December Favorites

December Favorites

These are a few of my favorite things.

When you read this, it will already be days deep into 2017. Unless we were 5 years off on the whole 'the world is ending in 2012' thing. Any who, these are the things I've been favoriting towards the end of the year.

The monthly Spotify playlist. This one is much more sweet and alternative than usual. Whether it's because the end of the year is bittersweet or because I was trying to find sleep in sound, I honestly don't know the answer. From noises like JONES to Daughter, you will be hearing my thoughts in no time.

SweatLex Fitness Studio. This is my dirty little secret these past couple months (it almost hurts me to reveal, but I couldn't help myself because you just have to know about this). They are a local studio with yoga, barre, and cycle classes, as well as every combination of the three. With some added heat and willpower you will SWEAT like you have never sweat before (hence the name) and you feel like you can do anything (after you shower of course)! I've been going 3-5 times a week depending on my schedule and I have noticed a change I don't think is possible in a gym or on my own. If the solo workout isn't for you, you really like group fitnesses classes, or you actually want to see a change in yourself, @sweatlex might be for you!

Witch Hazel. For my fellow skincare lovers, this might be your new fave also. In place of your current toner/astringent you can replace it with this inexpensive grocery store find. It may smell not the best, but it dilutes texture on your skin and diminishes most breakouts, leaving you with smooth glowy china doll feels. P.S. Green/natural beauty products are very very popular now and *cheaper* (win-win)!

This picture. It's such a pretty reality to me that some people can have time to themselves and their art and be creative and content every day. At least that's what I get out of this photo. Or maybe she's a dentist who secretly loves to paint and have no furniture. Or maybe she's a wholesaler in Boston who took this photo of herself with a self-timer. Or maybe she works at an art museum and stole some paintings and had her accomplice document her making replicas. Frankly, I don't know and I don't care. That's kind of the beauty of it.

Breaks. Whether a physical, mental, or emotional break from someone, someplace or something, I think they're healthy and necessary. We become attached to some's and I think that has a lot to do with overpopulating anxiety. Mild or severe, people really feel that more so this time of year, hence the natural need for a little break. Virtually speaking, you probably deserve it.

Hot chocolate. Give it to me when it's hot outside, I'll love it as if it was cold. This heated chocolate milk tastes good brewed from a cup, melted over a stove, or handed over a cafe counter. My new favorite recipe is Creamy Crockpot Cocoa. Don't worry, the calories don't count.

Tune in a month from now to see the new new.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.


As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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