Saturday, June 25, 2016

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DIY 'Be Well' Essential Oils Blend

Although summer break should be relaxing, schedules fill up quickly and stress due to travel, unexpected plans or lack of routine can abound. I have found that between interning, working and living away from home, I get stressed easily. Stress weakens the immune system, but this Be Well essential oils blend is wonderful for warding off illness. It is very similar to the popular ThievesTM oil blend from Young Living.

Be Well Essential Oils Blend

  • 25 drops clove oil
  • 15 drops lemon oil
  • 13 drops cinnamon oil
  • 13 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 10 drops rosemary oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops bergamot oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
Mix these oils together in a dropper bottle, like these.

Diffuse five to seven drops of this oil, or apply it to the bottoms of your feet, your wrists or behind your ears. Cinnamon oil is very strong oil, so be sure you dilute this blend with a carrier oil such as coconut or grape seed oil if you're going to use it on your skin.

Be well,

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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I don't believe in best friends.

Today is National Best Friends Day.
(My personal reflection on the day)

When I was a little girl in elementary school, I used to pray for a best friend. They were so idealized in movies and books and society, and I thought no one was complete if they didn't have a best friend who called them by that same title.

I grew up and gave that up.

My parents went to college far from where they grew up and moved far from where they went to college. Their friends are for seasons of their lives, and they're fine with that. With them as my example, I learned to not expect friendships to last forever. 

When good friends moved away and we gradually lost contact, I wasn't heartbroken. That person was in my life for a season, and if God took her out of my life for the next season, I was okay with that. I never ever had the idea of my friends being in my wedding because I wasn't counting on anyone being that close to me for that long.

In fact, when I was telling my mom about a problem I was having with one of my friends, she reminded me that friendships don't have to last forever.

I understand many people see this way of thinking as sad or wrong or even hurtful.

I see this way of thinking as placing my trust in the Lord and His plans for my life, including the people He gives and takes. It protects my heart because it's in His hands, not the unsteady hands of another person.

I now have examples of adults with lifetime friends. I recently attended a wedding of a girl whose wedding party was made up of girls that were all friends since high school. It's National Best Friend Day, and I do celebrate friendships. I am happy for people that have mutual best friends, and I would be lying if I said I still didn't get a little jealous of those friendships. I do still want a friendship like that, but I'm not striving for it. 

I will not label a person as my best friend.

Because by labeling who other people might see as my best friend, I am leaving out the girl who randomly texts me to tell me how much she appreciates me. I will leave out the girl who I see once a year and talk to every few months, but who I can tell anything to, more than the people I see every day. I will leave out the friend who I have fun with and I will leave out the friend who I pour my heart out to. I leave out the friend who talks and I leave out the friend that listens. See, I love my friends and I am so grateful for them. But people change, and the friend who means the most to me could change by month, week or even day. And if I tie my heart to an elevated person, I will be let down. 

I am so thankful for all of my friends, and I do hope those friendships continue. I do want to have a wedding surrounded by friends with great stories of doing life together. I do want forever friends, and I celebrate those who have them. I just won't clench my hands around a person or a friendship.

Instead, I will rest in the hands of God.

P.S. This is me from my point in my life right now.  Also, I understand this many things don't have to be tied to the label of 'best friend.' ;) And I am not saying that trusting the Lord and having a best friend are independent of one another.
Thanks for reading,
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Monday, May 16, 2016

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where i've been.

Where I've Been - Writing from An Ocean Dream


It's been awhile.

Really, it's been a year.

In that year, I completed a year of college. I moved five hours from home. I lived in a dorm. I met people and made friends and navigated through classes and activities and ministries and the cafeteria during the 12 o'clock lunch hour. :)

I did a lot. I met GPA goals and went to concerts and served as an editor for the school paper and cooked for friends and went camping and volunteered as a tutor at a middle school.

But I neglected a lot too. 

