So, you need an internship. I know firsthand, how stressful it can be to get an internship that you love and will help you to get your dream job once you graduate college. Whether you need an internship for your academic program in order to graduate, or you just want one for your own personal benefit, internships are an amazing opportunity to experience the work-force. Personally, I am an elementary education major. In my program, I am not required to have an internship because we instead have placements in classrooms and student teaching. However, I wanted to add to my resume in order to get a teaching job in my first-choice school district. The summer after my sophomore year of college, I applied to an internship in the educational programming department for a museum for the fall, which is still going on now in the spring. My goal with this post is to provide you with some tips on how I landed my dream internship and how they can help you do the same!
1) START LOOKING EARLY & BROADEN YOUR SEARCH
If you want to land your dream summer internship, you need to start looking early. I know that might not be what you want to hear, but it’s totally worth it. Most summer internships will have deadlines by the end of March, some even before that. Take advantage of every outlet you have, your school career/internship department, connections from people you know, and of course the Internet. Research nearby companies and organizations and see if they have any opportunities. Also, don’t be afraid to broaden your search a little bit. You may find something of interest to you that relates to your major, even if it’s out of the box or slightly out of your comfort zone.
2) CREATE A STUNNING, TAILORED RESUME
You might be thinking that you already have a resume ready to go from your last job or other opportunity, WRONG. This internship is a new opportunity and demands a fresh resume. It is important to update your qualifications and past work/volunteer experience to highlight why you are the best candidate. Also, use your college education as an advantage, list any super important courses you have taken or certifications you have received through school. Also be sure to attach a personalized cover letter. If you need help customizing a cover letter, try this link!
3) SUBMIT APPLICATION & SEND A PERSONAL EMAIL
How you submit your application depends on the company or organization you are applying to. However, today most will be submitted online through their website or emailed to an internship coordinator. You might think you are done once you have hit that submit button, but I encourage you to take it one step more and send a thank-you email. At this stage in the process, you have not gotten the position, or even an interview, but you want to express your excitement for the opportunity. Do not be overconfident, but let them know you are ready for the challenge! If you need help, follow the template below.
4) DRESS THE PART
If you continue on to get an interview, which you are AWESOME, so I am sure you did, you now have to prove yourself. The interviewer knows what you are like based off of an application, but now they are going to meet you. No matter what position you are applying for, you need to be presentable and dress like you matter. It shows you care about yourself and you care about the job. You do not necessarily need to wear a suit, but I recommend wearing nice, pressed tailored-style pants (absolutely no denim material), a nice blouse (nothing too low or see through), and conservative shoes. If you can rock heels, by all means go for it, but if you’re going to be wobbling, pick something more comfortable. If a blazer makes you feel more sophisticated and polished, go for it. The key here is to exude confidence.
5) MAKE THE INTERVIEW FEEL LIKE A CONVERSATION
In the interview, the first step is to relax. I know you’re probably thinking easier said than done, right? It can be challenging, but I have found the key to this is balancing knowing yourself and how you feel about common interview topics, how you can relate your relevant experience to them, and lastly, how you can use those questions to find out more about the company or organization. If you do this, the interview will start to feel more like a conversation with the other person, instead of the hot seat with a judge staring at you.
6) SHOW YOU ARE DETERMINED AND PASSIONATE
Throughout the entire process, you want to show that you are both determined and passionate. A determined candidate shows they are ready to take on the challenge and are ready to bring their best to benefit the company or organization. Supervisors will not want to take on interns who seem unwilling and a lackadaisical attitude. You also want to show that you are passionate about the company or organization’s mission (make sure you know their mission statement) and how you hope to exemplify that mission. This shows you will show up to work with a positive attitude and that you are both ready to bring your best and learn from others as well.
7) SEND A THANK-YOU EMAIL/LETTER
The day after your interview, make sure you send a personal thank-you to the person who interviewed you. It is perfectly acceptable to send an email thank-you, but if you want to send a thank-you card in the mail, that is also great, and very memorable. (If you are going to physically mail it, I would recommend mailing it the same day as the interview so it gets there as soon as possible). In your note, make sure you thank the person for their time, mention a particular subject you discussed in the interview, and express your excitement to hear back from them. Again, be passionate and determined, but not over-confident. Here is a template for a thank-you note if you want inspiration!
