About Me + The Honey Bulb |The Honey Bulb

It’s 2019 and The Honey Bulb is off to a great start! I am so excited for you all to see everything I have planned this year! And since The Honey Bulb has been active for a while now, I thought I’d share a little about me and how I got the idea to start The Honey Bulb!

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always loved getting all dressed up for wherever I went. I can remember an instance when I was about 3 and crying hysterically all the way from home to church (we lived about an hour from our church) because my shoes weren’t matching my bag! When we did get to church, I would tell everyone around me “Don’t look at me, I look ridiculous!”

Ok, so I’m not as dramatic now, but I’ve always been a fashion girl and love piecing together outfits!

In my Senior Year of High School, I really fell in love with the idea of starting a blog. But I didn’t want to just start any fashion blog, I wanted to start a fashion blog with a message.

 

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Nicolle Luna, Founder, and Author of The Honey Bulb

I wanted to share all that I was learning from God and encourage others to develop and strengthen their relationship with Christ as well! Thus, I created Fashionista in The Sea, based on the Scripture “Come and follow me and I will show you how to be fisher of men” (Mathew 4:19). I was a Fashionista with the purpose of showing others how beautiful it is to serve the Lord and hear from Him!

Well fast-forward a few years later and now I have developed The Honey Bulb, with that same intent!

After Graduating from Grand Canyon University (GCU) with a Bachelors in Marketing and studying Digital Marketing at New York University (NYU), I felt that I really wanted to use all the gifts and talents God has given me for a greater purpose.

With The Honey Bulb, I hope to encourage readers to grow in their walk with God! As a lifestyle website, I also want readers to get inspired and motivated to try new style trends, recipes, travel ideas, and even stay healthy and fit!

My Name is Nicolle Luna, I’m 26 years old and I am super excited to see all that God has prepared for me and my future!

 

How I’m Doing New Year’s Resolutions in 2019 |The Honey Bulb

It’s the first week of the year, and most of us have probably made our list of New Year’s Resolutions and are well on our way through the first week in achieving our goals.

It’s great to be highly motivated throughout the first week,  but how do we keep that motivation going throughout the entire year?

Well, this year I am making sure that I’m staying motivated to get through my resolutions by coming up with a strategy that turns my resolutions into habits and maintaining them by incorporating them into my routine.

It’s said that it takes fourteen days to form a habit so if that is true, then making sure reaching our New Year’s Resolutions shouldn’t be any different.

But to really form a habit or goal and keep it maintained, we need to have the right mentality.

Don’t just see your resolution as well, a resolution!

If you take your resolution and make it be a part of who you now are, well you’ll most likely stay motivated to keep up the good work!

For example, if you want to eat healthier this year, then don’t just make it another thing to cross off your list. There’s a small difference between “This year I am eating healthier” and “This year I will eat healthier.” but that small difference can make a huge difference in your motivation.

If you see your goal as something you are going to achieve instead of something you are already achieving then your motivation will quickly fade, but if you take your resolution and make it be a part of who you now are, well you’ll most likely stay motivated to keep up the good work!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to step out of my comfort zone. Instead of doing one thing that is out of my comfort zone, cross it off my list, and quickly forget about it, I’m making sure that I’m incorporating this into my character and my habits this year.

Another way to maintain motivation is to realistically challenge yourself. For instance, If your goal is to do 200 Jumping Jacks per day but you haven’t worked out in a while, you may not be able to do those 200 Jumping Jacks on the first day or even week, so you may get tired and give up.

My advice, gradually work your way there. Start with 25 or 50 Jumping Jacks per day and throughout the weeks increase a bit more until you can reach 200.

And that is how you should assess most of your resolutions as well! If you realistically assess yourself and put in the effort, you’ll not only reach your goals but you’ll maintain them!

If you haven’t made your list yet or if you’re looking for more to add, here are a few Resolutions you could incorporate into your list:

Staying Healthy and Fit

This year may be the year you begin to stay fit or maintain your fitness goals! As well as begin eating healthy or maintain your healthy eating habits! I actually started to incorporate staying healthy and fit into my daily routine last year and it really was a life changer! If you need some extra motivation in staying healthy and fit check out my secret to maintaining this goal in my article “What’s up with all this Health Talk? And How it Changed My Life”

Maintain An Up-to-Date Wardrobe

Towards the end of 2018, I went through my wardrobe and was in shock at how many things I had that I really wasn’t wearing anymore! So I made a major clean-up in my wardrobe, donated some pieces, and now my goal this year is to completely renovate my wardrobe! If you’re looking to do the same, check out my article “How I’m Shopping in 2019” here on The Honey Bulb!

Learn or Create New Recipes

One of the things I love is creating a recipe that tastes amazing and sharing that recipe with my friends and family! This year I’m definitely going to try to new recipes, especially some healthy options to incorporate into my diet!

Read and Study The Bible

One thing I love about being a Christian is that God gave us His Word to read and study and incorporate into our daily lives. In the book of Daniel, we read that Daniel prayed to God three times a day! That is amazing! And he was considered a wise man for his time and God blessed Him greatly. In Jeremiah 33:3, God declares “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you don’t know.” When I come into the presence of God with my praise and prayers I am reminded that God speaks and when I tune my ears to listen, then He will truly teach me all He needs me to know!

