Chelsea Crockett

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How to Find Your Passion in Life

We all get stuck sometimes. Stuck where we feel like our life is not going the way we thought it would, or it is not really going anywhere at all….

We all get stuck sometimes. Stuck where we feel like our life is not going the way we thought it would, or it is not really going anywhere at all. Maybe you are in a job that you really don’t like. Or maybe what you are studying in school isn’t turning out to be as great as you thought it would be. In these times it is important to stop and reflect and remember what you are passionate about and what you love in life. This is not as easy as it sounds, but here are a few ways to help you get there.

  1. Be present: It is easy to put yourself on “autopilot” and just go through the motions of every day. One day we will realize that years have passed and we may feel like we have missed out on doing the things we love to do! Start paying attention and living in the present. Take time to notice what is going on and where you are in life.
  2. Pay attention to how you feel: To find your passions and discover what you love in life, you must let yourself feel things. How will you know what you are passionate about if you shut off feelings of joy and appreciation and excitement? Those emotions can be hard to let ourselves feel because we think that if we let them in, they will probably lead to disappointment. Not always the case.
  3. Learn to put yourself first sometimes: It is important to think about others, but it is also important to give yourself value as well. Finding your passion is about finding yourself, so learn to put yourself first when you need to.
  4. Take pride in your accomplishments and your abilities: Realize what you are good at it, and don’t minimize it. Be proud of it! Find out who you are and what you are good at by “dating yourself.” Ask yourself questions like you were on a date with yourself and were wanting to get to know you. This will help you realize your skills and talents. Brag on yourself a bit!
  5. Write it all down and reflect: Keep track of your thoughts from #4. Write down what you have learned about yourself and use that to help you find what you are passionate about and what you love in life.

And lastly, pray about it! God will reveal to you what you seek if you ask Him, and He will do it when He knows the time is right. Finding your passion can give you so much joy and fulfillment! When you are doing the things you love, life is good. When I realized that my passion was speaking to others about Christ and giving advice, it changed my life.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Philippians 4:6

When crisis hits, what is your first reaction? Is it panic? Anger? Mine is worry. I worry about what is going to happen next and what the future holds. When…

When crisis hits, what is your first reaction? Is it panic? Anger? Mine is worry. I worry about what is going to happen next and what the future holds. When my worries start to get the best of me, I remember Philippians 4:6.

Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything: Instead pray about everything.” What good can worrying do? It can only make you worry more. Instead of wasting time, energy and emotion worrying, pray about it! God promises to hear your prayers, plus letting it go and letting God handle it takes a huge weight off of your chest. It is amazing what amazing things God can do in your life when you just let go and pray.

I have started keeping a prayer journal and writing my daily prayers in it. It is a great way to look back and see how God worked in your life through your prayers! Remember, don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Turn your worries into prayers!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from 1 John 3:18

“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” I love this verse from 1 John 3:18. It speaks about how we should love others….

“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” I love this verse from 1 John 3:18. It speaks about how we should love others.

How do you express love to others? Do you tell them or do you show them? As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words, and that is exactly what this verse explains. Your actions and how you show people you love and care about them express a lot more than the words you say. Showing someone you love them may mean sacrificing your time to be with them. It may mean helping them out with something or going somewhere to support them. Showing others we love them is so important because it helps us build a relationship with them. I know I feel loved when my family and friends come to events that I am performing or speaking at, or when I am having a bad day and they come hang out with me.

So, let’s all try our best to show love to others with our actions, because there is no better way to show them you care.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Daniel 3:17-18

Have you ever wanted something so bad and worked so hard for it…and then didn’t get it? And you wondered why God would do this to you, you deserved it,…

Have you ever wanted something so bad and worked so hard for it…and then didn’t get it? And you wondered why God would do this to you, you deserved it, right? It could be a scholarship, boyfriend, job, winning a sports event, anything that you strive for and want more than anything. Daniel 3:17-18 gives us a little reality check when we don’t get the things we really want.

Daniel 3:17-18 says “And if not, He is still GOOD.” This means that if God doesn’t give you what you want or badly desire or have strived for, He is still good. He knows what is best for you, and maybe getting the job or boyfriend would have led to something negative in the future. He knows how much you can handle in your life, and He knows what your life has in store for you. Think about all of the other things He has given you in your life! You are incredibly blessed. He is SO good!

So, when you don’t God doesn’t give you exactly what you want or have strived for, just remember all of the other blessings in your life and that He is good!

