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Feeling Unloved…

I first need to apologize for taking an entire week off from this series without any notice. Sometimes in life, we all need a mental break and we just have other things keeping us on the go. That my friends, is exactly what happened this past week, but I am back stronger than ever and ready to bring the wise words from my best pal Jesus to you! Todays topic is talking all about what to do when we feel like we are unloved and what happens when we neglect Jesus and the fact that he needs our love too.

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I happened to have bought Missy Robertson’s workbook/bible study book that goes right along with her book Blessed, Blessed, Blessed not knowing that I needed to have both books in order to work through the bible study workbook. However, after reading the first couple of pages in the book, I realize that even though we see these well dressed/put together families and or people in society as perfection or as “goals,” it doesn’t mean that they have their lives put together. In her book, the first chapter is all about the differences between Missy and Jases’s families growing up, but yet the Lord still let them put their family difference’s aside and they created a beautiful relationship and eventually started a loving and amazing family of their own. It took love to create that bond and to create the family they now have.

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YES! I got the chance to meet Jase this summer along with one of my closest friends Jenna! Thanks again Jenna for helping me this night!

1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible because it describes the characteristics of Love. Verses 1-7 are  some of my favorite verses in the chapter because it talks about why having love in your heart is so important. 1 “If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging symbol.” 2 “If I have (the gift of) prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.” 3 ” And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”  These verses are very relatable especially in todays society and world. If we are giving are everything into helping others or doing things and we even have all of the faith in the world, but yet we do all of that in hatred and with a horrible attitude, we will receive nothing in return for all of those good deeds we have done all because our attitude was poop. I think that in todays society, people just do good things to receive the credit and attention, they don’t do the good deeds because they see that someone needs help or because they know that they can make a difference.

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In the same chapter from before, I want to know look at verses 4-7, because even though we now understand why we need to have love, we still don’t understand what characteristics create the emotion, action, or word love. 4 ” Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, it is not boastful, it is not conceited,” 5 “does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs.” Okay so pause in our verses, these verses are really great examples of how us as a Christian church is supposed to act all of the time. We are not supposed to be mean and inappropriate or keep a record of our wrongs or even others wrongs. So, onto the next two verses! 6 “(Love) finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.” 7 “(It) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  I think these last two verses are a perfect representation of what people go through in life as a Christian and even as any person no matter what you believe in. People who don’t necessarily agree with inappropriate things or honestly, just things that you don’t agree with, most likely wont find any joy in those things they don’t agree with, but yet they will rejoice when things they do agree with happen. I also really love verse 7 because life in general is hard; we lose people, we have heartbreaks, we make mistakes, we experience things that are hard, but yet love is the one thing that can conquer all of it!

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Love is powerful and it is a very powerful weapon that people take for granted. I think a lot of people underestimate the power of loving someone, they will take that persons emotions for granted and they take their hearts for granted as well. They don’t see the power of taking someone’s heart refuge and then not caring for that persons heart. So, with that information in your hands, I ask that you take 1 Corinthians 13 with you as you walk the halls or streets of your school, work, town, etc. Keep in mind how delicate every persons heart is, no matter how strong they say they are or how strong they act. A heart is one of the most delicate body parts and it takes a lot of people to take care of it. Yes, it is one body and one heart, but people can care for a heart just like they can break a heart.

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The reasoning behind the purpose of this picture is because this is my best friend and this picture is a true representation for why we need to love one another. Abby is there for me all the time and vis versa, but if we weren’t there for each other we probably would not have as solid of a friendship as we do with support. 

If you are feeling unloved, just remember that God loves you and that there are people who love you!

Much Love,

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Abuse…

Todays blog post is a little bit more sensitive than the others. I know that people have a very hard time opening up about abuse and about their abusive stories. I do want people to know that they are not in any way expected to do such. Abuse is something very hard for people to open up about and sometimes its something they don’t even know they’ve been through. Even though things such as abuse happen to those, Jesus still loves those who have been through that stuff.

Jesus knows what abuse feels like; he was abused all the way up to the cross. He was brutally beaten until he could barely breathe. He understands the way it feels to be hurt and beat and abused. You are never alone with anything.

