Day 25: heyy

*guilty cough*

It’s been like 3 weeks. I’M SO SORRY T_T Life got jealous and tried to take up all of my time, but here I am! Back and ready to go :)

Quick update: I’ve been working on my Instagram lately, and you should definitely check it out! You’ll find it in the sidebar of my blog. Midterms and exams have also been the death of me lately, and I’ve been desperately trying to keep up with a social life and music classes, all the while trying to stay fit and reach out to Him. Honestly I don’t know how I’m still alive haha x)

ANYWAYS. here are some fall pictures of these past two months. I’ll be back soon with a quality post, and maybe some DIYs :o stay tuned!

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this is more of a summer picture…but neverthless. it was taken during fall so it counts ^-^

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I’ll be back very soon!

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Day 20: Another Recipe?

that’s right. another mug recipe for all you lazy potatoes *aka me*

Ingredients: 1 very ripe banana, 1 large egg, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, PAM.
1. Grease the inside of a coffee mug with PAM or another cooking spray.
2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour into the mug.
3. Microwave on high for 1 - 2 minutes.
Recipe by Stephanie Schoenster for Spoon University.

ignore the fact that it’s not vegan ;D it’ll be just between you and me…

*drumroll*

3 Ingredient Chocolate Mug Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • cooking spray

Instructions:

  • Grease the inside of the mug with cooking spray
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour into the mug
  • Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, more or less if you need to do so.

That’s it! Now go take all the mugs in your house and make these cakes u.u Go on.

~ inspiration from Seventeen

btw guys, question. do you like the type of posts where I write a story based on a prompt? do you like recipes? hacks? please please let me know in the comments! <3

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Day 19: A Trip to LA

ayye your girl Faith went to the LA County Fair yesterday with some of her friends :D Here are some pics of the adventure!

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the barn ;3

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 the yogurt was pretty good.

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Day 15: A Bucket List

  1. Meet my online best friend <3
  2. Image result for blonde and brunetteLearn how to read and write Chinese
  3. Get a corgi puppy and name it Kimbap or Flynn u.u dog_02.jpg
  4. Travel to Japan or Korea for the summer
  5. Learn ukulele again
  6. Image result for ukulele tumblrGo hiking in Hawaii
  7. Image result for pic of hiking in hawaiiBe able to witness to people on a mission trip.
  8. Enjoy one relaxing day with no stress ._.

Day 12: 3 Healthy Habits

  1. Drink water. Lots of water. Start your day with a big cup of water and continue drinking H20 throughout the day. It has helped to clear my skin soo much and helps me study better! it’s that simple guys. don’t be lazy. Image result for tumblr pic of cup of water*hint – don’t actually drink the flowers…it’s just for aestheticity u_u
  2. Spend time outdoors as much as you can – fresh air can help clear your mind and refresh you!Image result for tumblr pic of outdoors
  3. Smile.

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Day 10: My Worst Habit(s)

  • Procrastinating – why is it so easy to put off an important geometry test or English presentation? gah. this is definitely one of my biggest problems xD

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  • Becoming easily stressed and defrayed in situations with pressure – it can be a performance, a long list of “to-do” things, etc. a lot of times, I let the pressure get to me until I melt into a stressed blob ._.

 

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  • Over analyzing situations to the point where I am freaking out over why this person sent “k” and not “kk” in a text message lol.

 

  • And lastly, thinking that I can do it “by myself.” none of us can do life by ourselves, dears. only He can help us <3
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Day 9: 10 Favorite Foods

  1.   Ramen – my favorite comfort food.tumblr.ramen
  2. Mac n’ Cheese – as unhealthy as it is, I love it :P cheesy
  3. Lasagna =3
  4. Burritos gahh #chipotle because yes I’m that basic xD
  5. Mangoesss – my comfort fruit. also basically all tropical fruit, like pineapples.pineapples.tumblr
  6. Pasta – pappardelle, gnocchi, ravioli – you name it, I’ll eat it.
  7. Kimbap :D (Korean sushi) kimbap
  8. Popsicles on a hot summer day <3 popsicles.
  9. Watermelon
  10. Pizza, duh u.u  you knew that was comingpizza

 

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

Summer Goals

So um yeah. I have been embracing the summer like never before and taking advantage of the increased hours of sleep! Goodbye stressful finals muahaha! My condolences to all of you who are doing summer school…including myself.

