You’re checking off all the boxes, you’re crushing your goals, you’re feeling inspired, you’re motivated, you’re killing the game, and then suddenly, one day you wake up and it feels like you’ve been hit by a truck. Maybe physically, but mostly creatively. Your inspiration has tanked, your motivation is gone, and you’ve hit a wall. You’re feeling discouraged.Read More
So this is new! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for quite some time now, and considered meshing it with my Friday Favorites, but I feel like it would be TOO much for one post! You’re probably thinking, uh, what, Shannon, what are you talking about?! I love Instagram, but I know that not EVERYONE is on Insta! Plus, they like to do this horrible thing over there on the ‘gram where they don’t show every post from the accounts you follow. So that means, even if you DO follow me on Insta, you probably don’t see all my posts. And I post a lot of good stuff on there! (If I do say so myself!) Instagram is my favorite place to share uplifting messages on a daily basis. And I want to make sure all of my followers can see those messages, whether they see my Instagram posts or not! So every weekend from now on I will be posting an “Instagram Round-Up” here on the blog, I’ll also link my outfits, and, if they’re looking good, I’ll add in some good weekend sales at the end too! Just for funsies.
Took a little social media break this weekend to spend time with my friends and family. Here’s a few late night thoughts....
▪️You can’t please everyone all the time. And that’s okay. Do what you can, love hard, and in the end do what makes you HAPPY.
▪️It’s okay to let go a little sometimes. Don’t get so busy worrying about school, work, and how you are going to be successful in this world that you forget what living is REALLY about.
▪️Take risks. There are no guarantees in life and you really can’t “plan ahead.” So walk along God’s path and let Him lead you wherever you’re meant to go.
“When the time is right, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” -Isaiah 60:22
You dreamed about it your whole life, you took all the steps to get there, you worked hard, really hard, and in the end, after endless prayer He said, “No.” You know this situation, you know it well, as do I.
And in those moments it’s easy to write God off, it’s easy to ignore His answer and continue pushing for what YOU want. But in reality, you’re just taking steps backwards again and again. I feel like I share this message each and every week, but I think we all need the reminder.
This week I decided not to pursue my masters in school, at least not at this time. I talked to God about it and I felt his answer in my heart. Right now isn’t the time. And I don’t know why, I don’t know what His reason is, or what doors He is opening instead, but I’m choosing to listen, to trust, and keep following the path He has created for me.
This is the first Halloween night of my life I haven’t spent out at a party or trick-or-treating with family and friends. Instead, I’m home alone working on my homework, eating jimmy johns, and listening to a podcast. Growing up is weird.
Today I’ve been thinking a lot about being alone. Loneliness has always been something that terrified me. I like to have a full schedule, I like to be with people, on days I have “nothing to do” I’ll go to Target or the grocery store, just so I don’t have to be home alone all day. I’m the polar opposite of my hermit brother, I’m what my mom would call a “social butterfly.”
But I’m learning that there’s value in alone time, and being alone absolutely does not equal loneliness. Although we seem to often forget, God is always with us. And honestly, those times when you are “alone,” without other human beings to distract you, are such great opportunities to continue building your relationship with Him. Loneliness is an illusion.
So Happy Halloween friends! No matter what you’re doing tonight, whether you’re out with loved ones, or home “alone” like me, I hope you seek Him out and find comfort in remembering that, no matter what, He is with you always.
I’ve never been much of a goal setter. At least not in the sense of making absolutely sure I follow through, writing them down, and definitely not posting them for the internet to see. But I’ve been feeling a lot of growth lately and I think this may be a big step in the direction I’m heading. So happy November 1st, here’s my goals for this month:
▪️numbers do not matter
▪️blog 2-3 times weekly
▪️rest in Him every single day
▪️check off your lists
▪️drink more water ▪️read a book
▪️go makeup free +1X per week
PS. How CUTE is this leopard cardi? Would you believe me if I said it’s from Amazon!? Well believe it, cause it is!
Happy Fridayyy!! I’m falling asleep already today 😴 I went to a @johnbcrist show last night, so I got home LATE (on a school night!), but it was SO worth it. I’m working on a post for next week where I’ll talk about it more! Anyway, here’s a few fun facts! 💛
1️⃣: I have a major coffee addiction. #Basic I know, I know! My fav drink lately has been Starbuck’s hot Cinnamon Dolce, but now that holiday drinks are out it’s the Toasted White Choc Mocha.😍☕️
2️⃣: It seems like everyone hates jeans, but I love em’! I honestly think they’re so comfortable and often choose them over leggings!👖
3️⃣: My favorite tv show is The Office 📁 I’ve honestly seen the whole show all the way through 5+ times!
4️⃣: My least favorite subject in school has always been math 🙅🏼♀️ And thank goodness, I don’t ever have to take it again!!!! 🙌🏻
5️⃣: I live an hour from Chicago but I’ve never been to Navy Pier! I want to go at least once soon though! 🎡
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Happy Saturday friends!
I recently posted this picture on Instagram, I guess you could say it was my way of "coming back" after my little hiatus these last couple months. Posting this picture was pretty hard for me, which I know some may say sounds silly, but it was. In this picture I'm not wearing an ounce of makeup. My acne scars are in full view. My freckles are uncovered. My skin tone is uneven. I have never once posted a picture, at least not one this close up, without makeup on. But despite the fact that I knew these flaws were fully visible, I felt so confident in that photo. The day I took it I got up and sipped my coffee getting ready for my day. I picked out my outfit, washed my face, brushed my teeth, and set up my phone to watch a video as I sat down at my makeup table. I started pulling out my primer and my favorite foundation, then looked in the mirror.
I wasn't pressed for time that morning, in fact it was my day off. If anything I had more time than most days to cake my face if I pleased. But for some reason on that day I looked in the mirror and I had a thought I didn't used to have often. "I look pretty good," I thought to myself as I gazed at the faint freckles that covered my nose and my peeling (slightly) tanned skin. So I got up and l went outside, took a couple selfies, and went on with the day.
So where am I going with this? Today I want to talk a little bit about the idea of feeling confident vs being conceited. Since I took that picture this idea has been floating around my brain. I've never been good at accepting compliments, and I'm even worse at complimenting myself. Why? Because I don't want to seem conceited or full of myself. I don't want anyone to ever believe that I am doing something for the sole purpose of boosting my own ego. So I've always remained very humble. And even saying that, I feel the need to say, "and I don't mean that in a conceited way, or to compliment myself at all..."
But that's so wrong. The idea that we walk through life afraid of acknowledging our own beauty and greatness is ridiculous. And I don't think I got that until now. As I look back at my life, as a teenager and pre-teen, I never really considered myself un-confident. But was I actually confident either? Did I actively tell myself "you are beautiful"? No. I don't think I told myself that once in high school. I became so caught up in my fear of looking conceited in the eyes of others that I convinced myself it wasn't okay to recognize my own beauty. I convinced myself that I wasn't the compliments my friends, family, and sometimes complete strangers gave me. If I agreed with them, I would be self-centered, I would be conceited, I would be living a life that contrasted with my entire life purpose of serving and loving others.
And that, my friends, is where I truly believe I went wrong. I was a hypocrite. I've always preached about kindess, about being an inspiration in small ways, but I wasn't practicing that mentality with myself. When I talked to anyone else I would openly aknowledge their God-given natural beauty and talents, but when I looked at myself I didn't do the same.
So what I want to leave you with is this: It's okay to love yourself. It's okay to be confident in your looks and your abilities. Being kind to yourself is just as important as being kind to other people. You are beautiful, inside and out, and it's completely okay to realize it.