Back To School Encouragement

It's that time of year again! "Back to school" holds such a bitter sweet set of emotions. It's exciting to be in the presence of all your friends once again, yet it's the end of a sweet season of iced coffee, beach trips, country music, sweet tea and glorious heat.

I'll never forget how I was shaking with nerves and excitement on the first day of high school and once again on the first day of college. Whether you're returning to the same school this year, or entering a new one, the emotions are in full swing.

This summer I worked quite a bit more hours than usual and I've also been taking summer courses all season long. Consequentially, I haven't had much of a break; but it's been so wonderful to relax a little during the slower summer days. I can't wait to see all my buddies again in just a couple of weeks through! (Major withdrawals!!)

The beginning of this new season in our lives calls for a lot of intentionality! I've compiled a list of a few things to do to recharge and ensure a purposeful school season! These are geared towards the college life, but can be suited to you high schoolers as well!

Quiet Time With Jesus

There's something incredibly refreshing about spending time with Jesus in the morning. Just as the sun is starting to pour through your windows, it's like He's calling you to open your heart so He can pour into that as well. How awesome!

I get questions about tips for "quiet time" or Bible studies, so I thought I'd share what I do (and what I use) during quiet time in the morning. I know I love seeing what resources, commentaries, books, devotionals etc that other people are using for their Bible studies. There's so many resources out there that can help us pick a book and get started, as well as help us understand what's being said in between the lines. Because let's face it, God really enjoys slipping in a million things between the lines.

Spending time with Jesus is something that is deeply personal and so you really should find a way that works for you + Jesus best. But I would love to share what I do, and I pray that it will encourage you!

I usually like to put on a good worship music playlist. I use Spotify, Pandora, Youtube or my iTunes library (basically all your options haha). Sometimes I'll light a candle, and all the time, I grab a cup of coffee. Because, obviously.

So let's get started.


Books I'm Loving

Hey everyone! It's been a quick minute since I've posted anything but life has been super crazy (good crazy) lately! So hey! I missed y'all. 


I love reading and I thought it would be cool to share with you some recent books I've read that I'm loving because I always love finding books to add to my own reading list! I've read these books in the last few months and they're all books I couldn't put down once I started! I hope you enjoy!


The Magnolia Story - Chip & Joanna Gaines It's possible that I'm slightly overly-obsessed with the Gaines family and everything involving Waco, Texas. Beyond all the shiplap, subway tile and magnolia trees, there is an incredible story that will literally result in you living vicariously through this couple. The way God is intrinsically moving in every season of their lives is absolutely beautiful - you'll be in awe throughout the entire book.

You Were Created For This

I'm not one to burden myself with the opinions of others. That's the message I prefer to convey. Despite that fact, I'm going to be transparent here; It's not easy for me to admit when circumstances cause me to feel insignificant, inadequate or flawed.

I enjoy the impression of being significant, capable and, connected. I mean, don't you?

Looking back at my high school days, I often felt otherwise. I searched for friendships where I could feel connected. I was in pursuit of a group where I felt like I belonged. But I never quite settled myself into any such group. When I would begin to establish a friendship, I quickly accepted the conclusion that I was unnecessary in the scheme of things. I often failed to find sufficient common ground with these potential friendships. As a result, I never went much deeper than surface level with anyone.

I'll illustrate. 

Remember on The Bachelor (in interest of admitting our flaws  I do admittedly watch the Bachelor) when a girl arrives to the show three weeks into the process and you can tell that all the other relationships have already progressed and there's just no chance of her ever catching up to their level.

This is comparatively how I felt coming into any previously established group of friends. I felt like other relationships were like Evergreen trees, with deep roots ― while I was a cactus with nothing but shallow roots, no prospect of growing and flourishing as profound roots as the others. (Disclaimer: this is in no way an insult to cacti, I love cacti.)

Undoubtedly Jesus is with you where you are, but what do you do when you don't feel worthy enough when it comes to other people and other circumstances? 

My Top 5 Breakfast Options

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I go to sleep with thoughts of breakfast on my mind. So I decided to share with you my top five breakfasts. I'm generally in a rush in the morning so these are rather simple! 

If you typically skip breakfast, I advise you change that habit because it really is the most important meal of the day. Not a myth. I'll tell you why :)

Eating breakfast:

  • Boots your metabolism. Just like a car, your body won't burn any fuel if you don't gas it up in the first place. Faster metabolism = more calories burned.
  • Gives you energy. Chances are you have a lot to do today and you'll thank yourself for the nourishment when it comes time to get stuff done.
  • Reduces cravings and over eating during the rest of the day.
  • Increases memory, concentration, and productivity. Your grade school teachers weren't kidding when they told you to eat a good breakfast and you'll do better on the test.
  • Makes exercise easier and more beneficial (If you're running on a treadmill for 30 minutes, you might as well maximize all the potential benefits, amirite?)
  • Makes you less irritable. Nobody wants to deal with a cranky person, so be happy and eat.

I also recommend drinking a large glass of water when you first wake up because it accomplishes everything I said above as well. (As does drinking water throughout your entire day)

Double win!