Week 12: List All Your Best Qualities

  • Empathetic
  • Sympathetic
  • Nurturing
  • Determined
  • Funny-ish
  • Considerate
  • Minimalistic
  • Loving

I think society has made us feel shameful for “loving” certain parts of us. If you like the way you look you are conceded, if you like your personality, you are full of yourself but the reality is, an all-powerful God made you and you should appreciate certain attributes about ourselves. I think in a world full of put-downs and negativity we need to love ourselves but without boasting. It’s important to not make these attributes our everything because we don’t want to become conceded or full of ourselves but instead use these traits to benefit others around us. Use your humor to bring cheer to someone’s day or your nurturing trait to comfort someone in need. We were given these traits as gifts from God to use for good. It is so important to discover your gifts and utilize them! I challenge you to write down everything you love about yourself and tape it to your mirror as a constant reminder of all the good you bring to this world. – Lex.

Week 11: List All The Ways You Can Rejuvenate Your Space

  • Paint some canvas art!
  • DIY some mason jars
  • Buy a cheap new comforter for your bed
  • Replace any dingy curtains
  • Frame some photos
  • Buy a new throw blanket and pillows
  • New Centerpiece

This post is way beyond late and I know it is incredibly short but this was a rather difficult prompt because I don’t have my own space. Feel free to comment your favorite ways to rejuvenate your space.

Week 10: Things You Probably Should Ignore

  • Ignorance
  • Hate
  • Gossip
  • Arrogance
  • Lying
  • Negativity
  • Temptation
  • Greed
  • Other people’s possessions
  • People’s flaunting Facebook stuff

I think it is cleansing to write down all the negative things in your life and make an effort to rid these things so you are able to live a more positive, happier, Christ-centered life. Replace these things with better alternatives. Someone is being negative? Compliment them.  If someone is hateful, be nice. If someone is lying, be truthful. You have to turn the other cheek because those who live by the sword die by the sword. I challenge you to jot down all the nasty things in your life that you pay way more attention to then you should, and free yourself from it. – Lex

Week 9: List What You Treasure The Most

  • My relationship with God: This obviously is something I treasure seeing as, without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I wouldn’t be able to appreciate anything else I have. He is the sole reason I have things to treasure in the first place.
  • Time with Family: Family is something so important to me. We argue, fight, get annoyed with each other, and even give each other the silent treatment but when we get together and laugh it is like no other.They truly do make life better.
  • Nice Weather: There is nothing more “feel good” than the 70-degree weather in New England during March or 65 and Breezy during July. Weather fluctuates so much where I am from so when the beautiful weather makes an appearance I appreciate it so much more.
  • Summer Time: In New England summer typically lasts from Mid June – End of August. It’s our shortest season but my favorite one. I love toes in the sand, salty sea water, and sunshine hitting my skin. I wait all year for those two and a half months so I can enjoy all the wonderful things that summer brings ( like it being acceptable to eat ice cream all day every day).
  • Good movies: I live for movies. I love such an array of different genres. Being cuddled up with a big blanket, popcorn, and your favorite movie is something so comforting and safe. No matter where you are if you have those three things, you’ll feel comfortable.
  • Quality dates with my boyfriend: William and I are on strict budgets for being college students so whenever we go on our once-a-month dates I appreciate them so much more. So far we’ve gone mini golfing, seen a movie, and have gotten breakfast at this fabulous Local Diner. We get to enjoy each other while exploring new places which is such a wonderful thing to do as a couple.
  • Me time: I grew up the oldest of four kids, shared a room, worked alongside my parents since I was 15, share a dorm in college, and was always a very busy teen. Whenever I can just get a simple 10-15 mins to myself, I am so grateful. You need Me Time to survive this crazy world. We need that to get through so I enjoy that time with just myself.

