Special Guest Post + Giveaway [Step by Step]

August 24, 2012

Today I have for you a special treat from a lovely lady, Michelle.
She was the lucky winner of the 1000 follower celebration I had a while back which included a guest post. I am so thrilled she won and I know you will love her and her encouraging words :)

Take it away Michelle

Thank you, Breanna, for giving me the opportunity to guest post here at My Beautiful, Crazy Life! 

My name is Michelle and I blog over at Step by Step. I am a 21-year-old college student taking life one day at a time. I'm a fun-loving, adventure-seeking, follower of Christ. 

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When I was offered the chance to do a guest post, I wasn't sure what I wanted to say to all of you lovely readers. There are so many blogs out there about fashion, photography, cooking, or something else crafty and interesting. Since my blog is a little more spontaneous, I felt a little lost as to what I would share. Then I remembered why I started blogging in the first place...to encourage and uplift my readers! So here are just some thoughts to encourage you! 

I have been reading through a book by John Piper called Don't Waste Your Life. Turning 21 last week and starting my LAST year of college in just a few days really got me thinking about what I'm doing with my life. Time just keeps on going by and I feel like I don't have a whole lot to show for it sometimes. I do not want to still feel that way in 50 years. 

I want to be able to look back and see what I contributed to this world. What I did for Christ. How I gave of myself to those in need. How often I put others before myself. My goal for this final year of school and hopefully for a lifetime to come is to 
live life to the absolute fullest. 

Not by doing what will benefit me, but by doing what will make a difference for everyone. I want to take more risks, break out of my shell, and find ways to really live. Maybe I'll volunteer in a shelter, maybe I'll leave the country and find needs worldwide, or maybe I'll just pray for others more often. I'm not sure what I will do, but I know for certain I am going to start living with the mindset of making a difference for others and for Christ. 

If any of you are out there making a difference, I would love to hear exactly what it is you are doing! And if any of you are in the same boat as me and want to be living for a purpose, what are some ideas you have for how you will start?

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this guest-post and I hope you will stop on over and see me again at Step by Step! And thank you again Breanna for giving me a chance to introduce myself to all your readers!

Isn't she such an inspiration?
She is also giving you the chance to win the exact same book she is reading.
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper + a $5 Starbucks Giftcard
I wish I could win this prize.
Sounds like an amazing evening waiting to be spent reading a book at Starbucks with your favorite beverage of choice :)

Giveaway Details:
+Giveaway is open ONLY to US readers.
+You MUST be a My Beautiful, Crazy Life reader
+This giveaway will end on August 31 at 11:00p.m. so get your entries in before its too late!
+All winners will be verified, so make sure your doing what you say you are :) 
+Winners will be contacted via e-mail.
Good luck :)

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  1. i just finished for love of a cupcake and i LOVED it!!!

  2. my all time favorite book is the summer novel trilogy - The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer without you, and We'll Always Have A Summer.

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  3. I love that you want to look back and see what you did for Christ. Oh, ME TOO!
    I want to be able to do that so badly. I hope you have a fantastic year, changing the world for Jesus :)

  4. I like You're Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be

  5. I read Mother Teresa Of Calcutta
    A Personal Portrait. She is so inspirational!

  6. Loved this guest post! It is a wonderful thing to catch the heart of God at a young age. I feel like I'm right where you are in life. I just got back from Haiti & my heart is broken more than ever before. It is wonderful allowing God to use our brokenness. I'm currently reading, Kisses from Katie, which is an incredible book that anyone who feels like they want to serve more needs to read! Great post!

  7. Oh man! besides the Bible, id have to say a walk to remember (cheesy i know!), i just read, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society last year and LOVED it..

  8. awww your dog is so cute :)


  9. favorite book. Oh goodness. I do love John Piper! I am reading desiring God now. I alos love the Hunger Games :)

  10. Just one favorite book? I'll pick The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.

  11. i just finished North of Beautiful by Headley :)

  12. My all time favorite book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:)

  13. a book called supernatural childbirth is my favorite. probably because after having such struggles with having kids, it gave me faith and hope in the promises of God concerning having kids. now they drive me crazy =)


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