5 PIECES OF ADVICE I'M HAPPY I DIDN'T LISTEN TO

4.17.2018



Sometimes advice is the most helpful thing in the world. But other times it can be difficult to hear depending on your desires or values.


1. Go to a university as a freshman
Going to a university as a transfer student has it's difficulties, but so worth it! I truly believe it depends on your personality, because I don't regret it at all. I was never ready to leave home and chose a major to stick with. Those two years prepared me for where I am now, and all that I have to face. You do not have to be a freshman to experience college at a university.

2. Experience Prom
So do not regret missing this opportunity. I went to homecoming with two of my friends, and it was not all that people make it out to be. Plus, years later the populars never stay friends.

3. Don't go home on the weekends
I could literally write a whole blog post on this, but being away at university comes with many challenges. One's that so many people around me believed I need to face on my own, away from home and family. I tried living up to this expectation, but within three weeks realized it wasn't for me. College does not have to enjoyed on the weekends, no matter what anyone says.

4. Just ignore it. 
Ever been in a situation when something unhealthy goes on? A place that brings uneasiness to your soul? Where you know you must speak up and direct the problem? Oh good, than I'm not alone. This is by far the worst piece of advice I've ever received. I am a firm believer in facing an issue head on, and solving the solution so you can move on without any more hurt.

5. You can't handle it. 
I love being able to prove people wrong. This advice can apply to literally everything in life. You can't handle that career move, amount of pressure, or homework load. It can be small, or huge. This is the moment when I'm able to rise to the occasion, and let that moment make me stronger.

7 THINGS TO DO EVERY TIME YOU TRAVEL

4.10.2018


othing is more special to me than traveling. I love the thrill of flying, knowing I'm going somewhere new, or to visit loved ones. Road trips with my family in the summer are my favorite. Exploring different cultures, and lifestyles are so inspiring to me. Over the weekend, I spent a few hours in Laguna Beach and captured some beautiful photos. 

Now, I have to add one disclaimer here and that is, I don't love every place I've visited. Some places are too crowded, overpriced, and dirty. But, these tips below can help make any trip a full experience! I did 4 out of 7 suggestions below at Laguna, and now I can fully cross it off my travel destination list! 


1. Take public transportation:  
I haven't been able to try this one out yet, but if your looking into New York, Washington D.C. or Boston try the subway. If your in San Francisco or London take a ride on a double decker bus! In Hawaii, I was able to take a boat ride and it was the best. 

2. Try a restaurant recommended by a local: 
Yes, I have the Yelp app and it works like a charm, but sometimes you gotta find the hidden gems only people can recommend. 

3. Keep a travel diary: 
This one is my favorite. I actual bought one from Anthropologie, and I write down everything I did, including tourist hot spots, eatery, or shops, along with everything I loved and disliked about the city or state I visited. It's the little things you don't want to forget.


4. Don't book a hotel: 
My favorite way to stay anywhere is to either rent a town home, cabin, or stay at a bed and breakfast. This way your able to see first hand the culture of how people live, the architecture in homes, or what certain neighbors are like. 

5. Try something new: 
It can be anything. Depending on where you are; try a new food dish apart of the culture, walk through a museum, go whale watching, or go for a hike. Do something that you wouldn't do just any day out of the week! 

6. Walk around the town: 
Walking is the best way to find those secluded areas that provide beautiful views, and perfect for photoshoot opportunities. It makes exploring super easy, and this way you won't miss anything. 

7. Bring your camera: 
A diary full of words, isn't enough for me. Thankfully this blog allows me to have an excuse for all the photo shoots I beg my family and friends to take for me. Photos are something you'll always keep and cherish, and get them developed to later scrapbook! 

FINDING THE QUIET

4.03.2018


JUST LISTEN 

It is so easy to be caught up in all the noise, busyness, and schedules these days. I personally can become so stressed out by the appointments, events, and interviews I have. At college I never seem to leave the bubble of homework talk and dorm living means shared personal space.

