Chelsea Crockett

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The Things You Can Control vs. The Things You Can’t

As human beings, we like to be in control of every aspect of our lives. It’s normal for us to want to have a grip on everything that’s going on…

As human beings, we like to be in control of every aspect of our lives. It’s normal for us to want to have a grip on everything that’s going on around us and to try make it this way or that way.

There are things we can control, such as our attitude, our actions, and our priorities. That being said, there are also things we have no control over, that we have to give to God and trust with Him instead.

Things You Can Control

  1. Your attitude.

Although this can be one of the hardest things to control, your attitude can affect the people around you, your mindset, and your perspective. You don’t always have to vocalize any time something is annoying you or anytime you’re in a bad mood. Using your attitude to make a situation better or to motivate others to do the same is an easy way to turn a bad day around!

  1. Your actions.

Along with your attitude, you can also control your actions. Actions speak so much louder than words and they can represent who you are as a person. Your true self is shown through how you treat your friends, family, and those around you.

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Through our actions, we can witness to those who may not yet know Jesus!

  1. Your priorities.

Throughout life, your priorities are constantly going to change. One year, your top priority could be your new job, followed by the new person your dating or your social life. I’ve realized that when I’m not prioritizing God first, I fall behind in so many other areas of my life, as well.

Things You Can’t Control

  1. Time.

As much as we want to have control over the timing in our life, most of the time we can’t. Acts 1:7 says, “He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.” It’s not our responsibility to pick when things do or don’t happen in our lives. We need to give up our grip over the things we can’t control, especially when God already has His perfect timing!

  1. The future.

I think this is the thing most people struggle with trying to control. It’s something that can terrify you if you let it. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

If we put all our trust in Jesus Christ, we have no reason to worry about our future, for his plans are only to prosper us and give us hope and security. We don’t have to control our future, especially when our heavenly father already does that for us!

  1. Other people.

Although we can’t control the actions of other people, we can control who we surround ourselves with. If someone is draining and discouraging to be around, replace them with someone who builds you up and encourages you! People that push you to be a better person in Christ are the people you want in your life!

If you’re one that struggles with this, start deciding what in your life is out of your control. Take it day by day, and focus on the things you can change, instead of the things you can’t!

– Chelsea

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You Can’t Give Anything if You Have Nothing Left to Give

I constantly feel like my time and attention are being pulled a million different ways. I have school work to finish, business work that needs to get done, laundry that…

I constantly feel like my time and attention are being pulled a million different ways. I have school work to finish, business work that needs to get done, laundry that needs to be cleaned, finals that I need to study for, friends that I need to keep in touch with, a room to clean, groceries to buy, bills to pay, and then I go to sleep and wake up to do it all over again. I get buried in my “to-do’s” and forget about taking care of myself.

One of my friends recently reminded me that “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. She could see that I was letting my “business” get in the way of my self-care. If you keep living life with the pedal to the metal, trying to squeeze every drop out of each day, you will drain your “cup” and have nothing left to give. If you have nothing left to give, then you can’t do things with excellence. You aren’t doing anyone, or yourself, any good if your cup is drained.

As women, we tend to have difficulty taking time for ourselves and putting ourselves first every so often. We give ourselves to the people we love whole heartedly. Typically, the times when I show myself the most care are when I am sick and forced to do so. Physically and mentally draining yourself just sets you back from your goals. It is a constant cycle of “emptying” and not enough replenishing. When we are stressed out, self-care is one of the first things we put on the back burner.

I know it is hard to give yourself “me” time when you have so many other things that you could be spending your time on. But, remember, you are useless to yourself and others if you are not taking care of yourself. So, try and “treat yo-self” every once and a while. Take a few minutes out of your day to go on a walk. Watch an episode of The Office on Netflix. Go buy yourself a ridiculously overpriced coffee. Put on your favorite outfit. Or, put on your pajamas! Go to sleep early and get at least 8 hours of rest. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself, because you are worth it!

