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true beauty: mary seng.

Mary Seng is one of those women who leaves you feeling encouraged and at peace. A nurse by profession and a fashion blogger on the side, she is radiant with kindness and love. She is quick to encourage and always smiling. Stylish and pretty as she is on the outside, her beauty is truly what radiates from her soul—an honest and eager heart for Christ.

What is your greatest passion in life? How do you live it out?

Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” As a little girl God made it very clear His will for me was to directly serve others in some shape or form. Over the past 8 years God has worked in powerful ways to reveal my place in His kingdom would be carried out through serving the sick.

About a year and half ago I graduated nursing school and now work in Cardiovascular Intensive Care where I directly care for a very sick people everyday. This is my greatest passion in life and serves as my greatest source of joy. Seeing patients and family at their most vulnerable points and being able to provide hope and comfort is an incredible feeling.

I hope and pray that Christ’s light shines in all that I do. My greatest desire is to truly make a difference in all encounters, reflecting that I am a child of God and my daily wish is to serve His kingdom. I have included a few scriptures that are dear to my heart and serve as a reminder as to why I am a nurse:

  • “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
  • “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galations 5:13)
  • “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.” (Matthew 10:8)

Although nursing has always been my primary pursuit, I always knew I would love to pursue fashion/home decor/designing as a hobby in some sort way. I truly believe the way you dress is just another expression and representation of yourself. As a small child my mother and father instilled in me the virtue of modesty, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Happily Grey is my personal fashion journal capturing images of expression through effortless style of myself and others. Taking a sustainable approach to fashion, I love the combination of colors, prints, and patterns paired together to give a fresh, trendy look. I am excited to share my inspiration with others, and hope Happily Grey provides genuine enjoyment to all viewers.

What woman inspires you?

I have encountered many inspiring and influential women in my life, however, there is one that surpasses them all. She is my Mother, her name is Pam, and my admiration for her only continues to grow as I get older. Two characteristics in particular come to mind when I think of my mother: strength and dignity. There is a section in my bible I highlighted when I was 13 yrs old because it always made me think of my mother:

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her; Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all; Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised; Give her the reward she has earned and let her works be her praise at the city gate.” (Proverbs 31:28-31)

I hope one day I can be half the woman she is…a woman of faith, knowledge, and unrelenting strength. She is incredibly hard working, dedicated, and noble. She serves others through all she does and is a devoted to her husband, family, and friends. I excitedly anticipate motherhood and instilling the most important lessons to my kids as she did, the love of Jesus Christ.

When do you feel most alive?

The moments when you take a deep breath and feel so enlightened, rejuvenated, and exhilarated…when I hear sheets of rain pouring down on pavement, belting out praise and worship music, holding a newborn baby, sharing the joy of my sister’s healthy pregnancy after a battle with infertility, finishing a run, Listening to Matt Carter preach, watching my best friend get down on his knee and propose, taking care of the sick…

I truly feel most alive when I know I have forsaken everything and giving Christ all for the pursuit of His kingdom.

What do you think is the most challenging thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl?

I strongly believe life is all about maintaining balance. In your early 20s you have so much going on in your life. College graduation, beginning your career or job searching, dating and trying to find that right person, and perhaps even relocating and starting your life again in a new city. Even though these are all positive, normal events that should and hopefully happen in life, they can quickly become all-consuming.

While going through school, I would always use the excuse that I was too busy to read my bible or meet for that small group to the point where school became my obsession and an idol. It was always so easy to justify since it was school, it had to be ok. Anything that takes away from your spiritual growth in Christ and puts you as the driver rather than passenger, is ultimately going against His plan for you.

All in all, I would say to be careful, the devil can slip in and take something good and pleasing to God and pervert the entire idea to where it becomes the major pursuit in your life.

What do you think is the most rewarding thing about following Jesus as a 20-something girl?

As a 20-something girl there are many influences and images impressed on being that perfect size and looking a certain way in attempt to measure up to completely unrealistic and worldly centered standards. This is a never-ending battle because to the world it’s never enough and there is always something missing or something to change.

My relationship with Jesus has shown me I will never be fulfilled by this world and my self-worth is absolutely not measured on appearance. True beauty, radiant and captivating, comes from Christ alone. Strength, confidence, and self-esteem are fulfilled through Christ and not of worldy standards.

I strive to live my life so that other girls may see me as a Godly woman, fighting the temptations of worldly standards and living a life reflective of true beauty fulfilled by Christ.

To stay in the loop with Mary and be inspired by her modest and fun style, follow her on Happily Grey.

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  • Laura
    January 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Great article. I love Mary’s blog and this was a fun way to learn more about the gal behind the photos! Good role models for women are hard to find. So happy for her and wish her much success!