Growing Pains…

Painful
hurt
surfaces

Broken
pieces
fall

Brick
walls
crumble

Soft
hearts
shatter

Deep
tears
fade

Growth
is
happening


Sometimes growth is painful, and difficult.. but, that’s how we know we are growing properly!
Growing pain is the result of muscles being stretched and pulled in new and different ways;
and when we realize how good it is, we can start to want this beautiful pain because
it is making us stronger and better!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this encourages you to keep stretching and growing these new muscles because you are changing, and that’s a beautiful thing!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

New Year, Same God

good year
bad year
global pandemic
globally traveling
through it all
He remains

“what if I gave it all?” this year
“could I be a worthy sacrifice?” deserving of love

this year
i’m leaving it all behind
last year
i learned so much
i’m ready
to sit at the table
with you
i want to partake in your communion

“with bread as your body” the bread of life
“and wine as your blood” i will follow you

i was
a sinner
but He
welcomed me
i’ve entered
the gates
i’ve repented
kneeling down
i’ve discovered
redemptive grace

so, this year

“come trial or blood
because you, oh God
you’re the one my heart loves”

it will always be you


Thanks for reading my first post of 2021!
If you read this post to the end, and want even more encouragement for this new year, I highly recommend listening to the song that inspired this poem.
Click the link!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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At the centre of it all…

When we keep God
At the centre
Good things happen

Feeling far away
Is the result
Of imbalance

The balance of life
Will inevitably tip
If we take God off centre

Life becomes a game
A balancing act
Of keeping God centered

It’s a confusing game
We think it’s difficult
But it doesn’t even take much effort

Life with God
At the centre
Is the simplest life

It’s the easiest
And best
Way to live

When the balance
Is even & steady
Life feels perfect

Keeping it that way
Might take effort
And feel difficult
But…
The centering game
Is the most rewarding
Gift from God


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you to keep God at the centre of your life because where He is at the centre, He will do amazing things in & with your life!
Click the picture below to listen to an inspiring song about keeping Him at the centre!

This post was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

“Peoplesick”

So, a few days ago, I had this revelation about home. I was feeling sad, and I couldn’t figure out why because I didn’t really feel homesick, but I couldn’t put it into words. Until I came up with the word “peoplesick”.
You see, I’ve been living in a dorm with 11 other girls for the past 6 months, and these people have truly become like family, and I have felt comfort (like you would at home) with them.
I moved to Australia 6 months ago without knowing anyone, and at first I didn’t know how to feel about living in a 12 girl dorm. But, a few months later, I realized that these girls had become my home here in Australia.
But, here’s where the “peoplesick” part comes in.. A few weeks ago, our school graduated, and everyone had to go back home. And, that took away all the comforts I had built here in Australia (yes, I am still here). I’m still living in the same place, but I am starting a new school, with different people. And, I kept feeling homesick (even though I’m in the same place).
And, that’s when I came up with “peoplesick” because even though I am still living in the same place, all the people I have come to trust and find comfort in have gone home, and I am left with this empty feeling.
So, here’s a poem I wrote to describe this empty feeling:


Hello again
Trust issues
Welcome back

People come
People go
That’s life

It’s difficult
To restart
Every time

But occasionally
With time
People stay

Good things
Take time
And effort

Never let
Some people
Steal joy

Always continue
Building trust
With them

Those people
Will stay
Through everything

They will
Be there
Breaking walls

“People sick”
Equals progress
And growth

Continue growing
And building
With them

People leave
People stay
God remains


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post helped you realize that sometimes homesickness isn’t missing a place, but rather missing the people that gave you comfort and love.
And, when you feel “peoplesick”, it’s actually a good sign because it means that those people have made an impact on you, and they will probably be in your heart & ife for a while.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A poem about evangelism

Just tell them!

One smile
Instead of words
Is enough
And, so simple

Just tell them!

One word
More than enough
To speak
Life over someone

Just tell them!

One sentence
All it takes
To explain
The good news

Just tell them!

One truth
Of unfailing love
Is greater
Than the world


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem encouraged you, & reminded you that telling others about the truth & love is as simple as a smile!

– LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Poem inspired by this video, & this song!

Tearing Down Walls


I’ve built up so many walls.
It might take some time to tear them all down.
But, I’m working on it.
Slowly…

It took me my whole life to build these walls.
I’ve worked every day of my life.
I’m proud of this work I’ve done.
But, I think I’m ready to tear them down.

I’m ready to feel free.
I’m tired of hiding behind these walls.
I feel like I’m suffocating.
I need to breathe again.

These walls are not helping me.
These walls are hurting me.
These walls are depressing.

