March 31, 2022

March Recap


My March recap will be the last blog post for a while. But I did have a few links, purchases and favorites I wanted to share before I take a break from blogging for a bit.


March Recap

March 25, 2022

My Winter In Snapshots


Another season, another snapshots video! This is getting a little tricky because TikTok is definitely where I post mini vlogs and short form video content (more than IG nowadays) so be sure to follow me on TikTok @micheleonelblog! I'm also trying to get to 1,000 followers so I can apply for the creator fund so please follow, like and comment to share the love 🥰🥰.

March 22, 2022

I Interviewed Blogger and Influencer Jessi Afshin


I was super excited about this interview because I had been following Jessi for as long as I can remember.

March 21, 2022

I Interviewed Blogger and Author Tiffany Catron


Another interview I haven't shared yet was with my native NOVA resident Tiffany Catron. Tiffany has had such an interesting life and really turned her heartbreak into a thriving and inspiring business. Listen to Tiffany's podcast episode by clicking the link here, view the online interview here, view the 2-page design by clicking the link here and read January's currents by clicking the link here. Enjoy!


*Disclaimer: To start off, I work at Salvation Army National Headquarters in the publications department. The magazine I work on is called War Cry. I will be doing a post later on about my job and what it's like working for a non-profit, but that post will be later on. I do feel I need to add a disclaimer here, I am not a religious person so when I took this job I did my research and made sure that my personal values and opinions weren't being compromised. I can proudly say they are not (don't let one idiot skew your opinion of the millions of people who work for a company) and I'm pretty proud of the work and accomplishments I've made while working here. I am the Production Coordinator and Editor, but I do so much more than an assistant's work. My managers have really entrusted me with a lot of responsibility and anything I can do to enhance my skill set and build my portfolio I take the opportunity to do so. Though I am not a religious person, the people I do interview are and the questions recall faith-inspired answers.


I Interviewed Blogger and Author Tiffany Catron

Tiffany Catron started her faith-inspired blog Lavender Vines during one of the hardest periods of her life. Through writing and finding a community of women from around the world, she was able to turn her heartbreak into her life’s purpose—being a resource for other’s to enhance their relationship with the Lord.

When did you find God?

I grew up in a Christian household, but there was always this disconnect. I’d hear people say, “I just want the Lord’s will in my life,” and I’d wonder, “What are you talking about? What does that mean?” I just had no understanding of it at all. No understanding of putting God first and following Him and His ways. It wasn’t until my separation that I started to feel like my world was falling apart. One day everything that I thought was stable started falling to pieces. And I had no idea what to do anymore. 

As we filed for divorce, I became depressed and even started to fail at my job. All these pillars of stability were starting to crash down. I couldn’t help myself. I didn’t know how to get out of this hole that I fell into. I felt helpless and not in control of anything. I needed someone or something that was greater than me. I knew I needed God and I needed Him to be real. One day I just called out, “God, if You’re real, if You exist, I need You to show up right now. I need You to show Yourself to me. I need to experience You. I need something real and tangible. I am completely lost, and I need a big God who can help me because I can’t help myself.” Shortly after that I started going to church and it was the first time I truly worshipped and let the Lord speak to me. It was so clear, so distinct. He knew I was in pain and in that moment I came undone. I couldn’t believe that God saw every little piece of everything I was going through, everything I was experiencing, the injustice that I felt, the inability to get out of bed, the inability to eat, to care about my life. He cares and knows me and makes me feel like the most special person in the entire world. He’s real. He exists. And He loves me. That’s the catalyst for me becoming passionate about the Lord and wanting to share it.


When did you start Lavender Vines?

I felt super inspired to start sharing about what God was doing in my life because I had just gone through a divorce, and it was a very dark and traumatic time for me. But it was through that heartache that I was saved by Christ. So, there is beauty and blessing on the other side of it. I was trying to figure out all these new things on my own. I felt so lost. When I started getting revelations from the Lord, I didn’t know that my life could look the way it looks now. I’ve always been a writer, so starting an online blog was not a new concept to me, but I knew that I wanted this website to be more like a community. I wanted it to be a place for people who have questions, doubts, who feel lonely and who are facing hardships to understand that they aren’t alone. And through this community I have found that there are a lot of people who are experiencing the same struggles as me. It’s amazing to be able to give insights, wisdom and encouragement to those who need it.


What projects have you been working on?

I am extremely passionate about the e-book series I just released. I used to be a very fearful person. I was never confident, and I always felt like I wasn’t enough. I was very insecure. But as a I drew closer to God I started to understand and digest everything that He says I am, and I started to believe it. Before I knew it, the confidence and love that He radiated in me I started to radiate to the world. It’s because of this—studying the Word, listening to Him and praying—that I learned who my identity in Christ truly is. I felt so much freedom as shackles of bondage fell off me and I understood who I am in Christ and who He says I am. The e-book series is called “Understanding Your Identity in Christ.” In it I share everything I’ve learned and try to help others find their path to Him as well. I want people to understand that if you want more from yourself, then you need to listen when God speaks to you. 