I read the book, Present over Perfect by Shauna Nequiest, and it talks so much about living for the still moments. Not the ones that make us go crazy, overwhelmed, or tired. Rather, alive, happy, and restful.

I'm been trying to find those moments. The moments where I feel allowed to slow down, breathe, and enjoy the silence. I've been reminded to be more of a Mary instead of a Martha. To be with Him more, instead of doing.

"Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30 

When I sit in the quiet and mediate on his word that is when I find Him speaking to the deepest part of my soul. It is difficult to fully escape all the noise and rest in Him, but when I do everything seems to align.

I've been challenging myself to step out and explore where I can absorb and listen to His voice. Lately, mine is at the beach. Where I enjoy the cold sand in between my toes, gasp in awe of pink and orange painting the sky, and listen to nothing but the waves crashing on the shore. I look around and thank God for his nature. I think that if my God can be in control over something as vast as the ocean, than my worries, anxiety, and heart will be perfectly held in His hands.

So, I encourage you to find your resting place. The place where you can hear His voice and feel rested. I personally need to spend more time alone to find the quiet space with Him, because the busyness and noise all around me is weighing me down. Only true rest can come from Him!

TIPS ON RUNNING A BLOG IN COLLEGE

3.20.2018


ollege life is so different than I imagined, yet in the best possible way ever! It's kept me super busy, and my free time is used for studying and social hangouts. It's been a challenge creating content on the blog without it all being a much of advice/tip column type posts. Living in my dorm, with one roommate has made it hard to shoot, and the natural light is nothing like my room at home. I absolutely love blogging, it's a way I document my life happenings and thoughts. It's such a special place for me to be creative, yet reserve all my memories. Therefore running a blog while attending at University isn't easy, and honestly if it wasn't for the magic of prescheduling before I moved in, I probably wouldn't have this post up today!

All of these things at college have changed the process of how I create, and schedule my blog posts, so I've had to begin brainstorming, and set up a new routine, because my prescheduled posts are all out lol. Plus in the process of learning I've gathered a few tips I thought I'd share with you!


1. Ditch the pressure. 
Don't let this unwanted pressure of having to keep up with everything stop you from blogging all together. If you can't post as often as you normally did don't stress. I've allowed myself to ditch this pressure in order to continue love blogging.

2. Change the focus. 
Oh boy has this one been difficult, yet so needed at the same time! I've sure you'll be noticing how here pretty soon how much my blog has shifted gears and turned into a college girls blog, rather than a pure lifestyle blog full of recipes and beauty, because my prescheduled posts are running out...fast! But that's okay because as I continue to grow and change the older I become so will my blog. I want my blog to display the life and adventures I experience at that exact moment.

3. Be personal. 
I'm already pretty personal here on the blog, but I believe this to be so true as I'm slowly transitioning into my college experience. I hope to always show the good (& bad) with my feelings on how I develop here at Vanguard.

4. Share your growth. 
I'm learning so much about who I am, what I can handle, and what I dislike while I'm figuring out life on my own, since I moved out of my parents home. My tip to all college gals is to find a way to truly show your growth through a certain type of posts. On my blog I love sharing monthly goals, or life lately series which are able to show where I'm at in life!

MARCH

3.15.2018


march started off as a great month because of my birthday, but then I caught the flu virus and it all went down hill from there. I had to miss my choir tour, so bummed out! I'm so tired of laying in bed, yet I have no energy to do otherwise. So, I'm catching up on my blog game. Here are a few goals I hope to complete before April.


1. Take photos of my dorm | I have been waiting for the perfect moment, and now I see there isn't going to be one. My first year is almost over and I still haven't shared it on the blog!

2. Slowly move out of my dorm | Sensing a pattern? In May, I officially move out and it is going to be a lot of work. After I take those photos lots of items can be used here in room at my parents house.

3. Plan out blog content | My ideas seem so dry. Maybe once I'm fully 100% better from being sick, I'll be inspired somehow.

4. Continue eating healthy | Ever since my birthday I've splurged here and there and it needs to come to an end. Back to smoothies, whole foods, and no sugar.

5. Go to the gym | I don't know when I'll be able to start this back up because of my cough, but I was kickin' butt. I can't wait to start caring for my body again.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM LIVING ALONE

3.12.2018


iving in a dorm has been so different than I imagined. I've been able to make it feel like home in my own way. I bought all new bedding, decor pieces, and yet kept the same color palette as my room back at my parents house. After a couple of months I can finally say that I do love my dorm room. I came in with everything being complicated and difficult, but my new roommate has been wonderful.

I grew up my own life with my own bedroom, and I loved my down time even at the age of four! So it's only natural that when I visit home for the weekend my bedroom upstairs is my absolute retreat to escape everything! Not because I feel the need to escape my roommate or college in general, but to recharge and feel completely at home.

I thought I'd share some learned lessons from my experience of living at home, compared to that dorm lifestyle! As a freshman considering university life I truly questioned the dorm living and it's for the reasons below, yet it's been such a joy figuring out myself knowing that I can survive and do it! But...there are still things I miss lol.


1. Pants are optional. 
I know that sounds funny, but it's true! Privacy is a luxury! I miss the freedom of not caring what I looked like while resting in bed or studying at my desk. Thankfully my roommate is a sweetheart and it works out, but the comforts of home in my room aren't the same at college.

2. I enjoy my space. 
As I stated above, I love quiet time. I'm an introvert, and therefore need to be able to recharge on my own before social events or even classes. Having to share my bathroom, closet, and room with someone has been a change by trying to be very polite of their space. When I visit home on the weekends I look forward to Netflix on my tv, dimmed lights, Lily by my side, and time alone resting on my queen bed lol.

3. The tv is all mine. 
Little things like a tv is something I chose not to bring with me in my dorm and I miss it. There isn't any space for one anyways, but once again the sacrifices you make to be in dorms.

4. Sharing is caring. 
One tool I've learned is how to get along with others and share. Share space, and even personal items. I don't mind this at all, but just know if you're not the sharing type living with roommates may not be up your alley.

5. Compromise is key. 
Compromise is hard, but a true key to keeping peace. The areas I once thought would irritate me, doesn't at all, and then vice versa. Just remember to be that roommate you'd want to live with!

TURNING 21

3.05.2018



CHEERS! 

Uh, 21? How is it that I'm already into my twenties! I must admit birthday's are my favorite, and this one has already been so sweet. As you know, today is Monday, which means that I'm here at college away from home for the first time. So, over the weekend my mom made it extra special for me and surprised me with balloons, a birthday manner, and 21 gifts! I felt like a true Gilmore Girl (anyone get that)?

Tonight I have plans to go out with a group of friends and I can hardly wait! I have classes all day, so I'll be on countdown til 5pm once we all leave, haha! The classic 21 drink won't be happening for me, honestly because I doubt I'll like anything. I've tried a few sips here and there, and nothing compares to my lemonade! I'm saving my special glass in the summer when my best friend and I go to Shakespeare plays at a winery. I'm sure it'll be the perfect scenery and worth the wait!

Honestly, turning 21 seems crazy to me. Entering my early twenties just seems so far away, yet its happening. I usually become all sentimental the night before every birthday, but tonight (as I'm writing this) I feel only excitement. I'm looking forward to everything this year has to offer and teach me. I'm ready to embrace the change, and say oy with the poodles already. 

FEBRUARY

2.28.2018


LIFE LATELY 

Whew, February is over! It was a great month (because who doesn't love Valentine's Day?) but I'm happy to be moving on into March a.k.a my birthday month. In just a few short days I'll be turning 21! What?! Maybe I'll share more on that later, but for today let's just hop into a few things I loved this month.


Celebrated: Valentine's Day! My mom was so sweet and surprised me with chocolate covered strawberries. Exchanging cards and taking the time to show love is truly the best.