I thought I needed them.
To feel safe.
To feel secure.
To feel happy.
To feel good.

But, I think I’m wrong.
I think these walls are stopping me.
I think these walls are holding me back.
I think I need to break down these walls.

But, how?

How do I tear down my whole life?
How do I forget about it all?
How can I leave it all behind me?


I haven’t exactly found an answer to that question, but here’s a song that has helped me start to understand why these walls are hurting me.

Never Lost – Song

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you & reminds you that it’s never too late to break down the walls.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hearing v.s. Understanding

I heard the call
I answered the call
I fulfilled the call

But,

I don’t understand the call
I don’t feel the call
I don’t see the call

But,

I know I heard the call
I know I’m supposed to be here
I know this is right

But,

I don’t know why
I don’t know what I’m doing
I don’t know; what if I’m wrong?


You see, hearing & understanding the call are two different things.
You can hear it so clearly, & still not understand what it means.


That’s my life right now.
I heard the call & I answered it, but I don’t know what I’m doing.
So, I’m learning that this is where faith plays a big role in answering the call.
It all comes back to trust; trusting that saying yes to the call will always lead to something great.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired to always keep the faith because
something good will eventually come from it.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The Endless Cycle of Constant Failure

I keep failing
Yet you forgive me
Over and over again

I keep straying
Yet you look after me
Everyday

I forget about you
Yet you never forget me
Never

I try to do it on my own
Yet you still look after me
No matter what I do

I try to hide my shame
Yet you show me it
And you forgive me right away

I constantly apologize
Yet you always welcome me back
With open arms

I say: “It won’t happen again.”
Yet you know it will
And you’ve already forgiven me

I’m tired of this constant failure
Yet you never tire
Of loving me

I want to leave
Yet you tell me to stay
With you

I want to give up
Yet you still believe in me
Enough to make me try again and again

I try to earn my way
Yet I’m learning
You don’t work that way

I fail many times
Yet you’re always there to catch me
And forgive and love me

I think I’ve failed too many times
Yet you reassure me that I haven’t failed enough
And that I never will

But, why?
Why are you so good to me?


Here’s the answer I’ve found to that question (it’s also what inspired this post):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post sparks you to think about the bigger picture.
I promise adventure posts are coming! I’m just in a thinking frame of mind lately before I start my next adventure!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

These scars…

These scars won’t last
They might hurt now
The pain just feels too real
Will they ever go away?

These scars cut deep
They are changing you
You can barely think anymore
Will it ever become normal again?

These scars are opening a new chapter
They could become positive
But, right now, they feel deadly
Will it ever feel good?

These scars have taken something from you
Maybe it’s happiness, or sadness
Or, innocence, or willingness
Or, maybe even your life?

But, even with these scars
You are still here
There’s still time
So, what will you do now?


These scars is a metaphorical poem I wrote during a confusing time in my life.
The scars mentioned (while they could be real scars) represent past mistakes/memories that will never be forgotten, and that are constantly haunting and hurting.”


Thank you for reading to the end!
I hope this poem encourages you to turn your scars into amazing things for your future self
because it’s never too late!

P.S. This poem was also inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Where you started…

Sometimes it can be good to go back to where you started.
It can teach you new lessons.
It can show you things you didn’t notice last time.
It can be a comforting, familiar place in the midst of the chaos.
It can help you think better.
It can give you clarity about some tough decisions.
It can truly be a blessing.

. . .

If you ever feel like you’re going backwards, remember that nothing you do will ever actually push you back because you are always learning new things.
Even if it’s the millionth time you do something, it can always be done differently.

~ I’ve recently learned that going back to where you started can be a very good things because it can show you new things, and teach you new lessons. And, through it all, you can learn more about yourself. ~

Sometimes going backwards is the only way to move forward!


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Solo Travel Tip #2

Be your best friend!


You can stay in hostels!
You can make friends everywhere possible!
But, that doesn’t change the fact that you need to be your best friend.
You will inevitably have alone time, so you will be alone with your thoughts, which means that you need to make sure they’re positive ones.


You need to be your best friend, which means telling yourself everything, and being completely honest with yourself, no matter what.
You need to call yourself out on things.
You need to congratulate yourself on a job well done.
You need to love yourself (through the good and the bad times).


Solo traveling can be really freeing, and relaxing, but you need to remember that you are solo traveling; you won’t have people to encourage you 24/7. You need to do that!

So, no matter how great, and exciting solo traveling is, remember that you need to be your best friend because you will inevitably end up exploring places alone. And, when that happens you will get feel alone, and abandoned, unless you’re your best friend.