8) FOLLOW UP
Lastly, it is important to follow-up. Hopefully, the interviewer will give you a deadline of when you should hope to hear an answer by. If they do, I recommend writing a polite email inquiring if they had reached a decision the day after the deadline. If they did not rely a deadline, you should email the same inquiry about two weeks after your interview. Doing so, shows your determination, and even if they did not choose you for the position, it is a professional practice, and will help them remember you for future opportunities.
I hope these tips help you out in your internship process! Let me know in the comments any questions you have!
Ahhhh February, the month of chocolate, candy hearts, larger than life stuffed animals . . . oh and love. Personally, I've always loved Valentine's Day. Every year I wear pink and red, make Valentine’s Day cards, and enjoy the festivities the day brings. Maybe it’s because my mom always made a big deal about Valentine’s Day, or maybe it’s because I just love to celebrate, but I truly love this day. Every year when stores would start displaying everything pink and red, I would be giddy with joy while my friends groaned once again. To me it didn't matter if I had a boyfriend or not, that wasn't the focus, I just love to celebrate holidays and Valentine's Day was no exception. From a young age, my mom and I would have Valentine's Day tea parties and she would help me craft the most amazing Valentine's Day box for our school party (one year we made a horse that required several boxes, and yes, it was the coolest thing in school). Now, my best college gal friends and I get all dressed up and go out to eat downtown for a Galentine's Day celebration.
I've always thought of Valentine's Day as a way to show love to the people that matter to you, not merely just a significant other. I think of my parents who have supported me and who send me countless care packages while I am in college. In fact this past week, my mom (who is the most extra care package giver ever) sent me a giant pink envelope, I kid you not it was 3 feet wide, with a HUGE Valentine’s Day card inside. The next day she sent a big box wrapped in sparkly red paper. Inside was a pink penguin stuffed animal holding a heart, along with a few other Valentine’s Day sentiments. I know my mom took time out of her day to show me she loved me, and that means so much to me. I also think of my absolutely AMAZING friends who are more than I deserve and how much I love them. Friends who are always there for me when I have a bad day and need to vent to or cry with, and who are there for me when I need a pep talk and a word of encouragement. I also think of my awesome coworkers who inspire me and help guide me in this whole career thing while I'm still a college student. Most importantly, I also think of God's Love.
As Christians, we all know God’s great love for us, but sometimes I forget to really feel it. I think it is very possible sometimes for us to get caught up in everything we feel like we need to do as Christians. We become very hyper-focused that we are portraying the right image and doing the right things, for fear of being thought of as a "bad" Christian. As a college student at a Christian university, there are plenty of people to compare yourself to. While I try not to do so, it is human nature to compare ourselves to others. While many of the things we do in an effort to be a “good Chrisitan” have good intent, sometimes we forget to just breathe and rest in our Father's amazing love. His love covers all parts of us, not just the parts that we like, or that we are okay with other people seeing. His love makes us complete. The burdens you are trying to carry, the parts of your life that you are trying to hide or take control over – surrender them to God. You were not meant to do those things on your own.
In my life, I have had many moments where I can just get too caught up in certain things. I can become obsessive about needing a certain thing to be done, or for my life to look a certain way by a certain time. For instance, I sometimes start to panic at the thought of me being 21 and all of the goals I have to complete in my 20s. Many of those things are beyond the horizon, but I still try to take control, and as a result, always end up feeling helpless. It is usually in the crisis of these moments that I realize how small I am and how big God is. Not small as in I am insignificant, but quite the contrary. God cares about every little thing, including every aspect of my life, and that all of my efforts in running after this ideal life, are nothing if I do not put my relationship with Christ first and above all. God is not saying that you shouldn't put forth effort to live a good life, you should. However, God is in control of all of it. There is not a minuscule part of your life that goes unnoticed to God. To think that my way is better is ridiculous, and sometime I just have to sit back and laugh at myself for obsessing over those things. God’s love for me is everlasting and perfect. He knows exactly what He wants for me and my life, and He knows the same for you.
I encourage you, this Valentine's Day and always, to rest in God's love.
