September 29, 2012

australia!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
i finally made it to australia! i'm here till saturday on an outreach trip with a few people from my school to work at a family camp on an island off melborne, to help around the local church and to see this beautiful country! even though getting here was a bit interesting (first time i've spent the night in an airport!), we made it here in one piece and we were greeted by sweet people, amazing food and the australian footie finals on tv, which btw is a game i didn't even know existed till we got here... i'm so out of the loop! so blessed to be in this gorgeous place so far from home and looking forward to an awesome week! remember to keep me and my outreach team in prayer! g'day, mate
//photos via flickr//

September 28, 2012

hawkes bay road trip

Photobucket
{beautiful art deco architecture in napier}

this past weekend, i road tripped with a some friends to my roommates town for a few days. i had a great time seeing new places and meeting new people. it was so nice to decompress from school and get away to the shore. i'm sure my friends were sick of my constant comparison with hawkes bay to california but it really did remind me of home and my family trips to normal. i'm so glad i got to visit at this time of year because all the flowers were in bloom and the sun was shining. i've been so blessed to get two beautiful, but very different, springs this year: one in ohio and one here in new zealand. i still can't believe my time at cedarville was just 5 months ago. it seems like years and worlds away.

Photobucket
Photobucket
{spring has sprung}

Photobucket
{loving new zealand magazines}

Photobucket
{more beautiful architecture}

Photobucket
Photobucket
{ducklings in the botanical garden}

Photobucket
Photobucket
{poppies everywhere!}

September 26, 2012

drinks and words


Photobucket

i've been consuming a lot of two very important things lately: books and caffeinated beverages. i thought i was tea obsessed in ohio but boy was i wrong. i must drink 5 cups a day now and it doesn't help that all my classes have mandatory half way breaks where everyone congregates in the kitchen to drink tea and chat. i'm usually a good earth spice or chai drinker but lately, i've been drinking more earl and lady grey (and feeling oh so british in the process). i've been drinking coffee quite often too and the discovery that it doesn't keep me up at night has just added to my consumption. i've been known to brew coffee at 10 at night and proceed to be surprised when i'm the only one who drinks it. some things are learned with experience i guess.

i've also been reading alot. i've always loved to read but there is something about the peaceful environment here, mixed with the chilly weather and torrential rains, that makes me just want to curl up with a good book. along with the books i'm reading for my classes and of course the Bible, i've also had time to start (and finish... thats rare for me) some really good books. at the moment, i'm reading wild by cheryl strayed and so far, so good! i'm also loving the fact that i'm not the only reader here. it seems like people are always reading something awesome and are excited to talk about it. i'm so blessed to be around these wonderful kindred spirits.
candid photo of my roommate drinking coffee and reading the cost of discipleship

September 24, 2012

jumping for joy

Photobucket

there are a few trampolines on our campus and they are definitely my new favorite workout. seriously doing dance moves in the air while burning off my extra coffee energy is a total win in my book because the more i exercise, the more cookies i can eat! am i right or am i right?

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

September 21, 2012

life lately

life here in new zealand has been amazing! its been like being on vacation in the most beautiful place in the world while taking classes about my favorite subject and hanging out and living with my friends. needless to say, i'm in heaven! here are some of the things that have been filling my time and making life awesome

Photobucket
the evening sky from the living room - this is the view out our living room windows. everyday, i look forward to the beautiful sky and sunsets over these hills. i always mean to take a picture but i finally got this one just as the sun was going down. views like this makes doing dinner dishes seem not so much like a chore

Photobucket
paella at the rotorua farmers market - my roommate works at the farmers market on saturdays so i went to visit her a few weekends ago. farmers markets are one of my favorite things in the world and though this one was small, i still had a great time eating crepes, buying fresh produce and looking at all the odd local buys like possum hair socks and taro roots.

Photobucket
rugby games - rugby is one of those sports i don't think i will ever fully understand but i still love a good game. on weekend, we pile into one of our instructors houses to watch the all blacks (the national team) and i even went to a local game a few fridays ago! though it was freezing, it was still a blast to hang out with my friends and cheer loud like americans.

Photobucket
Photobucket
homework at local cafes - since our biggest assignment of the week is due on mondays, the weekends are always full of cramming homework and lots of coffee. there is a darling cafe we found by the local redwood forest that has private rooms for studying (score!) and great coffees and drinks. i tried a hot carmel and it was delicious! i think i may have a new addiction

September 17, 2012

happy hundred

DSC_0469

this is my one hundredth post! this blog has been such an awesome way of documenting my day to day life. when i first started this blog, i never expected it to become more than a silly fashion blog but it has developed into so much more! blogging has become one of my favorite pastimes and stress relievers and i always look forward to putting together my thoughts and pictures for every post. it has been so interesting to see the content and posts of this blog develop as my life has changed! thanks for following me on this journey and look forward to many more posts to come

September 14, 2012

lake rotokawau

Photobucket

lake rotokawau is one of my favorite places around campus! its a 5 minute walk from the dorms but it feels worlds away. during the day, the water and shore is beautiful and at night, the path to the lake is covered in glow worms (which i didn't know actually existed before coming here). everything about being here is pure magic.

Photobucket
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
Photobucket
PhotobucketUploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

September 10, 2012

hello from new zealand

Photobucket

i'm finally settled in and getting over the 19 hour ahead time jump. i LOVE new zealand. its like the perfect mix of northern california and southern ireland, which happen to be two of my favorite places. believe it or not, this is the campus! its so beautiful, even in balmy weather (got that one from my awesome kiwi roommate). the campus is on a horse ranch next to a volcanic crater, which is now a lake, surrounded by forrest. the picture below is the view from our common area. its pretty epic! i find it amazing how much the vegetation differs within such a small area: from jurasic looking palm trees to lush rolling hills to fields of beautiful yellow flowers. it can look like a jungle out of jurasic park then a few minutes away looks straight out of the shire in lord of the rings. its pretty trippy! there are lots of trails to hike and roads to explore, when i'm not studying of course. the classes i'm taking are fantastic (all 22 credits worth) and it feels like everyone here has been friends for ages. needless to say, i'm having a blast here on the other side of planet earth.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App
Photobucket

*side note: the internet is terribly slow here (if the internet is even working at all) so i will definitely be posting less. i’ll still try to update regularly, just not the same 'every-other-day' posting schedule i’ve been on lately

September 5, 2012

hume lake

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

hume lake is a christian youth camp in central california. it is a beautiful area and one of the best parts of visiting is the random people i always seen to run into. this trip, i ran into my friend erika and her family as well as some kids from my high school. such an unexpected surprise! the lake is so gorgeous and lazily floating on water is the most peaceful thing i can imagine. sometimes when i'm stressed, i imagine floating on the lake without a care in the world. this is the life

September 3, 2012

steady as the stars in the woods

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket

September 1, 2012

hot sand on toes, cold sand in sleeping bags

Photobucket

old pine by ben howard was the anthem of my recent camping trip to kings canyon and hume lake. whenever i hear it, i just feel like i need to be out in nature. i must have listened to this song everyday while camping, whether it be in the tent to fall asleep, while cooking or while canoeing on the lake. since this song was so pertinent to this trip, the titles of my camping posts will be lines from this lovely song.

that being said, these are the only pictures i took with on the trip with my digital camera because it decided to die the first day there. so unfortunately that means i didn't get any campfire or night time pictures besides a few blurry ones from my iPhone. oh well, next time i know to check the battery before i get to a campsite with no outlets and no electricity. lesson learned.

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
© kitsy. Design by Fearne.