Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real

Hi guys.

Writing this post wasn’t really planned. I was at work last night, and I just had this incredible urge to get real with y’all who read my blog. Not that anything I post on here isn’t real, it is all 100% me, but something occurred to me last night, and I felt the need to share it.

So here we go.

I had mentioned in one of my first posts that I had been diagnosed with gastritis. Basically what that is, is when the lining of the stomach is inflamed. Before I was diagnosed, I was constantly feeling nauseous; I also have acid reflux so my stomach would burn as well. For months I was told it was just my acid reflux, but I knew it was something else, and I got to the point that I was eager to do anything in order to find out what the heck was wrong. One of the worst parts was not knowing. I would constantly feel sick and I wouldn’t know why, and that frustrated me to the point of tears. I remember being on the floor of a bathroom crying to God what was wrong with me. Then a week after that I was diagnosed, and for some reason I thought that putting a name to it was going to cure everything, but newsflash!

It didn’t.

I do take medication, and I do stray away from certain foods, but you know what?

I still get nauseous.

I still feel like my insides are burning up.

I feel like I am constantly raging war with my stomach, and I hate it.

There have been several occasions since being diagnosed that I have once again been frustrated. I take medicine, why am I still feeling awful? Why do I feel like I can’t eat? I’ve taken on a new set of questions that I have yet to have the answers too.

That’s okay though. I am slowly learning to be okay with it.

The other day I was watching a video by a YouTuber/Blogger named VivaciousHannah, and one of the things she said that really got to me was “God made both the mountain peaks and the valley lows. Who are we to say that one’s more beneficial than the other?”

I am not saying that God cursed me with gastritis.  While he is a Father of discipline, he is also the definition of love, and I highly doubt that God would want to inflict pain on his children; after all he told his very own son to go die on a cross so that our pains could be washed away in his blood.

What I am saying is, although I am going through this, it doesn’t mean that God is no longer looking out for me. He sees the pain I’m in. He knows what’s going on, and he is quietly working things out in ways that I haven’t come to realize yet. Until then, I am still having to battle with this illness, and once again that’s okay. I like to think that there is a reason behind it.

Maybe it is so I can grow closer to Him.

Maybe it is because I can relate to others and share testimony.

Maybe it will bring me to people that I wouldn’t meet otherwise.

I don’t know, but I do know that it is okay not to know (sorry, crazy sentence there). Although I do like to think I know a lot, in reality I don’t- ESPECIALLY compared to God. So after getting super frustrated last night because my stomach was on fire, I decided to let it go. There is nothing more I can do other than take my medicine, eat right, and pray. As long as I’m doing that the Lord will meet me halfway, and probably even beyond that.

I am not writing this for sympathy. I am not writing this because I have all the right answers (as said in the above paragraph, I don’t). I am writing this because 1) The Lord put it in my heart to do so and 2) I know there are so many people who are in my shoes. There are so many illnesses that don’t get awareness, and there are so many people that we walk by daily who are suffering on the inside.

I just wanted to let y’all know that if that is you, I am praying for you. I am with you, GOD is with you. I am always here to lend a hand and a shoulder. You don’t have to go through this alone. In fact, as long as you have proclaimed that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are NEVER alone.

I hope that this post helps you in some shape or form. I hope it brings you peace knowing that God has got your back and he is working things out, as long as you trust him.

Let’s get through this together.

Much love,

Kassie

xoxo

King of My Heart

King of My Heart

Doubt. That word has been running through my head lately, and sadly it has traveled from my head to my life. Not only have I been doubting myself, but mostly I have been doubting God.

I have been in church long enough to know that God is bigger than any mountain, and that he is always working in the favor of those who love him. While that is completely and utterly true, I somehow still tend to have thoughts that what I am going through cannot be fixed. I am sure y’all have had those same thoughts: your relationships are too broken, your financial situation is hopeless, your chances of getting that job is little to none. It is truly a vicious cycle that tends to cloud our vision of God’s promises.

