Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Friend GiadyKitty of YouTube!


This is a shoutout to my friend Giada! We originally met on ChannelPages.com around October 2014, both searching for people to do video collaborations with on YouTube! Our first collaboration was our Winter Inspired Makeup Collaborations (I will link the videos down at the end). She makes fashion and beauty videos for YouTube, and I definitely believe she is an up-and-comer! Look out for her videos and subscribe to her channel: youtube.com/giadykitty
Follow her on:
Twitter: @JtheKitty
Instagram: @GiadyTheKitty



Her Winter Inspired Makeup Video:

My Winter Inspired Makeup Video: 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

When You Make Mistakes | Forgiveness and Letting Go

Mistakes are definitely a big part of life. They will happen, and you are allowed time to grieve them. So with that said, go ahead and allow yourself time to grieve your mistakes or the loss of the things that those mistakes took away from you, but don't beat yourself up over them: Learn from them! Mistakes are lessons, and while we'd rather avoid those speed bumps in life, sometimes God will allow us to go through things so that we can understand what other people are going through, and so that we can overcome them and share our stories. Some things could have definitely been avoided, but they are done and over now. We should work on overcoming them and moving on with our lives, instead of letting our past weigh us down and ruin our future. So please give yourself a break today, and don't forget to love yourself, be kind to yourself, and most importantly, forgive yourself (and forgive others who may have committed mistakes against you or hurt you, even if it was on purpose).

~Amy

   Isaiah 1:18:  "Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

2 Corinthians 5:17:  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Ephesians 4:32:   Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

What The Bible Says About Animal Cruelty

Isaiah 1:11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats."

Proverbs 12:10 "Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel."

Ecclesiastes 3:19 "For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity."

Exodus 23:5 "If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him."

Proverbs 27:23 "Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds."

Psalm 145:9 "The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made."

Genesis 1:28 "And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”"



Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.

Deuteronomy 25:4  “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.

Luke 15:4-7 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

1 Corinthians 15:3 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

Proverbs 31:8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Numbers 22:32 And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me.

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord.

Jonah 4:11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

Exodus 23:11 But the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard.

Genesis 2:19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

Isaiah 34:14-16 And wild animals shall meet with hyenas; the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; indeed, there the night bird settles and finds for herself a resting place. There the owl nests and lays and hatches and gathers her young in her shadow; indeed, there the hawks are gathered, each one with her mate. Seek and read from the book of the Lord: Not one of these shall be missing; none shall be without her mate. For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them.

Isaiah 32:20 Happy are you who sow beside all waters, who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free.

Genesis 49:5-7 “Simeon and Levi are brothers; weapons of violence are their swords. Let my soul come not into their council; O my glory, be not joined to their company. For in their anger they killed men, and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Heavenly Father knowing.

Genesis 33:13-14 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are frail, and that the nursing flocks and herds are a care to me. If they are driven hard for one day, all the flocks will die. Let my lord pass on ahead of his servant, and I will lead on slowly, at the pace of the livestock that are ahead of me and at the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

1 Timothy 5:18  For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Official Stance On Feminism | Changing Points Of View

Today I decided that I'm not going to call myself an anti-feminist ever again. I'm still definitely not a feminist, but I realized that just because feminism focuses solely on women doesn't necessarily mean it's being exclusive to men. Saying it's about ALL forms of equality is stretching it, but I'm going to let that one slide. Do I not care about humans just because I'm an animal rights activist? No! I already support all forms of equality, so why wouldn't want to support female rights, too? Of course I do, it was the terms "feminist" and "feminism" I had a problem with because it doesn't advocate for both women AND men, (Ex: "HeForShe"? Why not "HeAndShe"?) but I've realized... it's JUST a subdivision of equality that has to do with women's issues and women's rights, similar to how animal rights has to do exclusively with animals. Humans have more rights than animals, that's why we have animal rights groups. Men have more rights than women, that's why we have women's rights groups. I mean, I don't get upset that there are women's only community clubs and women's only bars and centers, why should I be upset about women's activism group? There's no logic in that! Maybe it was just bias, as I'm an American (living in America), and I haven't really (personally) experienced inequality on my being a female, but I know that in other countries women are looked down upon and don't have the same privileges that I'm so lucky to have here in America! Some women in Arab countries can't even show their faces! I show my face for a LIVING! (Imagine if I couldn't do that?) I couldn't imagine what that's like! Women in Parliament or Congress have even claimed that they feel seen and NOT HEARD! What I thought was so many centuries ago is STILL happening today! People ARE still sexist in many parts of the world! I probably will NEVER call myself a feminist, but I definitely support the same cause, because it IS a good cause. I still prefer the term Equalist (Equalism IS a word. It's on Wikipedia. Look it up.) Besides, I really don't want to be annoyed every time I think of Tom Hiddleston or Emma Watson being feminists (because they're literally amazing).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

