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SA Previews: Rhett Walker

March 26, 2021

From Music City, USA to the LaHaye Event Space, Rhett Walker will grace Lynchburg with our second in-person concert of the semester on April 9th at 7:30pm. Being a rising star in the country and Christian music world, many of you have likely heard one of Rhett Walker’s songs but had no idea it was his melodic voice behind it. Most known for songs like “Believer” and “When Mercy Found Me”, Rhett will sing some familiar favorites and some songs you are sure to fall in love with.

With millions of streams on Spotify and over 350,000 monthly listeners, the Grammy nominated artist has grown in popularity since his first release back in 2012. The South Carolina native has worked with artists like Essential Worship and Propaganda, performed in historic spaces like the Grand Ole Opry, and been on joint albums with some of the biggest names in the business, including Matt Maher, Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, and Chris Tomlin.

Opening for Rhett will be Madison Laine Coker of Liberty Worship Collective fame. Whether a city slicker or a good ole country boy, anyone who enjoys wholesome Gospel music is bound to love Rhett Walker. Tickets for this concert are still available starting at $10 for LU students, faculty, and staff.


 

Written by: Landen Swain

Landen believes the human experience longs to be expressed; through our art, our labor, our songs, our storytelling. As a published playwright, author, and poet, he enjoys expressing his little chapter of the human experience through his writings and is thankful that the SA blog allows him to do that. He is published in numerous magazines, literary journals, and has several plays published by Off the Wall Plays, an online play publishing house.

What we’re listening to – March 2021

March 24, 2021

March is in full swing and with that comes the promise of spring. Our staff member, Swain, has put together a playlist that’s perfect for cruising with the windows down, soaking up the sun, or anything else you might be up to. Head over to our Spotify to give it a listen!

What Living in Another Country Taught Me About Love

March 23, 2021

In my first year out of high school, I experienced the most change, challenge, and growth of my entire life. Instead of taking the traditional college route, I started college online and moved to the Dominican Republic, with nine other fresh out of high school students, to intern with a mission organization for one year.

 This is not something I ever imagined myself doing, especially not at 18 years old. I was not looking to satisfy some sort of wanderlust travel bug, and I was not looking for some grand experience. I was very content with where I was in life, but I felt the Lord calling me to go higher and deeper into His love. So, at 18 years old I moved to a Caribbean Island. 

For a year I worked in Women’s Social Work running a daily girl’s club alongside a Dominican woman named Amalfi. Amalfi is kind and strong, and she has a passion for sharing the Gospel and building relationships. Every day, elementary and middle school girls would come to our site to have Bible lessons, prayer, and work on crafts or school projects. My mind and journal are filled with countless memories of the days I spent with those girls. If I close my eyes, I can very vividly remember the way the cool breeze felt coming through the windows as I awoke from a mid-day siesta to the sound of little girls who arrived to class early, whispering, “Sarita! Sarita!” (praise God for countries that value naps!) Hundreds of these memories are stored away in my heart like I can reach out and touch them. But most of all, I can still feel the tangible presence of Love. 

My life in the Dominican Republic was simple, my days were filled with people and conversations. There were many days when all I did was just sit next to someone and talk. We spent hours in people’s homes, sitting on their porches drinking coffee, and hearing about their lives. By most people’s standards, this may seem unproductive, but my simple days of just being with people taught me so much about who Jesus is. He is Immanuel – God With Us. He is Love incarnate.

With all the power that God has and the many ways He could have saved us, He chose to do so by dwelling among us. He came in the flesh to have a relationship with us. I think that life is a lot simpler than we make it out to be. There are so many things that we want to do and accomplish, and we work towards these things by making ourselves busy with activity and often neglecting the people around us. We forget that the Lord accomplished His plan of salvation by sending His Son to be with us so that by His grace and His work on the cross we could be with Him for eternity. 

