My Self-Care Tips

We all have a million and one things going on and it only feels as if the days are getting shorter and shorter, and our lists are growing longer and longer.

We have to keep our body, mind, and spirit healthy in order to get done what we need to get done..if not we will go crazy. Making time for yourself is extremely important and we should strive to engage in some form of self-care at least once a week. If we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, our self-love takes a toll.. Yes, you read that correctly.. Self-love people! You need to love yourself. Why? because you are a blessing and a gift from God! what other reason do you need? If God loves you, then you should love you!

Sooo..with all that being said, here are a few my fave self-care tips and tricks!

  1. Face masks: who doesn’t love a good face mask? Hop in your car, head on over to Target, Ulta, Sephora (or Wal-Mart if you’re about that life) and check out the amazing face masks that are waiting for you! I prefer mud masks because they help with removing impurities (no, not sin; just the nasty junk that floats around in the air and gets stuck in your pores). Here is the one that I use by SheaMoisture.
  2. Mani/Pedi: so if face masks aren’t your thing, then I’m sure you will enjoy getting your hands and feet loved on. I love going to get my nails done, and on days where I feel like really spoiling myself I will throw in a pedicure too! (even though this doesn’t happen as often as I would like, I am a college student so ya know #ballinonabudget) But even when I can’t go to the nail salon, I try to show my feet some love at home since they are what helps to carry and move us around – all day, everyday! So go pick out a cute polish (or not – sorry guys!) and grab that pumice stone, your feet deserve it!
  3. Unplug: in the world of social media, sometimes we can get a little carried away with checking our insta feeds, updating our snap stories every 5 mintues, and making sure that we respond to all those Facebook comments. (random: remember MySpace? ahhh, memories) Sometimes we just need to put down the phone, grab a good book, and be immersed in a good story! If you’re reading any good books lately, leave me a comment below! The only reading I have been doing is for class, which is less than thrilling..
  4. Get your binge on: no, please do not go binge eating. I am talking about a Netflix binge people! While this may not be the best way to self-care, sometimes we need to just let go and watch a couple (or 5) episodes of our favorite TV show! Right now I am trying to finish the last season of Vampire Diaries (shouts out to Netflix for releasing it just a few days after me complaining that you didn’t have it yet, you are the real deal!).. Sometimes, when I am feeling really ambitious I will binge watch while face masking and giving myself a mani/pedi! Talk about true self-love right there…
  5. Quiet time: this is, ultimately, the most important thing you can do for yourself. Just set aside 15 minutes, find a quiet spot, grab your bible, a notepad, and a pen and just spend a little time with God. Why not spend your self-care time with the one who loves you most?! This is something that I am challenging myself to do more because when we start to feel overwhelmed and stressed out, the things of God are the first to go.. I am sooo guilty of this! So instead of pushing Him away, draw closer to Him and see where He takes you.. and if you’re one of those artistically gifted people then go buy a journaling Bible and let your creativity pour out onto those pages!

I hope you found some of these tips helpful! I would love to hear how you show yourself some love  so leave a comment below! Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss another post!

but most importantly, don’t forget to be the light

Kat

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Getting a Fresh Start

We wait for a new year, new birthday, new month, heck we even wait until “tomorrow” to start fresh, but why not just do what we are supposed to do from the beginning?

We often say “Oh yeah I’m gonna start being nicer tomorrow” or “I’m gonna start praying next Monday, this week is just going too be rough so I don’t really have the time” or my personal favorite, and one that I find myself saying too often “I have so much that I have to do so something has to go, I will just find time another day to read my Bible because that can wait“…

Well we say “tomorrow”, “next week”, “next month”, “some random Tuesday in July” but when that time rolls around, we continue the cycle of excuses… soon enough, these excuses begin to take over our lives and we no longer realize what we are doing..it’s normal for us to say these things and not really think about the consequences.

So here’s the deal.

Regardless of the fact that it’s a new day, month, year, etc. life goes on. However, each day is a gift and we must make the most of that day. Each new day is an opportunity to be better than the day before. We have to be diligent in what we do and continuously give thanks and praise to our Heavenly Father! Each day should be a mission to seek His face and follow His word.

In Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 it says that we can’t understand the works of God and that many things are left unknown, but even in that unknown we shouldn’t stop working. We need to continue sowing our seed and “let not your hands be idle” because we don’t know which seed will bring forth success or not.

To me, this means that even if we are unsure of what the future may hold, we should:

  1. Trust in the Lord to provide for us and lead us in the right direction
  2. Continue to work in preparation of what may be ahead of us by doing what we have been taught from the word of God

So why are we waiting until tomorrow to see what God has in store for us or, if you are pessimistic, what disaster may be coming your way. Instead prepare yourself by doing what is right and good based on the word of God, and strengthening yourself through reading his word and staying in communication with him (yes, I mean praying).

For example, I am about to graduate in a couple of months and I don’t know what the Lord has in store for me right after graduation. There is a lot of unknown in this situation, but I am preparing myself for what may happen. I can’t just wait around for God to give me a job; He is a very practical God. So, I am applying to jobs and going to interviews, all while still trusting that He will place me in the job that is the best fit for me.

In Proverbs 28:19-20 it states “He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished”.

We need to be working our “land” and remember that “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” {Proverbs 13:4}. We also need to stay faithful to God who is good and will, in due time, bless us abundantly.

So the next time you think “I will start looking for a new job tomorrow” or “I will start my bible study next week”, ask yourself “why wait until tomorrow to start what you could today”. Something that really struck me in a sermon one Sunday was “the Word is action oriented, therefore we must live “miracle”, not expect “miracle” to happen”, so don’t wait to just be handed that new job or wait until your time is right but actively sow your seed and pursue God!

I hope that you found this inspiring and you will begin to actively pursue God and His will for you. It isn’t easy, trust me I know, but it is well worth the reward. Please comment below something that you have found to be continuously pushing back until “next ” whenever, and let me know how you plan on changing that..

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As always,

be the light

 

It’s the Dawn of a New Day: Learn to Enjoy Your Mornings!

Disclaimer: I am not a morning person

Or at least I wasn’t until recently. I found that I had more stuff to do and less time during the day to do it, so I started getting up earlier in the mornings to try and accomplish it all. The first week was brutal. I thought about quitting this new venture of mine and going back to sleeping in until 30 minutes before class started. Trust me. I thought long and hard about that. But I told myself that since I’m not really one to stay up late and my productivity usually diminishes around 10pm, something had to give.

Now, let me just tell you that I am not one of those people who gets up at like 4am and has everything crossed off their to-do list by 9am. I set my alarm for 5:55am realistically knowing that I will be out of bed by 6:10am. I avoid the mirror at all costs at this time of morning because lets just be real: I am not Beyoncé, and I do not wake up flawless. However, once I am up and out of bed the first thing that is on my mind is COFFEE. Yes. You heard it here first, I am a caffeine addict and no I will not get help (sorry, Mom). Coffee has magical powers, plus the coffee cup my sister got me for Christmas is seriously s’cute.

_Coffee gets me started, but God keeps me going_

Let’s be real though. Coffee gets me started, but God keeps me going! Which is why I strive to do my devotional in the morning before I get started on other things. We should all have quiet time with God each day whether that’s 5 minutes or 30 minutes, but it should be done out of a true desire; not just another item to cross off our checklist. This is what helps me to get out of bed in the mornings. You know like when you were a kid and on Christmas morning you couldn’t wait to get up and go open presents because you were just so excited to see what Santa had brought you? (What am I talking about, I’m almost 23 and I still get like that).

But my whole point is, that is what my mornings have turned into! I crave Jesus in the mornings and I get so excited to see what new teaching is in store for me. I look forward to my quiet time in the morning because it really helps to set the tone for the day. When I was waking up right before I needed to leave for class I was rushed, looked a hot mess, and typically was in a grumpy mood. But now, after getting in my daily dose of Jesus in the mornings, I feel refreshed and ready to take on my day! So I grab my coffee, sit down with my Bible, and enjoy some quiet time with God. Right now I am reading my way through the Bible in a year so I am currently in Leviticus. In addition to my daily reading, I have really been enjoying the Redeemed Girls Ministry app which has numerous teachings on a variety of topics. I am currently going through the “My God is” series where each day is a new characteristic of God. The teachings are only 5 minutes but are packed full of inspiration!

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In addition to my Bible study, I have really challenged myself to workout for at least 30 minutes before getting ready for the day. I plan on sharing my fitness journey with you all soon, but let’s just say working out consistently has been a serious struggle for me. It has been much better ever since I began scheduling my workouts in the mornings because I don’t have the opportunity to make as many excuses for myself. Now there have been a few exceptions here and there, but I have actually come to enjoy working out at this time. Jesus time + working out = me feeling unstoppable! Right now I have just been doing some at home workouts but they have definitely helped to keep me energized so that I can tackle my busy schedule.

