Still

sniff sniff** Do you smell that? That’s the smell of fresh kiwi coffee being brewed.

whoosh*** Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the low tide creeping up on the beach.

crunch crunch*** Do you feel that? That’s the sand thats still stuck in your shoes from the other weekend’s play.

This is what my life has been like the past few. I don’t think I’ve ever really embraced my surroundings as much as I have been. From smells, to feelings, to noises, it’s actually quite beautiful. The stillness is actually quite beautiful. The stillness is actually quite refreshing.

When you have no other choice then to embrace your surroundings it can actually be quite pleasant and not as miserable as you’d assume. However, this change of perspective did not happen over night. It’s been in the works (still is) for months. I’ve almost had to force myself and allow myself all at once to slow down and just be. With doing so, I’ve been able to embrace the still small moments of life.

Wake up and smell the roses darling. Life isn’t as half bad! You don’t need an ocean, coffee or a new place to start have a new perspective. All you need is your mind and the desire to make that change, since you are the only one who has the control to do so. Forget the feelings of “I don’t feel changed” or I don’t feel like doing it today. If you rely on the feelings, you are already failing before you start. Embrace your work environment today, the fact you have a paycheck to allow you to have food and a roof over your head. Embrace the yummy food you get to eat every day or how about the nice clean water you get to shower in every day, might I say warm water if you’re lucky. Embrace the car that gets you to point a to point b instead of walking thru hot hot days or blistering freezing cold days.

Once you change that perspective of yours, life honestly starts to get more simple, more beautiful and more abundant.

XX,

S

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All Will Be Well

Traveling can be a bit lonely for many various reasons.

Recently, I had the opportunity to cross paths with a rad gal whom has heaps of commonalities with me. It was almost as if our paths were suppose to cross because how like-minded we are. It filled me with peace knowing I wasn’t the only one who thought the way I did. *belly laughing*

Allow me to introduce to you my newly founded gal pal, her name is Rylea.

Pronounced RI-LEY. 

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Her name already was awesome, so I had to be her friend. Anyway, This lady beams joy. She has that personality where it is so intoxicating you have to be her friend. In my case, when we met, we clicked instantaneously as if we have been mates our whole lives or even separated at birth. Who knows? It’s quite lovely meeting someone on the other side of the world who is very like-minded as you, it makes you think where have you been my whole life… why haven’t we met? Especially where she resides in the mountainous state of Montana, it’s only a few states north from where I reside. && not to mention her love for Patagonia is almost on the same level as me, if not higher. Now, that’s a first. 

Even though our time of meeting has been brief, Rylea has already inspired me in such a way I am very thankful we crossed paths in an absurd uncommon way. Her perspective on life makes me want to do life, daily. Ironic?  The other day, she spoke words that really impacted me heaps, it has basically become my daily mantra.

“Oh life changed on you, PLOT TWIST!” 

How optimistic is that? Just those simple two words, allowed my perspective on life to broaden that much more. Let me remind you, I’ve only known her for a couple of weeks, and she has already made such an impact. When it comes to having friends, Rylea has reminded me that a friend does not mean a long timeline of history together, it just simply means being authentic and enjoying each others presence at any time of day, hour and or minute. She also reminded me that despite traveling, a friend can come about, you just need to step out of your comfort zone to do so. Thank you for teaching me so much already. You are truly a friend that someone desires to have in their life. You uplift people in more ways than you probably know. *grabs a tissue*

So, to all my traveling gals, pals, gypsies and wanderers, you’re truly never alone. Find yourself a friend who will inspire, motivate, make you laugh, dances their booty off w/ you, and appreciates who you are with all the obnoixous singing and honesty that comes along. Or in other words, find yourself a Rylea and all will be well.

Here’s to a blossoming friendship sweet friend!

xx,

S

Weekend Getaway

 

IM BACK!!! It’s been too long. But finally, I have a computer!! I have so much filed in my brain, it’s hard to type at the moment. So I am just going to share something simple and easy for ya (:

Over the weekend, I went on a girls trip up to the North-East side of Auckland. I was able to see New Zealand for what is really was for. The beauty of New Zealand is beyond the words I have. All I have to say is, no wonder why they would film movies here. Green screens can never capture this, not even a camera… Thank you Jesus.

(FYI all these places are a must-see whenever you visit)

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  • As we were climbing up the mountain, fog started to appear.

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  • Cliffside in Whitianga

 

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  • Cathedral Cove

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  • Closed out little shack

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  • Waikato mountain walk

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  • Kaori tree ARE MASSIVE; fun fact: native tree to New Zealand and they are actually dying away. 

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  • Waikoto Beach

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  • Some random valley of green hills that we frolicked on (:

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This trip for sure goes down in the books. Thank you for a lovely weekend girls, cheers!

XOXO,

S

Globe Trotting

You know what get’s me hyped?? Life. 

Life has so much to offer. The beauty, massive different cultural lifestyles, opportunities, relationships, experiences, etc etc. I could go on forever but let’s just leave it at that.

We all have free will by the grace of God. With that, comes many skin-rising choices whether we see them as good or bad they are choices that will direct us to the next destination. Having a personal relationship with Jesus and just believing in His goodness is all about faith. Without faith, it’s nothing. But with the great gift of the Holy Spirit that is provided when declaring your faith in Jesus, provision is available when it comes to needing clarity or direction in that next step.

I used to live my relationship with Jesus in a way of “ok God, where do you want me to go, what do you want me to do?” Expecting that big audible voice to say “Go here, Go there.” Well, in my life, I have not heard Him like that ever, unless I was too in my world… that’s completely off topic, Anywho!

What I am trying to get at is, yes, this life is great! However, it’s not necessarily about our benefit and our happiness. It’s about growing the kingdom of God and to be alive when the world considers us “dead.” Hear me out though, there are times we should be selfish and be focused on our own being to grow more fruitfully each day. I have hardly ever allowed myself to be selfish in that sense and it’s not healthy. Good thing, I have a much better understanding about Jesus and His goodness && about His will and not mine. God gave us free will to do what we want. Despite whether we see it as “good” or “bad”, that choice will still allow us to continue on the path of the Lord’s great will that He has had planned for us since the beginning. I am beyond thrilled to be in this mindset and place in life to take an opportunity that has presented itself and take it by a huge leap of faith. Even though some may disagree with it and some do not see the benefit of it, there will always be learning opportunities, opening and closing doors, etc. Jesus will still provide for me, love me, never leave me and just be with me no matter where I decide to reside. Internationally or domestically, He is there! He is still proud of my decisions despite how awful and selfish they may be to the human eye. I believe since there has been a lot of prayer, seeking and just flat out faith that’s what He really enjoys. The fact is, I am making a leap of faith into the unknown and just truly trusting Him. It’s so challenging, and just simply so life-giving, I obviously could not miss this chance.

So here’s to new adventures, new opportunities, new friends, new doors, closed doors, and just growing my personal relationship with my Heavenly Father!! WOOHOO!

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XOXO,

S