10.14.2017

COFFEE TALK | TRANSITIONS


ife is full of adventure, personal growth, laughter, new experiences, and connections, but most importantly transitions. We all come from different backgrounds and own a set of worldview from growing up. As a 20 year old girl who has just entered this University life here at Vanguard University of Southern California as a transfer junior, the life altering concept of transitions is something that's shaped my every being all within a matter of two weeks.

It's a special time to break free from the life I once knew, to explore new desires and passions. I have the opportunity to start fresh and say goodbye to the habits, friendships, and environment that challenged my faith with the Lord like no other. This new chapter in my life has been longed for ever since I placed my tassel on the left side of my graduation cap in high school.

Even with this rush of excitement to feel settled in, and be apart of this community on campus it comes with a flood of emotions as I'm trying to figure out who I am and all that I hope to gain through these next two years.

Our community is diverse and filled with hundreds of different backgrounds, and personal testimonies. It's easy to leave behind all we know, and come from growing up with our families. However, as wonderful as it is to begin with a clean slate, it's daunting.

Who am I suppose to trust? When should I feel comfortable letting lose? Will other's judge me? Am I enough? Am I lacking in self confidence? All of these questions are one's that silently screamed in the back of my mind before starting college, and I often wondered if such anxiety would peek through on the outside.



This transition hasn't been all that I expected, or even hoped in both good and bad situations. The friendships I've made have been a true comfort, but yet I've had to face obstacles I didn't know I would, especially at a Christian University.

As I have leaned on the Lord for comfort he has pointed me to a verse over and over again, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them" - Genesis 1:27.

So as I have dealt with identity questions about who I desire to be, I remember that my worth comes from Him.

I am a child of God, and he has fearfully and wonderfully made me. I can feel loved, accepted, and beautiful because of Him.

The Lord has been showing me so many things during this time of transition, and truly creating this type of transformation within me.

Transitions aren't easy, and it's interesting to see how much I craved it, especially when I cringe at the thought of change.

Yet, this new change for me will take time, and hopefully soon I'll be able to call Vanguard my home, rather than my college. 

10.09.2017

AN OCTOBER SUNSET


ewport Beach was so incredible the other night, and I'm so happy I brought my camera to prove that! My best friend, Emily, came out to Vanguard for the weekend to spend time with me, and see my dorm! It was literally the most perfect girls weekend. Completely needed on my end. 

We decided on a quick and easy dinner to eat at the beach, and behold pizza came to our rescue. Don't ask how long it took for us to find it though, because my GPS gave me a few wrong turns. I am just so happy we didn't miss the sunset altogether, because it wasn't looking bright!! Haha. 


Newport Beach is honestly my favorite place in Orange County. On my fall bucket-list, I really wanted to watch a sunset, and this night the sky lite up with bold orange, and red colors. Couldn't have been more of a beautiful October night! 

10.03.2017

OCTOBER SMALL GOALS | 2017


t's October 3rd!!!! Thought today would be appropriate time I upload my monthly goals, in honor of Mean Girls Day, haha. My friends at college filled me in on the concept, and keep showing my video clips of their favorite scenes and I couldn't stop laughing. Any Mean Girl fans out there?

In all seriousness, fall it here and I couldn't be more happier. It's truly my favorite season. Fall scents, pumpkins, and all things gold glitter are all over my dorm, making it feel like my room back home! I have so many ideas to enjoy this season, relax, and be festive. So stay tuned for a fall bucket-list soon!


Septemer Goals...

1. Go Somewhere New By Myself | I will drive around, or pick up some take-out for dinner, but coffee shops, not yet.

2. Study Hard | YES!

3. Devotional Blog Post | I haven't done this yet...did you all know PicMonkey changed their 'free' subscription to a monthly service now? This is the reason for my absence.

4. Schedule 5 More Posts | I have around five posts ready to go, but missing photos!

5. Attend Chapel | Chapel credits are hard to earn when my week fills up so quickly. But I'm doing it, and I have around 13 out of 30 completed, so that's something.


October Goals....! 

