Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Movie Review: Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz is back as Hollywood's golden girl of comedy, alongside Jason Segel & Justin Timberlake in this outrageous flick.


by Sarah Davis


Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz is HILARIOUS.  I haven't seen a movie that made me laugh almost the entire time in a while.  Cameron hasn't really delivered in a comedy in a while, with the exception of What Happens In Vegas, which really doesn't compare to Bad Teacher. She's back in action as one of Hollywood's golden girls, finally.  Remember how depressing it was to see her in serious roles (like My Sister's Keeper)?

Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a woman who was set to be a rich housewife but had to go back to teaching middle school when her soon-to-be husband figured out her scheming tactics.  Soon after he kicks her to the curb, she's left broke, back to her job of teaching & sharing a crappy apartment with a random guy she found on Craig's List.  Initially, her plan is to save up enough money for a boob job (the only way she can ever find another rich man to marry her.)

Among a lot of quirky, really hilarious nerdy teachers (including Amy Squirrel, who's out to get her), she's the one who "doesn't give an 'F'". She sleeps during class, shows the kids any movie she can (like Scream), smokes weed on school grounds & occasionally even drinks whiskey.  It's so ridiculous that it's hilarious.  She doesn't really find interest in anything until a new teacher who happens to come from a wealthy family joins the school faculty (Justin Timberlake).  In my opinion, I was totally creeped out by Timberlake's character.  While she's after him only for his money, he is made out to own the eye of every female teacher in the school, even though he's completely creepy and socially awkward. 

Jason Segel is the gym teacher who instantly develops a thing for Elizabeth, but she's bored by him because he's just a gym teacher (i.e. he's not a rich guy who can support her dream lifestyle.)  Segel's character is made out to be the loser guy who Elizabeth has to constantly deny dates from, but he's way more cool than Timberlake's annoying character, Scott. 

Elizabeth, in attempts to now score Timberlake, or Scott, needs to scheme through school activities to raise ten grand for her boob job.  While the plot of the movie was a little random, Bad Teacher is definitely worth seeing because it's great comedy.  Elizabeth Halsey is the worst teacher ever & I think it's a new concept for comedies right now.  It seems like all of the (romantic) comedies that have been coming out lately are the same and/or really vulgar.  This one was nothing but unexpected laughs; ideal for just taking your mind off of a rough day.  Or, a night out with your best friends or boyfriend?! Plus, anything with Jason Segel has to be funny, right? He's always funny, no matter what the heck he's doing. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Yes, I'm Single. Who Cares?



by Molly Cody

TIP: Enjoy being single and go out with your friends (to meet a guy or just have fun after a hectic week)!

I didn’t have a serious boyfriend until I was 20 and it seemed like everybody around me was always really curious as to why. Not that it was any of their business, but people love to pry and when they’ve already asked you about the weather, the next thing people move to is if you have a significant other.

To my horror, my uncle once asked me if I was a lesbian when I told him I didn’t have a boyfriend. No, that’s not how it works, I reminded him with an embarrassed tone. After the phone call, I could feel the paranoia seeping into my mind and body, already making me feel inadequate. 

What is wrong with me? Why don’t I have a boyfriend? Guys seem to like me, but never date me, so what am I doing wrong?

Today there is a stigma attached to not having a boyfriend or being single, as if it is a cold no one wants to catch. Being single might mean that you don’t have a wingman with you at family events or someone who will pick you up at 2 a.m., but it also means you don’t have someone you have to call every few hours to check-in and you can watch Clueless for the twentieth time if you want, instead of watching another action flick. 

There are positives and negatives to both sides of being single, as there is with anything, but I think that we need to focus on the positive. While you’re single, if you don’t want a boyfriend, don’t let yourself get close to any guys until you’re ready for something. You don’t want to lead anyone on or have some guy you went out with a few times think you’re getting serious, let the guy know beforehand that you’re currently off the market and just want to hang out. 

And if you’re single and want a boyfriend, then go out and get one. You’re not going to get a boyfriend by sitting at home watching reality TV and wishing you were The Bachelorette. (It looks so easy! The guys are already picked for you!) You have to be willing to take the plunge and get to know people, ask friends if they have anyone they can set you up with and talk to strangers at the bar. You have to put yourself out there in order to meet someone or else it will never happen. Try out a dating website, meeting someone online is a lot more common than it used to be and it’s a sure fire way to go on dates. 

