Friday, May 27, 2016

Wisdom

I could write on wisdom for weeks, but today I will quickly share something that was put before me this morning. As I was doing my quiet time, I opened my Bible up to Proverbs and just started reading right where I opened. I have always loved Proverbs and thought I had read the entire book, but as I was reading this morning I became captivated by this chapter. I had opened up to Chapter 8 and was amazed at what I was reading. The imagery of wisdom as a person in this chapter is beautiful.
Proverbs shows just how important it is to have wisdom, to crave wisdom, and to seek wisdom out with all you have.

"When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
    when there were no springs overflowing with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
    before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the world or its fields
    or any of the dust of the earth.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was constantly at his side

I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind."
Proverbs 8:24-31

Wisdom WAS before anything else came into being. I love the way this paints a picture of wisdom coming to life before anything else, how it's by God's side constantly and rejoicing in everything he does.
SO many amazing things come along with seeking and finding wisdom...

"Listen to my instruction and be wise;
    do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
    waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death.”
Proverbs 8:33-36


I don't know about you, but that's the life I want, being blessed by God, receiving favor from the Lord and finding LIFE.  Proverbs is full of wisdom and if you seek it out you will find it!

"I love those who love me,
    and those who seek me find me."

v17


Happy Friday!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Back Goals

I love love love working back. Back day is probably my favorite day in the gym. I'd say we work back at least once a week. I remember a few months ago looking through Pinterest fitness posts of girls with nice backs and I knew I wanted mine to look like that. I showed my boyfriend and said this is what I want my back to look like, I set goals in my mind and went for it.

How did I achieve my back goals? 
(Of course I am continually working on getting better but I finally have some results that I love.) Remember those pull ups I was working on that I mentioned in my last fitness post? Yep, lots of pull ups. Once I got to a good place there, I started adding weight. We usually do, like I said, plenty of pull ups, single arm rows, T bar rows, bent over rows (whether with dumbbells or cable), seated rows, ALL KINDS OF ROWS haha and lat pull downs. Sometimes we do back extensions with a plate, we like to mix it up. When we don't have our usual machines we improvise. When we're doing back my trainer boyfriend always tells me to think about the muscles you're targeting. For example, when doing pull ups it works so many different muscle groups (arms, shoulders, chest, back, core) so think about pulling with your back rather than your arms. I tend to pull with my biceps most so I really have to think about targeting my back. This goes for any back exercise, that should be your focus, pulling with your back and really getting that good squeeze.
Lat pulldowns if doing heavy weight try for 8 reps if doing lighter go for 12 reps. This position is when you should be squeezing with your back.
Pull ups. If you can't do pull ups, work your way up. Start with doing them assisted and as you get more comfortable do them with less weight on the machine. Once you get normal pull ups and that feels too easy ADD weight!
Mid rows. Like I said earlier, you can do many forms of rows, use what you have!

Set goals for yourself and get out there and work for them!

With love,

Tori
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Brown Smokey Eye

This past weekend I graduated from LSU YAY! After graduation on Friday, we packed up and left for the beach on Saturday. We are enjoying the beach and relaxation for a whole week...Heavenly. I can't remember the last time I had a vacation so this was much needed. Sunday my parents took us out to have a fancy dinner to celebrate our graduation. I decided I wanted to go all out with my makeup. I haven't gone all out in a while as I haven't had time and I've missed doing makeup so much! I loved the way this brown smokey eye turned out and my wings were even, hallelujah! I created this using the Lorac Pro 2 palette, still one of my favorites and so easy to travel with. I finished the look off with a peachy nude lip. If you want to know the details keep reading!
I can't wait to get my nice camera to have better quality pictures. That's my next big purchase :) Until then, this will have to do. 
A little look into my mess of getting ready. For this look I knew I wanted a sharp line so I taped the corners of my eyes before beginning. If you do this make sure to take most of the stickiness off on the back of your hand before putting it on your eyes so that it doesn't pull at your eyes when removing. 
First, with a fluffy brush I used the color 'buff' all over the lid. Then, with a sigma E55, I packed 'rose' on to the lower lid. Using a sigma E40 I worked 'lt. brown' into the crease using windshield wiper motions. Then using a sigma E25 I used 'mocha' on the outer part of the lid and blended it slightly up into the crease. To darken things up I took the shade 'cocoa' on a Morphe M321 and darkened up the outer V. Lastly I added a little bit of 'beige' right under the brow to highlight. Once I finished the rest of my makeup, I took what was leftover on my sigma E25 and Morphe M321 and blended that out under the eye. For my wing I used Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper. 