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Summer Goals 2016:

  • Study the Bible more
  • Spend more time with my family
  • Go running at least 3 times a week
  • Train for my hoped-for 10K
  • Lighten my hair (naturally)
  • Get tanner u_u way tanner.
  • Improve my musical skills
  • Eat healthier
  • Drink more smoothies
  • Take surfing lessons again
  • Go on a road trip with friends
  • Pursue my love for photography
  • Go to the beach more often <3
  • Try something new
  • Eat something new
  • Go canoeing and tip the canoe over
  • Be more active on WordPress :D
  • Buy new strings for my violin u.u
  • Eat more acai bowls

to be continued…

 

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*

 

 

The Window in the Lighthouse

   She was trapped. Trapped inside the tall brick lighthouse that stood, all alone, on the tiny island. She couldn’t remember how she got here, only a vague memory feeling pressure on her head and then blacking out while walking home from her mannerism classes. When she woke up, she had found herself lying on the cold wooden floor in the ancient lighthouse. Gingerly, the young girl named Willow now sat up, rubbing her temples.  “Hello?” She quavered, glancing nervously into the mysterious shadows. Her large brown eyes searched the room, noting the cobwebs in the corners, the dusty shelves, and the faded wallpaper. Obviously, someone hasn’t lived here for awhile. 

 Willow frowned. 

That didn’t make sense – didn’t the lighthouse keeper usually live in the lighthouse? She decided to explore her surroundings a bit more throughly. Carefully, she got to her feet and brushed off her full skirts. Her silk shoes slid across the floor, barely making a sound. She slipped off her expensive gloves and tucked them into the pocket of her petticoat. Suddenly, a floorboard creaked above her, and she whirled around nervously.

 “Who’s there?” 

She heard nothing. Then her eyes fell on an iron-hinged door that looked like it hadn’t been opened in ages. Eagerly, Willow headed towards it. Maybe once she was outside, she would recognize her surroundings and know how to get home. Creak. Creak. Willow twisted the doorknob this way and that, but her efforts were fruitless. The door refused to budge. A feeling of helpless overwhelmed her and a tear threatened to spill onto her cheeks. Groaning, Willow sank down onto the floor and leaned her head against the wall. 

And that’s when she saw the window. 


 “I wonder if I can break the window open and climb out that way,” she thought aloud. Making up her mind, she ran to the window and peered out. What she saw shocked her. 

Normal people like her were walking around outside, admiring the sea, pointing and clicking small black rectangles over and over again. Willow’s eyes got bigger when she saw how they were dressed. The women were wearing tight pants and tips instead of the proper, full dresses that every woman should wear. Some men were even wearing shorts! @_@ Frantically, Willow’s eyes roved over the scene. Strange contraptions with wheels lined the sidewalk and people were actually using them as a mode of transportation! Her hand flew to her mouth. 

 “It couldn’t…it can’t be,” she whispered. 

Had she traveled into the future somehow? How was that even possible? Her mind was racing around in a whirlwind when all of a sudden she heard a voice behind her: 

“What are you doing here?”

Thanks for reading this freewrite :) Yes, I know, I have been obsessed with freewrites lately. #sorrynotsorry I thought of this story after I took the above picture of a window in a lighthouse that is now a tourist attraction in California~ I hope you enjoyed it, and please let me know if you do by liking this post ^_^ 

Diamonds

“Like a diamond, the more I’m cut, sliced, and hurt…the more I shine.”

I know, I know. You’ve been told all your life that that your “good” wasn’t “good enough,” that your “best” wasn’t enough. Nothing hurts more than giving your absolute best and being told that it wasn’t “good enough.” But you know what? That should only inspire and motivate you to prove them haters wrong. We are all more than “good enough” in God’s eyes. We’re all diamonds. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought that I didn’t play violin or piano “good enough.” But you’ve got to pick yourself back up and keep moving. Run, walk, or crawl – as long as you’re moving forward.

 

scroll down for some rebel pictures I got during a makeshift photo shoot ;)

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~shaking off my troubles like~

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And in the end, we’re all diamonds. You just have to believe it.

That Girl Over There

Ordinary Life Doesn’t Interest Me…

hiiiiii! I felt so guilty for not blogging….you guys don’t know this, but I have this ache in my heart when I’m not here on WordPress. That’s how much I love you guys <3

Often in life, I get bored with the everyday routine. It’s school, music, school, music, school, music, etc… Lately, I’ve been realizing that I’m missing something. I haven’t been content with my ordinary life…I want something better.

I need to let go and allow God to guide my life.

I need to surrender myself and let Him take control.

I need to stop trying to be someone I’m not to make people love me…because only the true friends will love me for who I am.

No one on Earth could love me more than God could. If all the fraternal love that ever existed in the history of the world was added up, it would only be a tiny tiny stream compared to God’s love for me. Isn’t that mind blowing? Like seriously. Just try to imagine it.

And so I’ve come to realize….God is the missing piece in my life. I’ve fallen out of touch with Him, and I want to get connected again. All the worldly pleasures I’ve been trying to attain will only leave me empty and unsatisfied. Trying to be someone I’m not isn’t going to make Him happy. He created me in His own perfect way, and trying to be someone else is only trying to go against His will.

Just remember, you’re perfect just the way you are. You and I were created for a reason, and we are living this life for a reason. Every piece of your life that seems like it has “fallen” in place has not simply come to be. God has a special interest in you, and He is planning your life, detail by detail. ~hugs~

That Girl Over There

 

 

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