Trying: To go to the gym more often. I signed up with a local gym in Orange County and I love it. I've still been eating super healthy, and no sugar, so I figured it was time to add in some exercise.

Watching: One movie I went and saw in the theatre was Forever My Girl. I always love a classic chick flick, and the story line was so sweet.

Longing For: The summer!! I seriously am on countdown you guys. It's bad. I can't wait to be home in my own room with no caf food, or homework.

Reading: My Bible. This month I wrote a little devotion here on the blog, just sharing my heart in the ways God has delivered me in so many situations. It felt so good to get back to my original roots here on the blog. I want to keep sharing here and there, so I hope you like begin to enjoy that aspect!

Planning: I am slowly planning on a trip to Nashville to visit my high school english teacher. She is like an aunt/mentor to me, and since she moved from Cali I've missed her a lot. I'm looking into a summer trip, so I hope it happens!

Excited For: Going on tour with my concert choir! We are driving up North to California and will be gone for a week. Concerts are scheduled everyday, so lot's of tea will be needed, haha. I'm excited to see how the Lord strengthens me during this time.

Practicing: A lot of self care lately. I have noticed that because of my schedule and all that is on my mind during the week, there has been a lack of taking care of myself. Even if it's something small, like going to the gym, eating an acai bowl for dinner, or writing in my gratitude journal, it all makes a difference in my day.

SUNDAY MORNING READING 06

2.25.2018


ZZZ'S

Happy Sunday! It's been a busy semester, and you can probably tell by the sparse content on the blog.

I truly love college but my classes this time around make me want to snooze off in class. Perhaps it is due to me spending so much time on eating healthy and going to the gym. But, nevertheless, I am already counting down for summer, haha! 

I can't say this enough but this space means the world to me. It is where I can share my feelings, flaws, and dreams without any judgement. So I thank you for that. And today because I am loving the support, I want to support other women in the blogosphere. Here are my top 5 blog posts I've read this month!


A Life of Faith | Purposely Living by Cambria Joy 
I loved this post, so please give it a read! She is an amazing gal who loves the Lord. I started my blog out as a way to share little faith inspired blog posts. Though, I never continued with that content once I gained followers my first few years. Cambria motivates me to start writing about my story and faith.

I love this blog, as it is filled with tips and advice for any occasion. I specifically loved this post because we all get tired of people asking us about our life plans. 

This was such a helpful post. She is truly the blonde boss when it comes to the perfect touch of texture wavy hair. Because she's a YouTube gal, you'll find her video clip at the end to walk you through step by step!

Stop Living Up To Everybody's Expectations by Danielle Moss 
The co-founder of The Everygirl has her own blog, and I love it. One of her latest posts is personal and gives great advice. Everything that she said is so true!!

MAKE IT VALENTINES EVERYDAY

2.20.2018


5 WAYS TO RADIATE LOVE


Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite holiday. Well Thanksgiving comes in first, but V-day ties for second place along with my birthday. Yes, my friend laughed at me too, haha. But, just because this holiday is over does not mean it can't be celebrated all year round too. Love is more than a romantic dinner for two, but simple gestures to be kind to others or yourself.

I've done something a little similar in my 5 days of self care, but this one is focusing more on how to kind everyday as kindness radiates love!

 

1. Pay for a strangers meal. I've never had this happen to me, but I've heard of so many people having their drinks paid for in the drive-thru line at Starbucks. I want to do this!! Giving to a stranger, anonymously is pure kindness!

2. Write a letter. Snail mail is honestly the best way to put a smile on anyones face! I am my grandma's pen-pal and it makes me so happy knowing how it makes her day!

3. Visit a community garden. With spring arriving, this one seemed perfect. In San Diego there is a flower field I love going to! If you live in a city than this is something you probably already get to explore because of all the parks, or museums you can visit. I love this option because it is a simple way to enjoy your surroundings while slowing down!

