How Faith Can Improve Your Life

If you’ve followed me for a while, or read my blog at all, then you know how I feel about the role faith has played in bettering my life. However, I didn’t always see it that way. I had to experience many hardships and a lot of heartache before I realized the importance of my faith.

If you found this blog in the search for answers about spiritual conviction and/or whether or not having faith can really make your life better, then I encourage you to continue reading. I, of course, believe that faith in God will undoubtedly make your life better; but rather than just tell you so, I’ve compiled a list of a few ways it has improved mine so that you can read and decide for yourself.

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The Three A’s of Beauty

Beauty is multi-faceted. For some, it’s what they see on the surface, and for others, it’s what radiates from their heart. For me, I can honestly appreciate both, but view the heart as being our true source of beauty. Honestly, there are many things that allow us to feel and look best, but for today, here are 3 things we might take into consideration.

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5 Things to Avoid When Stressed

The other day, my husband and I were discussing how difficult it is to manage stress in a healthy way. We went on to share some of the bad habits we’d fallen into when dealing with high-stress situations. After this discussion, I decided to do a little research on the topic of stress. I found that there were many articles discussing the management of stress [which I know is incredibly important since stress is one of the most common health ailments], but not necessarily that much attention given to what we should avoid.

After researching a little more and spending some time reflecting on some of my more stressful moments, I decided to put together a short list of things we should avoid when we’re stressed. In doing so, my hope is to help you and I manage our stress in a much healthier way…

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Pageant Beauty Tips

I remember back when I was around 6th or 7th grade, and I was so excited to start learning about beauty routines. My mom first taught me about skin care regimens, and then a little late I started learning about hair and make-up. I remember both were really challenging for me, and I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way [which I’ll spare you from seeing the pictures of]. Later in life I decided to start competing in pageants, just for fun. My sorority nominated me for our college pageant and I ended up doing pretty well. If you’ve followed me for a while now, you know that I eventually went on to compete and earn the title of Miss Arkansas USA 2014. Along the way to reaching the Miss USA stage, however, I had to learn a few tips and tricks to help me present the best me possible.

Before I go any further, however, I want to say a few thing if you’re just getting into pageants… First of all, remember that you’re worth is not determined by anyone but God’s opinion. No matter what a judge might say, or how another girl might look, you are beautiful and made perfectly by our Father in Heaven. So when going into pageants know that you’re not competing against other girls, you are quite literally just trying to present the best version of yourself imaginable. So do what makes you feel confident, and meet as many friends as you can along the way.

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Finding a Fresh Perspective

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut, unable to find a direction in life or motivation? When I’ve felt this way, the best thing I can do for myself is to ask God to help me change my perspective to be more like His. In other words, I ask God for the ability to view life and its challenges with a new lens, to develop values and ideals that both drive and provide me with much-needed direction.

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