Are You a Hopeful Christian? Or Are You a Believing One?

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Yesterday I prayed a prayer that I have been praying for months now. I pray it multiple times a week. It’s on my prayer wall. I have even asked others to pray it with me. But do you know what was different about yesterday’s prayer?

I realized that this entire time I had just been “hoping” it would be answered. I was hopeful that something would happen. Up until yesterday, I don’t think I truly BELIEVED that anything would come of it. As awful as it sounds to say it out loud, I didn’t believe that God was going to answer my prayer.

How guilty are we of doing that, though? How many times do we pray a prayer and “hope” that God will take care of it, but then we never actually give it over completely to Him? Why do we feel that we need to care those burdens around with us when God wants to take them off our shoulders?

Now, God may not answer my prayer in the way that I see, but He WILL answer it. And He will answer it in His timing and in His perfect way. Last week, I attended a leadership conference where I had the privilege to hear Lysa Terkeurst speak. She shared an amazing story about God’s perfect timing, but the one thing that she said that has stuck with me is this: “There’s what I see…and then there’s what God is doing.” We do not get to see the big picture, but God is always in control of it all. We only get a small piece of the puzzle BUT when we trust and BELIEVE that He is going to see it through, God will show up and show out.

So from now on, I am fully believing that God is going to answer my prayer. It may not be today, tomorrow, or next week. It may not happen for another few years. But when it does (and it WILL), I cannot wait to tell you all about it.

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Why I Share My Values, but Keep My Opinions to Myself

Why I Share My Values, but Keep My Opinions to Myself

Having a presence on social media is hard sometimes. When you have an online business, social media is just a part of life. You share your dreams, you share your struggles, you share your ups and you share your downs. You have to really put yourself out there, as scary as that may be. Think about the people you like to follow on Facebook and Instagram…you enjoy seeing their day-to-day lives, right? You feel like you can relate to them.

I have no reservations about sharing my values with my followers. If you have followed me for any length of time, you know that I am a firm believer in God and that my business is very faith based. You know that family is very important to me and comes only second to my relationship with Christ. You also know a few common things about me: I am a coffee addict, a peanut butter lover, a fitness and nutrition fanatic (in fact, I am a certified nutrition coach), a lover of all things fashion and style related, and that I have a heart to serve other ladies through my Fashionably Fit Community.

What you won’t see me share is negative thoughts and opinions about others. I know that in our society today, people seem to have an opinion about everything – especially since almost everyone puts a highlight reel on social media. As an online business owner, I get so discouraged when I hear someone tearing others down. It seems that some people have nothing better to do than knock someone else’s lifestyle – the house they live in, the car they drive, the furniture they buy, the clothes they wear,  the way they choose to spend their free time, the way they clean their house, the direct sales company they decide to join, the business they choose to open, and on and on.

In the grand scheme of things…does it really matter to YOU how someone else chooses to live their life? How they decide to spend their money? What activities their children participate in? What diet they decide to follow? If they decide to start a business to earn extra income for their family, does that affect your life? NO. If that money is helping them better themselves, do you need to concern yourself with the time they are investing in it? NO. Why? Because what you see on social media is just a little preview. You do not have the entire story, and you do not know what all has taken place behind the scenes. Why can’t we just be happy for each other and their successes, or rejoice in their blessings?  

In today’s fast paced, open book society, it is so easy to pass judgement on others. Just remember dear friend, that not everyone will understand your story and not everyone will cheer you on – and that’s ok. It is ultimately up to you and your Heavenly Father to decide the path for your life and what roads to take. When you get discouraged, take it to Lord. Do not stoop down to the level of the enemy. Do not pass judgement and spread negative opinions. Hold your head high and remember the purpose that God has instilled in your heart. Because THAT is what truly matters!

 

XO,

Rachel

 

Tasty Tuesday – Crockpot Enchiladas

If you are anything like me, weeknight dinners are HARD. We don’t even have kids yet, so I can’t imagine how crazy these nights will be like when we do! Both my husband and I work full time, plus we have long commutes, and when we get home at night – we tend to crash.

