Some things I’m currently loving!

Hey guys! I have been trying to think of more light hearted posts and so this one is definately in that category! I’m just going to share some things I have been loving so here we go!

Music: “This is living- acoustic.” Hillsong young and free. “I am” and “Come as you are.” Both by Dave crowder from his album Neon Steeple. “Dance yrself clean.” by LCD soundsystem. “Walk like an Egyptian.” by jukebox the ghost. And anything Zella Day. And of course Nashville. 

Instagram: some accounts I have loved following are @sugarandcharm, @freepeople, @spell_Byronbay, @h.capucine, and last but not least, @sparkles4all. Seriously loving these pretty people’s posts. 

Food: I have been loving feta so much! It’s so delicious and cheesy but it has less lactose than cows milk, making it easier to digest! I’m also weirdly loving salads, which is strange because I’m not a salad person but they are so yummy and a perfect lunch that’s filling but a couple hours later you are excited for food again! For a treat or two, I’m loving ihop… Yum! But the winner is bahama bucks, it’s seriously all I have been craving. I crave it everyday hahaha. But it’s so yum. 

Workout: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I’ll get there… 

Clothes: I have a new obsession with thrifting. It’s better for your wallet, the environment, and for the world in general. 

Makeup: Honestly, I have been keeping it more minimal than usual. If I even bother with makeup, it’s a little concealer, highlight on my cheekbones and dusted on my eyes, maybe some liquid liner, and some mascara. 

Hair: down and natural, or up in a bun. Boring but true! Hahaha. I’m loving bronde though! 

Books: “The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca skloot. This is my summer reading assignment for school but if you are a science person, this non fiction novel is awesome! I am loving it. I am also loving “Where rainbows end.” By Cecelia Ahem. Just a beautiful book about friendship and love that I think every girl should read. It’s wonderful. 

Starbucks order: I love me a hot soy cinnamon chai with no h20! The secret to a good chai at starbucks is to ask for no water in it… Trust me on that! 

Bible verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30. I have been meditating my heart on this verse since a sermon I heard and even though it’s known and popular that doesn’t make it any less beautiful! I just love it. 

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You are beautiful.

Okay, I know we have all heard it from old people, but it’s actually sorta true. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. And before you leave because you can already see the path this post is going, please don’t. That’s all I got for my argument as to why you should stay…

So basically it wasn’t until this year that I realized I am a beautiful person. Key word: I. Not the girl I used to pretend to be so that everyone would like me, but the music loving nerd that over thinks everything. And what’s ironic is that when I stopped trying to be someone I’m not, people started to talk to me more… I think we all have this tendency to hide when we are afraid of rejection from other people, but now I am scared of giving someone the wrong perception of me. When you get close to someone and realize that he or she doesn’t actually appreciate you for you, it’s a really painful experience and it is those relationships or friendships that don’t work out. When it comes to romantic relationships especially, I find myself  running away and it is something I am working on tremendously, because it sucks when you have to be like dude we don’t actually work because I don’t know you enough, when in reality it was me he didn’t know the whole time because I was so scared of what he would think. The truth is that I and many other girls have done this because we don’t think we are enough the way we are. But I promise, we are MORE than enough.

According to Psalm 139:13, God knitted us in our Mother’s womb. He knows exactly how many hairs are on your head. He knows the real you, and he knows when you hide out of fear of rejection. I hate to put it so bluntly, but we are offending God when we hide from who we actually are… It’s like talking behind your best friends back, saying that he or she isn’t cool enough to be around anymore. We are basically telling God “Nah, the way you made me isn’t good enough”.

If God made you in his image, then of course you are beautiful. Beauty is confidence. Once you are able to own who you are and the way you look, act, talk, etc, love will come so easily. You won’t need a significant other to be fulfilled. You will be more grateful for the love you already have in your life. Instead of putting all of your energy on hating yourself, the energy goes into loving God, yourself, and others. The Greatest Commandment is basically the answer to everything, even this: 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ( Matthew 22:37-40). There is a really cliche quote that says you can’t love others until you love yourself. And I am here to tell you from my experience, that it is indeed a valid cheesy quote.

Words.

What do books, songs, conversations, and weird blogs written by a sixteen year old have in common? WORDS. POWER. And if they are good, maybe even a little wisdom. The words we hear, speak, and read are what make us who we are. These voices that influence us are not just noise, but truth that someone has spoken. I was reading a devotional about grace, and it really got me thinking about how influential to others and ourselves that the words we speak, think, hear, read, and sing are what determine the course of our days and our attitudes. If I only hang out with people that swear, I will start swearing more. If the people I am with even say “Oh Cookies!” when they really wanna say something else, I will follow along. The scary part is that I will do this without even trying to… It almost seems like humans were made like that. This devotional was over the verse Colossians 4:6, which states, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” That verse took me about twenty reads to fully understand it. If you think about it, a conversation involves two parties: the talker, and the listener. I don’t know about you, but I wanna know how to answer everyone. I wanna be THE best listener on the earth. However, it’s pretty unfortunate how awkward and uncomfortable I can be during really serious conversations… I try my best to listen and give advice, but sometimes it’s as though I say the completely wrong thing without even realizing it, or make a really terrible joke that I think it will lighten the mood, when in reality it’s just plain BAD. When that painfully embarrassing moment occurs, a little part of me breaks. I experience a sensation of regret inside, fearful that I have made something worse than it needed to be. But no fear is to be had, because this verse answers the big question that I believe many of us face… How the hell do we become the best conversationalists on the planet? Well, according to that dude Paul in that dandy book I like to read called the bible, in order to know how to do that, we have to let our conversations be full of Grace. So what does that mean? Well, no need to fear, Google dictionary is here! The definition of Grace is undeserved favor that extends unconditional love to another. Thanks, Google. As a Christian, I want people leaving a conversation feeling like, “Damn, I feel loved and blessed.” What’s crazy is that that feeling is in the hands of our attitudes towards our talks with others. The words we use and the tone we take on need to posses that unconditional love that God (and Google) speak of. What we listen to should be full of grace as well, and when we interact with those we don’t even know, if we speak and listen to them with genuine Grace, they will be much more engaged. We will never contain anywhere near as much Grace as Our Lord does- I mean, he even died on the cross for us. But there are a couple things in our control: The things we listen to, read, sing, etc, our own self control to not say something without thinking, but lastly, the most awesomely dangerous weapon: Prayer (totally kidding, it’s pretty safe.). If we continually pray that God helps us to be full of grace, we are on the right path.