Psalms 147:4 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” This verse right here, describes everything Jesus does for us in life! Jesus will not let the devil keep you in a place if he has every reason to pull you out. He will, however, leave the devil alone if you are not saved, if you don’t trust Jesus with your whole heart, etc. So, when we are hurt or abused or anything, Jesus will not let anyone hurt us with out having a possibility of healing us and binding the wounds.

Through out the entire Bible Jesus tells us that if we believe in him with our entire heart, he will not let us fall so low in life to the point where we can’t get back up. In Matthew 5:4 Jesus says “Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.” I love this verse because Jesus is basically saying whenever you need a hug, I am there. I know that whenever I am feeling hurt that Jesus is never going to leave my side no matter what.

Abuse is never something to mess with and it is an extremely serious situation no matter what. Peoples feelings are at stake as well as there well being. Jesus can sometimes only do so much for a situation, so, if you ever feel like you need any help; please do not ever feel like you can’t get help! Someone is always going to be there to help you no matter what.

Stay Strong my friends. Don’t give up.

Peace Out – Kiley

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Mental Illnesses…

This topic can be very sensitive for a lot of people and I in no way want to step on anyone’s toes! However, I do want to make sure that those people know they are loved and they are not alone through this constant fight! Mental health is a serious part of living a healthy life and when we are battling something that can feel like its controlling your life, it is exhausting and it is a HUGE battle!

I have struggled with anxiety my whole life, Internal and General anxiety has always been a big part of my life. I mostly only have struggled with Internal anxiety for the past couple of years, but I have also struggled with some general before as well. Anxiety is something that can be very serious for some people, so bad that it can even stop them from preforming daily activities. Here is the thing though, God died on the cross for us and because of that, he wants us to cast all of our anxiety upon him. He is the one who is mighty enough to handle it all! Whenever we feel anxious, Jesus tells us to pray instead of worrying about things. Philippians 4:6 says ” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Depression is also another mental illness that not only I, but a million other people struggle with. It is not ever easy and will never be. The only thing that could ever keep me chugging through every day is Jesus and my fake smile that keeps me going. Jesus being my number one fan tells me all of the time that he loves me, but he also loves every person who can take time for him and carry him in their hearts! Whenever I am feeling down and or depressed, I usually always try to quote some scripture to myself. A lot of times I will quote Songs of Solomon 4:7 “You are all together beautiful my darling; there is no flaw in you.” This verse reminds me that I am a perfect creation in the eye of God. I don’t have to worry about fitting in or pleasing others because I know that everyone of us is struggling with something.

I know this post was quite short, especially for me, but I feel like I was able to say everything I wanted too. I want everyone to know that you are never alone! You are never the only one struggling with something! If you ever feel like hurting yourself or anyone due to these illnesses PLEASE stop and find someone to help you! They will never leave you feeling ashamed of yourself!

YOU ARE LOVED. YOU ARE WORTHY BEYOND WORDS CAN SPEAK. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD.

