Category Archives: The Twenty Something Life

Articles for twenty somethings

Hello Out There?

I know… I owe so many of you an explanation. Specifically, where did I go and why I disappeared for about a year or more. Or maybe you just happened to stumble across this random post on the internet and are genuinely interested in this apology. Well, here goes…

I’ve been away for the longest doing  ALOT of soul searching and alot of reflection. It’s been a very lonely journey in keeping up Voice4Society, Inc. Every time I started this page up, I would quickly get into the whole “grass is greener syndrome”… you know, the one where everyone else seems to be killing it and then here you are, on your own, just not really doing much… or at least that’s how it felt. Unfotunately, I didn’t seek the help I needed to just talk to people and get the social therapy I desperately needed. Depression and defeat quickly set in and everytime I thought about this group – “FAILURE” just kept jumping out at me. I would just shut this down and shut it out of my life but it always lingered in the background that there was more to be done… that this wasn’t the end. Many of you have been involved in Voice4Society for such a long time (Read: years) and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate you all. It’s because of your love and support that I continued as much as I possibly could.

During my time of reflection, I came to terms with something that is both a strength and a weakness of mine. I’m a starter. An igniter. I love to get the ball rolling and to spark new creative ideas but keeping it going is where the issue lies. It quickly develops into this situation where I go overboard, do too much, over-promise, and then under-deliver. For that, I am truly sorry. I have never once thought of you guys as stepping stones to success (let’s be clear on that). The issue has always just been that it’s been too much for a one-woman team. While a few have stepped up and come alongside me to help build the brand, I’ve always ended up encouraging them to go their own path and build their successes in their own right. I want to see people thrive and find their voice in this lifetime and generation and become positive worldchangers, especially when it comes to God.

I’ve strayed so far from what the original intent was for Voice4Society and I want to get back to that place. That place is simply to use this platform for good, for education, to advance the Gospel, to equip and empower youth leaders, to bring me + those around me closer to Christ, and in the face of adversity and questioning, to be as authentic and transparent as I possibly can… something I struggle with. I know that may cost me many followers and family members (because that’s how I see you all) but that is my cross to bear in an effort to stay true to me and what I believe I have been called to do.

If this is the last post you ever read from me, just know that I love you and I am so eternally grateful for you life. Thank you for all you have done and all your support thus far. It has not been in vain. I hope you stick around and see what comes out of this instead and how it gets turned around but I understand if this is no longer what you want. I can’t stop you from leaving but I can say that here will always be a home for you. If you have decided to continue to stay along on this journey, then YAY! We’re going to have so much fun and I hope that you not only become a silent observer but an active one. Let’s talk. Let’s communicate. Let’s share this journey of being a Christian together. Let’s discuss. Let’s really be real and raw with one another in an effort to strengthen our faith together. Let’s do this.





Dedicated to my loving husband – a man who made it safe for me to be vulnerable and finally come out + be unapologetically me.

Outdoors: 5 Spring Activities

Author: Crystal Holdipp

Spring is here!

It’s a time to get outdoors more and have more fun. The weather has changed and the warmness and sunlight brings a special touch to this enjoyable season. Below are five unique activities that can be explored.

1) Backyard Concert/Family & Friends Park Concert Do you have a musical family or a family that enjoys music? A backyard concert filling the air may be a great idea to try. How about gathering in a park with family and friends to sing melodies out loud? Different themes could be set up and the songs and music can surround the themes. In addition musical games can be played for fun.

2) Celebrate Kindness Day Why not celebrate kindness? An individual, pair or group can walk around public areas and look for/spot acts of kindness and give a compliment or reward to the giver. Although kindness should be given regardless if anyone gets anything in return, I believe it should be encouraged. While celebrating kindness the individual, pair or group can spread acts of kindness as well.

3) Art on the Beach The beach can be a beautiful place to put the creative to use. Whether its building a sandcastle or painting on a canvas, let the wonders of art spill through. No professionalism needed, art is for everyone!

4) Unique Spring Capture Do you enjoy photography or taking pictures with the camera? There are interesting things that can be captured. Walking outdoors and taking pictures of the odd or unique scenery happenings can spring a bounce of adventure in place.

5) A Day of Local Travel Have you ever spent a whole day traveling around your local town, community, city or country? You might find out something new just doing that. When it’s safely unplanned it can be even more spontaneous and exciting.

5 Ways To Clear Clutter

5 Ways To Clear Clutter

Author: Crystal Holdipp


1) Keep a Schedule/Calendar: Organization is a great start to removing clutter. No one sticks to a schedule 100 % every time. Life takes place, changes occur and cancellations are made. Having a guideline gives us an idea and some structure to being active.