Week 8: List Your Favorite Quotes

“La Dolce Vita” – This isn’t necessarily a quote but it is an Italian saying that means “The Sweet Life”. Simply, this reminds me how blessed and sweet my life really is. It keeps me level headed and able to remember how wonderful my life really is despite any hardships I may be facing. I have wanted this tattooed on my body for a very long time. It is so near and dear to my heart.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others”. – Audrey Hepburn.  : This quote is from my favorite celebrity. Audrey was all about helping others and just giving back to those in need. She was a Unicef ambassador and genuinely just loved serving other people. Her beauty outweighed her impact on this world which is truly sad. This quote reminds me that sometimes it is so easy to use what we have for ourselves but we have two of everything, so we might as well share with those who don’t. I strive to be as generous and humble as she was despite all her fame.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”– Proverbs 27:17.  This is one of my favorite scriptures from the Bible. The bible discusses so much about loving one another and sharing our joy and burdens. We need other people to sharpen us and make us better people. We need people to hold us accountable to Christ. You can’t follow Christ alone. Even outside Biblical context, this verse can still be used in the secular world. People change us. People help sculpt other people and it is so amazing to know we have that type of impact. This verse really gets to my soul.

I have never really been a huge “quote person” per say besides verses from the Bible because I am a cheesy Christian but my challenge for you readers is to reveal some quotes whether that be scripture or not, that really mean something to you. Recite them daily. Make them apparent in your everyday life. Have a constant reminder of those things that change you. Strive to be better through re-reading those words over and over again. Share your quotes with a friend, you never know if they’ll need to hear that or not. Spread the love – Lex.

 

 

Week 7: List All People Who Brighten Your Day.

People are true blessings. Who you surround yourself with is very very important and I can’t stress it enough. They bring happiness, dry your tears, make you laugh, and just make you feel completely loved. The people I will be listing below are people I can’t ever thank God enough for. I do not know what I did in this lifetime to deserve these people but I’m so grateful for every-single-one.

  • Salena – My cousin who is more like a sister. She brought me to God about 3 years ago and my life has never been the same. She is the only person who can make me laugh until I wheeze. She’s the only person who can cut me deep to the heart to make me open up and let me just break down. She lets me ramble on about myself for hours. We share a passionate love for all things Jesus, food, and Disney movies. Words cannot describe my love for her. She is certainly my kindred spirit.
  • My brothers, Gaetano and Giuseppe. – These boys are the two biggest blessings in my life. Being away from school has made me appreciate and love them even more than before which I didn’t even think was possible. Just watching them laugh at nothing and still have such an active imagination at age 11 is so beautiful and pure. Whenever they text me or video chat, my entire day is made. They give me so much happiness and the thing I am most thankful for in this life is being their big sister. Also, they both have the greatest sense of humor that just kills me every time. My favorite boys are my brothers
  • Julia – My best friend since my sophomore year of high school. She and I have had our fair share of ups and downs but we always recover and resume our friendship right where it left off. She has such a giving nature about her. She is so completely genuine. Her willingness to give and serve her family is so inspiring. She’s the only human I can just sit with and watch TV and not talk but still feel so connected with. She’s the only one who can get me to eat ice cream in 30-degree weather. She’s funny and understands my love for dogs. I love my time I get with her since being at school. It makes it all the more special.My sister from another mister.
  • Will – My wonderful boyfriend. He has the bluest eyes and the most contagious of laughs. I probably spend way too much time with him since we go to school together but he is incredible. We share the love of “Friends”, Impractical Jokers, and cheesy youtube videos. We laugh at nothing and spend all day just talking about useless stuff and yet I can’t get enough of it. I love watching him grow in Christ and just pursue Him. He is truly a gift from God and is an answer to my endless prayers for a Christ -centered relationship.
  • My Roommate/ Suitemates – My roommate Taylor and I share the same obnoxious laugh that disturbs everyone. We share a common love for Bobs Burgers and murder-related movies. She is my twin and has literally dried my tears. I got so blessed with having her as a roommate it is insane. She is totally wild sometimes but I love every second of it. Diana, Nicole, and Natalie are my suitemates. These sassy senoritas are the best trio I know. They each have their own special thing. Diana is creative and watching her create her own Youtube channel (Click Here To See Diana’s Channel !) has been amazing. Nicole is quiet but she is all ears whenever you need to talk which I am super thankful for. Natalie is small but full of power. She is wild and always ready to have fun but is also so loveable and hilarious. Grateful for all four of them
  • Brad – This dude is my best friend. My best guy friend. The countless nights of heart-to-heart conversations and endless back-and-forths from New Haven to Ludlow to bring me home from school and vice versa. He has never failed me or let me down. He’s talked me down from anxiety attacks, threaten to beat up boys for me, and has listened to hours of endless complaining. He leaves for basic training in the summer and my heart aches at the thought but I am so proud of him. I don’t see him too often anymore but he will always have a special place in my heart.