 

Luckily, there’s this little thing known as the crockpot, and I seriously do not know what I would do without it! It has been a lifesaver, especially since we converted to a plant-based diet. I love that we are eating lots more veggies now and fueling our bodies properly, but most times the prep work takes time. These Crockpot Enchiladas are super simple – just dump everything in the crockpot in the morning and go! Then after you arrive at home after a long day, everything is ready. All you have to do is scoop it on to a tortilla and enjoy!

Crockpot Enchiladas:

1 cup quinoa

½ cup water

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 oz can whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained

2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes (I like to use 1 can diced tomatoes and 1 can rotel!)

1 15 oz can enchilada sauce

 

  1. Spray your large crockpot with non-stick cooking spray (or use a crockpot liner). Place all ingredients into the crockpot and stir everything together.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  3. When it is finished cooking, scoop out mixture onto a flour or corn tortilla and serve! You could also top these with salsa or homemade guacamole.

 

Enjoy! Let me know if you try these enchiladas out this week!

 

*Recipe adapted from Moms With Crockpots

I’m Back…

You guys!!!

 

I had NO idea I had been gone so long. Has it really been almost 9 months since my last blog?? A lot has happened during that amount of time. Time really does fly when you get older, and I don’t think I’m a fan! Recently, God has placed a call on my heart to begin blogging in my business again, so it looks like I’m back to stay 🙂

 

Let me catch you up on a few things…

 

August 2017: We began building our forever home! This has been one of the toughest and most exhausting processes I’ve ever been through, but it has been so worth it. We are very fortunate and very blessed to be building such a beautiful home out in the country on family land. We are almost to the closing date – in fact, we should be able to start moving in within the week!

 

September 2017: We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Disney World! We had a phenomenal time in the most magical place on earth – we are such kids at heart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2017: November was both happy and sad. I lost my dear Pawpaw at the age of 90, but I know that he is in a better place and I wouldn’t bring him back even if I could! November was also the month that my husband’s family traveled to Starkville for the weekend for my father-in-law’s 60th birthday. We had a great time watching the Alabama vs Mississippi State game – even if i was the only one happy with the outcome! 😉

This is also the month that we decided that a plant-based diet was the best decision for us. We had both been feeling super sore and stiff every morning, and we were also always tired and sluggish. We had heard great things about the benefits from some close friends of ours, so we decided to try it for a few weeks and see if it was something we wanted to stick to long term.

 

December 2017: December was filled with our usual – lots of Hallmark movies, Christmas lights, hot chocolate, cozy fires, gingerbread houses, but this year we also got something even more special…a trip to the mountains with my family! We had such a good time – even if the cabin we stayed in had no running water for two days, ha! I’ll always cherish family time, and we had some of the best that trip for sure!

  

 

January 2018: January was another sad month for our family. This was the month that we lost Jordan’s Pawpaw King. Again, we know that he is in a better place and that he will never hurt again. We are simply selfish and wish they were here with us. We are truly thankful for the many years we got to spend with both of our grandparents, and we are eternally grateful for the values and morals instilled in us by them!

January was also the both that we decided to go strictly plant-based. Up until this point, we had been eating a mostly plant-based diet, but we never truly made the decision that this lifestyle was definitely what we were going to stick with until the beginning of the new year. My husband’s acid reflux is all but gone, and we are both feeling better than we have in months. He has currently lost 12 lbs, and I have just over 5 lbs – an added bonus!

February 2018: February brought about a new extension to my Fashionably Fit business! I decided to partner with a jewelry company, and I could not be more excited about how it is going.

 

March 2018: March was special because we got to meet our newest nephew, Brennan! He is a little doll! Our house was also getting extremely close to getting finished, so we got to do a few fun things like buy new furniture! (even though Jordan wasn’t particular happy about that one!)

 

Now we are in April, and I cannot wait to see what this month will hold! We have already gotten to celebrate Easter (my favorite holiday!), and we should be closing on our new house any day now. My jewelry company is releasing the Spring Catalog next week, and I know that business is about to get crazy! (Seriously, this stuff is SO pretty!!)

