Day 17: 7 Things To Do When You’re Feeling Nostalgic

  1. Take a walk in nature.
  2. Watch the sunset – there’s something captivating about watching a fiery golden ball throw purple, pink, and orange hues across the indigo skies.
  3. Look at old photographs – this is one of my absolute favorites and always transports me back in time.Image result for tumblr pic of polaroids
  4.  Read an old entry in a journal or a diary.Image result for tumblr pic of old journals
  5.  Go on a long drive with that nostalgic playlist going.
  6. Read a book in a quiet, little cozy corner of your house that’s preferably naturally lit. Image result for tumblr pic of little cozy corner
  7. Take a warm shower.

I hope you’ll find these tips useful :D

 

inspired by Free People’s blog

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Day 6: 6 Current Goals

  1. That others would see Him in me.
  2. Start journaling more
  3. Be a blessing to those around me.
  4. Run at least 3 times every week and enter a 10k. Who knows, maybe I’ll run a marathon someday?
  5. Study harder and graduate.
  6. Reach out to you guys more :)

 

Day 3: What Makes Me Happy

  1. Clear umbrellas
  2. Playing in the rain
  3. Walking in nature
  4. Running – at least afterwards >.>
  5. Baby animalssss – bunnies, corgis, puppies, kittens
  6. Making other people happy
  7. Blogging :D
  8. Watching sunsets with friends at the beach
  9. Perfectly sharpened colored pencils
  10. Taking pictures
  11. Looking at the stars
  12. Being outside in nature :)
  13. Aeropostale’s feed =3
  14. The idea of getting lost in a misty forest
  15. Whipped cream in a frappe
  16. Seeing other people smile
  17. Loving God <3

Storytime: It was a dark, stormy afternoon…

The Friday afternoon had started just like the past four days at camp had – with warm, golden sunshine, the bluest skies, and glassy waters. About 15 of us had jumped into our respective canoes and started the 1 mile long voyage across the river to enjoy the afternoon.

But on the way back, trouble hit.

Hard.

    Heavy, gray clouds soon covered the sapphire sky, mercilessly raining on us as we dragged our canoes into the water and clambered in. Sydney, Summer, and I strained at the paddles, but by the time we were halfway across, our muscles were already exhausted from 4 straight days of canoeing.

 

“I need to take a break,” panted Sydney, laying down her paddle and slumping over on the seat. Summer and I agreed. Our canoe began to float aimlessly across the seemingly calm waters. In a few seconds, they were forming into threatening-looking waves. I screamed as one wave hit, causing the canoe to tip dangerously to one side.
“Paddle left!” ordered Summer. Sydney and I hurried to obey, but it wasn’t long before she yelled, “Paddle right!” Suddenly, a rumble of thunder vibrated through the heavy clouds, closely followed by a streak of burning lightning. The rain that had been pelting us this entire time instantly hardened into icy balls.

I ducked instinctively, shouting, “HAIL!” The waves responded by rocking our canoe even harder. The three of us desperately prayed for God to save us as our little canoe bounced about on the waves, but I was ready to just lay down in the canoe and let the waves pound us.

We were helpless. Stuck in a storm with seemingly no way out. In the middle of paddling, I realized that this was the same situation with our daily lives. We are all fighting our personal storms – full of rain, thunder, and lightning. Sometimes we want to give up. None of us can ever make it through the tempest, unless we give Him permission to take control.

And at that moment, the waves stilled, the hail stopped, and comforting sunlight illuminated the once again peaceful (The three of us were screaming with gratitude and joy) lake.

tbh, we can’t fight our battles by ourselves – that’s basically pointless. Enlist His help, and then watch the miracles unfold in your life.

by the way, I kissed the flowers out of happiness to be back on terra firma again :P

The Huntington Library

A few days ago I visited the Huntington Library in LA! It is largely famous, not only for its books but also for its gorgeous botanical garden. Yup, we are continuing the LA theme from The Broad Museum :) If you haven’t read it yet, you can click on the link right here: The Broad Museum. Enjoy the pictures I got with my trusty Nikon! Also, I tried a new photo formatting – do you like it?