But, the best advice for finding the right guy is to be you, be confident, and be enthusiastic. If you hit it off with a guy one night, don’t be afraid to ask him for his phone number or if he wants to go out together soon. Just remember, the worst thing he can do is say no and walk away. On to the next one!

Think of dealing with rejection in dating as similar to how you should deal with rejection in the working world. So your dream job didn’t hire you after you thought you nailed the interview, and you’re getting sent “Sorry, but we’ll keep you in mind” emails, week after week, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to stop looking for a job. If you want a job, you go out there and try your best and make all the contacts you can, you don’t give up and label yourself a loser. And that’s exactly what you should do when you’re on the market for a relationship. 

But really, at the end of the day, if you’re in your twenties and have never said “I love you” to a guy---who cares? There is nothing wrong with you. It’s okay to not have a boyfriend. We have the rest of our lives to “husband up.” 

Believe me, you’ll be just fine if you don’t have a man to clean up after or fix your spare tire. This is the time in our lives when we should enjoy going out and not having to answer to anyone at the end of the night. Girls, be proud of your single status. It doesn’t mean you can’t find a guy, it means you’re taking your time and you’re doing just fine by yourself.



About Molly Cody: Molly is a food, lifestyle, & entertainment blogger living in Pittsburgh. She believes good girlfriends and a good bottle of wine can make even the most terrible of days better.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fashion Files: A Chic Summer Vacation Look




Welcome to Polyvore!



1. 3 1 Phillip Lim Top
2. Rag & Bone Black Wide Leg Pants
3. Betsy Johnson Wrap Shoes
4. Jane Norman Beach Hat
5. Topshop Yellow Scarf
6. Benjamin Eyewear Glass Shades

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Job Title: CEO of "My Own Life"


by Sarah Davis


We all have those moments in life where we are wondering why nothing is happening for us; why everything is looking so mundane and monotonous.  Then, we also have those times in life where EVERYTHING is non-stop action filled with new things to learn and new people to meet.  To top off all of these new experiences, we also have to keep up with our usual routines, like going to church or scheduling doctors' appointments or keeping our kitchen clean.  It can get very tiring.  You might begin to feel run down. 

The best thing to do is to keep going.  Don't fret your own life.  Those times when you are bored begin to look a little bit more appealing.  Cherish both: the times when nothing is happening & the times when you feel like you don't even have time to breathe.  Everything (in the grand scheme) balances itself out.

However, make sure that you are making time for YOU during these turbulant, hectic times.  It's very important because YOU are the CEO of your life.  If you're not feeling like running things, things will fall apart.  

Create a schedule.  Use post-its to remind yourself of meetings or appointments that you have.  Remind yourself of when you have to work out. Even you have an amazing memory, creating a schedule allows you to get the most out of your time.  (I have some from Anthropologie that I'm obsessed with.) Take a deep breath and work calmly.  When you're frantic, you will get less done anyway. 

Schedule moments to relax.  For instance, a martini after work (for your own sanity) and a delicious appetizer.  Most importantly, do not think about work or the chaos of your life during your breaks (the martini or a hot bath).  It will be hard, but your mind needs a moment to rest. Avoid feeling guilty during this time, too! Not only do you deserve it, but you need it to be successful.

Meditate for at least 15 minutes a day (the best time for me is the morning).  I.e. don't think about anything except questions for God or the Universe.  If you aren't someone who meditates, give it a try.  It's amazing and it allows you to approach your day with a clear head, free of anxiety.  Another good time to do it is right before bed, so you can rest thoroughly during the night. 

Handle everything that is getting tossed your way with confidence.  A LOT OF IT.  You are able to handle all of it.  Remember that.  If you don't learn something right away (at a new job perhaps), ask tons of questions until you are confident with the material.  There's no sense acting like you know things you don't.  It's a waste of time for everyone. 

Make sure your life is clutter-free.  Keep your home clean, keep your work stations clean & kick negative thoughts & thoughts of gossip out of your mind!

Ask for help.  The CEO of a company rarely does everything alone.  They hire people who can do jobs they can't do.  So, if you need help, don't feel  weak.  Hire people to clean your house or go out to eat if you don't have time.  Most importantly, talk about your problems with friends you can trust.  Lean on other people so you don't get overwhelmed with whatever problems you're facing.  We're all going through the same things!