1. Take Photos of my Dorm Room | My room is finally completed, and I love the set-up. It's time to give you a tour :)

2. Have My Friend Emily Out | This is already in motion, and I can't wait to show her around Costa Mesa and my university as she's never seen it! Talk about the ideal girls weekend.

3. Go to a Pumpkin Patch | I have always wanted to do this, mostly for the blog but also to be festive. I have the perfect go-to fall outfit this year, and I want to show it off.

4. Share a Playlist | I've always wanted to share a musical playlist, and perhaps this month I will! Let me know if you'd be interested.

5. Create a Twitter | I think I may be the very last person to ever create a twitter account, haha. But nevertheless, I think it'd be fun. Plus, I'm tired of being in the dark during conversations around campus, because it was on twitter. *face palm.

9.27.2017

LIFE LATELY


here do I begin? So many things have been happening in my life, and it's a bit overwhelming to even type out this post if I'm being honest. College here at Vanguard has brought many highs and lows, which results to me being acting like a crazy, off tack, and bumpy, roller coaster at times.

The question that pops up everywhere is how do you like Vanguard? Well...one day I love it, the next wishing I never came. It's hard starting over, learning a new city, and making friends. Yet, I'm loving the opportunity to explore, and learn more about myself.


Missing: Home cooked meals. I think this is a given for college students, but my hype for the cafe is now completely gone.

Loving: My classes are absolutely amazing. All of them are english classes, which focuses around discussion and it reminds me so much of my high school days! It's stretching my thinking skills, and sharpening the way the I analyze a text.

Listening To: Lots of Nick Jonas. I went to an Angels baseball game, and he provided a post game concert...truly the best!

Excited For: Fantasia! It's the concert choir's huge production for Christmas time, and the most elaborate event of the year for us!

Watching: Gilmore Girls for the third time through now...oh how I love that show! Just the theme song alone makes me happy.

Exploring: Many local coffee shops in Orange County. I've been to two so far that I love, so I hope you won't mind the overload of coffee shop type vibes coming your way this semester.

Busy With: My journalism course. Many interviews, news stories, and column pieces are due every week and it's keeping me on my toes. I love writing, and it's really the only class that showcases so much essay work, so I'm soaking it all in right now!

9.20.2017

BLOGGING 101: 5 THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR ABOUT PAGE

f your a blogger who needs some inspiration regarding your about page, your not alone! While putting mine together, I browsed other blogs, and Pinterest to strengthen my own layout and content. The great thing about blogging is that each blog is different, therefore create your own rules here, and have fun with it! Just keep in mind to have everything align with your brand, or overall theme of the site. Make your about section, jump off the page letting everyone know who you are, and what you stand for, and don't forget about these five little things.


1. YOUR BLOG STORY: 
How did your blog come to be? Tell your readers why you began blogging, when it was founded, and how it's transformed with time. Make this personal, as your readers really enjoy getting to know the blogger's heart!

2. PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT: 
Now that your readers understand the process of your blog, share a mission/purpose statement. Explain to your readers the whole focus of this blog, and state your branding well. Talk about what your readers can gain while following along, and what to expect seeing on a monthly basis. Provide information on what makes your blog or business so unique and different than the rest.

3. TELL US ABOUT YOU: 
Providing a clear photo of yourself, and personal information is key when having your readers stick around for years to come. I included a little ten facts about me on my page, or I've seen frequently asked questions. Adding little touches like this not only shares a side of yourself, but a peek into what holds your blog together.

4. CORE VALUES: 
Something I recently added in my about page, was a special part describing my core values. My values here express my overall goal to always maintain on the blog, and also a few things I remind myself while I blog and receive feedback. This is just getting deeper in providing my readers with encouragement, and also so express my faith which they will always see/read on the blog.

5. ASK AWAY: 
Your about page is almost finished! Something extra I love to include is a spot where my readers can ask me anything. Once they have read your about page, they may be left with some questions, in need of advice, or if you run a business than perhaps an inquiry, therefore provide your email where they can reach you, or provide a link that allows them to fill out a form. You've shared a lot of information, now let your readers be involved of the process!

