Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye 2011: Hello to a New Perspective♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...

Let me just start by saying 2011 wasn't all bad. It was an ah-mazing year!

In March, I saw my friend Ryan Sheckler for the last time and he finally got to meet my dog Geniveve:

Although, I am no longer in contact with Ryan, I wish him the best in life and his career. :)

In April through August, I learned what it meant to grow fond of one of your best friends. Our romance was short-lived unlike our one and a half year friendship. I learned that when you hoard love and don't let it grow, it dies. Just like a seed needs water, light, and time to grow, so does love except it requires patience, faith, and forgiveness.

Sadly at the end of August, that divided love spoiled a really solid friendship. Sometimes in life, you have to make choices based on what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice. In 2012, I vow to not ruin friendships with love but let love develop on its own because that's the way God works through love and God makes everything beautiful in its time.-Ecc. 3:11♥

In June through August, I learned how to become independent. I got my driver's license this year and learned how to cook. I can now honestly say I make a mean shrimp stir fry. :D

In September through December, I learned what it felt like to have people hate you because they don't understand why you ended your friendship with someone or they don't know you but judge you anyway. I also lost a lot of friends this year. Mostly people who were close in my eyes but were only close because they were sharing my information with the world behind my back.

Overall, in 2011 I found peace in Jesus. Without him, I don't know how I would have gotten through this year. This year made me such a strong woman and I can say now that I'm thankful for everything I went through this year, good and bad.

What matters most is that I got through it and can still smile and thank God for each and every new day♥

My New Years Resolution for 2012 may sound simple but it's going to be a test.

To choose happiness no matter the circumstances I face♥

Other goals I have for myself this year:

1.Get more sleep
2. Eat healthier again and stick with it
3. Exercise more
4. Make the Dean's list
5. Finally get a 3.0 GPA
6. Attend all my classes unless I'm deathly ill
7. Not miss a day of work at the library even if I have a migraine
8. Attempt to get more people involved in my literary career(bigger fan base)
9. Just focus on being kind to everyone and know that in kindness, true friendship is found♥
10. Trust that Jesus will take me to heights that I have yet to see but will lift me up to them this year!
11. Cherish my family<3
12. Forget my plans and just be spontaneous. :)
13. Smile more. Laugh often. Love like there is no tomorrow.

I pray that each and every one of you have a 2012 that is BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE. I can tell you with all certainty that this is not the last year the Earth will see but that doesn't mean you shouldn't live this year to its fullest!

Until next time,

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On The Issue of Love: Both in Poetry and In Thought♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...Love. It's all we need, right? So why is it so hard to find?

These are the questions that have dogged my thinking process lately and I can't seem to let them go.

You're probably thinking, why write a blog about love at Christmas...wait till Valentine's Day. You're probably right about the idea but a blog about love shouldn't just be written for Valentine's Day. It should be written for the sake of inspiring someone to believe in love again and Christmas is the perfect time for warm fuzzies and inspiring people to believe in love because Christmas is a lonely time for most people. Yeah, it's the time when you cherish your family and friends and lavish them with gifts. Yet, if you are a single girl like myself, you want nothing more than your ultimate Christmas wish to come true: To be kissed under the mistletoe.♥

Who doesn't? Even people unlike myself who've already had their first kiss want to be kissed under the mistletoe.

Can I tell you a secret? I know nothing about romance and dating. Ok, wait let me rephrase that. I know nothing about romance and dating from personal experience. Well, I mean I've done so many romantic things in my 20 years but most of them have \ shattered like a broken glass falling off a table. I, Chelsea DeVries, have not had my first kiss yet even though I am twenty years old and I have not had my first boyfriend yet.

I've wanted my first kiss and first boyfriend since I was about twelve but doesn't mean I just went out and got them. I know some girls and even guys think I'm weird because I just don't go out and get them. I do go out but doesn't mean I want to get them from just any freaking guy out there.

In my eyes, I've waited this long for my first kiss so I might as well wait until it goes to the right guy. A guy who pursues me because he realizes he likes me and doesn't want me or my heart to be given to any other guy then him. A guy who can make me laugh, supports that I'm a writer with a lot of emotional baggage, and the big element that attracts me to a guy is his love for Jesus. If you don't love Jesus, I can't date you because I only date people I may want to marry and I can't marry someone who doesn't love Jesus as much as he loves me. Another thing to add is that I want a guy who is handsome in the nerdy sense. He takes care of himself, stays in shape and has a great body but he's not movie star good-looking. He's just good-looking. Nothing over the top.

The reason I can write romance novels as if I've been kissed and had a reciprocated love is because I read a lot. Most of what I read on romance is books on dating for young adults. For example, some of the titles include:

The Truth about Guys; Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti; and recently Guys Like Girls Who... all by Chad Eastham. They've really helped remind me that I don't need a boyfriend but I want one and what guys really want is a friend.

The problem with me is that when I start to like a guy I obsess over him. I tend to give him too much attention because I want him to realize I like him and ask me out. Let me tell you so far, that has gotten me nowhere. I end up more hurt that way so I've decided I'm going to break my bad habits once and for all.

I'm just going to befriend all the guys in my life, no matter if I like them or not romantically. Yes, it might be hard at first but I know God will train me to be a strong women of God through this and will reward me abundantly with a boyfriend who loves me for me, and the fact that I waited for him.

Last night, I wrote a poem based on this:

It's called On the Issue of Love.

On the Issue of Love

Does he like me?
Maybe yes
Maybe no

Flower petals
fall from a
as each of us

He loves me
He loves me not
He loves me.

To leave my
love life's destiny
in the hands of
fortune cookies,
or numerology

leaves me feeling bleak.

At this rate
I will find my true love
only if
he's compatible
with my sign
with my number
or I happen to pick the right cookie.

I'm sick and tired
of obsessing over that.
Those lies and deceit
are making me fat.

It seems
the only guys
who like me
have creepy peepers
not to mention are
stage five clingers.

Why don't I attract
a nice handsome
nerdy type,
who loves me
as much as

If he likes me, great.
Over this, I will worry no more.
He will only win
my heart

By seeking the Lord.

~Chelsea DeVries~

There you have it. That's my plan for the rest of my life but especially Christmas break. I am going to obsess over Jesus Christ and believe that the right guy will follow.

Will soon be posting a Christmas blog but until then or if I don't post it in time, Have a Merry Christmas from the DeVries Family♥
Remember the reason for the season is the reason to keep on living!

Until next time, here's an excerpt from Guys Like Girls Chad Eastham: "God has a lot more planned for your life than for you to worry about whether or not someone likes you or if someone knows you like them. He has already chosen the perfect guy and the perfect path for your life, so obsessing over guys really is a waste of your time.He also wants us to spend time with Him."♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Winter Formal 2011: Welcome to the Zoo♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...This year I was really looking forward to Winter Formal for two reasons. First, It was at the Lowry Park Zoo so I thought it would be sick. Second, I've had a rough semester and just wanted to let loose and have a good time.

My sister and I got into our dresses and before my sister did my hair she wanted to walk to the dock by the lake and take pictures. So we did. Let the photo shoot commence:
My sister looking HAWT.
Here's me in my dress♥
My sister again.
Another of me looking sick and sexified♥

As we were walking to the dock, some guys yelled out their apartment window that they would have sex with the both of us for ten dollars. Welcome to Saint Leo. Home of the "True Gentlemen" :P The only thing I have to say regarding that is my sister and I are worth way more than that and secondly I would never stoop so low as to get physical with some pig who probably has a small penis. Just saying.

After that ordeal we quickly sped walked back to Benoit and my sister did my hurr. Check it.

We got on the bus after being attacked by a shitload of intoxicated "True Gentlemen." No need to point out the frat involved. If you get that reference, that's all you need. Off we headed super pumped and hella-hungry:

Once we got there and we filled our faces even though we mostly picked at the sucky food, we walked around to take more pictures. (Jayde's favorite pastime is taking pics, btw.) We only took a few before we were told to go back inside the dance. Yep, we couldn't even walk around the zoo. $15 to be caged like one of the animals.
Chelly and Barbie♥
Another of me and Jayderz♥

I went with this studmuffin: Junior Class VP and the First Lady♥

Then we danced the night away. I totes did the wiggle dance, the shuffle, and you know this ghetto booty dropped it low. ;-) My sister and I had to run on and off the dance floor because this guy would not leave us alone but we handled ourselves. We BAD Bitches♥

Before we left we had to take some more pics for you to feast your eyes on:
Can you believe a 22 yr old tried to pick her up? She's only 16.

To be honest, more guys hit on my sister. I'm not bothered by that. I already know I'm beautiful.♥

So that was Winter Formal 2011. I had a great time seeing everyone and shaking what my Momma gave me but overall, last year's formal was better.

Anyway, now going to finish up the semester by BEASTING my finals and then it's off to the 727 area for a month. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I'll explain why in a later blog.

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel because my sister and I will be posting one every week over break so please stay tuned for that. :)

Also, If anyone realized I got rid of my Facebook till 2012 then you should know so far I am so much HAPPIER without it. I still tweet though so please follow me if you have a Twitter and are not already.

Until next time, Dance like you'll never get tagged. Love like you've never been "defriended" & Tweet like nobody's following!

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Why I'm Thankful for Thanksgiving Break♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...

My thanksgiving break all started and ended in the same place: The tanning bed♥
Finally went tanning again since the was heavenly.
After tanning my Thanksgiving break continued at the movie theater where I watched Jack and Jill instead of Breaking Dawn. It was funny, not laugh till you cry funny but definitely funny enough to be worth admission. On Sunday, I watched the AMA's and watched Justin Bieber basically take over the AMAs not award-wise but performance-wise where he performed "Mistletoe" and danced with LMFAO during their performance. :D

After that, my break was a blur for about four days where I did homework every day for about five days maybe. I don't really remember all I know is I learned a lot for my marketing class and studied for my accounting test but the days just flew by with all that homework to do. Luckily, I finished my homework and finally got to relax on Thanksgiving. I slept in late, woke up and didn't think about homework at all. Instead I thought of all the things I was thankful for. In no particular order, here they are:
1. Jesus♥
2. My family♥

3. My best friend Geniveve♥
4. My health♥
5. My friends♥
6. My opportunity at Saint Leo University♥
7. People still buying my books and being inspired by them.♥

Without further ado here is a picture reel of Thanksgiving at the DeVries house:
The feast.

