Interview with Emma from Regal Hearts!

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Hello Emma! Thank you for joining us today here at Christ Centered Girls Magazine! Can we ask you a few Questions?

Emma: Of course! I’m excited to be here. I’m kind of new with this whole interview thing, but go for it!
 
Alright then! Let’s get started!
 
1.       How would you explain your relationship with Aroura?

Emma: Aurora Jasper is a one-of-a-kind chick. For those of you who don’t know (and I’m sure you would, unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere!) Aurora lives a very public life in the spotlight. Just the nature of her job, being a talented teen recording artist, has set her up to be a crazy successful starlet. People dub her as one of “Hollywood’s biggest popstars”, but to me, Aurora is just…Aurora. The funny thing about our friendship, is that she and I couldn’t be more polar opposite. She likes sparkly high-heels and I like Converse. She prefers to spend the evening out at a fun karaoke party, and I’d rather lock myself in my bedroom and devour an amazing novel. She craves sushi and caviar, and I just want a good ole’ hamburger and fries. When I actually stop to think about it, we’re so different from one another, it’s seems un-likely that our friendship would work. But it does.

I feel a little bit awkward talking about my friendship with her in a public interview like this, just because, for the most part, we try to keep things under the radar. Aurora’s life is so public and fabricated stories are printed about her in magazines every day. But as far as my role in her life, I think with all the stress and pressure that comes from her job, our friendship helps her maintain a sense of normalcy. Because, trust me people, they don’t get any more normal (and dare I say, boring) than me! I think I help Aurora slow down a little bit, and remember the simple things in life.  Because we’re too completely different human beings, we clash heads a lot, but we’re besties, so we always work everything out.

2.       What is it about books you find so fascinating? How does this effect your everyday life with your friends and family?

Emma: Oh my stars. You just asked me the question of all questions. BOOKS. Oh books, how I adore you! Seriously though, where do I even begin? I could talk all day about my un-healthy obsession with written words. Unlike Aurora, I’m not much of a social butterfly. I mean, I crave adventure and human interaction just as much as the next person (well, depending on the day), but I am perfectly content to spend hours on my own, completely lost in a fictional world. The best books, if they’re written well, have the power to transport you to another place and time, giving you the opportunity to step inside the heart and soul of another person, and experience life through their perspective. Yeah, I know I must sound like a total geek right now, but it is what it is, and I am unashamed of my book addiction.  
I can’t say that my ERD (Endless Reading Disorder) has affected my relationships with anyone because I can totally read and listen to the conversations going on around me at the same time. Maybe that’s like, my secret superpower or something.    

3.       How can you express Hollywood in your own words? What issues have you seen that you wish others knew about?

Emma: Hollywood? In my own words? To be completely real, it’s like a pile of horse manure. I know, I know, probably not the answer you wanted to hear. But my Mom’s career (she’s a Talent Scout and Artist Management), as well as my close friendship with Aurora, has given me the front row seat of a show that nobody would ever want to see. Like candy-coated apples of poison loaded with worms, Hollywood is a deceptive mirage that people chase after, only to find themselves heartbroken and empty. Concepts like purity, self-control, self-respect, and serving others, are, from what I’ve seen, almost non-existent. Hollywood is a freaky place, but I guess it’s not any worse than High School. High School, except on a much larger scale, with glass walls and ceilings, and the whole world is watching your every move.    


4.       In the episodes you appear in, how would you describe yourself, and your feelings? Can you get personal with us?

Emma: I’ll admit, my journey in Regal Hearts is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I like to think that my personality is much more steady and stable (well, I know it is compared to my high-strung Mother) and I try to be an anchor as much as possible. But the wacky series of events which unfolds, crashes a tidal wave of questions and instability into even the most secure of personalities. There are a lot of secrets and unknown information from the past that is uncovered, causing a bit of a storm on the home front. It’s not easy stuff, but I can see that my relationship with God has really grown and gotten stronger through it all. What I’m learning through all of this, is that Jesus is the anchor: not me. When insane situations and out of control scenarios fly at you, it’s super important to let go and believe that God has a greater purpose in it.   


5.       Last but not least! What is the one thing you want the readers to know about you? And can they expect some exciting things to happen later on in the story?

Emma: Hmm…I think that, if your readers take anything away from this interview, I want them to know that there’s nothing heroic or super-special about me. I’m so normal, and bland, it’s almost pathetic. But I don’t know, maybe that’s what makes me, Emma. You see, I live in a world where everyone around me is flooded with attention, shining beneath the spotlight, showing off their epic talents and magnetic personalities. But that’s not me.  I’m more of a chameleon, blending into the background and observing, attempting to process all the crazy stuff that’s happening. But even though I’m quiet and unexceptional, God still has a role for me in this story. Which I think, is kind of amazing. Maybe girls reading this will be encouraged to know that whether their personalities are super sparkly, or super basic, God has a plan for them too.  

