Decent Exposure – Book Review!

My sisters and I got a book for Christmas (yay!) called Decent Exposure by Jessica Rey and Leah Darrow. Jessica Rey and Leah Darrow are two absolutely AMAZING Christian women.

Jessica Rey is an actress and Catholic speaker. She is also the founder of Jessica Rey swimwear. If you have never seen her swimwear you should definitely check it out! Even if you have seen it you should still check it out! ( All her swimsuits are super cute and modest and inspired by Audrey Hepburn!

Leah Darrow is also a Catholic speaker and author. She is a former model on America’s Top Model. She talks about her spiritual journey and her ideas of beauty as she went through that part of her life and how much those ideas changed as she found out what true beauty was. We listened to one of her talks called “From Top Model to Role Model” and it is really great!

So… back to the book!

These two women teamed up to make this beautiful book! They talk about being yourself, how men and women are equal but different, social media, modesty, what clothing says about you, respect, fashion tips, dating and more. It is almost more of a magazine type format than a book. It is very fun to read and I highly suggest it to any teen/tween. It is full of great tips, inspiration, quotes and fun information. At the end of each chapter is a call to action.

The only thing I don’t like about this book is that it is too short! But it is a good one to read more than once, which I will probably do many times! I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did!

Here is a link to buy it –

Please comment if you have read it or are going to and share what you like about it!

“Decent Exposure was written with the simple idea that women need positive, uplifting guidance. It is not about shame; it is about empowerment. Each and every one of you is beautiful. It is not a cliche-it’s true. This book is a celebration of beauty. Jessica and Leah have used their personal stories, experience and research to help you bring your best self to the party. It wasn’t just the two of them either-a team of dedicated women worked many long hours to put this together for you”

– Note from the Editor of Decent Exposure




What My Blog Name Means

I started thinking about a blog name almost as soon as I was inspired to create a blog. During multiple brain storming sessions, I came up with the names, Thoughts of a Teenage Catholic, Walking in His Footsteps, River of Grace, Blooming Grace, Blooming Faith, Blossoming Faith, Radiant Grace, Radiant Faith, Blooming Radiance… and more… but then it finally clicked. Blossoming Radiance. As soon as I put that name on paper I didn’t really try to think of any more names. It just kinda felt right.

Why my blog name fits my blog so well, and how I came up with it, really have the same answer. I wanted to inspire people to be bold, courageous, joyful, loving, peaceful, generous, and amazing people in faith. The word “radiance” fit just right.

The actual definition for radiant is ~

  1. emitting rays of light; shining; bright:

  2. bright with joy, hope, etc.

The best way to share our faith, our little light, our hope, is to show these things through our actions and our attitude. To emit our own little rays of joy, hope, and peace. To give others a smile or a helping hand. Making small sacrifices every day. To hold a door open for someone. To include everyone you can, even when it isn’t easy. To Comfort a friend, family member, class mate, co-worker, or anyone else when they are sad or going through a tough time. Giving a hug, a word, or a smile might be enough to give them strength. To do the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. These are all things we can do to show others God’s love shining through us. For some people, you may be the closest they come to God. If we have an attitude of love, joy, peace, and faith, those people may ask what makes us different and may find peace with God themselves.

The radiant girl who makes everyone else’s day and always leaves others better than they were before is who I aspire to be. I want to be the selfless girl who helps everyone without a thought for herself. I want to make the world a better place for as many people as I can reach. I want to be radiant.

However, I am not perfect, or even close to perfect. I am still growing, but I am making a bigger effort to become a better me, and to grow my relationship with God every day. That is why I picked the word “blossoming“. When a flower is blossoming it is not done growing yet, but it has begun, and it is doing everything it can to become a beautiful flower. That is who I am right now, a bud who has begun to blossom into who God made me to be.

The truth is, we will not be done growing our relationship with God until we are in Heaven with Him. That is why we need to keep trying our hardest every day to become better than yesterday. We are meant to be a beautiful flower in His garden, each helping the other blossom more fully.

That is how I chose the name Blossoming Radiance.

It is just the same in the world of souls — which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in being that which He wants us to be. – St.Therese the Little Flower

An Awakening

Happy New Year!

This new year has already brought new things into my life. I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time now, but as the new year was coming closer, I decided to put my idea into reality! For a while before I finally got this blog started, I had a strong feeling that this was something God wanted me to do and after time that feeling was only getting stronger. A few days ago I decided if I didn’t start getting to work on my blog, it would never happen. I got straight to work that same day.

I feel like this is how a lot of us approach our new year’s resolutions. With a desire to change, but without the means or plans to start. This is why I always struggle making new year’s resolutions and following through with them. I list things I want to do or change, but I don’t make a plan. If this pattern continues year after year, we will spend our whole lives wishing and wanting, but never doing.

This year my family and I have been challenging ourselves to not only make goals, but to make plans to get there. (In my opinion, that is a resolution itself!) I highly encourage you to do the same!

yesterday-tomorrow-and-today-cropDo not be content to live a
mediocre Christian
life: Walk with determination along the path
of holiness”

– Pope Francis

Put your ideas, dreams, and wishes to action this new year and don’t let anything keep you from doing your (very important) part in Gods’s plan. Do not be mediocre, be radiant!