7 HAPPY THINGS

These last couple of weeks have been quite busy for me and I haven’t really taken time to look back and appreciate all the good things that have happened so far. So I thought I would post my 7 happy things for the past week or two.

A fun night of line dancing

Last Friday my church had a barn dance and it was tons of . I got to serve the Lord, dress up and even did a bit (okay maybe a lot) of line dancing.

The people around me

Lately I’ve been learning about the importance of living in community and sharing your wins, loses, laughter and tears with the precious people God has put in our lives.

Just living

Last week I made a radical decision to just live. To be who I am and love fiercely, laugh as much as I can and not be concerned about what people think of me. This has made a huge difference in my days.

Camp

Tomorrow I’m going on a school camp over the long weekend. Even though it hasn’t happened yet I have been super excited and keen to see what it holds for me.

A good book

I just finished reading Life is a gold mine. Can you dig it ? by John Stanko and it has been one of the best nooks I’ve read so far. It’s so full of wisdom, knowledge and important life principles.

Youtube

There isn’t much to say about this one… YouTube is just full of funny, entertaining, insightful, encouraging videos.

Every person who reads this blog

It amazes me how many people read this blog and all the different places they come from. You guys are one of the reasons I keep on blogging. So thank you!

What are your 7 happy things?

ON DIRT AND GRACE

GRACE AND DIRT

Lately God has been teaching me about grace. Grace is such a crazy and beautiful concept because it is God’s love and mercy for us not because we deserve it but because He wants to give it to us and there is absolutely nothing that we could do to make God love us any less or make Him not want to give us grace. It’s His free and unmerited favour.

“Ever since the fall it’s been human nature to sin. And no matter how hard I try, without God’s help I am inevitably going to sin and screw up. You see you cannot have grace without dirt because they’d be no need for grace. And I’ve been realizing that I have a whole ton of dirt. Lately I haven’t been spending enough time with God, using the wrong language, seeing people in an impure way and the result is I’m feeling overwhelmed and unworthy. I mean why would God love me, someone who screws up so often. The thing is God’s love for me is not changed by my actions.” -An excerpt from my journal.

The biggest reason I struggle with accepting grace, and I think a lot of people do is the belief that what I do will change how much God loves me and how much grace He gives me. But God’s love and grace are not dependant on my actions and there’s something beautiful about that. The fact that God still wants me, no matter how much I mess up He still wants to give me His love and grace.

You see without dirt you cannot have grace. Grace helps you realise your dirt but it also washes it all away. If I was perfect there would be no need for grace and we would not experience the beauty that comes with it.Here is a quote that summarises this perfectly:

“Grace is a love that has nothing to do with us but everything to do with the one whom it derived: God. It is a powerful, divine, and vital piece of our existence, and it is the only reason we are able to open our eyes each morning. God’s grace is more than a second chance; it’s a third, fourth and fifth. It’s a love that keeps on giving regardless of our past.”

Are you accepting the grace given as a result of the dirt?

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MARCH GOALS

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February has been such a busy month for me and it’s crazy to think about where the time has gone.

To be real I feel like I set so many goals for myself but I didn’t really achieve any of them properly, I was more focused on just getting through every day rather than doing things well. My main goal this month is to rest when need be but equally give 100% to everything I do, to truly live and not just get by.

So here are my March goals:

  • Fully rely on God’s strength and sustenance
  • Give my 100% in everything I do
  • Take a social media fast for the whole month (Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest)
  • Go to the movies with my friend Amber
  • Have coffee with my other friend Micaela
  • Post every week on the blog
  • Start my 10 minute morning workouts again
  • Finalise my goals and words of the year

What are your March goals?

FEBRUARY GOALS

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January has completely flown by, It feels like just yesterday it was New Year’s. Unfortunately when I look at the goals I have set for this year I really didn’t achieve much in January. This month I’ve decided to take things slower but be more productive. So here are my goals for February:

Spend more time with God

I’m focusing on spending more time with God not just through my devotion but throughout my day, in everything I do. I’m learning to just soak up God’s presence and just be with Him, not focusing on others (not that this is not important) but just building on my relationship with Him.

Have a Sabbath once a week

A Sabbath is a day of rest. Unfortunately I can’t have an entire day of rest but I’ve decided to dedicate my Saturday evenings to spending some quality time with myself and doing things that I genuinely enjoy. This is a great way to recuperate, recharge and prepare yourself for the week ahead.

Slow down

I am someone who likes to keep busy but this has its advantages and disadvantages. This month I want to rest when need be, give myself grace and listen to my body.

Have a 10 minute workout every morning

Instead of doing a 1 hour workout at the end of the week, I’ve started having a 10 minute workout every morning. Even with one rest day at the end of the week you’ve completed your hour’s worth of exercise and it definitely is less strenuous.

Cut down on the things I’m doing

This ties in with the slowing down. I find I’m just so busy and to be honest with the amount of stuff I’m doing I’m on my way to burning out, which is something I definitely don’t want to happen.

