Shine Like The Stars

I know myself, from recent experience that the world can often be a scary place to enter into, especially with non-believers. But let me introduce and remind you of a scripture in Philippians that I absolutely love!                 [Read More...]

Psalm 23

It's a verse that most of us can recite in our sleep...something we memorized in Sunday School, and wow-ed our parents upon our first reciting it at age five. When reading our Bibles, it's easy to breeze over this passage and think...Yeah, yeah, the Lord is my Shepherd, what's the big deal?

These six little verses have some amazing, power-packed truth loaded inside of them.

I invite you to join us, crack open your Bible and look at Psalm 23 as if you're reading it for the first time... [Read More]

Girls Life:
A Message Across The Sea:
Encouragement from Emily in England!

Hello my lovelies! It was on my heart recently about stepping out in faith and I had written a bible study based on this, so taking pieces of it and turning it into a post of mine is something I knew I had to do. Now this post is based on and inspired by Esther. If you don’t know Esther, one of my favorite women in the bible, she was made King Ahasuerus’ Queen and saved the Jews from an evil plot, placing her full trust in God throughout to deliver her, and he did.

“And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favour in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.”
– Esther 5:2


Like Esther, we have won favour in the eyes of the King, our father in heaven, and he has equipped us with the ability to do whatever he asks of us, even if it seems impossible. He has placed us in the position we are in for a PURPOSE. As girls we can often feel insecure about our meaning, as to why we're here on this earth and often question our worth. But little do we know that there is a grand plan in heaven unfolding behind every little detail and area of our lives.


God knows what he’s doing, in time the answer we’ve been willing so much to know will be revealed to us, and we will finally understand why we had to go through a certain season or trial in our lives. There are no mistakes, and there is no wasted time in God’s eyes. Even if it is or was a painful situation he always uses it for his glory. We just have to TRUST him. Be it the hard school years, family situations, an illness, or any other arrow from the enemy that has been put in our way.


For a long time I was facing serious tribulation, and it looked like there was no way of moving forward. But at the right time, God opened the doors to a bright future. He restored the life back in me that I thought was lost forever. I wanted to self harm and even commit suicide. I thought I couldn’t ever climb out of the dark pit I was in, but I was wrong, and God’s arm was never too short. He hadn’t forgotten about me, and it was only just the beginning. And so it is for you too.


“Wherever you set foot, you will be on land I have given you”-Joshua 1:3


God has given us this position for us to set out and fulfill every area in our lives that he intends us to work in, whether it to be a friend to the person who needs you the most, be the mother a child needs, get your health back on track, or re-build your household on the rock instead of the sand. Whatever it is, there is a calling for you here in the world today.


What do you think your calling is while you are waiting & seeking the Lord diligently in your position right now? I believe my calling is to be a light in this dark world and testify that THERE IS HOPE. And in the future become a Christian Singer/Songwriter impacting young lives, but whatever I do, it will be for his glory. Change isn't always going to come about overnight, it’s a work in progress. It took me almost 2 years since moving churches to pursue God wholeheartedly without being lukewarm. I know it will be the same for my future, but what about you? Is there a dream you desire so greatly and know God placed it in your heart for a purpose? So what do I say to that?


Well I say PRAY. SEEK THE LORD IN ALL YOU DO.


And rest. We have to be patient. The Bible says that he will exalt you in DUE TIME.


Remember: Every test we endure today will leave us stronger and better tomorrow.


Esther had a year of preparation before she was ready to see the king, and a lot of the time he is preparing us for the life he has in store for us in the future. But we need to be ready, because the more you are prepared, that is the time when God is going to trust you with more. He never gives us more than we can handle. Is there that one boy that makes your heart melt and you wonder if love will ever happen for you? Do you have that one dream for your life that most of the time looks unrealistic? Don't fret sweetheart, God's got it all sorted. It may not be the way you have it planned out, but a way lot better!


“Humble yourselves in the sight of The Lord, and He will lift you up”-James 4:10


We have to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. Do you think God is preparing you right now? In this time, your main focus should be your cornerstone. Build your foundations on the rock. Spend lots of time in the word, because to set out all that God has planned for us to do will require us renewing our minds and taking on the mind of Christ.

God had made ready the heart of King Ahasuerus so when it was time for Esther to take the step of faith and answer with a petition to save the Jews, she would succeed.

