Tuesday, 22 May 2018

I was roaming around the internet on my day off yesterday, as you do and I managed to stumble upon these Barbie Vlogs. They are EPIC. I know that I'm 20 and I should have moved on from my Barbie stage by now. But watching these Barbie vlogs rekindled my childhood excitement. She does challenges, tags and an array of sit down chatty videos. It didn't take long for me to hit the subscribe button.

There was one video in particular though that really challenged my thinking.

It's titled "I'm only "Joking...?" "

How often do we do that?

How often do we make comments and crack jokes about people without thinking about the way that they could be affected by it?

How often do we accidentally (on purpose) take things just that little bit too far all for a couple of laughs from our friends?

The more I thought about it, the more moments I counted when I had done the same and also had it done to me... the more I came to agree with Barbie.

The whole, "I'm only joking...?" thing - I really don't like that either.

Those three words hold SO MUCH power. They almost make those moments, those jokes, those comments okay. It makes the person on the other end of jokes feelings invalid. It makes the person on the other end of the joke feel like they have no right to be upset because you were "only joking".

When you make fun of someone, when you pick at them, those jokes steam from some kind of truth. They steam from something that you've taken note of about them. So whether you intend for it to be mean or not or if the person you are making fun of acts like they are taking it as a joke or not, it's always going to leave them feeling a little insecure.

None of us like being on the receiving end of a roast. If we don't like it then why do we do it to other people?

The bible calls us to love one another as Jesus loved us. Jesus wouldn't have poked fun at people, he would have uplifted them. Jesus wouldn't have disregarded the way his words made someone feel just to make his disciples laugh. Jesus wouldn't have said "I'm only joking" to make something that he had said about you okay.

If Jesus wouldn't have done it then why do we do that same thing everyday?

I'm going to make an effort to put thought into my words and actions. People don't always remember what you've said to them, but they do remember how you make them feel. Let's try and remember this as we go into the rest of our week. Let's choose to build people up instead of tearing them down just for a laugh or two.

XO, Danielle



Thursday, 5 April 2018

Shoutout to Jason Jacobs for the photo!

There's this lookout not too far from church where my friends I have found ourselves spending more time than not in the last few weeks. It's one of those places that's got a bit of a reputation for being the spot people go to in order to satisfy worldly desires. A place the devil took from being one of the most stunning views open for people to sit and dwell in the stunning nature of the country the creator blessed us with, to a place people go to hide away from the reality of their worlds without getting caught.

We found ourselves sneaking into the reserve one night with the intention of playing a round of sardines. That night, we found that in this place that had been overtaken by worldly people, we couldn't escape the overwhelming presence of God that fell over the otherwise empty fields. He was walking alongside us through the trees and along the gravel paths to the perfect spot where he shared with us his original plan for the patch of land overlooking our city.

As we sat and looked over the seemly endless city lights that sparkled through the trees, we sat and worshiped. We saw God's heart in every tree, every patch of grass and every place the wind rustled the leaves. Through our prayers and our worship, we shifted the atmosphere of the reserve. I went from one people left to hideaway to a place where as soon as you set foot on the grass it's impossible not to be hit with the sense of his presence. We've been coming back here for our worship and prayer sessions together ever since.

I just think that it's so cool how a place that the devil intended for harm, God intended for good.

I encourage you to go out and find your own spot. Your own place to spend time with God. Your own place you can anoint with God's presence. Find your own place - not only will it deepen your relationship with the creator but it might also change someone else's world.

XO, Danielle



Thursday, 15 February 2018

I LOVE Mac Cosmetics but have never had the guts to properly go out and buy more than just a highlighter or lipstick. This month I decided that 2018 would be the year that I expanded my horizons and tried something I'd always wanted to but never have. Now that I've tried the greatness that is Mac makeup - I'm NEVER going back! I'm officially in LOVE.

Here are my reviews on the items that I've bought, tried and now love.


Rating: 5/5

Cost: $35.00
Thoughts: This foundation is a much better fit with my skin tone than the revlon foundation that I was previously using. My previous foundation was also quite heavy. The Mac Pro Longwear Foundation is very lightweight on my skin and lasts for majority of the day. I forget I have any makeup on my face at all while wearing this and it looks SUPER natural. I would 10/10 recommend.

You can get one of these for yourself HERE.


Rating: 4/5

Cost: $29.00
Thoughts: My thoughts on this setting powder is pretty much the same as my foundation I bought above. This is a lot more light weight than the setting powder I was using previously. It lasts the whole day, looks SUPER natural and I don't really feel like I'm wearing a bunch of makeup.

You can get one of these for yourself HERE.


Rating: 4/5

Cost: $28.00
Thoughts: I love this blush. It's an awesome colour that goes well with almost all of my makeup and is super easy to apply. I can't wait to try out more colours for a range of different looks outside of my daily makeup look.

You can get one of these for yourself HERE.


Rating: 5/5

Cost: $34.00
Thoughts: I've been using Mac highlighter for a while now and it's one of my favourite makeup items. I've previously been using the colour Soft & Gentle. This colour that I've just bought is called Warm Rose and I can not wait to try it once I've finished my current one.

You can get one of these for yourself HERE.

XO, Danielle

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, all of the thoughts, opinions and ratings are all my own. 


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