Hey y’all! I got some requests for a daily-routine post, so I thought since we are still near the beginning of the semester (and the year) this would be a great day to share with you my daily routine. While my schedule is a bit different every day due to classes, I’ll give you a pretty typical look on what my schedule looks like and how I stay productive as a junior in college. I would love to hear how you stay productive and your tips and tricks in the comments below!
7:00 AM Wake Up
During the week, I generally get up at 7AM everyday. I don’t have any early morning classes this semester, but I always either go to my internship or on my off days head off to the gym.
9:00 AM In the Girl Boss Mode
I go to my internship 3 days a week (two of which are during the school week). Here I have my “big girl” job in the office assisting planning educational programming. I always bring my coffee thermos with me (drink all of it on the 40 minute drive), and then fill it up again while I am there. I also bring with me a small morning snack of almonds and an apple. My school week schedule is hectic so I don’t always have time for an actual lunch.
12:30 PM Time to Learn
This semester most of my classes were in the afternoon. I’m an elementary education major so as a junior, all of my classes are now in my major and are so fun! Since I don’t have time for an actual lunch break, I generally bring a snack with me to class.
4:00 PM Study Time
After classes are done, I typically go to study at one of our campus coffee shops. I bring my laptop with me (a must), my planner to stay organized, some headphones, order an Americano, and get to work.
5:30 PM Dinner Time
At dinner I get together with my group of friends who I love so much and we get to spend some quality time together and catch up on all of our days. My closest friends aren’t in my same major so I don’t have classes with them anymore, but we are intentional in our friendships and dinner is one way we all stay together. Since I am trying to be healthy I generally eat either a salad and grilled chicken or a turkey sandwich, along with fresh fruit.
7:00 PM Workout
I try to go to the gym 5 days a week. I have a membership at our YMCA and love using the cycling bikes and the treadmill. It’s fun to workout off campus and get a way a little. This semester I also joined a CrossFit class with my best friend that we do twice a week.
8:30 PM Nighttime Routine
After working out I shower and do my nighttime skin care routine. Balances ph levels, and helps prevent acne scarring. One of my favorites is Rosehip oil, which I greatly recommend. It rejuvenates skin, Even though it seems like I’m getting ready for bed, I still have homework to do.
9:00 PM Study Time
It seems like homework is never done! I generally make myself a cup of coffee (I know it’s terrible to drink coffee this late) and settle in nice and cozy to study for the rest of the night.
11:30 PM Bedtime
As long as there is no other pressing homework to be done, I try to go to bed at 11:30 that way I get a solid 7 hours of sleep. As a college student, it can be hard to get enough sleep, but it is so important in order to do well everyday.
I would love to hear about everyone's favorite parts of the day and how they stay productive. Let me know in the comments!
Let me start this post off with a disclaimer, I am not a professional in this subject, nor am I majoring in nutrition or kinesiology. Currently, I am a college junior who is starting this year off right by trying to live a more healthy life and lose some weight and gain some muscle. In college, I have had semesters where I'm really dedicated to my health, and others where I kind of fall off the wagon. This year though, it is my goal to starting making a lasting change. If you're interested in doing the same, I encourage you to keep reading to find out what has worked for me!
1) Figuring out what kind of exercise works for you (Gym, no gym?)
Over the past few years, I have tried several different things to get out and exercise. While I have enjoyed getting outside and going for walks and bike rides, I have found this past year that my favorite and most effective way is to go to the gym. Since I am a college student, I get a discounted membership at our local YMCA. I find that having to drive to and from the gym encourages me to put my all in the time that I am there. I use the treadmill, the cycling equipment, and strength training machines. Once you figure out what works for you, you will more inspired to exercise in whatever form you choose.
2) Learn How to Use Your Meal Plan
As a college student, most of us have some sort of meal plan. I will tell you right now that is both a blessing and a curse. If you can learn how to use it right, it can be an easy way to eat healthy. The way my school is set up, we have a dining commons that has a wide variety of food, and then we have the choice to go to Chick-fil-A or Einstein's Bagels. Most dining commons are designed pretty much the same. If you have access to a salad bar (and all schools should) it is best to load up a salad (use spinach for the most vitamins) and fill it with colorful vegetables, lean grilled meat, and use a natural dressing such as oil and vinegar. A second good option is to use the sandwich line where you can customize your own. The best idea is to find out
3) Keep only healthy snacks in your dorm/apartment
This point was a big one for me. I'm a stress eater, so I will eat whatever is around me when I get frustrated and stressed out, and in college that is often. Instead of snacking in chips or cookies, I snack on healthy things when cravings hit. I no longer keep any junk food in my dorm. My favorite foods to keep in my dorm are apples, clementines (good for a sweet fix), light string cheese, unsalted almonds, and baby carrots.
