong and courageous, do not be afraid… Write down every possible thing you can do to improve your life.

Prayer:

Lastly, take what you wrote down and make it into a prayer. Ask God for help with applying these things to your life. Praise him for what he’s teaching you and for what he’s going to do within you. Just talk to him! Reflect with him, thank him, and ask him for the things you need.

These personal prayers are good to keep in a prayer journal to look back and reflect on. Whenever you may be going through something that one of these verses talks about, you could go back to your prayer pertaining to it and talk to God!

At the end of the day, God loves spending time with us whether you’re reading a devotional, listening to worship music, or making use of this quiet time template. I encourage you to start somewhere by trying this out for yourself!

– Chelsea

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Pray and Then Prepare

Prayer is easy. Anyone can sit down, talk to God, and present all their requests to him. I know for me, it’s like he’s my friend that I get to…

Prayer is easy. Anyone can sit down, talk to God, and present all their requests to him. I know for me, it’s like he’s my friend that I get to talk to whenever I want, every single day.

Prayer is not the hard part. Praying with faith and then preparing for God’s answer is the part that we could all use a little bit of work on. (I know I could at least!)

There are several passages in the Bible that talk about how we should respond to prayer. I’ve taken notes on these verses and it’s filled my heart with contentment and peace!

1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

When we have confidence that God will deliver what we ask for, preparing for it is so much easier. It’s easy to spend your days with uncertainty and “what ifs,” but when you grasp the true confidence God wants for you, everything else falls into place.

When you ask your mom to do something, don’t you assume that she’s going to follow through with it? Why don’t you act the same way toward God? The Bible says over and over again that God is faithful and will always follow through with his promises.

Take a look at Mark 11:24. It says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” There’s not much we can do besides prepare our hearts and minds for whatever God is going to do in our lives. As long as we have a faith-filled mindset, God will move in the midst of it.

There’s something beautiful in knowing that God always fulfills his promises. When he says he tends to the requests of those who have confidence in him, he always has and he always will.

One of my favorite things to do is keep a prayer journal so I can reflect back on what I asked God for and see how faithful he has been both now and in the past.

Whatever you ask God for, you need to prepare for accordingly. If you ask for God to reveal something to you, expect him to do just that! Don’t be surprised when God answers your prayers, even when it’s different from what you were wanting or expecting.

Prepare for adaptability. Know that how God responds to your prayers is what’s best for you and your life. His answer may be confusing and leave you questioning what he is doing, but never lose sight of who God is and never underestimate his power.

How will you start preparing today? Take the first step by writing down the things you need to pray for. Then wait with patience and confidence, and get ready for the great things God is going to do in your life!

– Chelsea

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3 Quiet Time Plans to Follow

A crucial part of being a follower of Christ is spending time with him and yearning to know him more and more. When the day comes when we’re standing at…

A crucial part of being a follower of Christ is spending time with him and yearning to know him more and more.

When the day comes when we’re standing at the gates of heaven, we want God to know us and know of the time we’ve spent so deeply and so frequently with him.

There are many ways to get to know Him more, one of which is to have daily quiet times, diving deeper into God’s Word and dissecting what each part of the Bible means.

Over the years, I’ve discovered and put into practice several different plans and ways to do quiet times. There are three different ones in particular that I find extremely beneficial no matter how far along your relationship with God is!

5 x 5 x 5 Reading Plan

If you’re new at quiet times or reading the Bible, this is the perfect plan to get your feet wet.

This plan calls for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and 5 methods to dive deeper into the Word. Just start with a simple 5 minutes and see where that takes you! This is a good challenge and it can keep you accountable day-by-day!

As far as 5 ways to dive deeper, you can memorize, underline/highlight, reword, question, or pray about what you read for the day. I challenge you to do all 5 of these to get the most out of your quiet time!

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3 R’s Plan

This is one of my favorite plans. The three R’s stand for rejoice, repent, and request.

For “rejoice,” write down every part of the verses or chapter that gives you things to be thankful for.

For “repent,” write down anything that’s talked about in the chapter that God commands us not to do.  Think of which of these commands you struggle with, and write those down as well.

For “request,” write down anything you want to ask God for. Whether that be strength to stay out of the sin you repented or simply things you’ve been struggling with.

I always like to end with a prayer reviewing what I wrote down. This is the time to send your praises and requests to God!

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Journaling

This is a much looser version of a quiet time. Sometimes the less structure, the more you can let God speak to you!

Pick out a certain book or chapter of the Bible and read it once all the way through. Then go back and read it again verse by verse. Right down anything and everything that comes to mind. If you come across a verse that speaks to you, write it down.