Quinoa, garlic pan-seared tofu, and kale bowl

This is an absolute delicious, nutritiously dense bowl of goodness❤️ I’m not much of a tofu person but this recipe and the way the tofu is prepared is divine!
Ingredients:
Cooked quinoa (I used white quinoa, but any will work)
1/2 a block of extra-firm tofu *
Garlic powder
Olive oil
Kale
Sesame oil
Salt
Pepper
*make sure to have pressed the tofu. This is done by rinse it under cold water, drying it, wrapping it in a tea towel, and then lastly placing some heavy items such as books on top of the tea towel wrapped tofu. This is an essential step in preparing clean, delicious tofu.
Directions:
1.Cut tofu into cubes.
2. Heat olive oil or choice of oil on stove. Add a splash of water.
3. Season the tofu with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a little olive oil.
4. Put the tofu onto the pan. Flip when golden. Once it is cooked, put it to the side.
5. Heat a dash of sesame oil on stove.
6. Place the kale in the pan and sauté until wilted.
7. It’s now serving time! Add the quinoa, tofu, and veggies to your plate. Enjoy!

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Ten tips for a healthy mind and body

1. When you wake up, do 3-5 sun salutations. This is a great way to stretch out the entire body and wake it up. If you do not know how to do a sun salutation, YouTube or google it!
2. Keep your room clean. Easier said than done, but it makes the biggest difference to both the mind and the body. How does keeping my room clean give me a healthy body you may ask? Well a large part of a clean room is a made bed, and a made bed is one that you cannot sit in all day. So keep your bed made and room tidy, and you will spend more time with people and things you love instead in bed all day!
3. Workout outside instead of inside. Being outside and in nature is a great way to not only build fitness levels but to reflect over things. Personally treadmills don’t do the trick for me as I focus on the numbers as I run, but when I’m in nature I notice the trees and the little ducks happily playing together, and I have time to think about my troubles and things I’m grateful for to myself. So get moving outside! You will notice not only a change in body but a washing of peace and serenity that will take over the mind. And exercise also releases serotonin: the happy hormone!
4. When you are on your run/walk outside, smile to everyone you see! Interaction between humans is necessary for optimal health and happiness.
5. Drink plenty of water. Water will make your skin glow and your digestion a lot better. It pretty much makes everything better! I will not say a specific amount but drink enough so that your pee is clear.
6. Read books and research things that interest you! Finding something that you are passionate about can really help you find a purpose to life and increase intelligence. Reading also increases vocabulary, and after all, having a broad vocabulary is rather winsome if I do say so myself.
7. Eat a clean, nutrient dense diet. I’m not saying don’t enjoy yourself though. I think that a healthy lifestyle can be absolutely delicious once adjusted if you change up the foods you are eating. Personally, the more vegetables and fruit I eat, the better I feel. It’s amazing what natures gift can do for us! 8. Spend time with people you love. As I mentioned earlier, interaction between humans is a must! Spending time with people you love is a lot more personal than just smiling (even though smiling is awesome and makes a huge difference!). If you feel alone or like you have no one, take a leap of faith and reach out to people. Just like you feel alone, other people do too and you would be surprised at the response you get back. Make friends by trying new things such as joining clubs at school, taking an art class, joining a team sport, etc.
9. Appreciate awesome moments. Taking a second just to say thank you to whoever you do or don’t believe in is seriously so important. Sometimes I just smile to myself and think,” wow, I’m alive and today doesn’t suck.” It doesn’t matter if you think something fancier than that or if you simply just smile (as we have already established, you would know I think smiling is awesome). The point is to feel something that is bigger than you. Not a selfish moment where you are caught up on earthly matters, but a moment of “damn, I’m lucky. What can I do to help the world?”
10. Laugh! It will give you rock hard abs and a longer life.

Why are you so skinny?

I came across this amazing channel today as I searched for quick workouts on Youtube. Little did I know I would be inspired by her other videos. This is something we should all take time to watch and become aware of. Real women DO come in all shapes and sizes. It is a misconception these days that “Real men like curves, dogs like bones”. All women of all sizes are real women. It does not matter what you look like, in my opinion the best way to show power and to attract others is through confidence. I am not skinny or curvy, I am in between I would say which is sometimes hard believe it or not! We all have our insecurities and this is just a wonderful reminder that we should not be putting each other down but we should be helping and empowering each other through our issues. Much love!