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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Habits to Build in Your Morning Routine

The morning is my favorite part of the day! I always get so much accomplished when I wake up early and actually use the time I have when I wake…

The morning is my favorite part of the day! I always get so much accomplished when I wake up early and actually use the time I have when I wake up.

There is a great amount of potential in the mornings. We’re well rested, ready to take on the day, and have the opportunity to start the day off on the right foot.

There are several habits I like to incorporate into my morning routine that prepare me for the day and grow my relationship with the Lord. I encourage you to do the same!

Before you even get out of bed, say a prayer to God.

Ask him to bless your day and prepare you for whatever comes your way. I like to do this before I do anything else so he can guide each end every step that I plan to take throughout my day. When you get in the habit of doing this, your first thought when you wake up will be to talk to God!

Ask God for his grace.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Isn’t it amazing to know that God’s grace and mercy is new every day? We will sin time and time again, but God extends his forgiveness no matter how big our mistakes are. In your morning prayer, ask God for his grace for when you’re tempted into sin. We are certain to be tempted and fall short throughout the day, more often than we realize.

Spend some time in the Word.

Do you know just how powerful the Word of God is? Spending as little as five minutes reading the Bible will equip you for the day and fill your life with joy, guidance, and so much more.

Joshua 1:8 says, “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.”

When you meditate on the Bible, you learn how to walk the walk and talk the talk. You learn how to follow God’s plan and design for your life. It’s more than just reading stories and learning history. You’re reading the actual words of the Lord and those who walked alongside him!

Begin the day with gratitude.

It’s easy to wake up and grumble about work, school, or whatever occupies your day.  I know I’m guilty of this at times! But starting the day with thoughts of praise and gratefulness will leave your mind with little to no space for negativity.

1 Chronicles 16:34 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”Repeat this in your head throughout your morning and praise him for even the smallest of blessings!

Start each day with these four habits and see how they change your attitude toward the day ahead. Each day is a blessing! Use them wisely. 🙂

– Chelsea

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9 Things to Do Before 9 AM

The morning hours are some of the most beneficial hours of the day. Our minds are refreshed, awakened, and recharged after a good night’s sleep! I always like to take…

The morning hours are some of the most beneficial hours of the day. Our minds are refreshed, awakened, and recharged after a good night’s sleep!

I always like to take advantage of these morning hours. I remember hearing a list of 10 things you should do in the morning before leaving your house, so I thought I’d compile my own list of 9 things to do before 9 AM!

  1. First things first, get out of bed!

Snoozing your alarm time and time again is a bad routine to start, especially when it’s the first thing you do to begin your day! Practice getting out of bed after the first alarm or even after one snooze. After you make it a routine, you’ll find it easier to get out of bed in the morning!

  1. Refrain from checking social media.

As much as we try to deny it, one of the first things most of us do is pick up our phones in the morning. Before we even leave our beds, we’re scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and whatever else we just haaaave to check to “stay up-to-date.”

This is such a bad habit to start! A lot of the time, social media can make us feel lonely or sad which affects our mood for the rest of the day. Allow yourself time to wake up and do more important things before checking your phone!

  1. Do a quiet time/devotional.

Setting aside time solely devoted to God will allow you to spend uninterrupted, intentional time with him. The more we do these quiet times alone with God, the closer we feel to him. I always feel so much more joyful and at peace after doing these in the morning!

  1. Exercise!

If you like to exercise, what better time to do so than in the morning? It helps wake you up and give you that burst of energy you need for the day. If you don’t love the idea of early morning work outs, try out a stretching or yoga routine instead!

  1. Thank God for your blessings.

When your attitude is gratitude, nothing can ruin your mood! I always like to list all of the things I’m thankful for before even leaving my house in the morning. It instantly puts a smile on my face and starts my day off on the right foot!

  1. Pray over your day.

Whatever your plans for the day are, it’s so important to pray over them. Ask God for safety, patience, peace, or whatever else you’ll need to get you through your day!

7. Eat a big breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to take on anything you face throughout your day. Once you make this a routine, you’ll see a huge difference!

