BEACH 2018 (spring break vacay)

Hello hello everyone!! I am back in Fayetteville from spring break at the beach in Florida… to say I had the time of my life would be an understatement!

I’m beginning a protest that spring break should be a month long instead of just a week.

That was WAY too short. Did I even go to the beach?

There is no way I will be able to explain to you the great time I had on this trip but I do wanna tell ya what I did and try my best to explain how great it was!

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Reflecting on the Little Things – Focus on Fayetteville

Well hello everyone! It’s been a hot week since I’ve been on here. You may be wondering what happened or you might be the one to say, “oh I didn’t even know she was gone for a week…what was she doing?” In either case I would like to share what God called me to do last week and what I learned through it.

What initially brought this up was that I knew I wanted to give sacrificially to the new building of NLC Fayetteville. Pastors Jason and Ashley challenged us to give in a way that would truly be a sacrifice for the future of the church – if we truly call NLC home and want to be a part of this exciting new season! I am a college student so I don’t have a lot that I take pride in. I started thinking and praying about what means most to me and what would hurt to give up in order for the future of the church — if I really wanted to take this opportunity to be a part.

 I definitely take the most pride in my blog. I know that God is the one who has built this thing from the ground up and He will be in control of it forever – success or failure. I started to think “maybe I could sacrifice my next paycheck” or “maybe I could sacrifice my blog for a month” (I plan my blogs monthly). Neither of these sounded nice to me. So basically, I decided to combine the two. God led me to give up my blog for an entire week and save up the money I would’ve spent on it for the week and donate it to the new building of the church (my next paycheck).

A few days before this would start, I felt (and my friend called me out on) that not only did I need to give this blog up for the church, but also for me and for God. I needed to check my heart to see if this blog was about me or if it was about God. I have got to say very honestly that it is really hard to be a lifestyle blogger (blog all about yourself and your style) and make it solely about God. All of my pictures are of me. I only upload the ones I look good in. Would the pictures get to my head or heart and make me question my self image or self worth? Who is this blog all about? Making people like ME better or making them like HIM better? Doing my part and letting God do His or trying to make every aspect happen all myself?

This time was very hard but surprisingly I did not think twice about my blog. God had been preparing my heart for this week and I was able to fully trust Him with this week in being totally absent from all social media and my website. I wanted to control it, to put my hands on it so badly.

I began to question why I chose this path. God quickly reminded me of the passions He’s put inside of me and that He will give me creative ideas and that He will use me through the passions He’s given me to reach others, just like He already has. It will be in ways I could never imagine.

Throughout this fast, God told me to “Focus on Fayetteville.” To be more present in my present (in Fayetteville, at home, when I’m with friends, when I’m in class, when I lead life group, when I go to church, when I break at work) than I am present on social media. This is a huge risk because if I were super present on social media, I would increase my influence, my following and my impressions. God’s hand would increase it so much more — but not for me. His hand is more powerful on my blog than mine will ever be. The number of followers I gain and the number of likes I get on a picture will only tell me how well my blog is doing — not how well I am doing [as a person].

Moving forward, I’ve had to come up with some rules for myself to carry His will out this way. That I will not be on social media other than to post on my story, my feed once a day, and respond to DMs. Not continually check my likes. Not continually check my followers. Not continually refresh my feed. Not continually click through everyone’s stories for 30 pointless, draining minutes. I will gain my inspiration for my outfits by following blogs on my laptop, not social media, by looking at the newest arrivals at fast fashion stores, and by reading my magazines.

I’ve never felt more free in my life.

I’m not trading this for anything. No fame, no success, nothing that the world will give me. My life is to honor Jesus.

I am so happy of what God did this week and I am SO excited to share my outfits with y’all this week! They are going to be so good.

Oh, hey, P.S. my bff Chelsea started a fashion blog on Friday and you need to go follow her. Ok bye.

xx, Claire

Reflecting on the Little Things

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I love Sundays so much. They’re my favorite day of the week! Going to church, seeing all my friends, finishing out the weekend. It’s just the best day. I hope y’all had a great week last week! Mine was pretty good.

I shot a bunch of photos on Thursday coming soon to the blog!! I am so excited because I am now going to post THREE times a week – upgrading from two haha.🎉 So it will be Reflecting on the Little Things on Sundays, an outfit post on Tuesday, and an outfit post on Thursday! WOOHOO. Be looking forward to those! Continue reading

Reflecting on the Little Things

Hellooooo happy people! Welcome back to my blog – I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve been on here but it’s only been since Tuesday haha. Last week, I did not post a “Reflecting on the Little Things” and I apologize but I really had nothing to say because I was sick ALL WEEK. It was not fun. Now I’m just stuck with a gross cough. The kind your classmates hate you for.

I just want to say first off that I am SO THANKFUL to be alive and well! Gosh, being sick is the WORST. You don’t get to talk to people, people don’t wanna come near you because you’re sick, you can’t get any work done, and it’s just a setback! No one has time to be sick. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” I missed by first exam of the semester and will have to make it up the day of the final. So that’s something I’ll have to deal with literally for the whole semester. I am just so happy that I can dress up and go out and shop and be with friends and have a great time.

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ROTLT – How to Overcome Discouragement

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I know I am a day late on my “Reflecting on the Little Things” and I’ll be honest.. I was pretty busy yesterday and TOTALLY forgot! As I remembered at 9 o’clock last night, my eyes forcing shut, I sighed because I didn’t know what I would talk about. Writing an encouraging blog post was the last thing I wanted to do. What was I supposed to say when I had a discouraging day? How was I supposed to be bright when I felt sad all day?

I knew that tomorrow would be a new day with new people, new opportunity, and new tasks. My roommate said “Why don’t you just do it tomorrow and explain that you were busy today?” and she was right. I love affirmation from others to help me make decisions haha. I knew that if I did it today, that it would be a truly encouraging Word from God. I’d rather be a day late with all of God’s Word than on time with something I created on the spot all by myself.

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Reflecting on the Little Things – Made New

HELLO everyone! Happy Sunday! It truly is a happy day. Today has been the best. I think Sunday is my favorite day out of the entire week.

If you read my last “Reflecting on the Little Things” post, you know that I just finished my week of prayer and fasting. My church spent last week in prayer and fasting for the new year. Starting off 2018 putting God first. I shared in that post that this was the first time I’ve ever fasted. I shared reasons why I never did in the past, why I decided to do it this time, and what I was believing God for. I also shared what I fasted.

I will first say that I should have started practicing fasting way before this past week.

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Reflecting on the Little Things

Happy rainy Sunday! (To those of you in a rainy location like myself today) I got back on the grind today at work and it was the slowest day ever 😂 I guess that’s what happens when it’s as gloomy as it is outside! I’m not gloomy today though. I’m full of hope! Church this morning was so refreshing. Just the Spirit there and presence of God was incredible.

So this past week, I went to KANSAS CITY – wooo! I had the BEST time ever. For real. Best week I’ve had in a while. I love breaks. I went to visit my dear friends Lexi and Megan. They live in such a wonderful, fun city and have incredibly loving families.

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Reflecting on The Little Things – Christmas Eve

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!🎄

How lovely is Christmas time?! I celebrate the entire month.. I feel like every day in December is Christmas Day. I love the anticipation of Christmas.. the decorations, the cookies, the home-cooked meals, the sweaters and scarves and snuggles. It’s such a sweet time to celebrate with your family. To get days off work. It’s a reason for your whole family to get together. I am so thankful for that. Thank God for holidays, even just to be a reason to get around your family.

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