4. Dress fancy. A little way to give yourself some love putting a little effort into your appearance. For myself personally it is to dress fancy for a night outing. For others it could be getting a pedicure, new haircut, buying a new necklace, or keeping your brows in perfect shape.

5. Compliment someone. This is an easy way to express some love. Find a quality in someone you admire and speak it. All year round, try to always find the good in people.

BOOK CLUB 06 | PRESENT OVER PERFECT

2.17.2018



NO MORE PERFECTION 

Present over Perfect is a book geared to those who are needing to find rest, take a breather from their hustle and bustle, and become present in the moment God is using us. This book has helped me in SO many ways! I think we can all struggle with keeping an image of being perfect in order to be accepted. But that is such a lie! The writing and wisdom behind every concept is what I love the most in this book. Shauna Neiqust talks a lot about how God is suppose to be the center of everything, and how relying on Him is truly the only way.

So because I could go on and on about how amazing it is, let me point out my top 10 favorite quotes + sayings which can hopefully help you all too (whether or not you've read the book).


1. "I want to run you through my to-do list, partially because I want you to feel it, to feel as tired and glazed and undone as I feel. But also because I don't want you to think I'm weak."

2. "When we try to strive for perfection; "If I push enough, I will feel whole. I will feel proud, I will feel happy. What I feel, though, is exhausted and restful, but with well-organized closets."

3. "Oh the things I did to my body and my spirit in order to maintain my reputation as a high-capacity person. Oh, the moments I missed with people I love because I was so very committed to being known as the strongest of the strong. Oh, the quiet moments with God I sacrificed in order to cross a few things off the to-do list I worshiped."

4. Quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again."

5. "We are all raised to build, build, build. Bigger is better, more is better, faster is better."

6. In the chapter about "disappointing people," Shauna Niequist says this "You get to decide who you're going to disappoint, who you're going to say no to."

7. "We do for Him, instead of being with Him." - side note for myself, be a Mary not a Martha.

8. "What people think about you means nothing in comparison to what you believe about yourself."

9. "If I'm honest, I let words like responsible and capable govern many of my years." - What type of words do you let govern you? 


10. "Owning one's life, for better and for worse, saying out loud, this is who I am, this is who I'm not, this is what I want, this is what I'm leaving behind."

HOLDING TIGHT TO TRUST

2.09.2018


YOUR LOVE FOLLOWS ME 

I have probably alluded to a few things before on my blog, but my first semester of college was rough. So many things seemed to go wrong all within the first month. Move in weekend didn't exceed my ideals whatsoever. My dorm and roommates weren't anything I had wished for. Anxiety and stomach aches began to creep into the mix. I missed home more than ever, and longed for the weekends when I could go back.

I learned so many things about my faith and myself during that time, and I thought it was about time I wrote the way the Lord delivered me through such a horrible season. Trusting the Lord sometimes seemed impossible. It was hard to understand why the Lord would allow me to be in an environment that I tried to escape by attending a Christian university.

Something I had to remind myself during this difficult time, was not to ask the Lord why me, rather why not me? My whole life He has been slowly equipping me for this moment. He chose the right moment as I had to lean on my faith in a way I never have. It was a time when I began to take pride in my upbringing and worldview. The Lord made me see how much I took my faith for granted.

He delivered me from that time in my life that felt lonely, dark, and uncomfortable.

2 Samuel 22:17-20 "He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He rescued me from my strong enemy from those who hated me, they were too might for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me."

This concept of trust is one I'm still learning, and probably will forever. In fact, I'm learning how to trust God in a different area of my life right now. But, I love how the Lord answers my prayers to provide me moments where I can look back on and recall his promises. If the Lord can deliver me from that dark place, than He can certainly meet me anywhere I am today!

I'm in a new room with a great roommate! I have been given a space where I feel comfortable in my own skin. Now, I'm able to enjoy Vanguard without wishing I could live off campus. Looking back, I can see the way God had His hand in every situation, and for that I will always praise Him.