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Heartbreak…

I want to start by saying Thank you to everyone who is supporting me with this series! I am so beyond excited to have this finally take off and be in the final works! As you’re reading these series posts, just remember everyone has a different story and the only thing that needs to happen is prayer and support for one another. This is not a place to judge others and their trials, it is a safe place for all to come and feel safe! I want everyone to know some things before reading into this series. The first thing is that I am only writing based on my personal experiences, experiences that I have witnessed, and from the Lords word. The second thing, not everyone’s experiences are the same and I do realize that others will always have it worse off than me, this is not a pity party location, it is a support party location
Like I said earlier, everyone’s experience with a breaking heart is different, but everyone can have the same comfort and love of Jesus in their breaking heart. You see, Jesus died for YOU and for me because he wanted us to have a forgiveness filled life. He wants us to forgive those who need to be forgiven for the hurtful things they have done. Forgiveness is not easy, it never will be. Even if you try to tell yourself that after several years of being hurt, that anger or hurt will slowly fade away. I have some unfortunate news for those who thought that would happen. Forgiveness is choice not an at peace feeling. It can be an at peace feeling if you choose for it to feel that way, but YOU have to decide that!
There are so many different reasoning’s behind a broken heart, some absolutely heartbreaking and some that are simply a personal and internal issue. Now, I’m not saying those issues aren’t sad, but sometimes we just don’t know what people are going through on the inside and we don’t realize how badly they are breaking. For me I have experienced a small variety of heartbreaks in my past 17 and a half years of life. I’ve experienced deaths in my family, I’ve lost close friendships, and I’ve lost a relationship that was special to me.
The most recent heartbreak I’ve experienced was the ending of my very first relationship. It was hard, my heart felt shattered, I felt worthless. (I talk all about this experience in this post: Six things God has shown me through a heartbreak ) So, I want to share the verse that was Gods answer to my prayer after this experience with you because Jesus was the best thing for me during this. In Psalms 66: 10 it says ” For YOU GOD tested us and REFINED us like silver.” You see, Jesus tests us and puts us through tough times because he wants to show us how much we can actually handle. When someone refines silver or anything really, it means that its becoming new again. So when God tests us, he’s making us new again.
When we go through a heartbreak, we feel alone, we feel worthless, scared, hurt, and as if the happiness was sucked right out of us. We all know that we really aren’t alone and we aren’t worthless, etc. Sometimes Jesus will provide us with temporary happiness because the permanent happiness is still in his works. He will not provide us with an answer to a prayer before it is completely perfect for his plan. He is not giving us false hope or anything like that, he is simply showing us that we need to trust him and we need to trust that this temporary happiness is just a glimpse into the permanent happiness God is working on.
While you keep in mind that God is working on the perfect permanent happiness, just remember that Jesus will always experience more heartbreak than anyone on Earth. He is betrayed every single day! He was brutally crucified for US! People would try to hurt him in any way they possibly could. In John 15:18-25 Jesus explains how if the worlds against us then to remember that the world is ALWAYS against him! The reason it is always against him is because he has taken us out of it. HE LOVES YOU and he will NEVER forsake YOU as long as we never forsake him! When people hurt Jesus he did not have to choose to forgive them, yet he did! In Luke 23: 34 Jesus says “Father forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” It warms my heart so much to know this because I know if I was in Jesus’s shoes there would be no way I could ever forgive that many people!
As you finish reading this first post, I want everyone to know how much you are worth! In the book of Psalms Jesus tells us that we are worth more than rubies in his eyes. In Songs of Songs 4:7 “You are all together beautiful my darling, there is no flaw in you.” When God created man, he saw us all as perfection in his eyes! He sees you as a perfect creation and he will always see you as a perfect creation. Even with sin, he thinks no less of us all! That to me is the most beautiful thing I have ever heard in my entire life! I know that even though my heart is breaking, I still have Jesus right there with me!
Remember that you are WORTH more than you will EVER know! You are beyond loved! Don’t ever feel like you are alone because you are NOT!

Peace Out – Kiley

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Blessings in Disguise Series

I am beyond excited to launch my very first series ever!! I am really excited about this series as it is even something I need in my life! We all experience a hardship or two in our lifetime! We feel alone, scared of the outcome, and maybe even lost at times because its a part of human emotions. This is the part where my best friend whos two years older than me, would tell me something psychological to help me understand and or explain why that happens to everyone. Since she is not here when I am writing this post, my poor explanations will do.

In this series, I will be talking about tough times, how we should handle them, what they feel like, and a lot more. We will discuss Heartbreaks, Mental Illnesses and  Diseases, Abuse, and Love. I know because its so broad and listed in such a random order, it sounds kind of unrelated or like I might actually be the crazy person you have always thought I was. In all seriousness though, this series is for all women no matter the age! My main goal with this series is to not only help better myself, but to help others better themselves and to know they are not alone.

I will keep my same schedule with this series; every Tuesday and Friday evening at 8:00PM, EST. This past week was a unexpected break for me, I did not intend on not posting this past Tuesday. This week has been a very stressful week for me; emotionally and academically. I will be getting back on schedule next week though.

If you have any topic ideas for any new series, please leave me a comment down below telling me all about it! It also doesn’t have to be a series; it could simply be a single post idea or question you would like advice on! I understand how tough life can get and I have been in the low times personally, so, if you need some advice I will gladly give all of mine to you! Don’t feel embarrassed about asking for help or asking for advice, everyone needs a little encouragement sometimes.