  1. Get yourself ready for the day.

I like to keep a checklist that reminds me of everything I need or need to do before I head out the door. I hate the feeling of when I forget something at home when I could’ve easily reminded myself of it before I left!

  1. Pick a Bible verse to meditate on throughout your day.

You don’t have to do this every morning, but pick a verse to meditate on once a week or so. Scripture memory is so important, and this is a simple way to try and memorize a verse while you’re at work, school, etc. Set a reminder on your phone or just read over it in your spare time!

What else do you do when you wake up in the morning? I find it so beneficial to stick to these 9 things to start my day! 🙂

– Chelsea

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3 Questions to Ask God Every Day

Our relationship with God should be like our everyday relationships with our friends and family here on earth. We should treat him like the loving father he is, there to…

Our relationship with God should be like our everyday relationships with our friends and family here on earth. We should treat him like the loving father he is, there to listen and there to attend to whatever needs we may have.

1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

God hears us whether we hear his answer or not. I encourage you to start your day by asking him these three simple questions!

  1. How can I follow your will today?

What’s on your agenda for the day may not be the same as God’s agenda. Instead of starting your day by praying for this or that, simply surrender your day to God and let Him control your plans.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

When our day begins by submitting ourselves to the Lord, God will reveal his perfect plans to us throughout each day. Trust him, and amazing things will come your way.  

  1. How can I be a witness to others today?

Witnessing to others is one of the most important things to do as a Christian. If we don’t show anyone the love of Christ by the way we talk, act, and think, how will they get to see and hear about how God can impact their life?

1 Peter 3:15 says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”

Not only do we have to witness to others, but we have to be ready to explain why we are the way we are and why we do the things we do. If we can’t back up our actions, what’s the point at the end of the day?

It could be as simple as lending a hand to someone that needs one or showing kindness to someone who doesn’t necessarily deserve it. Be the light that Jesus was and is for so many people. Be a walking example of what it looks like to live for Christ.

  1. How can I be the person you want me to be today?

Like I’ve mentioned time and time again, God has a plan for each and every day of your life. Ask him how you can be who he so perfectly created you to be!

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

 I love how he words that: “the good things he planned for us long ago.” That gives us the reassurance we need to know that we really can be the person God has always created us to be.

Tomorrow morning and the mornings after, ask yourself these three questions. Watch both your day and your relationship with God get better and better as you do so!

– Chelsea

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3 Toast Recipes for a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s the meal that gives you the energy to start your day!  I always think of quick and easy meals I…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It’s the meal that gives you the energy to start your day!  I always think of quick and easy meals I can create to give my body the boost it needs.  Well, toast is a fast way to start your day and it can be extremely healthy and nutritious if you know what to add to it.

Chelsea Crockett - Toast RecipesThe first recipe involves a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas!  Smear on a healthy serving of smooth or crunchy peanut butter, whatever you prefer. Take a banana and slice it up then put the banana slices all over the top of the peanut butter. Feel free to sprinkle a little cinnamon across the top of your toast, too!

Another recipe that I love is avocado toast. I take half an avocado and smash it up then add salt, pepper, and some red pepper flakes to it. Stir it all up and smear the avocado spread all over the top of your toast. It’s delicious! Feel free to add some bacon slices if you have some :).

My other favorite go-to recipe is scrambled egg with cheese and bacon on toast.  I love to take a fresh egg and scramble it in olive oil. Then, I add some cheddar cheese to the mix and stir it up. I toast my wheat bread and put the scrambled egg on top of it after it’s done! While I’m cooking all of that, I fry my bacon in the microwave. It comes out very crisp and I add it to my scrambled egg sandwich! YUM!

Bon appetit! – Chelsea

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Early Morning Workout: Why Yoga?

