Lately I have been rediscovering the power of VISION and how its effects are so much greater than its input. Recently I was chatting with my pastors and they told me a story about a case study that they heard about. In the study there were a group of men that were split into two groups of two. The first group practiced basketball by shooting free-throw shots at the baseline by continually shooting basketballs at the net over and over. The second group of players sat in a room and practiced basketball by visualizing themselves shooting the free throw shots into the basket over and over in their mind. In the end, when placed next to each other, both groups of men performed at the same skill level (even though one had the physical upper-hand on the other.)
After hearing this story, the wheels in my mind started to turn. Later that evening while at home I started to break down the scenario in my mind to see if I could unravel a deeper understanding. I realized that so many times we disqualify ourselves from following through on our vision because we think that we are not skilled enough. We may not have the years of experience, finances, or social connections to get to where we want; and we may think that there is no way that our desires can be accomplished (or that it will take too long to accomplish.) BUT, if you truly think about it, God is the one who places the vision inside of us and His only “requirement for eligibility” is to follow his directions on where He is leading us. He literally spearheads your vision and tells you exactly what to do. You only have to focus on Him and listen to the clearly defined (and at times uncomfortable) instructions and GOOO!! The benefit of doing so brings about a reward of happiness, accomplishment, and blessings that man can not understand (because they are so huge!)
Focus your vision on Christ. Listen to His directions & GO!!! 🙂
Dress: Shirley & Alice Vintage || Heels: Forever 21
Photographer: @TrustMyEye (IG)
Xo- Chrissy Joy
One month ago there was a change that occurred in the United Sates. Our season shifted from winter to spring! Although we can hardly feel the physical difference, our calendar tells us that we are midway through pollen season. One day after this changed occurred another season shifted, but its effects were truly felt, because the changed occurred in my life! 🙂
For the past ten months God has truly been working on my faith and preparing me for something that I have yet to discover. I have been asked to step out on faith on numerous occasions with my only safety net being my full reliance on him, I have felt more uncomfortable than comfortable, and I have lost count of how many times I have asked God “WHY?!”. But through it all he has been crazy faithful and so full of grace and mercy! He has given me more reasons than not to love him more than my issues and miniscule problems. <3 This love was translated into gratefulness on March 21st, 2017 when I woke up to start my first day at a new job that God blessed me with! Everything felt different on that beautiful Tuesday morning and I feel like I have been riding on a cloud ever since. I have witnessed prayers and goals that I have written down start to unfold before my eyes in my personal and spiritual life! NONE of these blessings have come in the form that I expected them to come in, but nonetheless I am so beyond grateful to God for opening them and showing me that his ways are better than mine! 🙂
I have learned from this season change that trusting in God is not merely for your benefit, but for God’s amazing blessings to be displayed through your life for his glory! So if you’re in your season of “why?!”, know that your season change may not always be displayed in a way that you expect, but it will definitely be felt in a way that is undeniable! 🙂
Vintage Vest: Shirley & Alice || Leather Pants: Shirley & Alice || Sheer Top: Vintage || Heels: Forever 21 || Sunglasses : Sunglass Spot
XO- Chrissy Joy
Today I have a small obsession to share with you. One that I have had for many years and that some may say is borderline concerning (no shame!). It’s something that has caused me to not clearly concentrate when talking to others during conversations and can automatically attract me to someone almost immediately. Now is my time to clear the air and get it off my chest, and Ive decided to let you know first! I looooovvvvveeeeeee white teeth!!! This obsession literally dates back to summer camp 2001 when I had a huge crush on my camp counselor because he wore a retainer (complete dork I know!), but when he had it removed I was mesmerized by his beautiful white smile!! 🙂 If you’re wondering why I am using todays blog post as a confessional booth, its because I recently received the opportunity to make my teeth white and Ive been crushing on my own smile lately!
A few weeks ago, I teamed up with the amazing folks over at “Smile Brilliant” to test their teeth whitening system! They sent me a super cute kit complete with whitening gel, desensitizing gel, and materials to make my very own custom fitted trays. After making impressions of my teeth and mailing them to the company, I received my trays in the mail two weeks later! Now, to be completely honest this isn’t my first time using a teeth whitening system or having my own trays. I had them made through my dentist about six years ago and wore them sparingly for about three years. I was recently thinking of ordering more gel through my dentist but was presented with this opportunity and decided to try a new product to see how it worked on my teeth. I’ve listed below the pros and cons to trying the “Smile Brilliant” system after using it for two weeks.