9.17.2017

SUNDAY MORNING READINGS 03


o happy Sunday is here!! I feel like I'm full swing into my classes now, and I have a pretty good schedule with figuring out how to be productive everyday. I thought it was about time for a 'Sunday Morning Readings' post, and share some articles I loved this week.

I've been out of this blogging world for a few weeks just adjusting to college, so it felt so good to play catch up with all my favorite bloggers and even YouTubers. Anything you've been loving lately?


The Blogger:
The Everygirl is a huge blog, filled with great resources. It reminds me of a magazine type of set up, and I love it. One post that was published a few days ago really spoke to me. It was titled "How to Be a Better Listener With Your Friends." LOVE! Everything was right on, and so important for a friendship to last, and become strengthened. I hate it when my girlfriends interrupt me when talking, so it was a good reminder to not do that either, haha.

Wishlist Item: 
One item I've had my eye on is a new phone case. Rifle Paper Co always has the cutest. I just upgraded my phone to a iPhone 6 plus, and so it's a legit purchase I can justify, haha. Needing to make a trip to Anthro soon.

The YouTuber: 
I loved watching Ashley's video of a Charleston travel guide. She gave such wonderful recommendations, and it made me want to visit myself. Her videos are always such high quality, so check it out.

Instagram Account: 
One account I recently followed is called Moral Revolution. I love the type of posts they do weekly. It's an account built for awareness towards Christianity, along with encouragement on how to keep the faith. They discuss myths, lies, and even truths to know via bible verses. Give them a follow!

9.13.2017

THE CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL TAG


o, I've wanted to tackle this fun tag since my old YouTube days probably 3 years ago now, and yes I'm just getting around to it, haha. It's an older tag, you've probably seen it around, but I still love the concept. Answering questions on the blog to make a fun post is always up my alley, because it's the perfect way to share more of my experiences. That way you guys can get to know me a little bit better.

I use to be a fashion blogger and therefore apart of me misses my old roots of talking fashion. I follow many fashion bloggers, and even vloggers and I love learning about the new styles, or see how other's put together their wardrobe, yet it's like I never share my thoughts or personal style anymore.

Why? I don't know, sometimes I actually believe other's do it better than me. My style is simple, and classic. I don't jump on the next trends and then ditch them to buy more Forever 21 pieces. I stick with what I know, and like. You'll probably be able to tell that from my answers below! But below it was so fun to reminisce on some old pieces. It's funny how certain memories or people are connected through a piece of clothing.  How would you describe your style?


TAG QUESTIONS

1. What is the oldest item in your closet?
My oldest and favorite piece in my closet is my jean jacket! If you've been following my blog for a few years, you'd know which one I'm talking about. I use to wear it all the time! Just a classic.

2. What is the newest?  
I recently bought these super cute strap up sandals from Target. I love them so much, because I usually can't pull off any type of gladiator styles for my legs, but these one's are just short enough to flatter my feet and legs. I bought the one's in black, and they almost have a felt/velvet texture so it's makes them feel fancy!

3. What is the most expensive? 
A black leather jacket from Jennifer Lopez collection. It's seriously the best fit and overall quality of any leather jacket I've had in the past. I've worn it so many times on the blog, you can find it here.

4. Cheapest/most affordable item that you wear/use a lot! 
Perhaps it would be a plain black tee from Target. Can you tell I shop there a lot? Haha. Solid color tops are perfect for layering, and it's a simple go-to for me. 

5. What was the biggest bargain?
Just lately, I bought this beautiful black lace dress at Stein Mart and I found it on the clearance rack. This dress reminds me of a Nordstrom or Free People dress, so I'd say it was a major score!! I adore dresses, and honestly if I had a little more body confidence, they would be my only clothing choice. I can't wait to wear it for a special occasion. 

6. What was the biggest waste of money?
My royal blue high heels I bought to match my homecoming I attended my sophomore year in high school!! I actually can't even believe I still own them in my closet right now. I can't bring myself to get rid of them, but that's because they did cost like fifty dollars, and I only wore them one time. Such a waste, but they were my first official heels ever, so perhaps I also have sentimental reasons of why I'm holding on to them. I actually posted way back when about my homecoming outfit on the blog, check it out!

