To my father just because

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If you know my father, you know he’s never met a stranger. As a die-hard introvert, I will never fully understand this ability. It is indeed a rare quality, a gift that has set him apart  his entire life.  He could talk to a wall, and the wall would somehow leave feeling affirmed and cared for! He invented the term ‘Networking’ and has more friends than Facebook can handle.

But perhaps what amazes me most of all is his endless capacity for people. If you want to be a part of his life, you can. He will make room for you without a second thought. He will remember your story, think of you often and genuinely care about your life. Some people only have room in their hearts for a finite number of people, but not him. For instance, years after he left campus ministry, he can effortlessly recall specific details about each of the college students he worked with and where they are now. Your story settles in his bones and stays there. Sometimes I wonder if I too could make more room for others in my life, that maybe I’m just not trying hard enough. And while this may be the case to some degree, I also believe that my father is just plain special. You will come across very few people like him who listen genuinely and remember earnestly. There is no limit to his love– once a friend of Scott’s, always a friend.

And while juggling all those relationships at once, he somehow always maintains pure intentions. Even if something doesn’t turn out exactly like he planned, you can rest assured it is never because of ill motives.

Now I know he’s not a saint, and there can be danger in setting someone on too high a pedal stool, but I also believe in singing people’s praises where they are due as much as possible in this difficult world. No, it’s not Father’s Day or his birthday or his anniversary, it is simply January 17th. But today and every day, I am grateful to have this man in my life.

Cheers to you Dad, we love you.

A Beautiful Sunset

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Tonight I watched the sunset from the Santa Monica pier. The past week has been really rainy, but it cleared up today to leave us with a gorgeous view. I could see clear across the bay to Catalina Island and beyond. The pier was jam packed at sunset, yet strangely quiet. Everyone was mesmerized by the orange sun sinking into the navy blue water and the only sound was a violinist performing a hauntingly beautiful tune. I felt a sense of camaraderie with the crowd, as if we were all silently asking each other, “How did we get so lucky to live in a place like this?”

I hope you are able find beauty around you this long weekend friends. Have a good one.
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Little Letter

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Dear Christmas break,
You’re over already?! Just when I was really settling into a routine of laziness, you decide to end. Thanks for being great while you lasted though 🙂

Dear second semester,
I have a love/hate relationship with you. On the one hand, I am looking forward to spending time with my friends in beautiful Malibu, but on the other hand I have AWFUL senioritis.

Dear La La Land,
You left me speechless! I am proud to be from Los Angeles. It was so fun to see Emma Stone and Ryan Goseling dancing and singing their way around my city.

Dear computer,
I think I need to replace you. Sorry, but you’re just too slow.

Dear future,
Youre simultaneously liberating and terrifying.

 

 

A little Christmas film

I am the family member who is constantly carrying around a camera, getting in people’s faces and generally slowing everything down. But hey, once they see this little Christmas film I made, I think they will agree it was well worth it! There’s nothing quite like a video to capture moments that photos simply can’t do justice. In fact, I took way more video footage than photos this break. My little cousins are so adorable, I am glad I can go back and watch their tiny faces whenever I want now, no matter how old they get. Christmas 2016 lives on in perpetuity! Enjoy friends.

New Years Goals 2017

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Happy New Year friends! I am at home with a glass of wine and a good book, just the way I like it. So I don’t like to use the word resolutions because it makes me feel like a totally irresolute failure of a person when I fall short of meeting mine! So maybe it’s just semantics, but I prefer to use the word goals when it comes to my ambitions for the coming year. January is an interesting month– the let down after the holidays can be pretty anticlimactic, yet I have to gear up to start another semester. And this is my last semester of college! What. even. So, I figured it would be nice to take a moment to list a few goals, both large and small, I have for 2017. It is sure to be a year of huge transition and change as I try to navigate myself in a new direction post-graduation, but here goes:

  1. Read every night before bed. Seems simple enough…lol.
  2. Memorize a poem (I’m thinking this one).
  3. Learn to tell a  great joke or story. I’ve always wanted to crack people up at a party, but feel too insecure to put myself out there (what if they don’t laugh?!). But I’m 21, I think it’s high time I remedy this!
  4. Improve my German.
  5. Practice photography more regularly (and get creative with the camera settings– no more Manual setting for this girl).
  6. Perform at a Coffee House. Every month my university has an open mic night where students can sing or play instruments, and I’ve always been interested in signing up to sing or play piano but never had the guts! 2017 I’m lookin’ at you.
  7. Move to Germany (I told you there were some biggies on here) ;p

What are your New Years ‘goals’?

Merry Christmas

Cabin.jpgMerry Christmas friends! Do you know one of the stories behind the date of Christmas? Many historians agree that one reason we celebrate Christmas then is because that’s when the ancient pagans celebrated the Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is the shortest, darkest, coldest day of the year. And on this day the people would light a candle to remind themselves that Spring is coming, and that there is joy and warmth to be found amidst the darkness.

I celebrate Christmas mainly as Christ’s birth, but I also find this story to be particularly poignant this Christmas season. 2016 has been an intense time. It’s been a difficult year for many in a myriad of ways. Our world has endured unthinkable violence, cut throat elections, unending wars, natural disasters and so much more over the course of the last twelve months. Personally, this year has been difficult for me in certain regards, and I’ve had my fair share of dark days. But it has also been a year of positive growth and change.

So although Christmas is typically thought of as a happy-go-lucky, light hearted time, it can still be hard to muster those feelings. It’s okay, even healthy to reflect on those times in their reality. But the pagans still understood one key truth: they knew that no matter how hard things may get in life, you can always find hope, whether it be in a single flickering candle’s flame or a raging fire.

I am sending Christmas joy and perseverance your way today friends. It’s been a long year, but we made it. Next year will have its ups and downs, but never forget you can find a tiny glimmer of light if you only look. Now I’m off to see what Santa brought me…;p

an afternoon in Austin

img_2686Yesterday my little brother and I drove down to Austin to explore! It is the capital of Texas, something you can’t miss because the giant capital building is smack dab in the center of downtown. Congress Street leads up to its steps, and is lined with the cutest shops and restaurants you ever did see. Austin has very hip, chill vibes and I couldn’t get enough! Below are a few photos if you care to take a gander.img_2562img_2571img_2578img_2588img_2594img_2597^Inside the State Capital building. It is so beautifully designed, I was in awe!img_2609img_2611img_2622img_2632img_2646img_2647^A few trees hung on to their fall colors!img_2654img_2670img_2679^The Colorado river runs through the city center, and is spanned by several bridges. Fun fact: hundreds of thousands of bats live under the bridge during certain times of the year.img_2687img_2747^EP dropping soon…img_2755img_2760img_2763img_2765img_2781We went to the Hope Outdoor Gallery, where graffiti artists can have a hay day!img_2786img_2794^Lastly we stopped by a famous park in Austin where the popular music festival Austin City Limits is held each summer.

I would definitely recommend a trip if you’re in the area 🙂

hey Fort Worth, you’re a lot colder than I remember

unnamed-2Oh hey Fort Worth, you’re a lot colder than I remember! Last time I visited was in November when it felt like SoCal weather, but this trip is a different story. Still, I love the feelings winter brings, that sense of encouraged hibernation and coziness. I’ve had such a relaxing few days already, and it’s just the start of break. Below are a few photos from around town if you’d like to see!img_2328img_2303img_2268img_2266img_2253img_2252unnamedimg_2364img_2346img_2323img_2270img_2457img_2456img_2447img_2428img_2433img_2434img_2390