This year I am keeping my New Year’s Resolutions in my prayers because I know that even though I may have the right perspective, with God’s help I know “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13.

 

How I’m Shopping in 2019 |The Honey Bulb

It’s 2019, which means updating our wardrobe with the latest trends and styles is a must!

Although easier said than done, shopping can be a difficult task if you don’t have the right strategy. That is why, through the years I’ve developed my own shopping strategy that helps me find what I’m looking for, stay on budget, and feel great about my shopping choices!

And so with my strategy perfected, this is how I’ll be Shopping in 2019:

Look Through the Website

First things first, if you are going to the mall or have a specific store in mind, look through the store’s website (if they have one), and pick out a few items you’d like to buy. That way when you get to the store, you’ll know exactly what you’re looking for.

Subscribe to Email Lists

Subscribe to email lists of your favorite stores. This may not seem so significant, however, most stores promote new products and also offer promotions daily or weekly! 

Shop Smart When it Comes to Sale Items

Along with looking for a great deal, you should also remember to shop smart. Just because an item is on sale at an incredible price does not mean you have to have it! I’ve bought items on sale because of their price thinking “Yeah I think I can pull it off!” Only to wear it once and never again! What I do is assess my wardrobe realistically, and ask myself, “Will this item work with my other pieces?” This shouldn’t keep you from making a purchase however if you are thinking of incorporating a different style into your wardrobe.

Assess Your Wardrobe

Look through your closet and find what pieces you have in abundance, and which pieces you are lacking. Do you have an abundance of t-shirts and not enough blouses? How about skirts, dresses, pants or jeans? Sometimes we only notice we need these pieces when at the last minute we have to go somewhere and don’t have anything to wear! My advice? Make a checklist of the items your lacking in your wardrobe and have that checklist around when shopping!

Be Careful when Shopping for Trends

When shopping for trends, I usually do two things, first I check my budget to determine how much I’m willing to spend on a trend and second I check the style and cut of the piece. Why? Well, first of all, trends are one of those things that we never know how long will last. With that, I usually assess how much I’m willing to spend on a trend and if it really is a must-have item for my wardrobe. Checking the cut and style of a trendy item also allows me to assess if it will be lasting or if it will quickly fade.

Timeless is Key

As we are on the subject of cut and style, I believe timeless pieces is key when shopping for items that will last. Think neutral colors, button-down shirts, leather, etc. Timeless items and colors are must-haves in any wardrobe.

Check the Material

And on the subject of staying on budget, I always measure how much I’m willing to spend on a piece by its material. Sometimes an item may be expensive but the material, however, may not be the best. On the other hand, sometimes the item may be priced lower but be made from great durable material.

 

The Christmas Checklist |The Honey Bulb

Christmas is coming and we just can’t wait to celebrate the season in Style and in Word! At The Honey Bulb, we love creating Home and Style guides, but making a list and checking it twice is a must when it comes to the Christmas Season!

We put together this simple Christmas Checklist to get you in the Christmas Spirit all season long! Check it out!

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Wonderfully Made |The Honey Bulb

Isn’t it amazing to know we are fearfully and wonderfully made?

“I praise You because You made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What You have done is wonderful. I know this very well.” Psalm 139:14

In Psalm 139 verse 1 David explains “LORD, You have examined me and know all about me.” Isn’t that amazing?

Think about your gifts, talents, and even personality traits! God made you in an amazing and wonderful way with a bundle of gifts that are unique to you to live your life doing!

WONDERFULLY MADE…

This is something that I think we all need to focus on sometimes.

When we let our insecurities and fears keep us from using the gifts and talents we have to shine God’s glorious light, not only are we hindering the progress of God in our lives, but this also affects those around us.

In John 10:10 Jesus says “A thief comes to kill and steal and destroy. I came to give life, life in all its fullness.”

When you let your insecurities and fear keep you from being who God created you to be, you are really letting “the thief” come in and kill, steal, and destroy the fullness of life that Christ has come to give.

So embrace your talents and abilities, even your personality traits because those are who make you Wonderfully Made!

We are wonderfully made because God’s got a plan for our life that is way beyond anything we can think or imagine! We are wonderfully made because not only is that God’s plan for us, but we can be used to bring that same comfort and joy to others as well!

So embrace the fact that you are wonderfully made and live life to the fullest!

 

*Featured Photo Updated 10/16/19

Why We Need To Get Rid of Timidity |The Honey Bulb

Have you ever let timidity and fear keep you from doing something?

I can say from experience that my fears and lack of confidence caused me to run straight into a cave, figuratively speaking of course!

And I’m so glad that I listened to the voice of God telling me “Get out of that cave!”

I took that step in my life, but still, I had my many fears that I needed to get passed.

I have often heard that when God calls us, He knows we aren’t completely perfect, however, He calls us to action and in the action, we develop our strength and confidence.

