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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Where I Find Inspiration

Hey fam!

Recently I've been in a funk of thinking of good ideas to write about and then a few days later completely despising the idea and moving on. So I did some Pinteresting, some Tumblr, and just opening up my horizons to new, different and exciting people and the places I go as well.

I'm sure for anyone who is a blogger like me, you get in these funks and have no idea what to write about. So I want to help you out and let you in on my little secret of inspiration.

For one, I don't just write a blog post just so I can say that I have one for this week or the day that it is supposed to be published. I write every single one of my blog posts, with passion, love and effort. Each one of my blog posts mean something to me and carry something different to my blog as a whole.

Sometimes I'm just looking too hard when I can find ideas right in front of me. Sometimes I get ideas just by looking at what is going on in my life and what interests me right now in this time period. So then I think for a few days what really stands out to me. What am I doing that's apart of my schedule that I wasn't doing before that I really enjoy and look forward to, what are the topics or discussions I'm having with my friends that can be shared with all of you that consistently keeps coming with different people and so on. 

I've also been beating myself up because I feel as if I haven't been writing enough beauty material on my blog. One, if you ever feel this way you are wrong. Your blog is yours and it's personal and it's for you to express yourself with whatever you feel like writing about that day. Never feel obligated to write about something for other people. I've been hating on my material with pictures and content and that's another reason why I've been 'running away' from my blog and I apologize for that because that should never stop someone from enjoying what they do and I truly enjoy blogging with all of the nooks and crannies it involves.

I still love make up and fashion and what not, but my life has been quite hectic recently and I haven't been able to just sit down relax and splurge a little on new make up and clothes. Also, I just moved so I still have my make up in a bunch of different make up bags and I haven't been trying to dress super nice recently because of my life being so hectic.

So I hope you forgive me in my lack of blogging and communicating with all of you and I also hope this post helped you figure out some ideas to think of for yourself and to not be so hard on yourself not just with blogging, but in general with life, school and friends.

Until next time..

xx, Lillie

Friday, August 21, 2015


So another one of my lovely friends gave me her YES to talk about her faith and why she loves Jesus so much and I was also able to record it! WOOT!

Check it out, tell me what you think all the good, bad and ugly; I want it ALL.

Thanks again Lexi for being apart of this with me as well as AnaMaria!

Questions asked:

How long have you been catholic? 
How old were you when the faith became yours?
What's your favorite thing about being catholic?
What's your favorite name for Jesus?
How do you explain your purity ring?
As a woman how do you deal with gossip and what not? 
Is there anything in your life that makes you doubt your faith? 
Is there anything in your life that you would like to change to get closer to Christ? 

xx, Lillie

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

31 Day Novena

Hellllloo Fam!

First off, what is a Novena?

Novena - Novena (from novem, nine), a nine days' private or public devotion in the Catholic Church to obtain special graces (Catholic.com)

For the month of July things were changing for me and they were changing fast, with no control on my end. To keep my head on my shoulders I needed to put my full trust and faith into God.

What better way to do that then invite a bunch of his favorite people (saints) to pray with everyday with specific intentions?

My friend and I were both dealing with the same problems and changes so we decided to do this novena together.

We first googled for a few days to find a 30 day Novena that we could do for a month. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any 30 day Novenas; only 9 and 54 days. So we said why not? Let's make our own Novena. Since there are 31 days in July and we were a little behind with starting because we didn't think it would be so difficult to find a 30 day novena, it dragged on a little into August, which was actually awesome and worked out perfectly..it's sort of like God had something to do with this..

So for every 3 days we put our 100% attention and prayer into one specific saint with one specific intention. The whole Novena was for ourselves & self worth, our future vocation and trusting in God with whatever He has planned for us. 