 2) Making Time for Relaxation: That’s right! Relax! Take time to clear the mind. Mind clutter can put a lot of strain on a person mentally. Take a bubble bath, go for a nature walk or watch a clean funny movie or show.

 3) Letting Go of What No Longer Belongs: Whether it’s letting go of an outfit that no longer fits or getting rid of past destructive behaviors, when moving in transition we must simply let go of anything that doesn’t help us to progress.

 4) Laugh A lot: Find what makes you laugh and enjoy it thoroughly. Laughter is medicine for your soul! Lighthearted acts help us deal with little and bigger happenings instead of stressing.

5) Meditate on Jesus: Every believer knows that their strength and ability comes from God. Reflect on the faithfulness of the Lord and let Him do the work within.

Social Media Sites:

Twitter: @crystalholdipp

10 Ways To Say Thank You

10 Ways To Say Thank You

Author: Crystal Holdipp


As children we learn to say thank you when someone does something for us. Saying thank you is not only using good manners, but also lets the person know that you are grateful for what they have done. There are many ways to say thank you in appreciation of what someone has done.  Below are some ways we can show thanks:

With a smile

A smile says a lot in many known and unknown ways. It may be just what someone needs to brighten up their day.

With a letter

Writing a letter to show that you care and are thinking of that person shows a lot of thanks from the heart. Heart felt words are very meaningful.

Give encouragement

Encouragers get discouraged too. Take time out to encourage someone who has encouraged you.

Give a heartfelt hug

A hug from the heart warms the inside and lets that person know that you appreciate them.


It’s nothing like a special visit from a friend. Your company may be the comfort they need.

Bake a treat

Baking a cake, cookies, brownies or anything tasteful shows your time and effort to make someone’s day and put a smile on their face.

With a positive attitude

Positivity can be contagious and a good attitude can make a difference in anybody’s day.

Give a flower

To see and smell a flower is a simple beauty pleasure to enjoy.

Lending a helping hand

We all need help from time to time. Helping someone is a great thank you in action.

Surprise them

Do something special that you won’t normally do. Show them something that truly says from your heart “I love you.”

Social Media Sites:  



Back to School Survival Tips

Back to School Survival Tips

Author: Crystal Holdipp



Are you frustrated with school? Does it seem that every time you try it just ends up in failure?

There are many challenges that students are faced with.

School survival in the midst of those challenges is important for the student to have a successful school year.

Below are some tips to help you overcome those challenges.

black children in school

Observe your surroundings

One way to memorize your way around your new school is to visualize what you are seeing all around you. Stop to look, listen and feel. What color is the building? What shape is the object in the hallway? How many rooms do I pass before I get to that class?

Take notes/record lectures

Bullet point notes and class recordings are helpful study aids for studying. Make sure to get permission from the teacher or lecturer before recording. You can then look back on what was taught and prepare effectively for quizzes and exams.



Sit at the front of the room


If you’re an audio learner or you get distracted easily, the closer to the front the better. The audio learner can use their ears to listen carefully to the information that is being lectured or discussed.

Ask questions

Many of us introverts may find it more challenging to ask questions in both small and larger groups. The good thing is that there are alternatives.

When you’re in class feeling confused, unsure and afraid you have the opportunity to write down all your questions on a piece of paper. At the end of the class there’s a second opportunity to either go to the teacher and share your questions or set up an appointment to meet with them at a later time.

Use a calendar

A calendar comes in handy when you are a busy student or forget the important often.
Many school agendas have room to record assignments, projects, events and other important information. Check your calendar every day to stay on track.


Get a study buddy

Having a study buddy can come in handy with those striving towards academic improvement. For students who are doing well, look out for other students who may be struggling. Offer to help them with their study skills. Privately ask them if they need help with anything?

Take advantage of free tutoring

There are plenty of opportunities for those who need extra academic support. There are some schools, organizations, churches and individuals that offer free tutoring. Look in the newspapers, telephone book directory and/or try calling around different places. Consider taking free tutoring classes. The more effort you make at least you know you tried to do better. Don’t allow fear to stop you from letting your tutor know when you don’t understand something.

Look for others who are by themselves

Making friends and connecting with others can be difficult for some. Be kind and friendly to someone who appears to often be by themselves. In addition use wisdom when connecting with others. Isolation can be signs of other things you may need to seek help in. While solitude is necessary sometimes, constant isolation is not healthy for anybody. When you feel isolated reach out to others.

Social Media: