Encouragement – 08.14.17.

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers.[d] The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 4:11-12

As the Pastor of our church reminded us yesterday, there is the right way to judge, and the wrong way. Here were his two points.

  1. Are you judging the person, or the thing?
  2. Why are you judging? Is it to boost yourself up and bring others down? Or is it to bring your brother or sister back into the light?

As we begin our week let’s challenge ourselves to speak love and kindness to one another. To judge things, not the person and to do so in a way that humbles yourself and encourages one another.

Have a fantastic week!

-Grace.

 

 

5 Things to Remember During Your Interview.

Hi There! One thing I’ve noticed throughout different events I’ve attended is that not a lot of people are prepared when it comes to their resume and interviews. Below are a few helpful tips to keep in mind during your interview.

  1. Try to limit the amount of times you say “um” or “like”. In fact, if you didn’t say it at all that would be great. The person interviewing you understands that your nervous; however, that doesn’t mean they want to hear it in your voice.
  2. Make eye contact. When in an interview, it is crucial that you maintain eye contact. Nothing is more annoying than talking to someone that can’t look directly at you.
  3. Dress to impress. Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman, you should dress well for your interview. When someone comes in to an interview looking nice, it makes them look more put together and capable than someone who shows up in ripped jeans and a crop top.
  4. Do some research on the company you’re applying for. Before the interview, it’s important to do a little research on the company. You should be able to answer questions such as, “what’s your favorite part about the company,” “What would you bring to the table,” and “Why this company compared to others similar to it.”
  5. BE PREPARED. Show up on time, nicely dressed, with resume in hand ready to rock your interview.!

Simple Asparagus Recipe.

Hello! If you’re like me, you want to eat more vegetables, but you never know how to cook them! Below is a SUPER simple recipe on how to make some bomb asparagus. I’ve never really used measurements, I just kind of give a pinch of this and a pinch of that, so feel free to change this recipe to make it your own! There are no rules in cooking!

Sautéed Asparagus

Ingredients:

8 oz. asparagus tips (I usually buy these from Wegmans “cleaned and cut” in a bag).

3 cloves garlic

1 tbsp. olive oil

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat the oil in a nonstick pan to medium-low. Be careful because if you heat the oil too hot, your garlic will burn. Add garlic and asparagus and cover, turning occasionally for 12 minutes. Check to see if asparagus is tender. If not, cook another 5-7 minutes. Add Parmesan and serve!

Comment below and let me know if you tried this or have any veggie recipes of your own!

Dear 17 Year Old Me.

Dear 17 year old me.

Well. What do you have to say for yourself?

You single handed ruined my life.

Because of you, I am impure. I will be called a slut. A whore. Easy. Stupid. Floozy. Sometimes even by the closest of friends.

Because of you, I will not attend a university. I will be stuck at community college and then drop out of online school shortly after my Associates.

Because of you, I will lose my faith. My relationship with God will vanish to almost nothing.

Because of you, I will lose multiple friendships.

Because of you, I will make every wrong choice imaginable.


Because of you, I am where I am now.


Because of you, my faith in Christ has been replenished.

Because of you, I have met and married a man who loves not only me but also God.

Because of you I have a career. Not just any career, but a dream job I never knew that would be possible.

You see, because of all the mistakes you made, I am here.

So thank you.

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Top – me, age 17. | Bottom – sister, age 19.

Meal & Workout Plan – 07.16.17.

Hey guys!

This is just going to be a breakdown of my meal plan and workout goal. I will be tracking everything during the week and post on Saturday with the results of how well I did.

