Success, Authenticity, and Gratitude

Before I started blogging, there were people on social media that I looked up to. I desired to imitate them. I envied their pictures, or their number of followers and likes. If I’m going to be completely honest with you, I still envy their success.

There’s always room to improve and grow. The problem isn’t that I desire success or growth, it’s that I confuse success with happiness. I desire to be successful; I am determined to grow. I know that determination and ambition are both important character traits. What I’m forgetting is that meeting a goal won’t guarantee my happiness. True happiness isn’t found solely in success. Happiness comes from above. Happiness is being grateful to God for what He has granted you.

Through blogging, I’ve also learned that not everyone is who they seem to be. When I created my personal Instagram account into a blog account, I searched for other lifestyle bloggers and tried to learn how they grew their following. I found bloggers who claimed to radiate grace and positivity, but to my disappointment, they failed to support others, and at times were unapproachable. There are times where I see an individual and they seem so glamorous, so sophisticated, so important. Often times, these individuals are also extremely unapproachable. It wasn’t until recently that I realized, I actually don’t want to be like that. I prefer to be who I am, and not try to be better than anyone. My goal is to lift others up. Though I realized not everyone isn’t as kind as they imply, I also realized there is an immense amount of hidden gems in the blogging world. Women with lovely souls and beautiful ideas. Women who lift each other up, and have so much kindness to share with the world. This encourages my heart tremendously.

I’ve also learned that sometimes it’s not the people you expect who support your dreams. I’ve had the chance to meet wonderful, dear souls through blogging. They have encouraged me immensely. These lovely ladies have supported me more than some of even my own friends! I’ve also had dear souls, that I’ve known, but haven’t had a chance to connect with, grow close to me through my blog. The people who are most supportive of me greatly surprised me, but I’m so genuinely grateful for them. I care greatly for them all. I feel very blessed to be able to write about my thoughts and pursue what I’m passionate about.

I would like to add that this post is a bit more raw and honest than usual, but I hope it’s assisted you in understanding me and my thoughts in a more authentic way. Thank you for reading, I truly appreciate it + you are dear to my heart!

Miriam Juliet

Avocado Bacon Salad Wrap Recipe

*Warning: The following recipe may or may not make you hungry*

Hey, guys! Today I’m sharing one of my all time favorite recipes! Its quick, tasty, and perfect to take on the go! Hope you all enjoy!!

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup diced onions

• 1 cup diced tomatoes

• 1 avocado cut into bite size pieces

• 4 strips of cooked bacon

• 1 Tortilla wrap

• Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing (optional)

Instructions:

First, cook your bacon. I fried it, but it’s totally up to you if you want to put it in the oven or fry it.

Tip: Cook your bacon the night before & you’ll be able to make this in about 5 minutes. This is perfect for taking lunches or for days when you’re running late.

While your bacon is cooking, dice up your tomatoes (two small tomatoes or one big one will give you about a cup), onions, and avocado.

After you’ve finished chopping the ingredients, heat up your tortilla then set it aside to cool.

Once your bacon is cooked and crispy cut it into small bite sized pieces for your wrap.

Once all your ingredients are ready, mix them together in a bowl, season with a pinch of salt, and add your Caesar dressing.

After this, put your ingredients in the tortilla and wrap it up!

This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s so easy and so yummy! I literally eat it 1-2 times a week! Thank you guys so much for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Xoxo, MJ

3 Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

I guess you could say this whole “blogging” journey has been one of…realizing stuff….

Seriously, though. I picked three things out of the many things I’ve learned, and I really, really believe in them. These are lessons that have been changing my life & I hope they affect someone positively!

1. Embrace your weirdness

That’s right. We’re all different. Growing up, it can be hard to be yourself. It’s human nature to want to try to all be the same, but God made us each with unique qualities, and guess what guys- every quality you have has a good side.

Blogging really helped me understand this better. There are so many bloggers out there and it made me think about who I am and what makes me different. Instead of trying to be how everyone is, I’m trying to embrace who God made me.