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Day 2: Heartbreaks

Day 3: Mental Illnesses and Diseases

Day 4: Abuse

Day 5: Needing Love

Remember Jesus loves you unconditionally and that you are beautiful in every way possible!

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Life Tips Every Teen Girl Needs to Know…

Becoming a teenager in general is really hard for girls in general, then adding in all of the mood swings, uncontrollable attitudes, and feeling like you have to turn your life upside down just to please everyone that matters to you! Even though we know that we don’t have to be perfect and we don’t have to please everyone, sometimes it feels like we do!

I am a high school senior this year and I have been in high school for 5 years now, therefore I have truly learned a lot. My high school starts in 8th grade because we don’t have a middle school in our county, so by the time we have graduated, we all have been through FIVE years of what feels like misery mixed with amazing memories. Those five years fly by though, and everyone regrets not soaking it up even more than they did! Through those years I have gained some really great advice and I can’t just keep that advice to myself!

 

  • You don’t have to be a perfect Christian all the time
    People will make you feel like you have to be, but the truth is; God knows you inside and out and he knows we are not perfect. I mean- he did create us, right? He should be the one person who could tell us that. When someone tells you that you need to be a better Christian; the first thing you should do is not even give them the time of day! They don’t deserve to waste all of your energy for their own good because that is what will happen! No one is perfect and that is because Jesus died on the cross for our sins because he has an undying and unconditional love for all of us!

    The photos of me in the black skirt and white shirt were taken moments before I tripped and fell down a metal staircase, thanks to my shoe getting caught under my skirt. Oh, and the other picture of me was taken moments after a bee flew right at my face while standing up there on that little ledge. Point is; I am not perfect and neither are you! You don’t have to act like you are because you feel pressure to be perfect.

  • Don’t be embarrassed to pray in public
    Through out my entire high school career I have always been embarrassed to pray in public because I  knew people would judge me. The reality of it all though is that God would be more ashamed of us if we didn’t talk to him because of embarrassment than if we just completely forgot about him. It is just as if you didn’t talk to your best friend because you were embarrassed to be caught with them. Or if you didn’t talk to your best friend because you didn’t see them that day or you were busy, etc.psalm 84
  • Boys will hurt you!
    Even though you get hurt, which will happen, doesn’t mean that the boy who hurt you deserves less than you. People told me all of the time when I went through my breakup “You didn’t deserve him anyways..” That sincerely bothered me a lot! It bothered me because in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Which means that even he and I have sinned and in Gods eyes we both are children of God. Yes, he hurt me and yes, I probably hurt him, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t know that he deserves just as good of a person as I do.

 

  • Quiet Time is a necessity
    Take that 10-15 minuets of down time that you have every day and read your Bible or just talk to Jesus! Quiet Time doesn’t always have to be sitting down with your journal and Bible and journaling. Quiet Time can simply be worshiping in the car on the way to school or work. Those minuets alone with Jesus will completely change the attitude you take with you through out the day! So it is really important you spend this time with Jesus either in the morning or afternoons!

     

  • Memorizing Scripture is Key
    Scripture is the one defense mechanisms you will have with you all of the time! It is one of the most powerful ways you can share the truth of Jesus with others! I know that memorizing scripture is not easy for all, but that’s okay because even if you cant memorize it. You can always read it and know what the Bible says, that in itself is something powerful too!
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  • Teachers are 95% of the time non-Christians
    Teachers are not supposed to bring up religion unless a student brings it up first, but that protocol is not always taken. Teachers will say offensive things during classes and unfortunately unless you want to get a few days of detention or In school Suspension, there is nothing you can really do about it. I know how much it makes you mad, how much it grinds your nerves, and I know how rude it is. The thing is if you open your mouth and you’re mad or frustrated, you are most likely going to be rude about your tone. 

 

  • People will start drama with you just to get a rise out of you
    It happens because people are jealous of you and they are childish and most likely have never lived with out having drama in their entire life. Here is the catch 22 though; in high school you won’t have time to deal with drama! No one will except for those kids who seem to never have time for any school related things or those who seem to be miracle workers and juggle everything. So, DON’T let them waste your time by giving them the time of day!!