The jailbird.

The fam about to devour the feast. lol.

Some people sleep talk or sleepwalk, Jamie sleep pics. lol. I just photo BOMB♥

Then Friday I don't even remember what I really did that day...oh yeah finished teachings by Creflo and Taffi Dollar about singleness. Very powerful teaching and it helped me believe in love again. :)

Beside that, I caught up on some reading and finally caught up on tv(Vampire Diaries doesn't come back till January 5th.-.- Yeah, now that I'm caught up.)

Also, went to the Big Busch aka Busch Gardens with the fam:

Came home and did a back to back movie night with my sisters of Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides and Horrible Bosses. Both were great movies!

Overall, Thanksgiving break was just what I needed to face the last two weeks of the semester.

I even had time to find things to obsess over beside Jesus and Justin Bieber♥ :P

Hot Chelle Rae: I've been listening to their 3 singles the whole time I've been writing this blog; Tonight Tonight, I Like It Like That, and Why Don't You Love Me ft. Demi Lovato. There new album Whatever comes out Tuesday. So stoked. Probably going to cop it. Not going to lie. :P

Sophia Grace and Rosie, the eight and five year old duo that has appeared on Ellen 3 times. They are so adorable and funny. Check em out:

The Motto by Drake ft. Lil Wayne. Y.O.L.O----> You Only Live Once. Repping that for life, fo shizzle.

Accepting the status of my love life and how it still hasn't changed. I know that God has perfect timing and sometimes it seems like I will never experience true love but God's love already is true so it will stay the foundation in my ultimate goal of true love given and reciprocated♥

Until next time, No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.-Charles Dickens♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~
P.S. Made this for my roommate before I left: Hand turkeys never fail. :P

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I need a getaway from my getaway...

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...When I went to college, I imagined that I would go there and never want to leave. That I wasn't going to go home much because I would be happy with my new life at college.

Now that I've been at college for two years already and am working on my third, that vision of college is completely shot to hell.

People don't care about you for the most part. They are selfish, and all about themselves.
People who you think are your closest friends aren't always there for you.
The classes are so much harder and even if you study your ass off, you still only get C's.
You basically pay thousands of dollars of tuition to teach yourself the material needed for class.
You almost always work the maximum amount of hours at your student job only to have to give it back to your fucking greedy school.
The guys have less balls than they did in high school except for the ballsy slime balls who only just want what's in your pants.

Speaking of guys, I've decided I no longer believe in love. I've lived 20 years with insanely high expectations of love because of Disney movies, movies in general, books, music, and television. Love is everywhere and being that I've never dated anyone in my life or been kissed, I constantly feel like this:
When is it my turn?
What is wrong with me?
Why don't guys like me?

I mean, I'm not trying to be vain but I'm not ugly in the slightest and I've got a lot to offer:
I'm smart
I'm funny
I'm classy
I've got morals
I'm polite
I've already established myself as a writer
I'm independent
I'm loving
I'm sweet
I care too much
I'm generous
I'm dramatic
I have a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ
I'm faithful
I'm loyal
I'm honest
I know how to make a mean stir fry
I'm a licensed driver
..........Do you see what I'm getting at?

Look at all I have to offer. Well, then what is the matter with the male population?
I can tell you. Those who are the greatest guys who would treat me right and realize how much I'm worth are taken, and the ones left who are single either are creepy perverts, hung up on their ex girlfriends, or don't believe in God.

So in order to finish up the semester on the right foot and get my life back to the right focus...I'm deactivating my Facebook until the new year.

I'm going to continue to blog on here, update my Twitter, and Youtube but Facebook will no longer exist for me.

Looking forward to Thanksgiving break at home with the fam<3
Going to tan for a week
Going to see some Movies at the theatres
Going to read
Going to relax
Going to do class.
Going to drink lots of wine
Going to eat REAL food cooked by my mother
Going to spend time with my BFFL, Geniveve Rosalynn♥
Going to renew my mind and forget about love and boys for a while
Going to find the joy I had over summer...
Going to surrender my license, most likely.
Going to make crazy memories with my sisters♥
Going to feel loved♥
Going to feel wanted♥

Until next time, "Love can be magic, but magic can sometimes be, just an illusion."♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...I've had a lot of heavy things on my heart lately and I wanted to tell you guys about it so here goes.

Before I tell you what's been going on with me, my sister turned 16 last Sunday. Crazy! I thought 20 was a big leap but when your younger sister turns 16, it really makes you feel old and makes you realize how fast time goes as you get older.

