Go to bed. Tired.

Somehow the months and days of 2016 came to a close and we’re beginning a brand new beautiful year. How the past 365 days have already found their way into 2017 is still hard to believe, but there is always so much to look forward to when we find ourselves in a new season. All that’s set forth before us is so full of opportunity, but whether or not we can see that now is beside the point; it’s whether or not we’ll be willing to find & appreciate it.

This is not another “Here’s My New Year’s Resolution” post that’s plastered on the front of my brand new 2017 calendar. It’s certainly not a cliché “New Year, New Me” claim either. It’s simply food for thought - something to think about as you begin your new year.

Ever find yourself wanting a redo on something? To go back and put forth a different effort, to invest that effort in different things, in different people... I found myself feeling like I could’ve done more in 2016 once it was already over. I hated that feeling of knowing I could’ve worked harder, accomplished more, just done more. To ensure finding myself in a different place come December of 2017, I’ve broken down even my smallest of goals to lay on one common foundation.

My sister is one of my biggest role models. She’s one of the hardest workers I know, incredibly selfless, and has taught me more about life than possibly anyone. About a month ago we talked on the phone, like we always try to do. We started talking about our day. How college was for her, how high school was for me. We ended, however, talking about the rest of our lives. My sister is wise beyond her years and has taught me countless lessons that I’ll always carry with me, but this was one that completely altered the way I thought. We were talking about how easy it is to become overwhelmed and unfocused when your life gets busy, something both of us could relate to. The conversation ended with her telling me, “What a blessing it is to go to bed tired though.” How I hadn’t recognized this idea before was beyond me, but I’m so grateful I could hear it come out of someone else’s mouth.

The fact of the matter is whenever we get tired, whenever we get busy, we consider it a burden.

We consider having a full day of school, work, practice, eating, sleeping, talking, running, driving, and just living to be a burden. But how fortunate are we to have a body that allows us to run until we’re exhausted, or a mind that enables us to learn until we grow tired. Being tired needs to be redefined as a good thing. It needs to be redefined as the goal.

If resting your head at the end of the day entails being physically and mentally drained, understand it to be nothing short of an absolute blessing. We have all been placed where we are with unquestionably different yet valuable talents, and not using them to the very best of our ability is a waste of potential. Squandering even the smallest of our God-given gifts disables us from making use of the possible impact we have on both the world and the people in it. No, this is not encouragement to be a people pleaser or answer “yes” to everything, nor a suggestion to work yourself into the ground every day. Rather, to find and recognize the many good ways that God is using you, and to have faith in your ability to do His will.

Reconsidering trials and tribulations as blessings will most likely never be second nature. It takes intention to turn tiredness into tirelessness, and takes effort to recognize both as wonderful things. Acknowledge that God has faith in you to handle every task He gives you, and learn to be humbled by that great gift.

Stick to all your New Year’s resolutions you may already have in place, but also consider this truth as you start off your 2017. Use your gifts. Use them to help others. Use them as much and as often as you can. And go to bed tonight. Tired.

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.’” - Erma Bombeck

- Maggie Petersen, Chicago

@maggieepetersen on Instagram  

The New Classic

Merchandise is back and better than ever, Seaside Crew.

Merchandise for living the Seaside Crew Life has expanded from our original green logo tee to an extensive variety of vibrant, creative, and beachy shirts and tanks that give us a glimpse of our favorite little beach town. With the help of our friends, the fantastically talented people at Our30A, this new tee is no exception. You could even say, “A new treasure has washed ashore.” And trust us — it’s a gem.

We are releasing a brand new shirt with a sweet design that combines classic SCL elements with entirely new ones. The massive success of our “Hang Loose” tees inspired us to repurpose this design in a way that is fresh and simplified. We also put our timeless logo to use in this new tee, which is something we have not done on a large scale since we released our first shirt.