Chels

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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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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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Creative Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

Getting snuggled up in bed at the end of the day is one of my favorite things. Sometimes I can fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow….

Getting snuggled up in bed at the end of the day is one of my favorite things. Sometimes I can fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Other times, it takes me an hour or so to even get tired! There are certain things I do that help me fall asleep on those nights. If you have trouble sleeping, try out some of these tips. They really work! 

  • Cut down on caffeine intake. Chelsea Crockett - Falling Asleep Meme If caffeine affects you in even the slightest way, then watch how much you drink of it!  If you love coffee, tea, etc., then monitor what time of the day you have it.
  • Hide your clock.  When I can’t sleep, I often get frustrated when I watch the time get later and later.  Turn your clock around or shut off your phone!  That way you won’t be tempted to sneak a peek at the clock.
  • Light a lavender candle.  Lavender is proven to be one of the most relaxing scents for your body.  Lighting a candle or spraying a lavender scent around your room before you go to bed is extremely calming!
  • Focus on your breathing.  Focusing on one thing can take your mind off the fact that you can’t fall asleep.  Focus on keeping slow and steady breaths!
  • Picture yourself in your favorite setting.  Whether that be at the beach or surrounded by your friends and family, focusing on your happy place will help calm any nerves or anxious thoughts you may be having.

 Hopefully these help you get a little more sleep to keep you energized during the busy weeks ahead. I know I need it! 

 XO – Chelsea

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Preserve That Pedi!

Getting a pedicure or doing your own is a summer must! It’s essential to have fabulously, colorful nails that stick-out with any outfit! It’s the only thing that won’t get…

Getting a pedicure or doing your own is a summer must! It’s essential to have fabulously, colorful nails that stick-out with any outfit! It’s the only thing that won’t get ruined in the summer heat (aka: frizzy hair and melted makeup). So how exactly do you keep that pedi going strong after all that your feet go through?! Follow these simple tips for a long-lasting pedicure!Chelsea Crockett- cuticle oil

Have you ever walked on a sandy beach and noticed how dry your toes look after a certain amount of time? Like your skin, your nails can become dry and brittle. This also contributes to your polish chipping. Keep your toes moisturized and polish silky-smooth by applying cuticle oil to the area. It’s also important not to shower after “just because your toes are dry”. Give it a few hours before getting in water. There’s always a possibility that a little pocket can allow water to get under the polish.

If you’re doing your own pedicure, begin by cleaning your toes with acetone. This removes all oils from the toenails, which allows polish to stick better! It’s also important never skip the base and top coat! This will save you the time of touching them up in a few days. When you’re finished putting color on each toe, make sure there’s no polish on your skin. If there is polish attached to your nail and skin, the polish can tear off very easily. No one wants that!

Now get off your computer, go find some fun nail polish, and get your pedi on!!

            -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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Telling Time in Style!

Keeping time is more fashionable now than ever.  Watches are in!  Whether you are attracted to bling or plain leather, watches are a fashion statement.  Some of my favorite looks…

Keeping time is more fashionable now than ever.  Watches are in!  Whether you are attracted to bling or plain leather, watches are a fashion statement.  Some of my favorite looks are chunky, gold watches with a little bling such as the one on the right. Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, andChelsea Crockett - Gold Watch many others have thick, gold band watches that are to die for!  The best way to get them affordably, is to keep an eye on eBay or Amazon!

Other looks that you might prefer are rose gold and silver.  Both of these metals are trendy, stylish, and go with just about any outfit.  These wrist watches are shiny without too much bling.  They usually look much more expensive than they really are (which is always a steal!).  You can pair your watch with the same colored jewelry to make it all go together.  If metals are not what you are looking for, than leather or plastic could be your next choice.

Another alternative, for the sports minded guru is a watch that not only tells time but also gives other important facts like a chronograph and a countdown timer. Many of these watches are waterproof and they offer an alarm and time zone display.  Of course, a girl has to do what a girl has to do and really your best bet is to have a couple of watches that fit your style and need!  Let me know below which kind is your favorite!