I didn't call my parents enough, didn't text my sister enough, didn't email my grandparents enough. I slept in and tweeted and cleaned my room instead of spending time with the Lord. I thought about my own things instead of praying. And, get this, I gave up Scripture memorization because I didn't want to overload my brain with all the other facts about tectonic plates and B-roll footage and marketing and internal attribution that I was cramming into my mind.


I didn't party, drink or do anything like that. But maybe sin is quiet too. Maybe sin is believing that attending chapel three times a week is enough Jesus. Maybe sin is assuming that you are 'good enough' because everyone else says you are. 

And maybe a wakeup call from that quiet sin comes when you realize that your life would be the same without Jesus. Because the choices you're making aren't because you're obedient to your Lord or love your Savior. It's because you're a good kid who wants to be respected by those around her. 

But who knows about the little, quiet ways distance from the Lord can creep into your life? The cruelty and jealousy you are shocked to feel and the gossip and rudeness that rises from that. The pride that separates you from others. The deceitfulness. The having to have it all together and not wanting to face the Lord because in Him you realize your brokenness that can only be fixed by Him, not by your grades and resume and striving. 

So that's where I've been.

But that's not where I'm going. I'm working on memorizing Psalm 17:15. "As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness." I want to be satisfied in the Lord and Him alone.

This was what I wrote in my journal the day I got home from school:

"I feel like this year, this semester, and especially these last few weeks, I've been walking through a fog. 

In the forest of my life.

I fell off the path and then had to push through all these thorns and brush and would sometimes cross back over the path and maybe even stay on it for a short distance but would then wander off again.

And then I was running our of fear and anxiety and tripped into a muddy creek and was cold, wet and caked in dirt that kept weighing me down.

Be my rescue team and find me, dirty, cold, lost and afraid. Take me in and clean all the mud and dirt and shame off of me and set my feet on the path and hold my hand as we walk it together.

Lord, bring me back."

Where I'm going is wherever the Lord will take me.

Thanks for reading my honesty.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

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What Makes Me Happy Monday 4/4

How often do we stop and think about what makes us happy - the little, ordinary things that fill us with joy?

I know that I don't do that enough, so every Monday, I try to write a few things that make me happy.

My sister.

This semester, I got to go home for my sister's birthday, spring break and Easter. I love my family, and it's been wonderful to visit them! My sister is my best friend. She is amazing and is doing incredible things. I am so proud of her, and I can't wait to be with her this summer.

Getting into the classes I wanted.

Class registration is like a long, stressful race for me. I feel that every second that ticks by as I wait for course registration to load, someone else gets a seat in the class I want. Fortunately, I got into all my first choice classes for next semester! ... I also won't have a lunch break Monday, Wednesday, Friday, but I'll pack snacks, right?


Think of it what you will, but burrito bowls from Chipotle are delicious.

What makes you happy today?

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Throwback Thursday // Snow Day

Happy Thursday, friends!

The weather is warming up, and summer is almost here!

Here's a throwback to one of the best days of this semester: a snow day. It wasn't the best because classes were cancelled (although that was certainly a plus). It was a good day because it was spent with friends without the pressure of schedules and homework.


The winter weather is beautiful - crisp and cold, snow swirling through the air. Oh, beautiful when observed from a warm room. When you have to trudge through biting wind flinging ice in your face to go to your 8 a.m. class, it's not always the best. However, this is still a great season and it is still beautiful, whether observed from the outside or inside.

Another thing this weather brings is whispers and rumors and hopes of a snow day. Coveted by students everywhere, these days are surprise vacations to be spent watching Netflix or sleeping.... or actually being productive.

These are pictures from a snow day a earlier in the semester.

See more of the snow day fashion shoot I did with my friend Calicia on her beautiful blog, Weekend Well.

That snow day morning was also when I made up the recipe for gluten-free cornmeal pancakes. Find the recipe here!

Wishing you a happy spring,
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