And to answer your last question, OH MY FLAMINGOS, YES. Exciting is like, an understatement.
You know how, in your free time, you just wistfully stare out the window and daydream about all kinds of bizarre scenario’s which never happen to anybody, but would make such an epic movie if they did? Well, those are the kinds of things that have been unfolding around here. And trust me, this is a story you don’t want to miss.  I wish I could tell you more about what’s happening in our world, but due to Aurora’s public profile, we really need to keep things on the DL.  

Thank you so much Emma for joining us this evening! We can wait to see what twists and turns Regal Hearts will offer! Stay tuned for Livy’s new upcoming series! You can find more at www.crownofbeautymagazine.com

Interview with Livy Jarmusch from Crown of Beauty Magazine!

Livy has a great site over at  http://www.crownofbeautymagazine.com/and has been a good friend of ours for sometime! So we asked her to share a bit about herself for you guys! Check out what she had to say!

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  1. Many times when people grow up in the Christian faith, there isn’t really a defining “salvation” moment. At least not in the usual sense. When would you say that you began to fully understand what being a follower of Christ meant and when would you say you started consciously living for Christ?

 

Wow, that’s a really great question! I think it’s amazing because in our walk with God, there are so many levels. Just when we think we finally understand what it truly means to be a follower of Christ, He takes us even deeper and reveals so much more than we could’ve dreamed! I started seeking God when I was in preschool. I know it might sound silly to some, but I remember peering over my picture Bible and not yet being able to read, but still being amazed by the images I saw and wondering who this amazing Jesus was. All through elementary and middle school I really made a conscience effort to pursue God, and having a daily quiet time was really important to me. Even though I was a Christian as a child, it wasn’t until High School when I started facing some really challenging stuff, and learned on a whole new level what it truly meant for Jesus to be my everything. I think that’s what is so amazing about God: He reveals Himself to us in the most simple yet profound ways as young children, and then He reveals Himself again in High School with deeper concepts through mind-blowing faithfulness, and then again in adulthood, and then again through the adventure of marriage, and then again through becoming parents…and on and on it goes! The deepening of our walk with Him just never ends!

2.You write songs, articles, and books. When did you realize this passion for writing and when you were younger, did you ever imagine that you would have accomplished all the things you’ve done?

I knew that in Kindergarten I wanted to be a writer. I loved stories and books and storytelling, and writing was always a creative outlet for me. Even though I hated the technical side of things (spelling and grammar, blech!) the dream to write followed me all the way into adulthood. To be completely honest with you, the answer is yes. I don’t want to sound at all prideful, and I mean this with all humility when I say that I’ve always had really high expectations for myself. Because of my identity in Christ, I never expected to live an “average” life. There’s an intense passion to change the world that burns through me like a fire, and I don’t really know how to hold back or contain it! Song-writing, article writing, and book writing, are all outlets that God has led me to. I love that I can express my passion and love for Him through fun, creative, unique ways!

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  1. You started Crown of Beauty four years ago, correct? To date, what has been the worst things about publishing Crown of Beauty? The best? And if you could start all over again from the beginning, what would you do differently?

 

Yes! Hmm…the worst thing, I would say, is my attitude when I first started. Like I said, I had really high expectations for myself, and when I launched out of the starting gate with the dream to release this magazine, I thought it would become an overnight sensation and everyone would love it, and it would be in print in no-time! Because I’m such a huge dreamer, I tend to place God on a time-table and think that everything should be done super quickly! But God had different plans for this magazine! I remember not being able to sleep the first week that I launched the magazine, because I was so excited and expected my life to somehow change instantly. To my dismay, things were not growing as fast as I wanted them to. I think I gave myself a lot of extra heartbreak and discouragement because of my wrong attitude. Instead of celebrating each new follower, and each life changed, and each little victory, I was focused on a bigger picture that would take years to reach. The truth was, God was doing AMAZING things, and when I look back, there were so many little (and big!) miracles that took place those first few months, and I wish that I would’ve been able to rejoice and celebrate that!

The best thing that has come out of this process, I have to say, is all of the amazing friendships I’ve formed. Sure, the interviews are fun, and the excitement of launching a new issue is always fulfilling, but I’ve met some of the most amazing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving-girls through Crown of Beauty! It’s such a blessing to join with my sisters in Christ from all over the world and encourage each other in the Lord!