I have to say that last week my perspective began shifting in a tremendous way and I can say that I haven’t been the same person since!

After reading a devotional on this subject I came across this Bible verse,

“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

And I realized that I hadn’t been giving it my all out of timidity and fear, and not to mention all those “what if’s.”

But still, God kept reminding me throughout the week that I needed to completely let go of that fear and timidity and grab hold of that Spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline that He had instilled in me.

I love when God shows up and surprises you with a message that completely breaks away that last bit of fear that holds you back, and He kept doing just that!

I was listening to a message and sure enough, the preacher began speaking about the Parable of the Talents from Mathew 25:14-30.

To Summarize, in this parable, Jesus taught that He has given us talents and abilities that He wants us to use, however,  we get to choose what we do with those talents and abilities.

We can choose to either develop and strengthen those abilities or we can choose to hide them and never let them grow.

To those who used their talents, God blessed them and multiplied their talents so that they could do even more!

But to the one who chose to keep his talent locked up and decided that it would be better to play it safe than be sorry, actually was sorry in the end because even that one talent he had been given was taken away from him because he didn’t choose to honor God by utilizing his talent and ability.

Here I saw that action really can equal strength and the gifts we receive are Power, Love, and Self-Discipline.

In that message, the preacher also spoke about honoring God with what we think and what we say.

If we think we are not good enough and won’t measure up, is that honoring God?

I thought about this and came to the conclusion that my fears were definitely not honoring to God who has always told me “Be strong and brave for I am always with you!”

And so that character trait began developing in me. Strength in God. The strength to not be timid and afraid but to always bring out that Spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline in everything that I am to do.

So if we belong to God, we all get the Spirit of Power, Love, and Self-Discipline. How will you use those gifts to take action?

 

*Article Updated 10/19/19

Why Praying Specific Prayers Matter |The Honey Bulb

I believe that prayer is a major part of the Christian lifestyle. Through prayer, we connect with God in a way that satisfies His heart and strengthens our relationship and faith in Him and His Word.

With all that said, I believe, however, that to reach a point where you feel completely confident in Christ and in His Word, your prayer life needs to be stronger.

And how do you strengthen your prayer life?

By praying specific prayers.

When I first felt guided to write this devotional all I had was the title, “Why Praying Specific Prayers Matter”

This came to me as I remembered a prayer I made specifically and how God has strengthened my relationship with Him and I have grown much more in my spiritual walk through that prayer.

So why does praying specific matter?

First of all, praying specific prayers matter because when our answer comes, it builds faith and trust that God heard us and that we can have the confidence to really come to Him and know He will answer us.

James 1:5-8 says, “But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you. But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind. Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the LORD.”

When I think of specific prayers, I’m reminded of all those in the Bible that prayed specifically, and when I think of the subject of seeking God through specific prayer I am reminded of Gideon.

In Judges 6:11 we meet Gideon. Right from the start, we see that Gideon, although he felt that he was weak, had the biggest courage to be specific with God.

“The angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and said, ‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior!’ Then Gideon said, ‘Sir, if the LORD is with us, why are we having so much trouble? Where are the miracles our ancestors told us He did when the LORD brought them out of Egypt? But now He has left us and handed us over to the Midianites.” (Judges 6:12-13)

“The LORD turned to Gideon and said, ‘Go with your strength and save Israel from the Midianites. I am the one who is sending you.’ But Gideon answered, ‘LORD, how can I save Israel? My family group is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least important member of my family.’ The Lord answered him, ‘I will be with you. It will seem as if the Midianites you are fighting are only one man.” (Judges 6:14-16)

In this short passage, we see that not only did Gideon speak to the LORD specifically but that he also had the confidence and faith to bring all of his doubts and worries to the LORD because he knew that the LORD would answer him and give him peace and confidence.

Through Gideon’s specific requests the LORD blessed him, his family, his tribe, and his nation.

The LORD called Gideon, and He calls us too.

Praying specific prayers enable us to develop and strengthen our relationship with God because we give Him the opening to dialogue with us and through that He gives us peace, confidence, and encouragement.

After Gideon had that conversation with the LORD he “built an altar there to worship the LORD and named it The Lord Is Peace.” (Judges 6:24).

We can have that same peace, courage, and strong relationship with God when we begin to pray specific, listen and really seek God for His answer and not doubt that we will hear from Him.

So Let me encourage you today. Are you praying specific prayers to God? Are you taking all of your fears and your worries to the LORD? Are you asking, seeking, and knocking?

“Ask, and God will give to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened.” Mathew 7:7-8

So remember Gideon today in your prayer time, because he asked, he sought, and he knocked on that door and God gave him the peace, courage, strength, and direction he needed and I strongly believe the LORD will do the same for all those who genuinely are seeking out His will through prayer.

*Featured Photo Updated 10/16/19

*Article Updated 10/19/19

What’s Up With All This Health Talk? And How it Changed My Life |The Honey Bulb

Everyone has been talking about it for decades, probably even centuries. The human health. What to eat, when to workout, how many hours of sleep one needs, and so on. There is so much talk about health out there and it can be really difficult to even know where to start.

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