To quote Bob Goff – “What better way to live than to just be.” We were created to be in relationship with God and relationship with each other. Dominicans excel at relationships. Being both a collective and relationship-oriented culture, relationships form the basis of all areas of life, from school to business to religion. Life is structured around relationships. I watched as people lived out the Gospel by just showing up and being present. Whether someone was experiencing joy or pain, the community came around them to share in their suffering or celebration. They shared what they had, their possessions, their knowledge, their time, but most of all they just shared themselves. Love shows up, even if it shows up empty-handed. Ultimately, love is not a physical possession to be given, Love is a person, and He dwelt among us.

Living in another country taught me a lot, but every single day, the memories of my time there remind me to love others by being present and showing up. I have not come anywhere close to perfecting this, and I learn more every day about loving others well from my friends and family who love me well. The Lord is so kind to remind me daily that, despite my failures, my flaws, and my inconsistencies, He keeps showing up. Because He is Immanuel – God With Us.


 

Written by: Sarah Day

Sarah is a junior majoring in Youth Ministry. Sarah enjoys writing for the blog because she loves exploring the ways that the simplest things in our lives impact us in the most meaningful ways. She is passionate about connecting with people, talking about what truly matters and baking.

SA Previews: Coffeehouse: The Late Show

March 19, 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, sit back and enjoy the show – Coffeehouse: The Late Show is coming! It is that time of year again and we are all so excited to meet in the Vines Center for the iconic event next Saturday, March 27. Coffeehouse is one of Student Activities’ longest running events and also one of the most popular events we put on each semester.

With the brand new roof completed on the Vines Center, we are able to move back to an in person performance this semester! To stay within current state and university guidelines, 250 in-person attendees will be permitted in the venue for the show. Because of this capacity limitation, for the first time ever, we are hosting a double feature. The first showing will be at 7 p.m. and the second is at 11 p.m. The double-header gives the early birds a chance to get to bed at a good time, while the night owls can get their fill of late night entertainment.

Speaking of late night entertainment – that actually happens to be the theme at Coffeehouse: The Late Show. You can expect some hilarious sketches, incredible musical performances, and we will even have our very own house band there to set the mood throughout the night. As our team puts on this event with the fun and playful theme of a talk show, we want to give you and the whole student body a fun and playful experience. The night to be filled with memories made and smiles all around as you watch the full experience of Coffeehouse: The Late Show with your friends.

Sadly, in-person tickets are sold out for both shows, but you still have the chance to catch a piece of the action. Student Activities wants every student to still feel involved whether they were able to get an in-person ticket or not. Because of that, we are offering a virtual ticket option to anyone who is unable to attend the show in-person. Head on over to our website to make the purchase for either show time. If you purchase a virtual ticket, you can livestream the show with up to five of your friends! Our advice is to split the cost of the $10 ticket amongst the six of you so that you can watch for cheap.

As Coffeehouse: The Late Show approaches, our hearts rush with excitement to put this event on for each of you. We hope to see you there and if you cannot come, we hope you get to enjoy this event from your dorm room, library booth, or maybe even from the chairs of Demoss with your friends. So make sure to mark your calendars, because Coffeehouse will be here soon, and you won’t want to miss a second of it!


 

Written by Riley Anderson

Riley is a junior majoring in Christian Leadership and Church Ministry with a minor in Biblical Studies.

Learning From Content Creators

March 15, 2021

In the digital age of today, pretty much everyone is on social media. Having a social media account typically goes hand in hand with posting content on at least one platform. By posting content, we are all “content creators.” Sharing our passions with the Internet world can be scary, but this post is here to remind you that your content matters.

There is an assortment of content on the Internet ranging from short films on YouTube, photography on Instagram, and – most recently where I have been spending all my time – songwriting videos on TikTok. We see hundreds of other people’s creations every day and usually, they are pretty impressive. However, with the amount of media we consume daily combined with the ease of anyone creating and posting their own content, it can be easy to get lost in the noise. Whether that means feeling inadequate in comparison to others or not “going viral” from your best work, these thoughts are valid.

Sometimes the content we see is exactly the content we are striving to create. Unfortunately, this is not always encouraging. I enjoy writing poems, journaling, my own thoughts that make me laugh, but mainly song lyrics. Thanks to TikTok, I have been exposed to so many talented creators in my favorite area of writing. I love seeing the ingenuity of the lyrics, the complexity of the metaphors, and the variety of the melodies. I see these videos and feel inspired to write something that is of equal finesse.