God has every circumstance, every mind, every heart, in the palm of his hand.


We always seem to think we know best, but really we think too highly of ourselves sometimes. We can only see things from our tiny little perspective, and God, he sees everything, knows everything, and that includes the right time.


Stepping out in faith requires OBEDIENCE. It can take a small gesture or a nudge from God asking you to do something, or it may just be simply persevering, and doing the right thing. In school we face situations everyday where we can choose to do the right thing. Is there someone who is constantly getting bullied and has no friends to stand up for them? Well this is your time to be God's little superwoman, as the Bible says to stand up for the weak.


“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”-Luke 6:46


Can you think of a time when you were obedient? I remember one time, after heading home on the bus after a shopping trip, my mum was telling me how she needed something new to wear for a conference we were going to in a couple of weeks. I had a £10 note that I hadn't spent that I had earned from cleaning at my Nan's house, and I was looking out the window daydreaming like I usually am. I felt quite bad that I had just had clothes bought for me, yet she had none. Then God said, "Emily, give her that £10 note". Part of me didn't want to give it away but I knew I had to. I gave her the money and she tried to refuse, as you would, but I insisted she take it because if I had allowed her to refuse, I wouldn't have been obedient to God.

Sometimes the hard thing can be the right thing, but something I always try to remember is that I've my God at my right hand, helping me along the way, what else do I need if I have placed my life and trust in him? So today, do not allow your fear to prevent you from the opportunity to step out in faith, big or small. Because whatever may be the outcome, it could leave you surprised. Let God lead you in all that you do.


I truly hope you enjoyed reading this post, and I pray you learned something or it gave you reassurance in some area of your lives.

You are stronger than you think.

Keep Smiling ◕‿◕

~Love Em ✿ Xoxo

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Words About True Beauty

Girls Life: Make This Magazine All Your Own!
Check out our newest Girls Life blog:  No Longer Broken

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"Girls Life" is a unique place at Crown of Beauty Magazine for girls to journal about their biggest dreams, share fashion advice, boy advice, friendship advice, party ideas, favorite recipes, crafts and memories...


Connect with other girls, comment on other “Girls Life” articles and profiles, get feedback, and show off your unique God-given personality!

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2) Sharing what you're struggling with and what you're learning as you grow.

3) God's gift of unique individuality means that every girl is special and brings something totally one of a kind...you bring something that no one else can bring to this magazine!

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You can start creating unique pages right now, just like Fifi! All you have to do is send us your article!

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Girls Life:
Rose Colored Glasses...How Do You See The World?

Every Girls Life is unique! We love getting in contact with our sisters in Christ all across the web! Here's a message from Hillary, editor of Godly Girls For God, a website for Christian girls. She contacted Crown of Beauty Magazine and asked if we could do an article swap!

"Thank you Livy for doing this devotional swap with us! Want to read Livy's guest devotional on Godly Girls For God's Web site? Click here to read more devotionals from girls like you!"

Submitted by Sarah P, guest author from Godly Girls for God.

Have you ever heard the expression, “Looking at everything through rose-colored glasses”?

That means looking at everything with a positive, loving attitude. Jesus loved everybody. Over and over, the Bible tells us that Jesus loved and ministered to tax collectors, sinners, and people who others found hard to love. How could he ever do this?

Well, Jesus wanted to set an example for us. He told us by all of His actions, “Love everybody! No one is too horrible to be saved!”

 Is it really hard to love even bad people? No! Yet somehow, we don’t. Our human instincts don’t make us love anybody. On our own, we can’t love others.

1 John 4:7 says, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God: and everyone that loves is born of God: and knows God.”

Is it not then a pleasure to be able to love others?

 Motives for loving others:

1. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us. Can’t we show others this love?

2. Jesus tells us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are commanded, “Love one another.” God wants us to love others.

3. You can be a witness to lost people by showing them Christ’s love.

So put on those rose-colored glasses! Try loving everybody because God loves everybody. Show Jesus’ love to the world!

Girls Life! About The Author:

My name is Sarah, and I am eleven years old. My father is the preacher of a Baptist church. I became a Christian when was seven years old. I really love to write, and I am excited at the opportunity to write for Godly Girls for God! My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 31:30. I love the Lord and I hope to serve Him as He sees fit!


Girls Life: Becoming Esther

Crown of Beauty Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing a beautiful young lady named Kenya. We got to ask about her ministry, let her share her heart with us, and listen to her advice for all her princess sisters!

