Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Golden Birthday

     I love birthdays. I mean what's not to love about cake annnd balloons annnd a party annnd presents?!?! And no matter how old you are everyone loves a good celebration... and what better way than for the wonderful day you were born?! 
     So when I found out that the year you turn the same number as your birth date is called your golden birthday, I was so excited I could still celebrate mine!!! (Who knew right? So cool!) This year I turned 26. 26! Ahhh it's hard to believe it's almost 10 years since I've been out of high school and yet some days I feel as if I'm still the same kid at heart, and other days I feel like I've changed so much. 
     When I still a teenager, I used to think 26 was so far away and had so many different plans as to what I would be doing and where I would be. Things didn't exactly turn out the same... but isn't life funny that way? We plan and plan, and life takes us other places. We discover different loves and grow in so many areas we never even thought were within us. 
     Even though my plans as a 16 year old didn't exactly turn out the same, I'm so happy I discovered other things I loved which I never knew I was capable of doing. I love expressing the things I love in life through my photography and writing. It has brought me so much joy and I only hope to continue into this whirlwind of an adventure and never lose my sense of wonder. Life is way too incredible to stick to one path. If you are reading this, thank you for following along all these years... it means the absolute world to me. And now I'm going to go celebrate mahhh birthday!! ;) 

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Call Into The Unknown

    There are many things in life we are called to do. Many times growing up we are told to be patient as we wait for that special toy we've been wanting for a long time, or perhaps for a job opportunity that we have been longing to hear from. Other times we are called to be brave for our loved ones, be willing to sacrifice certain things in our lives for a better future. Whatever the case, God calls us to do many of these things... but being comfortable is not one of them. 
     I was reading over one of the lessons to teach to children at my church one day and the story struck me. We are all familiar with the story of how Moses leads the Israelites out of their captivity in Egypt, and how they face many years in the desert trying to reach their promised land. But the deeper story is what happens within all of those years before they finally reach their destination.
     See God uses Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, and after many trials finally succeeds... but that was only the beginning. This specific verse stood out to me: 

And the children of Israel said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread when we wanted. But now you have brought us here into the wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger." - Exodus 16:3

     Wow. This verse just says so much. In summary, the Israelites would've rather died in Egypt where they had food and were slaves as opposed to embarking into the unknown territory of freedom. Unknown freedom required something very important though: faith. This struck me because I can relate very well with the Israelites and the fear of stepping into the unknown. 
     Now of course God never intended to place the Israelites in a position where they would not be taken care of. They simply needed to trust that the Lord would indeed provide. And He did, regardless of the stumbling and complaining the Israelites did... He always provided exactly what they needed. The reason the journey took so long was due to their disobedience. 
     Can you relate to this? I know I definitely can lately. How many times do I try and try to do things my way, only to finally figure out if only I would trust the Lord will provide... not my way or my time, but His. Sigh stubborn are we not?
     What I took from this part of the story is this: God will call us to step into the unknown many times in our lives. Like the Israelites, the fear of change can almost paralyze us from moving forward... so instead we look back. But be rest assured if God calls you to something and places you in that position.... He will be right there to provide exactly what you need and fight for you. You are never alone! Have a beautiful weekend. <3 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer Adventures | Oceanside Trip

     I spent a few days at the Jersey shore with my family and enjoyed some sun and sand. I remember loving the rides as a kid, the pretty lights that lit up the boardwalk at night, and oh that delicious smell of Funnel Cake drawing you in. I felt like a kid again playing the water gun game just to win one of the Minion plushies they had on display (my little brother finally won).
     But my favorite part of it all was taking a walk on the beach at sunset and dipping my toes in the water. Hearing the waves break at the shore, the sun dipping low casting the most beautiful colors on the sky, and feeling so small against the vast ocean was just irreplaceable.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Adventures | The Big Apple

     It's funny how you live so close to a place and yet never take advantage of all of the wonders there are to see. My cousin came to visit the United States from Italy for the first time and so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show her some of the best known spots in the city--- all the while acting like a tourist myself ;). 
     We walked along Fifth Avenue, marveled at the lights in Times Square, Rockefeller Center, ate an all American hot dog, enjoyed the beauty of Central Park, and the art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you live nearby or are visiting, definitely take the time to take a map and walk, ride the subway or bus to have the NYC experience. It was such a fun day, here are my photographs I took throughout my visit... enjoy!