Re-rooting : Identity

2 simple words
that changed my entire view of
who God is
and how He looks at me

2 simple adjectives
that flipped my self worth
within just a few seconds
of fully knowing Him

9 simple letters
that broke something in my roots
of what I thought I already knew
and understood of Him

3 simple syllables
that cut deep into my heart
and broke everything I used to build
my foundation about this Father I”ve heard so much about

Why are these 2 words so difficult for me to comprehend?
How can I begin to live my life knowing that I am fully known?
What does that even truly mean?
Where do I begin this search?
When do I start building this new identity?


I’m fully known and loved by You
You won’t let go, no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known, fully known, and loved by You
I’m fully known and loved by You

Known by Tauren Wells

I guess it’s time
I start re-planting my roots
and learning what it means to be known
and fully loved
by the Father

I don’t know where or how to start
but I know that
if I trust my Father
He will teach me
and show me the way

So I start with believing
these 2 simple words
that I am fully seen and truly loved
by a Father who will never leave me
who always keeps His promises

Although the true meanings of these words
are foreign to me
I trust in my Father to show me the way
to re-rooting myself
in His truth over me


To be love, is to be loved by You
To be love, is to loved by You
So I won’t worry about tomorrow
‘Cause all I wanna do, all I wanna do
Is know You

Abide by Kingdom Culture Worship

If you haven’t figured it out yet
the 2 words I’m referring to, are :
SEEN & LOVED

These words have defined my year so far
I’ve heard them spoken over me almost every day
And God has been telling me that this is my year of breaking old roots
To grow new, stronger ones in His truth

And so I share this poem in order to encourage and allow you
to start to understand these truths in your life,
and be able to begin to step into them
because it truly is the best way to change your life!

NO SELF-HELP BOOK CAN TEACH YOU WHAT GOD CAN SHOW YOU IN 2 WORDS!

Thanks for reading!

Be blessed & encouraged by this post!

An Overwhelmed Heart

“When my heart is overwhelmed,
lead me to the rock.”


it’s been
well
a month..
but
it’s felt
like
a year!

i’ve been searching
i’ve been learning
i’ve been leaning
i’ve been reaching

and
it has
exhausted me
but with you
i know
it was
all
so worth
it
because

although
i feel defeated
frustrated
confused
alone
lost
i look up
because
i know
that

you’ve waited
so long
for me
to come
to you
for me
to learn
to lean
on you

so
now
i come
with no expectations
into your home
i accept
your invitation
to perfect
love
to
break these
cycles

your invitation
and never-failing
love
steadies my feet
and
overwhelms my heart


Thanks for reading!
This poem was inspired by my favorite song from January (it’s been on repeat all month)!
Click here to listen to the song: Cycles

-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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Simpler Times…

click the picture to listen to the song
that inspired the following post

wishing
dreaming
hoping
for
simpler times
to come back
when everything
was so much better
can we rewind
to those times
the memories are fading
I can’t remember
what it used to be like
I just wanna go back
to those moments
where no cares were had
and no pain was felt
the moments when everything
seemed perfect
what happened to that perfection
to that bliss
where did those moments go
when did the pain get real
when did this chaos begin
where did time go
what happened to the laughter
why did everyone leave
my heart aches
for simpler times

times
when
jumping
in a
pile
of
leaves
was the
highlight
of my
day

I miss the days
when I had no worries
and no doubts
when life was simpler
and happier
those simpler times
are just a distant
memory now
that I can’t get back
no matter what
those days
are gone

I guess
I just gotta embrace
the now
the times today
simple or not
this is the present
let’s make it a gift
live in the moment
hopeless or hopeful
these times are all I have
now is the time
to embrace this moment


embrace the now
miss the simpler times
that’s just life
it goes on
miss the simpler times
but keep moving
forward to better things
remaining hopeful
for better times


Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to remember the simpler times behind you, and to keep looking forward to create more good times.
Let’s go into 2021 with hopeful eyes, and big dreams that we can’t wait to conquer this new year!

M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S & H A P P Y N E W Y E A R !

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Growing Lungs & Changing Heart

I am
sculpting
strengthening
growing
your lungs
making them
perfect
strong
and bigger than ever
because
I need you
to
tell the world
about me
through your story

I am
changing
re-molding
re-shaping
your heart
making it
heavy and giving it
the desires
of my heart
because
I want you
to
follow my plan
for you
and
love others
as I love you


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that change is necessary for growth; but you can’t grow if you don’t embrace it!
When you embrace change, that’s when amazing things start to happen in your life!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

This post was inspired by this song!

