Mindful Living Challenge – Ending Comparison {Week Eight}

Mindful Living Challenge – Ending Comparison {Week Eight}

“Admire others’ beauty without questioning your own.” – Unknown


Have you ever looked at someone else’s blog and instantly thought it looked better than yours?

I do that all the time.

We are so quick to compare ourselves to others. In nearly every situation we find ourselves in, there’s comparing going on. We either think that we’re better than others, or we’re worse off than they are, and usually it’s the latter that we feel.

It is so easy for us to look around and feel like what we have isn’t enough. I know this because I do it, too.

It makes me so sad when I grow discontent with my blog, fashion sense, facial features, body shape, relationship status, everything I have because at least one person has “more” than I do!

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that comparison is a bad habit, because comparison is our automatic response to interacting with the world. However, it’s what we do with that input that will make or break us.

Just because you don’t look like one beautiful person doesn’t mean you’re not beautiful yourself.

Just because you don’t own the same phone, or car, or clothes that someone else has doesn’t mean you aren’t extremely blessed.

Just because your blog has less followers than other blogs you follow doesn’t mean you don’t have a valuable audience.

It’s hard to be happy with what we have when we’re jealous of the world. I’ve been comparing myself to others for years, and that time spent worrying and fretting has yet to add worth to my life in any way.

There are healthy ways we can strive to be like others.

Let’s allow the people we admire to inspire us instead of bringing us down! Reach high for your goals instead of sitting in one place, stuck in the belief that you’ll never get to where others are. So much is possible if we put our minds to it and refuse to give up. Awesome things take time.

My prayer for you today is that you would not allow what you don’t have in life to bring you down. There is beauty to be found in what our futures hold. ❤

Why I Want To End Comparison:

  • I want to truly enjoy and appreciate my life.
  • I want to be happy for others without being jealous.
  • I want to be motivated by others’ success and passions.
  • I want to be content with what I have.
  • I want to embrace my own style and interests without invalidating them.

Why do you want to end comparison?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“Comparisons make you feel superior or inferior, neither serve a useful purpose.” – Unknown

Come visit my Christian living blog, Living For His Delightfor more inspiration and encouragement!

Staying Hydrated: My 5 Tips

Staying Hydrated: My 5 Tips

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 💕 I got so excited when I first had the idea for this post! For a very long time, I struggled with drinking the right amount of water. I couldn’t bring myself to drink more water than I was thirsty for, which means that I really only had anything to drink at lunch, possibly in the afternoon, and then dinner. That was never enough, but it wasn’t enjoyable to drink since it had no flavor, and I didn’t know there were awesome health benefits if you drink the right amount!

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What I’ve Been Loving – June 2018

What I’ve Been Loving – June 2018

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ In this post, I will be wrapping up my month of June with you! 🙂 I ended up doing so many fun and productive things these last few weeks that I honestly feel like June was enjoyed to its full potential by me and my family. I haven’t been able to say or feel that way about most months recently because time either crawls by, or a whole month is gone before I realize it! In the case of June, however, I’m very happy to say that I lived it and it didn’t just disappear. ❤ Today, I’m excited to share why I enjoyed this past month so much! I hope you enjoy!

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Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day(: x I wanted to share a quick lunch idea with you guys! I made a grilled chicken salad with strawberry dressing! Doesn’t that sound interesting? And it turned out soooo good. ❤ I’ll leave the instructions for how I made mine below, as well as provide the link to where I got the dressing recipe! Feel free to get creative and make this salad how you would like it, whether you choose different fruit, or use spinach instead of lettuce!

Grilled Chicken Salad
With Strawberry Dressing

Here is what I used:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • grilled chicken
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • the ingredients for the strawberry dressing!

The first thing I did was make the dressing! The only thing I did differently was skip adding the poppy seeds; I didn’t have any on hand, and I figured the dressing would taste great, anyway. Below are the ingredients I used:

Combine all the ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth. I made mine in the morning and refrigerated it in a glass jar until lunchtime.

When noon came around, I assembled my lunch-building area!

I didn’t include the sliced almonds in the pic above … whoops. Either way, I made my lunch (almonds included 😀 ), then took some pictures!

