Loving Who God Made You To Be

Hello there lovelies!

Today we have a guest post from my friend Cori. She was one of the first people to volunteer to write a blog post for this new blog post series I wanna do throughout the year and I LOVE what she has to say.

I hope you all receive some encouragement from this lovely gals words of wisdom.

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Well, it’s a new year again and our social media is filled with “New year new me” posts and new years resolutions that will last a couple of weeks.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t see anything wrong with trying to better yourself, but when its all about me, me, me I think we might just be missing the point. My resolution is to grow closer to Christ and to love who He made me.
        The world tells us that it is all about you. You do you. You only live once. I agree to make the most of your life but when your life revolves around you and you only that isn’t exactly what God has planned. God tells us to live humbly and to always put your neighbor before yourself. He tells us to give a homeless man the clothes off our backs if he doesn’t have any. He tells us to pray for our enemies and love them no matter the harm they’ve caused you.  That may not be very easy, but that is what we are called to. There is a difference between loving who God made you and being a self centered jerk
        Now my life hasn’t been that easy. I was sexually abused, I’ve harmed myself and did for many years, and I even attempted suicide. Growing up I’ve had major self esteem problems.  I would look at myself in the mirror and hate everything about my reflection. I would cry at night because I wasn’t good enough for society or even myself. It wasn’t until recently, actually, that I realized  I wasn’t living how God had planned. It took a mental hospital being waved over my head for me to finally get my act together.  My point is this: God made you who you are for a reason and you are perfectly and wonderfully made. He planned out every inch of you, beautifully, inside of your mother and God, the God of the universe, does not make mistakes. (Psalms 139:13-18)
        Now I pray that in this new year you learn to love yourself for who God made you. Not for what the world wants you to be. Serve your Lord with all your heart soul and mind and love every bit of yourself because the creator of everything there ever was and is to come made you and that is pretty amazing if you think about it.
    Now I still deal with all of these things today. I am not saying that life is gonna be a bundle of joy on a sunny day. Life sucks, there’s no other way to put it, but it is so much easier to have hope and to love who God made you to be then to dwell on things and to try to be this perfect person society makes the standard out to be. You will never be perfect. You will never be “Good enough” , but you know what? That’s why Christ died for us. So that in Him we are good enough and always will be. God doesn’t look at us for all the bad things we have done.  He looks at us as perfect, just as He made us perfectly.

“Lord help me to love who You made me to be. Help me serve you in any way that i can in this new year. I pray that in the new year i grow spiritually and grow to love others more than myself, thank you for all these blessings, i pray that my self esteem will be high this year. In your name I pray , Amen.”

Yours Truly,
Cori Heck

5 Things I’ve Learned from Moving Out

Its only been under a week and I’ve already learned so much…

 

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So here we go! Here are 5 things I have learned from moving out!

1. Time to put your big person pants and adult it up.

Some things your parents may do or have done for you up until you moved out… but NOW its time to do it on your own. [insert dramatic music here]

Things like doing your own laundry, cleaning, dishes, and grocery shopping all need to be done by you. (and you gotta pay for it too. So get ready to pay up 😉 )

Also time management is a pretty big deal. Figuring out your own time and managing it well is still a skill I’m working on…and I already thought I was good at it before I moved out. Depending how things go for you, you might be moving due to getting a job and wont start work the day you move. In that case you might feel like you have a LOT of time on your hands and not know what to do (especially if your roommate is working and has time and a schedule of their own to figure out or live out.)

2. Meet people.

So if you aren’t moving to a new city or town, this may not apply to you…But I’ve found out that I’ve had a lot of alone time as I don’t start work until tomorrow. In the meantime, most the packing has been done and I’m kinda alone and bored during the day.

So go.

Get out.

Meet people.

Find things to do outside of your house/apartment.

 

 

3. Get started unpacking right away.

Pro tip: Start unpacking your room first. I was told that by unpacking that first and getting it organized helps you feel more relaxed and at home at the end of the day and let me now tell you this… It works. Even if you have the rest of the house/apartment to do. Start. With. Your. Room.

 

 

4. Explore. Find out whats around you.

Get to know your local area. Find grocery stores, churches, libraries, grocery stores, gas stations and other such things. Get to know your area. Take a day to wander and explore and know the area around where you live.

 

5. Set up well in advance.

By that I mean power and internet mostly or whatever you might need. For example: My roomie and I didn’t really look into many places as well as we should have and the first power company we were with wouldn’t give us power until October 4th! After switching companies we finally got power today after being 5ish days without it. So plan, plan, PLAN and get it all set up at least a week before your move in date. Power and internet companies say they can have it set up in a few days but give them at LEAST a week so call ahead. I mean unless you want to be eating food that doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated or taking showers and going to the washroom in the dark… Oh the joys of first time moving out.

 

 

Distraction Free Writing

Hello Readers!

So today I am going to share a few tips with you lovely people on how I go about getting the most out of my writing….Which means going distraction free.

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Now, I don’t know about you guys, but as my days go on I find myself getting more and more distracted every morning I sit down to write. Whether that be by the internet or my phone. Over the past couple days, I’ve asked a couple of my friends about what distracts them from writing and just made a list of different ways you can go about focusing on your writing but still staying connected. (As in, if you wanna keep Twitter open, then great! Go ahead 😀 ) Now, I’m sure all these ideas are not new to y’all but sometimes I myself like a little reminder of alternatives to keep from getting distracted.  *writes the author as she gets distracted and ends up taking a ten minute twitter break*

Anyways! Here is a list of different distraction free approaches (all of which I use) to writing.

1. Do a series of Word Wars/Word Sprints.

Probably my favourite thing to do. I’m quite competitive so a little playful competition can really get me going. Because, setting a timeframe where I have to write and knowing that someone else is racing me to get the most words, really gets me going.

 

2. Have another writer friend keep you accountable.

This is another thing I do. If I am texting or chatting with another writer friend online and I need/want to go write. Sometimes I will say things like: ‘Okay. I am going to write for twenty minutes. If you see me online feel free to call me out on it and set me straight.’

That helps me keep accountable because the last thing I want is for my friends to scold me and think I’m a terrible writer! *gasp* That would not be good at all.

 

3. Use the ‘Distraction Free Writing’ setting on your word processor.

So, yeah. Just discovered this for WordPress ( WOOOOHOOO!) and I recently came to discover that both word processors that I use have this! It has worked wonders for me simply because. I love Twitter and my novel playlists are on Youtube. Both are distracting, and let me loose on Youtube and I’ll be watching every Ricky Dillon video in existence…a million times over. So, thats always nice when you have a playlist going or something and still don’t want to be distracted.

 

4. Set a timer.

Pretty simple. Turn on a timer and get writing. I find, by having a timer and KNOWING the minutes are counting down, that I get less distracted with everything else around me. (See #1 for similar alternative)

 

Bonus: 5. Turn off your Wifi and put away that phone

So, with this one, you can’t really stay connected or online considering you are turning off your Wi-fi. BUT this is my back-up plan. If I’m getting distracted, with the click of a button I turn off my wifi for a bit.  Next thing I do is put away my phone. Or if its sitting beside me, I will flip it so I can’t see the screen light up if I get a notification of any sort.

 

So, thats it! There is my list of ways I write without distractions. Do you have certain ways you go about not getting distracted while writing? If so, tell me them in the comments! 😀 I’d love to hear from you all on how you go about avoiding distractions.

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle