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December 31, 2018

A Reflection of 2018

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It’s the last day of 2018, another year gone by and this go around I took time to reflect on it. I’d like to call 2018 my year of awakening. There were a lot of hardships personally, professionally and with my relationships. It most definitely kicked me in my rear end, pushed me down the stairs and spit in my face a few times. But the outcome of my adversity has given me more growth in my resilience, perception and patience. I’m sharing both the good and the bad with you because without the bad, we can’t truly grow and I never want to come off as a person who has it together or perfect 100% of the time. Let’s be real, we are human and that is impossible.

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My accomplishments of 2018:

Starting off with the good, this year brought a lot of light on my thoughts, my expenses, what I want out of life and my relationships. I made more time and spent more time with my family, and truly view my moving back home with them as a blessing. At the end of the day, they are all I really have. I know they love me unconditionally and I took that for granted for a long time.

I got out of a toxic work environment, and not by choice but I look at it as a blessing in disguise. It was in due time that I left because of the toll it was taking on my mental health, and work should never affect you in that way. This led to my new job that I am very grateful for and have much more growth in. This also led to me growing my faith and making time for God. It’s amazing what can happen when you let go of your burdens and let God take control.

In my first year of blogging, I was able to work with 3 of my favorite brands, including one that my entire look is from. I’m very grateful for the opportunity, experience and friendships this blog has given me. It’s tested my limits and ability to manage my time better and girl, I needed to be better at that.

And with the good, comes the bad.

Failures of 2018:

Yup, giving it to you straight and not sugar coated. Fail, such an uncomfortable word to use but necessary in order to confront yourself of what you did not prioritize.

I failed at bettering my health and wellness. It happens, life happens and we all have different coping mechanisms as well as processing things differently. My health and wellness will be a priority for 2019 because self-love and self-care are two things at the top of my list.

I failed at paying off some of my debt. Again, life happens. I didn’t plan to lose my job but I did and that set me back BIG TIME. I also spent entirely too much money on things because of my blog in 2018 so 2019 will be a year of financial awareness.

MY Goals for 2019

  • Learn to love myself and my flaws.
  • Worry about myself and not others around me.
  • Meditate more and be more mindful of my time as in less time Netflix and chillin’.
  • Make my health a priority because God gave me this body and I should treat it as a temple.
  • Spend LESS money on material things because I over consumed in 2018 and girl, that just isn’t being smart with your money.

It’s eye-opening view your life’s events from a different perspective. I really do believe that everything happens for a reason and I believe that 2018 (and 2017) beat me up for the good. I’ve learned that I am very resilient and that no matter how hard life knocks me down, I just turn around and get back up.

I’m cheering for you in 2019. I hope that you accomplish everything that you write down for the New Year goal (because you should write them down). Hold yourself accountable or find someone to hold yourself accountable. Fall down and get back up. Fight, push and prevail because 2019 will be the year for you.

XOXO,
Thuy

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August 27, 2018

Bible Apps and Devotionals I use

Hey ya’ll! I get a lot of questions about the devotionals I read and the app I use for them so I thought I would create a blog post for you all! I’m sharing not only the app but some of my favorite devotionals that have helped me! I have an iPhone and usually read my devotionals on my phone. The app I use is The Bible App by YouVersion. You can download this onto your phone or tablet device. It’s available in the app store for iPhone and in the Google play store for Android. It’s completely free to use, all you have to do is create an account. Here is what the icon looks like in the app stores for your reference when searching for it.

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Once you have downloaded the app and created an account, you can freely read the Bible or you can start devotionals that emphasize something that is on your heart or something you are struggling with! See the arrow above for reference. This section called “Plans” is where all of your devotionals will be stored whether you are in the process of reading or you have already completed them. Since you are just getting started, click the “Plans” section to begin your search. Mine will look a little different because I already have plans that I have started reading. When you see this page, click the “Find Plans” tab. This is where you can search thousands of devotionals written by people covering various topics!

Let’s click on Anxiety for example. If you are like me and you struggle with anxiety, this is a great place to go to read about other people with the same issue and how they used God to help with feeling anxious and finding peace! You’ll see that there are a ton of other topics covered such as depression, love, peace, faith and so on. You can even search for topics on your own! When you choose one to start it will take you to a page like the below:

Here you can see a synopsis of the plan, how many days it is and how many other people have completed the plan. If you want to start then simply click the “Start Plan” button and it will be added to your plans or devotionals. There are some steps before it takes you back to your plans. It’s going to ask if you want to complete the plan private or with others and these are all preference. Eventually you’ll get back to the below screen, which is YOUR list of plans – see “My Plans.”

To start reading, simply click the devotional you just picked out and start with your first day. It’s really cool because the app will help you stay on track with your devotionals. You can turn on your notifications so it reminds you to read for the day. I love reading these devotionals because they are written by PEOPLE just like you and I who go and work through their own stuggles. They are using God and their faith to get through these times. I usually spend my time doing a lot of self-reflection while reading devotionals espescially with my energy and relationship with God. Another awesome thing about the app is you can bookmark scriptures! So that you can always look back on a category that you created and recite a scripture.

Here are some of my favorite devotionals I have read so far and I love going back and reading them over and over! Each time, I feel like depending on where I am at presently or what I am going through has a different perspective and reaction.

  • “Worry” – a 7 day devotional with over 1 million completions
  • “The Messy Table” – A 2 part, 14 day devotional with over 25,000 completions together.
  • “Right People, Right Place, Right Plan” – You need to read this one! So good! a 7 day plan with over 10,000 completions.
  • “Growing Patience” – a 4 day plan with over 100,000 completions.
  • “God Comes Through On Time” – 6 day plan with over 100,000 completions

Right now I am reading “Just Such A Time” and “Combat Stress: Finding Your New Rhythm” and loving the message behind both! I hope ya’ll found this post useful! I would love to start a little group and complete devotionals with others. I want to hear other indivduals take on the reading and how it helps them! If you would be interested let me know in the comments, an email or DM on Instagram!

XOXO,
-Thuy

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