Monday Mood: Choosing Joy

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Hi & hello. I realize I have not posted a blog post in a hot minute. So if you are still here thank you! And if you are new Heyyy, My name is Chloe. I’m a twenty-something part-time blogger, full-time coffee addict, and Christ follower. I also like makeup and posting to my Instagram ( link below) ha. I also love making videos and have ventured out into the vlogging world very recently. That is One of the reasons I took a break from writing on my blog. That and just changes in my life. But that is life folks! I still want to post a couple times a month especially when I have subjects on my mind like this.

But enough with the intros back the topic that has been on my mind this week: Joy.

More importantly, Choosing Joy.

Last week has had its highs and lows like anybody else would have in their week. But the beginning of last week, in particular, was more so annoying.

And it was really getting to me. I’m usually the type of person that tries to see the positive in every situation. But last week that just was not the case. I was getting annoyed with people around me and matching my emotions to theirs which made it all the more worse. joy quote Changing your perspective. Is Key.

The difference is instead of matching to what is negative in your life, Choose joy. Choose happiness and just choose to have fun and live your life. Because life is too short to get upset and annoyed about every bump in the road. If we did that then we would never get to where we are going on the journey of life.  We cannot focus on every bump, because eventually we will give up and go on the wrong path.

Making sure Christ is your fuel and GPS if you will.  And say joy is what helps the journey become more smooth.  Kind of like music and snacks. Ok, now I’m just thinking about road trips… aha.

Alright, I’m done with analogies.  But that is a key factor. Keeping that relationship with Christ and making the choice every day to have joy. It’s that simple, yet so many people clearly do not know that they can actually choose to have a different perspective. In their lives and situations. And if there is negativity around you I realize that makes it worse.

It takes practice. Honestly. If I’m having a bad day and someone in my house or around me is being negative, it’s so easy to match that.  Or it could be at your work or while driving etc.

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Last week I just took a day off to go into the city with a friend because, why not?

I think It’s something that should happen every once in a while. Take a short break. It’s worth more than the money I would have made that day. I needed it.

Just taking a day to have fun and not worry about my everyday routine.  Maybe that looks different for you. But take some time for your self. I was reading about things that help mental health and one was to take time away. And since I don’t really journal or do yoga that often haha. I thought a day trip would be perfect. And it was!

Moral of the story is to choose joy.  Easier Said than done right? It takes making the effort of doing it to make you want to keep doing it. Once you see the outcome of it and how much better you feel it really does make the difference.

I’m talking about the week by week day by day occurrences where we can choose either to match whatever is going on or choose to have joy instead.  And I want to choose whatever brings me closer to God and helps others around me.

Thank you for still following along my blogging journey while I took a break! I plan posting more often! If you do not follow my Instagram be sure to! I love following other bloggers as well, And always post updates on blogs and when I post a video as well. 

Own it, rock it & keep living your life! 

❤ Chloe 

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Why I’m changing my views. (My experience last week)

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Hello, My name is Chloe’ and I’m a twenty-something occasional blogger who loves makeup, coffee and posting to Instagram. aha.

But really I have not posted in a long time. And so It’s almost as if I’m reintroducing myself with my writing. Which I don’t mind at all, Because I want revamp some things anyway, plus start a new series on my page about knowing your worth, self confidence and etc.  Because frankly, these are things I’m going through right now and have passionate about for a long time. I’ve wanted to do a series like that ever since I started my blog.

And what better timing than now, when this is something I’m dealing with right now  and maybe others are too.

I’m no expert on all this. Clearly.  But ever since last week I’m sure I need to go ahead and do it. So now on to the post! Let’s Think of it as catching up with an old friend over coffee. You don’t really know them personally anymore and maybe it’s a little weird at first. But by the end of it, you you made a connection again and caught up with what is going on.   ( That may not happen all the time) lol. But hopefully, that is not the case here.

 

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So Let’s have a chat, shall we? 

I spent 3 days at a women’s conference. And yes that might seem crazy to spend that long surrounded by so many women lol. JK.

And that it might get crazy and dramatic… well it does get crazy! Crazy for Jesus. But no drama and a lots of fun! I had early mornings , late nights and lost my voice. But wouldn’t trade it for anywhere else last week. We don’t believe in women just sitting down or being in back helping at church. We have fire female preachers on the platform!

But some things I learned along the way during this conference really changed my views on certain things.

The first thing 

You are worth a lot more than you think or know.

It’s crazy that I have been wanting to do series that relates to this and what I heard really aligned with that and made me realize things I needed to know before I did this on my blog.

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If you are a guy reading this you are precious in Gods eyes too lol. But this was a women’s event sooo sorry not sorry! Ha! But I 100% agree with this verse! You really are more precious than anything the world has to offer. And when you know that you hold your head a little higher, you confidence boosts more and you got a smile on your face. (most days) Doesn’t mean life is perfect. But again most days… that is what I try to strive for.

Another thing

How I view what people think of me. Mostly girls.

You know I haven’t had this problem since my early teen years. But it has some how made a full circle in my young adults years.