With the return of SCL merchandise and the introduction of a new tee comes the return of the best-loved and most-sought-after shirt style, Comfort Colors. Our collaboration with these go-to shirts has “taken a vacation” during the past few releases of our shirts due to incredible demand and lack of availability. Thankfully, our latest merchandise has still thrived, even without being Comfort Colors tees. However, we thought it would be a good idea to reintroduce Comfort Colors shirts onto the SCL scene with the introduction of our newest tee.

In three awesome colors, Seafoam, Denim, and Berry, our newest tee is sure to be your new go-to for soaking up the sun, heading to class, and everything in between. This fresh design beautifully pairs with every one of the vibrant colors options available. It is one of our favorites; we know it will be one of yours, too.

The classic SCL logo adorns the back while a simplified, reimagined “Hang Loose” design decorates the front pocket. Being both crisp and charming, this new tee does not disappoint. The recipe for it is simple: just the right amount of classic and just the right amount of new. See for yourself — you won’t be let down.

We are so excited to be able to provide another way for Crew Members to live the Seaside Crew Life, whether sitting on the sugary sands of 30A or in the chilly classrooms of Biology 101.  Hopefully, this new piece will remind you of the memories made in our “home away from home” and inspire you to make new ones. To us, it’s a little slice of our Little Slice of heaven, and we hope you feel that way, too.

Now, get out there, make some waves, and live the Seaside Crew Life — all while doing it in style (thanks to our newest tee).

- Will Franklin Eller // ATL, GA

www.instagram.com/wf_eller

 

Shop here: http://www.livescl.com/shopscl/the-new-classic

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What to Know: College

To those of you going off to college…

As summer ends and a new school year begins, some of you are heading off to college, for some college is just around the corner, and for some college is life or it’s in the past. For me personally, I am embarking on my senior year of college. Senior. Year. of. College. I can’t even begin to explain the many emotions going through my head as this time has arrived.

It seems like yesterday that I was in your shoes: either just trying to decide what university to attend or heading off to college for the first time as a first year freshman. Going off to college is not the easiest transition. It’s a big life step: many of you only moving a couple miles away, or moving hours away, and maybe even for some, moving out of state. It’s scary, it’s exhilarating, and it all makes us anxious even while knowing that everyone is in the same boat.

I want to give you all advice, I want to tell you things I wish I would’ve done or the things I wish I wouldn’t have done, but I can’t even pinpoint exact moments because those moments of heartache, the moments of ups and downs are what have made college such a learning experience and some of the best years of my life. But, I would like to share a few little things that helped me have a successful transition to the university that I can call home.

1. If your parents call you, pick up and talk to them. You’re their baby going off to college, they care, they want to hear from you. Just answer the phone or update them every once in awhile about your life. Don’t push them out completely. Sometimes the relationship you have with your parents will even be better and become stronger while you’re in college.

2. Watch where your money goes. Don’t spend it all going out or getting coffee… try to start saving it now because eventually you’ll have to pay rent and bills (maybe some of you already do that and you know it can be tough)

3. Get involved: service, youth group, clubs, organizations, sororities, fraternities. These are some things that will help you make friends and these friends can be friends for life. Also, get involved with what is going on around you. Events, workshops, even becoming involved in different social justice issues around your area that you are passionate about.

4. The friends you make your first year, will not necessarily be the friends that you’ll keep until graduation. Life happens, we become busy and you won’t be able to hang out as much, etc. But, sometimes the friends you make are in your life for a reason, a season, or for life.

5. If you have the opportunity to study abroad, take it. Or if you want to have that opportunity, create it. Make it happen Unfortunately I didn’t create the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year, but I did have the opportunity for 2 weeks of service abroad in Canada and Jamaica and those were some of the best experiences of my life.

6. Participate, don’t anticipate. Be present, be engaged in your first year of college! Don’t anticipate what it should be like or compare it to someone else’s college experience. Good, bad, or ugly, be present in that because you will learn so much from those experiences.

7. Be vulnerable and open-minded. College is a time for you to continually learn more about yourself and the people around you. It’s a time to grow and learn from what life brings.

