October Favorites

October Favorites

Happy October everyone! It’s crazy to think fall is already upon us. In honor of it being my birthday month, I thought I would share some random things that I’ve been loving lately. If you’re looking for a few different things to check out, give this a read.

1.Podcasts: Cults + The Tim Ferriss Show

I never listened to podcasts until about 2 weeks ago. I knew I would be traveling (flying and road tripping) which equals a whole lot of downtime. Podcasts are so easy to download and they’re free– crazy how it took me this long to get hooked. I love the wide variety of selection. You can really learn about anything you want (or just be entertained). Cults is a podcast with hosts telling stories about famous cult leaders, the psychology behind it, and the history. It was super intriguing. The Tim Ferriss Show, on the other hand, focuses on giving great advice. Whether he is talking about mindfulness or investments, it’s a great listen. 

2.Music: Tom Rosenthal + Ziggy Alberts

I work a bit from home and wanted some calm music. Tom Rosenthal is the perfect background music. Ziggy Alberts also has peaceful acoustic tunes, but it has more of an upbeat rhythm. 

3.TV Shows: Frasier + Bob’s Burgers

I started Frasier a couple of years ago and couldn’t really get into the show. I started watching Cheers and then moved onto Frasier once more. I have now seen every episode and it’s on my top 5 favorite shows list. My brother recently got me hooked on Bob’s Burgers. I’m pretty bummed it’s off Netflix now; but if you have Hulu, you’re in luck! 

4.Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People – (Dale Carnegie)

If you’re a person in business or a parent or a boss or a … person in general. Please read this book. You won’t be disappointed. The title may sound cheesy, but there is a reason this book is a classic! Pure gold. 

5.Food/Drink: Lemon Ginger tea + LaCroix Sparkling Water (Lemon)

I admit it. I’m addicted to coffee. I’m challenging myself to refrain from java. Instead, I’m drinking more tea. I typically drink a lot of black tea; but recently, I have found lemon ginger tea to have a really nice flavor (add a little honey!) and just seems a little bit healthier. To be honest, I love drinking soda with my meal. However, in order to be healthier, I started drinking LaCroix. I’m a huge fan of carbonation and it has zero calories and zero sugar. 

6.Beauty Products: Pharamacia Eau De Parfum (Vanilla Dore fragrance) + Smith’s Rosebud Rosebud Salve

Both of these products can be found at Anthropologie for a reasonable price. The perfume is not too heavy (like the majority of perfumes) and smells great. My lips are always incredibly chapped. I’ve tried so many lip balms and only Smith’s has seemed to really be effective! 

7.Wishlist: Patagonia Beanie + Wireless Bluetooth Headphones + Adult Coloring Books

In honor of my birthday month and Christmas soon approaching (I’m a Christmas fanatic), I thought I would add a wishlist category. I saw a Patagonia beanie at an REI store recently. It was SO warm and cute– perfect for winter! Also, I feel like my earbuds fail me more and more frequently. My third pair just broke. I would love some comfortable wireless, noise cancelling headphones. Anyone know of a good, affordable brand? Lastly, I’ve been weirdly obsessed with coloring these days. Such a good stress reliever!

Thanks for reading through some of my favorites. I would love to hear yours, as well in these various categories. I’m always looking to check out something new!

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What to Eat in Oregon

What to Eat in Oregon

I recently visited Oregon for the first time. The food is SPECTACULAR. I flew into Portland and also had the opportunity of driving around the coast. I decided to jot down a few restaurants/coffee shops for anyone visiting that side of the world.

Disclaimer: Sorry, I can’t remember EVERY single restaurant I went to. But enjoy the ones I have listed!

Portland: 

Seven Virtues Coffee Roaster: The coffee was fine. But I especially enjoyed having a good bagel sandwich for breakfast while here.

Coava Coffee Roasters: I loved the atmosphere. Their honey latte was delicious.

Apizza Scholls Pizza: I enjoyed the simple restaurant environment– perfect for a chill night with friends. The pizza was pretty nice! They come in one large size, but you can 1/2 it with a friend.

Bamboo Sushi: I have heard different things about this sustainable sushi’s rice falling apart and being overpriced. But I tried it and was very pleasantly surprised. The sushi was great. I had “The Showstopper” and left off the spicy sauce. So good.

The Bye and Bye: It upholds a dark and loud bar type atmosphere. The food is completely vegan and crazy good. I’m not a vegan & usually dislike vegan food, but I enjoyed it. I recommend getting the pretzel knots with cashew cheese to start!

Blue Star Donuts: I read comments concerning how Blue Star Donuts is better than Voodoo. I went to one location and it happened to be out of the donuts that I wanted (multiple days in a row). However, the downtown location (although there was a line) had everything. I tried a cinnamon sugar donut– decent. My brother tried a blueberry vegan donut, which he really liked.

Tea Chai Te: Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this place. I’m a huge fan of boba/bubble tea and this place has the best! It also has a huge variety of hot loose leaf teas. It’s located in an upstairs part of the building. The environment is very cozy– perfect for studying or chatting with a friend.

Case Study Coffee: I went around 7am before my flight. The atmosphere was nice and the coffee was decent.

Boke Bowl: This is a pretty cool and trendy ramen joint. It’s also a very kid friendly environment. I had a rice bowl with fried chicken. Although the fried chicken choice was a little iffy to me at first– it ended up being very flavorful and crispy.

Eugene:

Tacovore: I visited on a Friday night, so it was packed with college kids. But the tacos are pretty good and the chips and salsa are crazy addictive.

