Chelsea Crockett

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Do Less, Do More

How many of us have already let our New Year’s resolutions go out the door? I am raising my hand right now. I saw something the other day that I…

How many of us have already let our New Year’s resolutions go out the door? I am raising my hand right now. I saw something the other day that I thought was a great alternative to the whole “New Year’s resolution” thing. It is a “do less, do more” list, and it outlines things that you want to do less of and more of. For every one thing you want to do less you have a contrasting thing you want to do more. Like for instance, I would like to drink less soda and drink more water. Here is a good example of a “do less, do more” list:

This, to me, is much easier than trying to stick to a list of resolutions. This is simple changes to what you have been already doing. It is swapping out something you want to do less with something you want to do more.

What’s on your list?

XOXO, Chels

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Sweet and Easy Bff Valentine’s Day Gifts

Even if you don’t have a boyfriend this Valentine’s Day, you can still show your bff’s some love! This “love day,” show the gals that have always been there for…

Even if you don’t have a boyfriend this Valentine’s Day, you can still show your bff’s some love! This “love day,” show the gals that have always been there for you how much they mean to you with simple gifts that say “you’re important to me.” Here are some inexpensive and thoughtful gifts for your gals.

  1. Gummy bears: Gummy bears are a fun and yummy treat, and add a “life is un-bearable without you” note to the bag and you have a cute and easy gift!gummy bears
  2. Lifesavers: I love Lifesaver candies. Fill a mason jar with Lifesavers and tie a ribbon around the top. Attach a note that says “You are a Lifesaver. Thanks for being a great friend!”lifesaver
  3. Red or pink nail polish: Give a gift that keeps on giving! Nail polish is something that your gals can use over and over again, so get them a red or pink for Valentine’s Day!nail polish (2)
  4. A customized mix tape: Nothing shows you care more than a customized mix tape! Put all of the songs that make you think of them, songs you both love or have rocked out to in the past, songs that were “your songs,” or just songs that you think they would like!

Happy Valentines Day to you and your gal pals.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 34:14

Psalm 34:14 tells us to “Seek peace and pursue it.” Are there areas of your life where you wish there was more peace or happiness? To me, seeking and pursuing…

Psalm 34:14 tells us to “Seek peace and pursue it.” Are there areas of your life where you wish there was seek peacemore peace or happiness?

To me, seeking and pursuing peace means a couple of things. First, it means to not seek conflict. If you disagree with someone, you can respectfully disagree with them and politely state your opinion, but
there is no need to stir up drama or create a confrontation. Secondly, I think it is about your attitude. I happy, friendly person is definitely more peaceful and more calming to be around than an uptight or rude one. Being a person that makes the people around them feel at peace, happy and at ease is a big deal. It can be a great way to minister to people and also draws people to you.

If you want to set an example for others, then seek peace and pursue it. A more peaceful life means a less stressed and tense life.

XOXO, Chels

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Tips on Forgiving and Moving On

Carrying around resentment and anger is so unhealthy. It is hard to forgive someone who did you wrong, but forgiveness is a powerful thing. Forgiveness is accepting what happened, acknowledging…

Carrying around resentment and anger is so unhealthy. It is hard to forgive someone who did you wrong, but forgiveness is a powerful thing. Forgiveness is accepting what happened, acknowledging your feelings, and then letting them go. Forgiveness isn’t just for the person who hurt you, it for yourself too. Here is how you know you are ready to forgive and how to do it when the time is right.

  1. Forgive yourself and let go: Give yourself time to release all of the emotions you are feeling and recognize when you are ready. Next, understand that it is ok to feel shame or embarrassment or shame because of what happened. Then forgive yourself. Realize we all make mistakes and that no one is perfect.
  2. Talk it out: It doesn’t have to be out loud. Talk through the whole thing in your head. And next time you see the person who hurt you, you don’t have to verbally say “I forgive you” because that may just be plain awkward. You can show them you have forgiven them by your actions instead. But then again, sometimes it is good to verbally talk things through. It may make you feel better if you are able to communicate your hurt to the person but at the same time let them know you have moved past it. It really depends on you and the situation!
  3. Know the boundaries: Forgiving the person doesn’t mean things are going back to the way they used to be. That may take time, or it may never happen. Setting boundaries like limiting the amount of time you spend with that person, or avoiding certain situations that you know could be trouble is wise. Avoid falling back into the cycle that caused the hurt and know how to avoid it.