However, the cycle of scrolling, being inspired, creating, and ultimately comparing is relentless, harsh, and unforgiving. Too many times I find myself sitting down to write something then comparing it to the original inspiration, before eventually getting frustrated and giving up. If you have ever tried to create something, you know the feeling of staring at the wall out of disappointment in yourself for not producing something world changing. Using other content as a muse is part of the process but comparing your work to someone else’s should not be.

Is it getting too real? Good news: this next part is where the wisdom shows up. When creating content, it is important to ask yourself two questions. 1. Why are you creating it? 2. Are you proud of it? By answering these questions, you can determine if your content truly matters. (Hint: it does!)

The first question is important because it addresses the purpose of the content. This helps to identify the motives behind the creation. If the content is simply to gain followers, likes, or comments, it probably should not be a main focus. The project should have real value. This value could just mean you are creating it to channel emotions. It could also be for school or a job and its purpose is to get a good grade or earn a paycheck. Either way, there should be a true purpose behind any content you create. Content with no purpose will not be satisfying.

The second question is arguably more important than the first, but should not be the only one answered. No matter the reason behind the content, it should ultimately be something you are proud to put your name on. It most likely took a lot of time, energy, and thought to create the final product. Only you know what the process was like during the development of the project. At the end of it, the result should bear your name with pride, and you should be excited to share it.

The outcome of comparisons to other creators is usually one of discouragement and a lowered self-esteem. Looking at such impressive content can produce thoughts of, “Why do I even try?” “They are so much better than me.” “I will never be that good.” This can lead to a downward spiral of self-doubt and insecurity. It is time to change that internal monologue.

Instead of approaching “better” content with such a negative mindset, try to flip the narrative. Look at the content deeper. Evaluate what makes it so good and how you can use some of the techniques in your own work. Start viewing other content as a student willing to learn rather than a critic of your own products. Have the new thought process of, “What did I like about what they did?” “How can I better myself to be on that level?” “What goals are they hitting that I can set for myself?”

During the creative process, it is crucial to remember that not every single piece of content has to be a groundbreaking masterpiece. Some days you are going to sit down and create something that is just plain bad. That is OKAY! Brainstorming is part of the journey. Something was still created. It is less important to make something “good” than it is to just create. So, go out there and make something you are proud of!


 

Written by: Anna Pender

Anna is a Senior Strategic Communications major. She is thankful to have the opportunity to write for the blog because it gives her a chance to explore and write about topics and events that she is passionate about and that are relevant to the world. She loves getting to be creative and share her personality through writing.

SA Previews: Q Union

March 12, 2021

We are so excited to be hosting another Q Union here at Liberty on March 19th at 7pm in the LaHaye Event Space, featuring guest speakers and amazing snacks. Q Union is a national event focused on addressing difficult topics and conversations, and sharing the light of the gospel in our culture through communication and discussion. The event features three broadcasted speakers, and three, in-person, student speakers. This year the broadcasted speakers include an array of authors and leaders including Annie F. Downs, Curt Thompson, and Gabrielle Odom. After the three livestreamed speakers, we’ll get to hear from some of our own Liberty student leaders. This year’s student speakers are Zane Richer, Joe Carson, and Taylor Murray.

I was able to speak with Taylor a little more about what she’s planning on sharing with us. Taylor Murray is a Senior here on campus, studying Christian Leadership and Church Ministries. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and stay at Liberty as a Senior Resident Shepherd under Jordan Justice. Taylor’s Q Union talk focuses on Spiritual Disciplines, Loneliness, and Our Generation. She shared some amazing thoughts with me about the mindset of our culture:

“With the emphasis on social media in our generation, many of us feel trapped in ‘picture-perfect prisons.’ We portray someone we want to be or that we think others will consider likable, but we feel deeply alone inside. For many of us the only experiences we’ve had with intimacy is when we pretend to be someone else. We don’t think that others would accept us if they saw the ‘real’ us, and this belief has often been translated onto God. We’re often overwhelmed with doubts and fears, and we can struggle to believe that He is trustworthy. Our hyper connected but lonely generation is proof that without trust, there is no opportunity for intimacy.

