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.”

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Filtered charcoal can help with bloating, and can be used to whiten your teeth!

Stickers for grown-ups made me lol.

According to Bri Forth, 16 Personalities is "A scary accurate personality test". She got ISFP - 'The Adventurer' and I got ENFJ - 'The Protagonist'. At the end of the 12 minute test, it gives a lengthy description of your personality type (including strengths/weaknesses, suggested career path, friendships, relationships, etc!)

I totally agree- the results were SPOT ON 

For everyone going to the beach this spring break– here is what sand looks like magnified 300x

For everyone going to the beach this spring break– here is what sand looks like magnified 300x

Are you a follower or a fan of Christ?

fan: an enthusiastic admirer.

     “The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything or any sacrifice from them.”

      In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. For example, John 6 where Jesus feeds the 5,000. He fed this huge group of people and then the next day they come looking for more food and Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.” Then the Bible says in John 6:66,  “From that point on many who had been traveling with Him, no longer followed Him.” They turned and went home. So there's this distinction between those who were traveling with Jesus and those who were following Jesus. In other words, those who were in it for the free bread and the inspirational teaching, and those who were in it to be true followers of Him, saying Jesus is enough.

     He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a completely committed follower. How would things change if we lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved? I think about this a lot, and constantly try to reevaluate the things that I say and do, how I pray and what I pray about.

     In Matthew 7 at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells of a day where we stand before Him, and Jesus will say to many, “I never knew you.” Many will then respond and and say, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not work miracles?” They come up with a pretty impressive list of things. And Jesus said, “Depart from me; I didn't know you.” So, you have this picture of people who assumed everything was fine and could point to their spiritual acts as evidence. But, Jesus brings it down to this intimacy, this knowing and being known by Him.

You can get the book 'Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus' here.

Tips for PICS:

A few things I have learned over the past years:

1) RULE OF THIRDS. This is like the numero uno rule of photography. Click here to see an example. The subjects of the composition should be placed along the lines, or at the intersection points.

2) Change up the composition of the photo. It is instinct to put the subject in the middle of the game, but it is much more interesting not to. Experiment with negative space.

3) Vintage Polaroid Cameras: Don't waste your money at Urban. I have gotten three from thrift stores, all under $10. (One came from Potter's House)

4) Lastly, if you happen to have an SLR camera, learn how to shoot in manual. It will change your life.

Tips from Marte Marie Forsberg:

1) Get on the floor, stand on tables. Keep in mind: The best picture might be behind you. “If I see something beautiful, I always turn around,” she says. Imagine a gorgeous sunset, when you might see a pack of people lined up for the classic Instagram shot. “The next time that happens, turn around and look at what the sunset is shining on,” says Marte. “That’s the money shot.”

2) Try getting really close and play with proximity. The closer you get, the more you will heighten the emotional bond and connection between the subject and viewer.

This is a great graphic that illustrates some tips!

Well With my Soul

Soul and Skin