This post has been laid on my heart for a while but I didn’t know how to create the structure for it and I didn’t know who I was trying to reach through this post. I knew after the first full week of my senior year that I needed to write this to the young teenage girls who are entering high school. High school is R.O.U.G.H. and it is even more rough being a teenage girl who loves Jesus. I know I have always been a people pleaser my whole life, I don’t like feeling not liked, but I have learned through the years that if someone doesn’t like me that doesn’t mean I have to change myself for others. I have lost friends and gained even better friends. I have been accused of things people know I would never do. I have been through a lot in high school, but not the worst things that others have been through.

I will keep all of you girls in my prayers this year!

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The Christians Most Used “F” Word

Wait! I know what you’re thinking! Its okay because I don’t mean the actual F bomb. I mean the word “FEAR.” Fear is a word we all use daily and multiple times a day at that. Fear is the emotion that causes everybody’s life long dreams to just get crumbled under them. Fear is what holds us all back every single day!

Matthew 8: 23- 27 is the story of Jesus in the boat with his disciple’s when the storm came. The disciple’s were scared out of their minds, but yet Jesus asked them in verse 26 why they were so afraid. He says “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” The most amazing thing is that after Jesus asked his disciple’s this question, he immediately calmed the storm and the seas!

Just think about the fear and nerves that Jesus had when he was told that he was going to be crucified! I know that if I ever knew I was going to be crucified, let alone, whipped, beaten, slapped, etc. and then hung by nails through my hands and feet, I would be TERRIFIED! Here is the catch though, Jesus may have been terrified the entire time, but he still went those three days before he rose again to die on the cross for us! He DIED to save YOU, me, that girl or guy sitting at the restaurant booth next to you, he died for EVERYONE!

When we are full of fear, it’s the same as not even giving a care in the world to what Jesus has done upon the cross for us. I know that sounds really extreme, but here is the truth, Jesus suffered on the cross for us to live a life full of forgiveness and love. When we say no to something Jesus is telling us to do because of an emotion or feeling, we’re saying to Jesus that his death didn’t mean anything in that moment. Awful sounding, isn’t it?

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So, how do we overcome fear and anxiety? Well, pray about it and ask Jesus to help you understand the steps he want’s you to take first. Pray and praise him, not ask for things, praise his holy name! I have struggled with Anxiety for my whole life and honestly probably will always have some amount of anxiety. I definitely have prayed and asked God to help guide me and have asked him to take away my fear, but God doesn’t have to snap his fingers- make it happen. In order for me to become completely fearless and anxiety free, I have to praise God first and then I need to ask him to guide me down the path of helping me become fearless. over fear over lies

Its not going to be easy, its going to be scary, its going to be confusing, hard, emotional, etc. Just remember that Jesus loves you more than you could ever fathom! He gave his life for you for no other reason, only because he loves you!!

I hope that even if only one person reads this, that they would find comfort in knowing they are not alone! If you’re ever feeling alone and like you are not the same person you used to be, PLEASE don’t wait to get help!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE and JESUS LOVES YOU!!!

Fear is an emotion that you can overcome, but it will take talking to Jesus to do such. Don’t give up just because overcoming this mental illness of Anxiety and the emotion of fear requires talking to Jesus! Jesus is not going to judge you and he certainly will not ignore your prayer. Don’t give the devil his wish.

Stay Strong my friends!

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What the HECK do I wear for Senior Pictures?

Umm… so, suddenly I’m a senior now… How this happened, I couldn’t tell you because I swear just the other day I was in 3rd grade with not a care in the world, except for getting that cursive “G” perfect.

I know that as senior year approached, I was so excited to have senior pictures done! I am a photographer so, getting portraits of myself to use for profile pictures, business pictures, etc. is a rare commodity, haha. I am absolutely in love with the way my senior pictures turned out! I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who had no idea what to wear for Senior Pictures, but I figured it out and so I am going to show you some of my favorites and I’m going to share with you my advice on what to wear for your senior pictures!

