Through the Hills & Valleys


Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27:14


In a time of questioning and anxiousness I heard this verse so clearly spoken into my life. Literally, I was driving back from a weekend at the coast with my family, listening to one of “The Messenger” podcasts when they reminded their listeners of this specific verse, Psalm 27:14. Apart from the message of the verse, this sentence struck me for many reasons.

All throughout my young life the sequence of numbers, 2714 has been recurring. First, because I have always taken a liking to the number 27 since that is the day of the month I was born, and I think I chose 14 to go along with it because 7 + 7 is 14. I know this is supposed to be a secret, but I’m being completely serious when I say my phone’s password has been those four numbers for three years.

All this to explain, I was thoroughly amazed when, in the silence of my heart, in a time of seeking and asking the Lord for answers, He spoke to me without question. That had never happened to me before in such a direct way.

And God knew just what I needed to hear, he knew exactly what would comfort me in that moment of sadness. Have patience, Maddie, take heart, for there are better things ahead.


When I needed God most, He was there, and he showed me that so graciously. But what we all have to remember is that he is always there, no matter our circumstance, no matter our mood. He is there through the hills and the valleys, through the storm and the calm, through the highs and the lows.

Our God is such a loving God, such a good God who seriously knows our hearts better than we know them ourselves because he knit us together and created our inner-most being. Do not lose heart, wherever you’re at, whatever you may be going through, because God does not leave you, does not stop holding your hand just when things get hard.

But First, (no) Coffee


It’s been over two weeks since I’ve had coffee…

and I’m still alive, it’s crazy.


I️ made the decision to cold turkey cut out coffee after I️ noticed that I️ had progressively become dependent on it and drank the addictive substance nearly everyday (and sometimes more than that).

Since then, I’ve also made a conscious effort to drink more water (a gallon a day), get back to eating healthy, and become more active.


What I’ve Noticed

And all I️ can say is WOW… I️ feel like a new woman! Recently I️ have started “opening” at my job, which entails waking up at 3:45 am, so at first I️ was nervous that I️ would struggle without coffee, but I️ can honestly say that by 12 pm I’ve never felt better. I️ have had more energy than I️ used to while drinking caffeine, and I️ think the reason is that I’ve been relying on food as my energy source, and my body is no longer dependent on caffeine as fuel.

It wasn’t just the caffeine that I️ could see progressively making me feel unhealthy, but all that comes along with a cup of coffee. For a while I️ was ordering a 12 ounce coconut milk latte with a bit of honey… but consuming too much of anything isn’t good, so that much milk (which is lightly sweetened already) takes its tole after a while and even though honey is natural, it still turns into sugar in your body.

I️ clearly noticed that my skin was paying for my bad eating habits and coffee addiction, so that is the main reason I quit drinking it.


What I’m Actively Doing in Pursuit of Health

When tackling any dieting issue, I think the first vital step is to get rid of whatever is not making you feel good, because my biggest tip is always listen to your body. But, along with cutting out a particular thing, I think it’s almost equally important to begin adding in good nutrients that can be incorporated into your diet. Many times it can be very simple and it just requires a clear vision and focus on your overall goal.

For example, since my main goal is having clear skin, I have been consciously trying to eat more healthy fats (coconut oil by the spoonful and avocados), I have been drinking lots of water, and trying my best to take micronutrients in the form of vitamins or powders (like collagen) that can easily be added to smoothies. Also, I’ve been opting for healthy choices with the motivation that they will help my skin. What I mean by that, is I’ve been eating more salads in place of “kind of healthy” meals because I know they are actively healing my body.


The Challenge

So… here’s the part where you can get involved.

I want to challenge every one of you to make a lifestyle change that will bring you more happiness in regards to your health. It can be big or small, physical, emotional or spiritual…. whatever you want. Along with the change you make, I want to encourage you to take notice of all of it’s effects in your life, good or bad, and whether it leads to further improvement (like since I cut out coffee, I also began drinking more water and living healthier). Who’s ready? I’m excited to hear about how you apply this challenge to your life, so please let me know if you decide to take it.

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have courage & be kind



no matter what circumstance, let your courage be unshakable.


a large part of growing up is finding your voice.