Other makeup worn:


Hope you like it, let me know if you try it or something similar!

Tori

Monday, May 16, 2016

Purity- My Story

I encourage you to keep reading this even if this topic makes you uncomfortable, in fact I'm slightly uncomfortable talking about this right now. This is hard knowing that it's out there for the world to see, but my story is not something I should be ashamed of. I feel that it's something that needs to be shared and this is a big part of my testimony...

I don't say any of this to condemn anyone, I know nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes. I am simply writing what I believe and know to be true straight from the Bible. I am writing this out of love and to share my experience with others.

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to keep my virginity until the night of my wedding. When I was young I wrote a note to God that I would vow to do that and signed it. I am so glad that I have kept that vow to him, but I haven't always remained pure. 
There have been many times that I have made mistakes by giving too much of myself to a guy and I've tried to justify those actions by saying "but I'm still a virgin". 
True, but there is a big difference between purity and virginity. 
Purity is living a life to whole heartedly please God. This is more about the intent of your heart. Purity is a mindset and a lifestyle that I haven't always remained true to. It took a lot of mistakes, pain, heartache, and prayer to get me where I am today, finally living a pure life. I found myself in so many situations I knew I shouldn't have been in. Throughout the years I didn't know if I would ever get rid of the impurity and guilt I was feeling. The fact that I was still a virgin was not enough. I kept making the same mistakes over and over again throwing me into this viscous cycle. Without fail, when it came time to repent, I got so repetitive and furious with myself. I begged God to please please give me the strength to overcome the temptation, because I felt like I couldn't. 

Finally one day it clicked and just like that my mindset changed. The Lord did a MAJOR work in me because otherwise I know the cycle would have continued on. My sweet, amazing, and very wise mother fought with me through this battle I thought I could never win. You may think that's weird to talk about those things with your mother when normally you would want to hide and keep that private, but I needed her to be a prayer warrior for me. I needed this to change, and I knew the only way it would was with God. My mom and her prayer group prayed endlessly for me and for that I am forever grateful. This was not the life I wanted to live, and I know her never ceasing prayers worked. She prayed with me and for me, and the last time I prayed aloud with her I felt different afterwards. I knew that something had changed, that something had shifted and it felt good. From that point on, I haven't been the same. I became victorious over this thing that I felt I had no control over.
No matter where you're at in this walk, The Lord can restore purity.

How and why?
The Bible says:
"Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT

“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor—”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 NLT

And I kept asking how God how am I supposed to do this?

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
Psalm 119:9-11 NIV

This is what keeps me on the right path, and in the right mindset.
I can say that this journey hasn't been easy, but I know it's worth it. It's worth waiting for. 
This line from "pieces" by Amanda Cook and Stefanie Gretzinger resonates within my heart and this is exactly the kind of love I look for in a man, one with the heart of God and a love like His.

"Love keeps its promises, it keeps its word, it honors what's sacred because His vows are good."

Sacred is such a powerful word and that's exactly what I believe this is. Sex is something sacred that I only want shared with the one I'm giving my whole heart to, my whole life to, the one I'll be with forever in covenant. It's something so special that I cannot justify giving out so easily. 
I'll tell you, you can't find that unless you're looking for a man who pursues the heart of God. A man who is constantly pursuing the heart of God WILL respect you (and himself) and stand firm in this WITH you. 
(saw this on the pure intentions IG/FB pages)

Cinderella has always been my favorite Disney princess. I know fairytales aren't real and a lot of people think you shouldn't expect a fairytale relationship because it's raises standards "too high" and that it's not reality. Not all relationships work out like in a movie. While that's true, why would we tell young girls to lower their standards and come down to "reality"? Because it's not "reality" to be loved deeply and passionately like the Lord loves us?... Maybe those people are looking in the wrong places. I don't by any means expect my relationship to be perfect, but I am the daughter of the most high King and believe I should be treated and respected as such. Of course going along with this should not be a prideful attitude; I will in turn treat my man with that same love and respect. Out of experience I say, don't lower your standards to what the world says a relationship should look like. Look to Him, God has someone out there for you who will respect you and love you the way He does.
If this is something you've been struggling with as well, I promise you He can give you strength to stay pure and restore what has been broken.