“At Q Union, I’ll share how God has been misunderstood, fueling our mistrust and resulting in a lack of true connection. I’ll share my personal story of stepping out of hiding and into a deeper kind of authenticity.”

Q Union is an amazing opportunity to come alongside other young believers and equip ourselves to have better dialogue surrounding difficult conversations. See you all on March 19th!


 

Written by: Lisa Diaczynsky

Lisa is a Junior studying Business Administration and Graphic Design. She enjoys writing for the blog to express her creativity as well as sharing her views and opinions. She is passionate about healthy relationships, graphic design, social/political reform and mental health.

SA Reviews: National Park Review

March 10, 2021

Here at Liberty University, exploring the beautiful backdrop of central Virginia is strongly encouraged. Surrounded by a multitude of hiking trails, lookouts, and overall adventurous natural landscapes, Lynchburg is an exciting place to be. However, in the past year quarantine and safety restrictions have made it hard for students to take part in many on-campus activities. The beauty of exploring your surroundings is that there are rarely (if any!) restrictions to keep people from enjoying the outdoors.

For those who have already sightseen around the area and are looking for a new adventure, there is much to be explored beyond the Peaks of Otter and the city of seven hills. My roommate and I took it upon ourselves to spend a day to visit a new place, and we decided on New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia.

The newest addition to the ever-growing list of National Parks, New River Gorge National Park is a place ready to be explored. Stretching for 53 miles throughout southern West Virginia, the park is rich in history and full of opportunities. The park is open to various recreational activities such as hiking, mountain-biking, and rock-climbing. The most notable activity is the exceptional whitewater rafting, as the New River is full of rapids and small waterfalls.

The New River itself is recognized as the second oldest river in the world, coming close behind the Finke River in southern Australia. The river begins in North Carolina and ends in West Virginia, and it is around 360 miles long. It is also low crossing, meaning plants, animals, and settlers have utilized it as a corridor to spread throughout the Appalachians for hundreds of years. Today the river is home to a wide variety of landmarks and attractions, and surrounding parks add to the versatility of the area.

With the journey fully mapped out, my roommate and I visited three landmarks in total: Sandstone Falls on the New River, the Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park, and the New River Gorge Bridge.

The first destination was Sandstone Falls State Park, a few miles down the river from the New River Gorge. This waterfall is the largest on the New River with a height of 25 feet. The park is spread across various small islands connected with a series of large wood and steel bridges. The first island is considered to be one of the most unique botanical ecosystems in West Virginia, and we were able to take an island loop trail that covered a majority of the area. Each trail system offers views of the upper and lower falls, each from a different perspective.


Sandstone Falls State Park, WV

After spending a while exploring the falls, we left and headed up the road to Babcock State Park in order to check out the Glade Creek Grist Mill. This mill is one of the most iconic locations in West Virginia, with a fully functioning replica of the original mill which once stood in its place. I was able to explore the area on foot while my roommate took some long-exposure photos of the miniature falls near the mill itself. Although we visited Babcock State Park in the winter, this mill is a gorgeous attraction year-round.

Glade Creek Grist Mill – Babcock State Park, WV

The final destination and the main highlight of the daytrip, the New River Gorge Bridge stood 876 feet above the ground, which was an awe-inspiring sight to see. Construction began in 1974 and the bridge was completed in 1977, fully open to the public. Upon completion it was the world’s highest bridge, a record held until it was broken in 2001, beaten by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China. One of the most fascinating things about the bridge is the festival that people hold on the bridge every year in October called “Bridge Day.” This celebration is full of demonstrations where people base jump off the bridge, walk along the bottom beams, and rappel off the side of the bridge. Although we were not there for this festival, we enjoyed the long drive that snaked from the top of the bridge to the bottom of the gorge, and explored our way up to the top again.

New River Gorge Bridge – New River Gorge National Park, WV

Our trip to New River Gorge National Park was a great experience, and we were both able to learn a lot about some of the history surrounding southern West Virginia. It was a long day, but an eventful one full of new experiences. Taking a daytrip is not always an option to some students, but when an opportunity presents itself, I will always encourage people to be spontaneous and explore the natural and man-made wonders that surround us.