If I could go back and give myself advice, I would say, “An inheritance that is gained quickly in the beginning is not blessed in the end.” Proverbs 20:21. Embrace the process! You are building, and planting, and God is doing a great work through each little baby-step. Relax and enjoy the moment, praise Him for each moment of favor and victory, and enjoy the journey!”

  1. Who (besides your parents and God) would you say has influenced you the most and keeps inspiring and encouraging you?

I’ve been blessed to have many cheerleaders and prayer warriors in my life, but I have to say that my dear friend Kenya never fails to be a massive encouragement on my hardest days. She has a heart of gold, and as we walk down similar paths in life, she always has much wisdom to share. (Check out her ministry http://www.becomingesther.org!)It would take me far too long to list all the amazing women who encourage me and speak into my life, but they knew who they are! ❤

As far as larger influences, such as ministry leaders, musicians, or authors, I was highly influenced by Barlow Girl and Superchick when I was young! Their albums pretty much shaped the way I thought about life when I was thirteen! Haha.
Lisa Bevere has always been an amazing example of a Godly woman walking in her royal identity in Christ, and her books have taught me so much. Katie Davis and Heidi Baker are also examples that have greatly influenced me. Their stories of humility and willingness to lay down everything to serve the Lord are just so challenging and inspire me to go deeper in my walk with Christ!  

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  1. Do you have a favorite miracle that Jesus did? And why?

Oooo, awesome question! It’s honestly really hard to choose a favorite! But when He raised Lazarus from the dead, that is a definite favorite. I think the reason I love that particular story so much, is because Jesus was already close friends with Lazarus and his family, and even though He had a plan of miraculous turn-around, He still wept. It just gives us such a beautiful glimpse into the compassion of His heart, that when Mary and Martha were crying, He was crying too. That’s how much He loves us. Even though He knows that it’s all good, and He has a plan, and it’s not the end; He still allows Himself to be moved by our pain and feel what we feel, and cry with us. And that is just beyond amazing to me.

6. What is the best advice you have ever been given? And what advice would you want to leave with our readers?

Hmm…the best advice. I don’t know if anyone has strait up told me this, or if this is just what I’ve seen in the examples of those that I admire around me. But the bottom line, best advice ever, is this: seek Jesus with all your heart! Because knowing Him is everything! Knowing His heart transforms us, and shifts our perspective, changing everything about who we are and what we desire and how we process life. Jesus is the answer to every problem, so it only makes sense that this would be the advice! Haha. But no, this is what I would encourage the girls reading this in: seek God. Like seriously, seek Him. Run after Him with every part of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Spend time with Him everyday, and don’t skip the practical side of maintaining that relationship: reading His Word, praying, worshiping. Keep on keeping on, even when you feel totally dry and uninspired. God is always there, and when we seek Him, even when we don’t feel like it, there is a great reward. His Word is alive and active, so don’t buy the lie that reading His Word is ever a waste of time! Being in His presence is the best possible thing you could ever do for yourself, as well as for the people around you! You can’t love them without first being filled up by Him, so don’t neglect your time with Him!

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7. If you had a time machine and could travel to any event, what event would you travel to and why? The rules are that you can’t go to any event in Jesus’s lifetime (because those are obvious 🙂 and you can’t change any of the historical events.
I think I would want to go to 1774 and just walk around Boston, and hear everyone’s opinions about the underground rumblings of the American Revolution. I’d want to be a reporter and get everyone’s perspective on the British, and hear their ideas about freedom, and then go to a ball. Haha!

Thank you Livy for joining us on Christ Centered Girls today! We loved all the great Godly advice you gave and encouraging things you had to say! You can find more Great advice and fun things over at http://www.crownofbeautymagazine.com/

Beauty: From A Guy’s Prospective

 

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Many times I have looked at my reflection in the huge mirror, mounted on the wall behind my bathroom counter. The letters “U-G- L-Y” begin to unmask themselves on my splotchy skin, frizzy bed head, and dark circles under my eyes. The enemy whispers lies into my ear: “You will never be good enough…” or “look at yourself compared to her…”. Satan tells me that I won’t ever be beautiful for him. For that boy who gives me butterflies. He seems so perfect, and I’m just me… right? I’m just a normal girl with nothing going for her, right? Wrong. I am a daughter of God. And so are you. As girls, we tend to put this expectation on ourselves for guys. A worldly expectation that states: we must be a supermodel to get the guy. But this isn’t true. I was given the opportunity to interview four guys and what they find beautiful in a girl. After interviewing them, I found they had some views in common. Here is what they had to say:

“A girl who knows the Bible and God’s Word is a girl who’s beautiful. Their choices and decisions should reflect God’s truth. A girl who will stand up for truth and what is right and what God says is true.” -Rylan

“Spiritual beauty is the most important part of beauty because it’s eternal. I think a girl is exceptionally beautiful if I can talk to her about spiritual things. Like can we talk about God together? Can we go to church together? If she is cool with that, I think that makes her so beautiful.” -Jonathan

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“I find a girl who is able to worship the Lord very attractive. In song, in day to day life, in deeds,etc. And do it joyfully and not care what people think. Like when they are actually worshiping the Lord and aren’t afraid of what other people think, that’s so cool. Like worship is a time between us and the Lord and a girl who is totally surrendered to Him while worshiping is really beautiful.” -Rylan

“I would define a beautiful girl as someone who is comfortable in their own skin; girls who look in the mirror and think ‘Yeah! That’s me!’ Nothing makes a girl more beautiful than their confidence. The media has a very damaging effect on this confidence by the image women think they need to display themselves in. This makes them believe they are not ‘good enough’ or have to try harder to reach perfection.”-Luke

“A girl who isn’t super revealing and showy with what they wear, but someone who is confident in who she is but most importantly, her identity in Christ. I think it’s really beautiful when a girl is found in God. She isn’t looking for attention or feels as though she needs to prove herself to A God Girl Confident others because she knows she is found in the Lord. A girl who isn’t worried about being pursued by a guy because she knows she is pursued by God. She knows how precious she is in the Lord’s-eyes and is content without a guy, because she has the Lord.” -Rylan

“Something that turns me off personally is when a girl has a BAD ATTITUDE! (‘Megan, make sure you put that in caps!’) Even if they are drop dead gorgeous, if they have a bad attitude, it’s just horrible. The Bible says in Proverbs 11:22 that a beautiful women with a bad attitude is like a golden ring in a pig’s snout. So, that’s a big turn off for me.” -Jonathan

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“Another thing is one who is specifically joyful. Being joyful is one of the fruits of the spirit! And it shouldn’t be affected by circumstances. I think a girl who is able to have joy in the midst of the storms and trouble is a beautiful girl.”-Rylan

“I think a really big thing is how a girl acts around other guys. If they are super touchy, even if they are just friends with a guy, that just kind of bothers me. Like girls naturally want to be loved and hugged and that kind of stuff, but ones who seek for that in general makes me look away.” -Rylan

“Something I find very important is a girl who is loyal. It’s very rare, but super important to a guy.” -Jonathan

“Disloyalty and being out there to everyone is something I find very unattractive. If a girl is super flirtatious towards another person, I’m not going to be as attracted to them. It makes them seem like they either want to play people or aren’t loyal.” -Connor

“Um, I know the cliché answer is looks, but to me, it’s not so much how much of like a‘supermodel’ they are, it’s more how they are as a person. Someone can be attractive and not beautiful. It’s a spot in between being attractive and actually caring about people.” -Connor

“Selfish girls, no matter how they look, are a no go!” -Luke

“Guys spend their entire lives trying to understand girls and be there for them, so when a girl takes the time to try to understand a guy, that makes a great couple and a great girl. And don’t get me wrong, girls are so beautiful and so precious, and need to be sought after, but relationships need to be two sided. Relationships are a two way road, if both sides of the street:

Fun to Be Around

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and are moving in the same direction, everything’s great. But if everyone is moving in different. directions at different speeds or not moving at all, there will be a traffic jam.” -Jonathan

“I personally find girls who don’t wear a lot of makeup way more attractive than girls who wear a bunch of makeup.”-Rylan

“Something I find really beautiful in a girl is when she is able to be real person rather than be superficial.”-Connor

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“Someone you can be real with. Like if I have a problem I hope to be able to talk it over with her, if I can’t I find that very unattractive.”-Jonathan

“This is kind of off topic, but I think it’s super important. I think, and this is just me, but I think that guys and girls shouldn’t even think about a relationship until like their parents think they are strong enough and good for each other. And like if their parents are okay with it. The parents should have most of the say as to what happens because many times I see middle schooler’s and high schooler’s and they define what happens and goes on in the relationship and it just ruins both of them. A girl who is okay with having mentors and family members who speak into what’s going on and is willing to listen to wise council, that’s just awesome.” -Rylan

As you can see, guys care a lot about girls, sometimes even just as much as girls care about guys. Relationships are hard, but there are still guys out there who actually care and notice true beauty in girls. And I only interviewed four!! One last thought though. One of the boys I interviewed had a closing thought that I thought was super great and worth including in the article.