4) Keep a water bottle with you at all times
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but water helps your body function better. I have been trying to always keep a water bottle with me so I keep myself better hydrated. I can already tell how much better it makes me feel.
5) If you're a coffee drinker, start being more careful of what you order
I LOVE coffee, and all forms of it. I enjoy getting vanilla lattes, caramel macchiatos, and the seasonal pumpkin spice and peppermint mochas. While those are all delicious they are full of calories and sugar. Now, my go to order is an americano. It gives me the espresso taste and kick I want, and it's also lighter on my wallet.
6)Take a multivitamin
This is something I started doing recently. I bought the Equate brand Women's Multivitamin Gummies. There were 150 gummies in the bottle (good for 75 days) for around $7. They are easier to digest than pill form vitamins and support your immune system and metabolism. I definitely recommend adding these (or some other type of vitamin) to your daily health routine!
7)Don't completely cut anything out
This is the rule that keeps me on track. In years past, I would completely cut things out. I would say that I was not going to eat ice cream once during my year-long diet. When I would fall off my diet, I would be really hard on myself and would cause more problems. Now, I follow the 80/20 rule. I eat healthy and light around 80% of the time. 20% of the time, I allow myself a treat with friends. If I am going out to eat with my friends or going to get ice cream with them, I don't say no. I'm only in college once, and I don't want to stay in my room instead of going out with friends.
8)Find something fun for exercise
I have my normal exercise routine of going to the gym and using the treadmill and bike machines, but I also like to switch it up. This semester I am trying two new things to add some fun. On Wednesday nights, I am going to a CrossFit class with my best friend, and on Saturday mornings I am going to a cycling class. I suggest trying adding something to switch it up and have some fun! You could also try taking lessons in a sport or try something completely different like hot yoga, or cross-country skiing.
As you are making progress on your goals, whether that is to lose weight, gain muscle, or just feel better, giving yourself healthy rewards can help motivate you. Below you can see the rewards list I've been using for my weight-loss journey!
10) Figure out how to track your progress
My last tip for you is to figure out a way to track your progress. If you know that you are making progress in your journey, it will help you stay motivated. For me, since my journey is to lose weight, I weigh myself once a week to keep myself on track, but never more than that. I find that keeping track daily is too obsessive and ends up hurting more than helping. You can keep track of progress in a health journal, use a chart, or some other way to track your progress and write down your goals.
I hope these tips help you and inspire you to live a healthier life in college. I know it can be difficult to do so during such a stressful and busy time, but it helps so much. Let me know in the comments what you like to do to stay healthy!
I was driving to my favorite coffee shop, Caribou Coffee, to work a bit on the blog, but not entirely sure of what I wanted to write about. I wanted it to be honest, true, and even a bit vulnerable, but unsure how and what to write. Of course, with God being who He is, on the drive over, the song “Beloved” by Jordan Feliz came on the radio. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard the song, if you haven’t you should definitely check it out here, but the lyrics start like this:
Those words “You are beloved” really resonated with me. The truth is, this semester, I have struggled with feeling good enough, and feeling unlovable. And that’s hard for me to admit to myself, and to you. I like to think I’m a solid Christian young woman who has it all together, who knows she is completed in Jesus and doesn’t need a man to complete her, and that God has a man out there for me and we’ll meet one day on His timing. The truth is though, that was becoming hard for me to accept and keep me satisfied. I attend a Christian university where by the time you’re a junior, it seems like everyone has this amazing godly relationship, all of a sudden my friends are getting engaged right and left, and I’m still sitting here, a girl who’s never even been on a date. I started thinking that there was something wrong with me. I thought, I go to a school where there of tons of Christian guys, in fact, I’m friends with a large number of guys, and none of them have ever had an interest in me. There must be some reason for that. In particular, one of my best guy friends, who I had feelings for for two years, never liked me back. It took me a significant amount of time to get over that. It made me think I wasn’t good enough, and there was nothing he did wrong to make me think this, it was all caused by me. I started analyzing everything, thinking there must be something, to the point where it consumed me. I started to doubt that I would never meet a godly guy who would love me in a romantic way. I started picking apart the physical aspects first, I wasn’t thin enough or pretty enough. Then I started thinking I wasn’t exciting enough, I was too boring or feel in whatever too something enough.