XOXO, Chels

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5 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, likable 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!
  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. By 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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Small Ways to Show You Care

Our culture is so fast paced and dominated by technology. With all of the distractions around is, it can be easy to forget how important it is to show people…

Our culture is so fast paced and dominated by technology. With all of the distractions around is, it can be easy to forget how important it is to show people we are thinking about them, we love them, and we care about them. How long has it been since you told your best friend you were thinking about her? If you don’t see her every day, it can be easy to forget to remind her how much she means to you. Same goes to your sister or your boyfriend. Here are a few ways to let the people you care about know, well, that you care about them!

  1. Handwritten notes: Knowing that you spent the time to hand write them a letter will warm their heart. Handwriting someone you love a letter is even shown to decrease YOUR stress and improve your mood! Everyone loves getting a “love note.”
  2. Remembering the little details: Does your bff have a test on Tuesday? Text her that morning and wish her luck! Does your boyfriend have a big baseball game coming up? Text him before and let him know you are rooting for him. You can even show up to the game with his favorite snack and give it to him after the game. He will be so impressed you remembered what his favorite candy bar is and thought to bring it to him! Remembering the details shows how much you care.
  3. Random surprises: Out of the blue gifts are so fun to receive because you had no clue it was coming, and it can totally brighten your day! Doing random acts of kindness is not only great for others, but it is good for you as well because it increases your mood! Surprise your sister with flowers today and watch her face light up.

 

What gestures make YOU feel loved?

XOXO, Chels

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Steps to Conquer Fear

What makes you feel fear? Is it fear of other people? Is it fear of the future? Is it worry? Is it situations in life? Life can toss circumstances at…

What makes you feel fear? Is it fear of other people? Is it fear of the future? Is it worry? Is it situations in life? Life can toss circumstances at us that can make us feel downright fearful. Lucky for us, God has given us the steps to conquer fear in His Word.

  1. Declare who God is: The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
  2. Project a positive future: When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Psalm 27:2
  3. Make up your mind: Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. Psalm 27:3-4
  4. Abide:The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Psalm 27:4
  5. Meditate on the Word: …delight in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4
  6. Spend time in Prayer: My heart has heard you say “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psa;, 27:8

When you look in the Bible for your answers to life’s toughest questions, you will be sure to find what you are looking for, and sometimes even more than that.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Psalm 23:6

Psalm 23:6 says “Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.” That’s a good question. Why DO we fear the…

Psalm 23:6 says “Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.”

That’s a good question. Why DO we fear the future? Is it because of the uncertainty of it? Is because we cannot control it? I think yes and yes.
But this verse asks us why we fear the future, because we are only pursued by God’s goodness and unfailing love. Sometimes in our lives, we may feel like God’s goodness has passed over us, like He may have forgotten to send a little goodness our way. Are you still alive? Are you wearing clothes? Are you living under a roof? Then God is good. And even if none of those things are true, God is still good. You are pursued by God’s unfailing love, which means that no matter what you do in this life, no matter how many mistakes you make or how big your sins, He still loves you.

Now THAT is unfailing love.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Philippians 4:6

When crisis hits, what is your first reaction? Is it panic? Anger? Mine is worry. I worry about what is going to happen next and what the future holds. When…

When crisis hits, what is your first reaction? Is it panic? Anger? Mine is worry. I worry about what is going to happen next and what the future holds. When my worries start to get the best of me, I remember Philippians 4:6.

Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything: Instead pray about everything.” What good can worrying do? It can only make you worry
more. Instead of wasting time, energy and emotion worrying, pray about it! God promises to hear your prayers, plus letting it go and letting God handle it takes a huge weight off of your chest. It is amazing what amazing things God can do in your life when you just let go and pray.

I have started keeping a prayer journal and writing my daily prayers in it. It is a great way to look back and see how God worked in your life through your prayers! Remember, don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.

XOXO, Chels

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Studying for Finals? Here are Some Tips.

Believe it or not, final exams are just around the corner! What is your studying game plan? To succeed you need to have a plan of attack. Here are the…

Believe it or not, final exams are just around the corner! What is your studying game plan? To succeed you need to have a plan of attack. Here are the measures I take to make sure I am prepared to dominate my midterms, or any sort of exams for that matter!

  1. Dress for success: Keep it cozy. There is nothing more distracting that an itchy sweater or too-tight pants. I always opt for comfortable combo like yoga pants and cozy over sized sweater. When you are studying, you want to be comfortable.
  2. Put away distractions: Silence your phone, turn off the radio or TV, let yourself study in silence!
  3. Snack healthy: Prepare yourself for studying by snacking on things that give you healthy energy and keep you fuller longer.
  4. Take breaks: Experts say that if you get up and walk around every hour you are studying it helps you concentrate more. During your hour break, give yourself a reward like 5 minutes on social media.
  5. DON’T CRAM: Do not not NOT cram the night before a test! Study in bits the week before the exam. It will help you feel more prepared and less panicked!