Here's me and the bday girl:

So the semester is almost over...Thanksgiving break is in less than a week from today. Getting ready to give myself a permanent headache studying for finals and of course, Winter Formal. Yet, I recently tried to register for classes for Spring semester and I have to pay Saint Leo about 5400 dollars or so just to register for classes. If I don't register for classes before the beginning of the Spring term, I lose my housing and basically can't attend Saint Leo until I pay off the bill. For the first time ever, financial aid is working with me and they are giving me an increase on my student loan and I am awaiting to find out if I am eligible to receive a 2500 dollar scholarship. If I get both of these things, I won't need to worry and will be able to stay at Leo. If not, I will be taking a semester off to get a job to pay off my bill.

Yesterday, I went to EPCOT on the junior class trip but it was mostly populated by freshman, sophomores, and seniors. It was so much fun...
Here's me and the guys :)

We rode Spaceship Earth, Ellen's Energy Adventure, Living With the Land, the boys rode Testtrak, Mexico, and the Norway ride. We ate so much food (most of it was paid for by Saint Leo except for the twelve dollars I spent on pizza, soda, and coffee)-.-
We went to Club Cool and tried the sodas from around the world, and we "totes" took shots of Beverly, our fave flavor. By fave, I mean gross because it basically tasted like flat club soda and burned like vodka. Needless to say, I won't be drinking soda if I ever visit Italy. :P

Overall though, I'm so glad I decided to go on the trip. I made so many memories and had a blast! On the way home back to Leoland, I was talking to my friend Mike on the bus.
My friend Mike just recovered from appendicitis. What he said to me about that and everything he's been dealing with both stuck with me and made me feel less alone: "I feel God had [the appendicitis] happen for a reason. God didn't give me the appendicitis but it happened because God wanted me to slow down and appreciate all that I have."♥

I've decided no matter what happens, everything happens for a reason. Whether I stay at Leo or not, I've learned a lot from being here and if I can financially find a way, I will be back if I leave. I've decided despite my circumstances, all things are possible with God so I'm trusting that God will get me through this. I'm giving this circumstance to him now and will no longer stress over it. I'm going to enjoy the remainder of my semester here at Leo, and also appreciate what I have and that is:
an ah-mazingly blessed life♥

I would ask that you please pray for me regarding this circumstance because when two people are in agreement about whatever they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in Heaven♥-Matthew 18:19. I love to pray for my friends and family so if you read my blog and would like a prayer request, please feel free to comment below or message me on Fb or Twitter. Together we can BE the change we wish to see in the world. :)

Until next time, here's a quote that I found on the wall beside my bed(I have so much on my walls that I sometimes don't pay attention to what they say.): "I am going to keep on being glad, for I know that as you pray for me, and as the Holy Spirit helps me, this is all going to turn out for my good."-Phillipians 1:19♥

Also, please remember that prayers aren't wishes. They are faith filled words presented before the throne of the Almighty God. Don't be afraid to approach the throne. Your heavenly Father loves to sit and chat with you. Some of you haven't given him your time lately. You should change that. Seek Him First and all these things will be added unto you.-Matthew 6:33♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Friday, October 28, 2011

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...Today I feel like a really strong person because today people just piss me off. Scratch that. All week people have pissed me off. Scratch that. Since last week people have pissed me off. You know why people piss me off is because they can't just be nice. They have to fake being nice just to get people to like them. Fuck that. I pride myself on being nice and smiling at people I don't know. Like for instance, the girls in my hallway. I smile at them and some of them smile back but most of them give me a dirty look as if I killed their mother or something. No. You don't even know me. Why do you think you have the right to judge me?

Another thing that is pissing me off is people pretending to be my friend just to know my business and then acting like I'm the bad guy. Squeeze Me? Hell no. The people that are guilty of this have been deleted and blocked from both my Facebook and my life.

Lastly, I am fed up with people mainly of the African-American race constantly pulling the race card. They constantly have to remind everybody that they are black and they suffered so much, and they are still suffering. It's not enough that Obama is president. They still got to whine and complain, and every other word out of most of their mouths is that they are black.
This is America. It is 2011. Your skin color does not define you and it doesn't make you any different from me. A life is defined by how it was lived not by what it was lived for or whether someone was gay, straight, bisexual, black, spanish, purple or orange. God looks at all of us the same.

I wish more people realized this. I wish more people realized how real and honest I really am. Actually, I bet most people do and they cannot handle it. That is why I have so many haters. They hate me because they are confused as why so many people love me.

If you are dealing with haters just like me, then remember to keep your head up because for every one person that hates you, ten people love you. And hey, if like me, you got haters that hit the double digit range, that's a whole lot more love than hate. So all my haters out there, keep hating. It motivates more people to love me. It motivates me to just continue being me.