Crown of Beauty:
We are currently studying the book of Esther with our online Bible Study. There are so many amazing truths and hidden secrets in this book. What has the Lord shown you about Esther's story and how it relates to us as girls today?

Kenya:
Esther's story is such an example of God's perfect timing!! He had her in the palace for a purpose and reason, just like He has us in the place that we are in for a reason. I believe there are so many young women today that have incredible destinies in God and are waiting like Esther to walk into their promise.

Esther left us an example with her preparation process, which included 6 months of myrrh, which speak of the sufferings of life. Followed by 6 months of sweet odors & purification. God always follows the bitter experiences with the sweet and the good. We need to be like Esther and allow God to use those bitter experiences of our past for our preparation. We need to stay soft and tender, trusting Him with our destiny.

~She gave us the example of obedience, by submitting to Mordecai in everything he asked of her.

~She was a woman of self-sacrifice, for she was willing to lay down her own life, to save her people. We should have the same heart, to be willing to lay down our lives for our brethren and the Lord.


~Lastly, She was a woman that knew how to fast and pray! One of our greatest weapons is to know how to get a hold of God.


Crown of Beauty: What inspired you to start Becoming Esther and how is it affecting the girls of our generation?

Kenya: Two years ago, I was given an article called, “Becoming Esther,” by Charo & Paul Washer, by one of my sisters in the Lord in the Philippines.

The article so touched my heart and it honestly changed my life!! It changed my whole mind set, and inspired me to start preparing for the man God had for me. Since the time I was given that article, I have been able to speak to the youth in the Philippines about Purity and Relationships and they even had their first Purity Conference from the curriculum I gathered from past conferences.
God was starting to do something amazing in me. I had such a burden in my heart for today's generation, and I knew the Lord was going to use me somehow.

Last year, I was going through a difficult situation, and it was during that time that God birthed "Becoming Esther" in me.
The Lord showed me that my testimony and the things He was pouring into me, was going to touch many hurting, hopeless, broken, young women worldwide.

So by faith, I started "Becoming Esther" on September 27, 2012.

Since then, I have been so amazed by everything God has done through this. Becoming Esther groups are already starting in different nations, and through this ministry, I believe God is going to raise a generation of Esther's, and that's exactly what this world needs!


The Lord has surpassed all my expectations, and my heart is overflowing with joy to see girls purpose in their heart to stay pure, and prepare for God's best.

Crown of Beauty: What exactly is Becoming Esther?

Kenya: Becoming Esther is a registered non-denominational ministry.
Our goal is to encourage girls worldwide, to come to know Jesus as Lord, and live their lives accordingly to holiness.

We also encourage girls to use this time of singleness, to strengthen virtue, build character and build a stronger relationship with the Lord, but most of all to prepare naturally and spiritually for their future husbands, just like Esther prepared for the King.

With this ministry, our final desire is for women to become the Virtuous woman of Proverbs 31, whose price is  far above rubies.

Crown of Beauty: How many Becoming Esther groups/leaders do you have so far?

Kenya: We have a Becoming Esther group in Kenya, Africa, and Olongapo City, Philippines.
We are currently in the process of adding a group in Pakistan, India and Myanmar to Becoming Esther. Praise the Lord! :)

Crown of Beauty: How can a girl start her own "Becoming Esther" group?

Kenya: If anyone is interested, they are more than welcome to start a Becoming Esther group, in their state or country! They can contact us on our site "BecomingEsther.org" or on Twitter. 

Kenya's Advice...
Crown of Beauty: What can we learn about boys and preparing for our future husbands from Esther?

Kenya:
There is a lot that we can learn from Esther. But I think when it comes to learning about these things, you will only truly learn from the Lord. No one is 100% ready to get married. You will make mistakes, BUT you will learn as you go, with the Lords help.


God wants His daughters to have the very best, and He wants us to have a young man who will love us, as Christ loved the church. (Ephesians 5)

If we as women of God, will stay focused on the glory of the Bridegroom, Our Lord Jesus, He will bless us with a man that will exemplify His light and love.

Crown of Beauty: Esther knew that inner beauty was more important than superficial beauty. Yet she still adorned herself and made herself beautiful for the king. What does that mean for us? Should we still focus on outer beauty, or just inner beauty?


