To realize that within our grasp, in Zeta Tau Alpha, lies the opportunity to learn those things which will ever enrich and ennoble our lives… remembering always that the foundation precept of Zeta Tau Alpha was Love, “the greatest of all things.”

Big Bite

Do you have perfect skin?

I certainly don't.

A few weeks ago, my coworker Chloe introduced me to the world of Korean Skincare. I guess I was behind on all of this, since apparently Korea is the leader in advanced skin care. (If you think about it, Asians generally have beautiful skin so it isn’t too surprising) After hearing all of this I decided to look up some of the products on Amazon and guess what… they all have amazing reviews. Urban Outfitters has even started selling it too. With all of that being said, here is the super shortened step by step nightly-routine along with some popular products:

1. Remove Makeup. (If you don’t own this wash-cloth, you are missing out. It removes all makeup with JUST water and I cannot stop talking about it.)

2. Cleanse. ‘The Face Shop’ Bright cleansing foam.

3. Refresh. Use a toner that is alcohol free, such as this rose water toner.

4. ‘Ampoule’. A serum to smooth lines and remove dark spots/acne scars, like this Vitamin C Oil.

5. Moisturize. I used to use Cetaphil, but recently switched and CeraVe PM is SO much better.

- exfoliate 2 times a month, using this black sugar mask

- use a ‘sheet mask’ at least once a week

Here is the full 10 step process, along with an explanation of each step. I am so intrigued.

Spiritual:

Inspired by Brooke Putney

A Christian is defined as, “A believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings,” not, “A perfect being beautifully and flawlessly displaying the traits of Jesus Christ.” His teachings don’t say we have to be perfect. They don’t say we can’t mess up. They don’t say we have to be excited about the bible all of the time. They don’t say we can’t be sad or experience pain. His teachings say, “Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” (Ecc. 7:20) The bible says, "You must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine... So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world." (1 Peter 1:6-7)

I often times put on a mask; a mask of, “I am doing just perfect.” or “Things are going wonderful. I am getting enough sleep. All this expression of joy is completely organic. I have no worries.” It’s fake. It’s 100% fake and I don’t think Jesus endorses that. I believe He allowed the pain we feel into our lives so we come out of it knowing Him in a more personal and incredible way. I think He has allowed it so we have the opportunity to be open and vulnerable with those who love us. Read 1 Peter and you will get it.

Just because we hold a title of, “Christian,” it doesn’t mean we need to act like everything is okay when it’s not. Even when we feel as if people are watching, we don’t have to act like we have it all together. Something else no one ever talks about- people like real. People like vulnerability. We don’t have to act like we are turning to Jesus in times of trouble when in actuality we are turning to food or sex or alcohol. The greatest, most inspirational/relatable/human thing we can do is to just be real. Now when being 'real', the Bible argues we should be living radically different. If you are a Christian you don’t NEED to turn to food or sex or alcohol because of the cross. When we hurt, we have Jesus to lean on, not the 'things of the flesh' that 1 Peter literally says wage war on our soul.

 When we suffer, we grow. When we are sad, we put greater weight on grace and joy when it comes around and we get to find out more about who our great God is. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be hurt. It’s okay to feel confused and overwhelmed. And it’s okay to be all this while being a Christian. You were never meant to be the perfect one anyway.

being honest:

Featuring Madeline Caldwell! 

Pref Night: Few people know but on this day I received a phone call that my boyfriend, Ty, got his MRI scans back and he had a tumor in his knee and one of the largest femur infections that surgeon had ever seen. Not only was I already standing in front of total strangers pouring out one of the hardest stories for me to share, but felt like I was a horrible girlfriend because I was choosing my sorority over my boyfriend of 3 years health. I have never felt more helpless than when I was standing up in front of 300 girls trying to convince them to join my sorority that I felt trapped in. (side note my closest friends were there for me and never let me be alone/made sure I was strong enough. LOVE MY PEOPLE.)

New Years: This whole night started off wrong *insert laughing emoji*. On the car ride down to Austin, Ty said he didn’t feel well but I didn’t think it was anything. I had paid $80 for these wristbands for a NYE party that all of our friends were going to so I was determined to make it there. Thirty minutes before we were suppose to leave Ty started throwing up. Soon after our friends left, Ty miraculously felt better so we went out but quickly turned around after being there for 10 min because Ty started throwing up again. Just enough time to snap this pic.

Peyton Podschwit thinks this is the funneist video. I agree.

check it out!

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Thanks Sadie Laughlin!

Lululemon is cray cray expensive. 'Zella' live-in leggings are part of Nordstrom's activewear and people are going cray cray over how comfortable they are, and they are about half the price of Lululemon.

Special thanks to: Peyton Podschwit for the goat video, Madeline Caldwell for being honest about her Instagram, and Sadie Laughlin for The Newsette! Also, Ali D'Antonio for some of the great Mom's Day suggestions in the last Bite of Burger.

I hope everyone has a great week! xoxo Sarah Burger

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