XO, Chels

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Time Management… It Can Be Tough!

Summer is usually described as weeks of free time and kicking back and relaxing. But, when it actually rolls around, we sometimes find ourselves super busy and full of tasks…

Summer is usually described as weeks of free time and kicking back and relaxing. But, when it actually rolls around, we sometimes find ourselves super busy and full of tasks or activities. Between sports, getting ready for school, chores, work, or anything else cluttering up your summer, you are going to need a way to manage all your time to get the jobs done!

Don’t worry, it’s actually not as hard as you think! Step one is pretty easy. Sit down and grab a pencil and a piece of paper. Write down everything you need to get done. Then, make a list numbering each task with #1 being the most important and your last number being the one that can wait the longest to be completed. This will help you get your priorities straight!Chelsea Crockett - Priorites

Step two. Don’t be afraid to purchase a calendar/planner! This way you will never over-plan yourself. Have you ever planned a sleepover with friends but realize you have practice early the next morning? Writing out your plans for each day will help you avoid certain situations like this. Especially with smartphones nowadays, you can type out different reminders for your highest priority plans so you won’t overdo yourself!

Lastly, remember that you can say “no!” You don’t have to agree to do everything. If you feel yourself starting to get stressed, remember that no one’s making your schedule cluttered but you! Open your schedule and feel your anxiety levels decrease!

Best wishes! – Chels

 

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Put First Things First?

Will and Won’t Power. Prioritize, and do the most important things first.

Put Things First - Chelsea Crockett Putting first things first is something teens, as well as myself, find hard to do.   Prioritizing and managing your time is super difficult especially in the life of a busy teen.  Who wouldn’t want to hang out with friends and relax instead of clean your room or do homework?  Putting important things first definitely doesn’t mean having no time for yourself or for your friends.  You just have to figure out what things are urgent, and what things are important.

             As Sean Covey says, urgent things aren’t necessarily bad. The problem happens when we put off important things for urgent ones, such as a phone call from your friend instead of that 100 point essay due tomorrow.  There are many situations in which I think, “Well, this homework’s due Friday. I’ll just do it tomorrow.”  This obviously is not the best way to go.  Get it done so you have more free time the next night.  Believe me, it’s much less stressful.

            You might be the person that is loaded up on activities and has no clue what the start to putting first things first is and that’s okay.  Start by keeping a planner. Write in it each week so you know what you have going on and can manage your time easily.  Sean Covey talks about thinking mainly about your “big rocks” before you plan.  These big rocks are the most important things you need to get done for the week. Write those down and simply work them into your schedule.  It’s much easier to plan out your week then to scramble things together last minute.

            The other half of Habit 3 is learning how to deal with peer pressure and to overcome your fears.  This really applies to me because we all know school isn’t the easiest place to stick to your guns and be who you want to be. Ask yourself, “What do I want to put first?”  Is it your family, friends, God?  What stops you?  Is it the girls around you telling you to try this or do that?  Resisting peer pressure takes a large amount of courage, but in the end, it pays off in many different ways.  You always have the choice – to take the easy way and fall into peer pressure, or to resist the urge to belong and say no.  Respect yourself and your values. 

            Breaking out of your comfort zone takes a lot of courage, especially when you have the eyes of hundreds of teens watching your every move.  I know in my own comfort zone, I feel secure because I know this is the safe path I can take.  By staying in this zone, you’re passing up several opportunities.  A perfect way to put this is the saying, “You’ll never know if you don’t try!”  Show some faith in yourself and show others what you can do.  Start living your life so you can look back with no regrets!  I’ve always been in love with music and have always wanted to go somewhere with that.  Being the shy girl that I am, I kept to singing in the shower and playing instruments in my room.  Realizing that it’s a talent that God has given me, I don’t intend on wasting it. So, I’ve been practicing more, taking lessons, and playing more for my family and friends. 

            Take a step outside your comfort zone despite what others say about you.  Put what’s important to you first and start living the life you want.

 

                                                            Alli Stone, age 15

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