Look good, feel good.  Avoid eating a lot of crap that you can eat while you're on the run. (Stopping at drive-throughs or eating food from vending machines).  Stock your bag up with healthy snacks (like nuts, fruit, protein bars or chopped veggies) & bottled water.  Keep yourself looking fresh every day at work (rather than coming into work looking disheveled or tired-looking).  Allow yourself enough time in the morning to put together a nice outfit, fix your hair, do your makeup & eat a healthy breakfast.  You will be much more likely to feel confident throughout your day when you feel good, rather than "out of sorts" because you woke up late. 

Photo Credit: Garance Dore

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Buzz Over Local Honey

by Sarah Davis
TIP: Mix your favorite local honey with Greek Yogurt (Fage is a good brand to choose) for a healthy snack!
We live in an artificially sweetened world full of Splenda, Sweet n Low and Truvia. Even though aspartame has been revealed as a chemical very close to poison, we still dump a packet in our coffee every morning. Why? Well, we don't want to gain weight from one tablespoon of real sugar, that's why. When you choose what to eat, you should try to avoid things that are artificial. Whatever it might be. Think of the word natural- what comes from the Earth in some way? Try to avoid things that have been made in a science lab (for at least a major portion of your diet). Honey is the world's oldest sweetener and is better for you than sugar. Everyone loves honey because of it's mellow, sweet taste, but are you aware of its many health benefits?

I stumbled upon the value of honey when trying to find a natural way to reduce Summer allergies. I don't know about you, but pumping my blood full of allergy medication every single day during the Summer sounds scary to me.  Having honey every day is a way to reduce your allergies! Now let's clarify: by honey, it is essential to point out that local honey is the way to go. Some grocery stores sell local honey, but a great way to find it is at a local Farmer's Market. I was able to get a giant jar of local honey (from a local farm) for only $8, so if you are worried that local honey will cost you more, it's not a major difference.

Honey is full of vitamins: B1, B2, C, B3, B5 and B6, Copper, Iodine and Zinc. (The family of B Vitamins is extremely beneficial for the health of your heart). Honey can heal stomach ulcers and even some oral ulcers. It is very easily digested so it promotes a healthy digestive system. It is a natural antiseptic, so you can use it to clean out wounds (of course, not too severe wounds). Honey contains antimicrobial agents that can kill bacteria in a wound. It is very gentle (a reason why it helps a sore throat), yet can clean your blood. It is actually known as a blood cleanser!

Something great that is happening in Pittsburgh is a community apiary called Burgh Bees. (An apiary is just a place where beehives are kept, especially when bees are raised for honey, just in case you were wondering.) They have real beehives where you can learn how to tend beehives. Sounds totally cool, right? They even offer "Beekeeping 101" classes, if you are interested in learning! Check it out at http://www.burghbees.com/.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Katy Perry Goes Nerd for "Last Friday Night" Music Video

I have been jamming to "Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry ever since I bought the album, "Teenage Dream" last Summer.  It might be my favorite song on the album.  I wasn't prepared for the AMAZING music video, however.  Katy Perry totally outdid herself. Instead of doing something really trendy (with her at a chic Los Angeles club perhaps), she gave hope to nerds everywhere with a star-studded cast in this short film esque music video.  You can see that everyone just wanted to have fun with it.  Katy Perry plays Kathy Beth Terry, an awkward girl in high school who happens to host the best Friday night party ever at her house. 

One of my favorite parts of the video was that Rebecca Black makes a guest appearance as the popular high school kid/ professional Friday night party-thrower.  Rebecca Black, while gaining instant popularity through her YouTube video, was bullied by the public.  Now, however, guest-starring in Katy Perry's music video (where Katy Perry makes fun of herself), Rebecca Black is back on top.  Katy Perry really gives her a lot of credit; she's the only celebrity who mentions her and doesn't make fun of her.

Kenny G plays Kathy Beth Terry's "Uncle Kenny", who shows up to play the saxophone on the roof during her house party. Two characters of Glee (Kevin McHale & Darren Criss) make an appearance & her parents are played by Cory Feldmen & Debbie Gibson.  Hanson is the band supplying the music at this party.  I love every bit of this video because, while hilarious, it's the music video for every teen in high school who feels out of place.  Even the girl who became the center of every Friday joke & parody on Youtube.