End with a prayer and let your heart take over. Sometimes I even like writing down the prayer and simply letting my mind be open to whatever God wants to tell me! This also gives me the chance to go back and read what I wrote down in the future.

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Which way are you going to try out? All of them are great places to start if you want to build a better relationship with God. Pick one and get started! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Prayer Journaling 101

Prayer journaling is something that’s become a really big part of my spiritual life.  It’s something that brings me closer to God and has changed my perspective on prayer as…

Prayer journaling is something that’s become a really big part of my spiritual life.  It’s something that brings me closer to God and has changed my perspective on prayer as a whole.  There are so many things about prayer journaling that I want to tell you about so you can dive into prayer in a whole new way, too!

Chelsea Crockett - Prayer JournalFirst, you’ll need an empty journal with lots of blank pages that are ready to be filled!  I like to start by writing a list of different things I want to start praying for.  Whether it be a friend that’s going through something or a hard test that’s coming up, I write it all down.  Put on paper everything that’s on your mind and everything that needs prayer.

Now comes the best part.  Find a quiet spot where you can be alone with God, just you and him. You can either pick one of those things you put on your list to journal about or just spill out your heart to God, about anything and everything.  These are like your own little love notes to God.  There’s no wrong way to write your out your needs and wants to him.  My favorite part about writing my prayers down is being able to look back at them and see how God has answered my requests.  Watch how he is faithful and see how he answers your prayers when you need him to!

So, what do you think?  Are you going to try it out?  Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop! 🙂

Love, Chels

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The 4 R’s Devotional Plan

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing…

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing quiet times where God directly speaks to me through it!  Here’s a 4 R’s devotional plan that I find extremely refreshing!

  • Read.  The first step is pretty self-explanatory.  Pick a passage or chapter of the Bible that you want to dive into, and read it a few times through.  Make sure you gain a full understanding of what you’re reading to get the most out of it!
  • Record.  This step requires picking out which verses speak to you or have greater importance than the others.  Write down the key verses or concepts of the passage.  Highlight your favorite verse and maybe even challenge yourself to memorize it!
  • Reflect.  This part is the easy step.  You can either spend time simply thinking about the passage and trying to gain a deeper understanding of what you wrote.  Or you can write down what you think each part of the passage means if writing things down is more your style! 🙂
  • Respond.  Now comes the application.  Take what you wrote down and think of how you can apply it to your life.  If the passage is about forgiveness, think of how you can be more forgiving in your daily life.  And again, write it down!

I hope you love this plan as much as I do!

XO – Chels

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The Guide to Mastering Quiet Times

Quiet time: a peaceful time to spend with God and meditate on His Word.  Have you ever set aside a half hour or so to spend solely with God?  I…

Quiet time: a peaceful time to spend with God and meditate on His Word.  Have you ever set aside a half hour or so to spend solely with God?  I understand that you may be busy or simply don’t feel motivated to get up and do it, and that’s okay!  There are different ways to get you excited, stay encouraged and motivated, and find joy in quiet times!

  1. Make sure you have all you need before you sit down to do a quiet time!  Chelsea Crockett - Quiet TimesBe sure to have a Bible, journal, pen, and devotional or lesson to walk through.
  2. Set aside a specific time each day to devote solely to your quiet time.  I usually try to get in at least 30 minutes, but you can start small with 10 or 15, or even 5 minutes before you head to school or work!
  3. Find a spot to do your quiet time.  If you like the outdoors, find a place outside such as under your favorite tree or by a lake!  You can even try out places like Starbucks or other coffee shops that have a relaxing atmosphere.
  4. Pick a certain devotional.  This allows you to have a specific game plan when you sit down.  Print out questions from online that go with specific verses or even get a guided devotional app on your phone!
  5. Find an accountability partner.  If your friend is wanting to start doing quiet times, keep each other accountable.  Text each other at the end of the day to make sure you both did one for the day!

I encourage you to try and set aside time once a day or even once a week.  You’ll notice a huge difference in your life and yourself!

Love, Chelsea

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Bible Journaling 101

What is Bible journaling? Lately I have seen adorable photos on Instagram and Pinterest of artwork in the margins of a Bible. Now, I’m no Picasso, but I do enjoy…

What is Bible journaling? Lately I have seen adorable photos on Instagram and Pinterest of artwork in the margins of a Bible. Now, I’m no Picasso, but I do enjoy coloring and drawing as much as the next girl. Bible journaling is using drawings or notes in the margins of your Bible to journal how you feel about the verses, how they are relevant to your life, or prayers regarding the passage. Most people underline or star things in their Bibles, but journaling is taking it one step further!