Find out what your superpower (or weirdness) is, and use it to your advantage. Embrace it. i like being weird

2. It’s okay to be afraid, but fear doesn’t have to hold you back

I couldn’t count how many times I am afraid to put myself out there. Every day it’s a battle. Everyday I am surrounded with the temptation of giving in to fear. But, I choose to put my trust in someone greater than fear. I choose to put my trust in God. I know that He can use my blog and my other passions for His glory. I know that following Christ is rewarding. I also know that giving into fear prevents me from being who He wants me to be. This is why I write my blog. I am fearful sometimes of putting myself out there, but I am confident it will be worth it. Fear does not have power over me.

3. There are so many awesome people out there

I honestly can’t stress this point enough. I have met so so many awesome people through blogging. I love meeting other bloggers and reading about their lives. Meeting new people can be horribly awkward sometimes, but meeting all these bloggers has been one of the best experiences! besty2

I’ve learned so much from starting this blog and I’m so excited to continue growing it! Remember to subscribe, drop a comment, or a like! Also, feel free to contact me with any ideas for blog content. My blog email is miriamjulietz@gmail.com. Thanks for reading!!

Xoxo, MJ

The Versatile Blogger Award

Hey, guys! I was nominated by the sweet Anna for this award! This is her blog: annathefangirl (You guys definitely need to go check her page out!)

The first rule about this award is to share 7 facts about myself!

1.) I am a born again Christian & eager to pursue my relationship with Christ

-I love talking about my faith & hearing/reading others stories about their relationship with Christ!

2.) I love cats

-I have 7 cats & I love them all dearly. Last summer I brought home a cat from a missions trip in Puerto Rico! She is adorable & her name is Aica- sometime I’ll do a blog post about her ♡

3.) I love reading

-I love hearing book suggestions/book rants so let me know in the comments what your favorite book is!! My favorite novel is Orbiting Jupiter (along with many others since I can never decide!) Let me know in the comments what books you’re currently reading! ♡

4.) I love nature

-While I’m not necessarily the most athletic person 😉 I love going out for walks and just absorbing all of the beautiful creation set before us!

5.) I’m a new homeschooler

-I just started homeschooling November of 2017. A little secret- I always thought homeschooling was odd until I actually tried it 😱😱! If you’re reading my blog and that’s your thought- hang on! It’s actually pretty cool! It’s been one of the best decisions my family has made so far. If you follow my blog, you’ll probably see some posts about my homeschool life.

6.) I am a HUGE coffee lover

-Every morning I wake up, make coffee, drink the coffee, and then start my day. It’s just how I roll 😎 I’m always #highlycaffeinated

-My fav coffee rn is – Starbucks Mocha Coffee Grounds

-Let me know your fave coffee in the comments!

7.) Spring & Summer are my favorite seasons

-If you’re wondering why I thought this was so important to include in my 7 facts- It’s because I go crazy for sunny days! I love love love sunshine! It makes me all giddy & excited 😉

Thank you so much, Anna for nominating me & thank you guys so much for reading!! ♡

I’m nominating 7 other blogs that I absolutely love for this award! ♡

1.) Leah Zalapa Homeskool Havoc

2.) P.S. it’s Peri

3.) Kisses of confidence

4.) Live with Katie

5.) Katie Lauren

6.) Physician Voices

7.) Hanna’s Voices

Xx, MJ

***Disclaimer*** I earn a small amount of commission when readers click the links in my blog & buy things off of amazon. I do this to support my blog and I only insert links to products I actually love. Thank you guys!

Scentsy Giveaway

Hey, guys! I’m doing a scentsy giveaway on my main Instagram account (@miriamjzalapa https://www.instagram.com/p/BfwqJl7FEit/ ) so I thought I would give you all a little bit of info about the product!

Scentsy is not sponsoring me to do the giveaway, I actually do just really love the product!

I was introduced to Scentsy by my good friend, Abby Hasenkamp, who is a scentsy consultant! So thankful to Abby who helped me put this giveaway together!! She is the best friend & best consultant! She loves her products & puts her whole heart into selling Scentsy!

I’ve always longed to have candles in our house, but we’ve never burned them because of the uncleanliness of the soot & because of the safety issues! (With the flames 😉) Scentsy offers an amazing alternative with wickless wax and high quality warmers! All you do is plug in your electronic warmer, stick in the scent of your choice, and enjoy the nice smell!