Kenya: As young ladies, I do think it's very important to take care of the tabernacle that God has given us! But the inner beauty as a woman of God is what truly matters. In 1 Samuel 16:7 it shares about how the Lord does not look at the outward appearance, but into the heart.

1 Timothy chapter 2 also shares that a woman should dress herself in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety. Meaning that she should have a shyness about her, and that she should have self control and a soundness of mind, that in all humility she never draws the attention of the world to herself. I believe when we dress modestly, we're even more beautiful.


What young girls need to understand is: When we are purified on the inside, there is such an unfading beauty that shines on the outside!

Crown of Beauty: How did you first come to know the Lord on a personal level?


Kenya: I was blessed to be born into the Kingdom of God, to parents who were in full time ministry.  I have never strayed from the Kingdom of God, although I have made mistakes and gone through many difficulties. Through those hard times, God continued to have grace upon my life and bring me back into the place that I needed to be.

In the last 2 years, a new found fire for the things of God have captured my heart. I praise God for His long-suffering and patience that He had upon my life during times that I hadn't surrendered all. It truly is the fear of the Lord that has kept me, and brought me into the place that I am now.

Crown of Beauty: Does having a personal relationship with Christ change the way you think about things? Does it give you more confidence to live life to its fullest?

Kenya: Oh of course! When you are saved and have that relationship with the Lord, there is such a transformation and new found confidence that takes place in your life. You become a new creation. Through the Word of God and a life of prayer, He renews your mind everyday!

Crown of Beauty: Esther was a Queen, and as God's daughters, we are Princesses. How can we think and live more like royalty? 

Kenya: In this day and hour, I believe as women of God we need to withdraw ourselves and be polished after the similitude (likeness) of the palace. (Psalm 144:12.)  As daughters of the Most High King, we need to carry ourselves in a holy, Godly, Princess-like manner. When we understand who we are, it should bring great honor to our heart and great joy and confidence, knowing that we are daughters of the King. We can hold our head high, knowing that we have been made royal by our new birth, into the Kingdom.



Be sure to check out Kenya's website, Becoming Esther, and follow her on Twitter!

Girls Life: Living With Regret

This month, Crown of Beauty Magazine received an e-mail from a girl who wanted to share her story with us.
She read our About Us page and something written there touched her heart.

Living With Regret

“Like a world full of real life Sleeping Beauty's, we've touched worldly spindles out of curiosity and rebellion, and it's placed us in a deep and fitful sleep.”
~Livy

When I read those words, I couldn't help but fall in love with this magazine. It touched my heart in a way few others ever had. It has so much potential, and in a small way, it is so much already. I can't help but wonder how many girls are going to be blessed by this page. With those same words, God awoke something within me. That something is called, desire. A desire to share something that I never have before. To put something out in the open so that God can use it to bless so many other girls. There was once a quote that said, "Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past, so it doesn't become their future.” God works in mysterious ways. He can take something as ugly as your past, and use it to glorify His name. And that's why I'm writing this today. To share my past so that someone out there is spared the future they might have had...

 

Contrary to popular belief, I have an ugly past. People tend to see me as very happy and carefree, and they don't really tend to think about the fact that I'm human just like them, and I make mistakes just like they do. They don't understand that I'm hurting much more than they could ever know. It's because there are so many things I've never said. It's because I've been living a lie. A lie that was so easy to believe that I almost believed it myself.

 

It was about two years ago. I was a Christian, and had been from a very young age. I had been attending church from birth, and never questioned my faith, or God, or anything. I read the Bible every evening with my dad. I went to church every Sunday. I prayed each evening. I followed the rules. I loved Jesus, and He loved me. Everything was good.

 

Well, not entirely. In fact, these past few years have been very rough. My mom had a miscarriage two years ago, and just a few months ago my best friend's dad passed away at a young age. Both events hit me really hard, and I guess things weren't as care-free anymore.

 

But that's not an excuse for what I did. There is none. I don't know why I did it, and I've regretted it every day since. I don't know how many times I have wished I could turn the clock back and do it over. But no amount of wishing will change what happened. There are no do-overs in life.

 

What was it that I did that was so awful?

 

I touched the spindle, just like Sleeping Beauty. I watched something I shouldn't have. I don't know what I was thinking, or what prompted me to search it up, but I did.

