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Love Yourself First

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Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! I’m writing this message as a personal plea to Love Yourself First!

Around this time last year, a friend and I were sulking together‚ÄĒrelishing in the fact that we would be single for Valentine’s Day. ¬†We saw how pitiful we were acting and decided that instead of giving in to the Hallmark Holiday that is Valentine’s Day, we would celebrate “Galentine’s Day”‚ÄĒa day devoted to friendship and self-love.

¬†The creator of the holiday, Leslie Knope, from the television series, Parks and Recreations,¬†describes Galentine’s Day as a holiday for “Ladies celebrating ladies. It‚Äôs like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas”.

Spending Galentine’s Day with my best friend was immensely more fun than spending it consumed in the stresses of buying material goods that represent an overcommercialized view of¬†love. ¬†In reality, we must love ourselves before being able to truly accept the love of others.

To love ourselves is to accept our flaws, and ignore the criticism of others.  Your self-worth is not defined by the surface of your personality.  You go so much deeper than people are willing to dive in to…all of us do.  Criticisms are based off of a small amount of knowledge that again, does not define a person.  The criteria that others put in place for you is not the guide in which to live your life.  Be a confident and strong individual, and do not conform to what others expect you to be.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to spread love and kindness, but it has turned into a commercialized monster. ¬†Love is shown in many other ways than through monetary value. ¬†Instead of focusing on the stress of Valentine’s Day, focus on yourself. ¬†Find ways to love yourself and find your self-worth, rather than spending time and money on a holiday that should be celebrated every day. ¬†We should not need a holiday to tell us when to express love. ¬†Show love when you feel the need rather than when a holiday tells you it is a requirement. ¬†Love others, and learn to love yourself.

~ ‚ô° Presley

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Live for the NOW

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic few weeks! ¬†For a while now I’ve been stressed about the future‚ÄĒwhere will I go to college? what will I do when I get there? what’s the plan after that?!

As a high school student, I am constantly pressured to make life altering decisions that I am much to indecisive to commit to. ¬†As an eighth grader I was told to choose a “career path” that enforced elective classes that would prepare a student for their college major. ¬†How and why does a school system expect kids to know the outline of their life at fourteen years old?!

We are put under so much pressure to decide our future, but I think its high time that we live for the now. ¬†Living in the moment is an easy way to impact your mental state. ¬†Now, I’m not saying to completely block out the future. ¬†Consider how your decisions now will impact your life later, but if you have the chance to spend time with people you love, or go do things you won’t always have the opportunity to do, please go out and do it! ¬†Youth is fleeting and the cacoon of high school doesn’t last forever.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. ¬†Fools stand on their island of opportunities¬†and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒHenry David Thoreau

Enjoy doing what you love with people you love, and stress will melt away. ¬†Live for the now, and don’t stress too hard for the future, everything always seems to work itself out.

Spend your week enjoying the little things, and find sunshine in every day life.  Take a moment to slow down in this already fast paced world.  Sit and ponder and laugh and love.  Life is short, keep a steady pace and enjoy the simple things before life gets in the way.

P.S. if you see a colorful wall, don’t be afraid to go and take pictures in front of it‚ÄĒit’s the little things that radiate joy.

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The Joys of Relaxation

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The past nine days for me have been less than exciting.  Though I enjoyed every minute of Thanksgiving with my loving family and getting an early start Thursday night in preparation for Black Friday shopping with my mom, my week was pleasantly relaxing.

Typically, my immediate family travels to Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, and distant cousins twice removed whom I’ve never seen in my life. ¬†Thanksgiving dinner in Georgia is compelling in its own special way. It is, however, anything but mellow. ¬†Waking up at six in the morning to prepare enough food for a small army of starving relatives has its own hidden perks, such as spending quality time with my grandmother and learning little tricks around the kitchen while watching the Macy’s Day Parade. ¬†But, spending Thanksgiving at home was a nice change of pace.

This year, I slept entirely through the Macy’s Day Parade and did not have to worry about helping in the kitchen. ¬†This year, my family decided to go out to dinner for Thanksgiving in order to prevent a mass of dirty dishes and leftover food. ¬†It was spectacular. ¬†After an amazing dinner without¬†any further cleanup, my mom and I went Black Friday Shopping at 9 PM on a Thursday. ¬†Though there weren’t any ‘out of this world’ deals, spending quality time with my mom made for an exciting outing.

My the days prior to Thanksgiving were spent taking photos and spending time with friends I love dearly. ¬†It was such a blessing to be able to spend time with the people I do not typically see during this week of the year. ¬†I am so grateful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, though I’m already ready for the manic Thanksgiving that Georgia has in store for next year!

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Thankful

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Happy Monday!

After a long week of school, I am so thankful to have the week off for Thanksgiving.  Honestly, I have so much to be thankful for!

Moving away from all my friends right before my Junior year of high school was one of the most difficult things that I have endured.  I remember constantly questioning God, asking him why he forced me to move across the country.  I was angry, and had no idea how I would possibly restart the process of making friends and finding my place at a whole new school.