Some of my favorite workouts have been from GymRa on YouTube. They are challenging but effective and they have a huge variety of workouts to choose from! The link to their channel is here. I highly suggest that you check them out if you are looking to switch up your fitness routine!

Once I am done with my workout and have gotten ready for the day, I begin to tackle my to-do list one item at a time. I find that by doing those few things beforehand help me to have a more positive outlook on the day which helps decrease those thoughts of “this is too much to get done” or “I am just so overwhelmed”. I have a daily planner that helps me to keep my days structured and what I really like about it, is that it has a portion at the top of each day where you can list your “Top 3”, or your most important to-do’s. I have found that once I have tackled those, I can move on to other things I have listed out for the week. This has really helped to keep me organized and focused throughout the day. Plus I just love that feeling of being able to go to bed knowing that I got everything done for that day. That gives me total satisfaction. The planner that I use can be found here or you can design your own the mini version here.

Once a hater and now a lover, I am living proof that mornings don’t have to be your enemy. I hope that you were able to gain some helpful tips from this post, and I would love to hear some of the things that you have implemented in your morning routine!

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Now go out and be the light

XOXO

 

Stressed Out

Stress: A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances

Work. School. Family. Friends. You name it.

These are all things that can contribute to our stress level. We have all experienced it at some point in our lives. If you haven’t, then you have serious magical powers that you need to share with the rest of us. We take on more than we think we can handle, and somehow we let our self care slip to the wayside and next think you know we are ready to pull our hair out and walk away from it all. We aren’t superhumans and it is normal for us to feel a little stressed out sometimes. But it’s what we do with those feelings that separates us as true believers of Christ.

Romans 12:2 says “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”. Well if that isn’t perfect that I have no clue what is! Stress is a mental state in which we feel as if we have nothing left in us to possibly continue on with everything that we have to do. We are at our wits end and, if we don’t renew our minds, we give in to those feelings of helplessness. I have done this soooo many times I have lost count at this point. I would feel as if I have too much going on that I couldn’t possibly handle one more thing.

I would pray that God would help me manage everything that I was doing and help me to keep my sanity, but I felt as if I wasn’t getting what I needed from Him. Well in reality, I just wasn’t getting what I wanted. What I wanted was for God to say “it’s okay Kat, let me just take away this 12 page paper you have to write, and don’t worry about reading for you class tomorrow, matter of fact I will just go ahead and cancel that for you too!”. Yeah that never happened, and it was never going to happen. You see, what I, and many others, fail to realize is God won’t give us more than we can handle, but he will surely help us handle what we are given! And guess what: while He never changed my professors mind about that 12 page paper, nor did He cancel my classes when I was feeling stressed out, He most certainly helped me to handle everything that I had to do!

I finally realized that I wasn’t getting what I wanted at that time, but once I opened my eyes and truly listen to what God was trying to tell me I knew that I was getting what I needed! I had been transformed by the renewing of my mind! God made me realize that I needed better time management, top stop wasting time on social media, quit procrastinating the project that is due in 2 weeks, and trust in Him to help see me through! So I did just that. I got a planner and began writing out my weekly schedule and what needs to be accomplished each day, I broke those glooming project assignments up into smaller pieces so that they seemed more realistic, and I stopped making excuses for myself! And man, oh man would you believe how quickly that stress began to fade!

You see, God is just sitting back waiting for us to call out to Him, our Heavenly Father, and say “Help!”. But, we have to realize that when we do so, He won’t help us on our terms (i.e.: cancelling classes), so we have to receive His help the way He wants us to have it. Have no fear because I promise, if you do this you will not be let down for Psalm 55:22 states “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”.

I pray that you will trust in the Lord and know that he will never let you carry more than you can handle, for He knows us better than anyone else! If you are ever feeling stressed out, please just lift it up to God and allow him to transform your mind. Here are a few more Bible verses that you can reference to uplift your spirits and know that God always has your back!

James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Psalm 118:5-7 “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies”.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in hear, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.

Psalm 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

I hope you are able to find a little encouragement in this blog today. Find your strength in Him and you will not be shaken. May God continue to work in us so that we may all “Be the Light”.

Until next time,

XOXO

Kat