  • Monday
    • Workout: 15 min. treadmill warm up, 30 min. legs, 10 abs & stretch.
    • Meals:
      • Breakfast | peanut butter sandwich
      • Snack | Green Grapes
      • lunch | mashed potato & garlic asparagus
      • Dinner |Roasted potatoes & Sauteed Squash and Zucchini
  • Tuesday
    • Workout: 15 min. treadmill warm up, 30 min. chest, 10 abs & stretch.
    • Meals:
      • Breakfast | Kashi Nut Butter Bar & hard boiled egg (only white part)
      • Snack | Strawberries
      • lunch | Roasted potatoes & Green Sauteed Squash and Zucchini
      • Dinner | Baked potato w/ Kidney Beans & Green Beans
  • Wednesday
    • Workout: 15 min. treadmill warm up, 30 min. butt, 10 abs & stretch.
    • Meals:
      • Breakfast | peanut butter sandwich
      • Snack | Green Grapes & hard boiled egg (white part only)
      • lunch | Baked potato w/ Kidney Beans & Green Beans
      • Dinner | Left Overs
  • Thursday
    • Workout: 15 min. treadmill warm up, 30 min. arms, 10 abs & stretch.
    • Meals:
      • Breakfast | Strawberries & hard boiled egg (white part only)
      • Snack | Plums & Popcorn
      • lunch | Left Overs
      • Dinner | Spaghetti w/ Pesto Sauce
  • Friday
    • Workout: 15 min. treadmill warm up, 30 min. core, 15 yoga cool down.
    • Meals:
      • Breakfast | Strawberries & Nut butter bar
      • Snack | Green Grapes
      • lunch | Spaghetti w/ Pesto Sauce
      • Dinner | whatever is left in the house

As time goes on, I might go more into specific workouts ahead of time, but as for now, I like being able to pick the exercises I’m going to do the morning of. I usually do 3 exercises, 12 reps, 3 times.

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!

 

8 Cheap Fun Summer Activities.

If you’re like me, you hate spending money have no money to spend. That being said, you also don’t want to sit around the house all day. Here’s a few things you can do that will get you out of the house for practically free!

  1. Go on a hike – Going on hikes are a great way to hang out with friends and enjoy nature! I’m lucky enough to live near a bunch of different trails to go on hikes. If you don’t live near any hiking trails, see if there are any walking trails!
  2. Take a walk around your neighborhood – This may seem silly, but it can be a ton of fun! My husband and I love taking our dog for walks around our community. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors as well!
  3. Visit a surrounding city/town – Check and see if there are any little towns or cities within an hours drive from you. Take a couple of friends and explore! Some of the best little shops and restaurants are hidden in places like that.
  4. If you have kids/dogs – take them to a local park. Let them run out all their steam at the park! Get involved and play with them!
  5. Go to local events – Many towns have free (or almost free) local events. Keep yourself informed so that you don’t miss out!
  6. Use gift cards (save them when you first get them) – My husband and I got a ton of gift cards for our wedding. Instead of spending them right away, we saved them. One extremely boring weekend, we grabbed one of the gift cards and went on a little shopping spree! It ended up being a ton of and allowed for great quality time together.
  7. Get together for game nights with friends – Growing up I thought games were super dumb and for “little kids”. Boy was I WRONG! Grab a couple beers & games and you have yourself quite the get together! You can get many games cheap at Target or Walmart.
  8. Beach Day – Take a day trip to the beach. If you live within 5 hours of a beach than this is totally possible. Get a group of friends together and road trip to the beach, stay all day, and then drive back at night. I guarantee it’ll be a day chocked full of fun and memories.

 

5 Easy Ways to Save Money.

Hi Everyone!

If you’re like me and new to living on your own and paying bills (so.many.bills.), you’ll try to find any way to save a penny. Below are some tips that I’ve found useful!

  1. Buy in bulk and then freeze – I’m a vegetarian, so when I entered the world of buying meat for my husband, I was appalled at how expensive it was! I ran into the problem of only needing a specific amount, but the bulk stuff being almost a dollar cheaper per pound. I quickly learned that you can buy the large quantity and then freeze portions in freezer bags. This works great for us and lasts for weeks!
  2. Don’t eat out (AND PACK YOUR LUNCH)– This can be harder for people who are used to eating out a lot. I’ve never been a big fast food or dinner out person, so this was pretty easy for me to cut out. You’ll be amazed how much money you save when you pack a lunch for work and make meals at home.
  3. Think on it – When you’re tempted to buy something, take a couple days to think about it. Chances are you’ll either forget about it, or realize you don’t need it.
  4. Want vs. Need – Another great way to determine whether to buy something is if it’s a want or a need. Set limits for yourself. Perhaps start with only allowing yourself to spent $50 a month on “wants”.
  5. Cut Back – Take a deeper look into your expenses. Are you paying $100 or more a month on TV? Do you need all of those channels? Do you need accounts with Netflix AND Hulu? What about Apple Music, are you using that? Chances are, there’s at least one thing you can cut back on.

Saving money can be tricky, but there’s always something you can do – you just need to get creative!