Friday, September 19, 2014

CREATING A MEANINGFUL JOURNAL


written by MARY
All my life I have wanted to be one of those people who write in their journal everyday. Sadly despite my efforts, I never seemed to be able to accomplish that. So I decided to change the format of what I focus on in my journal to see if that would help make a difference. As an exciting result, it has actually helped me notice the good moments in my life, and keep it up as a daily routine. 
Rather than writing about insignificant day-to-day updates, I have dedicated my entries to the moments in my life that I can connect to a gospel question I have, or just a spiritual thought to think about during my day. After writing the thought or question, I will read my scriptures from where I left off the day before. Miraculously every single day that I have done this with real intent, I receive a distinct answer to my question, or evidence of my thought in the verses I read, and I write that down as well. 
In doing this, all my trials and bad days suddenly change as soon as I write down my answer or evidence and realize that life isn't all that bad. The Lord has an impact on every moment in our lives. He really is in control of every action, and is very aware of how we are feeling with exactness. I don't need to write down unnecessary conversations that won't give me strength as I reflect back on them. My journal was given purpose stronger than ever before the day I started this. I never want to stop! I challenge everyone else who might have the same problem in keeping a journal, to try this out. It really does work, and I have been blessed because of it.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

SKULLS NYC


"BE YOURSELF, NO ONE CAN EVER TELL YOU YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG." 
I absolutely LOVE Skulls NYC! They have theeee most adorable and unique accessories a girl could ask for. 
Check them out! You won't regret it! 






Hat: c/o SKULLS NYC || Top: FOREVER 21 || Pants: FOREVER 21 || Shoes: NIKE || Necklace: URBAN OUTFITTERS || Watch: Nixon || Rings: URBAN OUTFITTERS 


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

33 DAYS OF CONFERENCE

I have been so humbled by all the love and support we have received in just one day of launching our "Back To School" issue of BE WISE Magazine. You all are seriously the greatest and the reason I continue creating this magazine. THANK YOU! If you haven't had a chance to check it out, you can HERE. 
This month starts off our 33 DAYS OF CONFERENCE Challenge! 
"General Conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During general conference weekend, Church members and others gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders." (Learn more HERE.) 
In order to prepare for the upcoming conference starting on Oct 4th we created this "33 DAYS OF CONFERENCE" Challenge. Each day you will read one of the conference talks from last April's General Conference. (On Sunday's you read two). By the time conference rolls around you will have read all of the talks from the last session. 
Here is a printout for you to keep track.  All the talks can be found online HERE where you will find options to read, listen to, or watch each talk. You can also download the LDS Gospel Library App to read the talks on your phone.
Happy Reading! Let us know which talks are your favorite!  
 Also, if you were following along with our Book of Mormon Summer Reading Chart you should have just recently finished the whole book! I hope that as you read the Book of Mormon throughout the summer that your testimony was strengthened and you felt the love of your Heavenly Father. Let us know about your experiences! We would love to hear from you! 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

BE WISE MAGAZINE "THE BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUE"




BE WISE Magazine "The Back To School" Issue is officially out! I have LOVED working on this issue. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it. So many incredible people helped make this issue possible and I am extremely humbled by the constant support I receive from all of you!   
Special thanks to Niya Suddarth, owner of Niya Model Management and all of her stunning models. This magazine wouldn't be half of what it is without all of her help. Be sure to check them out HERE. 
Let me know what you think of our Back To School Issue of BE WISE Magazine! 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

WEAKNESSES MADE STRONG


As we approach this new school year there are likely a whole variety of emotions whirling around. Nervousness, anxiousness, maybe even a bit of excitement. Whatever you might be feeling I'll bet somewhere in there you might be feeling the slightest bit apprehensive. I mean after all, it's a whole new year. New adventures and maybe even new struggles. You might be starting at a new school or beginning an exciting new semester at college. 
As you move along with the school year, many personal weaknesses may become evident. You might find that you aren't as good at math as you thought. Weakness. That history test you studied all week for just to fail? Weakness. You can't seem to stop comparing yourselves to others around you. Weakness. No matter how hard you try you never seem to be organized and you might as well be teaching the course "Procrastination 101". Weakness. 
With your list of weaknesses, whether real or imagined, it can be easy to become discouraged or down on yourself. However, before you turn to the pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream calling your name for a pity party, you might want to turn to something more productive. 
In the scriptures we learn that God intentionally gives us weaknesses. He wants us to be humble and if we are willing to humble ourselves and have faith in Him, He will make those weaknesses become strengths.  
Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." 
As we embark on the adventure of a new school year, one of the best things we can learn is to rely on our Heavenly Father. Turn to Him and allow Him to help strengthen your weaknesses. He loves you and He is waiting to bless you. You don't have to do it all on your own. Don't be hard on yourself. You are a work in progress. Be proud of who you have become and continue fighting for who you want to be. Trust in your Father in Heaven and allow Him to turn your own personal weaknesses into strengths. 

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH MINT JULEP


Mint Julep has the cutest clothes for back to school shopping or any occasion really, and we loved collaborating with them for Be Wise! This cute cute cardigan dressed up the whole outfit, and it is just so simple and easy to work with. 
Click HERE to sign up for the Mint Julep emails to automatically receive $10 off your next purchase! 
P.S. Stay posted for our "BACK TO SCHOOL" Magazine coming out September 1st! You won't want to miss this one! So many great back-to-school ideas and great discounts at some of our favorite shops. Get excited my friends! 





Cardigan: c/o Mint Julep || Shorts: Urban Blues || Beanie: Vans || Gold Bar Necklace: c/o James Michelle || Crystal Bullet Necklace: c/o Callisto Jewelry || Watch: Nixon || Sandals: Forever Young Shoes 

What outfit ideas are you loving this year for Back-To-School?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

PINEAPPLE CRUSH


I may be in denial, or just unwilling to accept the fact that summer is nearing it's end. I refuse to give up my latest obsession with pineapple print just because fall is on it's way. I simply can't get enough of it. I am going to squeeze out as much summer as I possibly can. I mean, can you blame me? 




TOP: Forever 21 (sold out - Similar HERE) || PANTS: Forever 21 || NECKLACE: Forever 21 || SHOES: H&M || SUNNIES: Nordstrom || WATCH: Nixon ||  BRACELET: Etsy

Here are a few of my pineapple wish list items. I honestly can't get enough!


What Summer items are you still currently craving?


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