BONUS - Show us your three wishlist items right now! 

Right now I'm obsessed with graphic tees, and I love this one. Girl Power!!  It only comes in one size but something like this style is adorable.

Another wishlist item would be these pink sunglasses. How cute are they?

I love patches or pins on jean jackets, or in this case some faded ripped shorts! This pack is super fun for summer.

9.09.2017

MILK & HONEY


sn't this coffee shop the cutest thing ever? Okay, I know I say that every time I explore new one's, but trust me Milk & Honey won't disappoint. Since being at VU I have collected a long list of recommended places to visit (thank you Yelp) and my friends picked this one as our first stop!

I have made some really sweet friends, Ineke and Melissa, who also enjoy mini-photoshoots like me! So they were so excited once I brought my camera out. It was so fun, and we all took portraits of each other! I'm so very thankful for their friendship, and love of adventuring.

So here's a few things about Milk & Honey you should know in case you visit one day. Go during a non-busy time, so around 1pm is ideal. Otherwise, you'll be taking your coffee to-go, as it's a very shop that has around two tables inside. They have an outside patio filled with hanging pots, and string of lights, darling marble little tables, and it honestly feels like an escape from the city. I ordered a peach iced tea, and it was so yummy. I'll definitely be back here soon!

9.05.2017

SEPTEMBER SMALL GOALS | 2017


ey guys! I feel like I haven't blogged in such a while. Most of what you've seen has been prescheduled! I am so busy at college, and this site has honestly been so missed. It felt so good this Saturday afternoon to type my feelings/goals down for today's post. I hope all is well, and I'll be back later this week with a super fun post.

My August goals...

1. Soda Detox | I did this, but towards the end of the month I became more lose. Does that count? lol.

2. Make Time to Journal | I have accomplished more journal entries this month. Of course, I'd love to write more, but such is life.

3. Explore New Places | YES! I can cross this off my list. I explored so many new beaches, coffee shops, and even shopping malls since I've been at VU.

4. Eliminate Anxiety | Perhaps my grip is stronger, but it's something that just comes with change.

5. Lose 10 Pounds | I believe it's around 5-6, so not quite 10. But progress is wonderful.


September goals...

1. Go Somewhere New By Myself | There's so many awesome coffee shops to go to in Costa Mesa, I would love to venture off campus and have some alone time studying or blogging one afternoon. Sometimes I just need to clear my head.

2. Study Hard | Wow my homework is a lot. I'm an english major, so the volume of reading is triple the amount of a normal class, for all my classes! I want to keep my focus, and work hard for all my essays.

3. Blog Post on What the Lord Has Shown Me | The Lord has been showing me so many things these past three weeks, I would love to write a devo/heart to heart post on my feelings right now. Let's see if it ever becomes live though...

4. Schedule 5 More Posts | Oh my gosh! I literally haven't blogged at all since being gone. Going to work on this in September.

5. Attend Chapel | I'm not putting a limit on this one, because it's something I want to occur naturally. My faith has been strengthened so much while being at college, and the chapel is always a highlight of my day. So even when things become busy, chapel is priority.

8.31.2017

COFFEE TALK | COMPLIMENTS


howing love can be done in many different ways. Everyone has a different love language, but at the end of the day it's received and appreciated the most when that love simply does. It's active and real. One of my love languages is words of affirmation. It's when the words 'I love you' are spoken through a compliment. My favorite form of proving that someone loves me is through kind, encouraging words.

I can remember several of the sweetest compliments I've been given in the best, and all of them made my day. So because it's my love language, I also asked myself how many other's have this as well? Receiving compliments is wonderful, but there's also something very rewarding in giving them too.To me, the beauty of compliments is the ability to view other people's strengths. It's the opportunity we have to build one another up.

When was the last time you gave someone a compliment? I find myself thinking awesome things about people like 'your such a hard worker,' 'I love how great your photography skills are, can't believe you're self taught,' or 'you give me inspiration to be a better blogger,' yet I don't always say so out loud. It's such an easy thing to do, and it can be done in so many ways such as in person, or typed in any format! It easily takes 2 mins flat to empower someone, and make their day.

