Always wanted to develop a ministry…plan retreats….write a devotional book (one of my goals on my bucket list)….
Now that we’re kinda halfway through summer, I figured I’d share some of my favorite songs that I’ve been really enjoying jamming to while riding around with my sunroof open. Last year’s Summer Playlist STILL goes hard! But if you’d like to see what I’ve been rocking to as of late, check out my favorite summer jams in the playlist below! Enjoy!
What songs have you been dancing to this summer? I’d love to hear them so comment down below!
Until next time…
Love and God Bless,
This weekend was another lovely one spent in the DMV. This time for my bestie’s wedding!!! But more on that later this week 🙂
Sabbath was absolutely lovely. Weather kinda sucked as it rained all day but it was also very relaxing and calming as a result of that as well. I was able to finally visit RPC SDA at their new building and it was an amazing worship service. I was truly blessed. I pray that God continues to bless their ministry exceedingly and abundantly.
Oh yeah? What’d I wear….
It was definitely a great Sabbath spent with great friends in preparation for a great WEDDING! More on that on Friday 🙂
Love and God Bless,
I never thought I’d ever be able to become one of those women that wore makeup to work every day, had her hair done, and outfit snatched on a regular consistent basis. I just felt like it took too much time and work. And as a resident….time isn’t really something you have a whole lot of.
I’m kinda becoming that chick. A couple of months ago, I made the decision to really put serious effort into the way that I look for work. Because I know for sure that when I look good I feel great. Plus, I want to always be the best representation of who I am and Whose I am, you know what I mean?
So with that, I started wearing makeup everyday and put together a 15-minute makeup routine (loosely…it can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes depending on the morning).
First I start by toning my freshly washed face with The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner. This toner has been a part of my regimen for the past year or so and it has definitely helped my acne-prone skin clear up quite a bit and lessen the breakouts. Then I moisturize with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. This moisturizer is so awesome. It has great ingredients to help with complexion issues (including salicylic acid), and I love that this moisturizer has SPF 15 in it as well so it’s perfect for the summer time. Then to help with oil control for this grease-ball I call a face, I apply a layer of Phillip’s Milk of Magnesia (holy grail for oily girls!), followed by Becca Cosmetic’s Ever-Matte Poreless Primer (ALSO a MUST-HAVE for oily ladies who love wearing makeup and want that matte look all day). Then right before applying my actual makeup products I spritz on my tried and true Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish for Oily Skin. Yup, once again, another holy grail product.
Then I use my all-time favorite concealer, Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer in the shade Warm Deep to spot-conceal my areas of post-acne hyperpigmentation. Then I do my quick eye look using Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner , which like, legitly stays on ALL DAY, and open up my eyes by coating my lashes with Loreal’s Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara.
I brighten up my under eye area by using Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Amdande and applying with a knock-off beauty-blender type sponge from Real Techniques. Then using the awesome and super soft Precision Face brush from Bare Minerals, I apply the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in the shade Golden Deep. And shout out to my lovely Peds intern Alisha for putting me on to this foundation! It literally helps my face stay matte ALL. DAY. LONG! In combination with the other products of course. And does a pretty good job of matching my complexion as well. AND it has SPF 15 so again, perfect for summer time. I really love that this foundation has a wide array of shades as well because….after my upcoming beach trip I just may need to move up a shade…but I digress. I follow that with a bit of blush on the cheeks using the e.l.f. Blush Brush. My blush of choice on a daily basis is usually Milani Fantastico Mauve.
I finish off the look first with another spritz of the Skindinavia setting spray. Then for my lips, I line them with MAC’s Chestnut Lipliner, apply Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Cathedral, and top it off with a gloss from Laura Mercier in the color Bare Beige (and shout out to my cousin Jonelle for putting me on to this gloss as well!)
Hope you enjoyed today’s post and have an awesome weekend loves!
Love and God Bless,
“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Crist Jesus first possessed me. No, Dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NLT
So what exactly is Paul saying? Here’s the way it can be perceived:
“I get it, you’ve accomplished some things, or well for others of you you’ve been through some things. Cool. I understand but I’m looking forward, pressing on, working towards, striving for, reaching out earnestly to become something much more valuable or worthy of my attention and praise. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that I have that ‘thing’ yet but I’m not letting myself get caught up in whatever has happened before. I’m focusing on what’s ahead. I am not just looking forward to any particular goal but that which GOD through CHRIST JESUS Himself is making possible for me to achieve.”
Does that make it clear? Look I understand we all have been through some things. Each of us on our journeys have walked through crap, climbed up certain hills, met certain people, achieved certain things…good and bad, and the reality is we all have history. It’s history though. It can inform aspects of the present and provide context but it is still the past. Too many of us provide history opportunities to be present (yep, think on that).
God spoke through Paul to you and me. He made sure to remind us that the only thing that matters is the prize before us. What is your prize? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it temporal and therefore extinguishable and without meaningful value? Because if it is those things then I can tell you now, it’s not really worth it. Those things will vanish with time but you know what won’t? Eternity. That prize that Paul speaks of, what God wants to give to each of us through Christ Jesus is eternity. Eternity is a future worth focusing on. When you place eternity in your crosshairs and make it your singular focus a lot of other things are placed in perspective: people, places, jobs, money, and I even dare say relationships. Don’t get me wrong, the past has significance in each of our lives. But how much value are you going to place in things that cannot be changed? Focus on Christ, keep the Cross before you, look ahead and push on, fight hard, and look square at that prize laid before you by God himself.
Love and God Bless,
One of the things I have struggled with in the past is getting out of bed in the morning with enough time to actually prepare mentally, spiritually, or physically for the day that lies ahead. Recently, one of my favorite life and style bloggers, Krystal over at The Feisty House shared her morning routine and that inspired me to really create my own and be consistent with it. And when I tell you it’s been life changing thus far over the past 3-4 weeks….it’s amazing.
5:15 AM ~ Wake up, Pray, Have Devotion
6:00 AM ~ Post Devotional Excerpt to Social Media
6:05 AM ~ Jogging (Outdoors or on Treadmill) – Sun/Tue/Thur
6:45 AM ~ Make Smoothie (if not grabbing breakfast at work)
7:00 AM ~ Shower & Get Ready for Work
7:45 AM ~ Leave for work (oh the luxury of living 8 minutes away from work….)
And because my internal clock has gotten used to waking up at 5:30 AM I’m waking up pretty close to that even on the weekends, which has really made for very productive Sabbath and Sunday mornings! It’s pretty awesome. Overall, sticking to my morning routine has made me a lot more productive, energized, and just….less stressed. And I thank God for that.
Do you guys have morning routines? Or even nighttime routines? Feel free to share them by commenting down below! I’d love to hear how you start your day and unwind before bed.
As always, thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I really appreciate all of your support.
Love and God Bless,