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~