Until next time, Give thanks. Give hope but NEVER Give up♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

30 More Facts About Me

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life... A VLog
Here's Facts 1-19:

I originally made all 30 facts in a video but they didn't want to save so here are Facts 20-30:

20. Besides Christmas, I love shopping for school supplies..(Hello, Nerd Swag).♥

21. I do not hook-up(kiss or cuddle) without commitment. If you ain't my man, then you have no plans to stay. I also don't do more than kiss and cuddle because the rest is saved for marriage.♥

22. Do not believe in tattoos and piercings other than on the ears especially on potential dates/mates♥

23. Do not drink heavy liquor or smoke but I do drink wine. Yet, I can only drink it with sugar and club soda mixed in because wine by itself tastes gross.♥

24. I plan to never get drunk because I do not see the point.♥

25. I believe life is like a wheel so people who walk out of your life will come back into it later on in life.♥

26. I do not believe in love at first sight or arranged marriages.♥

27. If I could trade places with anyone, it would be Demi Lovato because she is my HERO and she gets to do what she loves for a living.♥

28.A Lot of people tell me I should be a model because I'm always photo ready but I do not like spending hours taking pictures.♥

29. This Christmas break I plan to learn Spanish, Italian, and Albanian. My family also has plans to travel to Miami and such.

30. Last but not least, I am happy with my life without having a guy in it. I'm not saying I don't want a boyfriend but I honestly am happy right now just doing my thing and not worrying about any guy. I'm using this time to better myself for when I do have a guy involved in my life.♥

Until next time, don't worry about what everyone else thinks of you just remember what God thinks of you♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Monday, October 3, 2011

50 Facts About Me♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...

1. My middle name is Lynn♥
2. My best friend is my dog Geniveve♥
3. I have two sisters Jayde and Jamie. They are 15 months apart.
4. My mom is one of my best friends♥
5. My dad drives a truck now but before I was a figment in his imagination, he worked for the NY Giants for two years.♥
6. My mom used to be a professional chef but before that she did modeling when she was 18 and 19.♥
7. My parents are from North Jersey. That's where all my relatives live.♥
8. I was named after the area of NY with my same name.♥
9. I feel it's my destiny to live in NY not just because of the above fact but because it's the city of Dreams. They have Broadway, most publishing companies are housed in NY, and accounting is a pretty BIG DEAL there, as well.♥
10. My favorite colors are purple and red but I don't have a dislike for any color.♥
11. I love to learn. I would read every book ever written about any subject just because I love to soak up knowledge and be able to talk about it at random times. ♥
12. I LOVE to write. If this were a perfect world, I would solely be a writer. Hopefully one day, I can solely be a writer.♥
13. My allergies seem to act up the most in the morning so therefore I tell people I am allergic to mornings♥
14. I used to have trouble sleeping at night because I used to drink too much coffee so I used to eat pumpkin seeds before bed to make me sleepy. I still do if I can't sleep.
15. I love coffee and tea but if I had to choose one, I would pick coffee only because tea is more mellow whereas coffee gives you an instant buzz. My favorite type of coffee is a latte with three sugars but I can drink it any way, really.
16. If coffee and tea didn't exist, I would OD on Redbull. That shit gives you wings, fo rizzle♥
17. My dad was adopted so I don't know all nationalities I really am. I have a feeling I am Italian because I love Italian food so much and I have dark hair all over my body. Let's just put it this way: If I don't shave, you would notice.
18. I am actually Polish from my mom's side so I have really fair skin. Luckily, this summer I spent tanning and have now adjusted my skin to tanning without burning first. :)♥
19. The 90's will always will be the BEST generation to ever BE. Hands down.♥
20. I was raised Catholic but converted to Christianity because Catholicism felt cult like whereas Christianity in its pure form is about a continuous relationship with Jesus based on the Bible♥
21. I was a dancer for eight years when I was young. I did Ballet for eight and tap for seven♥
22. I also studied percussion in middle school in 6th and 7th grade so I know how to play the drums and the keyboard. I've always wanted to be a drummer for a cool rock band even though I have yet to play on a drum set. Maybe when I move to NY this will happen. ♥
23. Because I studied dance, I've always had a love for music, theatre, and dance. As a kid, I always dreamed of being on Broadway or being a pop star. I love to sing and people tell me I'm pretty good but I have never taken a lesson in my life.♥
24. My favorite singer/songwriter of all time is Demi Lovato. I also think she's a great actress. She inspires me every day and one of my life goals is to meet her/befriend her♥
25. I once liked a boy who was born only six minutes before me at 8:31 a.m. on August 4, 1991 ♥
26. I've liked 30 plus guys in my lifetime but I can honestly say I've only ever been in love with one Albanian by the last name Nikac. The saddest thing is we fit together like fire and ice, at the end of the day we only put the other out. If he is reading this now, he should know I forgive him for everything and wish him the best, no matter what♥
27. I am friends with Ryan Sheckler, the professional skateboarder and MTV star. He's met my whole family even my dog. We correspond by mail and over Twitter. He's a very nice guy and extremely chill. The only way I can explain how I became friends with him is that: God is AWESOME♥
28. I was an extra in a movie starring Ryan Sheckler called Street Dreams. It was filmed at the Skatepark of Tampa in 2006 and my sisters and I ended up getting in it. ♥
29. Beside NY, I've always wanted to own a place in California. I find the state and its culture to be beautiful♥
30. Though I do not skate, I LOVE everything skateboarding or surf related. I am a true Floridian in that sense.♥
31. I cannot stand FAKE people because I am 100% real. I cannot fake laugh, fake smile, or fake anything. I mean I can act but that's different. I do not have a fake bone in my body so it baffles me when people have to act so plastic.♥
32. Besides writing and reading, I really enjoy making Youtube videos with my sister Jamie, and sometimes Jayde.♥
33. Even though I do not consider myself an athlete, I still love to workout and my favorite workout is Pilates. The whole reason my body looks the way it does is because I did dance when I was younger, I've been doing Pilates since I was 12, I've had decent guns since I was 13 but didn't take weightlifting until I was a senior in high school♥
34. My all-time favorite love story is Peter Pan and Wendy's but I also am a sucker for Noah and Allie's of The Notebook♥
35. I love comedies over any other type of movie but I also like action, adventure, family, and romantic movies. Horror or scary movies are out completely.♥
36. I am psychic. I see dead people and I dream of things that eventually happen. Have since I was 12. Yes, it's creepy but I would miss it if I didn't know about this gift I have. Also, I see things during waking hours about people if they are thinking of me. It's almost if I communicate with people telepathically through their emotions and thoughts♥
36. If I had to say what my type is, I would say white males (although recently I've gone for Albanians) who are mostly older than me by 2 or 3 years who love Jesus. Other than that, I would say a guy whose physically fit, confident in who he is in Christ, has a sense of humor, loves to laugh and make me laugh, cares about his family, is kindhearted and looks for the good in people, and likes all the music I do♥
37. I was born premature at three pounds eight ounces♥
38. I have gross toes or at least I dislike my toes♥
39. I have never been kissed and I am 20 years old. I'm saving both my kiss and my heart for the man who deserves them because he can see my absolute beautiful worth and he cherishes that♥
40. I scrapbook fortune cookie fortunes and the nice things people write me on Facebook and Twitter because when I feel like I have no reason to live, I remember that my living now not only affects me but others as well.♥
41. I want both Celine Dion and Demi Lovato to sing at my wedding. I've had my wedding song picked out since I was 12. It's a girl thing.♥
42. I am a winner. I've entered contests last minute and won about five or six of them in my life. I am always winning freebies from magazines and stuff. I'm truly blessed.♥
43. My dream car is a Purple Porsche. I want to pay for one in full one day in my lifetime.♥
44. Even though I love being social and I am a very friendly person, I tend to hang out alone because I've just gotten used to it since that's how I grew up. My sisters were too young to do things since they were 4 and 5 years younger than me, and I just started learning to have fun on my own so yes, I don't mind being alone♥
45. I've been single my whole life. I've never actually had a boyfriend that lasted more than a month so I don't count any of them♥
46. I've come to the conclusion that I am an ah-mazing young lady with a smokin' bod and I will no longer look for will find me♥
47. Though I have never dated or gotten physical with a boy, I know a lot about relationships and what it feels like to be in love and for someone to love you back.♥
48. One day I'm going to be famous♥ I will use my fame to better the world and live to bring the good news of Jesus to everyone I meet along the way. I will pull a Justin Bieber all day every day.♥
49. If I could marry any celebrities, I would hope to marry Justin Bieber or Sean Malto. Don't ask just accept♥
50.If I want to leave any type of legacy on this Earth, I hope that people will remember me as the girl with the heart of gold who was there for them asking nothing in return. I also hope people remember all the funny things I say and publish a book of all my funny quotes because I am high-larious and it should become a NYT bestseller and fill the world with warmth, hope, and love♥

