It’s Not Ok to Pretend to be Ok

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For those of you that know me personally, you know that the last several months to a year of my life have been pretty hectic on a personal level. Depending on the day, it’s sometimes hard express my feelings to those around me. Not because I am afraid of what people will say, but because we live in a world where it’s not cool to not be ok. The sad truth is today’s generation is only about showing the “good stuff”— They don’t want people to know they don’t have it all together. It’s ok to hurt. It’s ok to be stressed out. But it’s not ok to Pretend to be Ok.

In dealing with hurt, pain and a lot of unanswered questions the last year of my life, there are 3 things I’ve learned and I want to share with you.

  1.  It’s Ok to Not Understand—Trust Me this is something I know all to well. There will be somethings in life that will not come with an answer. There will always be things that we aren’t going to understand but it’s ok to not understand. My grandmother told me recently “It’s ok to not understand, sometimes that the first step to becoming ok”. It’s not wrong to admit you don’t understand.
  2.  Cry— It’s not just for babies. There is nothing wrong with crying. End of story. Let it out!
  3. Stress— It’s a part of life. If you don’t get stressed you should probably see a doctor. I’m not saying it’s ok for stress to consume your every thought and every move, but it’s gonna happen. I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned recently is that stress will only last as long as you allow it to. Don’t let stress control you.

Remember, It’s Not Ok to Pretend to be Ok.

-EGC

Evan’s Favorite Things– Day 5

2015-12-14_0004 I know, I know. I’m a couple days behind in posting this. My deepest apologies. My trip to New Orleans was much more fast paced than I expected. Friday (the original day this post was scheduled for) was go, go go with a full day of site seeing, eating and a fancy wedding.

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Speaking of New Orleans…Today’s Favorite Thing is one that I took with me on my trip. Every southern gentleman needs a monogrammed duffle bag, right? I LOVE my chocolate brown rolling duffle from You Name It! Their located in Montgomery, Alabama across from Faulkner University. The bag retails for $78.00. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas Last but not least, and Possibly my most Favorite Thing… Greater by Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church in North Carolina. Steven states that “most believers aren’t in danger of ruining their lives. They’re facing a danger far greater: wasting them”.  I couldn’t agree more. Often times we find ourselves getting stuck in boring, powerless life ruts and are mislead lead into thinking that’s what Christ has called us too. Thankfully that’s not the case.  “Baseline living is not okay. Not for a believer in Jesus. There’s a price to pay for Christian complacency” say Furtrick. The book expands the the biblical story of Elisha to give you the confidence to know that nothing is impossible with God, the clarity to see what step is next.

This book is a quick and easy read. It’s almost impossible not to read through the book in a couple of day. I had to pace myself so I could really think about the points and arguments he was making. If you’re looking for a book with some instant take home points that you can apply the moment you open this book, than this is the one for you. As I was reading it, I thought of several folks I know would benefit from the read.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas To enter the last day of Evan’s Favorite Things is simple. Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the “Video” section), make sure you click the confirmation email or it doesn’t count. Once you’ve done that pop back on over here and leave a comment in the post.

We’ll be posting the winners of Evan’s Favorite Things on Wednesday. Don’t forget to share, share share. If you post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings, it just might increase your chances.

If you’re just joining in on the Favorite Things fun there’s still time to enter. Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3  | Day 4 

 

Evan’s Favorite Things– Day 4

Favorite Things is coming to a close with just one more day and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone that has subscribed to my blog and entered daily. You guys rock! Thank You!

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View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas Today’s Favorite Thing is something I use daily and I’m obsessed. If you know me, you know my hair is kind of a big deal. Patti, my stylist and owner of  Jair’s Salon and Spa in Prattville always keeps my hair looking great. I mean, my Mother and Father certainly blessed me with good hair genes, but Patti helps me take it to the next level. Like anything else, there’s a process and “Queenie” firm hold hairspray is a is a part of it. Ladies, Men… whoever you are, if you need a little extra lift this product is for you. You have to try it! View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas To Enter Evan’s Favorite Things is simple. Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the “Video” section), make sure you click the confirmation email or it doesn’t count. Once you’ve done that pop back on over here and leave a comment in the post. You might even win extra points if you post on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings.

If you’re just joining in on the Favorite Things fun there’s still time to enter. Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 

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Evan’s Favorite Things– Day 3

It’s Wednesday— Day 3 of Evan’s Favorite Things. If you’re just now tuning in the wait is finally over. The next 3 days I’ll be posting my 8 of my Favorite Things that I couldn’t live without in 2015. If you missed the first 2 days of giveaways there’s still time to enter.  Day 1 | Day 2  2015-12-14_0004

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This past October I planned a FABULOUS 3rd Birthday party for E+Me in Troy, Alabama and my sweet friend, Chelsea (store owner) gifted me with my first S’well Bottle as a thank you gift. Not a day has gone by that my wood grain s’well bottle bottle hasn’t been part of my morning routine.  S’well bottles are made of non-toxic, double walled stainless steel that keep beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. They’re FANTASTIC. I love mine so much and I want you to have one too.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas If you follow my blog regularly you probably read my post “Dream Big. Pray Harder” from last week. We had a HUGE response with pre-orders for the t-shirt I designed as a fundraiser for my Mom’s trip to Costa Rica. I love the shirt itself,  but LOVE the story behind it even more and wanted to share it with one of you.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas I’m a big boy. I love to eat and I have no problem admitting it. My latest addiction (aside from the Oreo Truffle Popcorn]: Iced sugar cookies from Liger’s Bakery. They’re delicious. I stop in at least once a week to grab a few. That petit four icing is the secret ingredient. It’s so tasty. My mouth is watering now just thinking about them. In honor of the holidays, Mrs. Ivy and Liger’s Bakery have agreed to give one lucky winner a complimentary dozen cookies. After you taste them you’ll want them at every special event.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas To Enter Evan’s Favorite Things is simple. Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the “Video” section), make sure you click the confirmation email or it doesn’t count. Once you’ve done that pop back on over here and leave a comment in the post. You might even win extra points if you post on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings.

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