 

It felt awful, but at the same time, it gave me this rush- this thrill- that I'd never had before. A high, even. I was doing something totally wrong. It was risky, and I knew I would get in trouble if anyone caught me watching that video. But I did it anyway. And that wasn't the only one. I watched dozens and dozens more videos. It was disgusting, and I knew it. Every night I would cry and think to myself, “This is wrong! I need to stop. Tomorrow, I'll stop. Tomorrow, I'll change.”

 

But I didn't. I kept on doing it. I kept watching, kept crying, kept regretting. It was a vicious cycle.

 

And pretty soon, it took its toll. My self-esteem was low. I felt dirty, ugly, and sinful. I beat myself up over what I was doing. A voice inside my head told me that I was worthless. That God hated me. That I was unworthy of His love, and didn't deserve to have a family. I came very close to running away. Not because of anything my family had done, but because I believed that voice. I felt that no one who was as messed up as I was could possibly deserve a family as great as the one I had. I stopped praying. I stopped truly listening in church. I left God because I thought He should leave me- if He hadn't already.

 

Eventually, I quit watching the videos. But I didn't stop regretting. I never truly forgave myself. I relived those months over and over, hating what I'd done. I gradually eased myself back into a routine of prayer and Bible reading, and even asked that God would forgive me. But deep down, I never really believed that He did. And I certainly never forgave myself. For about a year, I simply ignored the past. Pretended it never happened. To my knowledge, no one but me and God knew what had happened. I was hiding behind a mask, lying to everyone around me- including myself. And for awhile, even I believed it.

 

And then, nearly a year and a half after I watched the first video, God broke me down. Just like when a doctor breaks a bone that's healed wrong, God broke me so that I could heal correctly. As the tears fell down my cheeks, I finally cried out to Him. I finally saw what I'd been missing all along. That I didn't deserve to be loved by God. I didn't deserve an amazing family like mine. I didn't deserve happiness, or joy, or peace. But thankfully, it's not about what I deserve. It's about what God gave me anyway.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us in this: That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

God loves me even though I've sinned. And no sin is greater than God's mercy. I finally let go... And that was when healing truly began.

It's a road I'm continuing to travel. I sometimes still hear this voice inside my head that tells me I don't deserve forgiveness. I still relive those moments of temporary high from the videos, and I regret. But with God's help, those times are fewer and farther between every day.

If you've done something, and you feel your past is so dirty that nothing good could ever come of it, just remember that God's mercy is bigger than your mistakes. It doesn't have to be inappropriate videos. Maybe you cheated on a test. Or lied to your parents. Whatever it is, His plans are bigger than your past. His mercy is deeper than even the deepest sea. And He invites us to drown in it. Loose yourself to His mercy and love.

Let go.

Signed,
~Sweetly Broken

Are you living with regret? Take Sweetly Broken's advice and let it go!
Listen to this new single by Plumb, "Need You Now (How Many Times)".
Let the words speak to your heart. I pray that you will find the courage to let go, and cling to the One who loves you deeply.

Sweetly Broken has chosen to take off her mask of perfection and be real with us.
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Girls Life: A Girls Guide To Moving

At fifteen years old, my new bedroom was filled with moving boxes. I had said goodbye to my old friends, drove a thousand miles to a new state, and was ready for a new adventure to begin.

I was excited about the prospect of being in a new place. I had my “I Can Do Anything” shirt on and was all smiles as I buzzed around my room, jamming out to Barlow Girl, decorating and getting ready for my new year. I was ready for this.

Or so I thought.

The next morning, I was laying on my bed crying, feeling like all my “Can-Do” attitude just flew out the window.

I just got off the phone with my best friend who finished relaying all the events that I missed the past few days. I was a mess. The ache inside my heart was so huge. I wanted to go home.

I tried to counsel myself with the fact that thousands of people had gone through this before me. I wasn’t the first girl to switch zip-codes. But it didn’t help much. Because none of those girls before me, were me. It was the first time I had gone through such a huge change.

Well, the good news is, I survived.

The bad news is, that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be.

Going through any change this huge takes a lot of heart, determination and persistence. It takes waking up every single morning and saying, “Today I am going to have a good day. My heart might have ached yesterday, but this is a new day. I’m going to make the best of it, and be joyful!”

There is no secret formula for adjusting to a new move successfully. But I learned a few tips along the way, and I’d like to share them with you!