If you guys want to know more about me, just comment below and I will do more posts like these.

Until next time, haters can't see me, nosebleed seats and today I went shopping and talk is still cheap-Lil Wayne♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!
~Just Keep Swimming~

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Feelings Deceive; Faith Believes♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life...

With all that I've been trying to deal with on my own, I needed some time spent with the two people that keep me grounded: Jesus and my family♥

Off we went to a magical kingdom in a town called Kissimmee, but is really part of Orlando, to celebrate life in the presence in the source of life: Jesus♥

We stayed at the Pop Century resort. Here come the visuals; get ready:

The view from our balcony of the pool.

Then after getting settled in our third floor room at the castle known to mere peasants as the Pop Century resort, we took some iconic pics around the grounds of the castle:

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head♥

Trying hats at the resort gift shop:

LMAO, I love my mom♥

Afterwards, we relaxed by the pool. Here's me and my sister:

Me looking hawt♥

And then it started to rain so we got ready to leave but here's a funny pic taken by the pool: LMAO. Mean muggin'♥

After eating some ah-mazing Flipper's pizza and salad we departed to the kingdom; the Magic Kingdom. Before we left to go to the kingdom, I kept feeling insecure about how I looked and my outfit.

We arrived at the Kingdom and I got to see my favorite Christian singer of all-time, Francesca Batistelli in concert♥

Here's what she looked like from where I was in the crowd:

After the concert, we rode some rides together.