SEO TIP OF THE DAY: YouTube Titles and Why You Shouldn't Use Hyphens

SEO TIP OF THE DAY: One of the first things I learned in SEO was to NEVER type hyphen in the title of a YouTube video; doing so will basically "subtract" the part of the title that comes after the hyphen, which means there will be less keywords (which help your include your video in a larger variety of searches). This will lead to your video getting less exposure than it could if it had all of the keywords.

An example of a keyword:
Think of a "tag", "hashtag", or "label".

Friday, January 9, 2015

How The Term "Curvy" Is Being Incorrectly Used

I usually never discuss controversial issues, but I seriously feel the need to (respectfully) address the fact that the term 'curvy' is being applied exclusively to overweight (for lack of a better word; maybe voluptuous?) women. It is being incorrectly used, because curves can be found on any body type or weight. Even on skinny women. I'll even attach some photos if you aren't yet convinced of my point.


Source: Sodahead.com

Source: Swaggernewyork.com


Many years ago, a "curvy women" referred to someone with large breasts, a small waist, and a full bottom and curves (AKA an hourglass figure). Nowadays, it's a synonym for chubby ladies to make them feel better about their bodies. I'm all for loving your body, but the term really is incorrect. And nowadays so many women in the new curvy clique have developed supremacist attitudes and have even resulted to skinny shaming! It really needs to stop. Stop with the labels and the body shaming.



What is a curve?












There you have it.
We all have curves.
Tall.
Short.
Old.
Young.
Skinny.
Chubby.
Or in the middle.


Get over it!


And most importantly, love your body.


Even if you're trying to improve it, love and care for the current body you have.



"Thin women CAN be curvy, and fat women CAN be curveLESS. It is a
body SHAPE, not a body SIZE." - Shiksaa of UrbanDictionary.com

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Men Are Not Entitled To Sex | A Biblical View On Quitting Pre-Marital Sex

I've been trying to come up with a topic to write about all day, but I couldn't seem to think of anything very interesting or that I really felt passionate about. Then I stumbled upon an article about a woman that wanted to abstain from sexual acts with her boyfriend until marriage for religious reasons even though she had already been sexually active with him. As I'm sure you can guess, her boyfriend wasn't very happy. She reached out to a self-proclaimed "Dating Expert" online; not only did he point out that it was a little late to be regretting it (although a bit more rudely), he ALSO put down her religious beliefs and basically called her SELFISH for wanting to become celibate/abstinent until marriage. I read a lot of the comments, and I have to say I agree with the comments that were defending her. HER BOYFRIEND IS NOT ENTITLED TO SEX WITH HER, HE DOES NOT OWN HER BODY. SHE ISN'T A PROSTITUTE. HE ISN'T HER PIMP. AND IF SHE FEELS THAT BECOMING ABSTINENT/CELIBATE IS THE RIGHT THING FOR HER THEN WHO IS THIS "DATING EXPERT" TO TELL HER SHE'S SELFISH FOR NOT WANTING TO HAVE SEX. Sure, her boyfriend may not understand, he may not respect (or even care about) her wishes, he may say he "needs sex", he might even cheat, but if that's true... HE ISN'T WORTH IT AND HE NEVER WAS. The "expert" also went on to make a very ignorant and offensive comment.

Quote:   "What does “closer to God” mean? What happens to all the unfortunate God-fearing women who have been having pre-marital sex without changing their minds? Are they screwed? Are they all going to hell? Or will they just not be as “close” with God as you are? And, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t God all-forgiving?"   

First of all, the idea that God is "all-forgiving" is mistaken. There IS only one unforgivable sin (Rejecting/Blaspheming the Holy Spirit), but the fact that there is even ONE, means that he is not ALL-forgiving (if we are speaking in the literal sense). Secondly, He WILL forgive you for your sins IF you REPENT. What is repentance? REALIZING AND ADMITTING THAT YOU ARE WRONG AND TURNING AWAY FROM YOUR SINS, MEANING YOU HAVE TO STOP DOING THAT SIN. 