It can be easy to get caught in that trap when we're at this age, particularly if there is a pressure to find a husband quick, like there is in the Bible Belt South. However, do not buy into the lie that satan wants you to believe. You are enough, and you are exactly where God wants you to be.
If you have ever found yourself in a similar situation, let me tell you you are not alone. A lot of us, like to pretend that we’re immune to feeling that way. That we’re too grounded in our faith to let that feeling sneak in, but that is why I wanted to share it with you. YOU ARE BELOVED. I’m still in the process of rebuilding my self-confidence on relying totally on God, and believing that God has someone out there for me. So I invite you all on that journey with me. To be a generation of young women who claim Jesus as their true love, and who know their worth and own it with every ounce of their being. When the lies start to infiltrate that you are not worth it, remember that you are God’s beloved. And repeat after me, I am worth it. I am BELOVED.
The idea of perfection is nothing new. Many people struggle with it, people of all ages, genders, and careers. There have been countless blogs written about living by a standard of grace and not perfection, mine is not the only one, nor the best one. I like to think that I don't struggle with perfection, or that if I did, it's really not that bad of a thing. I tell myself that there a lot of worse things to struggle with. I also never want to be thought of as someone who uses struggling with perfection as a way to brag about themselves. That's why I want to talk about this. I want you to know, that it is okay to struggle with perfection. It is a real thing, and it can be extremely frustrating and debilitating. I want you to know that if perfection is something you struggle with, you are allowed to admit it, and you don't need to hide it for fear of what others will think.
Honestly, I didn't notice my struggle with perfection until a couple of weeks ago. To make a long story short, I was a girl who was trained to take every advanced class and good opportunity that came her way. However, I was forced to make a decision this past month about my summer, which will be before my senior year in college, about an internship. I had to decline the amazing opportunity due to its dangerous location. However, after a few days of over thinking and irrationally freaking out about not being "good enough" when I graduate, I realized this was a pattern of struggling with perfection and always doing the next step. This realization inspired me to make 2018 a year of making progress in different areas of my life, instead of striving for perfection.
1) Schedule time for studying, but also time for rest.
This upcoming semester I have scheduled time for purposeful studying. It is my goal to in a sense, "work smarter instead of harder." In the past, I have felt like I always studying and working on projects, but not actually getting that much done. In retrospect, my time spent doing homework was also spent texting on my phone, browsing Pinterest, and other things. Instead, I plan on really devoting my scheduled time for school matters and getting the most done during that time.
2) Be a good intern, but know that I am only one person.
I am very blessed to have a great internship at a place I love with amazing coworkers. However, the past semester I would get stressed out easily due to it, especially because it was 40 minutes away from my school, and I would sometimes put internship work ahead of school work. This semester I am dedicated to performing well in my internship, but also asking for help when I need it, and being honest with my supervisor if I am being too overwhelmed between all of my responsibilities. If you're like me and balance school and work or an internship, remember that your education should come first. I know it's easy to get caught up in the "real world" of careers once you start, but remember that you haven't graduated yet!
3) Be diligent in living a healthy lifestyle, but also say yes to ice cream with a friend.
Over the years, I have tried several times to live healthier, but I have learned that the best results come from a balance. This year, I am not giving myself a number of a measurement for a goal, but a state of being happy and healthy. For me, this means going 4-5 days a week to my local YMCA to work out and choosing healthy foods in the dining hall, and not doing as much eating on the go. However, it also doesn't mean that I can never indulge in a little treat. For me, this means not keeping any goodies around the dorm, but if a friend and I want to go out to dinner or get ice cream, I can say yes and know that I just need to balance it.