So, when traveling abroad to a foreign country, you can make all the international friends you want (which I highly recommend!), but you still need to make sure that YOU are YOUR BEST FRIEND.


Thanks for reading!

I didn’t mean to make this post so direct (and a little depressing).
Solo traveling is truly amazing, but it only is freeing if you really are your own best friend (through the good & bad!).
So, if you are traveling to a foreign country, make sure that you are comfortable with being your own best friend.

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Dream…

I won’t give up!
One day at a time!
I will keep moving!

Day after day,
Tear after tear,
Smile after smile!

Through the good,
And the bad,
I will not give up!
It’s just within reach!

Each day,
I learn new lessons,
To use when I get there,
Because –
I will get there!
It’s just a matter of –
Time!

Every time I fail,
I will get back up!
Every time I forget,
I will remember why I started!
Every time I give up,
I will start-over again,
And again!
Because –
I will never give up!

I WILL DREAM!


 

Thanks for reading!

Always follow your dreams! 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Blessed life!

Look around.
What do you see?
Chaos or peace?
Yelling or praying?
What is surrounding you?

. . .

Do you appreciate it all?
Or do you take advantage of it?
Are you humbled by it?
Or are you overlooking it all?

Do you care about others?
Or, do you say:
“Everyone for themselves!”
“You gotta make your own life!”

Are you a helper?
A fighter?
A lover?
Or, a hater?

Do you appreciate the world we live in?
Or, do you constantly think it’s trash;
That we created,
And, you don’t think it can be cleaned up.

Are you an optimist?
Or, a pessimist?
Where do you draw the line?
Between, good and bad?

. . .

Where SHOULD we draw the line?
Between, good and bad?

What defines “good”?
What makes something “bad”?

Is it in the perspective?
Or, is it just a fact?

Why are some things considered “good”?
And, other things considered “bad”?

Between killing and loving?
We know which is better,
by the way it feels.

But, what about?
Between loving or helping?
They both feel “good”..

But, can they really both BE “good”?
Think about it this way:

Some people don’t want help,
So, that’s their “bad” one; while others –
Don’t like love because they’ve never truly felt it.

So, can some things be, both, good and bad?
Is it really just all in the perspective of the person?

. . .

There’s never just one way to look at something. There’s always a different perspective. There will always be someone with a different opinion, and, that’s what makes life so great & interesting.
Meeting people with different perspectives, and, learning about their views on life.

That’s why I love to travel. It makes me feel so blessed. And, happy. And, accomplished.
I want to learn, and experience as many perspectives as I can, good and bad. So, I can see the world through a different type of blessed, and see how truly blessed I am.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to never take life for granted, and to:

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

As I sit here…

Here I am, waiting…
Learning patience everyday!
I sit here and wait.

My day will come.
I just know it, so I wait.
Patience is a skill.

I’m perfecting it.
I get better and better –
Everyday, I wait.

I get discouraged.
But, I never stop learning.
There is a reason.

I don’t know it yet.
But, I will when it happens –
And, I will love it!

So, I patiently –
Wait for that; my best day –
It’s in front of me.

And, as I sit here…
I question, and learn a lot.
Preparing myself.

That day is coming.
It’s just around the corner.
So, I keep the faith.

And, as I sit here…
I start to pray about it, and –
I ask for patience…

…Until that day where –
All my dreams will come true, so –
I sit here and wait –

patiently…


Thanks for reading!

patience2

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Memory Lane…

A trip down memory lane…

Things used to be a little more black & White
Life seemed so much simpler
It never mattered what the weather was
Cuz jumping in all the puddles used to be normal
And running around under the sun with no set purpose was simply exciting

Those were the good ol’ days…

When worries used to be so low
that nothing even mattered,
And happiness was always high

Those were the good ol’ days…

When no mistake was a big deal
And decisions didn’t impact so much
No mistake or decisions mattered so much

Those were the good ol’ days…

Everything used to be better
And easier
And funner
And chiller
And just all around, straight-forward
Black or white, that was it
No confusion

Those were the good ol’ days…

But now, things are no longer black & white
There seems to be more gray now
Nothing will ever be the same
Everything about those days has gone
But one thing remains from those days
The good ol’ lessons

Those were the good ol’ days…

I will always remember them
And their lessons
Good and bad
Cuz they’ve taught me so much

These are the good ol’ days…


Thanks for reading!
Have a good day! And, cherish every moment because one day, today will be “the good ol’ days”!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Breathe…

~ INHALE ~
~ EXHALE ~
~ REPEAT ~

. . .

Oxygen is very important! So, don’t forget to take it in.
Get rid of all that carbon dioxide inside your lungs & replace it with fresh oxygen.

. . .