He may have allowed for such a rough thing to happen to me, but He did not let the light fade. Instead, He covered me with grace, and gave me hope. He let me see how his kindness so that I could trust Him completely.

I CUT SUGAR FOR 31 DAYS, HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

2.05.2018



For the whole month of January I cut sugar completely from my diet. It was so hard at first, but really needed. I never had completed a type of challenge like this so, I am very proud of myself. Even though the 31 day challenge is over, I am still not eating sugar. Now that it already feels like a habit, I want to see how much further I can go!

Below I wanted to share my craving patterns, detox feelings, and unsweetened foods that helped me get through this. Now, just to clarify I removed all sugar no matter it's form such as soda, chocolate,  white or brown sugar, etc. So let's dive in!

Week 1 - In some ways it was easy to give up sugar because of the holiday indulgence, but it was still hard. I never had a sugar detox migraine, mostly because I made sure to drink some cranberry juice the first few mornings. Over all, my body felt great! 

Week 2 - Believe it or not, but my cravings went away. This is when I started to implement my love for acai bowls, so the mixture between the granola and agave was the best. 

Week 3 - Still no need for sugar. I felt great in terms of having no cravings! But, going to the movies without any butter popcorn, or candy it was a different experience. Isn't it interesting how we glorify certain outings only for food? 

Week 4 - This week was a little harder for me. At times I definitely wanted something sweet, other than fruit! But, this week it was nice to be surrounded with friends who have also been watching what they eat! 

Week 5 - Crazy to think 31 days free of no sugar. I didn't think I could do it. This week I implemented lots of fitness, and that kept the motivation even stronger than ever! I found that working out gave me more of an incentive to never cheat myself on such hard work. 

1. No headaches! I loved not having any type of symptoms of being addicted to sugar. I still had headaches if I was working too hard with homework, starred too long at a computer screen, or didn't drink enough water, but nothing related towards food. 

2. Never felt sick. Sometimes eating sugar always made me feel funny, or give me stomach aches. It felt great to not have any of those problems. 

3. No cravings. It's amazing how after the first week of detox, I was able to not have any cravings. I loved not being dependent on needing a sweet fix in order to be satisfied. 

4. I drank more water. I have always loved soda, but now I definitely love the taste of water. It doesn't bother to only have water with my meals now! 

Drink freshly squeezed juice. Jamba Juice was another hot spot for me, because their freshly squeezed orange juice was delicious. The oranges this time of year are so sweet, I just love it!

Acai bowls are life. Nekter is the first place I've tried a bowl, and I love it. I like to replace an actual meal with this bowl because it is so filling. But, I love how this taste like dessert.

I loved iced teas if the cravings were bad. Some of my favorite teas are the tropical black iced tea from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, passionfruit from It's A Grind, black iced tea from Sidecar Donuts and Coffee. All are unsweetened and I promise the taste, flavor, and sweetness doesn't even need sugar!

Use agave. Sometimes I loved honey with hot tea, or agave with my acai bowls. I never used it enough to even make it become a bad habit to replace my sugar absence, but this is something you'll have to decide for yourself.

JANUARY

1.29.2018


ON THE MOVE

I'm plugging along with my college classes, and so far I'm loving them. I have lots of homework, though I seem to be handling it just fine. I've only attending a few chapels this month, so I need to get myself in gear because I don't have long to obtain 30!

I've had so much fun being with my friends, especially after that long month break for the holiday's. Exploring Newport Beach bit by bit is my main focus this semester at Vanguard!! Late night spicy Uno games in the dorms, acai bowl runs with my roommate, and sunsets on the beach are simply the best moments yet here at college.


The 365 project on Instagram is so fun. If you follow me on my insta account, then you will already have seen my new challenge that started on January 1st. If your new to this, it's taking and posting one photo everyday for one whole year. I don't know if I'll obtain this challenge all the way through, but I was feeling defeated amongst other creators. I stopped taking photos because they never were perfect enough for me to enjoy. Tossing that mindset out and using this challenge as a way to remember simple moments day to day.