 

At the first location, I wore a white lace dress and brown wedges. I wanted to wear something that made my summer tan look natural but there, something that made me feel comfortable, something that made me feel confident. I also added a floppy hat that came from the Amish Flea Market for no joke $2. I highly recommend that you wear or take a white dress or a cream dress and brown shoes (wedges are most comfortable for me but its all personal preference). White clothing will bring out the nice summer tan you just got, but won’t make it look fake or too orange. White is also just really fresh and clean so it goes well with almost every background or any location!

 

For the second location we went on campus of the college I want to attend next year. I wanted to bring my Jessica Simpson heels that I wore to prom because they are just too cute and I wont be able to wear them that often. I decided to wear them with this outfit because it added some color but a settle amount. I wore a white flowy shirt with a white tank top underneath and a black maxi skirt. Again, white is a staple for senior pictures girls! Pairing a white shirt with a black bottom is just very simple, elegant, and clean looking. Don’t add your colors in with designs on shirts, funky pants or skirts, etc. add the color with accessories, but in moderation of course. If you do wear heels like me, just make sure you don’t fall walking down the stairs behind your photographer like I did. Talk about mortifying, not to mention it was a metal staircase making it sound like a horse fell down them.

 

For the third location we were near a river so, I wanted something super casual. I wore the same white shirt from the second location and then I just paired it with a pair of Banana Republic boyfriend capris, for shoes I wore brown Birkenstocks, and then my floppy hat. Again, wear outfits that you feel comfortable in, confident in, and outfits that scream YOU! I recommend wearing jeans and a nice simple top for a casual look. Pair it with some brown, black, or white sandals or booties. I wore a simple necklace that I wear every single day that just has my initial on it. Don’t wear a big and bulky necklace, keep it simple yet colorful and playful.

I really hope that this post helps some of you seniors or even women who have an upcoming photoshoot! Don’t fret over the little things though, keep calm and just have fun with it! Dress up, do your hair, play with your makeup, put those heels on, and have fun! A photoshoot is supposed to be fun and natural and stress free!

Also if you have any advice for us seniors this year, leave it down below!! Any is greatly appreciated!

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An Adorable Business With a HUGE Passion…

I am so thrilled to be making this post and to be able to share it with you today! Let me warn you first though, its a super long one, but its worth every minuet spent writing and reading it! I first want to start this post by saying Thank You! Thank You to those who have followed my blog, to those who have liked my posts, even to those who have simply read my posts! This week has been simply mind blowing to me! I have only been getting around 40 views per post in one week total, this week I have had almost 50 views on a daily basis!! Y’all I’m truly amazed and I feel incredibly blessed!! Thank you so much!!

Okay, so, now onto the really good stuff! I have had the opportunity to collaborate and interview with a super sweet young lady and her even more adorable business! Caitlin Childs is the CEO of All That it Seams. She is one of the most genuinely sweet people I’ve had the pleasure to meet! Caitlin has created the cutest women’s accessories business and the best part of it all is that 10% of every purchase gets donated to a no kill animal shelter in need! I am a huge animal lover and I’m an even bigger supporter of giving back to those, four-legged, fur babies!

                      (This is Caitlin and Bruce! Caitlin is the one behind this really amazing                    mission! The sweet pup you see is her Co-Head of Security, Bruce! Bruce is the pup she mentioned to me the most and so I had to make sure he got a debut too!)

I can not wait to see her new Fall 2017 line, she tells us more about what to expect in that new line this fall! I can already tell you its going to be worth checking out!! Her accessories are absolutely darling and also highly functional so, I know with out a doubt her new fall items are going to be just as darling and just as functional! One of my favorite items on her website now is the Ashley! Its a simple yet stylish convertible tote/backpack and it comes in 4 adorable patterns and colors!

( The Ashley- Gray Diamond )       ( The Ashely- Aqua Stripe )

With out further a do here is one of the best interviews I have ever had the opportunity to conduct! Y’all, I seriously was so nervous about sending these questions off for no reason at all! Caitlin was such a pro at answering these questions and in depth at that! We talk about the beginning struggles, happy memories with our daddies and their sweet advice, saving a sweet fur baby, and all about her upcoming fall line!

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  • Q: When did you start your business?

