Thursday, March 26, 2015

WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?


What is your purpose? 
Each one of us is here on Earth at a very specific time for a very specific reason. You might not know exactly what your purpose is, however it is vital that you understand that you have a purpose.   
Each of us has been blessed with different skills, interests, and talents that make us unique and because of this each of our “purposes” will likely look different. I am not good at math. Even a little bit. My purpose in life is definitely not to be an engineer, math teacher, or really anything that involves much calculating. However, as much as I hate math, I am incredibly grateful that there are people who enjoy it. I’ll gladly leave all the numbers to them. 
Our Heavenly Father created a plan for each of us. He knows our potential and what we are capable of accomplishing. He knows each of our unique talents and interests and wants us to use them to find our purpose in life. He wants nothing more than for us to be happy, not only while we are here on this Earth, but for eternity. He has offered us loving direction and guidance to lead us happily and safely through our journey.
On the other hand, there is someone who wants exactly the opposite. Satan does not want you to be happy. Satan wants to skew your perception not only of the world around you, but also the way that you view yourself. He may not be able to tempt you to do anything drastically wrong, and if this is the case he starts working on you in different ways. He will cause you to doubt yourself and your worth. He will make you lose sight of your purpose and potential. He may even try convince you that you are not good enough or cause you to compare yourself to others. 
Do not let him win.  
Understand that YOU ARE VALUABLE. YOU truly matter. YOU are of worth and nothing you do can ever change that. You will always be a child of God with a divine purpose. Satan knows your worth. He knows what you are capable of achieving and he will stop at no end to halt your progression. 
Be determined. Fight for your purpose. If you don’t know what that purpose is, pray to find out. Heavenly Father wants you to know who you are. He wants you to know and understand your own unique and personalized purpose here on Earth. He wants you to BE all that you are capable of being. Never allow Satan’s lies to become stumbling blocks in your path of discovering your true worth.  

"Be fixed in your purpose, for Satan will try you;
The weight of your calling he perfectly knows.”
 
(HYMN 266 “The Time Is Far Spent”) 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

BARING IT ALL, ALMOST

 
In honor of our latest project “BARING IT ALL WITH BE WISE” I decided to literally bare it all. I wanted to prove (mostly to myself) that I didn’t need to wear makeup and that if I went a week without makeup no one would even notice. By doing this I would essentially be “baring it all” just in another way. 
Makeup is basically a mask to hide any real or perceived “imperfection” that we might have (or in my case, think we have). For me, makeup is not so much used for hiding but rather adding some color to my otherwise super white skin. Now if you read my post about being a former “tanaholoic” then you might be thinking, “Wow this girl really never did get over her need-to-be-tan-phase.” And to be fair, that is partially true. I still do feel better when I have a little color to my face - but on the bright side, I am no longer using damaging UV rays to achieve that. 
On Tuesday, my “baring it all” quest began. I didn’t wear any makeup to work. (I did wear some mascara because otherwise I really would have looked like I had just rolled out of bed). Everything went according to my plan. No one said a word. Now I need to make something quite clear. I work at a high school. With high school students. High school students who have NO problem speaking their mind. I was sure I would hear many comments about my pasty face. Nothing. I kept thinking to myself, “This will make for an awesome blog post!” 
Wednesday came and I was more than ready for another makeup-free day. In fact, I even slept in a little longer than usual thinking I could really get used to this. I got to work anticipating the same reaction. Wrong. I received comment after comment. Luckily for me I have students who are clearly concerned for my well-being because I got asked over and over if I was sick. Nope, I felt fine. Great in fact. Other than the shot to my ego. 
I felt defeated. I was so ready to write a super inspiring post about knowing you are beautiful and not needing makeup to feel that you are. How could I write that post when didn’t feel it. All I felt was that without makeup I look sick and tired. Not a super great start to proving my original point. 
Thursday morning came and I went straight for my makeup. No way was I going to risk another day of “looking ill". I got ready, with makeup, and headed to work. Although I felt more confident, I felt like I had failed. I can’t motivate others to feel confident in their own skin if I’m not. Then it hit me. It wasn’t the makeup that made me confident and it wasn’t my pasty skin that made me feel less-than-beautiful. It wasn’t even really the comments about me looking sick (although that didn’t help make me feel any better). As silly as it might seem, it was the simple fact that I didn’t feel ready. Its hard to feel perfectly confident when you aren’t feeling like you look your best. 
Now, I know it shouldn’t take makeup for me to feel like I look my best. But.... it does. Silly, I know. Each morning as I get ready, doing my makeup makes me feel pretty. Its not that I am covering my face to look different, but as I use makeup to enhance the features I already have, I learn to love them and I feel pretty. 
This post turned out entirely different than I had originally planned, but it actually ended up being just that much more real, and that is exactly what this project is all about. Being real. I learned that I can go without makeup and it really was fine. I survived and even got a few extra minutes of sleep. But I also learned that it is OKAY to get ready for the day, (even if that means doing your makeup), putting your best foot forward, striving to look your very best. 
If it takes a little bit of foundation and blush to help you feel your best. Go for it! If you are just as confident with completely bare face, Awesome! (and I’m slightly really jealous of you). The truth is, being perfectly confident all the time can be hard. Let’s all cut each other (and ourselves) some slack. Now go FEEL beautiful! 
What helps you FEEL confident?