Good luck, you will kill those exams!

XOXO, Chels

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My Spring Bucket List

As the spring season gets underway, I am always scrambling for ideas of things to do with my free time. Spring and summer are filled with so many possibilities, and…

As the spring season gets underway, I am always scrambling for ideas of things to do with my free time. Spring and summer are filled with so many possibilities, and I want to make the most of every minute! The best way to ensure that you will have the best spring/summer ever is to make a bucket list and write every goal down. Here are a few activities that are totally going on my warm weather bucket list.

  1. Go to an outdoor concert: I love going to concerts, and I love the outdoors, so what could be better than an outdoor concert this season?! You’re out in the open air enjoying great music with great friends, what could be better!
  2. Weekend road trip: Take a weekend road trip with your gal pals! Bring your mommas along for a fun, refreshing weekend away, even if it is just a few hours away!
  3. Take a nature adventure: My friends and I love to go on hikes and bike rides on our local nature trails. It is a great way to strengthen your friendships AND your body at the same time!
  4. Clean that closet: Spring cleaning is a must for your closet! This can help you figure out what pieces you still need for your summer wardrobe. Organize your clothes and accessories to help you know exactly what you have.
  5. Volunteer: Volunteering is a fantastic way to both enrich your life and the lives of those around you!

What would be on YOUR spring/summer bucket list? Comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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Happy Couple Habits

If you are in a relationship or have ever been in one, you know that they are a lot of work. Happy couples have a few methods that help them,…

If you are in a relationship or have ever been in one, you know that they are a lot of work. Happy couples have a few methods that help them, well, stay happy! These little tidbits of advice are things that I have learned and what my friends have learned through navigating the wonderful world of dating.

  1. Smile when you see them: It feels amazing to walk into the room and immediately see your crush’s face light up. It makes you feel so special! Even if you aren’t particularly thrilled to see your dude, putting a smile on your face is an easy way to show him you care! This will set a happy mood for the two of you.
  2. Randomly text them: A lot of us are busy throughout the day, so texting someone constantly just isn’t an option. But, a cute random text every once in a while can really brighten their day and them appreciate you so much.
  3. Share your day with them: Every day, take a few minutes to share your days with each other. Tell them your concerns, your goals, your hopes and your frustrations! It will really strengthen your relationship.
  4. Tell them thanks: For everything! Did they hold the door for you? Thank them. Cook you dinner? Thank them. Help you out with homework? Thank them.
  5. Complement the socks off of them: A little complement can go a long way! You know when your guy tells you he likes the way you are wearing your hair, and it makes you smile from ear to ear because you feel valued and treasured? He needs the same feeling from you! By building each other up, you are creating a happy environment!

There are so many more ways to make your relationship a happy one, you just have to be willing to work at it!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Ephesians 3:20

Ephesians 3:20 says “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.” Let me tell you, I have pretty big dreams, and the fact that God has…

Ephesians 3:20 says “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.” Let me tell you, I have pretty big dreams, and the fact that God has more in store for me than that is mind blowing!

God has bigger plans for you than you can even comprehend. Do you sometimes feel like your life isn’t going anywhere or you aren’t moving forward? Do you feel like giving up on your big dreams because things just aren’t panning out the way you thought they would? Don’t get caught up in the negative. God’s plans for your life may not be what YOUR plans are. They may be totally opposite of what you thought your life would look like! But let me tell you, God’s plans are always greater than ours. God has so many wonderful things planned for you! He put you on this earth for a purpose. I sometimes get the feeling that I have no purpose and am just floundering. It is easy to feel this way when we get to a low point in our life. It is important for us to remember, though, that we need to be patient and let God do his thing. Why? Read Ephesians 3:20.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Mark 5:41

Do you ever feel like you are being overlooked or that your voice is not being heard? Mark 5:41 says “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” Arise! Arise from…

Do you ever feel like you are being overlooked or that your voice is not being heard? Mark 5:41 says “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”

Arise! Arise from the troubles in your life. Arise from all of the struggles getting you down. Rise above what people say about you and arise above their expectations. I feel like this verse is encouraging
because it literally tells you to get up and go after it. Arise! God is with you when you do. Rise above depression, anxiety, and other struggles that the devil has put in place in your life to keep you down. Rise up and show others how you can get through anything in life with God on your side.

Keep the faith and keep on truckin’!

XOXO, Chels

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The 4-1-1 of Bible Journaling

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 colors. 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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