A:  I officially started my business in the fall of 2016. Even though the business is young, we have been blessed enough to receive a different celebrity endorsement with each product line launch. Things like that make me really excited to see where the business is going.

  • Q: How did you come up with the name “All That it Seams” for your business?

A:  I really enjoy puns and so I knew that I wanted the name to have a play on words. Once I came across that phrase, I just knew it was the one.

  • Q: When you first started your business, what was the most effective strategy for you to promote it? Did you see the best results by using social media, word of mouth, posting flyers in town, etc.?

A:  I feel like marketing the business has been one of the most difficult strategies to master, especially because every business professional seems to have different advice to give. Social media has definitely been one of the useful platforms for me simply because I do not live in the area of the country where my target market would normally be found, so I have to branch out and reach out to other parts of the country. Social media is the easiest way to do that.

  • Q: Are you married? Do you have any children? If so, how do you balance family time but still putting the long hours of work in? If not, how do you balance the time you spend with your friends and putting the hours working on your business in?

A:  I have been married for nearly three years now and my husband and I are currently expecting our first child. Whenever my husband agreed to let me stay at home and pursue this business full time, I got to make my own schedule which really helped with the work/life balance. I work while my husband is at work and then when he gets home, I call it quits for the day so that I can focus on my time with him. If there is ever a time where I have several orders to complete or lots of emails to answer, I can always wake up a little earlier to get my work done in time to spend the evenings with him.

  • Q:  Knowing that both of our dads are builders and both started their businesses from the ground up and we saw the struggles of growth first hand. Dads are usually always some of the best advice givers as it is, did your dad ever give you a piece of advice that has stuck with you and has made the biggest impact in the way you run your business? What was that piece of advice?

A:  From the time I was very young, my dad has instilled one lesson into my head over and over again. “Any job worth doing is worth doing right.” It didn’t matter if it was sweeping the floors of one of his new homes or helping my mom with the laundry. He taught me to take pride in every single job I do. I think that helped me tremendously in my business because with each product I make, I take the time to pay attention to the details and perfect them before I ever present them to the customer.

  • Q:  When you first started did you know what type of products you wanted to create and sell? Did you want to create the trendy products or did you want to create products with your own unique style?

A:  When I first got married, I accepted a job as a boutique manager. When I was in that position, I realized that in the women’s accessories industry, there were two categories: fashionable and functional. Those two categories never seemed to meet. Either you could choose from the same generic accessories that everyone else had, or you could choose something super stylish that was not functional at all. I wanted to bridge that gap. I knew that I was capable of creating products that were both useful in everyday life and yet allowed you to showcase your own sense of style.

  • Q:  Has your business always donated 10% of their profit towards no kill animal shelters or was it a difficult process to get started?

A:  We have always done that from the beginning. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why I started the business. About seven years ago, my rottweiler, Bruce, showed up at my door. Shortly after, a neighbor called animal control on him and he was relocated to a local shelter. I knew I had to have him so I went to the shelter to officially adopt him. When I got there, I was heartbroken to see that this once happy pup was now filled with terror and panic. From that point on, I knew I had to do whatever I could to make sure these shelters had enough funding to provide the animals with the physical and emotional support they deserve.

  • Q:  How can other animal lovers help give to the animals in the shelters if they are financially unable to give back?

A:  There are so many ways to help animal shelters that do not include monetary donations. Obviously, one way is to volunteer your time. Whether you help make sure the animals have a clean environment to live in, or you volunteer to help walk the dogs so that they can get some exercise and fresh air, shelters are always appreciative of any help they can get. They are also always in need of supplies. I’ve seen several people using their birthday or other special occasions to acquire donations for products that animal shelters need on a daily basis. There are so many options, all you have to do is get creative.

  • Q:  On an annual average, how much are you able to donate to the no kill shelters? Obviously to be able to donate all the money is the dream, but do you have a goal for this year that you would like to be able to donate?

A:  Since this is only our first year of business, it’s difficult to say how much we will be able to donate yearly. My goal is to be able to donate to multiple animal shelters each month, rather than just one. The more this business grows, the more we will be able to donate.

  • Q:  This fall you are launching a new fall line, what was your inspiration for the line? Were there certain colors, patterns, trends, etc. that inspired your fall product designs?