My goal for this blog is to continue to bring you articles that pertain to your own Fashionably Fit lives, so I’ll be talking about lots of fashion (including makeup, outfits of the day, and jewelry), as well as workouts and my new way of plant-based eatings (and recipes that go along with it!). This year is going to be the best one yet.

 

So, until next time…

 

Xoxo,

Rachel

Whatever Happened to Gratitude?

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

 

I’ve come to realize just how rare this quality is these days.

 

Just in the past week, I’ve witnesses more selfishness, hatefulness, and ungratefulness than I have seen in a very long time. In our society, it seems that no good deed goes unpunished. People try to take advantage of you. You try and do something nice for others, and all they seem to do is complain about what you DIDN’T do with no “thank you” for what you DID do. 

Also, now more than ever, our society lives in an “all about me” mentality. It’s all about “what can you do for me?” or “what can I get out of this?” and “how long can I MOOCH off of this?”

 

Whatever happened to gratitude? Being thankful for acts of kindness? When did we enter such a selfish mindset? Or maybe it’s actually a lazy mindset where we think the world owes us a favor?

 

Either way, I still choose gratitude.

I still choose to show appreciation when someone offers me a meal. I still choose to be thankful when someone offers a place to stay. I still choose to show my gratitude by offering help in return for acts of kindness. I still choose to send cards in the mail to offer encouragement to those who are struggling. I still choose to send little gifts to team members to show how much I appreciate their hard work. I still choose to work hard to chase my dreams because I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so, and I know this world doesn’t owe me a dime.

I still choose to be grateful when things don’t go my way because God has a greater plan in mind.

 

Gratitude is not only a virtue, but a mindset. Choosing to be grateful should not be something our grandparents did – it should be something we choose to do each and every day. We do not deserve any of the blessings we have on this earth. We do not deserve any of the gifts given to us. We do not deserve grace. We do not deserve salvation. But I am so grateful for it.

 

That’s how we should be in all things. So, so grateful.

Who are you when you think Jesus isn’t looking?

Today on my lunch break, I decided to make a quick stop into the local CVS for a few necessities (shaving cream and something to battle these terrible summer allergies!). I usually make at least one stop into the store each week because I get great customer service and the employees are always so friendly.

As I was standing in the checkout line, the man behind the counter begins to tell me how he sees me in the store quite often and asks if I work in the area. I tell him yes and we begin to chat about the city, community, church, local activities, etc. We discovered that we had an “acquaintance” in common, and the man goes on to praise this acquaintance as such a wonderful person that he held in high regard. I stood there shocked and almost speechless because my thoughts about the common acquaintance were…let’s just say, definitely less admirable. So what caused the stark difference in opinion? This man went to church with the common acquaintance, and I knew who the person was out in the world – beyond the church doors. I smiled and nodded, thanked the man for his help, and went on my way.

 

I left the store with a mix of emotions. How could our opinions be such complete polar opposites? Do people view ME that differently outside of God’s house? Am I truly the same person – with the same integrity, same values, same morals, same smile, same heartfelt concern for others, same positive attitude – that I am on Sunday? Would people who know me outside of God’s house say the same things about me as the ones that see me in church each week? I sure hope so. And if not, today is a great day to get my attitude in check and be intentional in living out the person that I strive to be EACH and EVERY day. I don’t want to be the person that puts on her “church face” on Sunday.

My prayer today is that each of us live out our Christian lives on a day-to-day basis so that others may see Jesus in us and through us. We are to be a witness to everyone – the sinners and the saints. Sometimes we forget that people are watching us. Who are you when no one is looking? I want to live out my days like God would have me to live them – for Him and for His glory. I want my friends to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I know Jesus. I want them to come to me when they need to be lifted up in prayer. I want strangers to know that I am authentically, genuinely concerned for them and their salvation just by my actions. I want my life to be a walking Bible for the world to see. I want to treat people as Jesus would treat them.

 

So who are you? Are you the person people know on Sunday? Who are you when you think Jesus isn’t looking?

