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  • Articles, Lifestyle, School, work

    An Internship Changed My College Experience

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    Not the Typical College Experience

    Going into college, I knew my college experience wouldn’t look like the “typical” college experience. I didn’t live in a dorm. I moved in with a family member who lived close to my college. I didn’t rush to be in a sorority. Because of these circumstances, It was incredibly hard to adjust to a new city and a new life. Making friends was difficult after being with the same people for the past 12 years of my life. I was completely lonely and scared.

    After an extremely emotional and anxious first semester, I heard about this internship/volunteering opportunity called “2:52.” The internship was associated with Church of The Highlands and it consisted of a group of about 60 college kids. We gathered on Monday nights for Chapel to grow in their faith and in community and be poured into. Then, on Thursday nights, we had the student-focused church service called “ONE.” There, we could serve and pour out to other students who were looking for the same things we were: a community, faith, and Jesus. I took a leap of faith and signed up… I had no idea I would find everything I had been looking for in high school, and throughout my first semester of college, there.

    During this Internship, I gained so much more than expected

    The internship has molded me into a leader and taught me how to seek after Jesus on my own. It taught me to not rely on a church, a building, or people to shape my relationship with God. Rather, it’s a personal walk. I was able to serve my community and learn to be selfless by helping others. I made friends who were after the same things as me. I made friends from different backgrounds and states and who had different stories than me. I learned that you could find friends that truly cared about how you were doing and looked out for your best interest. In two semesters, I lead a small group and now am leading within the internship. I have come extremely far from where I started and now have the boldness and confidence to do things that I had always been afraid of before.

    I found who I was without living a typical “crazy” college lifestyle. Now, I run next to people who are chasing the same things. We have all gone through things and pulled each other back towards Jesus when we’ve fallen. I found out that a relationship with Jesus doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect. It just has to be real. No matter your condition, He is always waiting to meet with you. God has a purpose and a plan for your life and the fun part of the journey is discovering what that is. This internship has grown me and shaped me a prepared me to be whatever God is calling me to be and that is life-changing.

    Read about Jade’s internship experience at Marvel here!

  • Articles, Cooking, Food, GirlSpring.com, Healthy Eating

    The Smoothies You’ll Need to Cool Down this Summer

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    Smoothies are such a fast, easy, and healthy way to beat the summer heat. Here are five of my favorite recipes:

    1. Orange cream smoothie
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    Blend together these ingredients:

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 orange peeled
    • Honey, to taste
    • 1 cup almond milk, soy, or coconut
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt (for extra flavor!)

        2. Peanut Butter Banana

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    Blend together these ingredients:

    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened or vanilla)
    • 1 ½ tablespoons of natural peanut butter
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Honey, to taste
    • ½ cup plain greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt

    3. Strawberry banana smoothie

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    Blend together these ingredients:

    • 1 frozen banana
    • ½ cup frozen strawberries
    • 1 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk
    • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
    • Honey, to taste

    4. Mixed Berry Smoothie

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    Blend together these ingredients:

    • ½ cup frozen strawberries
    • ½ frozen banana
    • 1 cup mixed berries
    • 1 cup almond, coconut, or soy milk
    • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
    • Honey, to taste

    5. Pina Colada Smoothie

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    Blend together these ingredients:

    • 2 frozen bananas
    • 1 cup pineapple chunks 
    • 1 cup coconut milk (from the can)
    • Honey, to taste
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

    Here are some other healthy snacks that are great for the summer!

  • Articles, Fashion, GirlSpring.com

    The Cutest Hair Scarves that You’ll be Wearing All Summer

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    Hair scarves are such an easy and quick to elevate your summer look. You can wear them as headbands, tie them around your ponytail or bun, the possibilities are endless! Here are five of my favorite places to buy hair scarves from:

    1. Kristin Made Not only are these hair scarves super cute, but Kristin is also the sweetest person. She has a YouTube channel where she talks about her life with her husband and two dogs, Honey and Camper. I love these hair scarves and also like to support her. 
    2. Anthropologie Anthropologie has the cutest hair scarves and scrunchies. I get compliments on mine all the time. I love them!
    3. Free People Free People has their own unique style, so these hair scarves are super cute and really different. They also have so many to choose from, you can’t stop at just one!
    4. Urban Outfitters Urban also has a very different style and selection, which will guarantee that you will be different from everyone else!
    5. Asos I love shopping on ASOS and these hair scarfs are so adorable you cannot pass them by. They are reasonably priced and you will for sure need them to complete your summer outfit.

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  • Tips

    My favorite body and hair brand

     

    Love Beauty and Planet is my latest obsession. Their products are centered around your hair and body. My favorite products are the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. It smells so good and the smell is so strong that it lasts throughout the day. Not only do the products smell so amazing, but they are also good for you. They use natural ingredients and avoid using harsh chemicals that do damage to your skin. The shampoo and conditioner make your hair feel so soft and smell so good. You can tell that the products are organic and healthy for your hair and body.

    This company is positively impacting you and the world around you:

     

    Good for the planet

    The bottles are recyclable and biodegradable. They are reducing the carbon footprint that plastic is causing on the planet.

     

    Good for your skin

    Sensitive skin is not an issue. These products have got you covered and will nourish your skin no matter what type you have. There are no sulfates, parabens, silicone, or dyes. All of those can harm your body so you using these products will not leave you worried. They are vegan and made with organic coconut oil. The products are moisturizing and the ingredients have a positive effect on your skin.