Yes, he does have promises for us. And the most wonderful part about it is that he keeps every single one of them.

Let’s jump into some scripture, shall we? James 1:5-6 says,

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.”

When we fully trust in Lord from the very beginning, that is when the waves of trouble don’t seem so scary. In fact, they sometimes even calm down a bit. In my own life, I have noticed that when something goes wrong, I sometimes don’t go straight to God and ask him for his wisdom and guidance, and that is when doubt enters. Instead, I run to him later on when things get REALLY ugly and I realize I can’t do it alone. When we divide our loyalty like this, (between God and worldly solutions) we become confused, stressed, or as the bible says, “unstable.” (James 1:8) That is when the “This will never work out” and ” This will haunt me forever” quotes start spilling out. But let me tell you something: God doesn’t want us to be that wave that is tossed around by the wind, he doesn’t want our doubts to overwhelm us. In reality, he wants us to allow him to overwhelm our doubts.

Remember those promises I was talking about? In Isaiah 43:16 God says,

“I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.”

God is willing to give us a straight path to victory in our circumstances, for he is already the Victor! In order for this to happen though, we have to allow him to be the King of our hearts. We have to  trust in him when worry crosses our minds. We have to follow his will instead of our ours. We have to worship him through dark times. Yes, we have to praise him for his goodness even when times get tough! You know why? Because God is good, and he LOVES US. He wants to bless us with things greater than we can imagine; he wants to do miracles in our lives so that we can share our testimony. Let’s allow him to do so. 

I encourage you to listen to the song linked down below. It is 17 minutes, but I really advise just taking that amount of time out of your day to truly listen to what the words mean and how they apply to your life. I have been listening to it consistently in the past week, and it has totally wrecked my life (In the greatest way possible).  It is the perfect anthem for saying “no” to doubt, and saying “yes” to Jesus.

Much love,

Kassie

xoxo

King of My Heart (w/ spontaneous) – Steffany Gretzinger & Jeremy Riddle

 

Simple Summer Makeup Look

Simple Summer Makeup Look

Hello, friends! I am VERY excited to share with you today my first ever makeup tutorial! I was inspired to do this look a couple of weeks ago when I went to the beach. Summer is right around the corner, and this look is perfect when doing outside activities in the 90-100 degree weather. It protects your face from those sun beams and it’s also super simple. So let’s begin!

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The first part, (which is the most important) is skincare! First, I put on the Smashbox Primer Water to freshen up my face. Then, I massaged a nickel-sized amount of sunscreen lotion onto my face. The one I’m using is oil free, so if you have oily skin you are good to go with this product! Speaking of oily skin, this look has a more dewy effect, so if your skin is oily I recommend putting on a little bit of loose powder on your face BEFORE your foundation. This will help you not look like a greasy hot dog over time, and believe me you don’t want that! Next, I got a dime-sized amount of the Garnier BB Cream and mixed in one tiny drop of the Smashbox Primer Oil. The oil will help hydrate the skin and give it that dewy finish. I just buffed that concoction in, and once that was complete I applied NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard under the eyes. This isn’t a super glam look so I felt that highlighting the nose, forehead, etc. was unnecessary. Once that was blended in I set everything with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent.

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This is what the base should look like!

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Next up is the brows! I went really simple with mine, but if you’re a brow girl, you do you! I used the Anastasia Brow Definer in Chocolate to fill in any sparse areas, which for me personally is the tail of my brows. Then, I set them with the L’Oréal Brow Stylist Plumper.

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Next is the eye shadow, and it is perfect for you makeup novices out there. All I did was dab a blending brush into some bronzer and blended it out in the crease and on my lower lash line. Yup, that’s it. You could leave it blank, but I really like using this technique because it gives your eyes a little bit of definition, which will really complement the next step of this tutorial.