I also just released a book called “Engaged Couples Devotional.” The title is pretty much straight to the point. It’s a 52-week devotional that can help strengthen your love with your partner as well as your relationship with God. It’s my first published work and it’s available on Amazon. 

I Interviewed Blogger and Author Tiffany Catron


How do you unwind from the day? 

I live in California and it’s absolutely beautiful here. I love being outside, visiting new coffee shops, reading, going to the beach and hanging out with friends. I love doing things that inspire my creativity. Since the pandemic, I’ve really been into picnics in the park. On a sunny day it’s the best thing to grab some friends and put together your favorite drinks and snacks. 

I Interviewed Blogger and Author Tiffany Catron


What else do you want us to know? 

If God is calling you to do something great in your life but you doubt that you could ever do it or muster the strength or be that confident—I just want to say, “Yes, you can.” You can do anything that God is calling you to do. If you surrender to Him and let Him lead you, you can do remarkable things. He can do amazing things in and through your life and it will be a blessing to you and to so many people. I just want to encourage you t to surrender and let Him do what He wants to do in your life— and know that it’s going to be beautiful.

To learn more about Tiffany and her e-book “How to Understand Your Identity in Christ” visit her blog at lavendervines.com and follow her on Instagram @xotiffanynicole. Her book “Engaged Couples Devotional” is available on Amazon.


I Interviewed Blogger Clarissa Martinez


I haven't share some work in a while so let me catch up! Back in October I interviewed blogger and influencer Clarissa Martinez. She was so sweet and a joy to speak to! You can listen to her podcast episode by clicking here, read the online interview here, view the designed pages by clicking here and read my one page "currents" by clicking the link here. This month my interview was also that cover which is now my 4th cover! Enjoy more down below.


*Disclaimer: To start off, I work at Salvation Army National Headquarters in the publications department. The magazine I work on is called War Cry. I will be doing a post later on about my job and what it's like working for a non-profit, but that post will be later on. I do feel I need to add a disclaimer here, I am not a religious person so when I took this job I did my research and made sure that my personal values and opinions weren't being compromised. I can proudly say they are not (don't let one idiot skew your opinion of the millions of people who work for a company) and I'm pretty proud of the work and accomplishments I've made while working here. I am the Production Coordinator and Editor, but I do so much more than an assistant's work. My managers have really entrusted me with a lot of responsibility and anything I can do to enhance my skill set and build my portfolio I take the opportunity to do so. Though I am not a religious person, the people I do interview are and the questions recall faith-inspired answers.


I Interviewed Blogger Clarissa Martinez


Houston native and 24-year-old grad student, Clarissa Martinez is the owner of the Christian blog TheLifeofClarissa.com where she shares all her passions including her story about her walk with God. Through the written word Clarissa has been able to share her struggles in life and her battle with negativity all while encouraging others to pursue a relationship with God.


Why did you start your blog?
In 2017, I felt like there were two different paths that led perfectly to the birth of my blog titled The Life of Clarissa. If anyone in my life was going through a hard time, I loved being the person that they came to talk to. I was also the friend who always have a good product recommendation. Somewhere in my 20s, I started to have a creative passion bubbling inside of me, so I started sharing the things that brought me joy at that time including beauty, fashion and coffee shops. I would share product recommendations and words of encouragement. So, I started to combine all of these topics in one place that I could reach more people.


Then I moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas for my undergraduate degree. I was going through a weird transitional season in my life because it was the first time I was away from my family; I was going through a tough breakup, and I was truly starting to grow up. So, in this new city and through this new growth, I started writing and creating my blog The Life of Clarissa.


Do you ever get scared to share your faith online? 
Honestly, absolutely. And I wish that it didn’t scare me, but I think there’s really a lot that goes into it. God made it very evident to me that He wanted me to encourage people through this platform. It felt like it was my calling. For a while, that passion was my drive, and I didn’t think about what other people thought. But somewhere along the way, I started to overthink things that I would share because there’s always this chance that people will misunderstand you. And that’s where a lot of pressure kind of comes from because you’re always thinking of negative outcomes that haven’t even happened yet. Then I started to think, “What if I say the wrong thing and people think Christianity is bad? What if I misrepresent my faith?”


It’s an ongoing struggle truthfully, but I was listening to an interview with Lauren Daigle once, and she was sharing what it’s like to be on a platform and have a lot of people looking at you and listening to you, and she said, “When you’re in a position like that, you have to have the courage to be misunderstood.” And that was something that kind of really stuck with me because she’s absolutely right. You have to kind of come to terms with that. We are not perfect. We weren’t made to be perfect. Some people may not like things the way I say things, but at the end of the day, I’m trying. And my heart is in the right place. There’s always grace, and God will redeem and fix things where he feels are fitting.


So yes, it was definitely a struggle at first and I had to pray through it a lot. It taught me a lot about not holding back and embracing who I truly am. I shouldn’t shy away from my faith because when you do that, the enemy wins. I have to pick up my cross every day, pray about it and pray that God will give me the words and the courage to continue to do what He has called me to do.

