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Delight

“When the True Self breaks through, a new and impassioned approach to life often makes itself known. We tap into an inner radiance that I call delight. I’m speaking of a unique kind of response to life that can coexist with our most painful realities. I’m speaking of the joy of saying yes to life in the core of our being. I believe that the capacity to delight in life is deeply carved by our waiting. ‘When I planted my pain in the field of patience,’ wrote Kahlil Gibran, ‘it bore fruit of happiness.’ Delight can become a way of life, a way of journeying.”
– Sue Monk Kidd, from the book When the Heart Waits

When we allow ourselves to go through the process and journey that the Lord has invited us on, we will come to a place of seeing and embracing who He truly made us to be. Each one of us has a distinct process, a distinct journey. This is not usually the “easy way” in life, but rather a narrow path that we must choose to walk with Him by our side. He will whisper, ever so gently, the areas that we must discard, that we must embrace, that we must overcome. In this journey, we will come out in fullness. We will come out into a place of delight. Able to dance in the joy of life [despite what our circumstances may be] because He is dancing and delighting with us.

If you feel God calling to you, beckoning your soul to come away with Him, heed that calling. You will see great fruit from your surrender.

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Reach out…eagerly

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

I have been muted for awhile.  And then I stumble upon a quote such as this.  It enriches me.  It inspires me.  It moves me.

The summer has descended upon us and I believe there is no better time than summer to embrace such a warcry for your life.  Embrace LIVING life to the fullest, embrace new and rich experiences.  Each morning, wake up and believe that this day you will not overlook or pass by any opportunity presented.  Such an opportunity can be to smell a beautiful flower, to play on the playground equipment with your children or to take the lead on a new account at work.  All of these are rich experiences in life and will instill valuable character, demeanor and perspective within you that will last a lifetime.

Now is the time. No longer muted, but invigorated by the life that is at your doorstep.

Your hair wants volume? You got it!

Over the years, I would say that I have tried about every trick in the book to get [and keep] my hair big and full of volume!  Now, I am fortunate in that my wavy hair does tend to hold a style quite nicely.  However, I have still been on a quest to find the best method for creating volume without damaging my locks.  I believe I have found it and it is no “newfangled” contraption, but a tried and true method that many of our mothers and grandmothers utilized.  Without further ado, please say hello to rollers!

I have found that for most styles, women are craving volume through the crown of the hair.  Many of us obtain this with volume spray, mousse, powder and the good ol’ backcombing/teasing brush.  Well, I say, no more!  Here are just 6 easy steps to get voluminous hair with less hassle and less damage:

1. wash and condition hair as normal.  towel dry gently. [when you vigorously dry your hair, it roughs up the cuticle which contributes to frizz and diminishes shine making the hair appear dull]

2. comb hair with wide-tooth comb.  apply mousse and a glossing serum.  [my favorites are Joico JoiWhip Mousse and Joico Super Shine Glossing Polish]

3. Section out the “mohawk” of your hair.  This is from temple to temple and back to the curve of the head.

4. Now, time to put in the rollers.  Rollers can be found at Sally Beauty Supply in numerous sizes.  The bigger the better for volume!  I like to use 2 different sizes to get a bit of definition and dimension to the style.  Take 1 inch sections through the mohawk and roll back away from the face.  If needed, secure each roller with a clip.  Once the rollers are all in the mohawk, it should look something like this:

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you may notice that I have also inserted rollers on the side of the mohawk as well.  this will help to transition the volume into the rest of the style.

5. Allow hair to air dry. 

6. Once dry, remove rollers and tousle hair with glossing polish to break up the curls and add shine.  At this time, backcombing should not be necessary, but a little bit can be added to ensure the volume lasts throughout the day.

 

The great thing about allowing your hair to air dry in the rollers is that you are not having to blow dry as often AND the rollers add the curl that you would normally obtain from a curling iron, wand or flat iron.  If you can add this into your weekly routine, it will give your hair a much needed break from the heat it encounters!

 

Now, enjoy adding volume to your life and de-stressing your locks in the process!

Blessings,

Crystal

OpportUNITY

Hey All!!

As you can see, blogging has not been my strong suit lately 😦

Life has been very hectic and this has been pushed aside, however now is the time to get back in the saddle!  This being said, God showed me something that was pretty amazing the other day and I just had to share it!!  The word “opportunity” came to me and all of the sudden it popped out that the end of that word is UNITY!!!  He was showing me that He presents us with opportunity in life each and everyday.  When we are in unity::with Him, the Body of Christ, and even our surroundings::that is when we succeed in the opportunities presented.  WOW!!  This was so cool to me because I have seen in the past the immense number of opportunities He gives me.  But now I see that the key to fulfilling these opportunities is being in unity with Him and those He has surrounded me with.  Grab a hold of that and just see how much you [and He] accomplish!!

 

Blessings!

Crystal

Where do I hope?

 

Hope: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best; a person or thing in which expectations are centered

I must ask myself today, do I hope that these dreams I desire will happen?  If so, what is this hope centered upon?  If this hope is centered on anything other than Him, it will not “turn out for the best”.  Today I am renewing my hope into Him, the One that is more than capable to fulfill ALL my hopes and dreams!

~Crystal

My fall Wish List

Fall/Autumn is my favorite time of the year, why? 1) Pretty leaves and 2) The outfit and accessories.

Here is some of my fall wish list 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to try this, using sweater sleeves as leg warmers (get a cheap sweater from a thrift store) full tutorial can be found at this blog thefarmersnest. Photo c/0 thefarmersnest.

Cozy oversized sweater! i would like to collect lots of them :). Photo c/0 sheinside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More scarves! photo c/o Modcloth                                                                                                   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want these “Off to Ireland Boots”. They are simple, but still have that industrial look. Photo c/o of Modcloth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m in love with this satchel bag from Anthropologie. Photo c/o Anthropologie

There are more of my favorite things about fall, and they include Pumpkin spiced latte, hot cocoa, going on a walk, making soup for dinner, taking photographs, and the lists goes on…..

What’s your favorite thing about fall?

Much Love ~Sisie

Welcome

Hello glorious reader,

First of all, I am very honored of the be one who writes on our first blog page (Thank you Crystal!). We are very much excited for this new opportunity to be apart of blogging community, and i personally can’t wait to see how this blog will be use in so many ways. From encouragement to beauty talks, we really hope this blog can inspired and empower our glorious reader as much as it already inspired us with just the thought of starting this blog. So let the creativity begins!!

Scripture of the day for all beautiful ladies out there!

Psalm 139:14 (KJV)

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Sincerely, Sisie