Thursday, March 27, 2014

Staying Classy

I finally finished a book I order over a year ago! I was surfing through Pinterest when I came across and pin for a book entitled "How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World" by Jordan Christy. It is a guide on how to live with style, class, and grace. I love anything classy. I know for a fact that if a had the money, I would definitely be sporting a more classic wardrobe. I love pantsuits and pencil skirts. I love the look of a white luxury car. I adore suburban lifestyle, where everything seems so green and perfect. Of course I know that what you see is not always what you get, but that it the dream or goal that I have placed in the back of my head.

Back to the book; if you look at the reviews on Amazon, you may get discouraged. I find them a little excessive and overdramatic, but everyone is entitled to her opinion. Jordan Christy really does offer some great advice. Mind you some of her references to "The Hills" and MySpace are a little outdated, but you can still get picture. She talks about proper fashion etiquette and not to lower your standards to chase after some guy. She talks about landing your dream job and gives tips on hard work ethics. I absolutely enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read and full of humor. I feel like we would be good friends if we happened to meet, and our ages were more similar.

All in all, I was able to take away and add to my own guide on living classy. A quote that stuck with me from her book was "Bloom where you are planted." I absolutely love that quote! I think it can apply to all aspects of life, whether it be a crappy job or an unpleasant situation. We take what we are given and we make the best of it. Simple as that.

A few tips on how I view a classy lifestyle:

1. Never underestimate yourself. You can do great things if you put your heart, mind, and soul into whatever you are passionate about.
2. Do NOT lower yourself for anyone. I don't care if it a guy that says "he would be interested in you if…" or if it is a group of friends who pressure you into doing things you are not comfortable with. There is no need to change who you are in order to "fit in" or feel wanted by a group of people who do not respect you for the way you are now.
3. Live beautifully. Pamper yourself for your achievements. Did you just score that coveted job? Celebrate with mani-pedis. Did you just lower your mile time? Go shopping with the girls and add a new outfit to your already amazing wardrobe. Have fun with whatever you do. In all aspects of your life, take advantage of your moments and soak in the glory of them.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read what goes through my head and happens to end up on the internet. You are seriously the best! I hope that you can take at least one thing away from my stories and food for thoughts as I continue to add to them. Thanks again, and stay classy!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Words of Affirmation

Within the last two years, I have recently discovered that one of my main "love languages" is Word of Affirmation. In one of my bible classes, the group was discussing a book about the five different love languages. When I say love, that doesn't mean it is about romantic relationships, although these languages can be applied to those as well. These love languages are used in all relationships to help keep them healthy and strong. Words of Affirmation was my number one. And at first, I didn't agree, but about a year and a half later, I can definitely concur.

I have noticed that I love being told things about about me. Now that may sound a little conceited, but I mean that in the most matter-of-fact way possible. I like to know what other people thing about me or how they see me and my actions. You can learn a lot about yourself from the way others view you. To be honest, I have a hard time telling people who I am because I don't really know who I am becoming yet. Which is why hearing an outsiders opinion is so important to me.

I have found that I love written words. I treasure handwritten letters and notes and cards that people have given me. I actually have kept most of them. I have kept my ACTS retreat encouragement letters, which were letters of support or encouragement from my fellow classmates during my sophomore year. Reading them for the first time was a little overwhelming but I absolutely loved each one. I also have tried to keep every note from my director. She would give us a card before each show that either thanked us for the journey or said something about how we have given life to our characters. It is really neat to go back and read each letter in chronological order to see how much I had improved or what I had done differently. I try and keep all of my handwritten letters; usually ones from my sweet Uncle James, my parents, or the occasional Fab Five member. Uncle James, who is actually my great uncle, is about 90 years old and he recently lost one of his sons. I am pretty sure that he is house ridden so I try and write him as much as possible. But he is the most kind and loving great uncle that anyone could ask for.

I also have discovered that I enjoy writing letters of appreciation or gratitude to others. Not just typing them, but handwritten notes or cards. If I enjoy receiving little notes of encouragement, who is to say that others don't enjoy it as much as I do? I also have discovered that I can express my thoughts and feelings better through writing. For example, praying. I feel that I cannot truly express my prayers unless if I am focused and physically writing them down. It helps me concentrate on the present moment.

Words are so important to the human race. Our language and the freedom of expression is what sets us apart from animals. But we need to be careful of how we use our precious words.

"Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul 
and health to the body." Proverbs 16:24

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Pinteresting Spring Break

Ahh. Spring break. A much needed week off from school, work, and everything else college comes with. And although I am not living the coveted life of most typical college students, I'd have to say that I had a pretty good, but unusual week.

I was really excited to head home and see friends and family this week, but I did not exactly get the welcome home party I would have liked. In fact, I was in an empty house for about two days. My parents were away for work and my brother, well he was in town, but I don't think I saw him. So to put an end to my boredom, I stalked Pinterest and got some good ideas for some crafts that I had been wanting to try out.

The first crafting mission was a incorporating a favorite quote of mine into an "artwork" (AKA a Pinterest craft). I really like a quote that I found in a book that my campus life group is reading called "Freeway: A not-so-perfect guide to freedom". In it, there are a lot of great quotes and verses that I like, but one that really stuck out to me read like this.

"You can be comfortable or courageous, but you cannot be both."

I really liked that because I feel that it goes along with my "Be Bold" theme for this semester. (BTW's, the social and spiritual aspect is going week. I can't say the same for the healthy part). So I used that quote and I also used Deuteronomy 31:6, that says something along the lines of "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid… for the Lord, your God, is with you." (I tweaked it to fit on my canvas.)  The only things I used were a Black sharpie, two different colors of scrapbooking paper, Modgepodge to glue the paper down, and some gray paint, and over course the canvas that I bought at Walmart for my "Be Bold" craft.


The second piece that I did was more like a two in one deal. I took a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle and painted it with a mix of Modgepodge and a Tiffany blue. Then I sprayed it with gold glitter spray paint.
To go in the vase, I made paper flowers out of an old song book and a worn and torn book. The directions that I found were on Pinterest. Super easy, but I would recommend using the biggest page size possible. My flowers did not turn out as well as I would have hoped, but oh well.

The last Pinterest project was probably my favorite one to do. I took a left over canvas (because the Walmart packs that I buy come in packs of two) and I taped a design onto the canvas. I then got four different colors; gray, yellow, blue, and coral, and proceeded to paint patches or splotches of each color everywhere. After those were semi-dry, I took off the tape and outlined the white design with a black sharpie. I believe it adds a lot of pop! It did take a little while, but I think it turned out the best.

So that was part of my spring break vacation. The little projects are actually for my future apartment. But I will not be moving into it until my junior year! What can I say, I like to plan far in advance!