August 19, 2012

Why Ya Wanna?

-Jana Kramer-

Two Things;

1. I love love LOVE love Greek Yogourt! In my opinion, the texture is so much more satisfying than regular Activia yogourt. It's fat-free (the 0% one), super thick, and contains "over 1 billion probiotic bacteria that contribute to a healthy intestinal flora". Woohoo!!

2. I actually did my hair AND makeup. I never do my hair, ever. I work outside for crying out loud, I don't have time to sit in front of the mirror for hours on end only to have it destroyed by dust, sun, and dirt an hour later. My motto is special occasions only! And in this case, it was Olive Garden...complete with Zuppa Toscana soup, unlimited breadsticks, stuffed mushrooms, and fried calamari....OH and a really great girl-friend. :)

Okay no, scratch that...THREE things...

3. I am finally coming to terms with the fact that Taylor Swift probably isn't planning on going back to her 16-year-old Country self anytime soon, -huuuuuuge sigh-, because the more I wish she was still singing Country, the less I like her new music. Therefore, I will stop being a control-freak and will let her go in the musical direction she wishes to go... So farewell to Taylor's cowboy boots, sundresses, music videos filmed in fields with old pickup trucks, and her teardrops on her guitar...

❤ ❤ ❤

August 18, 2012


You know the world is going crazy when you read an article about a brutal sexual assault occurring in your small little hometown, one which everyone assumed to be so pure and safe.

A young teenage heart absolutely breaks for her. No doubt this horrible situation is going to change her life completely.

And, those three men are sick. Sick sick sick! I swear some people don't have souls.

I hope and pray she's OK.

August 16, 2012

Hee Hee!

Oh my word--I don't mean to sound like a total sap, but I have such a huge crush on this guy!!! He is totally and completely Heaven-sent-and-delivered just for me. :) :)

August 15, 2012

It Does Not Define Me.

Things are going well, -and I'm not just saying that because this is communicated via Internet and everyone knows we are all a perfect version of ourselves when we're online-...I am actually very content!

I have been getting a lot of hours at the Orchard, and when combined with working at the grocery store, I have been working quite a few 12 hour days. As tiring as it sounds, it is actually not--and for that I am very, very thankful. I'm very thankful that God has given me so much strength to be able to work like I do. I'm so thankful that because of the extra income, I am not only working to pay bills, but I can now work to have some spending money on the side too! For instance, I bought a new set of bedding last week, all for pretty cheap (thank you Wal-mart!)

I'm pretty proud of myself too--because all of this, this is all me! Sometimes I belt "Independent Woman" by Destiny's Child in the car, just because I can. "Ladies it ain't easy bein' independent", well said Beyonce Knowles, well said.

Other than all of that, I'm truly happy because God has been opening my eyes. I've been focusing on all the wrong things...I think about money a lot; spending, paying bills, saving, working, hours, is it cheap?  Is it expensive? Groceries! I think about my jobs...and sometimes I get so far in my mind where I suddenly begin complaining about them I'm working two minimum wage $10 an hour jobs, and this person is working one job while making over $20 an's not fair. I'm 21 and I'm only working "little girl" jobs...I feel like I'm wasting my potential...I wonder what people are thinking about me... And this is EXACTLY where God steps in...actually, that is doctrinally incorrect. God never has to step in--He is ALWAYS there. So, this is EXACTLY where I finally turn to God and let Him transform my thoughts: I love my jobs! I love the feeling of the physical labour at the orchard, and I love all of the interesting and wonderful people I get to interact with at the grocery store! I'm thankful God has provided me with so much work and so much strength to do my work! So what if I'm not working in some uptown office and going home to a penthouse everyday--those things wouldn't make me happy! I'd be absolutely miserable working in an office!! And it doesn't matter what other people think of me and what kind of job I'm working or how much I'm getting paid, because this life isn't about that at all--this life is about loving others and being a light for God's kingdom.