- The system contains desensitizing gel that helps those who have sensitive teeth and can’t handle teeth bleaching. My previous trays did not, which made my teeth super sensitive when using the gel.
- They trays are fitted perfectly for your teeth and do not have much plastic. I say this because my previous trays were fitted to my teeth AND gums, which caused the gel to touch my gums and caused irritation.
- You receive plenty of whitening and desensitizing gel! I received 4 syringes of each (8 in total), which technically is supposed to provide 3-4 treatments per syringe, but it lasted longer!
- With any teeth whitening system you risk irritating your gums with the bleaching gel. This happened to me during one of my treatments. My gums started to burn and swell but I removed my trays immediately and I gave the whitening a break for three days. However, I was told by a “Smile Brilliant” Rep that its best to place Vaseline on your gums when whitening to avoid irritation, and it worked!
Overall, I loved the “Smile Brilliant” whitening system! I thought I had pearly white teeth until my before and after pictures proved that was a lie! lol Now, I can proudly walk around with my teeth on full blast and crushing on myself! But I have even better news, YOU CAN TOO!!!!! Smile Brilliant and I are giving away a complete T3 sensitive smile creation kit (valued at $139) for FREEEE!! Click the link below to enter!
———≥ www.smilebrilliant.com/g/chrissyjoystyle ≤———–
BEFORE & AFTER
Photographer: Alexandra Reynolds
-XO- Chrissy Joy
Patience is a gift that’s available to all but few decide to actually receive it. Some people accept their gift and have been using it faithfully, some take it out of storage as needed, and others have been letting it collect dust in the back of the closet for ages! lol I would like to think that I have been using my gift of patience everyday but the reality is that I take it out sparingly. I know that there are certain situations in which I should use it, but I seem to only use it in extreme cases. I asked God recently how I could make better use of the gift He has given me. I really wanted to learn how to have patience in every situation, not just when I have been pushed to the limit and chose to use it grudgingly.
God later showed me that patience can only grow by using it often. This can come from serving in areas that require you to use patience. Think of it like working out, your body will not get use to working out often and will always get sore until you begin to work those muscles often. The same can be said for patience! When you take the advantage of the opportunity to serve in the children’s ministry of your church, or biting your tongue at work whenever that nagging nancy says little things to get under your skin. Every response to ignorance doesn’t need to be anger. No one has been given the right to disturb your peace, it’s yours to control and keep! Practicing patience is just what the doctor (God) has ordered to keep your gift alive and well!
Check out what the other doctor (Dr. Marten) has prescribed for my look today! 🙂
Beaded Sweater : Shirley & Alice Vintage || Jacket: Zara || Pants: H&M || Boots: Dr. Marten || Sunglasses : Sunglasses Spot
Photograoher : Alexandra Reynolds
XX- Chrissy Joy
March is officially here which means that Spring is right around the corner (March 20th to be exact!). Spring is my favorite time of the year, so in preparation for its arrival I have decided to get a jumpstart on organizing and planning my wardrobe for the new season. I’ve even started to scout out new spring pieces and accessories that I can buy now and have ready to go for when the weather gets warmer! Im sure you all may not have taken as much of a jumpstart as I have, considering the fact that we are still slumping around in our layers and winter coats here in NYC. Buttttt you won’t have to because I have saved you the trouble in finding one of the best spring accessory to add to your wardrobe and organization efforts for Spring! 🙂
I recently received a beautiful emerald green zebrawood watch from Jord Wood Watches to add to my spring wardrobe and I have been obsessing ever since! My current winter wardrobe of mostly black didn’t quite match well with my new wood watch, so I decided to look deeper in my closet to create a transitional look that could be taken from winter into spring, compliment my new watch, and keep me warm during this final arctic winter days. In doing so I got so excited that I realized that I wanted you all to be able to add a new watch to compliment your upcoming spring looks too! Which is why I have partnered with the amazing folks over at Jord Wood Watches to give one of you lovies a chance to recieve $100 off the watch of your choice! Click the link below to enter for you chance to win! You will receive a $25 off just for entering. May the odds be ever in your favor! 🙂
Click this link to enter for your chance to win. THE LAST DAY TO ENTER IS SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2017 : https://www.woodwatches.com/g/chrissyjoystyle
Check out my “Reece Series” watch below and let me know your thoughts on my look! 🙂
Wearing the “Zebrawood & Emerald” Reece Series watch by Jord Wood Watches. Check out more of their selection at their website! 🙂
**This is a sponsored blog post for Jord Wood Watches**
-xo- Chrissy Joy