Jennifer Aniston Covers Marie Claire


Jennifer Aniston covers Marie Claire.





Photo Credits: Marie Claire, US Weekly

Angelina Jolie Appears in Louis Vuitton Ad



Angelina Jolie appears in the newest ad for Louis Vuitton, in a campaign titled "Core Values." The photo was taken in Cambodia by Annie Leibovitz. It's a very interesting photograph for a designer like Louis Vuitton because it is so subdued and bare.  Jolie is wearing a casual outfit; her hair & makeup are not done.  The bag looks versatile enough to be sported by Angelina when she's exploring Cambodia.  Even though I'm sure they would have let Angelina Jolie do whatever she she wanted for this campaign (since they apparantly had to pay her ten million just to be photographed), I like the natural approach to fashion. 

Photo Credit: Louis Vuitton

Monday, June 13, 2011

Remember To Explore The World


by Sarah Davis

It’s important to always challenge yourself and try things that you normally wouldn’t do. Not only is it a cool new experience, but it opens your eyes up to new territory. It also might allow your stereotypes to fade away a little bit. We love to have our minds set in stone, stereotyping is comfortable to us because it allows us to think we know more people than we think. We will never know everyone because it’s literally impossible. With things like television & Twitter, it allows us to believe we know a lot more people than we actually do.

 Last night, I had the opportunity to ride on a motorcycle (with someone who knew what they were doing). It was dark out, it was about a half an hour ride that was pretty fast & it was amazingly surreal. I loved it. However, I’ve always been the type of person who never thought I’d be seen on a motorcycle. What if I fell off? What if I looked weird? Plus, I really love a sleek ride with air conditioning and music. I like to drink cold drinks when I drive and occasionally glance at my iphone. It just wasn’t my thing.

However, the opportunity came around and I figured “This is something that I normally wouldn’t do.” It turned out to be a very cool experience. It opened my eyes up to the world of bikes and how it actually is pretty interesting. We all go through life with this “I’ll put that on my Bucket List” mentality of things we sort of want to try but never really will until we know we’re dying or we’re recovering from something life hits us with.

 Why not go through life and incorporate these things into your everyday life? Not even just for the thrill of it, but to learn new things and connect with new people. If you are craving change, why not start little? Change up the way you approach situations. Do things you wouldn’t normally do. Handle situations that scare you in a new, different way. Things that scare you (the things that look risky) are things that will open not only your eyes, but new territory.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Local Eats Restaurant Review: Shiloh Grill

by Sarah Davis & Guest Food Correspondent, Christina Temple

 
Shiloh Grill's patio seating may be an attractive attribute to this quaint restaurant/bar located in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington, but the food isn't exactly to die for.  Let's face it, learning how to cook is one of the hottest trends right now.  Taking cooking classes, watching Food Network, buying Giada's books...we all know how to whip up a spicy mayo and put together a killer sandwich, right? If not, just go to Market District and ask someone in the Demo kitchen (free cooking advice & suggestions on what to buy).  Are small restaurants with unremarkable food still in?  Especially if the service is bad? 

I happened to eat with my friend who has a two year old (a very reserved two year old who eats at fine dining restaurants more than most adults) & ignored us for most of our experience.  He didn't explain the menu (which they are required to do normally), asked if our two year old friend needed a drink & then never brought it.  We asked for bread for her, which he completely forgot about & said the restaurant had.  We had to ask the bartender about it almost twenty minutes later, who explained they didn't have bread at all (only pita).  He brought out the pita, slammed it down on the table & then walked away.  Their self-proclaimed "unstable, but attractive" staff definitely lives up to the unstable part.  I'm a pretty mellow chick, who doesn't get easily offended but at one point, this guy used profanity in relation to a table next to us who left the restaurant because they were tired of waiting for him. 

If you're looking for a bite to eat while you're already out for cocktails or Happy Hour, Shiloh Grill isn't bad.  However, if you are really out for lunch (no booze included), I suggest skipping this place.  The food is just average+1 & they overcompensate for it with an outrageous menu (crazy names for the meals) & a trendy looking staff.  Everything on the menu, you could probably make better yourself.  The ceasar salad comes with barely any ceasar dressing (and a ceasar dressing is the hardest meal to botch), the Italian sub comes with only the saltiest of meats which clash together to make an overbearing taste of pure salt. The Italian sub comes with an herbed butter, which was exceptional, but adds to the saltiness of the sandwich. 