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people…

I’ve always heard both amazing and not-so-amazing things about yoga.  Some people swear by it while others don’t give it the time of day.  I’ve always wondered why some people use it as their main form of exercise so I decided to do a little research!  Here’s why you should check out yoga for yourself! 🙂

  • It increases your muscle strength.Chelsea Crockett - Yoga Believe it or not, yoga isn’t all about relaxing.  It actually takes a lot of strength and can challenge you more than you expect.  There are lots of different moves that require strength endurance and strong muscles!
  • It straightens your posture. I know for me I could use a little help on my posture!  Yoga helps align and strengthen your spine which, in turn, strengthens your posture.  I never even thought about that but it really does help!
  • It increases your ability to focus. Yoga takes a lot of focus on your breathing and movements.  One of yoga’s biggest purposes is to learn how to focus on the present and relax!  Studies have actually shown an increase in coordination, focus, memory, and other things, as well!
  • It helps the upkeep of your joints. Along with an increase in flexibility, yoga moves your body in ways it isn’t used to moving in.  It helps move your joints in several different motions which helps loosen and stretch them out and makes them even healthier!

Get out of bed and get your stretch on!  You won’t regret it!

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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How to Make Waking Up More Bearable

I don’t think it is physically possible for me to be a morning person. This may be a problem in the coming college years! I would definitely consider myself a…

I don’t think it is physically possible for me to be a morning person. This may be a problem in the coming college years! I would definitely consider myself a night owl. I get my best video ideas and editing done during the night time. Unfortunately, this causes my mornings to be not so fun. Waking up early can actually increase productivity, and improve your health and make you more optimistic! Here is how to trick your body into become a morning person.

  1. Sleep with your head elevated and spine aligned: When you wake up fully rested, you are bound to have a great wpid-Photo-Aug-29-2012-344-PMmorning. Sleeping with your head elevated and spine supported leads to better sleep and less pain during the day.
  2. Motivate yourself with food: That’s right, bribe yourself shamlessly. Plan out your breakfast the night before, like a yummy breakfast sandwich or a fruity protein shake, and give yourself something to look forward to when you wake up. Also, have your coffee pot scheduled to start brewing in the morning so you wake up to the smell of fresh coffee. MMmmmm.
  3. Get a new before-bed hobby: Do something before bed that doesn’t use a screen. I have talked about “blue light” before, which is a type of light your phone, laptop, and TV screens give off that can stop melatonin release. This inhibits a restful sleep! Instead of having before-bed screen time, read a book or color in a coloring book to calm you down.

Good luck on your journey to becoming a morning person! I am right there with you, girl.

XOXO, Chels

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The Right Way to Layer Face Products

If you’re like me, then your morning and nightly face routine mas multiple steps.  Of course, nothing comes easy when it comes to getting your face prepared for makeup or…

If you’re like me, then your morning and nightly face routine mas multiple steps.  Of course, nothing comes easy when it comes to getting your face prepared for makeup or sleep!  If you put on more than one product, it’s important to put them on in the right order.  I know it can be easy to throw everything on at once, but you’ll start to notice a different when applied properly!Chelsea Crockett- face products

Serum is best used as the base.  It’s a sort of primer for other products to come.  If you use spot treatment, put that on next and rub it in very well.  Then, you can apply all over treatment.  Continue with your normal moisturizer, letting it dry fully.  End the process by applying SPF.  This step is so important for healthy, youthful skin!

For your nightly routine, begin with serum, retinol, or any prescription products given.  After, apply targeted treatments such as rich eye cream for dark circles.  End the whole process with moisturizer and hit the hay!

It may seem like a process, but it’ll be so worth it once you start seeing results!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Is There A Correct Time To Shower?!

Everyone is made differently and everybody’s bodies react to germs, the outdoors, and other factors differently as well.  The way your body reacts can give you an indication of when…

Everyone is made differently and everybody’s bodies react to germs, the outdoors, and other factors differently as well.  The way your body reacts can give you an indication of when the right time to shower is for you.  It’s all about feeling your best and cleanest at all times!

You should take morning showers if….

  • You’re okay with waking up early. A morning shower is a great way to help wake you up and get your day started!
  • You’re a night sweater.  If you tend to sweat in your sleep, it’s easy to wake up feeling gross.  A morning shower can take that gross feeling away real quick!
  • You’re in a fairly clean environment.  An argument to showering at night is that it’s healthy to get off all the germs before you go to bed.  If you have a day with low activity, showering in the morning is just fine!

You should take night showers if…

  • You like to feel clean before going to bed!
  • You’ve been outside all day or in an unclean environment.
  • It helps you relax.
  • You have dry skin.  This way, you can lather your clean body with heavy moisturizer and lotion before going to bed. 