My health has been a struggle. I want to go in depth more later, but lately no matter what I eat (besides fruit and veggies) my stomach will hurt so bad. The patterns are strange, and I never know will it begin again. Hence my acai bowl addiction on Instagram, haha, because it's about the only thing that won't upset me.

I joined my University's student lead Newspaper. Guys, it's the best! Secretly, inside I feel like Andy Anderson the How-To-Girl (How-To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, anyone?) and nothing feels more fulfilling. It's so neat being able to know the inside scoop on everything that is happening at Vanguard.

                            

I have stayed strong on my 31 days of no sugar challenge. This was necessarily a challenge, but a conscious health choice on my end. Over the years my sweet tooth has become really bad. So with the new year, and my health I almost didn't have a choice. It's something I had to do. I can't wait to include this on a separate post because I have learned so much, so stay tuned.

Choir this semester was able to be apart of a project that allowed us to record. It was so exhausting, but an amazing experience. Hours and hours of rehearsal took place, but learning music is such a joy for me. I'm able to escape everything, and just praise God through worship.

On the blog, I'm going to be more personal. Like I mentioned above about my health, no sugar diet, and everything I'm exploring as a college student, my hope is to share my thoughts on everything in it's own post. I never want my content to exclude the important pieces of my life, and right now it hasn't been easy. But through it all, I hope to connect with you and in turn hear your stories!

COFFEE TALK | CRITICISM

1.23.2018


JUST SWALLOW

Criticism is the worst part of trying something new. Feedback is a tough thing to swallow because to me it means failure. That my capabilities or work isn't enough. Perhaps criticism has been aimed towards your personality. Gosh can that make you feel low. I know it has for me. 

Certain criticism needs to be shut down immediately. At times it isn't all true or right for you to hear. But, if you are a college student like me trying to figure out where all the pieces fit, than you've probably received a lot of criticism too. 

I've learned that criticism doesn't always mean you are wrong. Sometimes it means you are on the right track. It simply means you are worth critiquing. I just absolutely loved hearing that from one of my dear professors. It has helped me so much to overcome this feeling I have had for so long. I've carried around this pressure to be perfect in order to never receive comments that suggested otherwise, but that isn't the point. 

At the end of the day, I cannot please everybody. I will never be perfect. Honestly, that is okay. Providing a filter towards the harsh criticism that comes my way though is healthy. Instead of letting it eat at me, I can absorb the comments and discern which to listen to. 

For me though, it runs deeper than just accepting my imperfections compared to others. It has to do with holding onto every praise from others. Just as we shouldn't become obsessed with criticism, I should be with people's compliments either. If I live for one's approval, I will die of their criticism. 

I hope my thoughts can help you in anyway possible. I began to type and the words kept flowing. As I was told, "You can be the juiciest peach, and someone will hate peaches." 

GIRLS DAY IN NEWPORT BEACH

1.19.2018


LIDO MARINA VILLAGE 

Over my holiday weekend, my girlfriends and I decided to escape from our college bubble and explore Orange County! My plan was to try a new coffee shop, Honor Coffee Roasters, yet not one table was open for us to take photos or order coffee. Once I began to walk through this little street, I was thankful it was too busy because I wouldn't have had enough time to find these cute little resting corners. 

First can I just say how much I love Newport Beach? I know I'm only three miles down the road from my college, but if I could live here I would in a heartbeat. This cute little row of shops and coffee houses were so much fun to browse through. I found an adorable little stationary shop that I must hit up on my next visit.


So blessed to have such sweet friends from college. If you are a blogger like me, find friends who don't mind taking your photo's for you! Haha. Being at Vanguard has been such a neat environment for me to grow in because everyone is connected through blogging in some way. So, my embarrassment of telling people about my side hustle has left completely, and I love it. These gals are so supportive of my passion here on the blog, and it couldn't have been a better start to my long week!


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