What repentance isn't: *Commit sin* "Oh, I'm sorry!" *Commit same sin* "Oh, I'm sorry!" *Commit same sin* "Oh, I'm sorry!" A person who keeps doing the same sin and says "I'll just say sorry after!" is not only KNOWINGLY sinning, but they are also being rebellious towards God AND insulting him! John 14:21 (NIV):  "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear."  (Galations 5:16): "So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature" the acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity" I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

I understand that people WILL slip up, but that doesn't mean that you should stop trying! No one can exactly be like Jesus or God, no one can be perfect, but if you really believe in Him and love Him, then you will want to obey his laws and commandments. James 4:6: “God resists (stands against, opposes, hinders) the proud (arrogant, smug), but gives grace (help, aid, assistance, ability) to the humble.” (John 9:31 GWT) "We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. Instead, he listens to people who are devout and who do what he wants."

People nowadays seem to think that the Ten Commandments are null and that they only applied to the Jews. Is that so? Then would what about the commandment "You shall have NO other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth," (Exodus 20:3) and "Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold," (Exodus 20:23)? Are those null and void now, too? God is an all-present, all-knowing supreme being. If He meant that they were only to be followed for a specific time He would have SAID so. He wrote it all for a reason; He said what he meant and he MEANT what he said. If one of the commandments still rings true, then they ALL do. We can't pick and choose which commandments we want to follow, or assume that God meant for us to do one and not the other. If He didn't mean it, He wouldn't have said it. And if we weren't capable of it, he wouldn't have commanded it. 

Debating the commandment(s) against adultery (sexual acts with someone other than your spouse) and fornication (pre-marital sex) with: "But humans NEED sex. We are sexual creatures!" is both a cop-out and an implication that humans are so weak that they can't survive a certain amount of time without sex. That is both ludicrous AND offensive to the human race. We are not sexual weaklings and mewling quims. We are strong and we can survive nearly anything. As for temptation, to quote 1 Corinthians (NLT): "The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure," and 1 Peter 5:5-6: "Submit to God, resist the devil. God wants to exalt you, not you exalt yourself. He will exalt you in His way and in His due time.

Lastly, the idea that it's too late for this poor girl to go back to being abstinent or be a "good Christian" is absurd and false. If she feels this is the right thing to do, then she has the right to do it. The Holy Spirit talks to us through our conscious. Also, if someone is abstinent (yes, even after they've already been pre-maritally sexually active) God will bless her life AND her relationship with her partner/spouse.

I'd like to end this post by saying that I usually don't post such controversial topics (whether religious, political, etc.), but I strongly felt like I NEEDED to address this issue. I'm not perfect, I make mistakes, and I even know that I can be a hypocrite at times, but I'm not afraid to contradict myself at times and grow past my old opinions and beliefs. I also felt the need to correct this ignorant view of the Bible, sinning, and repentance. I'm not the most religious person in the world, I'm not a "zealot" or a "Jesus Freak", and I may even act worldly at times (I'm human, I make mistakes), but I am spiritual, I believe what the Bible says, and I know when to admit that I've made a mistake, and I'm always learning, changing, transforming; growing into a better person. And most importantly, I know what the Bibles says, and THAT specifically is why I need to share what I know about it when someone misquotes it or is ignorant of what is written in it. If you're going to be against it or debate it, at least know what it says before you try to make up some excuse of why it's wrong.


Other Resources:

"Until Marriage" by Lolo Jones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_SRO9mpt4Y

http://www.urbanfaith.com/2012/07/why-unmarried-christians-are-having-sex.html/

http://christiananswers.net/love/story-f-premarital1.html

http://christianity.net.au/questions/how_do_i_stop_sinning_sexually

http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/lovesexdating/i-dont-regret-having-sex.html

http://www.celibrate.org/index.php

http://www.wikihow.com/Live-a-Life-of-Celibacy


"Where is it written that we are not complete or whole unless we have sex? I have seen many friends investing all of their energies into relationships only to walk away with nothing" - Anne Marie Simpson, 33, London, UK

Sunday, December 14, 2014

THE TMI TAG | AMY ROSANOVA (AmyRoseSavage)