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Monday, March 9, 2015

FEAR NOT, FOR I AM WITH THEE

Have you ever looked back over your life, realizing how much Heavenly Father stepped in, and thought, “Oh, that’s what you were trying to do...”? You realize that your trials were simply a part of the process and the weight of their importance in your journey is finally clear. Those experiences that once didn’t make sense, you now realize God was weaving together into a beautiful, wonderful safety net. 
Recently I have had some pretty exciting but daunting changes happen in my life. Sometimes getting exactly what you want can be a little frightening. The reality of some of these changes has really finally hit me and honestly, I often wonder if I am ready to receive the blessings I have been praying for.  Yesterday was one of those days... 
To say I wasn’t feeling myself would be an understatement. I was on-edge and even a little angry. The weird part was that there was nothing that was actually upsetting me. I was just mad. This is not normal for me and even my family began to notice. I could not explain what was bothering me. Truly, everything in my life was great, but even still, I was bugged. Seriously bugged. It got so bad that I literally broke down crying to my parents. (I think my little brother found it quite amusing, ha). I didn’t know why I was crying, I just was. 
Then my sweet mother, (who might I add I am so blessed to have) pointed out that I was worrying about things that I didn’t need to worry about right now. But more importantly than that, she validated my feelings. She told me that what I was feeling was real and that now, more than ever, Satan was trying to get me down. She told me, “You are so blessed... Satan Hates you right now... fight! You are better than him. Be happy!” 
It was then that I realized she was exactly right. Everything I was worrying about and fearing were wonderful blessings that I had been praying for for years and I was allowing Satan to get in the way. I can finally see clearly what Heavenly Father has been trying to do. I understand the trials that I dealt with and how they have been important for my own personal journey. Most importantly I have realized that worrying doesn’t fix or help anything. When we worry, we are literally taking things into our own hands and out of the hands of our all-knowing Heavenly Father. 
As I look back over my life I can truly pinpoint pivotal moments where God really did take over. He has a plan for me and He is not going to allow me to get in the way of that plan. When I allow Him to take over, things always work out better. 
At BE WISE we are starting a brand new project with a corresponding hash-tag: #baringitallwithbewise.  We are super excited about this project because not only will it allow us to be real and “bare it all” with you, but we would love to have you “bare it all” with us. 
We live in a world with so many different pressures and unrealistic expectations that we often hide under a filter of fake. Let’s be real with each other. Too often we rely on our social media “highlight reels” to avoid sharing the less than perfect aspects of our lives. We are as guilty as the next person of this and we want to make a change. 
We would love you to share your stories and experiences that are “less than perfect” just like I have done in this post. It isn’t easy to admit when we are imperfect or when we struggle but it’s even more difficult living in a world of fake. Use #baringitallwithbewise to share all your “realness” we can’t wait to discover the real you! 

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?

