Apps to Help You Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, everyone! 

I’m assuming most of you have jotted down a few of those infamous New Year’s Resolutions. Good for you! Personally, I love setting goals.

The truth is, though, that we don’t always meet those goals. I took a look at my list of last year’s resolutions the other day, and I only sorta met 6 of the ten goals on the list. Although I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t more successful in 2018, I realizes that I still made 6 major improvements in my life! For example, I made spending time with God a regular and important part of my day-to-day. I got more of my writing published and I took better care of my hair. I became proficient in French, I wrote new music, and I became more comfortable with taking risks. I’d call that a win!

The point of all this: be realistic with your resolutions, and don’t stress if  you can’t check them all off. We’re humans, not robots! Life is not so black and white as meeting and not meeting resolutions. So, set goals that are more abstract instead of so minute that slipping up one day means you’ve already failed.

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10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

I have been living in Santa Barbara for about seven months now, and while that is not a huge chunk of time, it is certainly enough to do a good deal of exploring and experiencing. And in that seven months, I have pretty much concluded that Santa Barbara is the greatest city ever. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s ten reasons why…

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The 17 Best Finds of 2017

Somehow, 2017 has come to an end, and I think it is time this year is laid to rest. For all of its misfortunes, though, 2017 was a great year for discoveries in all areas. Here are my 17 favorite finds of 2017!

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Favorite Gifts That I Gave (and Received) This Christmas

Once again, Christmas has come and gone. As sad as that makes me (a devoted Christmas lover), I want to share the highlights of my Christmas with you in hopes that it might make gift-giving that much easier for you next year! Here are my favorite gifts both given and received from this Christmas (but in all the excitement, don’t forget the reason for the season, folks)!

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Truth Talk: Being a Christian at a Large Public University

Alright. Truth talk.

Staying strong in your faith in college is hard. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college is harder. Staying strong in your faith at a large, public college known for its reputation as a party school is, as you can imagine, a bit of a challenge. I’m not going to lie, it is really frickin’ hard sometimes.

Now, I’m not off in skimpy clothes raging every weekend. Or any weekend, actually. And because I’m not, it’s easy to feel like I stick out like a sore thumb here. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of believing that being different makes me weird.

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2017 Christmas Gift Guide

It’s December 1. I’d like to pretend I’m not that excited, but come on – it’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the yeaaarrrrr! I’m going to Disneyland tomorrow, I have a Christmas tree up in my dorm room, and I’m sharing my go-to gifts for 2017! Now that’s what I call a Merry Christmas. All of these gifts are between $4-$45, so there is something for everyone’s budget. Gift away!

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Christmas Gifts For the Christian Friend

I am back with my second holiday gift guide for this year! While the last post was more general with items for lots of different personalities, I wanted to create a more specific and specialized guide for some fun and cute Christian gifts. After all, Christmas is about Jesus! Here are some great items for all the Jesus freaks and God gals in your life!

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What Moving to College Was Really Like, and Why I Needed God Through It

I have been at college for seven weeks.

I would like to tell you that so far, they have been the best seven weeks of my life, but that just wouldn’t be true. In fact, they have been stressful, terrifying, exhausting, overwhelming, confusing, and incredibly difficult.

When the first of my friends left for school in early August, I watched them flourish. Constant Instagram posts and Snapchat stories displayed countless fun activities, tons of great friends (which they were making so quickly), and a bubbly “I love life” attitude. Naturally, I expected the same thing when I left for college.

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Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Ten miles southeast of Ensenada, Mexico lies the small, poor village of Lomas Bonitas. For a decade now, my church has returned to this struggling community each summer on a missions trip. Some of the most notable accomplishments: in 2007, volunteers built a brand new church; last year, they constructed a house for the village’s Pastor Carlos and his family, who had previously been living in the church’s basement. This year, our team focused on rebuilding the children’s crumbling play structure, painting and repairing homes, and teaching the creation story through a vacation bible school program.

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3 (Free!) Apps to Help You Fit God Into Your Crazy Schedule

If you are anything like me, you do not exactly have time each day to sit down and read all of Exodus. You mean well and want to spend intentional time with God, but you only have small bits to spare throughout your day. Well good news: I have 3 free apps that will allow you to utilize those small bits of time in a way that will help you to grow closer to God. Quick, free Jesus – what could be better?

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