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Now That we have a base, defined eyes, and lovely brows, it is time to liven up the face a bit. For this look I used a liquid bronzer and a TEENSY bit of powdered bronzer. The reason I used liquid is so that it would last longer throughout the day. The more powders you use, the more likely they will fade, especially when you’re outside sweating! So a hot, sunny day = more liquid products. Anyways, as shown above I put one pump of the Benefit Hoola Liquid Bronzer on the back of my hand and then used my finger to place little dots in the hollows of my cheekbones. I also dotted a little bit on the perimeter of my forehead, and used what was left over on my jawbone.

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Once that was done, I blended everything out! I will say to be reaallly careful when blending out liquid bronzers. Be precise on where you’re blending it out. I suggest doing upward motions; if the bronzer goes below the cheekbones your face will start to look dirty.

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Next is highlighting and blush!! This tutorial is geared towards a healthy, “natural,” glowy type of look, so these two steps will really give us what we’re going for. First, I went in with a cream highlighter from Colourpop called “Wisp.” I just used my finger and dabbed it onto the tops of my cheekbones, the arch of my brows, the tip of my nose, and my cupids bow. Next, I popped on Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. Using these products in this particular order with help the skin look like it has a “glow from within.”

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Next is lashes! Nothing special really. I used a sample mascara from Estee Lauder and to help my lashes stay curled I used a Physician’s Formula organic mascara. You use what works for you!

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And last but not least, is the lips! I used a pinky-nude lip liner and topped it off with NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. You don’t have to use lip liner, but I like it because it helps the lipstick lasts longer. I also really love the lip pencil for my natural makeup days because it’s sheer with a good amount of shine.

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And that is it for this tutorial! I really hope y’all enjoyed it as much as I loved doing it. If y’all have any tutorial ideas, let me know down in the comments!

Much love,

Kassie

xoxo

Products Used:

Smashbox Primer Water

Smashbox Primer Oil

Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen

Garnier BB Cream

Benefit Liquid Bronzer

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit

ABH Brow Definer

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Colourpop Highlighter

Milani Baked Blush

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Physician’s Formula CC Mascara

NARS Satin Lip Pencil

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray

P.S. All photo credits go to Nina Leon!

It’s the Little Things

It’s the Little Things

Greetings, readers! How are y’all? I hope your week has been great so far. Mine has definitely been dragging, probably due to the fact that I am eagerly awaiting the day of graduation. Just 23 more days!

Anyways, today I am going to be sharing with you something that has really been a wake-up call for me personally, and that is serving. As a Christian, serving is something I should be striving for everyday, and lately I noticed that I was going at it the wrong way. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE helping people. I appreciate help when I receive it, so I am all about paying it forward, but the issue I had come to recognize is that I liked helping others when it was convenient for me. I am all about plans, and when something messes up my plans I would get mad and frustrated. This attitude of mine caused me to pass on opportunities for me to serve others, and that is not okay. The verses that really caught my eye about my problem was Colossians 3:12-14 (NLT) which says,

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

When others asked for my help out of the blue, I would respond with anger, frustration, and annoyance, which is nothing at all what is described in the verses above. God did a major heart check on me, and now that I am aware of my previous actions I take every opportunity of service that I can get. I am by no means perfect now; changing my attitude has definitely been a process. There have been several times when people have asked me to give them rides somewhere, and I was tempted to say no because I was low on gas and didn’t have much cash to fill up my tank. Instead, I said yes and each time was totally worth it. Once I see the smile on their faces, or hear the appreciation in their voices, I also witness the fruit of Lord- not just in their life, but mine as well. When we take care of others, God takes care of us. I never did have to scrape for change for gas money; instead, sufficiency has been flourishing in my life.