4) Spend more time in the Bible, but know I do not need to be a "perfect" Christian.
I want to genuinely spend more time digging into Scripture and living my life more intentionally, but I also need to realize that there is no perfect Christian. In the world of Christian bloggers, there is a pressure out there to seem like you have it all together and portray this perfect world, when that is far from the truth.
5) Do my best to prepare for the future, but accept that I don't know what the future is.
One of the biggest realizations that has hit me since the start of 2018 is that next year I graduate college, get an apartment, and have a big girl job. The thought of that is extremely exciting but also equally terrifying. This year I want to do my best to make sure I am doing what I can to secure my future and have a good start after college, but not obsess. I don't know what's going to come after I graduate, and as hard as that is for me to accept, it is necessary.
My goal for this blog post is to share with you my dreams and worries, and to show that we all have them. I hope you come alongside me and make this year about progress and not perfection.
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go!" I'm not sure if it's just me, but I feel like Christmas is coming so fast this year. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday, and I admittedly start the Christmas music and movies on November 1st each year. Over the years there have been many traditions that I hold dear to my heart, some that have stayed the exact same, and others that have evolved over time. Continue reading below to find out about my Top 5 Christmas traditions.
1. Watching White Christmas
While I am a fan of almost every Christmas movie out there, my all-time favorite is Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Made in the 1950s, it take place after WWII in a cozy Vermont Inn. Full of wonderful musical show numbers, as well as a star studded cast including Rosemary Clooney and the one and only Bing Crosby. My family and I take time to slow down once every Christmas season and watch this Christmas classic. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it!
2. Christmas Lights Drive With Eggnog Shakes
A few days before Christmas, when most people have all their Christmas lights and decor up outside, my family and I go on an evening drive around a few of the neighborhoods in our city. On our way, we always stop to get Eggnog milkshakes, which if you are an eggnog fan, are amazingly delicious. It's always so fun to see the houses that go all out and are full of Christmas lights.
3. Building A Gingerbread House
Before college, my mom and I generally made a gingerbread most years, but it wasn't quite every year. Now since my freshman year of college, my friends and I at school have enjoyed building one together during finals week. It's a good way to relax together, turn up some Christmas music, and squeeze in some festive fun in between studying and writing papers. Some years it turns into a bit of a competition too!
4. Town Tree Lighting
Again, this is a new Christmas tradition that started in college. The first Friday in December, my college town has a picturesque Christmas tree lighting downtown. The tree is huge, and is lit up with thousands of lights. Before the tree is lit, a local high school band plays Christmas carols which adds a touch of Christmas magic to the atmosphere. Right down the street is our favorite local coffee shop, so we always stop first to get peppermint mochas or hot chocolate and then walk over the the tree for the countdown.
5. Pickle Present
This was a tradition that we started when I was in elementary school and it goes back to Victorian tradition. We have a pickle ornament that is hung on the tree during the afternoon on Christmas. When it's time, whoever finds the pickle ornament first gets an extra present. In my case, it's just me looking for the ornament, but my mom always hides it super well. It's a fun way to extend Christmas throughout the entire day and not just in the morning. This tradition has been getting more popular recently, so it's pretty easy to find one of the ornaments. Click here to purchase a pickle ornament!
I hope you enjoyed reading about these traditions, maybe you and your family share some of these traditions as well. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be getting back on the blog! It has been a crazy semester and I am looking forward to getting back to a regular blogging schedule over winter break! That said, today I want to share with you my experience reading and digging into the She Reads Truth Bible. I was given the Bible to review for B&H Publishing by FrontGate Media. While I was given the Bible for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Continue down below to read about the key features of this Bible, my thoughts, and find out how to enter a giveaway for your own free copy of She Reads Truth!
1. First Thoughts
The Bible is nice and sturdy and packaged in a very cute way. A few pages into the Bible, readers can find the She Reads Truth mission statement: "Women in the Word of God every day." This is an amazing statement to keep in our hearts and mind. The goal of this copy of the Bible is to provide women with a beautifully designed book that provides devotionals designed for women who want to dive into God's Word.