Forgiving someone takes a lot of humility and it takes a strong person. It isn’t easy, but it is so worth it.

XOXO, Chels

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Godly Characteristics to Look For in A Guy

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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Start Being All Kinds of Pretty

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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Red Flags to Look For When Dating

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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3 Ways to Find God’s Purpose For Your Life

Have you ever felt a little confused or lost about what God’s calling is for you? Sometimes you see people who seem to have fulfilled their God-given calling by using…

Have you ever felt a little confused or lost about what God’s calling is for you? Sometimes you see people who seem to have fulfilled their God-given calling by using their gifts to work in ministry or an organization or business and wish that you could feel the same sense of purpose. The truth is, you are not alone. Many Christians around the world become confused about what God has called them to do. To me, everyone has multiple purposes in their life and doesn’t just have one main purpose. I think everyone has a personal purpose, a purpose with their family, and a purpose to others. If you have ever been confused about what God is calling you to do or have no idea what God wants to happen in your life, here are three ways that I have found God shows these things to you.

  1. Look at your past experiences: Many times God allows us to go through something and overcome it so that we can have the desire to help others get through the same thing. Your advice and experience may mean the world to someone. Helping others gives you purpose and inspires others to do the same.FullSizeRender (80)
  2. Other people’s stories: Sometimes when we feel like we don’t know our purpose we can be inspired by others. For example, maybe you went on a mission trip and were impacted greatly by the people you met and the lack of food and basic needs that were not being met, and this inspired you to want to help them. Seeing other’s needs and hearing their stories gave you motivation and you found purpose in helping make their lives better.
  3. Wanting to change: If other people’s stories or even your own story doesn’t help you to identify your purpose, then ask yourself the question “What do I want to change about myself?” or “What do I want to change about the world?” It doesn’t have to be something super deep or drastic, it can even be something as simple as wanting other young women like yourself to feel valued and loved by God. This desire could guide you to finding purpose in helping others or even bettering yourself.

God has a purpose for your life, even when it may not seem that way! He loves you like crazy, and he knows what you are capable of.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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3 Things That Make You a Bad Friend

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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Be Kind, Even On Your Bad Days

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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It’s OK to Say No

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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Biggest First Date Mistakes

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

 

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Life Lessons From 1 John 4:4

There are times in life where our troubles and problems feel too large to face. They feel like giants that are too big to conquer. Lucky for us, 1 John…

There are times in life where our troubles and problems feel too large to face. They feel like giants that are too big to conquer. Lucky for us, 1 John 4:4 says that “the Lord is greater than the giants you face.”1-johnNo problem is too big for God! It is easy to feel overwhelmed with everything happening in life and the “giants” we are facing. Your “giants” don’t have to be abnormally large people that tower over you like your typical biblical or fairy tale giant. They can be any large life event, problem, issue, or fear that is facing you in your life. A giant that I faced recently was moving away from home and going to college. The Lord was with me, and he was greater that that giant. He saw me through the situation and guided me back to where He wanted me to be. God is greater than your problems! He is bigger than your giants!

XOXO, Chels

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Tips For Applying to College

One of the most daunting of all the college related tasks is the applications. They can be long, tedious, and intimidating! Here are a few tips on how to make…

One of the most daunting of all the college related tasks is the applications. They can be long, tedious, and intimidating! Here are a few tips on how to make them more manageable and less miserable.

  1. Start early: This may be the most important tip of all! Starting the application process early will ensure you don’t feel crunched for time and stressed. It will also give you more time to proofread your essays and make sure that your work is A+.52489696
  2. Find a proofreader: If you have a grammatically gifted family member or a favorite high school English teacher, have them proofread your essays before you submit them. This will help ensure your essays are grammatically sound and that the content is good.
  3. Apply smart: Don’t apply to Harvard if you don’t picture yourself going there. Only apply for schools that you are interested in. Don’t waste your time with others.
  4. Keep track of deadlines: Staying organized during the application process will keep you sane. Use a planner or an excel doc to help track when applications and letters of recommendation are due. The worst thing in the world is realizing that the application to your dream school is due tomorrow and you haven’t even started it!

Hopefully this helps my fellow students out there to prepare for college aps!

Good luck,

XOXO, Chels

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Tips for Traveling Solo

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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What is the Passion Conference?

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

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

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

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

XOXO, Chels

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