Whether you shower in the morning or at night, always be sure to take your makeup off before you go to sleep!  This way, your pores don’t have a chance to absorb extra dirt!   

            -Chelsea 

 

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Morning Beauty Habits: Rise and Shine!

Wake up sleepy head! You don’t have to be a morning person to start your day with a kick booty beauty routine. Toss in a few of these beauty-boosting steps…

Wake up sleepy head! You don’t have to be a morning person to start your day with a kick booty beauty routine. Toss in a few of these beauty-boosting steps to your morning rituals to keep you fresh all day long:

Down some protein: Instead of reaching for some toast or a bagel, opt for a cup of Greek Yogurt or some eggs. When you eat a protein packed breakfast, you stay fuller longer and avoid over eating later on throughout the day!NRT-00810-6

Smooth on sunscreen: Protecting yourself from the sun is crucial, even when the sun is not out! Apply a nickel sized amount of sunscreen on your face every day, along with the spf in your moisturizer or your foundation! You can also use spf on your lips and neck and back of your hands.

Hydrate: Dehydration can cause you to be sluggish and can also mess with your skin! Start your day with a big glass of water.

Apply antioxidants: Use vitamin E and C on your face to help protect your skin against aging free radicals found in UV rays and pollution. They also supplement your sunscreen and give you a beautiful glow.

Have a great day, my beautiful Insider!

XOXO, Chels

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Morning Habits of the Cheery

Good morning sunshine! They say the early bird gets the worm, and I have to agree! I feel like I have so much more energy and am amazingly productive when…

Good morning sunshine! They say the early bird gets the worm, and I have to agree! I feel like I have so much more energy and am amazingly productive when I wake up early.  Here is how to start your day off on a cheery foot!

  1. Start with positivity: When you wake up, don’t focus on the negative, give yourself some affirmation! Instead of thinking of how early it is and how tired you are, remind yourself of all of the things you have to be thankful for and thank God for giving you another day.download (4)
  2. Don’t snooze: Studies have found that hitting the snooze button can actually make you even more tired. Try getting to bed about 30 minutes earlier, putting your alarm across the room so you have to get up to turn it off, and don’t use your phone at least 90 minutes before heading to bed!
  3. Shower time: Take a nice steamy shower. Use this time to zone out, plan your day, or get a little prayer in!
  4. Sweat it out: Research shows that exercising in the A.M. leads to better sleep, helps you be more productive, and puts you in a great mood! And, it also ensures that you actually DO work out, so you cannot say “I just ran out of time!” at the end of the day.

Now you, too, can be a morning person!

XOXO, Chels

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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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How to Tame Your Frizz in the Morning

Do you ever wake up and look in the mirror and think, “how in the world do I calm down this hair?” I’m not going to lie, I am definitely…

Do you ever wake up and look in the mirror and think, “how in the world do I calm down this hair?” I’m not going to lie, I am definitely guilty of that! But no need to worry, I have found some tricks to help fizzle the frizz before it happens!

Many experts say to be careful when brushing your dry hair. Try to avoid it but if you must, try not to stretch it and cause breakage. Also, finger combing, or just combing in general, can reduce the breakage by a large amount!

The best way to handle your hair after washing is to towel dry and comb it. You can purchase an anti-frizz product to spray on it if you need to. If you don’t have an anti-frizzChelsea Crockett - Moroccan Oil product, you can water down a bit of hair conditioner and use your hands to apply it to only the tips of your hair. (Always look for protein in your conditioners. It helps to manage frizz and create shine.) Try to avoid straighteners, curling irons, and relaxers. They can make your hair brittle and lead to breakage which enhances frizz.  A couple of the best frizz-reducing products are Moroccan or Argon Oil.  To check it out, click here!

When buying products for your hair, look for ones that do not contain alcohol. Many salons carry these products and they are where I most recommend to shop. Avoid super markets and drugstores, they often carry products with alcohol because they have a longer shelf life. Another anti-frizz product that most don’t think of is children’s detangling spray. Spray a little on your hands and then gently smooth down your frizz. Good luck insiders!

XO – Chels

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