May/June Favorites

May/June Favorites

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with you my favorites throughout the months of May and June, as shown by the title, haha. I am going to start doing monthly favorites every other month. I honestly don’t have enough content to do it monthly, so I thought this was a great alternative because I really enjoy sharing my favorites as well as hearing yours! So be sure to leave in the comments what beauty items, books, movies, events etc. that you’ve been loving these past couple of months.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

BEAUTY

Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette What makeup lover isn’t obsessed with this product right now? The blushes and highlighters in this palette are GORGEOUS. They all have great color payoff and are just overall beautiful. What I really like about this, is that you can easily mix and match the blushes and highlighters because everything complements everything. No need for searching, this baby has got me covered when it comes to bringing some life to my face.

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Colourpop Lippie Stix in Brink– I lalalovvee this lipstick! It’s a matte, but not too matte, and it’s SUPER comfy on the lips. But my favorite thing about it is the color! For me personally, it is a “my lips but better” shade. I always struggle finding a nude that complements my skin tone, so I’m very happy I came across this! If you have an olive skin tone, this lipstick is for you! Also, did I mention it was only five bucks? Yeah, it’s awesome.

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FOOD

Ben and Jerry’s Dairy-free ice-cream– Y’all already know I have stomach problems, and one of the setbacks I have from it is not being able to have dairy. So when I found these pints of joy, I was ecstatic. This ice-cream is soooo good y’all. The only difference I really notice compared to the original recipe is that this is not nearly as creamy. But that’s okay. Ice cream is ice cream to me!

Arctic Zero Ice-cream – This is another dairy-free ice-cream that I’ve really been liking as well. This one is also gluten-free! So yeah; you can say I’ve been going a little ice-cream crazy lately. I’m not sorry.

Luna Protein Bars– Thanks to my friend Carolina (THANK YOU SO MUCH NINA), I am now obsessed with these protein bars. I’ve only tried the cookie dough flavor, but needless to say I love them. I have two boxes of them in my drawer right now actually. So if you’re a girl on the go, I highly recommend these! 

ENTERTAINMENT

Gilmore Girls- I know, I know. This show is kinda old and I’m super late to the party, but this is too good not to mention. I’ve never really heard of anyone talk about Gilmore Girls, and when I saw it on Netflix I decided to give it a shot. It’s unlike any t.v. show I’ve ever watched, and I absolutely adore it. If you’re into dramas, but don’t like them too over the top, I really recommend this series! Although it can be cheesy at times, it is honestly one of my favorites because it’s humorous and relatable.

Spoon- No, I’m not talking about the utensil, but about the band! They are such a good indie rock band, and they actually originated in Austin, Texas! (Hook em’) The main album that I’ve been listening to is, “They Want My Soul.” 

AWOLNATION- I’ve been listening to AWOLNATION for years, but I’ve really been on a rock kick lately so I am constantly replaying their tracks. Their music is so unique, and it honestly never gets old to me.

MISC.

Room by Emma Donoghue– Usually when I buy books, it’s because I’ve been on the hunt for them. Rarely do I ever just see a book at the store and get it just cause, but when I read the summary for “Room” I knew I had to read it. It is such an eye-opening book that calls to one particular reality of this world, and that is kidnapping and rape. I definitely think that this book is pushed more for book clubs or school, and I can see why. Once you read it, you itch to discuss with someone. It is truly just overall an amazing story with insightful themes and thoughts.

 

And that is it for my May and June Favorites! I know it’s not a ton, but these are truly things I have really been enjoying. Once again, feel free to share in the comments what YOU have been loving! I love hearing from y’all.

Much love,

Kassie

The Effects of Negativity

The Effects of Negativity

Hey y’all! I am so excited to be sharing this post with you today because this is a collaboration with one of my new internet friends, Hannah! She is a such a sweet person with a lot of wisdom under her belt, so be sure to go check her out on her YouTube channel, VivaciousHannah. She will be talking about the effects of positivity, which is a topic that will be awesome to reflect on after reading this post.