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/01/22/new-river-gorge-national-park/

https://bridgewalk.com/history-of-the-bridge/

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/dispatch-new-river-gorge-our-newest-national-park


 

Written by: Zachary Grabill

Zachary is a Sophomore studying Business Administration: Project Management. He is passionate about music, traveling, and adventure, and enjoys sharing his experiences with others. He appreciates the opportunity to write for the blog as a platform to both entertain and discuss culture from a creative and personal perspective.

Asking for Almond Milk: My Month of Veganism

March 8, 2021

Between meat alternatives in grocery stores, oat milk everything, and the number of plant-based recipes online, it has never been easier to go vegan. So, despite being told that I was cheating by choosing a 28-day month, I went vegan for the month of February. Veganism is a diet that does not include any animal products. Meat, dairy, eggs, honey, and gelatin are all no-goes for vegans.

Vegans currently make up 1-2% of the U.S. population which, surprisingly, is not a significant increase from ten years ago. The popularity of plant-based alternatives has certainly increased however, making plant-based foods a $3.3 billion industry in 2018. The reason why plant-based foods have boomed in recent years, despite a low percentage increase of vegans in the U.S., is because not many Americans are willing to adhere to a strict vegan diet.

People decide to adopt a vegan diet for a number of reasons. Some vegans believe animals should not be used for food or do not like the way the animals are treated, others disapprove of the large amounts of carbon emissions released from the meat and dairy processing industries, and some go vegan for health purposes. As much as I care about these issues, I went vegan out of curiosity.

Responses to my diet-change were mixed. My mom and her friends were supportive but worried that I would not get the protein and Iron my body needs. Most of my friends were merely curious about how the month was going. The most opposition I received was from my sister who reads a lot about nutrition. To meet the concerns of others and take care of myself, I made sure to invest in a month’s supply of vegan protein bars (which were delicious by the way).           

Other than vegan protein bars, my diet largely consisted of salads, peanut butter toast, hummus, coffee with almond milk, and whatever the vegan station at the Rot had to offer. While there is a lot you cannot eat as a vegan, there are still so many options available.

I did notice a few physical differences. I was not as tired and lethargic as many people thought I would be, nor did I have a large change in weight. The main difference I noticed was how much I needed to eat. Most calorically dense foods are animal products, so to my calorie count similar I had to eat a larger volume of food. Also, it may be that I changed my skincare routine slightly during the month, but I swear my skin has never been clearer than during my second two weeks of veganism. However, to make my marketing professor proud, I will say that correlation does not necessarily equal causation.

More than physical differences or newfound knowledge of plant-based dieting, I learned discipline from my month of being vegan. I had done fasts before, usually from certain foods or social media, but not many of them lasted more than a week, and the ones that did didn’t cut out so many things at once. There were so many times I had a voice telling me that no one would know if I cheated, but I had to remind myself the commitment I made.

Funnily enough, the hardest day of veganism for me was the last. It was easy to think that one last day simply did not matter. I think too often in life we see the finish line and slow down. It was a good lesson to learn with something little like one month of vegan, so that I can be faithful in bigger things like my schoolwork, faith, and simply getting older. Paul was a great example of this. In 2 Timothy 4:7 he is able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”.

I know you are all wondering if I cheated, and truth be told, I did. Not intentionally though! On Valentine’s day someone gave me gummy bears that didn’t have gelatin, so I thought they were safe, but after eating them I saw they had beeswax. I also ate a yeast role on my very first day that, in hindsight, definitely had an egg in it.

Not intentionally cheating was no easy feat either. During the latter-half of the month I found myself just wishing I could have chicken for dinner or goldfish crackers for a snack. It was also hard when all of my friends would be eating something that I couldn’t have. I had to tell myself “no” a lot.