1) No Tears? Yeah Right

I wanted to be strong.

I really did.

But being strong doesn’t mean bottling things up and acting like Super girl. Sometimes you have to be strong enough to cry. You have to be strong enough to let go of the tears so that the laughter can come someday soon.

Talk to your Mom, a friend back home, or God about how you feel. Shed some tears if you have to. It’s okay to feel sad. A huge part of your life has just ended. In a way, it feels like you have lost something so great that you can never get back. It’s perfectly normal to feel like that.

But remember, what you’ve left behind you, you have not lost completely. Your memories will always be a huge part of you.

2) Life Back Home

This is the twenty first century, which means when a girl moves, that she has the power to stay so in touch with life back home, that it’ll feel like you never really left!

Twice a day I talked with my BFF on phone, then spent a few hours on Facebook chatting with my favorite girls back home.


At first, I was really grateful to stay so intimately connected with everyone. But I slowly realized that I was making myself miserable. I was spending so much time thinking about life back home, I hardly spent any time thinking about the future and life in this new place!

3) Make A List...And Check It Twice

It helped me to make a list describing everything I loved about my old home. I wrote about the lake I grew up on, the friends that I missed and the drama group that I was involved in.

I spent a few long, bitter sweet minutes thinking about my favorite memories, then I sent a copy of that list to my friend in a letter. But then, I decided that I had to let go.

Of course I could still talk to my friends. But not twice everyday! I had to start focusing on what was happening here and now. I had to start living my life, instead of constantly thinking about the one that I used to have.


4) Listen To Positive Music!

Nothing can change your attitude like listening to upbeat music with a positive message!

Albums that played non-stop on my iPod were:
Karaoke Superstars, by Superchic[K],
Another Journal Entry by Barlow Girl
Love is On The Move by Leeland
The Cim Fan E.P. by Cimorelli
Don’t Forget by Demi Lovato,
Ocean Eyes by Owl City,
Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot
Fearless by Taylor Swift.
Everlife by Everlife.


I chose to quit reliving yesterday, embracing today, and begin dreaming about tomorrow! Listening to music with a positive message helps put everything in perspective.

For me, there is nothing more encouraging and uplifting then lip-synching to Superchic[K] songs into your hairbrush microphone in front of the mirror!

5) Get Out There!

One of the first things I did when I arrived was to start looking for avenues to make friends. I got connected with our church youth group and started attending a local home school group.

It was hard to be the new face in a crowd of already established friends. But I reminded myself,

‘Hey, nobody knows who I am. This means I have no limits. I can be whoever I want to be!’

There was no old group of friends to define who I was. I could become more outgoing, more friendly, or more whatever I wanted to be! I reminded myself that this was a new season full of new experiences, new lessons, and new opportunities!

Don’t put yourself or your new life here in a box! Try something totally new. Expand your horizons, stretch your wings, and you might just take off and fly in a place that you least expected it.

For more ideas on how to make friends and where to find them, check out Friendship Advice.

6) Make Your Space...Totally Your Space

Your bedroom is where you’re going to be spending a lot of your time. This is your opportunity to decorate your space and make it totally you!

A priority for me every time I’ve moved, is to personalize my space.

Usually within the first week of being there, I’ve been able to get a can of paint and start to work!

Let your parents understand how important it is to you that you make this new place feel like home. With their permission and assistance, painting a room can be a total blast!

Choosing a paint color seems pretty basic, but it can really set the tone for your room. Did you know that colors can effect our moods?

White whispers elegance, red brings warmth, pink is sweet, yellow says happiness, purple is relaxing and royal, orange is vibrant and full of life, greens are soothing, and blues are easy-going and chill.

Grab a handful of paint idea cards from your local Home Depot or Lowes, then choose your favorite color. Use that color to choose two accent colors.

(Meaning, what you’ll use for your other accessories in the room.)

Use those three colors to choose pillows, picture frames, a lamp shade or other small room décor items that can make the space totally yours!

7) Know That It Takes Time

Nobody can adjust overnight. There will be days when you’re having the time of your life in your new home and other days when you still feel the ache of missing yesterday. This is totally normal. Know that you’ll experience the highs and the lows. That’s just life!

Be patient with yourself.

Focus your energy on appreciating what you have now, and working to make your space, yourself and your quality of life better. It’s not fair to compare your old life with your new life. Both are precious and you’ll cherish them always!