When Hannah and I were discussing the idea of writing about positivity and negativity, I immediately knew in my heart that I wanted to talk about negativity. I think it’s mainly because it is something I have personally been struggling with, and whenever I write about something on my blog, it encourages me to take in the advice that I write. So yes, today’s topic will not be fun and cheery, but it will be a good reminder for all of us (including me) to be aware of the words we speak.  Words are VERY powerful, and the effects that they have on our lives is very real. With saying that, let’s jump into some scripture that talks all about the power of our words. James 3:3-5 says,

“We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. “

The point James was trying to get across, is that we shouldn’t underestimate the words that we speak into our lives. Small words can be turned into a speech, which can be turned into a movement. With saying that, we have to consider WHAT we are speaking into our lives, and this is where negativity comes in.

Lately I have been paying very close attention to my speech, and I have noticed that I have been using the term, “I hate my life” loosely. One little things trips me up and I groan the small saying. Now, I have a wonderful  life and I am aware that I do, but yet I still say this bitter phrase just because. For a while I thought, “It’s a trend. Everyone says it. What’s the big deal?” but then God called and was like, “Yo, this is not okay.”

Well.. maybe it wasn’t exactly like that, but I definitely got a good wake up call from Him that what I was speaking was affecting my life, and not in a good way. So I’ve been reflecting, reading my bible, praying, and this is what I got:

The tongue can bring death or life

-Proverbs 18:21

Negative words lead to death, positive ones lead to life-simple as that. If I continue to say, “I hate my life” guess what?

I probably will end up hating my life.

Even though when I say that I don’t literally mean it, it doesn’t take away the power that the words have over my life. I said it, so that is what I am speaking over myself. Bad things will continue to happen because I am saying that they will.

Negative words can affect us all across the spectrum- from complaining about our frizzy hair to telling ourselves that we’ll never get that job, it can get real bad real quick. So today I’m going to share a couple of pointers on how to stray away from negative phrases, because Jesus doesn’t want us to live a life of death. He died so we could have life, so let’s make it a point to live positively because we love Him and what He did for us.

1. Find the Positive

Not everything in life is peachy perfect, but that doesn’t mean we should approach things with a negative attitude. Instead, we should try to find a positive in every situation. If you order a burger at a restaurant and it’s not cooked the way you want, instead of saying “this is so disappointing” say, “It can easily be fixed, and I am blessed to be able to have this opportunity and eat this meal because not everyone in the world has this privilege.” I know it sounds kinda cheesy, but it will make an immense difference on how you view your life.

This also works if you don’t feel confident. As a teenager, I have many days where I do not feel good about myself at all. So instead of complaining about my flat hair or my inability to cook, I say “Although I’m having a bad hair day, I really like my eyelashes” or, “Although I am not the best cook, I think I’m a really good writer.” If you struggle to think of positive thoughts, one phrase that always works is, “I am a Child of God, and that alone makes me blessed.”

2. Stay Silent

When reading my Bible, I always try to take note on how Jesus handles situations. If I am called to be like him, I should pay attention to his actions, right? What I have noticed, is that one of Jesus’ most used strategies is to stay silent. I know many of us would be quick to throw a comeback if someone is rude to us, but if we want to live a negative-free life we have to restrain from saying negative things to others. So the next time someone gives you a harsh word, stay silent. Maybe while you’re silent, say a prayer for them! They probably need it.

3. Stray away from Negative People

Bad company corrupts good character (1 Cor. 15:33). So if you don’t want to live a negative lifestyle, don’t hang out with negative people! It definitely will take a toll on you.

 

If being negative is something you really, really struggle with, I encourage you to say this prayer- out loud. Like I said before, words are very powerful, and that includes prayer. So if you are ready to let go of the weight of your words, pray this out loud:

Lord, I am not happy with my attitude. I do not like the words I have been speaking over myself, and I do not like how they have been affecting my life. Help me to let go of this mindset, and instead fill me with your love and wisdom. I pray that from here on out, I will be more aware of my words, and when I feel myself gravitating back towards negativity, I will immediately stop and run to you. In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

 

I hope you guys got something out of this and liked it! If you did, go check out Hannah’s segment on the effect of positive words. I hope y’all have a wonderful rest of the week!

 

Much love,

Kassie

 

Hannah’s YouTube channel:

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The Summer Agenda

The Summer Agenda

Alas, it is finally SUMMER! A time I thought couldn’t come sooner. This past week for me has been crraazzyy. I graduated from high school last Friday (yippee!), had a grad party the day after, and now I am starting to prepare for freshman orientation. Now I’m kinda wondering why I ever asked God to speed time up, haha. But hey! Everything turned out great last weekend, and what is yet to come will be super exciting.