Friday Favorites: Sunless Tanner

I would like to preface today’s edition of Friday Favorites by saying that I have always hated self-tanner. Putting it on is such a chore: making sure you are putting it on evenly so it doesn’t streak and trying to apply on areas that are hard to reach, all while trying to hurry so you can wash your hands before it leaves an orange stain. Then afterwards, you have to stand around awkwardly for an hour waiting for it to dry before you can get dressed so that all of your hard work will not be in vain. Who has that much time? Or patience?? Especially when you usually end up with streaks anyway, looking like an orange zebra…

 

Needless to say, after my previous experiences, I was absolutely against using self-tanner.

 

However, after a scary visit to the dermatologist back in May where I was diagnosed with Dysplastic Nevi, which is noncancerous, but people who have them are at an increased risk of developing melanoma later on in life. So as much as I love to sunbathe in the summer, I have to give it up. SeneGence released a new Self-Tanning Coconut Bronzing Milk several months back, and while I had been hesitant to try it (because of my previous self-tanning horror stories), I continued to hear wonderful things about it and decided to give it a try.

 

 

To my surprise, I absolutely fell in love with the product. It gives a nice, naturally bronze glow. It does not streak, and it does not leave an orange stain on your hands after application. It sprays on, so it is easy to get an even application. It also does not take long to try. After about 15 minutes, I can get dressed and go about my day. It also has a wonderful coconut smell that is just like “beach in a bottle.” This has quickly became one of my favorite SeneGence products by far!

 

*Personal Results*

If you’d like to purchase some for yourself, just click here!

 

Are  you a member of the Fashionably Fit community yet? If not, hop over now and follow along for more daily favorites, tips, and inspiration!

We Never Minded the Mess

Sometimes I get tired.

 

I get tired of trying to work a full time job while also working my own side business, grocery shop, cook nutritious meals, make time for workouts, keep a clean house, get the laundry done, etc.

 

So sometimes it doesn’t get done.

 

I used to think that I had to do it all. I had to keep a spotless house while getting up at 4:00 am to work out while eating nothing but “clean” food. I had to come home in the evenings and spend countless hours “hustling” on a side business to make my family more income so we could have nice things.

But then I realized my priorities were way out of order. I was failing to make time for my family because I had work to do. I was failing to keep God first because I didn’t “have time” to do my daily Bible study. All of my free time was spent listening to business podcasts and getting caught up on countless errands because there just weren’t enough hours a day to get everything done. I was sacrificing sleep: staying up late to finish projects and rising before the sun to try and get ahead of the day. I was always tired, always stressed, and always (no matter how hard I tried) still lacking to accomplish everything that needed to be done.

 

So I stopped.

 

I realized I couldn’t do it all. I couldn’t even come close. I began to look back at my childhood and how my parents did things. Sometimes the house was messy. Sometimes we had pizza for dinner. And sometimes (actually, a lot of times) we slept late on the weekends.

You know why?

Because they had their priorities in order. We always went to church on Sunday, and my Daddy always said grace before we ate. We had family meals together. We played outside and spent QUALITY time together. I knew what football and baseball were by the time I was 5 because my Daddy taught them to me. My mama let us sleep in because she knew we were only going to be little once. She taught me how to do my hair and makeup. She always made everything we did so much fun, no matter what it was. She was the best concert buddy in the car ;-).

Both of them have always been my biggest supporters and believed I could do anything I set my mind to do. And I know they were never able to do it all when my sister and I were growing up – but they did the things that mattered MOST – and we never minded the mess 🙂  

 

We may have had a messy house at times. There may have been dirty dishes. But we made memories – and for that, I will be forever grateful.

 

So…I am going to give myself some grace and stop trying to be super woman. Sometimes my house will a wreck. Sometimes I will be too tired after a long day’s work and opt for a drive-thru pizza instead of a home cooked meal of baked chicken and veggies. But I will make time for what matters most. I will make time for Jesus. I will make time for my husband. I will make time for family. My future children will have memories like I have. And they will know what truly matters most.

Until I Saw It With My Own Eyes…

I am a certified nutrition coach, so OF COURSE I know that dangers of artificial sweetener. I have studied about all of the negative side effects they bring, the downsides to using them, the long-term effects…but I guess deep-down that I never really believed all of the hype.