Sweet Life Patisserie: Once again, it was pretty busy with college kids. They have a wide variety of desserts. I had a pistachio and vanilla cupcake. It was good. I also tried a sugar cookie with frosting and wasn’t a huge fan.

Tailored Coffee Roasters: This shop has a nice environment. The coffee isn’t anything spectacular, but is decent.

Yachats:

Luna Sea Fish House: This place is super cool. Apparently the owner is responsible for bringing in fresh seafood into the restaurant. It has a lot of different types of seating. It is a very affordable place for a fresh seafood joint.

Bread & Roses Bakery: I loved this bakery. It was probably my favorite in Oregon. I had an apple and raspberry foldover with a coffee. Delicious.

Manzanita:

A Mighty Thai: The food was all around pretty great.

Bread & Ocean Bakery: I ordered a cappuccino and it wasn’t super good. But the quiche was delicious.

Sutherlin:

Migado: This is a Japanese and Korean restaurant run by older owners. The service is excellent. The atmosphere is very old school. I had the beef bulgogi with noodles– excellent.

Hope this list was helpful!

 

What I’ve Learned in College

What I’ve Learned in College

I just finished up my undergrad life. Wow, what a ride. To be completely real, I hated my undergrad the majority of the time. I felt that the college I chose was a poor fit for me. I felt constricted by the small, private university’s strict rules and conservative, close-minded education. But now that I am done, I have realized that it is vital to look back at the life lessons I’ve learned and pluck out the positives as I move forward.

  1. I have met some good people and great friends. Sometimes it felt like all of the people around me sucked. But now, I’m at a place where I realize that friendships have its ups and downs– but at the end of the day, if your friendship is intact, it’s absolutely something to be grateful for. Appreciate the people in your life while they are there.
  2. Keep pursuing passions, even when no one else is spurring you on. In high school, teachers often would pay you extra attention and daily motivate you to pursue the specific interests and skills that you possess. In college, it’s definitely not like that a lot of the time. Instead, you have to push yourself and discover independently. When the opportunities seem slim– you need to create them yourself.
  3. Your choices now are deeply impactful upon your future. It’s easy to get caught up in the short-term perspective instead of thinking long-term, especially as a college student. But it’s what you need to do. Just because a major is difficult now, it doesn’t mean that you need to immediately switch to something easier. At graduation, you want to be that person who feels accomplished and has a great job lined up. Keep making choices for the future.
  4. Don’t stop being involved. I made the mistake of hiding away in my room for my senior year of college. I was just so over it. That was such a lousy decision. Stay involved, keep making friends, and be intentional. College is all about what you put into it.
  5. Don’t let a significant other distract you from who you are and what you want. College is a pivotal time. Don’t forget what you want just because a guy/girl steps in and asks you to change your plans for them. Know what you want and don’t want and don’t easily change your values for others. You’ll regret it.
  6. Don’t forget to have fun along the way. This year, my life was schoolwork. My friends would suggest having fun instead of hanging out to do homework. I forgot what fun even looked like because I was a whole bundle of stress. Don’t forget this is your life, these are the people in your life, and you need some fun.
  7. Don’t get in a doom loop of overthinking. Sometimes you just need to try things, explore, and keep doing. Sitting around, thinking about your life or plans is not the most productive all of the time. Don’t look back at past decisions with regret. Keep hustling. You can do it. Move on forward, pal.
  8. Learn to love where you are, no matter where it is. I was full of self pity and bitterness about where I was. But now I realize, if you’re not able to leave– you might as well learn to love where you are and find joy in it!

This is my last night in my dorm room. As much disdain I’ve felt about this university, I sit here typing and feeling sad about leaving this undergrad season. But, I need to push forward and see what’s next and apply these lessons in my new season!

Easter Reflection

Easter Reflection

When Easter rolls around, most people begin to think about Christ’s actions of defeating death and saving humans from their sins. But lately, my mind has taken a slightly different Biblical approach to this holiday.

I’m currently reading the book of Exodus. We are all familiar with the part of the narrative where God miraculously releases the Israelites from the Egyptians and God speaks to Moses at Mount Sinai. However in the later chapters of Exodus, the tabernacle culture begins to develop more strongly.

The tabernacle structure consisted of the Holy of Holies, Holy Place, Levites, and the twelve tribes. The Holy of Holies was the center of the tabernacle, where the Ark of the Covenant resided, and where God’s presence was the strongest. The Holy Place was outside of this area. The Levites were on the outside of this with the purpose of protection. Lastly, the twelve tribes were on the outskirts.

So you might be asking why I’m choosing to write all of these details. Instead of God only speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, God made it possible for His presence to be with this tabernacle. Wherever this structure moved, God chose to continue to dwell there. He chose not to merely be restricted to a mountain, but to physically be with His people in the wilderness. This shows his character, full of grace.

What does this have to do with Easter? When Christ died on the cross, yes, he did it for our sins. But more importantly, he did it to be even closer to His people. Because Jesus sacrificed His life, the need for traditional sacrifices and burnt offerings were removed.  Because of this, not only priests can experience Him; the hurting, the broken, the sick, the outcasts can all draw near and have real relationships with their Creator.

And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. (Matthew 27:51)

He made a way to be with His people in the wilderness. But later, He made the ultimate sacrifice to be in the day by day moments of all of His people. The veil separated the Holy of Holies, the place where God’s presence resided. He broke the divisions to be with his people. His presence is not merely limited to a structure, but can be accessed by all.

Therefore, this Easter we should acknowledge that Christ desires to be with us, so much so, that he made this decision to die on the cross. However, because of his resurrection, we can choose to have a lifestyle like the Israelites— physically centered around God. He defeated death and his presence is still available to dwell with us.