But something I learned again last week was “Not everyone is going to like you” As amazing or nice as you may be. lol. But still! It happens. And the guest speaker said “Its ok if everyone doesn’t like me, I know how God views me! He loves me, I’m more precious than rubies!”

And you know what , maybe they are dealing with their own issues or insecurities. And that is ok. It probably has nothing to do with you.  If you think someone doesn’t like you pray about it and move on! I’ve learned you can’t reach everybody and you can’t be close with everybody either. But for some odd reason I got these Ideas in my head that maybe I’m not likable? Maybe I’m not the person people want to go talk to?  I’ll never be as out going as I want to be with people?

I know those are lies and my own self doubt that still tries to back sometimes. And changing that thinking!

Last Thing

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Love that.

I Have a lot more I can say about this subject and stories I can give.  (And I will)

But that is for my other posts to come. 😀

But to close this I will say how I learned how to overcome it. Jesus. Having that time in the morning to myself spiritually. To read my bible and get that encouragement and strength in God’s word. Since last week that really pushed me to make more time for that and realize how much it’s needed.

Also working on myself in general is what has gained that new found confidence as well. And I will be talking more about that process as well.

“Know your worth” is what the series will be called. So be looking for when I post them! I Don’t have a set schedule for it (yet). But blogging rule 101 it’s good to have those set posting times.  So that is why you should follow me on  my blog’s Instagram page

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I’m excited for this writing direction on page and leave a comment of what you think.  I love connecting!

Always look inside

❤ Chloe’

 

The Easter Tag/ Q&A

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Hello and happy soon to be Easter! I love doing Tags and questions for Holidays because well, First I love hearing others answers to the questions and get to know me. And 2nd I’m not a crafty person who will have good ideas for decor or etc ..ha! So I need to post something int the Holidays seasons. I did A Christmas tag and a Valentine’s post you can check out here  .Valentines Note. It’s ok to be alone.

Easter was one of my Favorite Holiday’s as a kid, And the true meaning is even more special. So here we Go!

Do you celebrate Easter? HA! I almost didn’t put this one in, but I had to. Because it’s an Easter tag and they asked if I celebrated Easter… aha. But yes, yes I do! I celebrate Jesus and the resurrection.

What was your favorite thing about Easter growing up? Like most kids …. the Easter basket when I woke up! Easter Egg hunts in my grandmother’s backyard were always a highlight.. and very competitive! haha

What are your plans for Easter this year? Lunch at my house with the family and friends after church. Ham, veggies, MacNCheese the works!

Do you color eggs? No. I can only recall doing that once as a kid. We never did that growing up. I don’t think my mom liked the idea of letting kids have dye lol. But it looks fun!

Favorite Easter treat? Chocolate bunnies were always a favorite for me. And the sweet tart jelly beans.

Least favorite Easter treat? Peeps!! 😛 (Sorry not sorry)

Do you Hunt or Hide eggs? Well, considering I’m in my 20’s … I don’t Hunt anymore. aha. I don’t hide either. My church does  (they have an Egg hunt for the kiddos)

Did you ever get Easter Bunny pictures? … Umm NO!! It kinda terrifies me to this day.. he looks so creepy! I get that may not be all kids.  ha. But to be honest I was never into the “Easter Bunny” as a kid. I did Santa Clause  … but a bunny?! I never bought into that.. .I just wanted the Basket! ha! But if I did get pics they probably would have looked like this

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Well on that Note, I hope you all have a great Easter!! And celebrate the true meaning of the resurrection of Christ with your loved ones. That to me is Easter. Bunnies and eggs aside.

Let me know your answers to some of these questions! And If you are a fellow blogger feel free to also do this fun tag!

Happy Easter! xo 

❤ Chloe’

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Monday Mood: More like Monday Motivation

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Can we point out the fact that Monday comes all too quickly? Also, can we point out one of the downsides of having a weekly serious on a blog is that even when your mind has gone blank and you have no inspiration you still post? Because of goals you set.  I have another weekly series coming. I just have to decide which day, plus I keep changing my mind about the name. But Consistency is the personal goal here people. Something I’m not too good at. Come along if you relate.  Continue reading “Monday Mood: More like Monday Motivation”

The filtered life :Monday Mood

bootsI will be starting a new blog post series on Mondays. Basically whatever has been on my mind each Monday and post it. Even though I had in mind what my next post was going to be, I was going to write about my trip to the south and compare my southern small town to my now Oregon lifestyle. Point out all the differences and what has changed. It has been long overdue. But hey what else is new? ..ha.  But something crashed my plans, so now that will be my post…

And  Instagram is to blame. Well, Kind of.

So I follow a lot of bloggers, it’s a daily thing. I’m trying to grow my following and I love connecting and seeing what others are doing. Actually, I’ve been more distracted by Instagram blogging than actually writing.

The reason I started blogging is to write and have a creative outlet. Because I’ve always had one. Baking, taking pictures, theater arts when I was in high school and makeup.  (That one still hasn’t left me ha)  I was never happy just behind a desk. I only liked English and art in School. Which is funny because I can’t even draw or paint.  And I rely on my grammar software too much. Sooo ? Can’t explain that one. haha.