Never forget that your heart matters, your opinions are valued and even if you feel forgotten, you’re not. Don’t abandon your beliefs just because others have abandoned theirs, don’t silence your voice just because they aren’t popular words and never conform yourself to the situation you’re put in. You were beautifully and wonderfully made, designed for a purpose, and God is cheering you on, wanting you to embody who he created you to be. So please, don’t forget your worth and be courageous even when it’s hard.


lately I’ve been lucky to work with some very talented friends who are actively pursuing their passions (photography & videography). And let me tell ya, it’s inspiring. It reminds me to do what I love and to do it well.

This was a fun little fall photo shoot I did with my friend TJ (@tylerdooghan) right in our backyard (literally, lol). I am so in awe of his creativity and absolutely loved how these turned out. Color tones, artsiness, uniqueness… so good.

I know how easy it is to see a picture of yourself and immediately criticize each aspect… but I challenge you to take a close up picture (or have someone take one) of yourself and admire your beauty.

Trust me, when I had bad active acne, I was my own biggest critic. I would stare at a photo of my face and literally hate so many things about it. But let me be the first to tell you, that is so unhealthy and unproductive. It would just lead me to further unhappiness.

You are beautiful, so do not believe differently. Don’t believe the lie that skin or any other superficial issue defines you, because it doesn’t. You are defined by your heart and your actions. So be courageous💛 and love yo self, you deserve it sista

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The Unknown

What is God’s intricate plan for my life?

 

I find myself wondering this a good amount throughout my days. Job opportunities, school, family, travel, relationships….. what is God asking of me?

I want to be His servant and say yes to His plans for me. All I can do is knock on the door and see if it opens. In this season, I need to have the virtues of patience and trust. For his grace is more faithful than my own…

If you’re at a crossroads and seem to be faced with tough decisions, I encourage you to be a faithful servant and listen for the truth God is speaking into your heart.8EDC731F-F356-4617-BEA1-7D04414D5986B3F95D02-3754-4F83-A91F-71BE626BA679Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 preset

Summer Travels: Panama

In the month of June, my sister and I boarded our long-awaited flight to Panama.

The country in Central America, not the city in Florida.

‘Why Panama?’ You may be wondering… Well, my best friend (Anya, for those of you who don’t know already) lives there with her family. So basically, we chose Panama because we had a free place to stay. And because who wouldn’t want to at least see what Panama has to offer when such an amazing opportunity arises?

I will say that it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Leading up to the trip, I thought I would be stepping foot into a place that was either like Hawaii, or like Mexico. But I was very wrong, and it reminded me of neither destination. Panama has a culture all it’s own.

City life, the Panama Canal, swampy rivers, rainforest, humidity, thunderstorms, exotic creatures and Spanish that was spoken much too fast for me and my high school level to comprehend. That’s what I experienced in Panama.

Of course, I loved every second of it because I was able to spend it with my best friend and my sister (who is also my best friend).

It is truly a time that I will never forget. I was able to visit a small island on the Pacific Ocean with clear, blue water and cute, narrow streets that were lined with authentic food. I took a boat ride through the biggest canal in the world (the Panama Canal), all the while, stopping to feed wild monkeys that were swinging from the trees. I jumped into a swampy part of the river, only to be told after I got out that a crocodile was sighted nearly thirty yards away the previous day. I got to jump off of small waterfalls. I met new people. I got to experience the life of the Embera tribe (a native group of people who speak their own language and live ruraly). Then I was caught in a full-blown thunder storm on our boat ride home, where, for the first time, every inch of me got wet (from rain), without having to take a shower.

I would not have changed even one thing about my trip. And I can’t express how grateful I am for the memories and adventures.

I filmed and made a short video of each aspect, just so everyone could see the true beauty of traveling somewhere new. You can watch it here

Where do you want to travel? And why haven’t you done it yet?

As always, thank you for reading. Love all. Love Madeline. xx

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Read my last blog post—>How to Feel Like the Best You.

If you’re planning to visit Panama… I recommend going to

-Toboga island

-Captain Carl’s tour

-The Embera village tour

-The Panama Canal

-Casco Viejo

-The Causeway

 

 

Contrasting Textures.

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all survived since Mondays are sometimes not so fun.