I’m really happy with how it turned out! It was a nice spin on my favorite type of salad. If I decide to make it again, I will probably make less of the dressing, as I almost always have too much left over of the things I’ve been making recently!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Let me know in the comments below:

What’s YOUR favorite type of salad?

Happy Thursday, guys! I’ll see y’all tomorrow!

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Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to your (usually) bi-weekly dose of my tasty treats!

This particular dessert was quite a large project – definitely the biggest one I’ve done so far.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Pinterest. I always seem to be doing this, haha, but that day, I was looking for something different; I was searching for summer-y recipes to try out and make throughout the summer, and what I’m sharing in this post is the first one that I fell in love with!

It’s such a unique idea, and the homemade chips that went with it are absolutely amazing, too!

Today, I am happy to introduce to you fruit salsa and cinnamon chips!

Fruit Salsa

This picture-worthy appetizer treat is made from a nice blend of different fresh fruits. It also has some fruit preserves thrown in to add a more salsa-like texture and appearance. It was definitely time-consuming with all the different fruits I had to chop up (thankfully, my brother volunteered to help out with some of that!), but the turnout was worth it.

Before I go on, I’d like to tell you guys that this is a great treat idea for a big party, but making the whole batch was a mistake. I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. 😦 There was so much, and my family and I couldn’t eat it in time. So, while I probably won’t make it again (except maybe for a party), I am for sure making the cinnamon chips that went with it! I’ll talk about those in a minute. Alright, back to the fruit salsa.

First, you gather all your fruits together.

I used a dalia melon, two granny smith apples, and a lemon. Next up, we have:

Raspberry preserves (that’s what the original recipe creator used, so I did the same!), as well as strawberries and raspberries.

I cut up the apples, salvaged as much of the melon as I could (ahaha I was quite the amateur fruit slicer), grated the lemon, opted to use some lemon juice from the fridge instead of juicing the lemon I had just zested (I don’t like pulp), cut up the strawberries into very small pieces, then mixed everything (including the preserves) together in a huge bowl! Here are some pictures from that process.

while cutting these up, I stopped momentarily to take a picture because I thought they looked pretty cool.
behind-the-scenes footage of my baking adventures. I was thankful for his help. you can spot different picture props and things I didn’t include elsewhere in this shot aha
all the apples chopped up. there were so many!!
… and here’s everything mixed together!
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Cinnamon Chips

I never thought that I would make my own tortilla chips one day – much less cinnamon-sugar ones! However, I am so happy that I got to make these. They were extremely simple, quick to bake, and sooooo good!

All you need are some flour tortillas (any size will do), sugar, cinnamon, cooking spray, and a baking sheet and foil.

Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray, then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides. Once you’ve done this with as many as you’d like (I used four fajita-size tortillas), stack them together on the baking sheet and use whatever you’d like to cut them (I used a pizza cutter) into the desired triangular shape. (You can make them big or small; it’s just preference!)

Next, you arrange them in a single-layer on the baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes.

I loooove how these turned out!! The salsa was quite a commitment, so I know that most people wouldn’t be up for concocting that (haha), but guys. Please do give these cinnamon chips a chance. They’re super easy, and they make for a light treat!

Thanks for reading, guys!! How about you?

What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Are you interested in making the salsa or those chips yourself? Awesome! Click here for the original recipe.

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

For this week’s treat, I’d like to share with all of you my favorite breakfast as of recently: banana pancakes!

I found the recipe on Pinterest after looking for a new breakfast to make for myself. I was getting rather tired of eating cereal every day, haha!

They’re easy to make and absolutely delicious, especially with some honey drizzled on top! (Or a lot of honey, if you’re addicted to toppings like I am lol) The only thing I changed from the original recipe was to add a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and a 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.

The instructions are very simple. First, mash the bananas in one bowl, then whisk the rest of the wet ingredients into them. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients together, then stir them into the wet ingredients (don’t overstir!). Finally, use a 1/4 cup measure to pour them onto a greased griddle or pan.

Serve warm with honey or syrup!

Thanks for reading! If you decide to make these pancakes for yourself, comment down below on how they turned out. Make sure to check out the original recipe for the ingredients and exact directions! xx

— Maggie