These past 3, going on 4 years have been the best most challenging years of my life but I don’t think I would’ve been able to do it without the people around me at my university. God has placed me at such a wonderful university that I get to call home. He has opened my eyes to beautiful people and has challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and fight for what I believe in. Although my prayer life and trust in the Lord is still something that I am working on, I am so so so happy I trusted in Him throughout my transition into college. You’re going to be challenged, but I challenge you to stay rooted, be engaged, participate, and don’t anticipate.


“Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today, so let us begin.” -Mother Teresa

- Mallory Koch, Austin, TX

Power of Prayer

I have a huge bulletin board in my room, and it’s been there since I was about 4 years old. Through the years, it’s had just about everything from my childhood pinned to it at some point or another. No… really. The memories that consumed my board ranged from my “cursive license” - you should have seen the 2nd grade me pinning it up there for everyone to see, it was a pretty big deal - to my 2013 Justin Bieber concert tickets, to birthday cards from relatives, to pictures from Friday night football games, to corsages I’d worn to school dances, to Cubs tickets from the summer before. My board continued to grow more and more cluttered as time went on. Nothing on it had any correlation (unless you can find some connection between my 3rd place swim-team ribbons from the fourth grade, and my high school report cards). 

So you get the point: it was basically just filled with a bunch of “stuff”. Earlier this year, and I’m still not sure why it took me this long, I realized that all of this “stuff” really had no meaning to me anymore. Sure, it kinda looked cool, and so many memories over the years had been pinned onto this board, but I still found myself asking the question, “Why on earth do I still have all of this?” Long story short: I ditched the junk, and the huge board stayed blank for about a week. 

I had no idea what to do with it, and at this point, it was just taking up space. We had the day off of school, so I woke up early to go to church with my mom. During the service, because the morning service is usually quieter and not so busy, we all prayed aloud before we left, each of us asking everyone else to keep a certain person in their prayers that week. 

A woman started to get teary as she offered up her intention, explaining that her son had been struggling a lot lately with different mental illnesses and problems in school. She mentioned his name. I didn’t want to forget it. I wanted to be able to remember so I could think about him and pray for him throughout the week. I took a post-it note out of my Bible and wrote down his name, we finished up praying as a group, and we went home. 

When I went to put my Bible away, I took out the post-it so I wouldn’t forget to pray for the boy and his mom I had learned about earlier. As I thought of a good place to keep the note, a place where I’d see it every day and be reminded of the two people, the answer of putting it on my bulletin board only became obvious.

 

 So that’s where it stayed. 

For the whole week. 

Actually, that’s where it still is. 

 

Along with about 200 other prayers that I’ve written over the past few months, the name of the boy and his mom are still pinned to that huge white bulletin board. 

Over the past 7 months, I’ve been adding onto this prayer board week by week. I’ve really discovered the power of prayer, and the peace that comes in lifting others up to the Lord when they need it most. I’ve prayed my whole life, but it’s never been as meaningful as it is to me now. Whether I’m praying for a friend, someone I haven’t talked to in awhile, one of my family members, or even myself, I’ll take two seconds to write it down on a notecard and pin it up. I see it every morning and every night, and I’m humbled to be able to pray to a God that listens to all of my intentions. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This peace that is talked about in Philippians 4:6-8 is real, and is so accessible to us from Jesus, through prayer. I’ve grown to love this verse, because it reiterates the fact that it’s okay to not understand what’s going on around us 24/7. It’s okay to not have 100% control over what goes on in our lives. Praying about things rather than worrying about them can work wonders in our lives’. 

I think it’s easy to underestimate the power of prayer. I mean, how much will talking to someone who you can’t even see really help you out, right? I used to think that too. I was never against praying, I guess I just wasn’t really thinking about the words I was saying. I would primarily pray when things were going wrong; when I really needed something. But when I started my prayer board, I started to pray all the time: after a great day, after a not so great day, after everyday. There’s no right or wrong way to pray, but one thing does remain constant about prayer: it’s most powerful when it’s most present. We’ll get more out of the wonderful connection to Christ that prayer provides if we can learn to pray and praise Him through all times, not just the ugly. 