I Interviewed Blogger Clarissa Martinez


How do you handle negativity?
Luckily, I haven’t experienced that a lot which is good because truthfully, I’m really sensitive. My love language is words of affirmation. So, words are a very big deal to me. That’s not to say that people aren’t saying things offline or when I’m not around. I’m absolutely sure that that happens—I’m not naïve—but I honestly can’t think of a time that was blantly aggressive or rude to me online. Maybe it’s because I’m still what they would consider a micro-influencer. So, I’m still a little bit on a smaller scale. But God has given me the space to grow and reach more people.


When I think about some of the negativity surrounding my online presence, I think it’s important to knowing what your identity is. It’s important to show yourself grace and maybe whenever you mess up and someone criticizes what you did, you have to just own up to it, learn from your mistakes and do better next time. But as far as identity, if you have your identity rooted in—who God says that we are—then the negativity and criticism won’t shake you as much.


I Interviewed Blogger Clarissa Martinez




When did you find God?
I feel like there’s two ways I met Him. I grew up in the church so, in a sense, I always knew God. When you’re young though, you see things differently. You don’t really understand things, so even though I did the best I could to live faithfully, I went off track a little bit as I got older. I did what I wanted, and I really lost myself.


I was going through this huge transition in my life, and I didn’t know how to handle it. I even turned to alcohol to suppress my emotions and in the back of my head I knew this wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing, but I was doing it anyways. I was trying to figure out how to deal with everything I was facing at the time. I would slowly start to watch sermons at home. I started praying more and working on my relationship with God. I was even searching for the right church to attend when I met a friend for coffee one day and she told me her husband was a pastor. She ended up inviting me to church and that church honestly saved my life. Everyone in that church is amazing. The pastors and leaders created such a safe space for me to talk about what I was struggling with in a very vulnerable and raw way.


I would say that was a really defining turning point for me. I knew that I needed help and I found it in that church. It was finding that church and then going through the layers of pain that I was suppressing for so long. I fully dedicated my life to God and not to myself anymore. 


What are some of your hobbies?
I really enjoy cycling, reading and exploring Houston.


Go-to coffee order?
My go-to coffee order right now is iced milk latte with one pump lavender and one pump vanilla.


Any projects you’re currently working on?
I’m newly engaged! I would say a project that I’m working on is planning my wedding. Now that I’m out of classes, I’m in full wedding-planning mode, and I am just going full force into that. But I guess aside from that, as far as my page goes, I was in a creative rut for a while. And I’m starting to kind of get back in the groove of things. I’m always working on restructuring my page and finding creative ways to talk about my passions like makeup and skincare while also sharing my faith and encouraging people.


I Interviewed Blogger Clarissa Martinez


Who inspires you?
There are two people that I can think of. One is Lauren Daigle. I’ve always admired how obedient she is in her faith. I was listening to her podcast a while back—right when her career was really starting to take off—and she talked about how she took a year break off of everything. I respected that so much because I can’t even think of taking a year-long sabbatical! She was catching her momentum and on the brink of a huge success and she put a pause on all of it because God told her to. I respected her so much after that. She is definitely somebody I think about when I talk about just being yourself because she just such a happy person. She truly spreads the joy through her music and just her personality, and she’s just herself. And I just love that. 


The second person is Sadie Robertson. She’s just overall amazing—I don’t know how else to really explain it. She’s such a good speaker and has such an amazing story. I admire the way she uses her platform. She started on “Duck Dynasty,” so she had a following from that and she decided to use her platform not for herself, but to serve God.


Any final comments you’d like to share with our readers?
I guess I’ll leave off with a little bit of encouragement. Whenever people say just be yourself or just be you, what does that really mean? And how do we actually step out and do that? That means being yourself means loving and accepting yourself enough to fully embrace who you are. We’re not created on accident. Everything about me is so finely tuned and put together so delicately on purpose because I was created with a purpose. And I would love to remind everyone that we’re all made so beautifully different, and it’s something that we should embrace and not hide.

March 10, 2022

30 Products I've Been Obsessed with Lately

I haven't done one of these post in a while but life has been kinda hectic lately and I've accumulated these products that have just made my life so much better. Even in the simplest way—these products have brought me joy and comfort the past few months and I definitely wanted to share incase you're looking for something to bring you ✨joy✨ too!


March 04, 2022

Recent Skincare Favorites


I tried it so you don't have to! For my birthday I went around town to get my birthday freebies and that meant I went to Ulta and Sephora to get my mini bday gift. So while I was there I realized I hadn't actually shopped in either of those stores for quite sometime. I had a gift card to Sephora from Christmas and purchased a bunch of the travel size products of products I've been wanting to try for a while but didn't want to spend the money. I treated myself!

Disney Home Decor I'm Loving


I swear I'm an adult. Well, I'm adulting. I'm adult-ish. Whatever, I like what I like and what I like is Disney and home decor. You put those two together and I am probably buying it even though it doesn't go with my decor. Regardless of the reason, I wanted to share some pieces from Disney that I have simply been obsessed with lately and I may or may not have purchased for myself the past couple months. If you're a Disney fan and are looking to add a little ✨magic✨ to your home—then keep reading 😉.


Disney Home Decor I'm Loving


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