I first want to start by saying I hope you are all looking forward to Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it), because I know I sure am! Thanksgiving is surely my second favorite holiday of the year, following Christmas. I love looking forward to precious family time, yummy, home-cooked food, and the warm feeling of the holiday season. What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

…. When I woke up later then I had planned to today, I quickly racked my brain for a classy, yet grunge outfit that was easy to throw on in a pinch. Luckily, my tired brain was able to function early this morning and I came up with this all black, contrasting textures, entirely vintage, look. Although, from a distance, it may seem very simple, being that it is all the same color: black, when you take a closer look you will find that the different textures, such as angora wool, denim, cable knit and leather come together nicely to create a more interesting and sophisticated feel.

At times, when all black is paired together, it may relay almost a goth-like vibe, however, since I sported a soft turtle neck sweater with fashion forward lace-up boots and a trendy button-down denim dress (in which I styled to replicate a skirt), the look is transformed into something much more edgy.

I decided to put my hair into a simple half ponytail in order to keep it out of my face. I kept my makeup very neutral, as I do most days, with bold brows, a hint of bronzer in my crease and natural mascara.

If you choose to replicate this look, I would love if you would send me a picture (Instagram listed below). Thank you for reading. I am so thankful for you! I want to know what all of you are thankful for, so please leave me a comment below!

Love all. Love Madeline.

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Hask Keratin Haircare Line Review


Hello friends!

During the chilly months of the year, do you ever find your hair to be lacking in moisture and shininess? Or does your scalp ever feel itchy?

I know that I experience all of these qualities in my normally-shiny, hydrated locks when the fall and winter months begin to show themselves. And just let me tell you, I do not like dry, brittle, dandruff-dusted hair, and I’m sure you don’t either.

Now that you know my thoughts on gross winter hair, I feel the need to tell you about a variety of products I have absolutely been loving. Just recently I began using Hask’s keratin-infused hair care line of shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and deep conditioning treatment mask. This array of products is designed to infuse hair with a great amount of moisture and nutrients, such as keratin. When all four products are used together, the outcome is luscious, healthy, repaired locks.

I tend to gravitate towards very thick formulas of conditioner to keep my hair looking and feeling it’s softest all year round. When I first used the Hask Keratin conditioner I enjoyed the thick consistency, but the application felt to be very generic; however, once I washed the product out, I was extremely pleased to find that my hair was smoother than ever. The shampoo was also very good for my hair; lathering well and leaving behind a very clean feeling. But my main focus for a hair care line is the conditioner, which I have nothing bad to say about it.

After leaving the shower, I proceeded to lather my hair (root to tip) with the deep conditioner that is apart of the line. I left it on for ten minutes (as is directed) and followed the application with a thorough rinsing. This product made my hair feel nice and hydrated in the moment, but in my opinion, left no lasting results. Not to say that I didn’t like it, but my hair didn’t benefit tremendously from the thick treatment.

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I finished my routine by thoroughly distributing a pea sized amount of the repairing hair oil into my damp hair; beginning at the ears, making my way to the ends. I had tried this product on it’s own about a year ago, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint the second time around. This product is definitely my favorite one out of Hask’s keratin line! The formula does not leave my hair feeling heavy or weighed-down, but rather silky, shiny and weightless.

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Overall, I would surely recommend all of these Hask hair care products to anyone looking for a rejuvenating hair boost. The formula does just what it’s said to, hydrate! which is the perfect thing my hair needs as we transition into winter. Not only do the products work incredibly well, they are also free of sulfates, parabens, gluten and artificial colors.

If you would like to purchase or simply browse any of Hask’s wonderful items, just click the link -> http://haskbeauty.com/brand/keratin

Thank you all for your endless support, and keep an eye out for my skincare routine which I will be posting in the near future! Until then, I would love any post ideas you may have, please leave them in a comment for me. Love all. Love Madeline.

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Derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer Review + EXCLUSIVE COUPONS


Happy Sunday!

Fall is such a wonderful time that is packed full of color, holiday spirit and yummy autumn scents, however, the weather begins to turn chilly and my skin feels the biggest impact due to the dryness in the air. Most of the other months of the year I find my skin to be quite oily, but during the later months it takes on very different characteristics, causing occasional dry patches and discomfort. Moisturizer is my best friend during this time of year, and nothing makes a girl like me happier than finding a truly magnificent facial moisturizer.

