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Faith Lifestyle

What to Do With Your High Standards

Anyone old enough to have had any sort of life experience will tell you that you will get to a certain point in your mid-to-late 20s where people around you will begin to question your life choices – that is if they haven’t already. Questions will range from the timing of your masters and eventual PhD degree, to the number of kids you plan on having, and the exact number of years you plan on having between them.
If you happen to, like me, fall into the category of ‘still single’ during these blessed years, the situation will spiral downwards fairly quickly.

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Summer Bucket List: 2017 Edition

Host a brunch
Go to a BBQ
Ride a rollercoaster
Read 12 books
Paint or color!
Go to the beach and build a sandcastle
Develop a new recipe
See a play or Broadway show
Learn to play an instrument
Take a bike ride in the park
Build a vision board (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
Bake for someone
Buy a new outfit
Have breakfast in bed
Visit a museum or art gallery
Study Revelations
Run a 5K, 10K, half marathon or full marathon
Watch a movie in the park
Go swimming
Have drinks on a rooftop
Share your faith with someone you typically wouldn’t
Go three days without technology
Start a new hobby
Go thrift shopping
Have an ice cream cone
Learn a new skill
Give clothes away
Get out of your comfort zone
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Health & Beauty Lifestyle Tips

Tips for a DO BETTER New Year

Since we’re all still on that ‘New Year, New Me’ buzz, I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you some of the practical things I do to keep spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy.
 
Become a morning person

I know this is easier said than done, but there’s something about waking up early that I finds helps me feel a little more excited and positive about the day. I’m more cheerful, more productive, and I just find I’m a better person overall than when I laze in bed until the final alarm goes off. The key to becoming a morning person is very simple: go to bed earlier.

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The Great Purge

With the end of the year for me always comes the ‘Great Purge’ – a time to get rid of unnecessary things in my life, or as Paul so eloquently puts it: ‘strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up‘ (Hebrews 12:1). Of course the first step to doing that was getting rid of unnecessary belongings.
You know how Jesus tells the dude who comes to him asking about what to do to have eternal life to go sell all his belongings and give to the poor? The dude ended up sulking away because the thought of leaving everything he had acquired to follow Jesus was unimagineable.

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One Week of ClassPass

I like to think of myself as a purveyor of all things new and foreign. I’m open to trying anything at least once, and often regardless of cost. So when I caught wind of this amazing ClassPass deal – $19 for 5 classes – I had to jump on it, both for me and in order to share the experience.
 
The Rundown – What Is ClassPass?
ClassPass is a ‘new kind of gym membership’ that allows you access to a variety of classes and gyms in your area and across the US. How does this differ from signing up for a gym membership and taking different classes they offer, you ask? I asked the same thing.

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What I Have Learnt About Relationships in the Last Four Years of Being Single

I don’t like to talk about relationships very often. In particular because I feel like I’m the least qualified to do so. I have been in all of 2 two-year-long relationships, and dated maybe 3 or 4 others, so I don’t exactly have a storehouse of experience for my 26 (going on 27) years of human existence when it comes to having a relationship, much less a successful one.
However in the past 4 years, I have had the opportunity not only to observe extensively the relationships of others, but, surprisingly enough, observe myself and how I approach relationships from an objective standpoint.

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S&S Summer Bucket List 2016!!!

Guuuuuuuuuuuys!!!!
Summer is heeeeere!
School is out and  work is winding down and everyone is planning vacations – including myself  – and there’s a bunch of stuff I’m looking forward to trying out, places I want to go, and things I want to do! So I thought to myself – why not come up with a Summer Bucket List?!!
So here it is, my bucket list that’ll kick off June 1st – feel free to join in by hashtagging #SSSummer16.

Health & Beauty Lifestyle

Laying the Foundation

I am an (un)certified product junkie, and it doesn’t help that some of my closest friends are the same. We are always swapping advice and ideas about what the best new products are, what eyeliner to use for the best wing, and which powder is the best for baking. But our most important discussions always center around what the best foundation is because… well, it’s the foundation. It sets the precedence for everything else!
Now, there are different kinds of foundation – powder, liquid, cream, powder-to-cream, etc, etc – but I generally gravitate towards the liquid end of that spectrum.

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Warm Weather Skin Care

As the weather warms up (or doesn’t depending on the degree of global warming that has hit your side of the world lol) I always seem to become more prone to nasty breakouts and blemishes. So as winter begins to (slowly) fade away, I always need to revamp my skincare routine to make sure it remains as healthy as possible. Here are a few of my current faves:
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel, Extra Strength Formula, $16
This product is an absolute gem for those days when nothing seems to cure a pesky breakout and your skin just needs fast relief.

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April Health & Fitness Challenge

So forget a New Year’s Resolution – this year definitely did not start off as I planned health or fitness-wise (when does it ever? lol). But no point crying over spilt milk – this month I’ll be jumpstarting my journey back to being whole spiritually, emotionally AND physically, and I hope you’ll join in!
Now, a couple things to note as I have been down this road at least a dozen times before: there is no one-size-fits-all way to get the results you want to see when it comes to your health and fitness.

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Spring Tips

When it’s 64 degrees out on the last day of February, and your tempted to just roll down the pavement in sheer joy because you were able to venture out without a jacket, you know it’s time to start stocking up on your Spring favorites! So I thought I’d share a few spring tips I have for you!
 
 
 

Find a great Spring Fragrance
I have never been a fragrance person – one, because 90% of perfumes smell the same to me, and two, because I don’t like the idea of smelling like everyone else. Really, Light Blue and Black Orchid are great, but EVERYONE is wearing them.

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Confessions of a Commitment-Phobe

It’s that time of year again when everything turns red and we are bombarded with messaging telling us that the key to happiness is a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers from the person we love.
Of course, if happiness had a physical manifestation, I couldn’t imagine it BEING anything other than chocolate and flowers, so I’ll let Consumerism have this one.
Being single, I’d love to jump on the ‘I hate Valentine’s Day’ train, but that would be a lie. I love Val’s day.

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Relationship Advice Quarterly

You have to be friends with a dude/chick before you even think about relationships.
This is the best advice my uncle ever gave me – he’s so quirky but gives the absolute best relationship advice: Be friends with a guy. Don’t be in a rush to get him to lock you down. Talk about random things. Fight. Tell him what he does that annoys you. Annoy him and see how he responds lol. Friendship allows you to assess how someone would act in high pressure situations without the risk. 
We have become a generation of women that have followed Beyonce down this ‘if you like it put a ring on it’ path and pressuring men to jump into relationships ten seconds after we meet them, ‘or else’.

Health & Beauty Lifestyle

My Seven Tips to Living a Happy and Healthy Life!

So I’ve been looking for a way to describe this season I’m in (and I’ll definitely talk more about it in a couple weeks), but it’s kinda like Eudora Got Her Groove Back! It’s like I’ve got this crazy positivity all of a sudden – and it might be because I just came out of a ten-day Daniel fast last week (talk about spiritual and physical detox!) or because of that Sephora sale this past weekend, but whatever light was off somewhere suddenly switched on, and I’m loving it! 
So I thought I’d share the good vibes and the top things I do/have done when I’m mentally, physically, and/or spiritually worn out or congested that help me live a healthier and happier life in all