Showing posts with label motivation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label motivation. Show all posts

Monday, October 27, 2014

More of YOU Mondays: Greater Is Coming

When I first started this blog, I debated back and forth whether or not I would include my faith and beliefs in my weekly post- however, there was no question in my heart that sharing my faith and journey in my relationship with the Lord with you guys would be absolutely necessary. I love clothes, fashion and styling- I could talk about those things all day long, but my faith is the core of who I am and who the Lord is shaping me into daily.

Looking back over the past couple of months...going through the valleys- the highs and lows, one thing has remained constant...the presence of the Lord has been with me always. When I had to make what seemed like the toughest decision at the time to let go of a relationship out of obedience to the Lord- His presence was my strength. His presence gave me the words to say, and my heart was sealed with His peace that passes all understanding. Now, does that mean that I haven't had my moments of questioning the decision He gave to me, or being upset, or trying to figure out how my life would play out from that point on? No, it absolutely doesn't. Because I'm human, and my finite mind isn't able to even comprehend the ways of the Lord.

 The Lord is teaching me through this season that even in the midnight hour, there is still hope. He's teaching me that I, in my flesh am weak, and the enemy is fierce (or thinks he's fierce) and will try to do anything to steal, kill and destroy the faith, hope and confidence that I have in a Father who loves me unconditionally, who is bold, mighty and strong. God is preparing me, and preparing you for greater things. Even in the mess, he is still a GOOD God and he knows you better than you even know yourself. Trust in his truth and in His word which is the bread of life and KNOW THAT HE IS GOD. Better days are coming! As believers, and lovers of the Lord we are to still praise Him in the storm, in the deepest valleys just because he is still God. Hold tight to His promises. Take your thoughts captive, and keep your focus on the Lord. 

I hope this encourages you to continue to press forward toward greater things that God has planned for you!


Monday, August 4, 2014

More of YOU Mondays: You Don't Have to Try

I stumbled across this video yesterday, and it's probably hands down, one of the most moving music videos I've seen in awhile. As if I didn't love Colbie Calliat enough already, her transparency and authenticity portrayed through these lyrics and visuals make me admire her even more . I love that this video represents a common social stigma that all females struggle with. The struggle of not accepting ourselves as enough, and constantly trying to amount to the world's standards and perception of beauty. We want to be accepted. And, we not only want to look and feel beautiful but we want to be told that we're beautiful. 

Today's society has totally warped our minds and our thought life. There are a lot of us who are consumed with trying to attain something that we are not, something that we were never made to be and that can be overwhelming and exhausting. Each of you are made beautiful in your own way. There is no one else on this entire earth like you. No one with your smile, with your hair, your laugh and the list goes on. Embrace what makes you different, and what makes you you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139: 14 says: 

 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
    you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
    Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
    I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

You don't have to try. Your beauty comes from the inner peace of accepting yourself, and loving yourself the way that no one else can. So stop letting society define who you are, and how you see yourself when you look into the mirror. Fiercely love yourself first, and your beauty will shine from the inside out. 

If you haven't seen the video, click below and prepare to be moved. 


Monday, April 21, 2014

More of YOU Mondays: What Makes You Happy?

More of YOU Mondays is back after a little break last week! I took a much needed vacation with my boyfriend and his family, and I had such a great time. Last week we roadtripped to Michigan, St. Louis and Branson, MO and lastly, Nashville. We did a lot of travelling but I loved every second of it! I love traveling, and was very much looking forward to getting to spend time with him and his family. Also, I'm a big fan of a good ole family road trip, and its something that his family is really into, which I love. They love picking up and just going and experiencing the world around them which I can really appreciate. Life is all about seeing different things and experiencing different places! I was excited to get to see and experience places that I had never been before. We ate lots of delicious home cooked food, laughed, and cherished the time together. 

Needless to say, we (well, the men lol) drove long long hours over the course of the week and we spent a lot of time in the car. I like to be comfortable when I travel, so I wore acid wash distressed denim, paired with a cotton camo print T-shirt, a classic pair of chucks, bangles and a pair of Aviators. Everything except the Chucks came from Target! I'm OBSESSED with these Chuck Taylors, which were a gift from my boyfriend. I guess you could say that I am behind on owning a pair of classic Chuck Taylors, especially after hearing that my dad owned a pair way way back in the day! lol anyways, I'll definitely be adding more pairs to my new little collection. They are super comfy, and stylish for any laid back outfit of the day. 

I hope you all have a fabulous Monday! and whatever you decide to do in life whether it be career-wise, relationships, friendships, etc. make sure that it makes YOU happy! Don't get so caught up in pleasing others, that you neglect to take care of your happiness FIRST. Go forth and be HAPPY! BE YOU!


Monday, January 13, 2014

More of YOU Mondays!

HAPPY MONDAY!!  I know that I can't be the only one who is riding the struggle bus EVERY Monday morning (WITH coffee in hand lol) wishing that weekends were just a leeeetlee bit longer. It neverrrrr fails! Sometimes, it can be challenging to get yourself geared up for a new week. I know, I know, Mondays are so blahhhh, sooo ewww! lol But, I've found myself making more of a conscious effort to start my Mondays out with a motivational quote or by texting encouraging words to a close family member or friend to start off their day. You would be surprised how much of a difference it makes in your outlook for the day and week. When I do, I've noticed I feel so much more empowered, and positive about the week ahead of me

So, in the spirit of spreading positivity,  I thought I would encourage all of you as you start your week! More of YOU Mondays will be inspirational posts that will focus on accepting and embracing the beautiful person that you are. We all have faults, shortcomings and downfalls, and I believe that sometimes our biggest shortcoming lies in what we think of ourselves. We all tend to find that ONE thing or many things that we don't like about ourselves. I know, cause I do it allll the time. We are the first ones to find something wrong with ourselves, both inwardly and outwardly and make it to be so much bigger than it actually is. Lets start a revolution of changing that mindset! 

Let's embrace who we are, flaws and all. It's freeing! And I refuse to be bound up by wishing that I were someone else, or had someone else's life, or that I wasn't this way or that way. I was created and made to be Shauntel and YOU were created and made to be YOU! How much of a difference would it make in the way we live out our dreams and aspirations if we were confident, and embraced who we are as individuals. We each add something unique to this world, and to the relationships we have with others. So, I challenge you to dig deep and find that something special, that gem that sets you apart from everyone else. Amplify on that! Believe in it! And soon, it will become second nature and will exude outwardly in your confidence and beauty. Are you willing to except the challenge?