 

 

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Lush bamboo grove at the Chinese Garden

 

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Chinese Garden (again)

btw, the Chinese Garden had a bunch of places with food…that might be the reason why I was there for quite a long time u_u

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Look closely at what this person put as their dream job in the 1910s :)

I hope you liked this post, and I definitely recommend going to the Huntington Library whenever you’re in LA! They have a variety of gardens and exhibits that could take all day to enjoy. It’s a great place to get away from the city and yet be in the city at the same time lol..It’s also a really good way to get exercise *cough* I walked about 5 miles in a few hours. If you go to the H, tag your post with #AtTheH so I can see them! Love you all~

 

That Girl Over There

Random Snapshots

Hello there! Welcome/welcome back to my blog :D If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I haven’t been publishing regularly on WordPress. *slaps self with a wet noodle* I’m so so sorry about that, but school has really tightened its grip on me :( I literally have six different music classes right now with three very important recitals/concerts coming up, and plus I am taking three honors classes in addition to my other courses. Eek. So, to make up for that, I thought I’d grace your screen with some evidence of my (nonexistent) photography skills u_u

Enjoy.

 

 

 

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We shall start with the cliche spiral photo which is probably my favorite picture as of now :) VSCO cam, how I do love thee.

 

 

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Might have gotten a lil too close for this one…

 

 

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Hair credits to the lovely wind.

 

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Taken by theamigirl, edited by me :D

 

Really loving the blue-green vibes ^-^ Until later then! I promise I’ll try to come up with some better content >_< okay, bye for reals *waves awkwardly*

 

 

Real Beauty

Hello lovelies! It’s a beautiful day today where I live and I hope it’s equally beautiful where you are! So, I was out visiting a friend on a Saturday afternoon and spied some gorgeous, pink flowers.
Of course you know what came next….
I enlisted my friends’ help to photograph the blooms, and the lighting was perfect! The clouds in the sky helped create a soft glow that illuminated these beauties. I literally took so many pictures in my excited bliss. I don’t know the name of these buds o_o but if any of you recognize them comment below!

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Live the life you think you deserve.

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~Imperfection is beautiful~

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God makes no mistakes – you are amazing just the way you are :)

Love,

That Girl Over There

Goodbye November!

Well, here we are. The last day of November! I cannot believe that 2016 looms up ahead, sooner than I have expected! (I didn’t expect my biology class to start up so soon either. poo.)
Here are some artsy pictures we captured on a recent hike~

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The 990 feet long bridge we walk across to get to the trails. I managed not to get run over by any bikers.

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windswept hair. grand mountain. perfect day.

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// jumping on the bridge // no, it didn’t break. I’m not that heavy.

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Have a great Monday!

That Girl Over There

Photo credits: my little sister, photographer in training

Born for It.

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Because come on, who doesn’t love palm trees silhouetted against a gorgeous coastal sunset? #thestreetlampphotobombedme

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Little Miracles ~ Part 2

 baby birdie 

I stood on the wobbly chair
Again rudely intruding into the home
Of sticks and grass and wool.

Intruding, because
Those four tiny, speckled miracle-packages
Had miraculously transformed into
Fluffy, somewhat ugly, chicks.

I wondered how they kept warm
They had, after all, only a downy parka.

 The chicks were —
So helpless. So small. (And so very hungry, too.)
But I knew God was watching over them
For He seeth “every little sparrow that falls.” 

 Yes, indeed.
Those fluffy, somewhat ugly chicks
Were in good hands.

^-^

Chao Zhou, Ping Dong, Taiwan

Chao Zhou is an enchanting place. We took a 3 hour train ride here from Taichung. Along the way, I saw rice paddies, gardens tucked here and there and everywhere, and bananas and sugarcane.

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