If you’re thinking to yourself, that a nice smell couldn’t make that much of a difference, I can honestly tell you it does! Having your bedroom (or any other room) smell nice has such a relaxing effect on you. I have a beautiful scentsy warmer that I absolutely love & it is so high quality!

I’m so excited about this giveaway & so happy to be able to give one free warmer & scent bar to someone! If you’re interested in the giveaway go check out my Instagram page @miriamjzalapa https://www.instagram.com/p/BfwqJl7FEit/

Xx MJ 😘

3 Ways to Make Your Week Less Stressful

Hey, guys!

For today’s post, I’m sharing a few things I tried that drastically improved my week! These are all things that I did in order to improve my mental health/state. I didn’t try them with the intention of putting them into a post, but because they made such a big impact I decided to share them! Enjoy!

1) Getting to bed earlier

– Honestly, I’ve always considered myself to be a “night owl”, but while I still think that’s true, I’ve realized that it’s not an excuse to deprive myself of sleep. My body cannot function without getting enough sleep. This makes such a drastic difference for your mental state! Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier! It’s important!

2) Turning off social media notifications

– I had absolutely no idea how much this could affect me!!Seriously. I saved so much time & stress by doing this. I definitely encourage anyone who feels overwhelmed by social media to try this! (It doesn’t even have to be all your social media, for me it was just Instagram!)

3) Listening to audio books/ted talks in the mornings

– Reading has always been calming for me, but lately it’s been hard to find time to sit down and focus

– Listening to books is such a great alternative! There’s a ton of different apps for listening to books but Audible is the one I use. Here’s the link for audible: https://mobile.audible.com/?s_ref=%2F

– Ted talks are short motivational or educational talks about thousands of different topics. They’re all so interesting and most are only 5-10 min long! You can download the Ted Talk app & start listening whenever! Here’s the link to the website: https://www.ted.com/talks

– Listening to books/ted talks in the morning is great because you get to start your day with positivity & learning! It’s also great to listen to devotionals/Bible reading when you’ve missed your devotions!

Hope these tips give you a couple ideas of how to make your week a little less stressful!! xx, miriam

5 Lessons about Love from John 13

Happy Valentines’s Day! Today is a day set aside to appreciate our loved ones and that’s why it’s so special! I wanted to share some principles about love with you guys! Today’s blog is based on John 13 and shares some life changing truths about God’s love & the love we should have for others. Enjoy!

1.) Perfect love is eternal & consistent

In John 13:1 it says, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”

This verse shows us how Christ loves the world eternally & without fault. A love like this is powerful! This type of love doesn’t depend on the receiver or their actions; it is consistently shown.

2.) Love takes action

John 13 is all about Jesus getting ready to be crucified for our sins. Jesus didn’t have to die on the cross. He chose to willingly offer himself as a sacrifice because he loved us! This shows us that love isn’t merely a feeling, it is also characterized by actions.

3.) Nothing is “too good” for love

In verse 3 Jesus gets up and begins to wash the disciples feet. To help you better understand why this is so important, I’ve inserted a note from the ESV MacArthur Study Bible.

“The dusty and dirty conditions of the region necessitated the need for footwashing. Although the disciples would have likely been willing to wash Jesus’ feet, they would not consider washing each other’s feet. In their society, footwashing was a task assigned to the lowest-ranking household salves. It was not an action performed by a peer, except possibly as a rare expression of profound love.”

Okay, so here we see an awesome example of how humble Jesus’ Love was! His love was public and he was not ashamed of it.

4.) Our love should imitate Jesus’ love

In verse 34 we are told, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”

These examples of Jesus’ perfect love are in the Bible to instruct us and change us. We need to actually apply this to our lives!

5.) As Christians we are to be known by our love

John 13:35 says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

We are to follow Christ’s example of love & let it change us to the point that we’re known by it. This principle challenges me to love when I want to judge, to forgive when I want revenge, and to embrace people when I want to push them away.

This Valentine’s Day I hope you walk away encouraged by the overflowing love of Christ for us & the perfect example set for us! Thanks for reading!