“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me. I want to have done something.
I want my life to have meaning.” - Temple Grandin 
What is your dream? What kind of influence do you want to have on this world? We have some exciting news and we can’t wait to share it with you! Be sure to read to the very bottom of this post to find out our theme for the next issue of BE WISE Magazine and how YOU can be featured! 
Are you just marking time waiting for your life to happen? Do you have goals and dreams that you keep putting off for later? Are you waiting for certain opportunities or experiences to happen before choosing to be happy?  
For the longest time I had the attitude of, “When ______ happens, then I will be happy.” I had goals and dreams that I kept putting off until “tomorrow”.  I was waiting for my life to happen rather than making it happen. 
I always knew I wanted to make a difference, I just didn’t know how. There were many people and companies that inspired me and I always admired their drive and motivation to influence the world in a positive way.  
I created BE WISE Magazine because I had a dream to make a positive difference in the world. I wanted to redefine what it means to be truly beautiful and discover ways to feel of and understand our own infinite worth. (Read more about that here and here.)
Occasionally I have become frustrated that I am not seeing the results I would like to see and I wonder if I am even making a difference in my endeavors with BE WISE. 
Although I thought I [mostly] had grown out of it, I still often find myself thinking, “When ______ happens, then I will be happy.” Or in the case of BE WISE Magazine, “When I reach _____ many followers, then I have been successful.” or even, “When I am as popular as ______ blogger, then I have reached true success.”   
Instead of focusing on my own personal journey, I have been focusing on the “success” of others. Not only that, I have been determining what “success” is by the standards of the world.  I have been caught up in comparing myself (and my number of “followers”) to others, often feeling that my impact on the world could never be comparable to theirs.   
As strange as it sounds, that’s where I was right...  
My journey and my impact will never be comparable to anyone else’s. It is my own. It will have different twists and turns that are unique for my own personal growth. I will experience various obstacles that are necessary for my journey that might not be necessary for somebody else’s.  I might not have as many (or even a small percentage) of the followers that others might have, and guess what... that is OKAY. If all I have done is touched one life, then that my friends, is success. 
My dream was to create a magazine that would uplift and inspire. One that would fight against societies expectations of beauty and self-worth. My goal was to lift others up and help them to realize their potential. What I never anticipated was how much BE WISE would help me... 
For nearly three years I have been working on either BE WISE The Blog or BE WISE Magazine. That is three years that I have thoroughly researched the topic of self-worth and three years that I have sought out uplifting and positive influences to inspire me with the creation of BE WISE. During that time I have learned and grown more than I could have imagined. Not only have I tried to uplift others, but I have personally be uplifted. I have realized my own worth and potential. I have learned to be more confident and comfortable in my own skin. What I gained was not what I hoped to gain... it was actually much more. My success did not come in the form I had anticipated, but nonetheless, it was still a success. 
I originally sought out to inspire and motivate others to become the best versions of themselves and in the process I was the one who was changed. Throughout the creation of BE WISE I have become more strong, confident, and spiritually in tune. I have grown closer to my Heavenly Father and felt of His love for me. I am consistently reminded of my purpose and the importance of “Being Wise”. 
Yes, my success story is not very conventional. It is not the kind of success that most people strive for or even the kind that I was hoping to find. However, it is still success. I created a movement that, if it did nothing else, it moved me. It inspired me to create. It motivated me to dream. It forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and become someone. I may not have a million followers. I will likely never be well known. But I fought for my dream. I quit waiting for my life to happen and instead I made it happen.  














WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? 
We want to feature YOU in the next issue of BE WISE Magazine! 
If you are interested in being featured email us at bewisemag@gmail.com with an answer to our prompt: 
"WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?” 
We are thrilled about what is to come in our “DREAM BIG” issue of BE WISE Magazine and we cannot wait to read all of your entries! 
Your dream is worth fighting for. 
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