TMI TAG QUESTIONS:

1: What are you wearing?
2: Ever been in love?
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
4: How tall are you?
5: How much do you weigh?
6: Any tattoos?
7: Any piercings?
8: OTP?
9: Favorite show?
10: Favorite bands?
11: Something you miss? .
12: Favorite song?
13: How old are you?
14: Zodiac sign?
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
16: Favorite Quote?
17: Favorite actor?
18: Favorite color?
19: Loud music or soft?
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
21: How long does it take you to shower?
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
24: Turn on?
25: Turn off?
26: The reason I joined Youtube?
27: Fears?
28: Last thing that made you cry?
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
30: Meaning behind your YouTube Name?
31: Last book you read?
32: The book you’re currently reading?
33: Last show you watched?
34: Last person you talked to?
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
36: Favorite food?
37: Place you want to visit?
38: Last place you were?
39: Do you have a crush?
40: Last time you kissed someone?
41: Last time you were insulted?
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
43: What instruments do you play??
44: Favorite piece of jewelery?
45: Last sport you played?
46: Last song you sang?
47: Favorite chat up line?
48: Have you ever used it?
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
50: Who should answer these questions next?


THE PEOPLE I TAG:

SandraMariie
BernicesBeauty
TheSoulOfIceland
MakeupByKate
CookieChip (CookieChipIry)
GigiNKez
GiadyKitty

Friday, December 12, 2014

Facebook Considers Dislike Button? | My Opinion

That's right, folks, the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is considering installing a DISLIKE button. All I have to say is: WHY?! In my personal opinion, I think it's a very bad idea. This installment could only lead to more cyber bullying and trolling. According to Zuckerberg, he stated that the site would have to find a way to make sure it didn't become a way to demean people's posts., but how are you going to control what people do with a DISLIKE post? What is the point of it? It's so negative. Do you really want a list of all the things you DISLIKE on your page? Is that really what you want to focus on? Seeing all the things that irritate you or bring you down isn't going to lift you up and make your day better, it's only going to... keep bringing you down! And can you imagine how you would feel if one of YOUR posts got a dislike? I know I wouldn't like it! I think it can only cause more negativity and more stress. What happened to: If you don't like it, keep scrolling! (?) Why do we choose to focus on the negative? There's already a cyber bullying dilemma, so why are we trying to fan the flames? If you think it is a bad idea, then please speak out about it, too! Let's strive to create a more positive & inspiring world. Please share this post with your friends and feel free to post the link or a screen shot of this article in your own blog or social media as a reference. Thank you! :)


Mark Zuckerberg's video post about why they don't have a dislike button on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10101783733700161&set=vb.4&type=2&theater

He explains that sometimes clicking a like on something sad doesn't feel comfortable, and
we do need something to express an appropriate emotion, but we need something to do it
in a positive way, and not something that could be misused to demean someone's posts. He
goes on to explain about the positivity issue, as well! I'm so glad he sees it that way, too!

My Experience | Encouragement For Discouraged YouTubers

Hello my friends! I've feeling kind of discouraged over my YouTube channel for a while. (I'm guessing that if you're reading this, perhaps you're in the same boat? I just want to let you know that it's going to be okay!) I was feeling like my videos just sucked; that they weren't professional enough, helpful, or even that entertaining. I felt like nobody was watching. But then I started going through some REALLY old videos of mine (and removing some of them), and I realized by watching them just how much I've progressed from that, the days where the lighting and my editing skills weren't that good (hellooo: shaky camera & voice over feedback, anyone?!), where I could only upload up to 30 seconds, or where the lighting was bad, and the quality wasn't that clear, and sometimes I didn't even bother to add music (or let's face it.. get off my bed for a freaking vlog!) I realized that my videos are much better today, and I also realized that they will be even better in the future. Being a YouTuber is a work in progress. I'm always progressing, AND I always WILL if I keep at it. No matter how many people try to bring me down, or used to try to bring me down, I won't give up, because making and producing videos is something that I'm PASSIONATE about, and if you love something, whether it's a person or a job or whatever, YOU never let it go or abandon it. So if you're ever down on yourself about your skills or something that you love doing, just remember that you're getting better each day, and you're better than you were yesterday; practice, practice! You may not be there yet, but you're sure as hell closer than you were yesterday, my friends! Don't give up, and I definitely won't be giving up! Stay your beautiful self! ~Amy