With all the commotion though, I have been pushing my time with God to the side. That’s not something I am proud to admit, but it is true. Instead of reading my bible plans first thing in the morning, I have been watching YouTube. I have been using that bit of the day as my “relaxation time” instead of spending it with my Father, and thinking about it now makes me realize how much that probably hurts him.

I don’t want to hurt my Father’s feelings, and I especially don’t want to fall into the trap of busyness. I have seen way too many people give up living a life with Jesus because it “takes up too much time.” Yes, if done to the fullest it will take up a majority of your time, but if you are truly head-over-heels for the Lord you know that there is no better way to live life. You know that you can’t do it without him.

So today I want to press the “refresh” button. No, not on this tab, but on summer. I love summer; it holds a lot of possibility and freedom, but sometimes I get carried away with not having a schedule to stick too other than work. I tend to make plans all willy-nilly, thinking I have plenty of time to spare to do other things- including spending time with God. So instead of having my summer revolve around my plans, I want it to revolve around Jesus. I want this summer to be full of Him and his goodness, because He deserves it. The only thing God has ever been jealous for is our time, and as his children we should be more than willing to give it to him.

Today and for the rest of summer I encourage you to press the “refresh” button. When you wake up, make yourself a nice breakfast with a cup coffee and read the bible. Go outside and admire God’s art, or go for a run and blast worship music. You (and I) may not be successful at doing this everyday, but here’s the good news!

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning – Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

Even if we skip our time with him, he is still pursuing us. He still loves us. Now this isn’t an excuse for us to continue ditching our time with God, but it should be comforting knowing that if you make a mistake, your Father is still waiting for you with open arms. And trust me, life is always better when you’re doing it with the Lord. I have not been the best version of myself these past few days, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I have not been reading the Word as often as I usually do. When I’m in his presence, great things happen, and I know He is wanting the same for you.

Are you ready to press the refresh button? I am.

Much love,

Kassie

xoxo

P.S. I may not blog next week, I’ll be at orientation!! I hope y’all have a great week, I LOVE YOU.

To the Class of 2016

To the Class of 2016

This is it guys. We’re here. Tomorrow marks the day that we will be alumni of our high school. It is true what everyone says; it comes a lot faster than you think. The other day I was looking at pictures of me in middle school, and I remember thinking that graduation was SO far away. Almost to the point where I though it would never come.

But here we are.

This isn’t going to be a super long post about the past four years; I know there’s a bunch of blog posts already about high school, and how hopefully we cherished it and realized how easy we had it. While that stuff is good to reflect on, I actually wanted this to be about the next chapter of our lives.

This isn’t the end y’all. It is honestly just the beginning, and I think one of the main reasons people get really strung out on leaving high school is because of it’s familiarity. We have grown up with the people we will be sitting next too tomorrow, and it can be really scary knowing you might not see them again after knowing them for most of your life. We are leaving something comfortable behind and jumping into something completely foreign, and although many of us (including me) say we are soooo ready to get out of here, I believe deep down inside all of us are a little nervous.

I hope that you seniors reading this have a passion that y’all are excited to pursue, and if you don’t that’s okay. Some of us need to get a hands-on experience with life to find out what we feel passionate about, and that is totally fine. While having a career that you love is super important, something that is greater than that is the pursuit of people. Most jobs require interacting with clients, customers, or patients, and you know what? They are people, just like us. They hurt, cry, go through tough times just like we do. So I encourage you when you get that dream job and the jobs that lead you to it, to be kind to people. I’m not talking about the type of kindness that you use to throw a sales pitch, but genuine compassion. Sometimes we can get really caught up in ourselves and what we are doing, but in the end our careers aren’t about us- it’s about those we serve.

I’m sure many of you have been asked, “So why do you want to pursue           ?”

And I hope your answer is to help people.

Because that’s what jobs do right?

We do what we do so peoples needs can be met.

So lets go above and beyond our job requirements and truly help and love others.

As long as we do that we will be truly successful.

I hope for the absolute best of every single one of y’all reading this, even if you’re not graduating. God’s greatest commands were for us to love him with all of our soul, mind, and strength, and for us to love others as we love ourselves- in that order. We cannot do the second one without doing the first, so the most  important thing of all is to pursue Jesus not only in our jobs, but in every area of our life!

I would like to share what my pastor, Cere Muscarella, said at the Baccalaureate service:

BE FOUND ON GOD’S SIDE!

Much love,

Kassie

xoxo