Another dimension of serving is not just doing it, but doing it with LOVE. It changes the game completely. I’m sure when Jesus served others he wasn’t moaning and groaning, and we shouldn’t either. In 1 Corinthians 13:2-3, Paul stresses that none of the good works we do matters if we do not do it with love. Nothing. I could feed all of the orphans in the world, but if I did it out of obligation and not out of love, it would be worth nothing in the Kingdom. When we serve with love, we are showing those we accommodate the compassion the Lord has for them. Without it, we are serving because we want recognition for ourselves.

The last thing I would like to share with you, is that serving someone does not have to be a big gift by any means. What I have learned in the past couple of weeks is that people really appreciate the little things. They appreciate the random “I love you” texts, or the tight hugs. Do them a small favor and they will thank you for the rest of their days, but the most effective service of all is when we do it without them asking, or we say “okay” with no hesitation. THAT is when they see God’s love, and it is one of the most fulfilling things to see and be apart of.

The world is a lot bigger than the personal bubbles we live in.  Even though some may not show it, millions of people are hurting, and they are trying to find comfort that only God’s love can fulfill. So let’s not get too wrapped up in our own lives, and instead be vessels that the Lord uses to bless others. Let’s put down our plans and follow his.

Much love,

Kassie

xoxo

 

A (Roommate) Match Made in Heaven

A (Roommate) Match Made in Heaven

SURPRISE! I decided to upload two blog posts this week since I didn’t post last week. Which by the way, I am very sorry about. Life happens and it can get a little crazy, so I hope y’all can forgive me.

Any-who, today I just really wanted to share with y’all something amazing that has happened recently. By the title you can probably already guess what it’s about so I’m just going to get right into it.

I HAVE A ROOMMATE!!!

This is a big deal to me. Once I decided to go to UT and I filled out everything I needed too, my next concern was finding a roommate. To me, living with someone for several months is a pretty big deal, and I especially wanted to room with someone who was a Christian and strong in their faith. A lot of people say it’s impossible to have your first roommate also be a great friend, but I wanted to prove that theory wrong. I am definitely a “look at the glass half full” type of gal so I decided to pray over the situation and start searching. Mariana was one of the first people to pop up on a website I found that did compatibility tests. I could feel God telling me to contact her; it didn’t have to be a big deal or anything, just say hello. So that’s exactly what I did, and it went great! After that we even texted and FaceTimed for an hour, and I couldn’t help but think “Is this who I’m supposed to room with God?” To me it seemed way too easy, and too much of a dream come true, but let me tell y’all something: God LOVES to bless his children.

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Weeks passed by, and with several attempts to try and get together, all of them failed. Mariana and I both have jobs, so finding a good amount of time to set aside and meet each other was difficult to do. I started to stress out about it; I felt like if this didn’t work out I wouldn’t know what to do about finding a roommate, but God’s timing unveiled a pleasant surprise.

The day of my senior prom was a day of joy, and not because of the dance, but because I finally got to meet my soon-to-be roommate. I decided not to go to prom months ago; it was a lot of money and I had already been twice so there was no need to go, and it all worked out because God had bigger plans that day. It was sunny, warm, and breezy on a day that was supposed to pour down rain, and I got to eat a delicious lunch with Mariana and her sister at Zoë’s Kitchen. She the got the day off from work at the last minute, and I had no plans! It was God given. Lunch was a blast- a lot laughter, talking, and hugging. My favorite part though was the fact that we could talk about our faith with each other. Sometimes I feel like it’s hard to find friends who I can truly have a deep conversation with about God, and Mariana showed me that those types of friends are out there. When we both decided to officially be roommates, we hugged and giggled so much that everyone around us was staring, but I didn’t care. I was so joyous.

So yeah! Now that I have a roommate, I’m even more excited to attend UT in the fall. I couldn’t have asked God for a better turnout of my roommate situation. He has not only blessed me with amazing roommate, but an amazing friend.

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P.S. Mariana if you’re reading this, we need to go dorm room shopping SOON! #roomdecorexcitesme 😀

April Favorites!

April Favorites!