When you’re sad; breathe.
When you’re stressed; breathe.
When you’re angry; breathe.
When you’re anxious; breathe.
When you’re nervous; breathe.
When you’re hungry; breathe.
When you’re thirsty; breathe.
When you’re tired; breathe.
When you’re…. well, just about how ever you feel, breathe.
It will always help, and it always feels good to have fresh oxygen in your lungs.
Just take a few minutes (even seconds) each day to breathe.
It’s such a simple thing, but sometimes we don’t realize how seriously important it really is to just take a deep breath.
So, if you ever feel stressed, anxious, nervous, angry, sad, etc; just remember to stop for a minute and take a deep breath.


That’s all for this post. But, before you click away, just stay right where you are & read the following 6 short tasks. And, do what they say:

BREATHE IN (hold for 3 seconds)
BREATHE OUT (for 3 seconds)
BREATHE IN (hold for 3 seconds)
BREATHE OUT (for 3 seconds)
BREATHE IN (hold for 3 seconds)
BREATHE OUT (for 5 seconds)



Thanks for reading!

I hope this post helped you take a minute to chill & just breathe today.


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The good ol’ days!

I miss the days when I used to play outside everyday after school.
I miss the days when I would run around my block with friends and neighbours doing crazy and stupid things.
I miss the days when we’d laugh all evening until the sun set.
I miss those days because I always thought we’d see each other again tomorrow.
But, one day, tomorrow never came..
We all eventually moved away from that neighborhood.
And, without a trace, we all forgot about those days.

. . .

And, although, I have put those days behind me, sometimes I get reminded of those days. I’m reminded about how simple life used to be.
I think about what life would be like if none of us ever moved away.
But, then I remember that those days are in the past.
And, I realize that the past has made me who I am today.

I just miss the simplicity of how it used to be.
But, that’s what makes it such a good memory.
It’s a simple memory, that has taught me so much.

Those people I ran the streets of that neighborhood with.
And, the people I went to school with.
They have unconsciously taught me things that have formed me into the person I am today.
And, I wouldn’t change a thing!

. . .

I don’t have any idea what those people are doing now but, it really doesn’t matter because those were “the good ol’ days” for a reason.
And, in a way, I don’t really want to know what they are doing today.
I’d rather just keep the good & simple memories of those days because of those days and those memories, I am happy with the person I am today and I am proud of my younger self for everything I learned; even though sometimes it was more difficult than I felt like I could handle in the moment. But now, I am proud of everything. And, one day, I might meet those people. And, I won’t say much. I’ll simply thank them for everything we went through together.
They call them “the good ol’ days” because they are meant to stay in our past as old memories that will continue to teach us lessons throughout life.
And, no matter what your “good ol’ days” memory is (if it’s good or bad), just know that it is very important because:

Your past does not (and will never) DEFINE you,
but, it sure does SHAPE who you are and who you will become!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you of your “good ol’ days” and helped you realize how far you’ve come!

days
These are the good old days for your future self!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

Word Count…

Today’s post is supposed to be about word count.
(either less than 300 words or more than 1500 words)

. . .

So, I decided to write an “essay” about Word Count.
I was going to write another update post, but I figured I’ve done enough of those this week, so, I should try something new.

. . .

You see, in school we’re taught and told to reach a certain number of words for an essay, but, I’ve always asked myself the question: Why is it so important that I write 1,000 words on the history of the national anthem? or Why do I need to use 500 words to answer this school uniform question?

Every time I had to write an essay for school, I always thought: Why do essays always have to have a minimum word count in order to get a good grade? Why can’t I just write my opinion/answer to the topic/question using as many or a little words as I want?

But, recently (like right now, while writing this), I realized that word count isn’t intended to make writing more difficult, it can actually help you a lot. We don’t need to write an exact 1,000 words on our opinion about school uniforms. We just need to write a detailed & opinionated answer to the question because if we were to only answer the question in a few sentences, people would have no idea why we came to our conclusion.
That’s why when we’re asked for a certain number of words for an essay, the reason is probably very valid.
In my opinion and from my experience, word count is important to form complete sentences and thoughts, so whoever is reading your opinion will understand your thought process behind your conclusion.
And, since I’ve started blogging, I’ve understood much more about the importance of word count & the importance of explaining your opinion for people to understand.

That’s all I got… I hope this made sense, and I apologize if it was boring.
I promise I won’t write these essay type posts anymore (mostly because I did not enjoy writing it). So, if you didn’t like it, don’t worry. And, if you did, well, check out my other posts, you will probably like them even more.

Anyways, Thank for reading this post regardless!
Remember: Keep exploring and -LiveForAdventure! 🙂