I AM HIS DAUGHTER

Have you ever felt overwhelmed? 
Have you ever wondered if you are making the best choices for your life? 
Do you have lofty dreams and goals but just aren’t quite sure how to reach them? 
For some reason, today I have felt all these emotions and had each of these questions run through my mind. I have pondered on where I am right now in my life and where I would like to be. I have questioned if I am making all the right choices to accomplish my goals. I have stressed about my future; jobs, money, relationships etc. 
I began worrying so much about what is to come that I started losing sight of what is happening right now. I even began comparing myself and my own journey to all those I observed on social media. (Word to the wise: Don’t browse instagram on days you aren’t feeling super great about yourself.) 
It’s embarrassing to admit, but I truly started feeling kind of down and extremely overwhelmed. Nothing about my current circumstances changed, but my attitude did. I began worrying more than trusting. I allowed myself to become discouraged. 
As I continued sulking during my self-inflicted pity party, one of my very favorite songs came on. (Shared at bottom of post). It is amazing what power music can have on our mood. Almost instantly, my attitude changed. I realized that I was stressing so much because I was relying on my own knowledge and skills. I wasn’t including my all-knowing, Heavenly Father.
This is my dad. I think it is safe to say that I was blessed to be the daughter of the absolute greatest man to ever live. After years of heartache, prayers, and anticipation I was welcomed to this Earth by the most loving and capable parents. They were more than ready to be my Mom and Dad. They had prepared and knew how to raise me. 
I love this photo of me looking up at my dad. I clearly was not ready to take care of myself. I needed parents to do that for me. I had no real control over what happened to me, I just had to trust that my parents knew what was best. Luckily for me, they did. I am their daughter and they want want is best for me. As I grew older I began making my own choices, still often influenced by the example and teachings of my parents. At 24 years old I am still seeking the guidance and approval of my mom and dad. They have guided me this far and shown me a path that leads to happiness.  
Each of us has a Father who is ready, willing and prepared to guide us. He is all-knowing and loves us more than we can comprehend. Just like I am looking up in this photo to my Earthly father, each of us needs to "look up” to our Father in Heaven. He has a plan for each of us. It is marked out with our own personal stepping stones and even road blocks. No ones journey will look the same, there is not a “One-Size-Fits-All” plan. 
Heavenly Father will lead you along the course of your own life. He will be there to help you make decisions that will move you along on the right path. However, He also expects us to make our own decisions. We are required to use our agency to grow and to learn while we are here on Earth. That’s the whole purpose of this life. If Heavenly Father told us exactly what we should do, exactly when we should do it, and we never made any of our own choices it would minimize the use of our agency.  “I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.” - Joseph Smith 
My parents had to make decisions for me when I was a baby, as did yours. As I grew older it was time for me to begin making my own. Through all my choices and personal experiences (good or bad) I have learned and grown into who I am today. Heavenly Father has been there every step of my journey and He will continue cheering me on and guiding me just as He will for you. He will help direct you in making the right choices for your life, however, there will also be times when He will expect you to make a decision for yourself. 
I might not have my whole life figured out and that is OKAY. I know that as long as I am doing the best that I can and I am following the loving promptings offered by not only my Earthly parents but my Father in Heaven, everything will work out exactly the way that it should. I am HIS daughter and I can trust in Him to guide my path as long as I am willing to “LOOK UP". When you are feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, remember to “look up” and trust in Him. When we "look up", we have no need to fear.




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

SHOP BE WISE

I just got my brand new Marble iPhone case from the BE WISE Shop and I absolutely LOVE it! Seriously it has become my very favorite case. It’s super high quality and I can feel confident that it will protect my phone. Check out this case along with others from our shop HERE. || If you would like to see your designs on our products email us at bewisemag@gmail.com.  We would love to collaborate with you! 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

ABIDE || ZELLA WOODS

In our last issue of BE WISE Magazine we were fortunate enough to collaborate with  the outstanding Zella Woods Designs. We received this lovely “Abide” cuff for their feature. Since then, it has rarely left my wrist. It has easily become one of my very favorite pieces of jewelry, 1. because it is seriously so darling, and 2. I love the message that it reminds me of. 
On their website they share a bit about this bracelet and what it stands for: 
 a·bide verb. 1. to wait for : await. 2. (a.) to endure without yielding : withstand. (b.) to bear patiently : tolerate. 3. to accept without objection.  
John 15:10-12  - 10. If you keep my commands, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and abide in His love. 11. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  
1 John 2:5-6  -  5. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: 6. Whoever claims to abide in Him must abide as Jesus did.   
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Each time I wear this bracelet I am reminded of my Savior and my responsibility to rely on him. I am reminded that I should always stand by His side while also allowing Him to stand by mine. It reminds me to trust in Him and His timing. I will forever be grateful of the knowledge I have of my Savior and all that He has done for me. 

Be sure to check out Zella Woods Designs HERE. You will LOVE all their stunning jewelry. 
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