You may be wondering if I plan on staying vegan. Well, I can tell you as I sit here eating goldfish; no, no I do not. While I think I will still end up eating many plant-based meals, I also enjoy animal products. I think the reasons people choose to go vegan are extremely valid, but unless you think killing animals is morally wrong, there are ways to keep the others in check. As consumers, we have a lot of voting power through our dollars. If a certain company is known for animal cruelty or makes no effort to be ecofriendly, we can stop purchasing from that company.

In the end, I will hold to what the Bible says in Romans 14:14 and 23, “I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean […] But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin”. If you can in good faith eat meat, then go for it, but if you feel convicted maybe you should refrain. In the end, it is all about how God can be most glorified.  

References:

https://sentientmedia.org/how-many-vegans-are-there-in-the-u-s/


 

Written by: Courtney Stone

Courtney is a Business Administration: Digital Marketing and Advertising major. She enjoys writing for the blog as a way to explore relevant topics and grow in written communication.

SA Previews: Murder Mystery Dinner

March 5, 2021

It was a dark and stormy night in Lynchburg, Virginia – cue lightning and dramatic roll of thunder – many Liberty students gathered in the LaHaye Event Space for a Masquerade dinner party, when suddenly a murder occurred! Now, it’s up to you and your friends to solve the mystery.

We cannot wait for you to join us on March 12 for a classic Who-Dunnit Murder Mystery Dinner party. Four professionally trained actors from The Murder Mystery Company will be joined by a few lucky audience members to make up the suspect pool. The remainder of guests will work together to gather and solve clues while interrogating suspects in an attempt to find out who murdered the unfortunate victim. (Hint: It’s always the butler… or is it?)

Guests are encouraged to come dressed for a classy masquerade dinner party. Speaking of dinner, a buffet dinner will be served. Food, entertainment, and fun all in one night! For those of you who have bought tickets, we want to encourage you to come prepared to fully immerse yourself in the mystery and commit to your role as either suspect or sleuth. The Murder Mystery Company will bring along some costume pieces and props to aid you in your own character development.

At the end of the night, each guest will get to cast their vote on who they think committed the crime. Awards will also be given out for Best Actor, Detective of the Night, and more!

In the words of Dwight Schrute, “It’s never the person you most suspect. It’s also never the person you least suspect.” So, come prepared to accuse the person that you most medium suspect!

References:

Chun, Daniel. “The Office: Murder.” The Office, season 6, episode 10, NBC, 12 Nov. 2009.


 

Written by: Sarah Day

Sarah is a junior majoring in Youth Ministry. Sarah enjoys writing for the blog because she loves exploring the ways that the simplest things in our lives impact us in the most meaningful ways. She is passionate about connecting with people, talking about what truly matters and baking.

Thrifting 101

March 1, 2021

Thrifting is a fun way to shop for unique pieces that not many other people have. It may take multiple trips, but it’s all worth it when you find that one vintage item for $5 that you know will get you tons of compliments.

Thrifting is not for the faint of heart.  It’s not made for convenience or a quick find. There are no mannequins or models showcasing the items being sold, which leaves you on your own to dig through the racks to find those hidden pieces of treasure. However, that’s the part that I love the most about thrifting. Thrifting makes you work for what you want, which only adds to the excitement and pride you feel when finding those special items. When you walk into any thrift store or consignment shop, you have full reign and freedom without the pressure from aggressive sales associates.

Shopping second hand is a great way for you to shop ethically and sustainably. Some of the best Thrifting 101 rules are to find inspiration, keep an open mind, and be realistic with each find. The hope is that this post will help you on your thrifting journey, whether you are just starting out or a veteran thrifter looking to find a new method.

Thrifting, despite the trend it’s become, plays a much deeper role. In a recent study in the UK conducted by The Guardian states, “One in three young women, the biggest segment of consumers, consider garments worn once or twice to be old” (The Guardian, 2019). The dangerous cycle of fast fashion conditions consumers into following trends despite the short duration a style may be popular. This causes buyers to get tired of their purchases, and ready to buy the latest trends at convenient low prices.

The thrifting trend, however, was jump started as the popularity of individuality began to rise. Many young adults found themselves low on cash, convicted by the dangers of fast fashion, yet wanting to express themselves. This led them to two main choices, indulging in fast fashion, or embarking on the journey of shopping secondhand.