2. Key Features
There are four key features to the She Reads Truth Bible, which is translated in the Christian Standard Bible version. First, each book has a key verse. The key verse is written out in a beautiful calligraphy design on the opening page of that book's section. On the opposite side there is also an introduction page that gives context in culture and the timeline. In each book are also multiple short devotionals for readers to do. There is also a reading plan at the beginning of each book to help pace yourself.
3. It is put together BEAUTIFULLY
Aside from the amazing devotionals, the Bible's exterior and interior pages are designed simply beautifully. I had such a fun time looking at each book's key verse page's art and how it was so intricately and thoughtfully designed.
Overall, the She Reads Truth Bible is a beautiful and well put-together copy of the Bible that women of all ages will enjoy! Click this LINK to enter to win one of seven free copies of She Reads Truth!
Hello everyone! This semester has been crazy in so many ways so far, and I admit that I am still in the process of figuring out how to balance it all. This includes the blog! Anyways, today I want to share with you the devotional, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for kids. by Sarah Young. The book contains daily devotions for young kiddos, for the kid in your life, or if you are a kid at heart! From the best-selling author of Jesus Calling, Young has put together a collection of encouragement to help kids keep the joy of Jesus in the center of their lives. Down below, I'm going to share with you my favorite three things about the book!
1. The devotional is written from the perspective of Jesus. When the kiddos read the book, they are reading it as if Jesus is speaking to them. When the kids read, or their parents read to them, they aren't just reading about Jesus, but they are hearing the words as if Jesus was talking straight to them.
2. The devotional has a recurring theme of joy, a special gift that Jesus gives us. Children have the wonderful nature of already being full of joy, and this book replenishes this. In the world we live in today, one can never have too much joy.
3. The layout is also very kid-friendly. Each daily devotion has a central verse it is based from, the devotion, and then suggestions for further reading.
While the focus of the devotion may be for children, I have found very quickly that sometimes that simple message is just what I need. Attending a Christian university, I sometimes get so caught up in classes that are focused on theology and things way beyond my comprehension, that I forget the simple truths.
I'm sure you all will love the book as much as I have! If you are interested, click this link to enter a giveaway for a copy of the book!
In general, I like to think that I'm pretty moderate when it comes to makeup. I enjoy getting dolled up on certain days, but most days I have a go-to makeup routine. There are definitely days when I don't wear any makeup, which I genuinely encourage you to do every once in awhile (or as often as you want). However, for me, since I student teach twice a week and go to my internship three times a week, it is important for me to pull together a polished and professional look. Below are 5 of my all-time tested and true makeup products.
1. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation
I have tried many foundations over the years, including both powders and liquids, but this has become my new favorite. I have pale to light skin with lots of freckles, so it is important for me to have a foundation that balances my skin tone, but does not cover up and blur my freckles. This lovely compact powder foundation does the job. Also, they do an excellent job of having a huge array of shades to choose from. I have been a fan of Bare Minerals for awhile now, and this product is my ultimate favorite.
2. Buxom Full-On Lipstick
I will be the first to admit that I own way too many lipsticks, lip glosses, lip stains, and whatever other names there are for lip products. However, this has become my go-to for days where I want something that is bold, but not over the top, and something that will last. My favorite shade is Brooklyn, which they describe as a fig color. It goes on smoothly and the color doesn't fade, and it doesn't dry out my lips. Shop Here
3. Tarte Amazonian 12-hr Blush
This is actually a new product I have discovered. I used to always use a blush by Physician's Formula, but received a sample of this from Sephora and I absolutely adore it! The color I have is called Risque and it is described as a peachy nude, which greatly compliments my fair skin tone. It blends incredibly well and is long-lasting while not being over the-top bold.
4. Makeup Forever Mascara in Smoky Extravagant
I also discovered this product from a sample from Sephora. Hands-down, mascara is one of my ultimate favorite beauty products. No matter how much makeup you are wearing, mascara can transform your look. The brush has a rounded base and thinner top, which allows the wand to produce amazing volume and length, but not look fake. It takes a lot for me to switch mascaras, but this one did the trick.
5. Naked2 Eye Shadow Palette
I normally wear eye shadow about half of the time. When I do wear it, I like something soft and feminine, but with the option of a bit of bold. The colors are neutral with a hint of sparkle. I like to have a beige colored base with hint of light grey and pink. If I want to be more bold, I can also do a great smoky eye.