Here's me and Barbie(Jayde) on the Buzz Lightyear ride:
She got 51000 and I had 5700. My gun must've been broken. LMAO♥

Then, the emperor Zerg put us in jail:
We still look good behind bars♥

I really wanted to meet my future husband so I wore this shirt:

Then as if God wanted to erase all the insecurities I had before going to the Kingdom, I was in line for the Peter Pan ride and this guy stood and waited for me to round the corner, and as I did, he shouted so everyone on the ride could hear: "She likes church boys. Yeah, buddy!" It was super cute and made me feel beautiful again. Thank God for church boys, you know what I'm saying. ;-) And if you are that boy and you happened to find this blog on the internet, message me your digits on Facebook. My facebook link is in the bottom right corner of this site. :D

Anyway, we went from there to ride It's a Small World aka the happiest cruise to ever set sail♥

After we rode some rides, my sisters and my mom and I split up. My mom and I went to see Matthew West and Sidewalk Prophets in concert while my sisters went to ride more rides.

While watching Matthew West in concert and then even more with Sidewalk Prophets, I felt God speaking to me through the songs the artists were singing and I realized something. I forgot what it meant to have faith. With all that I went through the past two weeks, I was judging my happiness on temporal worldly things when I have Jesus Christ as my lord and savior and a joy that never ends living in my heart. Always remember: Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world(1 John 4:4)♥ That's why I always say: Feelings Deceive; Faith Believes♥

My mindset has now been changed from this weekend and I really must thank my mom again for taking us to this life-changing celebration and of course, ALL thanks goes to Jesus for giving me the strength I forgot I had. :)

Our tale concluded at Cracker Barrel where we filled our faces joyously:

Until next time, here's some words from the song "The Words I Would Say" by Sidewalk Prophets:
Be strong in the Lord♥
Never Give up Hope♥
You're going to do great things; I already know♥
God's got His hand on you so don't live life in fear♥
Forgive and forget, but don't forget WHY you're here♥
Take your time and pray♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

P.S. My sister and I have a new video up on Youtube from last weekend when she came to visit me at Leo before we decided to go home. Check it on our youtube channel:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Becoming a skyscraper

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life... This past week has been really messed up. You know in the beginning of the song Tonight Tonight by Hot Chelle Rae, it starts out: "It's been a really, really messed up week. 7 days of torture, 7 days of bitter. My girlfriend went cheated on me but she's a California Dime and it's time for me to quit her." That's what I dealt with since last Friday August 26th. I found out someone I was about to date betrayed me. I finally told him to get lost last week but ever since then everyone has been treating me like the bad guy.

I honestly felt ultimately betrayed by this person not because they decided they didn't want to date me. That doesn't matter. What matters to me is that I thought we were best friends and this person kept things from me that happened over the summer, talked to another girl just like he talked to me, and told some girl that has never liked me all my fucking business. That is the ultimate betrayal to me and it hurts to think I stooped so low to care so much about someone like you.

In all honesty, I am NOT the bad guy here. You can make it out to seem like I am but God knows the truth. Every day people lie to God too so keep telling yourself you believe in God. Your actions prove otherwise.

I am writing this blog because I feel like people I started to befriend at the start of the semester have decided not to be friendly with me anymore without even hearing my side of the story. What happened between me and him has NOTHING to do with you so I just want to say, if you choose him, you choose him. It's too bad I didn't get to know you liked I hoped to.

What's even sadder is that people judge me so much at this school when I have never done anything to them personally. Honestly, if you have a problem with anything that I've done to you, said about you, thought about you even, then come say it to my face. Trust me, I am not afraid to tell you how unimportant you are to me.

This isn't the first time I've been outcasted. I've actually been treated like an outcast all my life. I was bullied every year of school: K-12. The only reason I was bullied is because I'm not like anyone else. I am different. I do stand out. And that drives people nuts. They don't understand how someone like me can even exist. The only thing I can say to them is I exist because he exists. I live because he lived. I will never die because he already died for me. In case you are confused, I am talking about the one and only Jesus Christ, my personal savior and love of my life.♥

He is THE ONLY REASON I still exist today. Without him, I would have ended my life at the tender age of 12 but because of him, I chose to keep my head up and find my life purpose and continue to drive the world nuts with the fact that I'm still here.

And that's what I'm going to do now. If you truly are my friend, I want you to make it known that you are my friend. Be seen with me in public. If not, well your loss.

Despite statuses on Facebook and Twitter that stated I was leaving Saint Leo, that is not true anymore. If I leave Saint Leo, I would be giving all power to Satan himself and THAT I will NEVER do. I am staying here at Leo until I graduate because I want to make all the people that hate me on this campus squirm and feel uncomfortable for their insecurities and how they treated me in the past. I don't want to effect my karma but I sure will effect theirs.

Until next time: You can take everything I have. You can take everything I am like I'm made of glass, like I'm made of paper. Go on and try to tear me down but I will be rising from the ground like a a skyscraper♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless

~Just Keep Swimming!~

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

As Summer Comes To A Close: Part Three♥

Don't be a wallflower in the dance of life... Before I start sharing some serious philosophical wisdom from the mind of Chelly, you should see some of the music I've gotten into this summer.