If you're in the mood to make your own sandwich at home with a spicy mayo, this recipe is really good:

Chipotle Mayo
Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Ingredients:
1 Cup Mayo
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (If you don't know where to find this, it's in the International Aisle (Hispanic)of Market District in a can, not a jar.)
1 Tablespoon Adobo sauce (from the same can the peppers come in)
The juice of half a lime
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:
Puree in a food processor and season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Spread onto your choice of bread (maybe Ciabatta bread or anything from Mediterra Bakehouse), add a piece of grilled chicken, a slice of sharp cheddar, arugula & a few slices of an heirloom tomato.  (Heirlooms are my favorite type of tomato out there.) Then maybe, if you want to be fancy, stick a cornichon on top of your sandwich with a toothpick. 

Already, you have a better lunch than half of the average restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Romper

Audrina Patridge in a Jay Godfrey Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are the perfect Summer outfit. You can wear them casually or to an event like the celebs below. You can pair a romper with flats or platform heels because they are literally one of the most versatile pieces you can have your wardrobe (i.e. you can wear them to the beach or to a movie premiere.)  Just in case any of you were wondering, the difference between a romper and a jumpsuit is that a jumpsuit will usually always have pants (not shorts).  Where can YOU find the perfect romper? Free People always has great finds.  Here is some celeb inspiration:



1. Sophia Bush in a Vena Cava Occult Romper
2. Vanessa Hudgens in a Rebecca Taylor Romper
3. Kourtney Kardashian in a Free People Romper
4. Blake Lively in a Vena Cava Resort Zigzag Jumpsuit
5. Leighton Meester in a Bianca Drawstring Romper

Photo Credits: Coolspotters, CelebStyle, Instyle

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Nourish Yourself


by Sarah Davis

 

As human beings, we're obsessed with what our minds don't know & time.  We can never know it all, or even a little at all, & this scares the Hell out of us.   We can't see our future, so we are obsessed with this thing called time, which measures everything except the present moment.  We're obsessed with the Mayan calendar, a calendar created by other human beings, but we forget that the only thing that usually fulfills us (instead of instilling fear and anxiety that time is running out) is God's timing. 

One of the major things with understanding God's timing is that there is a time to lose things.  Sometimes part of God's plan is for us to try & fail.  And, sometimes, part of God's plan is for us to try and succeed.  Don't be discouraged by the fleeting of all things temporary.  Everything that matters will stay with you through even the most difficult of storms. 

At my last job, there was only one other Christian (that I really knew of).  At the time, I felt the urge inside of myself to find more Christian friends because I felt like it was time.  I was meeting a lot of new people that wanted one of two things: fame or money.  I can only describe this as eating a lot of crap, like eating a lot of chocolate bars.  You never get satisfied, but you are hitting it big with all things sweet. 

However, this Christian was very flaky.  For one reason or another, there was no talking about God with this person or meeting up for coffee.  These types of people are the types that make church look like it's not even worth it.  If someone ever came to me and asked to talk about God over coffee, I would think "God must want me in this person's life." 

But, sometimes, I think God keeps certain people out of your life just as much as He places them into your life.  It's not even always a matter of this person being bad for you, but just a matter of other people taking you in a different direction that will better serve your purpose.
Immediately after I left that job, I emailed the church and said "I want to get involved." It was like my body was done with the chocolate bars & needed a massive trip to Whole Foods.  The girl I happened to email, Kristin, happened to be one of the coolest girls I've ever met.  I joined her small group & have been able to go to quite a few amazing events (including hearing Lila Rose speak). 

It was just interesting that I had been craving this talk about God over a cup of coffee and one of the first things I did when I met Kristin for the first time was do exactly that.  (By the way, if you're ever in Wexford, which is right outside of Pittsburgh, Ameribica is the BEST coffee I've had in a while). One of the biggest things I have taken from her is how amazing God's timing is. 

This is a great story because 1.) I was craving something that I knew my soul needed but 2.) it wasn't found in what I already knew in my own life.  I felt like I needed something that I actually really did need for my life to be more enriched, but I had to reach out a little bit into something new and unknown. That person from my job didn't really even matter, it was the feeling inside of myself.  Also, God's timing really kicked in because by meeting Kristin, I met my entire Bible study, which is an amazing group of girls. 