People were placed into your life for a reason, remember to love them, pray for them, and give thanks for them. Let them know how much they mean to you. Let them know what goodness they have put into your life. We are only here for a short amount of time so you might as well use it to spread some more love. I can’t help but think of the bible verse in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 that reads:

“Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  

Love your friends. Rejoice for them. Pray for them. Remember them. Be thankful. – Lex

Week 6: List the Ways You Love To Have Fun.

This prompt was surprisingly hard because I feel like I find fun in everything and it’s hard to put it into an activity but these are something I try and do to fill myself up with fun.

  • Dancing
  • Painting
  • Singing
  • Netflix
  • Board Games
  • Watch my favorite tv shows
  • Getting in the car and just driving
  • Going to the beach
  • Laying in the pool
  • Laughing at nothing until I wheeze
  • Exploring new places
  • Talking with my best friends
  • Being spontaneous

Fun is such an important priority to have in your life. Our souls ache for laughter and feeling good. Pure fun is something so rare and beautiful. In a world overflowing with impurity, finding ways to have wholesome fun that is good for your soul and pleasing to God is a great thing to do. I challenge you, readers, to make your list for rainy days. Look at it and fulfill it! Remember that there are ways to fill your Friday night blues. Enjoy this life, we only get so many trips around the sun. – Lex

Week 5: List What You Want Your Life to Look Like In 10 Years.

This is so far my favorite prompt solely because I thoroughly enjoy planning out my entire life. So with that being said, let’s dive in.

  • I want to be married to my best friend
  • I want two kids (preferably a boy and a girl)
  • I hope to have two dogs
  • I want to have my own house (preferably custom built) with a pool
  • I hope to be working my dream job as a therapist working with juvenile offenders
  • I hope to be playing a huge role in my church and being able to lead people to Christ
  • In ten years I want to be living somewhere that isn’t Massachusetts
  • I hope to be completely and 100% financially stable
  • I hope to be driving a brand new Honda Accord
  • I want to live somewhere close to the beach.
  • I want to be a University of New Haven Alumni
  • I want to be the best Aunt / Godmother
  • I want to be closer to Jesus
  • I want a pet Bunny
  • I hope to be an established blogger
  • I hope to have my photography license

I obviously have no idea where this life or God will take me but I always get a sense of security having a ten-year plan. I pray for these things daily and just have to trust that God knows my heart . . . and what is best for me. I encourage you, readers, to make your own ten-year plan. . . to open your mind and heart and pray that what’s on your heart will be answered by God. Live in the moment but let your mind wander a little. – Lex

Week 4: List the Soundtrack to Your Life

  • Iris – the Goo Goo Dolls
  • Unwell – Matchbox Twenty
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Walking in Memphis- Marc Cohn
  • Greater – MercyMe
  • Thunder – BoyslikeGirl (such a throwback but so good)
  • Con Ti Partiro – Andrea Bocelli
  • Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
  • Who I am – Jessica Andrews
  • Landslide – Dixie Chicks
  • Under the Bridge – Adele
  • Road Less Traveled – Lauren Alaina
  • Just Kids – Mat Kearny
  • Air I Breathe – Mat Kearny
  • Fight for You – Grayson|Reed
  • The Way – Matchbox Twenty
  • Work Song – Hozier
  • Scars – Alessia Cara
  • Clocks – Coldplay
  • Sunday Morning – Maroon 5

There are so many more songs that make my heart happy but these are a good batch. It amazes me how songs can take you back to a certain time in your life or just make you feel a certain way. Music is such a gift and something you can pass on for generations. My goal for you readers is to make your own soundtrack of your life . . . so you can reflect on it years from now and remember how good (or bad) you felt in this time of your life and just be able to be grateful for those memories. – Lex.