Fast fashion, while keeping up with the trends in a cost-efficient way, comes with many side effects. While shopping at many department stores like Forever 21 and H&M is convenient, many of these companies source their items from labor factories overseas. These factories often utilize unsafe working conditions that take advantage of their workers. For more information on fighting fast fashion, check out this article from Farmdrop.

Once you embark on the anti-fast fashion pursuit, it is easy to be overwhelmed or confused. Shopping from sustainable and ethical brands can be expensive, but not knowing what to do when you walk into a Goodwill or consignment shop can be even more daunting.

For me, the journey to a sustainable fashion lifestyle has been a long process. I started off spending way too much at thrift stores. I would come home with anything that looked interesting, ending up with way too many clothes that I wasn’t excited to wear. I quickly realized my new habit was not efficient. I needed to find key pieces that fit my style that could be worn in multiple outfits. While it is so easy to want to take home that one of a kind, bedazzled, lavender grandma sweater, how many times are you actually going to reach for it when you’re getting ready in the morning?

Here are the top three tips that have helped me the most when hunting for the perfect find:

Before I even enter the store, I start by doing research and compiling a bunch of photos for inspiration. Pinterest has become my best friend for collecting all the outfits I want to recreate, while also helping me stay up to date with any new trends. Preparing to yourself to thrift with inspiration puts yourself in a good mindset to look for certain items to match those pictures.

One thing I have learned from thrifting is the art of scanning through the racks. It is best to keep in mind certain colors and textures that you like best. This will save you an immense amount of time and help you not feel too overwhelmed by the large amounts of clothes.

My second tip is to keep an open mind. This is the perfect place for you to find something out of your comfort zone since the prices are so low. Using your Pinterest inspiration, find things you’ve never tried before!  Every store is different so don’t be discouraged when you visit one and it isn’t anything like you expected. Each place may have a few gems, but they may also be drowning in large amounts of old raggedy t-shirts and stained jackets.

If you see anything with the smallest amount of potential, pick it up and try it on. You don’t ever want to miss out on a good find by closing off your options and being narrow-minded. You also will never find golden pieces every visit. There may be several times where you walk out empty handed, and that is totally okay.

Lastly, be realistic with yourself. Stay open-minded but ask yourself, “am I really going to wear this or put it to use?” You need to be brutally honest. If there is no way you can fix it up to make it look good on you, then leave it for someone else to find. A key point is to be sure you’re sticking to your size range. You may start trying to convince yourself you’ll just get those Levi’s 501s that are three sizes too big altered, but we all know they’ll sit in your closet for weeks before you even remember you bought them.

It is pointless for you to shop second hand, but then waste it by never using those purchases. Use your inspiration to help gauge whether that item will execute the vision you have in your head. You will know when something strikes your eye and is worth purchasing. A key tip is to see if you can style a piece you like in 3 different outfits from your own closet. A closet full of niche items is no closet at all.

Overall, thrifting is great for any person balling on a budget. It may be time consuming, but it is so fun and rewarding. You’ll quickly learn you don’t need a lot of money to make your visions come to life. Now, go off and start searching for those gems at your local thrift stores. You got this!

Bonus tip! Don’t feel like trying pants on in the store? Holding the waistline around your neck helps gauge how they’ll fit on your waist.

References:

https://www.farmdrop.com/blog/how-to-fight-fast-fashion/

https://pebblemag.com/magazine/living/whats-wrong-with-fast-fashion#:~:text=A%20byproduct%20from%20textile%20factories,be%20dumped%20directly%20into%20rivers.

https://goodonyou.eco/fast-fashion-facts/


 

Written by: Lisa Diaczynsky

Lisa is a Junior studying Business Administration and Graphic Design. She enjoys writing for the blog to express her creativity as well as sharing her views and opinions. She is passionate about healthy relationships, graphic design, social/political reform and mental health.

 

Written by: Gaby Paulin

Gaby is a Sophomore studying Strategic Communications. Having grown up on the island of Guam, she is passionate about traveling and learning about other cultures. She loves expressing her love for people and community through her writing.