Hi friends! Today’s post is going to be all about my April favorites. If you aren’t familiar with monthly favorite posts or videos, basically I’m going to share with you everything I absolutely adored during the month of April! Being an avid YouTube watcher, watching videos like these are one of my favorites (haha), so I thought I’d go ahead and join the bandwagon. Now without further ado, let’s begin!

Beauty

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation Oh. my. goodness. This stuff is amazing! Out of all beauty products I am the most picky about foundation, so when I found this gem it automatically became a holy-grail product for the spring and summer. It is SUPER lightweight but yet has amazing coverage! And if you need a little more coverage for those bad skin days, it is also really buildable. Also, it has an SPF of 15 in it so its great to use on those hot summer days. THANK YOU TARTE! You have done me a good service. My skin is now beautiful and flawless. 

ABH Brow Definer: This product has totally changed my brow game. Before using the brow definer, I used a L’Oreal brow pencil that it is extremely similar to the ABH brow wiz. I liked the product itself, but I didn’t like how long it took me to fill in and shape my brows. The definer has totally fixed that problem for me! You can do super thick strokes or tiny hair-like strokes. If you are a girl with thick brows, I totally recommend this!

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Becca Mineral Blush in HyacinthHonestly, when I first got this blush I was a little skeptical because 1) It was prettyyy pricey, and 2) It’s bright pink! Definitely out of my comfort zone. I tried it out anyways and now it’s one of my favorite blushes! I usually wear it when I have a natural makeup day, and it really makes my face look fresh and awake. I will say though, it is VERY pigmented so you have to use a light hand. 

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Clinique Pep-start Eye Cream“Wow” is all I can say about this eye cream. I have pretty dark under-eye circles and this cream brightens them up like no other. I only have the sample size, but I am definitely going to get the full tube!

Food

Brothers All Natural Fuji Apple CrispsThe first time I ever had these was when I was 10 and I went to Disneyland with my family. Since the first bite I knew I had to have them in my hands once more. I regained my love for them in April when I found them at HEB, and they are still just as soft and sweet as I remember.

SlimFast 100 Calorie Snacks Cinnamon Bun Swirls Drizzled CrispsFunny story- My grandma recommend these to me when I took a trip to the grocery store with her. She kept raving about them, so I decided to try them. I gotta say, they are DELICIOUS! They’re also really great because they are easy to pack with on-the-go scenarios. Thank you Grandma 🙂 

FASHION

Steve Madden Frenchey Boot in BlackGraduation is around the corner, and all month I was looking for heels that wouldn’t sink into the turf when I received my diploma. When I found these babies I knew I had hit the jackpot. They are comfortable, easy to walk in, and also super cute! I will definitely be wearing them a ton. 

Entertainment

Season Five of “Bob’s Burgers”: Just like all the others, season 5 of “Bob’s Burgers” was great. Equally as humorous and awkward as the other seasons, and I absolutely loved it. (P.s. I finished the entire season in like a week- oops) 

Simple Gospel | United Pursuit: This album absolutely blew me away. It is exactly what it claims to be- simple. The lyrics say so much with so little, and it is absolutely beautiful! I had “Let it Happen” on repeat for days. I really recommend it for you hardcore worshipers out there 😉

Misc.

And last, but definitely not least, I have my Erin Condren Life Planner! I’ve had this planner since the beginning of senior year, but I stopped using it around the holidays. With finals and lots of planning for graduation and college, I decided it was best to pick it up and use it again. My love for it has once again bloomed, and I have been seriously questioning why I ever stopped using it in the first place! I recommend this for anyone, really. You can easily customize it to your liking and it comes with a lot of cute tools and stickers 

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And that is a wrap for my April Favorites! If you’re interested in checking out anything that I listed, I put a link in the names of each product. Did you have anything that you were absolutely loving during the month of April? Share in the comment section below! I am eager for any recommendations.

With love,

Kassie ♥