Big News!

As some of you already know, I’ve been wanting to go on a backpacking trip for a long time now.

Well, I am excited to say that I will be going to southeast Asia in three weeks! I will be spending 3 months (101 days) traveling all through Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Vietnam.

It will be such an amazing trip and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to go. I plan to spend most of my time taking in the wonders of Asia, eating their awesome food, volunteering in the community, and taking a break from college.

I haven’t posted in a while because apart from having to prepare for my trip I am finishing off my sophomore/junior year of college (technically I’m both here in NZ because my degree is only three years).

I hope to keep updating you guys on my trip as it progresses!

May God bless you guys.

🙂 🙂 🙂

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I Surrender

This past weekend I was on a solo, two hour drive home when I poured my heart out to God. I’ve been struggling lately with putting in the effort to spend time with Him. While I was praying I realized that I always find a way to put things before Him. It’s easier to watch a t.v. show than spend time in prayer. It’s easier to spend meaningless hours scrolling through Facebook and Instagram than delve into the bible. At least that’s how it’s felt for me.

While I was in the car, listening to a christian radio station, a song came on with a verse that said “do they see you when they see me”. I decided that I needed to change my priorities. My life does not project my faith. Maybe in some aspects it does, but that is not what I want. I want every part of my life to show that I am a believer in Christ.

So I am trying to keep a conscious mind on the activities that I choose to fill my day with. Psalm 101:3 says: “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless…”. I am trying to constantly remind myself of this. I am choosing to fill my life with meaningful occupations rather than pointless ones. It’s a constant battle between me and earthly desires. The devil sure knows how to tempt me, but I have God as my armour and I will not give up.

I’m learning to let go of my expectation for my life enough to let the Lord guide me down the one he has planned for me.

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P.s. If you know the name of the song above, let me know because I can’t find it anywhere!

Spring Tacos

Today was the first day of spring in New Zealand! Auckland was blessed with some over all nice weather for a change 🙂

For dinner I made vegan tacos; unfortunately they were not the traditional carne asada, but they were still pretty darn good!

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I started off by making some wholewheat tortillas (rolled out small).

Then I made some guacamole which consisted of: one mashed avocado, some chopped cilantro, some minced onion, plenty of lemon juice and a bit of salt.

As for the rest of the filling: kidney beans, spinach leaves, shredded carrot and some hot sauce

They aren’t you’re typical Mexican tacos, but this minimal ingredient dinner was really good!

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P.S. What do you guys think about the foods I’m posting? I really enjoy eating it and sharing it!

Homemade Vegan Burger

So a couple nights ago I thought I’d make myself a burger for dinner, and guys, it came out super good!

I loosely followed this recipe and added other ingredients IMG_1847 IMG_1846

This is what went into my patties:

Mushed chickpeas
Chopped cilantro
Shredded Beets
Shredded eggplant
Quinoa
Lemon juice
Salt & pepper
Paprika
Cumin
Chopped mushroom
Minced White onion
Wholemeal flour (only enough to thicken)
Wholewheat bun
Then I put some sweet chilli sauce on one bun and pumpkin and kumara hummus on the other then I added some salad mix and spinach.
The amount I made is enough for about 5 medium patties.
I know, I know it sounds really loaded, but it was SO good!

I totally recommend you make this and even try my adaptation of it!

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It tastes like heaven

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Blog Style Change

The fairy tale land that I fell in love with in the South Island. I cannot remember the name or where it was, I hope to find it again someday.
The fairy tale land that I fell in love with in the South Island. I cannot remember the name or where it was, I hope to find it again someday.

Ever since I first started this blog I think I have changed the layout a minimum of 15 times. I can’t commit to one look! I like it for a bit then I feel the need to change it. I am no expert in how to layout a website so I have had so much trouble portraying the way I’d like it to look! Bare with me and that constant change please…

New Hair (Again)

This is my last post for the day, I promise!

A week ago I convinced my sister to cut my hair into a really short bob, this is the result- I love it!

I watched one to many Molly Ringwood movies and got inspired to have her hair. Just the other day I unintentionally (or maybe unconsciously but intentionally) looked like her in the breakfast club, hair and outfit! I wish I would have taken a picture..)

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My sister says I look like Edna from The Incredibles..

My Life Without A Car- August 28th

I do not have a car, I have never had my own car. This means that walking and the bus (or an occasional borrowed car) are my main forms of transportation.

I know some might find it really difficult not having a car, but I love it. I mean, don’t get my wrong, it would be wonderful to have a car when I visit my family instead of taking a three hour bus ride. But overall, I’m glad I don’t have one.

I think that this is mainly because I live in such a great location…

5 minute walk to campus; 1 minute walk to church; 10 minute walk to the grocery store; 30 minute walk to work; and a 10-15 minute bus ride everywhere else. Also, I love walking. If I am to exercise, walking is my go-to choice!

I do a weekly walk to the grocery store where I lug home a bag of food from two different places. Each are ten minutes in opposite directions from my house, so on my way back from one I drop off what I bought already to give arm room for the next store. I like to buy my pantry food at Countdown and my fruits and veggies from Simply Fresh (for the deals and quality)! My bags are usually not too heavy as I only shop for myself.

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This is todays shopping. One bag from Countdown (New Zealand’s Ralph’s) and the other from Simply Fresh ( New Zealand’s Sprouts).
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On my way back home (I live on a busy college street)
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A product of my buys- homemade vegan chocolate. I added peanuts to mine, SO good!
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I also made cinnamon apple chips!

As you can see from my homemade snacks, I’m really trying to find healthy alternative snacks. (I’ll talk more about foods later!)

And back to no car! 

Visiting my family who live 1hr 40mins away? I usually take the bus, or if my dad is up in Auckland for work over the weekend, I on occasion (about every month in a half) borrow his car to drive down to Hamilton for a visit.

When I go to work I know I can easily take the bus but I prefer to save myself a few bucks and walk or run there. Because it’s a cleaning job it doesn’t require a uniform and it being only once a week, it’s no hassle jogging in the sunny/overcast morning.

For leisure I like to go to near by walking trails or to the nearest towns to hang out- Takapuna and Auckland City. I love going to Takapuna beach, which is a 25 minute walk from my house. Its a wonderful little town with a few main streets with some awesome shops. When I go to the city I take the bus (15 mins) because you have to take the freeway to get there. Which is fine with me because if I could walk there it would take FOREVER, well thats an exaggeration (about 2 1/2 hours one-way). I like to go there for a change in scenery and because it reminds me a bit of downtown San Diego.

I’m a little scared that when I do get a car, I will become very lazy. Everything will become that much more convenient for me.

I don’t know for sure what will happen, but for now I will enjoy my on-foot travels. 🙂

P.S.  This was my outfit today because it’s almost spring here!

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Trying to take an artsy picture of my new jeans
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Featuring: my new short hair and Ron Swanson phone cover 😀
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Studying/actually just chilling in my backyard

Can you or do you live without a car? What’s your outlook on it?