It’s okay if you’re not in a relationship and it’s almost better that you are not in a relationship right now. You don’t want to settle for something less than you deserve. Don’t just settle for a guy who just goes to church. The idea of being equally yoked doesn’t just mean he’s a Christian. And if you are going to be in a relationship, you need people around you who are not only pouring into you, but are also pouring into your relationship. You need honest people who are honest and will point out if you aren’t equally yoked.

Ryaln has a great point. Don’t just settle for any guy, or if there are any guys reading this, any girl. You are so precious and dear to the Lord, and He has the perfect person picked out for you! Don’t just settle for someone who just goes to church. That is not being equally yoked, and you deserve the absolute best. Keep holding out for a hero!

With love,

Meg ❤

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Meet Meg!

Hey there! I’m Megan. I am a 17-year-old girl who is constantly discovering the world around me. I love writing about the strange, yet wonderful experiences of my life, with my cat sitting right beside me. I’m like every other teenage girl in the way that I dream about my wedding day, probably spend a little too much time on Instagram, and I love shopping, especially for cardigans. I am a bit crazy and cheesy and corny and maybe a little bit weird, but hey that’s cool! Most importantly, though, I am a God Lover. (If you read the Christy Miller books, you will understand my reference! Haha! See what I did there?? ;)). Jesus is my number one and He’s my hero! I can’t imagine walking this earth without Him. He willingly gave His life for me, so I willingly give my life to serve and worship Him. ❤

So glad Megan has decided to join our writing team! She is so great and God is using her in so many ways!

Interview with Kylie Jacobs

Check out Kylie’s Interview on STL’s blog! She talks about why she started CCG and what God is doing through her right now!

Hello ladies! (and guys. 🙂 )

Recently I have had the Chance to interview Kylie Jacobs of Christ Centered Girls! Kylie runs a magazine and blog; you can find the links to both at the bottom of this post. 😀

Right, let’s get started!


What’s your name? Tell us a bit about yourself!

Haha well, my name is Kylie Jacobs. I am a blond haired blue eyed Jesus freak from California. I love music and sports, sugar and my favorite animal is a horse! I have them all over my room. I am a foster kid and I am not ashamed to admit it! I write music and articles in my spare time I started a magazine for Christian teen girls, and have dreams of one day inspiring people in Hollywood to live their lives for the Lord and reaching people on a bigger level! Oh ya and I’m 16.

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Interview With Lily Garay!

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We are so glad we where able to interview Lily Garay! She is truly and amazing women for God and someone every girl should look up to! Find out what she has to say about being in the spotlight and some of her favorite tracks shes produced!
1. CCG: When did your passion for music start?
Lily: Well I started writing music around 4 years old so probably then! 🙂
 

2. CCG: What is your favorite song you have produced and why?
Lily: Currently… Comienzo! It’s on my recently released album “Golden Fire”. The song starts off as some questions to God and it’s as if He is replying. Then it goes on to just say to the Lord, “Take me. Mold me. Use me.” It’s a song that motivates me. I also produced most of it myself (a first for me), so that’s super exciting!


3. CCG: Being in the spotlight is it hard to lose sight of why you are really there? If so how do you overcome that?
Lily: Yeah of course it is! It’s so easy to think, “Oh I’ve done so many awesome things. Go me.” But 1. I remember what’s the point of preaching Jesus if I don’t have a relationship with Him? So that’s pretty humbling.  2. “Opportunities look a lot like hard work.” – Ashton Kutcher  – It’s really easy to lose opportunities if you aren’t working hard.

4. CCG: What is your favorite verse and why is it your favorite? 
Lily: One of my favorite verses is Psalms 94:18 (ESV), “When I thought, ‘My foot slips,’ Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.” I don’t think it needs any explanation 🙂

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5. CCG: If you could go back in time and give your teen self some advice, what would it be?
Lily: Be bold, be soulful, and be kind. Kindness and gentleness are qualities that I currently strive for and wish I had strived for more of when I was younger.

6. CCG: How did you know music is what God had called you to do? 
Lily: I know that this is something the Lord wants me to do because I seek Him, I seek His word, and I go for it. There’s a scripture that says, “by testing you will know what is correct…” and maybe I am taking that scripture a little out of context, but when you test different passions or hobbies and see if it’s something you like, then you’ll know better! Just do excellent, quality work no matter what you’re doing and do it unto the Lord and He will open the right doors!

You can check Lily out here!

http://www.lilygaray.com/

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Have a good day guys! And know that there ARE Christians in Hollywood trying to shine his light!

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