Through prayer, we come to a closer realization of God’s will for us, rather than our own. Prayer can commonly be mistaken as a list of things that we need help with, and when these things aren't resolved immediately, we tend to doubt the plan that is in store for us. As humans, we like to see results. It’s not wrong, it’s just human. But when these results aren’t immediate, we become impatient, anxious, and doubtful. However, when we learn to truly place our trust in Jesus, and actively communicate with Him through prayer, we can see this anxiety and doubt being wiped away. Going back to the verse above from Philippians: if we dwell in our anxieties, we can assure ourselves to never find peace. If we can learn to live in trusting our savior, we can find the hope that he leaves for each and every one of us.

I’m glad I finally came to my senses and realized I could actually make something useful out of this board, even if it did take me 14 years. I’ve learned the power and comfort that comes from the words, “I’m praying for you,” and the reciprocated feelings that it instills in others when you mention the same thing to them. When you find yourself overwhelmed, pray for reassurance. When you find yourself nervous, pray for confidence. Even when you find yourself over-the-moon happy, pray for a grateful heart. There’s always someone or something we can lift up in prayer, because God can do more in one minute than we can do in a lifetime. 

I still wonder about that boy and his mom. I haven't seen her since, and because of that, have no idea how her son is doing. But I still pray for them. And sometimes, that is all we can do: pray. 

“In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was 'Help me.' Sometimes a prayer was 'Thank you.' What I've discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.”

- Iyanla Vanzant

 

written by: Maggie Petersen of Chicago, IL

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Life

Life.

Life ...something that is so often taken for granted.

A simple four letter word that means so much.


We have 1 LIFE on this earth and we need to start living without boundaries. We need to start taking chances. We need to stop being so afraid because God is with us. He is with us when we are at the top of the mountain and in the valley. He is the One who is with us when no one else is. So why do we take that for granted? WHY are we so afraid? He has given us this LIFE to share his word and change the world.

So let's be vessels for him.
Spread his light e v e r y w h e r e we go.

Share His love and His word to those we encounter because that is what matters most in the simple four letter word that is our existence.... Life.

Quit worrying about what people think about you because you WILL be judged. People will say things that hurt but none of it matters because the only opinion that matters is His. At the end of our journey we will be judged by one person and that is Him.

So do not be afraid and LIVE.
Take chances.
Tell people how much they mean to you.
Forgive others. Love others. Support others.
HAVE FUN. 

LIFE begins when you step out of your comfort zone so GO and just LIVE like God has intended us to do so.

Do not be afraid for he is with you in everything you do & everywhere you go.

-Blakely Huff

Instagram: www.instagram.com/shakeandblake_ly

 

Radically Real

RADICALLY REAL

 

Unprecedented freedom is found when we accept that nothing & no one determine our identity but God.

 

That truth is definitely not easy to accept. The reality that God loves us — when we are our most real, authentic, and raw — simultaneously confuses and encourages me. In our society, we are constantly bombarded with the commands to conform and adjust to what other people deem acceptable.

 

Social media, although I am not against it, can be a major weapon in the hands of the Enemy. Perfectly-retouched models and celebrities overtake our feeds, and our screens can become a breeding ground for comparison. When we constantly compare ourselves to those around us, in person or online, we allow our joy and security to be stolen.

 

For a long time, my identity was in the acceptance of other people. I have allowed others who are more attractive, athletic, or intelligent than me to, whether they knew it or not, dictate my confidence. Satan’s lies of “You’re not good enough,” and “You will never have a future” cluttered my mind and heart. Why was I allowing my identity to have its source in anything other than God?

 

Genesis 1:27 says, “For God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” This verse proves that each person on the face of this earth has undeniable, unimaginable value. If the God of the universe says it’s true, it’s true! This truth is an incredible weapon we can use to combat the lies of the Enemy that try to demean who we really are.