A:  For this line, I was really inspired by the mountains. As a kid, one of my favorite vacations was when my family would go skiing in the Rocky Mountains. I loved the fashion and getting to bundle up against the cold. I’ve included clean lines and rich colors that are reminiscent of those mountain scenes. I’ve also focused really heavily on warmth and being able to get through the cold winter months comfortably. Whether it’s the bag with an insulated pocket to keep your coffee warm, or the ultra-soft mittens with extra grip, every single product is perfectly formulated for winter.

  • Q:  When will your fall line be available on your website and where can my readers find it?

A:  I plan to be able to launch my fall line by October 1st. It will be available on our website (​www.allthatitseams.com​). However, for sneak peeks and updates on the progress, we will be updating on Instagram (@allthatitseams) and Facebook (facebook.com/allthatitseams).

  • Q:  What types of products will be in your fall line this year? Outdoor wear, handbags, beanies, knit headbands, etc.?

A:  I always like to include knit hats, ear warmers, and other accessories simply because they are essential for any winter wardrobe. The type of yarn I use is extremely thick which allows it to lock in the heat while still being super comfortable to wear. I also have bags that are highly functional and designed specifically for winter.
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Y’all is she not the sweetest or what? I did, unfortunately, have to cut some of the questions I asked due to the length of this post. I am so excited to be able to finally share this with you guys as it has been something I’ve kept quiet for the past week or so, but now I’m able to share and couldn’t be more excited! Make sure you check out All That it Seams on all of their links which I will have linked down with mine!! Show Caitlin and her business some love as she definitely deserves it!

A special Thank You to you Caitlin and All That it Seams for allowing me to interview you and to share your sweet business! I sincerely hope we will work together again in the near future and that we would be able to stay in touch! I would 100% promote your business anytime again!! Caitlin you were one of the most genuine business owners I’ve ever met and I truly do mean that!

With much gratitude and love in my heart,

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Have you always wondered how everyone starts their prayer journals and how they stick with using it? Before I started journaling, I certainly wondered that. I was never really taught how to use a prayer journal, I had to teach myself. I am going to share some tips and tricks with you and I am going to show you my prayer journal.

IMG_8690Starting a prayer journal doesn’t have to be super fancy, organized, and top notch. The notebooks I have in the picture above are simply from Walmart! I think they were like $3 each. I always enjoy having a cute notebook for my prayer journal just because it keeps me motivated and because I take my notebook every where with me and I just want a nicer looking notebook.

I also find some super cute notebooks at craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. If you do check out these craft stores make sure to look online for coupons!! I even know of some people creating a prayer journal binder and they just use loose-leaf and a binder. I personally like having things more compact and in one spot.

Okay so the first thing I even do when I sit down to start journaling is I write the Scripture I am reading through in the top corner. I also will write the name of the lesson if I am in bible study or Sunday school.

When I study or am in a bible study I don’t follow any method. I have tried the SOAP method and I have tried other study templates or methods but I just don’t like them. I feel like I’m not writing all of the stuff down I should be. Therefor, I simply just use bullet points. If I think ill want to remember something later or if I find something really interesting I just jot it down.

Don’t be afraid to get creative in your journal!! I LOVE doodling and I LOVE writing out the scripture or a verse that stands out to me. Hand lettering is one of my favorite things to practice in my journal. Get creative my friend!

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I know when I first started journaling I never knew what to write down. My friends let me tell you something! Your journal is all you! You have to figure out what you need to retain or what sticks out to you! Write down silly things if you want to. No one will ever know because your prayer journal is only for you and God to judge. IMG_8695

The pens that I love using are the Pilot G-2 ball point pens and the Pentel RSVP pens. They write the smoothest in my opinion and they are really good for hand lettering. Especially the Pilot G-2 pens. I also will use Sharpies from time to time, they do bleed through easily and so I don’t tend to use them a lot.

I hope that this helps anyone who has really wanted to start a prayer journal but just didn’t know where to even begin. If you still have any questions about starting a prayer journal feel free to comment below or visit my contact page and send me a message! Also I will have all of my Social Media linked down below so feel free to follow me there!

 

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