 

Not until I saw it with my own eyes.

 

Years ago, I was a chronic Splenda user. I used three packs of it in a single cup of coffee. Yes, THREE. Slowly, I weaned myself down to two packs. Then I started mixing Stevia in with the Splenda until I had finally transitioned to using Stevia alone. It has been years since I have bought Splenda or used it in my house.

 

This past weekend, I traveled to Tulsa for a business conference. I had to fly, so I was very limited on what I could bring with me. I remembered to pack a water bottle, meal replacement shake packets, protein bars…but I forgot the stevia. For five days, I had to resort to using Splenda again. No big deal, right?

 

WRONG.

 

Almost instantly, I had severe bloating and just felt “off.” This is no surprise since Splenda reduces the healthy bacteria in your gut by up to 50%. It also increases the amount of pH in your intestines.

I was also hungry all the time. Now, granted everyone that knows me knows that I love to eat (and I can honestly out-eat almost all my friends!), but I was HUNGRY. I was also hungry for unhealthy foods that I wouldn’t normally eat, such as sweets. This is also a side effect of the artificial sweetener. Splenda can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings (hello, cheesecake!), and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.

Lastly, my eyes were swollen and watered the entire time I was there, which was extremely frustrating since I wear contact lenses. I had to resort my pulling out my glasses in the afternoons because I just couldn’t handle the itchy, watery, uncomfortable feeling any longer.  Now that I’m home, it has almost completely stopped.

 

Artificial sweeteners certainly do live up to the bad rap they have been given. If you have no natural sweetener alternatives, I would highly recommend resorting to sugar before ingesting artificial sweeteners. This pertains to diet sodas as well; if you must have a soda, reach for one that isn’t diet (although I strongly suggest giving them up altogether).

I know that there are others out there that have read the articles, learned the facts, and have done the research, but you also have to “see it to believe it” like I did. I hope that my experience with this will open your eyes and show that it just isn’t worth it to cut corners with your health.

Spring Style Challenge!

Spring is FINALLY in the air! I cannot tell you how excited I am for sunny days, warmer weather,  floral dresses and open-toed shoes.

 

At the King residence, we have been trying to save up a little each month for a new house. Exciting, right? We aren’t sure just yet if we will buy or build, but we are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us!

 

With that being said, I have been trying to cut my shopping obsession and “shop my closet,” so to speak. This past winter, my friend Michelle shared with me that she would be taking part in a winter fashion challenge where you would be told how to mix up pieces of clothing you probably already had hanging in your closet and create different, fun looks. I was intrigued and decided to join in as well. I had so much fun playing dress up with the ladies in the group each day! I learned so much and met several sweet ladies through the process.

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That is why I am super excited to announce that registration for the Spring 2017 GYPO Style Challenge begins today! The spring challenge is an extremely affordable way to have a personal stylist every day of the week. You are given a shopping list of items that are trending and other basic pieces to have on hand as well. You can find these items almost anywhere, including your own closet! I only had to buy a couple of extra pieces for the winter challenge because I shopped my own closet first. After you have the pieces, you are sent a different outfit combo every single day for 21 days. It saves so much time getting ready in the morning and so much money because you are creating 21 different looks from the same few key pieces.

 

Here’s what you get with the challenge:

  • Options to “dress it up/dress it down” for each outfit so you can get the most out of every look, from office appropriate to everyday wear.
  • GYPO Quarterly Closet Cleanup – A printable guide that makes sorting your closet a breeze. These instructions help you to create a closet of staples that you love and actually wear.
  • It will be on sale for only $39 – $10 off the regular price.
  • BONUS – You will have access to 10 outfits immediately! You will get your first week of outfits PLUS three bonus outfits, which will give you 45 total different mix and match outfits at the end of the challenge.

 

I hope you will join me in this spring style challenge! It is truly a wonderful community of ladies. I learned so much from them during the last challenge (from fashion to so much more!), and I can’t wait to see what this next challenge will bring!

JOIN HERE