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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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“Peace & Prosperity”

Author:  Shudiara L. McMillian


Peace and Prosperity

By: Shudiara L. McMillian

When you think of peace you think of calm and serenity, and when you think of prosperity depending on your view you may think of it to be the work that you do you may be fulfilled by that, or prosperity from the view of having more than enough of everything such as money, successful businesses, etc.

Thinking about peace and prosperity at this point in my life, initially I was not really sure what I would write about. If I were to share about my situation at this point you’d understand that to the natural eye it’s totally opposite of peace and prosperity. I’ve found a new perspective this year and knowing that where I currently am in life that it can only get better from here.

It was around the last part of 2013, a time in my life where I had no peace. I was brokenhearted and I tried to “fix” my life, but I felt so defeated every day. I saw a better life, but in the mindset I was in; prosperity seemed so far away. I went through a lot emotionally and some days I could barely see the way.

What changed my mindset that ultimately changed my words, is that I allowed myself time to heal from the emotional trauma I was experiencing. I had to find the inner strength in the midst of all that I was going through to trust God and to remember the promises he had made me. I started to declare great things over my life, and I really began trust God to lead my life. When I did that I found peace within a broken situation. I had to stop getting ahead of God because everything I was doing to try and help “fix” my life was failing; and it was hurting me.

This year by the grace of God it has been such a turnaround in my faith, in my mindset, and even the words that I speak are beneficial to where I am and where I’m going! I know that because of my faith (confidence) in God, I am stronger, grounded, and rooted in peace and positivity.

I now recognize that where God is taking me, I have no hand in the planning. He is building me up newer and stronger, and in ways I never imagined. God is preparing me for great things to come. I am thankful that I chose to accept the flow of MY life, understanding that it’s going the way God has planned. It is that through this revelation I find much peace!