#goals | Medgina’s Musings

#goals

by Medgina Saint-Elien

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an amazing start to the New Year.

One of the first things I thought of doing was writing down a list of goals that I want to achieve for the year and would help me in the future too.

I have a love/hate relationship with “goals” because it’s become a movement and not in a positive “go get ‘em tiger” way.

A girl posts a picture of her hair. #goals. A guy posts the details of what a perfect girlfriend would be. #goals. A litter of puppies in a basket. #goals. Do you catch my drift?

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JUST BE HELD

justbeheldRemember that childhood song, “He’s got the whole world in His hands?” It started out with God holding the whole world in His hands, and then went into how He has you and me in His hands, and sisters and brothers, tiny babies, and just all of us! He has the whole world in His hands.

God in all His mighty, in all His busyness thinks of the tiniest creatures and lovingly holds and tends them. Reflecting back, I’m realizing the simple song held so much power. It was a small declaration that availed to much.

In a world where the hustle and bustle is the norm, when do you ever take rest? You have this to do and that and you have to “glo up” and then you have to climb the ladder to success. You have to go to work, go to school, go to church. You have a doctor appointment, you have to take your child to school, you have to finish up on a special project. You have all these things to do and so you stuff them into your day, hoping they’ll all fit. No – you make sure everything all fits and then you do the same thing the next day and the next.

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None of the Lights

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As a child, my classmates would ask me what I got for Christmas. And sometimes, I would lie. (Sorry, guys!)

christmas15-14I would lie because sometimes, I didn’t get anything. When I did, it wasn’t like racks on racks on racks. We didn’t put up a Christmas tree, we didn’t put up lights.

I would hate the last part because I thought the people driving by would think we weren’t Christians. Our neighbors knew we were but the young me felt like because we didn’t have lights on our house, they’d think we weren’t really what we said we were. Because Christians would definitely have their lights up for Christmas, wouldn’t they?

My parents taught me that it isn’t the stunning decor that represents our faith, but our hearts!

christmas15-8My two favorite memories include waking up to lights of different sizes and colors twinkling around my room. My aunt had gotten me a small pink Barbie Christmas tree! I loved the tree and used it until that bad boy wore out.

The other memory is going to my church banquet every year. We’d dress up in gowns and suits and eat dinner during entertainment. And when the clock struck 12, we’d say “Merry Christmas” and there’d be hugs and kisses all around.

The church banquets weren’t complete because my mother wasn’t there. I’m not sure if any of those times she was in the hospital, but I do remember her being home and telling my siblings and I to “go, go, go” because she didn’t have the strength to and still wanted us to be kids and have fun.

We’d come home and show her so much love! Christmas spirit runs rampant in my house! Think warm scents, feasts of food and loud holiday music.

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As I work at the mall these holiday seasons and see people spending like crazy, kids and teens yelling at their parents, and parents clutching pages of wish lists, I’m like…wow. There’s nothing wrong with getting and giving gifts but sheesh! Do not let consumerism consume you. Give with a happy heart and be grateful for whatever you do get! I personally think that’s one of the best parts of Christmas: giving something you know someone will appreciate!

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Every Christmas, I have appreciation. What I thought I was missing shows me that I can live without them. I can give and get as long as these material things don’t reign over the reason for the season.

I know I could’ve asked to decorate our home or hint at gifts but I didn’t feel like it mattered as long as I was with my family.

I can enjoy seeing all of the lights, singing Christmas songs, and watching 25 Days of Christmas on ABC.

And if you ask me what I got for Christmas, I can say “nothing” when my answer is just that. But what I do have is a Savior. And He came for all of us – the biggest present in the world and all we need to do is accept Him.

So Merry Christmas everyone! Remember to celebrate Jesus. I hope you enjoy your eggnog, get all that you want and make beautiful memories with the beautiful people you have in your life! Love you all.

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Photos by Steven DiGiuseppe

Worth It

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I considered not posting this look because my belt was slightly crooked. Extreme? Yes. But I wouldn’t had really done it. What my issue is: is the fact that the thought even came to mind!

On my contributing post on the Bronze Bombshell, I talk about how hard I am on myself when it comes to the material I put out. I can’t procrastinate if I tried and trust me, I’ve tried (just as a little experiment lol). Upon getting any assignments, I must complete it or at least start it as soon as I have the time. I literally have to. Oh, I work on breaks and holidays, too. Not like a maniac but I have this thing where I have to do at least one project in a break period, or else I feel like I wasted time. 

I just don’t like giving myself unnecessary stress. So to avoid it, I do what I have to…early. 

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Of course, I do like relaxing. I love relaxing but in the midst of school, work and blogging, I have to tell myself to take a break…to just c h i l l.

Being a hard worker is great, but always having to perfect that work sometimes isn’t so much. 

I actually didn’t know I worked myself too hard until this year. My friends told me!