But Instagram for my blog page is fun, I like seeing what others are doing, getting ideas, and supporting others who have the same hobbies and interests.

I never compare myself to the ones who travel the world on a daily basis and have a professional photographer follow them at all times.  (More like I admire from a distance) lol.

Because we live in a filtered world. But We never know who is filtering the hurt, the pain the low self-esteem. It’s important to make sure the inside is ok before posting the outside image.

That is where my blog name comes from. Even though I’ve wanted to change it.  Ha. But the reason for this blog was about to talk about what is going on inside. Helping others and posting what is inside my mind at the time.

There are people who make their oatmeal look like a Van Gogh art piece and post it. And  I just made the instant packet kind this morning. That was it. lol

I love taking pictures I love posting to insta, But at the end of the day, I’m not here to show how pretty my oatmeal is. (Because I would fail) haha. And I will leave that to those who are good at that.

I started blogging to talk about my faith, self-confidence and many other things I still have written down in my notebook.

I like to share my thoughts and views with others and see what their perspective is too. And I’m starting to think maybe that is something I can do.

That and maybe winged eyeliner? Or drinking a lot of coffee…. Also being lazy. Ok, I’m done. aha

And whatever your nitch is you need to go with it!  Of course, I love being inspired by others when it comes to style and makeup etc. But there is a difference between inspire and desire. You can be inspired by someone without having a desire to be just like them or have their life. I use to try so hard to be like certain people, Now I take more pride in starting my own trends and forming my own style and taste.

But now I can move on other posts! Because this hasn’t left my mind. Don’t be afraid to speak out and be you. Because that my friends is more attractive than any picture you could post.

❤ Chloe’

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Valentines Note. It’s ok to be alone.

flowers Let me just say, This post is not going to be one of those “4 steps to achieve whatever” blog posts. I realize they are catchy titles. But no. February was when  I thought I was going to start a love and dating blogs for the month. Didn’t happen.  But never the less I did want to write a valentines post. But why on earth would I give the “4 step advice” when I’m still learning about love and dating in my own life? So might as well tell you where I am with this.

This is not just for the fellow singles. Being in a relationship does not mean you are ok with your self or taking time for yourself (I’ve gone through exactly that) So follow along for some encouragement, grab some Valentines candy while you are at it aha! Cause I’m bringing the tea for this honey!! .. ok I’ll stop. lol  Continue reading “Valentines Note. It’s ok to be alone.”

The rear view state of mind

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I randomly got this title and idea of what I’m going through, and anytime that happens it usually turns out really good. Usually, because it isn’t super thought out, It’s truly from the heart. Forget the pretty pictures and posing.  This is what a writer does my friends. I always wanted to be like one. Maybe I’ll pretend to act like one.  Then go back to fashion, makeup and blogging life later. Keep reading for deeps thoughts  Continue reading “The rear view state of mind”

Why my mind is open going into 2018

img_6134 I never really go into things with an open mind. I’m such a realist most of time. I mean I predicted my family’s entire day on Christmas when they already had the whole agenda planned. I saw the reality of the family lunch going to turn into a Christmas dinner and so on haha. I tend to look at the reality. But of course, there has been other times I closed myself off to the truth in other situations and then later saw the reality of it. (Hence my last relationship.) Too far? Well, its the truth ha. I mean that happens at some point. A girl or guy being blinded by someone and they either follow blindly or they finally see, They learn and move on or unfortunately go right back to the same thing.

But this next year really has me thinking. I’m Excited about it, about new experiences, trips, and career path. But at the same time, I also don’t know what to think either. That is normal right? I mean we can’t know everything that is to come and of course, I trust God for the best year of growth and get things going in my life. But as far as relationships choosing right schools choosing the next job move etc. I have an open mind about it all. Maybe because I have an amazing helper to guide me through.

If you scroll down in my blog you will find one that is titled “What I learned about taking chances in life”  or something like that. It would be embarrassing to forget my own post. But if I’m being honest I forgot about a couple posts I first wrote on this blog cause even though its only been 4 months since I made my blog site I didn’t care at all how good the content was or how it looked haha.

It’s like looking back at my pics of when I first did winged eyeliner (yikes). But I was pretty decent within a few months of practice after. Not a makeup artist level, but decent. Catch my drift? I feel the same with my writing and blogging. But I say in the blog post that last year my resolution was to “Take more chances” for that year. And boy did I deliver! So this coming year speak out what you want and expect carefully. That is why this year I am going in with an open mind. The only thing I’m claiming is what God has already planned and will direct me in. But I just have to make the first move then he will move as well.

Maybe that looks different for you, but words are powerful. Don’t just shout anything out, Don’t just post “new year new me.” How is it going to be a new year? How is it going to be a new you?

Refresh your mind and leave it open to new things and change in your life. Whether its diet, exercise, learning an instrument, traveling or finding love.

Did I cover the most common resolutions yet? I think so.

So I am going to go back to work tomorrow after being on winter vacation, I am going to keep my mind open and my spirit sensitive this coming year. There will be times I mess up, I will also learn and grow as well. And that is something I can confidently say will happen in 2018! 😉 No resolution needed!

Enjoy the last few days of 2017!

❤ Chloe’

 

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