...My job, my things, my friends, my boyfriend, my condo, my money, my car, my lack-of-anything does NOT DEFINE ME. Jesus Christ defines me. Be happy where you are and be happy with what God has blessed you with. Stop complaining and start thanking--and everything will fall into place!

Phew, there! I feel like I finally have my head on straight again.This life is not about me, it's about God and His will for me. :)

August 14, 2012

New Taylor Swift Album!

YAY!!! October 22nd please come sooner!!!

August 13, 2012

All This Time.

I remember the moment, I remember the pain
I was only a girl, but I grew up that day
Tears were falling
I know You saw me

Hiding there in my bedroom, so alone
I was doing my best, trying to be strong
No one to turn to
That's when I met You

All this time, from the first tear cried
'Till today's sunrise
And every single moment between
You were there, You were always there
It was You and I
You've been walking with me all this time

Ever since that day, it's been clear to me
That no matter what comes, You will never leave
I know You're for me
And You're a story

Every heartache and failure, every broken dream
You're the God who sees, the God who rescued me
This is my story
This is my story

All this time, from the first tear cried
'Till today's sunrise
And every single moment between
You were there, You were always there
It was You and I
You've been walking with me all this time

I hear these people asking me
How do I know what I believe
Well, I'm not the same me, and that's all the proof I need
I found love, I found Your grace
You stole my heart that day

You've been walking with me all this time

-Britt Nicole-

August 10, 2012

August 5, 2012

Cookie Dough.

I accomplished a few things this weekend -so far-:

  • Bought 2 lbs of blueberries for $3.77. That price is unheard of!!! I think i'll go buy some more today...since I ended up eating about 3/4 of the container in one sitting.
  • Ran 5.6 km on friday, and even better: just as I finished a gorgeous thunderstorm began forming right above me. I heard somewhere that lightning is more likely to strike you if you're using an iPod (is this true or am I just gullible?), so I had to put Mariana's Trench away. But cool rain is the best way to end a run!
  • Made edible cookie dough!! What makes it "edible" is that it is eggless, and oh so delicious. I got the perfect recipe from THIS BLOG. Except she calls it "Cookie Dough for Preggies"...I don't know how to feel about myself now...
  • Two amazing people in mine and my boyfriends life have just started dating, -finally-!!! All is right with the world. :)
  • We ran out of clean spoons, so I ate my yoghurt with a 5 ML measuring spoon. You gotta make do with what ya got, you know?
  • Ate ALL of the edible cookie dough I just made. When you're watching such a great movie as Raising Helen how can you not end up dishin' out the entire tupperware container?! Sigh, old habits die hard. 
  • Ran 6.6 km this morning!
  • Skipped church this beautiful, sunny Sunday morning (I know...sue me) and we are about to leave for the Zoo! So excited!!

I just want to share with you little something that my boyfriend, Jarryd wrote to me about a week ago and it has been since engrained in my heart:

"So these are hard times? I don't think it has been as hard as our minds may make it to be...babe, the fact is that we always have joy with us, we carry Him with us everywhere we go."

This is so true. Sure, things are hard, life can be difficult, tiring, frustrating, and just plain exhausting, but honestly it's only as hard as you make it out to be. Think of all the ways you have been blessed! Stop complaining and start THANKING. Only Jesus should be our ultimate source of happiness, and since we have Him, how could we not be happy?

❤ ❤ ❤

August 3, 2012

August 1, 2012

Kale Chips.

Today after work at the orchard, my boss said we could take home as many vegetables with us as we wanted! For FREE! I thought he was joking...but no! The world IS filled with sweet people after all!

And now after washing, shredding, drizzling garlic olive oil, and sprinkling salt, my kale chips are now roasting in the oven! Who knew you could make chips out of kale? I'm excited to see what they taste like.

On a side note, my new favourite obsession is hot lemon green tea with a teaspoon of honey. Last month it was large Iced Caps with cream. I'd say my new obsession is a tad bit healthier. Woo!