 

Even the most powerful lies of the Enemy cannot chip away at the solidity of our identity if its foundation is in God, the Rock of Ages. 

 

With that, it becomes easier to face the temptations to conform to what society tells us we should be. God’s declarations to us about ourselves ensure our present and future identity, even if we have a past of comparison, doubt, and insecurity. Old threats — more talented, attractive or put-together people — fade in the light of the truth that Jesus loves our authentic selves.

 

Because of His promises, the need to “measure up,” retouch or compare ourselves is eradicated, and the freedom to be raw, true, and authentic is ours. What a necessary and cherished reminder: God genuinely loves us! He doesn’t want us to put on a mask, whether in front of Him or in front of others. We don’t have to change who we are to get God to love us.

 

With those promises comes responsibility, however. We are now charged to be radically real as we commune with God and interact with others. Hypocrisy is not an option. Being fake is not an option. God’s Word makes it clear that being authentic is an act of service to Him. It is our responsibility to be genuine about our struggles, desires, and victories, because we do not allow anyone else’s opinion but God’s to define who we are.

 

There is now no need to be afraid of what others think. Our identities are found solely in the promises of God: we are loved, valued, and created in His image. So, we can find security. We can find stability. We can find confidence. We are free to be ourselves and find ourselves because of the wonderful promises of God that dictate our identity. 

 

My best friend’s mom has this posted on the wall in their house. My prayer is that this would become our anthem as we choose to be radically real and be the men and women God has created us to be!

 

“Too long in a box

Too long not loving what I see

Unsatisfied with the status quo

Pleasing everyone

While losing the real me

 

No longer would I sit back

Be fake, be hurt, be quiet

I had to heal… This was real

Something had to change

 

I found Him; I found me!

Realized I was purchased

And regardless…

Would be me on purpose!

 

Be happy; be free

Be you… On purpose!”

- Unknown

 

- Will-Franklin Eller, GA

- Instagram: www.instagram.com/wf_eller

 

Behind the Design: Hang Loose

 

Hangin’ With The Crew: Behind the Design of the SCL Hang Loose Tees

By: Mallory Koch

Phase 1: Love for SCL

One day a couple years ago when I was in Seaside, I stumbled across an Instagram account called “seasidecrewlife”. Like everyone else, I immediately followed the account and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love the opportunity to see everyone enjoying their time in the family town we all love and it’s so wonderful to see how much people genuinely love Seaside Crew Life. Because of Seaside Crew Life, I now have lifelong friends who have become family and I couldn’t be more thankful. I personally love this account because I never knew that when I followed it, I would’ve grown in my faith, my love for Seaside, my love for people, and my love for moments.

Phase 2: The Drawing

This past summer, SCL was asking for design ideas, or just asking what people would like to see on t-shirts, etc. Well, me being the gal I am, grabbed a pen and paper, and let my creativity flow, hoping to eventually send them to Ansley. With this design, I wanted to incorporate something with the “crew” aspect (because we are one big family), so I drew a bunch of things, but the one that SCL loved most was the hangin’ loose with the crew. Never in a million years would I think my design would inspire the seaside crew life tees, let alone actually be on a t-shirt.

Phase 3: Joe’s Magic

I’ve never met Joe, but seriously, this guy is awesome. Joe Weaver is the owner of Our30A. The many stories I’ve heard of him and how he literally transitioned my design to something so great is just purely amazing. He is the mastermind behind SCL design (he’s a graphic designer). Joe listens to what SCL wants, and really knows the account well enough just get it. He and Ansley work together and smooth out the rough patches here and there and make sure SCL merchandise is something crewmembers love. I’m super thankful for Joe and Ansley for bringing the SCL designs and merch to life, especially mine. They’re a big deal ya’ll…

Phase 4: Hot Off the Printer

Well, you guessed it; my design was the inspiration for the original Hang Loose tees that were sold this summer. What? Is this real life? Yes, yes it is. Joe transformed a drawing to a design and then it went to a t-shirt. SO. COOL.  As you may know, the tees were sold in all different colors and sold out quick, so some of you may not have gotten them. But, good news! They’re back and now we have tees and tanks for spring break and summer! I’m genuinely so thankful and grateful for everyone who has bought a hang loose tee, or a SCL tee in general because SCL is truly amazing and I’m so so so thankful for lifelong friendships within the crew. Big things are coming, so hang loose my friends and show us some shaka.