Go out with my friends

Go on a hike

Do the #FebruaryFive challenge

This is a challenge by Cambria Joy and for the month of February you should:

  1. Only drink water, tea and coffee (since there are many hidden sugars in drinks that we are so used to)
  2. Nourish yourself
  3. Love yourself
  4. Stop restricting
  5. Improve meal prep

Do my A.P. math homework every week

Being real A.P. maths is an extra subject and it is so easy to not do my homework and not put in as much effort as I do with my other subjects. This is something I’m not super proud of but am working on.

What are your goals for February?

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7 HAPPY THINGS

7 happy-things

I find that focusing on the positives of a week really does help when you are having an off week and last week was one of those weeks. So instead of focusing on the negatives I’m doing exactly that andfocusing on the positives. Here are my 7 happy things:

All the rain

I absolutely love rainy, overcast weather and that’s the weather we’ve been having. There’s just something so fresh and calming about the rain and its smell.

Doing something that was out of my comfort zone

Yesterday I did something out of my comfort zone, something I normally wouldn’t do and it really was worth it. It was one of the most scary yet exhilarating things I’ve done so far.

I volunteered to work at the coffee shop at my church and it didn’t go the way it I thought it would to go (that’s a story for another day). But in the end I had an absolutely amazing time. I learned that it’s okay to mess up and there are always people to help you.

A group of amazing friends

I am so blessed to have a solid friendship group full of girls that are absolutely beautiful. Friends have one of the biggest impacts on you and by surrounding yourself with good friends that build you up it really has a good effect on you.

A special meeting

I had a meeting with the person I’m doing life with and it was pretty special. Just as with having good friends it is also important to have Godly counsel in your life. Someone who can help you, listen to you but also put you straight when you’re in the wrong.

A good dinner

I’m a big fan of good food and we had a really good dinner the other day. It wasn’t fancy or expensive it was just good food eaten with some good people.

Taking things slow

I have been so busy recently that I haven’t had time for myself, time to take things slow. I decided to take a break today and just recuperate and enjoy my own presence and it’s been absolutely beautiful. It really has helped to calm me and I feel recuperated and ready to face the rest of the week.

Did I mention all the rain

What are your 7 happy things?


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A POEM FROM MY JOURNAL


My Journal is the place where I write down nearly everything. It’s the place where I’m gut level honest, where I’m my most real and vulnerable. This is a poem I wrote in November of last year and I would love to share with you guys. So here’s a poem from my journal:

My life feels like a mess,

Ripping apart at the seams.

I’ve lost control and that scares me

But what if it was always meant to be like this.

What if life is meant to be a beautiful mess

So that God can help me clean it

In due time

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Messes can be beautiful.

They’re part of the process,

The process of becoming beautiful.

I want to fix the mess so badly

But by doing that will I not ruin the beauty

That comes as a result of the mess?

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This is a new season,

The hardest I’ve ever faced.

How am I supposed to trust when I can’t see or feel.

But is that not what faith is?

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I know He exists but I want more. 

I want to fully experience Him for myself.

I want to feel His love, to feel His presence

I cannot be content with where I am.

I need more, I want more of Him!

MY 2017 GOALS


I believe that setting goals is very important. It gives you a sense of direction and the feeling of achieving them is amazing! Setting goals also helps you evaluate your life and it gives you something to look forward to. So here are my personal goals for 2017:

Get closer to God

When people look at me I want them to see that I’m a Christian not because of the things I do, or what I say but because of the way I live and who i am. Last year I got closer to God and it was amazing but this year I would like to get even closer to Him and experience more of Him.

Appreciate the body that God has given me

At first this goal was get fitter but I realized that I wanted to be fitter in order to lose weight. I should be content and appreciate the body that God has given me because I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I should exercise not because I want to lose weight but because I want to take care of my body.

Be more intentional in building my relationships

One of my words for 2017 is be intentional. This year I really want to grow my relationships with the people around me. I want to put in 110% and cultivate these relationships.

Live in the moment

It is so easy for me to compare my life to others’ lives on social media, to focus on the mistakes I’ve made in the past or to worry about the future. The thing is life is short and every moment is a blessing. 

Start my hand lettering project

Hand lettering is something that I really like doing and I would like to launch a hand lettering Etsie shop. I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m excited to see where this takes me.

Connect more with my blog readers

It’s amazing to know that people from all over the world read this blog and I would really like to connect it’s you guys and get to know more about you.

Have more me time

I think it is very important to just spend some time in your own company. It’s a great way to rest and just refuel. I dint do a lot of this last year and it definitely made a difference.

Get academic full colors

Become a counselor and the first aid captain (at school)

Go on a camping trip

I really enjoy being outdoors and camping but I haven’t been camping in some time so I would like to go camping. It’s also a great holiday idea and a great way to bond.

Be real, authentic and transparent

I have come to realize that people who are real, authentic and transparent are some of the best people to be around. They are relatable, honest and vulnerable and I want to be like that.

Step out of my comfort zone

Stepping out of your comfort zone is intimidating but definitely worth it. The thing is your comfort zone is a great place but nothing ever grows there. This year I would really like to step out of my comfort zone more because that is when I’ll be challenged and will grow.

I don’t believe that I’ll change overnight or that I’ll just suddenly achieve my goals. I know that I’ll have to work on them and take many small steps. It won’t be easy but I know that what will come as a result will definitely be worth it. 

What are your goals for 2017?