So, just let things be.  Don't rush them.  Know that timing is in motion for YOUR life.  If you have faith, all that you need to know is that something good is happening for you.  Things will happen when they happen so that you can achieve the things you want to achieve.  Don't be afraid when things that aren't meant to be go away because you're not meant to have those things anyway.  If you believe anything in this life, believe that the best is wanted for YOU by the Creator of the Universe.  (That's awesome, right?) Believe it and remember it the next time that you feel that nothing is happening for you.  Remember that if you crave something, consider it a sign that you need some life nutrients.  Nourish yourself. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

A Message From The Editor in Chief: The Vintage Rush becomes Style & Wisdom


by Sarah Davis


As this blog takes on a new name, Style & Wisdom, a lot of major new things are happening.  The Vintage Rush has been in full swing for about a year and a lot of very cool things happened with it: local interviews, local event coverage & writing about food (since I was working at a Cooking School during that time period). 

However, it was growing too fast & I needed a name that people could instantly relate to.  Too many girls were coming up to me saying, "I love vintage clothing", in an attempt to relate with my website.  I loved hearing they knew about my website, but I really felt like it almost didn't matter if people knew of what I had going on, but weren't hearing my message.  I was blogging about clothing, but I really wanted to spread the word that a positive, healthy lifestyle is SO important.  To be honest, I don't really even know what vintage clothing is.  My message & personal belief has ALWAYS been to wear whatever you want as long as you love it yourself (not wear what everyone else is wearing).  Style shows the most when you feel comfortable. 

I didn't really even know what the central topic of my blog was for a long time, I just sort of free-styled it.  However, these past few months have been very spiritually intense for me.  I've done a lot of meditating, I've really thought about what my purpose in life is, I found a Bible Study that is really changing my life & I began writing my second book, "The Art of Not Talking."  Ultimately, I love the free-style form of my blog (writing about whatever I want) but I figured out that I needed to promote a positive message because it's important for people to have a part of the media (that can be so negative and mind-controlling) that is a platform for positive energy. 

"Style and Wisdom" came to me during meditation and I couldn't let it go.  I thought it was a little crazy to abandon a name that I had started this blog with, but I just couldn't let it go.  I had a positive feeling about it that I couldn't explain.  Finally, it came down to something that Mastin Kipp said to me during a phone interview, a quote by Richard Branson, "Screw it, just do it." 

I'm a firm believer (at this point in my life) that what you hear during meditation in conjuction with real prayer (asking & expecting answers) is much louder & way better to trust than what other people are telling you.  Your relationship with God is the most important relationship you should focus on.  For a long time, I believed in God but I was also overwhelmed with fear and anxiety, almost as though I believed in those things, too.  It took a lot for me to just hand everything over, let go of stress & anxiety and let God really work with my life and my career. This is something that I really hope people take from me, the growth that can be seen in my own life, because I am just an ordinary person.  I don't judge anyone, but I mess up, I love material things too much sometimes.  I have struggled A LOT already in this life, almost more than I thought I would EVER be able to handle (hence, the book I'm working on), but I still have faith.  I believe that God had me struggle to learn what the experience is like so that I could spread the word that we ALL struggle & we ALL can handle it.  No matter how bad it is.  And, I would personally do everything I could to help ANYONE who felt like their struggles were so bad that they had to consider suicide or any kid who is being abused right now.  Sometimes the only way to get inside of abusive homes is through the media, so if writing these blogs out is reaching even just one person, I feel like my goals are fulfilled. 

Already, I'm lining up celebrity interviews that blows me away & people are tweeting me from other countries telling me how much they love the message my blog gives out.  All of this happened after I really gave my life to God to do his plan, not whatever I wanted.  If you feel like you should change something in your life, even if it doesn't make a lot of sense, you should do it.  Why wait? 

Trust your instincts & allow change to happen.  A lot of us beg and plead with God for change, but don't listen when we're given a route to change because it's not the exact plan we came up with.  The hardest part of prayer is listening. It's easy to ask questions, to question if God is really up there, but only a few have the faith to listen and live out the answers to their prayer because it sometimes goes against their lifestyle of excess. 

So, I encourage all of you to trust your instincts.  If you feel like change is neccessary, don't wait to do it.  Tackle your problems and don't let them ruin or rule you.  Always believe that something good is happening for you. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest
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