Santa Cruz

IMG_5073This past weekend my little brother and I road tripped up to Santa Cruz to visit my long-time friend Colleen who is a student at UC Santa Cruz. She showed us around the town, the campus, and the beach. We went to some of her favorite restaurants and coffee shops, and even got to go to church with her on Sunday. The seven hour drive was well worth it, I mean just look at that view! Below are a few pictures from the visit if you’d like to see ūüôāIMG_4957^The entire campus is up on a hill in the middle of a red wood forest. I was awe struck by the beauty and seclusion! So peaceful.¬†IMG_4973IMG_4974IMG_4982IMG_4984IMG_4999^A few shots from around campus. We toured all the various colleges and took a hike through the woods.IMG_5007IMG_5008^Isn’t she a gem? IMG_5023IMG_5031IMG_5034IMG_5035^Commonly referred to as ‘The Squiggle’ by UCSC students, this sculpture made for a surprisingly comfortable resting spot!IMG_5038IMG_5040IMG_5045IMG_5048IMG_5051IMG_5060^Into the wilderness!IMG_5061IMG_5072IMG_5075IMG_5076^That landmass cross the bay is Monterey.IMG_5078IMG_5081IMG_5083IMG_5089IMG_5107IMG_5108IMG_5112^Good friends are such a blessing in life! I will gladly put in the effort to keep them ūüôāIMG_5117IMG_5118IMG_5121IMG_5125^Tell me that bay is not the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen! I had so much fun, thanks for having us Colleen. We will definitely be back one day, so try not to graduate any time soon :p

Happy Weekend Friends

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Last year I read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayd, a personal account of her¬†solo-hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, where she walked over 1,000 miles¬†from the Mexican to the Canadian boarder. When she started out on this journey, she was utterly broken in every way- newly divorced, unemployed, sleeping around, using Heroine, and deeply grieving the loss of her mother to cancer. By the end of the¬†trek, she had walked herself back to wholeness. She had wrestled with her demons and won, rediscovering the woman her mother always wanted her to be. At one point along the trail, Cherly remembers something her mother always used to say, something that originally annoyed her¬†but now brought her comfort. She said,¬†“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every day, and you can choose to be there for it – you can put yourself in the way of beauty.”

And that’s exactly what I did this week. I chose to wake up early to attend Surf Convocation, a weekly gathering of christians from my school who praise god on the beach during the sunrise. As difficult as it was to drag myself out of bed at 6:00am, I am so glad I put myself in the way of beauty. Sometimes creation demands to be marveled in. ¬†IMG_9993IMG_0006IMG_0004IMG_0008IMG_0013IMG_0017IMG_0018The rest of my week included bowling night, work, essay writing, and more work. Fun stuff. This weekend is shaping up to be pretty busy as well, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. Bring it on! I wish you focus, productivity and success these next two days.¬†But above all, I hope you cross paths with beauty this weekend!

Question of the Day
Have you consciously put yourself in the way of beauty lately? What keeps you energized and refreshed during the week?

California, Why Are You So Beautiful?!

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California, why are you so beautiful?! In an attempt to combat my post-abroad blues, I am trying to capture and appreciate the beauty of my home, which isn’t hard! And as mad as I am that it is 90 degrees in October with no signs of cooling off, I am also so grateful to be able to still go to the beach and enjoy the cool waters of the pacific. These pictures I snapped this past weekend are from Manhattan beach, the town next to my home town of El Segundo. There’s nothing more¬†I could say to convey the stunning beauty of this place, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking!IMG_9850unnamed-9unnamed-7unnamed-6unnamed-4unnamed-2IMG_9964IMG_9959IMG_9954IMG_9940IMG_9931IMG_9911IMG_9910IMG_9900IMG_9892IMG_9891IMG_9888IMG_9886IMG_9881IMG_9879
Question of the Day
Sometimes I am only aware of this world’s beauty when I travel, instead of noticing the details in my every day environment.¬†Do you struggle to find beauty in your own backyard? What are some ways you combat that tendency?

My Dreams for the Future

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College is a strange time in life. You are both independent and dependent, mature and immature, focused on the future yet¬†trying to enjoy the present. I am half way done with college, and the last two years have simultaneously flown by and taken their sweet time. Time is funny, isn’t it?¬†And while I am all for living in the moment and soaking up every detail, I also love dreaming about my future.

Dreaming of the future excites me. I can’t wait to see what God has in store, which dreams he’s waiting to breath life into and how he¬†will change me in the process. I feel as though I’m standing on the precipice of the rest of my life peering over the edge- a wonderful and terrifying place to be.

I want to share a few of my dreams in this space today, my version of the¬†I Have A Dream Speech, except not nearly as empowering! One day¬†I¬†can look back on them in the months and years to come and be grateful. Because if I’m anything, it’s grateful.¬†

I dream of returning to Germany one day. I don’t know what it will look like, but I know Germany is not through with my heart yet. Maybe I will apply for a Fullbright Scholarship, maybe grad school, who knows?!

I dream of writing for a living. I love this craft. It makes my heart sing. I can imagine myself working in editing, publishing, blogging, copywriting, screenwriting, etc.! I’m so glad I found something I’m talented in and can pursue moving forward.

I dream of getting married. This dream is still a big ol’ question mark at this point, but I know God will lead my down the right path one day.

I dream of growing this blog. I adore this little blog of mine, and all my lovely readers. You make me smile. It is so rewarding to look back on past experiences and moments. I hope to continue to improve and grow this blog for years to come!

I dream of traveling around the country. This is such a beautiful, vast country we live in, and I’d be amiss not to explore as much of it as I can. My current U.S. bucket list obsession: Utah! I’ve never been and I’m dying to catch a glimpse of those¬†red rocks.IMG_9699IMG_9706IMG_9711IMG_9761IMG_9732IMG_9723IMG_9769IMG_9799IMG_9805
Thanks for putting up with my ramblings! It is energizing and inspiring to think about the future. Take a deep breath, and keep moving forward.

Question of the Day
Do you have dreams for the future? Do you ever verbalize them? It sure feels good to write them down.

Happy Weekend!

IMG_9541Hey friends, it’s the freakin’ weekend! Not only that, but I had Friday off due to a faculty conference, so it’s a three day weekend! WOOHOO! It was a long week for me academically, so I am more than okay lying around in my PJs for hours on end and catching up on Netflix. But I did take a quick break from my laziness to visit the Malibu pier and eat at Malibu Farm Cafe on Friday. The food at Malibu Farm is all organic and locally grown, not to mention delicious- 5/5 stars, would highly recommend! Plus, the view from your table can’t be beat. Below are a few photos from the outing if you care to take a quick look. I hope you enjoy and have a fabulous weekend. I’ll meet you back here in the blink of an eye friends.IMG_9542IMG_9544IMG_9545IMG_9553IMG_9557IMG_9558IMG_9559IMG_9561IMG_9571IMG_9575IMG_9580IMG_9581IMG_9587