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. 
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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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Friday, August 15, 2014

7 SIMPLE HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS

This post is kind of different from what I usually write about but I think it is a very important topic. A huge aspect of Be Wise is taking care of ourselves. Health and fitness is vital to our well being. I am no expert when it comes to this stuff and I will never pretend to be. However, I AM a huge expert at putting off or finding excuses to not exercise. This is something that I have decided to work on. Not so I can have a great bod come summer time (although, Im not against that) but more so that I am healthy and actually feel good. 
I created a list of a few things that I have found work for me. For the most part I believe they are super simple, because honestly, if they weren't I wouldn't be doing them. I started really focusing on getting more in shape about a month ago and so far Ive been able to stay on track with these simple little tricks. 
 
Its really hard to accomplish something if you dont know what you're working for. Set goals for yourself, but be reasonable. If you make the goals too far fetched you will likely endup giving up too soon and accomplishing little to nothing.

This one has made a huge difference for me. Not only does it hold me accountable it helps motivate me seeing the progress Ive made. Even when they are small changes it helps a ton knowing that I am moving forward and accomplishing my goals. 
I get really bad headaches very frequently and I have found that drinking water helps a ton. I discovered this handy little app called Drinking Water. Its a free app that helps track how much water you are drinking throughout the day and it helps me a ton. 
When I tell myself I cant have something all it does is make me want it more. Ive never done any crazy diets and when I want a cookie, I eat it. This has worked really well for me. I know it sounds crazy and it might not work for everyone, but I have found it makes it easier to not binge on things that that I know aren't good for me.  
Now I know I just got finished talking about not depriving myself but I am honestly not a huge fan of soda. In fact, I really dont like it at all. I will always pick a glass of water over soda so this one is really not too hard for me. I am sure that this has helped make a huge difference in my health. Now, this doesnt mean that I never have soda, but it is extremely rare. Occasionally I want a little bit and when I do, I allow myself to have some. I would just advise picking water over soda as often as you can. 
This isn't a new concept but I try as often as I can to take the stairs instead of elevator, park farther away than normal, etc.  I dont know how much of a difference this makes but if nothing else, it makes me feel like Im progressing by making these simple changes. 
I know I talk about this all the time but I think it is incredibly important.    You might not be as healthy and fit as you would like right now, but with time and effort you can be.  Don't give up. Don't be too hard on yourself. Most importantly, DO NOT COMPARE! If you are not progressing as fast, or looking as fit as someone else, its OK!  Compare yourself to YOU. Not someone else. Track your own effort and progress.  

Our bodies are such incredible blessings. I think we are too quick to criticize what we have.  When I find myself being too critical or negative about my body I try instead to focus on what I love about it instead. I know it sounds silly, but make a list of all the things you love about yourself. Even if its a small list. Think of all the incredible things your body can do. Focus on those and be grateful for what you have instead of what you dont.  
As I stated above, I am no expert. These are just the things that I have found work really well with me and I felt like sharing them with you.  If youre struggling with getting fit, try them out. They might just work for you too.   

What tips and tricks work to help motivate you to stay healthy? 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

CHOOSE HAPPINESS

Post Written by: MARY || graphics: BE WISE ART
 Lately I have been thinking of ways and reasons to be happy and turn the negative situations or the not so ideal incidents of life into good uplifting experiences. Of course in many cases there seems to be no way out, that nothing helps and nothing could possibly fix your problem. Though in my short time so far here in this life I have noticed a reoccurring solution.   
If you choose to have a happy disposition and a positive outlook on life, even if you can't see any form of a silver lining, you will convince your mind to know that everything will be ok, because the best is yet to come. If you want a happy life, you must first be a happy person. 
When you are happy, you make others around you happy as well, it becomes this super radical contagious effect that in turn only makes you happier! What more could anyone want in this life? Happiness is a blessing that is given to us all, it only depends on what we do with it. Personally I choose happiness over anything, and that is what makes life good.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

3 BAD HAIR HABITS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW YOU'RE DOING

Let's be honest, our hair goes through a lot. With all the styling, coloring, blowing, tugging, pulling, teasing, it's a wonder we have any hair left at all. If you are at all like me and feel like it takes fooorevvver for your hair to grow, and it's a lucky day if it's a good hair day, then you might want to take note of these surprising hair tips. There just might be a few things you are doing to damage your hair that you were completely unaware of. 


When your hair is wet it is at it's very most vulnerable and delicate state. This means it is vital that you aren't rough with your hair while it is still wet. Brushing and combing your wet hair can cause your strands to break. 
ALSO, aggressively rubbing your hair with a towel can cause frizz and make your hair even harder to style. Since wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair, it is important to be extra gentle. 
I have tried my best to completely quit using towels on my hair and it has made a  HUGE difference! I have naturally curly hair [or wavy, depending on the day] and it has a tendency to get pretty frizzy.   
Now when I am drying my hair I either let it air dry completely or use a t-shirt to blot it dry. I have noticed a dramatic difference in my hair. Right off the bat my hair is wayyyy more shiny and that is always a plus! It is far less frizzy than ever before and styling has been super easy.  In just a few weeks I have noticed such a positive difference in my hair and it has been such an easy fix. I completely recommend ditching the towel!

While this one seems fairly obvious, I honestly never really considered how my hairstyles could be having a negative affect on my hair. When you have your hair pulled tight causing tension on each strand it can permanently damage the follicles. 
SCARY FACT: Traction Alopecia, a condition that will permanently weaken your hair follicle making it impossible for it to grow can be caused from excessive tugging and pulling of your hair. Avoid this potential hair loss by loosening up your styles and allowing your hair to have a rest.

Weird right? But it totally makes sense. When our bodies aren't getting the nutrients they need overtime it will begin having a negative effect on all the different functions of our bodies, hair growth included. Skipping out on breakfast starts our day without the necessary nutrients needed and in doing so our bodies do our best to make up for that. This means that any nutrients will be used for more important things and our hair suffers. 
Skipping breakfast can cause hair to shed more easily and grow much slower. If you have a tendency to skip out on breakfast, now might be a good time to rethink that habit. 

What are your favorite hair tips and tricks?

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

DAISY LOVE




This is such a fun outfit for summer and a great back to school outfit as well. It's seriously so comfy. I kept most of the outfit fairly simple to help the skirt really pop.   
What back to school outfit ideas do you have?
Top: Forever 21 || Skirt: Pacsun (Similar) || Shoes: TOMS || Watch: Feral Watches || Necklace: Callisto Jewelry


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