“True beauty begins inside.” 1 Peter 3:4
Often, we can find ourselves fixated on our appearance and never about our inner beauty. Trips to Sephora quickly begin to replace our weekly visits to church and our hearts and eyes soon lose focus of what is most important.
Our personalities, soul, heart, and dreams are the things that truly define us, not the amount of tattoos a person has or how much eyeshadow is on a person’s eyelids.
Youtube videos show us how to make the perfect beautiful makeup tutorial, but where is the guide of how to be beautiful on the inside?
THE BIBLE!!! who would’ve thought?? hahaha
Here are God’s tips on being beautiful, straight from the beauty bible itself :)))
the grass so green,
the sun so bright,
life seems a dream,
no worries in sight
tans and tank tops,
laughter and bliss,
each moment passes,
without even a miss
friends and cookouts,
memories and laughs,
good times to remember,
but how long will it last
the grass soon fades,
leaves begin to fall,
school replaces sleepovers,
oh I’ll miss it all
– Summers are full of parties, swimming, night outs, and happy thoughts! Also, summer is all about good food and trying new things! During the month of July, I spent a little bit of time in Vietnam and Texas. In each place, I tried and found tons of new delicious dishes that I’m going to share with you in this post! Most of these pictures are featured on my (just for fun) food insta @foodsforfoodies, feel free to check it out!
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I looked up this Bible verse because I personally needed a BIG WAKE-UP CALL. It all started with how a conversation with one of my friends turned into a “complaining fest”- I felt miserable at the time and just spewed all of my unimportant annoyances and petty anger. After, I took a step back and was like “No, nope. I have nothing worth complaining about because there are other people suffering much worse without blessings I’m fortunate to have”. Instead of wasting my breath being ungrateful for what Christ has given me, I decided that I’m going to use my voice to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks..”
So I hopped on my laptop, scouring the internet for the perfect bible verse that described my new goal to achieve!!
I believe what God commanded through Paul’s writing in the first book of Thessalonians, is difficult to achieve but an important goal to strive for in our lives. He says:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel only read page one.” -St. Augustine
Ever since May 27th, I have been living inVietnam. I wouldn’t say it is like a vacation but more of a “living abroad”. Here, I have done so many amazing things discovering more about my Vietnamese heritage, but there are downsides to living abroad. These are ups and downs to living in a different country.
Exciting Travel Opportunities
In any country, there are different cities, restaurants, and things to do. Every new country offers new travel opportunities and it’s a chance to see the world! In Vietnam, I’ve done and seen things I have never seen before in the United States. I ride motorbikes daily to get around and have mangos, durian, and jackfruit growing in my backyard. Not to mention, the literal petting zoo going on in my house with pet bunnies and chicks. Living here has really given me the chance to experience things I couldn’t do and see in the United States.Expansion of Knowledge
Experiences you have living in a different country can teach you so many things that just can’t be shown on a documentary, book, or even the internet. Even during a walk to the grocery market, I learn many things about Vietnam, its culture, and people. I get to engage in conversation with the locals and truly expand my knowledge about the world outside of Texas. One of my favorite things to learn about here is the deep history of the Vietnam War and it’s one of the easiest things to learn about because of its numerous monuments, museums, and historic places that are just a minute’s ride away.
When you move to a new country, you’ll be thrown into brand new situations and settings that may seem intimidating and scary at first, but are always the best ways to grow as an individual. Not only will you grow physically- but emotionally, too. You’ll encounter different environments and create relationships with new people that help strengthen and grow your thoughts and understandings about life. I can see myself as a different person than when I first came here. Things I see in Vietnam humble, inspire, and teach me so many things I didn’t know living in the United States.
This downside hasn’t affected me as much as some other people because of my familiarity with Vietnamese culture already, but there are little things like taking your shoes off before you step into a store or house, the language barrier, motorbikes instead of cars, the different foods, and monsoon season. These examples make adapting into the culture harder. Over time, little things like that stopped being weird to me and just part of everyday life.
I encounter myself missing my friends and family every day and sometimes feel lonely. I miss the little things like my bed at home, eating a hamburger, and going to the movies. Homesickness never goes away but you can counter it a little, by keeping in touch with your family and friends through Facetiming and social media. For the things I miss at home like McDonalds or something, I focus on what I have where I am. There are so many things to do when living in a different country, so I try my best to take advantage of that.
Even though being here means a month and a half away from people I love and things I miss, I am truly glad for this experience and can’t wait to see what else I can learn.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was interesting! ♥♥♥ -KATIE
*breaks into a giant applause for OPRAH!!!
first, “amen sista!” Oprah absolutely always hits the mark with her wisdom and advice! this is a perfect example of her doing it once again.
she says, “think like a queen” hmm, okay but…
what is a “queen”?
is it someone who’s really pretty? someone idolized for their looks on social media with hundreds of people commenting on their posts “omg, slayyyy you are QUEEN!” ? they could definitely be a queen as well, but in my opinion, someone who is truly a queen is respected, intelligent, kind, strong, loved, and a leader!
“A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” =100% true.
we have to look at our mistakes and failures as a chance to learn and grow for the better. as humans, we are constantly forced to make decisions, but the trick is to be making the right decisions and avioding the same ones that result in failure. then we can truly learn to be that intelligent, respected, kind, strong, and loved leader- a QUEEN! and like what Oprah said, “Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”- never lose heart when you stumble after a failure, get back on your feet and try again! QUEENS are known to be the pinnacle of greatness but even they have their moments of mistakes, people fail! its okay, but it’s how you respond to your failures that shape your character and transform you into a queen!
own up to your failures and be great!!! ♥♥♥
I hope you enjoyed this!! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments! -KATIE