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

“Freshman 15” (& I’m Not Talking Carbs)

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Finishing freshman year has taught me a lot. Lessons on branching out, learning about yourself and most importantly: differentiating between who’s real and who’s not.

On my first day at Stockton, I found myself in a state of mind I never thought possible – antisocial. I didn’t know a soul and felt so out of place in South Jersey.

I was freaking out. I had no clue what was wrong with me. I prayed and it began to sound like repetitive lyrics because I wasn’t confident. I was so scared to leave my room. I called Tarah and she said, “Are you serious? Shut up and go outside. You’re just homesick.”

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Touch of Turquoise

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I’ve been seeing each new day with fresh eyes and embracing change (even the ones I don’t want). I think turquoise is the perfect accent to illustrate that in an outfit, don’t cha think?

It’s such a happy color! In color psychology, it represents a clear and calm mind. The universal color has always had it’s appeal to me and I’ve been drawn to it more and more lately.

I discovered this awesome choker and bought that bad boy impulsively. I thought it was the perfect touch to a rather dark look. I had this jumpsuit for a couple of months but never wore it because I felt like it was missing something.

It’s the same thing with life. Sometimes we don’t enjoy it to the fullest because there’s a void there that seemingly can’t be filled. There’s that one piece that’s missing. Maybe you think you’d be happier if you’d have a boyfriend/girlfriend, if you got that job, if you got that car. But we’re not stuck in one place, guys. You can create your own twist on a mundane day! So work with that you have. God didn’t give you life for you to live ordinarily.

Like how you can live creatively, dress creatively! If you love wearing monochrome, spice it up with a color you didn’t start off with. I usually stay away from all black because it seems as if I can’t have fun with it but hey, black doesn’t have to be boring!

How can you add color to your life?

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Jumpsuit – H&M, Cardigan & Choker: JCPenney, Earrings: Gifted By Cara! Shoes – Amazon Fashion, Clutch – DSW

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Blossomed

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I’m not the same person I was a few months ago.

I came to Washington not 100% sure I wanted to be there, but little did I know, God placed me there to grow.

In January, I posted “Bloom Where You Are Planted“, which was my very first style post in DC. I talked about how I was finally learning how to take public transportation and learning to cook for myself so I don’t die! Haha but it was more than just that.

Coming to Washington gave me an independence and a confidence that I only would have gotten had I left my comfort zone at home.

I made fashion relevant for myself here outside of where politics, not fashion is king. I’ve connected with the top media professionals in the industry. And, I’ve met the most magnificent people who I have come to cherish so so much!

They say your twenties (or whatever) is the time to be selfish. It’s the time to think for yourself and about yourself always. And I agree to some point but not completely.

It’s the time to learn the facets of yourself, yes. But it’s also the time you expose yourself to new surroundings and show people who you are, what you want, and how you can help them. It’s the time where you must put yourself in situations where there’s no other option but to grow!

Yes, what you have can benefit others. And I’m not talking about material possession. I’m referring to who you are.

So don’t be stingy…share your petals with the world.

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Top: Tobi

Skirt: Thrifted

Shoes: Steve Madden

Earrings: from Nordstrom gifted by Bianca (Thanks, Bee!)

Clutch: DSW

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Dying to Live

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Guess what?

God’s not dead! No, I don’t think you get it. Let me use caps now: GOD’S NOT DEAD!

I feel like screaming it from the rooftops lol. Resurrection Sunday is such an uplifting day for humankind. Today is symbolic of hope restored. We’ve all been saved everybody! You probably think I’m crazy.

But let me just break it down.

Today’s sermon was about Jesus’ death. (Duh lol) The pastor referenced the opening act of Lazarus’ death and the headliner: Jesus. We focused on how Jesus prayed for God to save Him from death on the cross and God heard Him, yet He still died. Why didn’t God save Him?

Today, we wonder the same thing. “God, why didn’t you save me from death? Why didn’t you save me from that relationship, from me dying in my finances, my relationships, my career? Why didn’t you save my mom, my dad, my grandma from death?” We say to Him, “If You were here, this wouldn’t have happened.”

We ask: how can a loving God let Jesus die? How can He let us die?

We cry out to God but sometimes it seems as if He didn’t hear us because he didn’t save you so you die in that moment.

What we fail to realize is that God didn’t say you wont die. He’s saying that death is not the end. To be saved from death, you actually have to die. What we’re asking God is to keep us from death. We don’t realize that God has completed His best work in the dark (creation, Jesus’ resurrection, etc).

So while you’re “dead”, he’s working on making you brand new. At the moment of death, life breaks out! Saving you from death doesn’t mean you won’t have to go through that death-like situation. The pastor talked about how sometimes when we think God doesn’t show up to save us from our situations, we can’t even show up to church.

The point is: “When you’re made alive, people don’t have to see Jesus in the flesh. They just have to see Him alive in you. When we die to self daily, that’s when we are full of Christ.”

Are you living yet?

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In case you didn’t know, God sent His only Son, Jesus, to carry the weight of the world’s sins on His shoulders so that He could wash it all away. Because of his death and resurrection, we can live!

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* Photos by Casey Mendoza!

More, More, More

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Oh, winter. With it’s biting wind’s creeping into the bottoms of your pants, it’s flakes raising bumps on your skin, it’s frost as a chimney when you speak, it’s ices creating a personal skating rink.

It’s mostly around the winter time where our moods tend to get worse. We start to feel, or at least we especially notice that we are feeling “blah”. It’s true stuff, guys. I read about it. We miss the good ol’ sun! But, my thing is…even with the sun is around, don’t you realize that we’re always just waiting on the next big thing to happen in our lives?

Christmas – over. New Year’s – over. What is there to look forward to now?

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Adorned in Armor (Dress to Kill)

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I think…I could turn anything around and make it fashion related. It’s the same way with my faith; I can make ANYTHING about my Jesus (many can attest to that lol).

I grew up in a God-fearing household and as I grew, I knew there was one thing I was definitely passionate about: fashion. I remember receiving a sketchpad and an arrangement of pencils from my art teacher as a gift. I would draw my prom dress, skirts, jeans, and just any apparel. I said I was designing my own line. I’m more into the styling thing now, which is one of the points of this blog. Now that I gave you all a brief background, let’s wrap this up, shall we? Basically, I just really really really really like dressing up. Like. Really.

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