I encourage you to reach out to someone you know and share ways that you see them striving in their abilities, character, or work place. I mean it can be the girl behind the cash register at the mall, your best friend, or a new person your introduced to - see how you feel afterwards!

8.23.2017

FIVE STEREOTYPES OF BEING SINGLE

have found that I love attending weddings. They truly are my favorite, and being a bridesmaid is probably what I'll live for in college haha. I love being able to be apart of the whole journey, and watch the couple fall in love with each other through their dating stages. Everything romance will get me every time, it's just a fact because that's who I am, and honestly I'm fine with that.

Even with that being said, it's times like those when I hear about amazing love stories, watch it happen in public, see my friends eyes light up, or when they walk down the isle that I'm reminded that I don't have that in my life yet. I'm a 20 year old college girl who has never had a boyfriend. Flings and crushes yes, but that's not the same because I never called them mine. The feelings of being single are one's that pop up every now and then, mostly because truthfully I am secure in myself. I recognize that a relationship won't cure anything. I don't need a boyfriend to be happy.

Yet, I still deal with an environment around me that doesn't feel the same. So naturally I have to explain my reasons for not seeming interested to find someone. Then comes the judgement, accusations, and miscommunication when dating has becomes the conversation topic among my friends and society in general. In our culture today is it really hard to believe that a commitment isn't something every girl is ready for? Well, in case you're like me who is still single and tired of explaining her self than keep reading below. Here are some stereotypes that our society seems to get wrong every single time.


1. Too high of standards. 
Oh boy does this one hurt me the most. Ever heard your list or standards are too ideal and not reality? How can any man score a perfect 10? True. However, I am not ashamed of my "list." Because without one I wouldn't have any direction in the type of guy I need, want, and would like to pursue. I keep a list of standards, not because looks are the most important but as a reminder to chose someone with the right characteristic traits. I am not single because I want the most attractive guy around who sings and drives a hot car. I am single because my list of standards allows me to wait and search for the right one, the one I know the Lord will point me to. 

2. Too picky. 
This goes along with the high standards concept, but let me state once again...looks aren't everything contrary to belief. Perhaps there are many people out there who are picky, but is that suppose to be a fault? It's better than being desperate. 

3. No experience = no knowledge. 
This is probably the biggest lie out there. Singleness isn't because someone doesn't have a past full of lessons and know how's, but rather a choice. Experience in past relationships won't help anyone catch another love interest. You don't have to have been with someone to know what your looking for in that ideal relationship material. 

4. Wrong priorities. 
Just because your single doesn't mean your selfish, a workaholic, or too crazy with your girlfriends on a Friday night. It means that you have a life, with priorities that are important and essential for yourself. Perhaps a commitment isn't something one can handle, and therefore aren't ready to be there for another person in a relationship.  

5. Such a planner. 
Boy to people laugh when I tell them my plan in my early twenties. They give me that smirk, tilt their head, raise the eyebrow, and remind me that God can change my plans within seconds. Yes, I realize that. But, that doesn't mean a girl can dream right? What's so harmful about already pinning wedding ideas to my Pinterest board, or thinking of future little girl names, or knowing I don't plan on getting married in college. I'd rather make plans and have goals than never know what I'm looking, waiting, or striving for in the future. 

8.20.2017

COCONUT LEMON LIME SUGAR SCRUB


oday I'm so excited to share this DIY sugar scrub with you all! I can officially cross this off my summer bucket list, as I wanted to try out a summer inspired scrub to keep my beauty category alive! It just so happens to be the perfect way to have those smooth summer legs as well! This one smells soooo good, so if you try it let me know in the comments, you'll love it!



You'll Need...

1 cup of sugar 
4 drops of lemon essential oil 
3 tbs coconut oil 
1 tsp lemon juice 
1 tsp lime juice 

One Easy Step...

I literally just mix all of these ingredients into a bowl and stir it up. Best thing about sugar scrubs is that they take minutes to make. For the coconut oil I always melt mine before pouring it in, because then it will combine better. I've made some scrubs in the past, and have to say I love mine more grainy so I used less coconut oil this time and I completely felt a difference while using it! Easy peasy!