It is now a little over 5 months later, and I feel as though I am thriving. ¬†I have made incredible friends who I love, and gotten involved with several clubs and activities. ¬†My mom always says, “grow where you’re planted”. ¬†This quote rings true to anyone, but especially to those who feel as though they have been placed into a new life. ¬†Moving a thousand miles away from my friends felt as though I was ripped from the ground. ¬†However, if I could go back in time and show myself who I am today, I feel as though I would save myself an immense amount of grief associated with moving. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I miss my friends more and more every day, but my relationship with Christ as well as myself has changed for the better in ways I would have never expected. Moving here was certainly a¬†Blessing In Disguise. ¬†After being “planted” in a new state filled with new people, I feel as though I have gotten the chance to grow stronger than I ever have before.

“You must prosper where you are planted” Dani Johnson

I am so thankful for the many blessings I have been dealt in the past few months.  I am so blessed to have amazing and loving friends who I can count on for anything, I have found incredible mentors and leaders who allow my relationship with Christ to grow and thrive, I have a youth group filled with like-minded people, and I have a family who loves me unconditionally.  In the season of Thanksgiving, showing appreciation for the ones in your life that mean the most to you is especially important.  Love unconditionally, and live life with a full heart.  You are a beautiful creation, grow where you are planted, and live life fruitfully among whatever circumstances you are given.

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Stay Optimistic

Sometimes the world hits you with cold truths that are very difficult to put a positive spin on. ¬†I can honestly tell you that it’s incredibly difficult for me to remain optimistic when going through life’s cold fronts. ¬†However, making it a point to keep smiling even through hard times makes all the difference in the world.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28 says, “and we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose”. ¬†These words reign true in all that we do. ¬†God puts hardships in our lives for a reason‚ÄĒso that we can grow stronger in our faith and love. ¬†Personally, some of my hardest times have been blessings in disguise. ¬†Our heavenly father never puts anything in our lives that we cannot handle.

Even in times of distress, we can look forward to knowing that God has a purpose for what he does.  As strong Christians, we need to prove to the enemy that we will not wilt under pressure.  We will turn into shining diamonds in the love of Christ.  As followers of God we are called to live as Jesus would.  This means different things to all of us, but staying positive and optimistic is a great was to grow in your relationship with God

Throughout your week, remember to be thankful for what God has given you, look for blessings disguised as hardships, and stay optimistic even in times of distress.  We are so lucky to serve the loving and forgiving God.  Remember, he will never hand you a challenge that cannot be overcome!

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October Offerings

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Happy October!

This past Wednesday I spent my night at a local Pumpkin Patch with my youth group.  We spent our time taking photos and spending time in fellowship.  I am so blessed to have like-minded friends in which I can share my love and worship.

At the Pumpkin Patch, I came to the realization that an “Offering” is not just monetary. ¬† As Christians, we are called to spend our time, talent, and treasures to help ourselves and others grow as Christians.

Salvation is an investment‚ÄĒif you don’t invest, your faith will not grow. ¬†Your relationship with Christ is not one-sided. ¬†You must play your part, if you do not put anything in, you will gain nothing. ¬†As Galatians 6:7 says, “a man reaps what he sows” Do what you can to spread the word of God to everyone you can through how you live, love, and say. ¬†People will take notice if you live in a holy way.

Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”

You are valued and loved and don’t forget it. ¬†Spend your days with the knowledge that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. ¬†Throughout this October (and indefinitely), spend not only your money through offering, spend your time, talent, and treasures on growing in your faith and spreading the word.

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get my top from Free People in white HERE and my jeans from American Eagle Outfitters HERE

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2017 Homecoming

I wanted a date.

I wanted a boy holding sign with a clich√© slogan to ask me to homecoming. ¬†And I’ll be honest, I was slightly upset when this wasn’t the way that things transpired.

Where I live, homecoming is one of the biggest events of the year. ¬†People dress up all week for spirit days, and end the week with a football game in which every person in the community attends, followed by the first “school dance” of the year.

Thankfully, I decided to participate in every event: the spirit days, the football game, and even the dance. ¬†Instead of going with a date, I decided to go with one of my good friends, and I’m so glad that I did. ¬†I spent the night dancing (poorly) with my friends, and not worrying about what anyone thought. ¬†And honestly, it was one of the greatest nights of my High School experience. ¬†Looking back, I am so grateful that I decided to spend my night at the homecoming dance rather than missing out because I didn’t have a date. ¬†I regret not going to more events like it at my previous high school! I am so thankful for the amazing friends and music that made my night so incredible.

So, if there is ever a time in your life where you feel that you “need a date” to have a good time, I am here to tell you that it is not true. ¬†Don’t miss out on an experience for something like that, you will regret it later. ¬†Instead, go places, see things, and spend time with the people who you love. ¬†Oh, and dance like there’s nobody watching!

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Throughout the week, spend your days filled with self confidence and love. ¬†Do what you love, and don’t worry about what others say as tempting as it may be. ¬†Authenticity is a rarity these days. ¬†Be confident and be yourself without worrying about what others think, it will make you so much happier, I promise.

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