1. This is Country Music by Brad Paisley

I've always liked Brad Paisley but this album was somewhat of a let down because a lot of the songs were too country for me. haha. Yet, the songs I did like were:
1. This is Country Music
2. Remind Me w/ Carrie Underwood
3. Working on A Tan
4. Love Her Like She's Leavin'
5. Toothbrush
6. Be The Lake
7. New Favorite Memory
8. Don't Drink The Water

2. Lecrae vs. Lil Wayne

Most of you know, I've grown to have a soft spot for Lil Wayne. Well, I can honestly tell you that the soft spot has diminished. Other than How to Love,

I no longer like Lil Wayne's raps. His guest raps are ok but I've become a HUGE Lecrae supporter.

Rehab by Lecrae

I love Christian music and when I found out about Christian hip-hop, I just couldn't get enough because unlike secular hip-hop that has no real message and rants and raves about having sex with multiple women, smoking weed, drinking, clubbing, and obsessed with bragging about how much material things they own, Christian hip-hop has hard hitting beats but Jesus is the topic in every rap. I much prefer that, sorry.

3. Sorry For Party Rocking by LMFAO

LMFAO is back and Better than ever! The first single of this album Party Rock Anthem rocketed them onto mainstream radio and songs that are overplayed. This is definitely the perfect soundtrack to any dance party.

Other songs I like on here:
1. Sexy and I know It!
2. Champagne Showers
3. One Day
4. Take It To The Hole
5. Best Night
6. With You
7. Hot Dog

4. My World Accoustic by Justin Bieber

Just in case you didn't see my earlier summer blogs, I love Justin Bieber. This is a great compilation for any Belieber to own because it really shows Justin's natural singing voice.

My favorite Bieber songs are Favorite Girl and Common Denominator, just so you know.

5. When The Sun Goes Down by Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is just so adorable and her songs are infectious. On this album, I like 3 songs and they are Love You Like A Love Song, Bang Bang Bang, and When The Sun Goes Down.

Check them out but beware! They will get stuck in your head.

6.4 by Beyonce

I absolutely love the whole record because it's all love songs and being that I'm at a similar point in my life, I can really relate. My favorite is Countdown but you should definitely listen to this album. :)

7. All of You by Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat is an incredible singer-songwriter. This album is just another piece of evidence to attest to that statement. Also, I'm excited because I just found out Colbie Caillat will be coming to the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL on tour so I really hope I can go see her. (Mom, we need to order them tickets.)

8. Like em All by Jacob Latimore

I saw this guy on So Random! and ever since, I am just obsessed with this song. So cute♥

9. My Girl by Mindless Behavior

This song reminds me of me and my boo♥ Plus it's really cute. :)

Ok, down to business. Time to tell you what I learned this summer. Here goes:

1. Celebrate Life♥

I'm an optimist. That much should be obvious about me. You can treat me so harshly and I will still run to you with my tail wagging because I believe in unconditional love. With that being said, I always try to find an excuse to celebrate life because life is but a leave blowing in the wind. Here today, gone tomorrow so you should celebrate everything you can. For example, the above picture is from my Mom's bday celebration at A &W Root Beer. Celebrating life is different from drinking until you puke or blackout. That's just plain stupid and if that's your idea of a celebration, you are really dumb, fo real.

2. Learn something new♥

This summer I learned how to cook dinner. It was a very beneficial lesson because I not only learned how to cook a whole meal myself, I can now cook for others as well. The picture you see above was last night's dinner that I cooked all by myself: Shrimp Stir Fry. It was delicious. :)

3. Do something daring

I always like to change up my appearance and just getting a summer tan wasn't enough. I've always wanted to put purple in my hair because it's my fave color and I've always liked the edgy bold look. Here I am. I did it and it makes me feel like I can conquer the world because now I feel like I look like Super Girl♥

4. With God All Things Are Possible♥

I've always been afraid to drive and this summer God dealt with me about that fear and helped me overcome it. Now, I can officially say that I am a licensed driver. So, I can now claim victory over other things in my life such as my love life and my finances. God is faithful and has already overcome the world. (John 16:33)♥

5. Always look your best.

This Monday for my license I dressed to impress and I don't know if it was because I was wearing heels but I just felt like an adult. I even didn't want my mom to follow me around Saint Leo's campus when I came to visit.

Speaking of the best, you should fan the BEST page on Facebook here: I figured it would be more professional to have one page for all my books then a page for each individual book I release because I plan on releasing many... :)

6. Be Yourself

I am never fake. I am always 100% real. I pride myself on being that way because there is no reason to be fake. Yet, it's the newest trend to be a fake friend and stab people in the back. Not me. I'm always going to be 100% goofy, dorky, nerdy, smart, real, beautiful me♥

7. Get Your Rest

There is nothing in the world like sleep. It's like transporting to another place and time where you get to be with the one you love whenever you close your eyes. Also, sleep is necessary to live. And yes, I do look like this when I sleep:

And yes, I typically sleep with a smile on my face.

I'd say it was a productive summer. Heading to Leo Sunday to move in for my junior year.

Until next time, don't just live life...leave a legacy♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~