I am only fifteen years old, and my skin is still in it’s youth, so thankfully I don’t have to worry about any loss of elasticity quite yet (hallelujah), however, I do struggle with uneven and blemished skin due to my teenage years and genetics. And many skincare products, such as new cleansers or moisturizes, can often break me out because of the ingredients they seep into your skin. I have found, over the past few years, that natural skincare products make a tremendous difference in keeping my skin healthy, and I tend to reach for them many times instead of chemically-infused products.

I recently began using the Derma e Firming DMAE Moisturizer to keep my skin looking smooth and hydrated for the fall time. Not only is Derma e one of the first all-natural skincare brands, but their products are also vegan and cruelty-free. After trying out this product for around one week, I can honestly say that my face feels much softer, moisturized and glowy. The product applies easily, being that it is packaged in a pot, and glides onto the skin effortlessly. Unlike many moisturizers I have experimented with, the firming DMAE moisturizer does a nice job of absorbing into the skin for a deep hydration and does not leave behind a heavy residue. Another plus to this product is that a little goes a long way, making for a lasting supply of moisturizer.

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One of the firming DMAE moisturizer’s main characteristics is that is helps to firm and lift skin with it’s skin-firming formula, rich in vitamins and nutrients. It contains 1% of Alpha Lipoic Acid; which occasionally causes an adverse reaction on some skin types, but most times this ingredient performs it’s job of bringing elasticity back to the skin. Although I don’t need any firming done to my face, I believe it’s a quality that could be more beneficial for a slightly older customer base, or for people who are searching for a good, natural skincare product that firms their skin, no matter their age.

Here a test is shown between the well-known product Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer and Derma e’s Firming DMAE Moisturizer that clearly results in the outcome of Derma e’s product to be better by most people.

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One of the best things about the Firming DMAE Moisturizer is that it can be found at most Walgreen’s! Yes, although it is a great, seemingly high-end, skincare product it can be found right at your local drugstore. And Derma e was kind enough to supply me with a discount coupon for you guys, to use at your Walgreen’s …

Print out the coupons and buy some derma e at Walgreens!
http://dermae.com/coupons.html 

Try something new this fall… derma e Natural Skincare. Available at Walgreens.  

Thank you for reading, my darling moodies! Thank you for sticking with me after these few sparse weeks of writing. Love all. Love Madeline.

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Fall Is In the Air // 10.17.15

Fall has finally fallen upon us. 

Today, in Oregon, has been the first official day that feels like fall (and not the middle of summer); bringing autumn showers and fallen leaves. 

Just a few days ago, WordPress kindly reminded me of my one year anniversary with them. Can you believe it? I’ve stuck with blogging through writers block, late night jumbled words and many times of limited creativity. Yay me!  

I want to let each one of you know just how special you are to me, because without you all, I probably wouldn’t have stuck with this whole blogging deal. I want to remind you that I am passionate about what I do because you encourage me to pursue my dreams. Thank you a million for all of your love and support💜💜. 

& please lookout for a giveaway sometime in the near future on honor of my one year. & please give me any ideas of future blog posts you would like to see from me, I would really appreciate it!

Love all, Love Madeline. 

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His plan for me // 10.5.15

A day filled with emotion, but in the end, faith in His plan.//

School terrorism is NOT funny, ever. Not last week, and definitely not today. When will people turn from evil, and rest their eyes on the one who created everything good?

I can only hope and pray that that day will come soon; when people finally take off the blinders and see clearly that there is comfort in His words and promises.

God always has a plan, even though you may not be able to see it in the moment. And this is something I am trying to constantly remind myself of; because even things like not getting much playing time during a soccer game or not being on time to an event are apart of his plan. It’s learning to put your undivided faith in Him that makes life worth living, and it’s something we all could use some practice doing.    plaid4  plaid1 plaid2

Listen for His voice and you will hear it.

I love you all. Love Madeline. xoxo

p.s. – each morning I send out a bible verse that speaks to my heart, if you would like to receive my daily text messages, please contact me and I will gladly personally send them to you!

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