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My parents raised me with the mentality that my best is always enough and I took that and ran with it. All throughout elementary, middle, high school and now my last year in college, I always sought out to perfect my work. If I got a B+ on a paper, I’d do a rewrite to get an A. (I did that this past weekend.) If there’s an extra credit opportunity, I always always take it. I loveeee extra credit! Again, this isn’t a bad thing.

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Now, there are different forms of perfectionism. As I was writing this post, I was trying to determine if I was one (perfectionist) wholly and did my research and was like “wait, all of this isn’t me!” Let me not put myself in a box. So, I’ll just be talking how any form of overwork can be a negative.

An issue can be that you seek approval from others and feel the need to please them. An issue can be that you think negatively of yourself and not give yourself enough credit. An issue can be that you’re not being satisfied with your looks so you constantly make up yourself to ensure you’re looking your very best. An issue could be thinking you have to fix yourself before God can fully love you and prepare you for your future. Or your issue could be something like mine – needing to learn how to gift your body with a break from going too hard at work.

Whether it be with work, looks, or whatever, every single human being need to come to a realization that our best work won’t always be perfect, but it is the best you can do and that’s enough!

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I work so hard because I don’t like the notion of settling, yes. But I also work hard because I know where I want to be. However, no matter how hard one works, it doesn’t mean success will come faster. Success comes when God allows it to. That doesn’t mean to procrastinate, no no no. Efficiently do your part and you’ll see God has been doing His all along.

His love goes over and beyond our limitations. His grace lets us be imperfect in every aspect of the word and is sufficient for us. His strength is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

The world’s view on “perfection” isn’t what we ought to strive to be. As Christians, we were made to be mirrors of God’s love to everyone we come across. While here on this earth, we participate in a journey of personal transformation in loving Christ more, others and ourselves.

The road isn’t easy, nor is it a popular route. But it is worth it.

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Hat & Accessories: ALDO/ Belt: SheIn / Skirt: Thrifted / Shoes: G by Guess

Photography by Cassie Ettman

Christian Instagrammers To Follow

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I don’t know about you but it’s really difficult to keep your eyes “on things above” when corruption is all up in your face and page and Instagram and…life.

Nudity. Porn. Profanity. There’s just some things you shouldn’t have on your feed. And that Explore Page?! Bruh.

Just be aware that even in our relaxed time, it’s so easy to slip and fall into sin. Even when you don’t intentionally look, it’s BAM. And you’re spiritually beat. 1 Corinthians tells us all to be alert and to stand firm in our faith! So keep guard, guys.

With that being said, you may need an Instagram sweep. Every once in awhile, I unfollow negative influences on my timeline whether it be Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. You might have to do this to clean up your own feed. You can follow who you want, but as a believer, I find importance in following other believers as well. We need encouragement and reminders in this immoral world. We need to be exposed to the Word on social media to be strengthened and become more equipped and more unashamed in Jesus Christ.

As much as the world has different artists, it’s refreshing to find people who are just as talented and artistic but most of all from the same faith. It’s rare to find but these people exist, guys – they EXIST! They’re boldly living for Christ with their gifts and simply seeing their posts on their personal style, art or everyday issues is super inspiring.

And so I encourage you all to get some positivity, hope, faith and Jesus on your timelines! A little bit goes a long way. I’m so happy to have found these gems through my own Instagram and I hope you take it upon yourself to support them, too! Continue reading

More Than A Conqueror

adornedinarmor-10Okay so…This outfit was birthed unconsciously. I got the dress from H&M when they sent me a coupon in the mail claiming, “We miss you!” And I got the blazer a few weeks later from Missguided. I was looking for a different type of jacket for my internship and the design caught my eye. The shoes were 50% off at my job at ALDO – I’ve been eyeing those bad boys for weeks.

When I actually purchased the shoes, I got the idea of the military because you know, of the gladiator feel. I KNEW I had to wear it with my army green dress and the metallic blazer that reminded me of armor. The bracelet is an old find from God knows where and the necklace is from ALDO, too. The make of it keeps the “warrior” feel consistent.

Bam. I was dressed to kill. (And I’m not saying that in a conceited way – keep reading, keep reading!)

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I got baptized on Saturday August 29th! Baptism is basically a symbol to show the world that you’re in it but no longer of it. It’s a public testimony that illustrates that you’re officially a part of God’s royal family. Baptism doesn’t save you; your acceptance of Jesus Christ does. However, you get baptized because you’re saved. I hope you’re following. Jesus loves us so much that He died for all of our sins. That’s salvation. I was baptized because I believe and I want to serve Him and not fall prey to the world.

I knew it has been time to take the next huge step in my faith. Jesus loves me too much for me to stay where I was. So I took the plunge . (Literally.)