With so much love,

Tori

Sunday, May 8, 2016

End of finals and Mother's Day weekend

Had the perfect ending to finals week with lemon lavender cake and coffee from my favorite cafe in BR, Magpie.
My mom and I talked for hours and caught up after finals and it was lovely :) We were planning on having a girly weekend filled will flowers, dresses, coffee, and shopping. Unfortunately, Saturday morning while doing burpee with box jumps on some bricks (genius, right?) I hit my shins and it was not pretty. I'll spare you the picture I took, it's pretty gory. Because of that I can't walk around too much and we didn't get the weekend we planned. Out of that list the only one we accomplished was the coffee of course (a LITTLE shopping too). 
I thought these little wood chip coasters were such a cute idea; we saw this in a coffee shop out in Denham Springs.
Even though the weekend didn't turn out as expected, we made the best of it. 

Shoutout to my amazing momma who took care of me on her day because I'm hurt. We got her an essential oil diffuser and some oils to go with it, which she loves!
I am so blessed to have the relationship with her that I do and I am thankful for everything she does for me, like making me breakfast on Mother's Day when I should have been making hers.
Sending love to all the mothers out there today, you are so appreciated! 

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A few new favorites

Currently obsessed with these sunflowers the boyfriend got me last weekend at the farmers market. They're absolutely beautiful and brighten up my room so much. Also loving this new organic Joie de Charlotte candle I just got on sale and they look so adorable next to each other.
I found these delicious cookies from Whole Foods last week and they're really high in protein which I love! I like to eat these in between class or at work when I get hungry and it fills me up. It's really big so you can eat half and save the rest for when you get hungry again. They're not low in sugar (of course because they actually taste good), but it's not TOO high (about 15 grams). I just make sure to eat it earlier in the day rather than at night. I love that they have real sugar versus any sugar substitutes. Heads up... the chocolate chip is WAY better than the peanut butter, but I had already eaten that one and this was the only one left I could snap a picture of.
I'm on a huge lavender kick right now. Like I said in my last post, I've been having some trouble falling asleep at night so I've been drinking tea an hour before bed to calm me down and ease my mind. It smells amazing and is so soothing. Lavender has a calming scent and it has tons of benefits! Not only is it aromatherapeutic, but it's amazing for the skin as well. Lavender is one of my favorite essential oils and it's used abundantly in my skincare products. :)



I decided to publish this post today rather than the post I was originally going to. With finals and everything going on right now, I felt the timing wasn't quite right yet and I wanted to post something a little lighter this week. It will be my next one and I'll have it up at the beginning of next week so be on the lookout. I can't wait to share it with you!

Happy Wednesday... 2 days until Friday!





Monday, May 2, 2016

My last finals week

This is my last finals week EVER. Hallelujah! I am so happy I never have to worry about another finals week. It is honestly the worst week of the entire semester, as everyone knows, and it is so easy to get stressed out real quick. I studied ALL day yesterday, and will be doing that for the rest of the week, I have a cold sore, and I'm praying I make it through. This is how I'm surviving finals week and keeping my stress levels at bay:

1. Stay organized: My planner is my best friend. I have to write everything down that I need to get done otherwise I will constantly think about it until I finish. Writing everything down helps get everything off my mind and then I can just check things off of my written list. 

2. Study in a coffee shop: Nothing makes studying fun, but studying in a coffee shop at least gives me a little treat to look forward to. Not only that, but I focus a lot better in a coffee shop with no distractions versus studying at home (at this point I hate studying in the library.)

3. Workout: For my study breaks I hit the gym. It really helps me to relieve some stress and it puts my mind on something other than tax laws and audit procedures... Fun right? 

4. Drink tea: I've been having a hard time falling asleep lately, and shutting my brain down at night. Although my brain and body are so tired at the end of the day, it's hard for me to completely shut down and turn it off. I'm constantly thinking about what I have to do the next day and reviewing in my head. Drinking sleepy time tea or stress relief tea about an hour before bed helps to relax my mind and slow me down.

5. Stress relieving essential oil blends: In my diffuser I've been using a blend of EOs called "stress free" and "rest and relax" which are blends including lavender, roman chamomile, and more. This also helps to put my minds at ease and the scents are so calming. If you don't have a diffuser just light a nice candle, that helps as well.

Just wanted to quickly mention how surprisingly good my skin looks right now. It's finals week and that time of the month (sorry TMI) and my skin is SO clear. Seriously not one blemish. I am so shocked at how this natural skincare routine is working for me and currently I am using all of my own products! I am still throwing in some MOSS products here and there, but what I use daily is all my own. Can't wait to share my skincare routine with you in a post soon. I'm still working on perfecting formulations with my products and I have a few tested and AMAZING ones. Let me know if you would like to try any so I can get more feedback. 


Happy finals week! Back to the books I go...


P.S. Be on the lookout for my next post, it's been a tough one to write, but I believe it's a good one.