Hi :] I'm Jess! Roman Catholic, pro-life girly girl in my twenties :] I am a Synesthete and an INFJ :] I'm pretty much Martha Stewart minus the jail (aka I enjoy cooking, baking, decorating, crafting, etc). I also love to surf, write, sing, play my instruments, and do artsy things :] I am madly in love with Christ <3 I love to make friends, so please message me! :] You should check out some of the pages I have made and linked above :] You might find them to be quite helpful! Love you and God bless~
A friend of mine committed suicide yesterday. Please keep her family in your prayers and pray for the repose of her soul.
My goodness friend, this made my heart melt!! (: Thank you so much, this was such a kind message for you to send, and it made my smile soooo big!!!!! God bless you!!! I am truly touched by your benevolence <3
Posted on 7 March, 2014
Hello my dear lovely Anon friend! <3 I am sorry it took me so long to reply, but I wanted to consult some of my fellow Catholic friends before making any recommendations, because unfortunately college keeps me pretty busy so I don’t have a whole lot of time to read. Here are some of the recommendations that they made, so I hope it helps!:
I got a book called ‘Spiritual Diary’ for Christmas that has daily reflections with a different virtue for each month. I’m not certain who the author is but it is very insightful for resolve in virtue.
I’m told Thomas Merton has some good stuff on prayer
Prayer primer by Thomas Dubay!
not a book ABOUT prayer, but they should look into the book “christian prayer”. its a shortened version of the liturgy of the hours, and very very good.
I hope these recommendations are of some help!!! (: If anybody else has any suggestions, please post them in the reply section of the post! Thank you (:
God bless! <3
Posted on 6 March, 2014
Posted on 26 February, 2014Reblogged from by-grace-of-god
Hey guys! So if I take a loooooong time to answer sex-related asks, know that it isn’t because your question is anything to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. I’m just not super-duper knowledgeable of those topics and would prefer to have a bit more Theology of the Body background before tackling those. So if you are impatient, just in case while you wait for me, you should try asking a few other knowledgeable Catholics as well. I’m sure they know much more than I do and would probably give you a better answer (: But I WILL eventually answer them, so please keep checking back from time to time. (: God bless!
Awww <3 Thank you so, sooooooo much for this. This really made my night. I was having a rough night with those darned thoughts >.< This made my load lighter (: Thank you! God bless you!!!! xoxoxo
Posted on 26 February, 2014
OooOOOoooOOOooOOOOOOOooO I’m not sure if my ears are quite ready for that ;O
Posted on 26 February, 2014
Of course, my dear <3 I will definitely be praying for your friend/loved one!!! Those things can be super tricky to get over if you are caught up in them, so I will be praying super duper hard. They are so lucky to be blessed with a friend like you! God bless <3
Posted on 26 February, 2014
I will most definitely continue to pray for you!!!! I know it isn’t easy right now, but it will get easier to fast from those things as the time goes on, and at some point, you might not even have to anymore. You are so awesome!!! God bless you!!!! <3
Posted on 26 February, 2014
DISCLAIMER: I know that I usually make Catholic posts, but this one is important too. Also please forgive me for not answering all your messages, this has been a busy week for me, and I hardly had time to make this post.
Before I go into my shpeal, I kind of have to tell you guys something.
Something you don’t know about me, something I have not shared and had not planned on sharing. You all (or most of you) know that I have struggled with self-hate and self-image issues for quite a while. But it got pretty bad, to the point where I cut a ton of food out of my diet and was not eating very much/often. I never stopped eating completely, but I became very restrictive. I had even downloaded that calorie counting app and would set the maximum calorie goal to a lower number each day. I was calling it “portion control”, but I became obsessive about it. It was all I was able to think about. I was lucky that didn’t last too long, since I have very close friends who were able to help me through, and also because when I saw on the scale how quickly my weight dropped, even in a week, I got scared. But anyways, because I have that mindset, it still to this day can prove to be a struggle. Sometimes I just eat everything in sight, no guilt, no shame. But other times… eating is not quite so easy for me. When I am stressed about something, I stop eating regularly. And if I’m upset about something, same thing. So then, it becomes a cycle. I stop eating, then I feel guilty to be back in that cycle and scared that it will turn into something serious, and so I try and get back to eating normally. Sometimes, I can get myself to eat more, and if I feel guilty about it, I just tell myself “well too bad! You need food, Jess.” Other times, it is friends who tell me, or even remind me. Because when you get used to not eating much, you start to forget to eat too. So even if you aren’t trying to not eat, you still forget since you aren’t used to eating as frequently. So then, after all this, by the grace of God and with a little help (or a lot of help) from my friends, I’m back on my feet again, back to eating regularly, and everything seems peachy keen. And to an extent, it is! But it isn’t completely peachy keen. Not yet. There are still triggers out there, which leads me to the point of this post.
Instagram has become a toxic environment for me. I will be doing sooooo well, but then I will see all of this “skinny” stuff on my feed (ie: thinspo, fitblr, etc). Stuff that makes me feel guilty for eating, or like I’m not skinny enough yet. And that “yet” is proof that I still have some toxicity in my mindset. Because there should be no “yet”. That implies that I still want to be skinnier. And I shouldn’t want that. Anyways, I see those posts and then the progress I’ve made feels like it was all for nothing, because it is as though I need to mentally start over. And not only this, but when on Instagram, I constantly find myself comparing myself to others, and finding things that are “wrong with me”, when really they are just things that are “different about me”.
So solution? Get rid of it. ALL OF IT. I love Instagram as much as the next person, but at the end of the day, it is only harming me. I am a firm believer that the Devil comes to us in the things that are the most attractive. Instagram is one of those things. It is fun, you get to take cool pictures and interact with your friends, but then what? Instagram isn’t going to be there for you when you need someone to talk to. Instagram won’t be there for you in your struggles. It is an app. Why not spend the time you have with your friends by actually spending time with them, and not by taking a picture of your food or posing for a quick selfie? (Not that there is anything wrong with that). But at the end of the day, it is your friends who will -hopefully- be there for you when you need them the most, and vice versa.
So, we broke up. Instagram and I, that is. And I thought it was going to be super hard, since I’m on there quite a bit, but it really wasn’t quite so bad after all. I feel like in a way, I have slayed a dragon that was holding me down and stopping me from truly being the best version of myself.
So if there is anything keeping you down in life, or anything that may be causing your struggles to worsen, I highly recommend getting rid of whatever that thing is. Because no material object is worth that. And no “friend” is worth having if they are just holding you down and causing you to struggle. It WILL be okay, I pinky promise. But sometimes we have to leave our comfort zone and do something that we find difficult in order to truly recover from whatever it is we may be struggling with. But know that you are never alone in those struggles. There is always going to be someone willing to be there for you and listen to you and love you, whether you like it or not.
I’M HAVING SO MANY FEELS
Need I say more? XD
Love you guys <3