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Don't Wait, Be.

Don’t Wait, Be.

by: Maggie Petersen

Ever find yourself staring at a clock waiting for something to end? Or wishing away the school week so you can live up Saturday night? How about counting down the weeks, days, and minutes until Spring Break is finally here? If you’re answering yes, don’t worry...  I’m right there with you.

Moreover, have you ever thought about how we, as a society, are always waiting? Whether it’s waiting on our shift to be over, or waiting to get a raise, we are constantly waiting to see some kind of change in time, quality, or opportunity. In all honesty, it’s pretty natural for humans to always be waiting for something. We live in a society that’s so fast paced, we rarely take the time to just stop and breathe. We so often miss the things that are going on around us because we direct our focus at one thing, and we wait for that one thing to come to us. And until then? Well, that’s the waiting period.

Please don’t get me wrong, anticipation is not always a bad thing. It’s fun to have things to look forward to, and when we have ideas in our head that make us excited for the future, it makes that anticipated moment so much sweeter when it finally arrives. With that being said, we find ourselves slipping into this “waiting period” when our anticipation of what’s to come overwhelms the present. One of my favorite Bible verses, coming from the book of Ecclesiastes, tells us “Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now.” One of the many reasons I love what is being said here is because it recognizes the gift of life that God gives to us. How incredible is that? That someone is willing to give us something so beautiful and so full of joy. Wherever we are - whether it be mid February when winter seems to be never ending, or having a blast on 30A wishing time would just slow the heck down - we have to recognize this ultimate gift of life, and see that it is just that: a gift.

It’s naturally a whole lot easier to be smooth sailing and all smiles when you’re on the beach rather than in the classroom, but wishing away the present day that Jesus gives us is wishing away that gift. Like any other gift we receive, we should want to utilize it and cherish it and love it with all we are. Why get caught up in waiting for Spring Break to come when we aren’t even promised tomorrow? A few years ago, someone once told me to always remember to be where your feet are. And I love that. There’s a difference between being somewhere, and being present somewhere, and the more we can learn to be present, the fuller our hearts will be.


I’m going to ask one more question: what if we stopped waiting for tomorrow, and waiting for something better, and waiting for a better day? Let’s make today THAT day. Because although sitting in the sun & sand sounds crazy good right about now, there are still precious days for us to live and love before we make our way to 30A. So use today to appreciate the here and now, and to stop waiting, and simply be.

 

- Maggie Petersen, Chicago

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Spotify

 

Singing Our Way to S E A S I D E


Music is always a part of our lives and whether we realize it or not, we listen to music every.single.day. A little bit ago, the Seaside Crew Life Ambassadors felt like a Spotify for SCL was a new way to connect with the crew. A few of us sing, play instruments, and for a lot of us music is our life and passion. For me personally, music has always been one of my passions. I sing, play guitar, write songs, etc. I loved being able to make this playlist and look for music that I listen to and music I listen to in Seaside because it brought back so many wonderful memories I have of the town that we all love and admire. With this account, we hope to connect with you guys more and maybe even bring back memories of your time in Seaside or on 30A.  As one of Central Records’ chalkboards once said, “Every song has a memory.” We hope you enjoy and we can’t wait to share more big news coming soon!

Follow SCL on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/user/livescl

 


Making Waves: Welcome

Welcome to Making Waves, SCL's official blog. We are so excited to expand SCL and bring to you a variety of new and creative content from some of our team and incredible ambassadors. 

From our favorite spots to eat around Seaside, FL and 30a to how to style our SCL merchandise, special stories from some of Seaside's biggest fans and our own journeys of faith and life, we are beyond thrilled to be able to share with you in a whole new way.