Do you need a new Bible to begin journaling? Absolutely not! All you need is your own Bible, a pen, and some BibleJournalingConnie-778x1024colors. Also, don’t sweat it if you are not-so-artistically inclined. Your Bible journaling is your own personal art. If you are more of a writer, write in the margins. If you are a note taker, take notes! If you are a doodler, doodle your heart out! Use Bible journaling to write prayers in the margins and date them to come back and write when they were answered, write what God is speaking to you as you read the passage, write sermon notes, or even just thoughts on what you think the scripture is saying in your own words.

Bible journaling is a great way to enhance your quiet time with God. When you are inspired to remember a verse or point, draw or write next to the verse. It is so fun to look back through your Bible and see how you were feeling when you read something or how it spoke to you in that moment. It is also so cool to see how God answers prayers when reading the requests you dated in the margins!

I challenge you to become a Bible journal-er. I’m going to do my best to become one, too!

XOXO, Chels

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Self-Reflection

The world is a busy place.  Between school, friends, family, relationships, and stress, it can be easy to lose yourself in the process of trying to balance life.  Most don’t…

The world is a busy place.  Between school, friends, family, relationships, and stress, it can be easy to lose yourself in the process of trying to balance life.  Most don’t realize how important it is to take time for yourself and love who you truly are.  Self-reflection can be done in a number of ways and can lead you down the path of a healthier lifestyle.Chelsea Crockett- loving yourself

Sometimes it can be hard to talk to people about deep issues, especially if you are trying to protect someone.  Keeping a personal journal is a great way to say whatever is on your mind without worrying about who hears it, being judged, or whether others will find out.  Another way to self-reflect is to drive to a beautiful place alone and just think.  When noise is at a minimum, you are able to sort out your thoughts more easily and come to a solid conclusion.  It’s also a great way to take a breather and enjoy the world.

My favorite way to self-reflect is through music.  Christian music, in particular, is a scape goat for my thoughts when I’m going through a rough time.  I love finding a song that relates to exactly what I’m going through.  It makes me feel like I’m not alone!

Never let the stress of life take over your mind.  If you take time for yourself, you’ll discover a happier you.

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Keep a Prayer Journal!

Keeping a prayer journal can do wonders for your walk with God. How? Let me tell you! Keeps your mind on task: I don’t know about you, but sometimes when…

Keeping a prayer journal can do wonders for your walk with God. How? Let me tell you!

Keeps your mind on task: I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I am praying my mind seems to wander off and get on another subject.  By writing your prayers down you are keeping your mind on task and it will keep you from daydreaming! Writing out prayers might take a little longer than thinking them, but at least the time is actually spent in prayer.

Allows you to keep track of your prayers: By keeping a journal, you can look back and see who you were praying for, what you were praying for, and how God has answered your prayers! I think it is so cool to look back on the prayers I said in the past and see how God has answered them.chelsea crockett prayer journal

Makes you closer to God: Communication is vital in any relationship, and it is even more important in your relationship to God. The more praying you do to him, the closer you will be. Lay all of your worries, burdens, and anything else that is heavy on your heart, on Him. God loves to listen to you!

Keeping a prayer journal will transform your walk with Christ! 

P.S. If you get a really cute prayer journal, it will make you want to write in it even more! Just a little tip 🙂

Love ya,

XOXO, Chels

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Summer Journal

            Hey girls!  With summer here, most of us will be traveling and doing some pretty exciting things.  I know I’m not the only one taking a ton of pictures…

            Hey girls!  With summer here, most of us will be traveling and doing some pretty exciting things.  I know I’m not the only one taking a ton of pictures and creating a lot of memories with my friends and family.

            To document these, I suggest keeping a summer journal!  If you travel a lot, writing down the places you go and the people you meet is a great keepsake and fun to look back at.  Any other exciting or memorable events you go to can be put in your journal as well.  You can print out your pictures, or develop them, and add them into your journal entry, too!Chelsea Crockett - Journal

            Another fun thing about keeping a journal is that you can design and decorate it exactly how you want to!  Whether it’s simple and plain or overwhelmed by stickers and glitter, you can decorate it whatever way suits you.  If you have a Polaroid camera, taking pictures on that and quickly adding them in your entry give it a vintage look and is an easier way to develop your pics!

            Usually journals are not very expensive and can be found at a nearby store like Target or Hobby Lobby.  Tweet or Instagram a picture of your Summer Journal and I’ll try and take a look at it! Enjoy!

                                                                             -Chelsea

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