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Baptism represents your old self dying in the water and being lifted up as a new person. Before I got baptized, my Sunday school class was told, “After baptism, you embarrass Satan so he attacks harder. He sees he can’t play around with you anymore and fights even harder to divert your attention away from Christ to bring you down with him.”

Well, I have the full armor of God and so I am more than equipped. I am more than a conqueror. Who says so? The Bible, that’s what.

I’ve always been vocal about my faith here on my blog. In fact, the title, “Adorned in Armor” was birthed from Ephesians 6:10. (For more about how I chose to name my blog, click here.)

The Armor of God (NIV)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me,that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

I prefer that version, but if that was hard to understand, here’s another version! Straight to the point.

A Fight to the Finish (MSG)

10-12 And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

You know, I never thought that I had a testimony. I grew resilient in the faith due to my mom’s perseverance despite her severe illness. I grew resilient in the faith due to my father who made sure we had all of our needs and more in a house of 6 and racked up hospital bills. Yes, it is my parents’ that faith has made me who I am but it’s my own relationship with Christ that transforms me.

In Ephesians, Paul not only tell us to be “strong in the Lord,” he also asks for a specific prayer. And so I’m asking for the same thing. Pray that whenever I open my mouth or whenever someone sees me, I make fearlessly known of the gospel.

I don’t have to say Jesus Jesus Jesus in every single one of my posts to prove I’m a Christian. It is the things I say, how I adorn myself and how I carry myself that sets me a part. I pray you continue to see my faith in me and that I continue to speak boldly about the One that was lovingly bold enough to die for me and you.

Real warriors walk in who Christ is. I am more than a conqueror because it is Christ ALONE that gives me victory!

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Follow me as I follow Christ! (PS: I didn’t make that up myself haha)

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Do Not Conform

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I had trouble coming up with a title for this post. I wanted to play on words with alliteration (you know I love my English literary terms lol). It was initially supposed to be “Denim Denim Denim” – you know, in the Super Mario Bros voice haha and then I was like “hm, okay I’m almost always playful. What words could I share with my readers?”

Since this is a style post, I thought to talk trends. I typically don’t adopt “what’s in” – I see what I like and make it my own. You all know I love jumpsuits, so I definitely couldn’t resist this denim one – and I don’t even wear denim! But anyway, I wanted to elaborate more on what a trend is – not just in the sense of clothes.

“Trend” is defined as a “change or develop in a general direction.” In other words, it’s a currently adopted custom. It’s what’s in now. It’s a widely held belief.

It’s abstract but the first verse that came to my mind is Romans 12:2. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Just because you are in the world, doesn’t mean you are of it. As Christians, we have to realize that the atmosphere we’re living in will lead people away from God. We must be conscious of our surroundings. We must be able to realize the way in which we are being influenced. There’s a reason why we’re not doing what everyone else is doing. If an unbeliever can’t tell if you’re a Christian or not, there’s a problem!

Do not conform. Trends are temporary but the word of God lives forever. Just because the world may adopt a belief, doesn’t mean you have to. Just because they call you names and the seemingly majority tells you that you’re wrong, doesn’t change that God’s ways are always right. Be aware of the atmosphere we are in and be conscious of the world’s influence. Have a backbone in the faith! In all of your life, restrain from judgement and wholeheartedly display the love and truth that Christ placed in you to share.

In the midst of all these changes in the world, I’d like to leave you with a quote from Rick Warren:

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle. You must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
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Necklace – ALDO

Shoes – Windsor Fashions

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Territory

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Hey guys, didya miss me?

I see you all loved Medge’s post and I’m so glad you welcomed her! She has an army of friends that checked out her post and she’s overwhelmed by not just their support, but yours as well, so thank you!

Now onto this style post!

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First things first, this “top” is actually a dress. A bodycon, really. I found that it left nothing to imagination so I decided to pair it up with this J Crew skirt. My shoes are MK, but you seen them before.

I wore this outfit (minus the shoes because I’m not insane) to my first day of my internship in New York at…

ELLE.COM! ❤

I’ve been keeping this from you since May (I’m sorry). I just wanted to wait until the first day to share! I should still be posting at least once a week, but bare with me if I don’t. I’m taking a summer class and working, as well.

Yeah, I know. This is going to be one crazy summer.

But I’m so excited, guys! My faith is teaching me that what’s for me, is for me. Worrying doesn’t change a thing. But praying on it, revelation and persistence does.

My cover letter, resume and writing samples were all like perfect, but I legit thought I bombed that interview, guys. LOL loong story (I think I’ll talk about it in a follow-up post). However, I refused to let it bother me. I refused to let circumstance dictate my victory.

Claim what’s yours! Suppress negativity and self doubt. There’s no room for that when you’re striving for a future you can be proud of.

I don’t know what quite to expect at Elle but I know for certain that it’ll be an amazing experience and another stepping stone for my future career. Oh yeah, it’s mine! 😉

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