I've never done a novena before but I knew that this was the perfect time to start one because of all of the craziness going on in my life and I had to remember each and everyday to always point it back to God and "If this is what God wants then so do I" mentality if I was going to be able to get out of my bed everyday. This would help me keep my life centered around Christ because every morning - or before bed - I said whichever prayer was for that day and it either ended my day on a great note because I was able to put all of my worries and fears into Christ or go through the day with no anxiety about anything because I knew that God had me and He was not going to let go.

Because Julianna is such a fantastic person and extremely crafty, she put the Novena in a PDF so it was easier to read and more official of course! There is a table of contents that is set up for the month of July and into August, but you can honestly say this 31 day Novena whenever you like! 

After the last day, I took a few days to reflect on how I was feeling before I started the Novena, during the Novena and after the Novena as well. I'm also very happy that I journaled through this 31 day process - which if you are going to say this novena, I suggest you journal as well. 

Speaking with Julianna a few days ago we were able to converse and share our experiences:

"This has been the biggest step forward in my relationship with God/the Holy Trinity that I've ever made." - Julianna

"I received so much healing from this, it was crazy. I don't think I've ever been healed so quickly from such a painful experience." - Lillie

Hope you enjoyed this and pray about saying this novena! I also loved that I had an accountability partner as beautiful and holy as Julianna, so Julianna, if you're reading this, thank you for all you have done and supporting me through these 31 days.

xx, Lillie

Friday, August 7, 2015

Come Pack With Me!

Hello Fam!

I went to New York for a little vacation with my WHOLE family! Made a little video on how I pack with organization and some tips :) 


xx, Lillie

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sister Sister

Hello wonderful human reading this! 

On Friday I was privileged and so blessed to be able to spend my whole morning with a Sister in our Diocese. I can't stop bragging about how incredible their ministry and community is and what a SAINT this Sister is. 

A lot of people don't know much about Sisterhood and Nuns and also can be a little intimidated by them as well. I know I was until January at the SEEK2015 conference. I have talked to a lot of different orders and did you know there is a difference between a Nun and a Sister? Yup, there is.

A Nun is a woman who lives in a cloistered (enclosed) convent (home) and prays for everyone in the outer world. They usually don't leave the convent often, & their life consists of just praying for everyone else. It's extremely selfless and has so much obedience involved in that obviously.

A Sister is a woman who also lives in a convent, but they minister outside of their home and they teach and travel and speak with others as well as having a huge prayer life.

Both ways of life take the same vows; chastity, poverty and obedience. 

While hanging out with Sister we got to talk about an abundance of topics that I won't discuss with all of you since they were personal :) 

BUT, what I do want to discuss is how incredible religious life really is and that people don't see the benefits and beauty of being a Sister. I haven't actually spoken to a Nun but it seems pretty incredible and a difficult way of life as well.

A Sister is supposed to model the life of Mary and that is why they take a vow of chastity. They take a vow of poverty to model the life of Jesus because as we know he was not the King everyone imagines a king should be. They take a vow of obedience because they become a servant not only to God, but to their community as well. 

They are the most loving and selfless people I have ever met. This summer I have been blessed to become close not only with Sisters but with Seminarians as well which are men who are studying to be a priest. That will be talked about in another post if you all enjoy this one.

Anyways, talking with Sister brought me so much joy and they really challenge people to be a better child of Christ and to not just do the bare minimum of life because we were not called to just live through life, we are called to be radical and let me tell you, Sisters are RADICAL. 

It's interesting because a lot of people assume that Sisters are very strict and serious and every time I have been around them and spend time with them, I've never had more fun and more laughs when being with them. They are so funny and genuine. I know crazy, how can Sisters be REAL PEOPLE? It's true they are.

I think not enough people discern religious life enough. In my head I have all doors open to wherever God leads me, and that will stay the same until I take my vows. I don't know God's greater plan for me, and it's okay that I don't, because He is a mystery and I always need to work on building my trust with Him and this is something that I have full trust in and I leave it at the cross. 

So I'm asking you, think about religious life, do some more research, look at EVERY option God has planned for you, because personally I'm not living this life for me, I'm living it for Him.

xx, Lillie

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