     

    Good for animals

    These products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. So, you can use this product guilt free.

     

    You can find this brand at Target or Publix. It has been life-changing to my shower routine! If you need other ways to up your shower routine check out our article on skincare tips

    Here is a link to their products.

  • Articles, Dating, GirlSpring.com, Tips

    How to tell if your crush is into you

    Having a crush is exciting… but what are some signs that he is crushing on you?

    He pursues you

    As in pursue, I mean he actively makes an effort to be around you. He texts you every day or every other day or constantly snapchats you. Whether you are at school, church, or whatever organization you’re involved in, he seems to be around you. Not in a stalker way, but in an “I like you I want to get to know you kind of way.”

    He Investigates

    He asks about you, your favorite color, restaurant, food, or candy and he pays attention to the answers. If he is constantly asking you questions and digging to find out more about you then he likes you. One thing I learned is most guys aren’t interested in only friendship with girls.

    He talks to your friends

    Does he ask your friends about you or ask what you think about him? When he asks around about you then it means he cares and he wants to be with you or at least take you out on a date.

    He asks to go get lunch or dinner

    If he asks to go eat, especially alone, then he likes you. I used to think all guys wanted to be my friend so if they took me to eat and paid then they were just being nice. WRONG. They aren’t typically just “being nice.” Them paying is a sign that they like you and are counting this outing as a date…unless they specify otherwise.

    He introduces you to his friends

    His friends are super important. They are his bros and the guys he shares most of his information with. If he introduces you to them then you aren’t just a “friend” he wants to show you off and he is interested.

    He is excited

    If your crush is talkative and fun around you and sort of being goofy, then he likes you. Guys don’t show that side often unless they are wanting to make you laugh and impress you. Obviously, it depends heavily on their personality, but you can tell when most people are excited. If the excitement is there and the chemistry aligns then you can tell he likes you.

    He shares his favorite music with you

    Making mixtapes and burning CDs for someone has always been a huge way to express how much you care about someone. So, if he is sharing his Spotify or Apple music playlists with you and wanting you to listen to the new songs he’s found then he is into you. Guys don’t just share their music with anyone.

    It is easy to feel out whether someone is into you. Simply noticing their vibe and the way they carry themselves when they are around you is a sure way to tell. Sometimes you just need to go with your gut and feel it out, but if he is not making any moves and putting in no effort towards your relationship then he is not into you. Don’t try to make something happen that is not there. Many think because guys aren’t making a move that they need to do something and that couldn’t be further from the truth. You are beautiful and you deserve a guy and that is willing to fight for you and do everything they can to get to know you. Never settle.

    So, you and your crush are talking and what’s next? Here are some first date tips.

    It can be confusing to flirt when so much of it happens on the phone, so here is a video with tips for texting your crush

  • GirlSpring.com, TV

    5 True Crime shows you need to watch on Netflix

    1. Evil Genius

    This documentary series is about a bank robbery gone wrong and the investigation surrounding it. It explores the conspiracies surrounding the crime and finds out what really went on. It is only 4 episodes and I guarantee you’ll finish it in a day because it is incredibly interesting.

    2. Amanda Knox

    She was an exchange student in Italy and her roommate was murdered. Amanda was convicted for the crime, but was she guilty of it? This documentary explores whether or not Amanda was actually the one who did it. I promise you won’t be able to quit watching.

    3. Making a Murderer

    Stephen Avery was convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. He spent almost two decades in prison before being released. Why was he charged for a crime he didn’t commit? What does his family have to say? This two-season documentary investigates the crimes that were committed and why Stephen Avery was blamed.

    4. The Ted Bundy Tapes

    The story of the “charming” man who murdered many women will leave you questioning anyone you’ve ever trusted. Why did he kill so many women? This documentary series is definitely one you will not want to watch alone.

    5. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

    Madeleine McCann was a 3-year old that disappeared while on vacation with her family. This documentary tells the story of the little girl and the details surrounding the disappearance. There is one season and it is for sure binge-worthy.

  • Cooking, Food, GirlSpring.com, Health, Healthy Eating

    My go-to healthy snacks

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    1. Banana and Peanut Butter

    This is my favorite snack. It is healthy and easy. Banana’s give you potassium and help with digestion. Peanut butter provides you with protein, which keeps you full for a few hours!

    2. Yogurt and granola

    My favorite yogurt is either Chobani plain with honey and granola or Chobani Vanilla with some granola. This is my favorite pair, I get healthy bacteria for my gut and the granola has protein which helps me stay full.

    3.  KIND Bars

    I love kind bars, they don’t have a lot of ingredients and I can just grab them when I am running out of the door. They are made with simple ingredients, include protein, and aren’t packed full of sugar. They are my guilt-free snack.

    4. Grapes and Reduced-fat cheese stick

    There is no better pair than grapes and cheese. I love both of these. I love incorporating lots of fruit in my diet… I get a sugar boost from grapes and cheese is low-carb and also a good source of protein.

    5. Rice cake and avocado

    This is a new combo for me that I’ve found is really good and really filling! I love avocado toast but when I am cutting back a little bit on bread, I use a plain rice cake and it’s still really good!

    These are all of my favorite snacks that I like to rotate throughout the week, they are all pretty healthy and give you a boost so you can make it through the day and make it to your next meal.

    Happy snacking!