I’ll be Everything!

So,
You feel like you’re drowning,
Can’t seem to surface,
Without fighting it,
Just try surrendering.

So,
Your heart is heavy, I know,
Everything is dark now,
But just know,
I am here now.

So,
Keep rising up,
You are surfacing,
Keep making it through,
You are getting closer.

So,
Listen to my voice,
Watch me move,
Unexpected things,
Start to happen when,
You trust me,
In the mystery.

Please know,
I am everything,
Forever and always,
I will never leave.
I am a place,
For you to lay your burdens,
I will be your peace,
I am all you need.


Thanks for reading! I hope this post reminded you that when you feel like something is missing in your life, all you have to do is LOOK UP!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

This post was inspired by this song!

Home…

Home
is not a place
it’s not a bed
what is home?

Home
is the people
the people you love
the people you trust

Home
is in the heart
the feeling of nostalgia
the place of belonging

Home
is individual
and safety
for the body

Home
is collective
and joy
for the heart

Home
is a quest
and a treasure hunt
of the heart

Home
is only found
in others
and self confidence

Home
is coming out of hiding
and seeking wholeheartedly
for that place

Home
is the place
of love, comfort
and belonging

Home
makes the heart
truly filled
with pure joy


Thanks for reading!
I hope that this post inspired you to keep seeking for that place you can call home!
It won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!

-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! 🙂

ABC’S of Love…

A
acceptance
authority
abundant
affection
B
belonging
C
character
confidence
communication
D
dignity
doing
E
endless
F
familiar
feeling
freedom
G
giving
H
hope
healing
heart
help
I
identity
intimate
J
just
joy
K
knowing
knowledge
L
learning
M
morality
N
new
nice
needed
O
open
P
peace
perfect
presence
protection
provision
performance
presence
powerful
Q
quiet
quality
qualifying
R
respect
responsibilities
S
safety
security
T
taking
trust
U
understanding
unconditional
V
value
vulnerable
W
whole
worth
X*
(comment below if you know a loving word that starts with X)

Y*
(comment below if you know a loving word that starts with Y)
Z*
(comment below if you know a loving word that starts with Z)


It’s an alphabet-long process, but when you find your true identity & worth, you will be able to receive & give true love in the best way possible.


Thank for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Dearly Beloved,

A letter of inspiration for those struggling to see their purpose.

I believe in you.
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Everyone fails.
You are meant to fail, and know that I will always be there to catch you.
I will ALWAYS be there; whether you try your best not to fail, or you fail everyday.
I will never love you any less.
You are my dearly loved child, and you will forever be in my heart.

I believe in you.
Don’t beat yourself up over small failures.
You have so many blessings.
I will always look after you.
You have a purpose.
I will turn your failures into beautiful stories.
I’m not done with you.
I have a plan.
Trust me.

I believe in you.
Will you have faith in me?

This post was inspired by this song:

Look Up Child

Thanks for reading! I hope this post reminded you that you have an amazing & important purpose for your life.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Reasons to travel


Surround yourself
With new people
New food
New culture
New Air

Immerse yourself
With different people
Different food
Different culture
Different atmosphere

Teach yourself
With an open mind
An open heart
An open spirit
An open soul

Be yourself
With a new perspective
A new understanding
A new desire
A new heart

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspires you to travel, and change your perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Home?

Traveling abroad
Learning a new language
Making new friends

Learning the culture
Living in a new country
Making memories

. . .

It’s all exciting
And, very rewarding
Until it’s time to…

Go back “home”, and
Resume life as you know it
With the memories

The past adventures
Will always be memories
For yourself only

Because even though
You’ve changed your perspective
Home is still the same

Your new perspective
Will make home seem different
But, don’t worry

The more you travel
The more homes you will have
Around the world

. . .

Having homes abroad is
Amazing and rewarding
And, makes you wonder…

What is home?
Is it really where the heart is?
How do you know you’re “home”?


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hasta Luego Argentina!

So, I’m leaving Argentina in a few hours, and I don’t know how to feel. It’s a bittersweet feeling because I’ve lived here for 3 months and I’ve met so many amazing people. I’m really going to miss this country, but I’m also ready to leave with my new found confidence in myself and perspective of the world. So, in my bittersweet moment, I decided to write the following:


Leaving home,

To discover a new country

Is bittersweet.

Sad to leave comfort,

But, excited to discover discomfort.

And, then,

Leaving that new country,

That started to feel like home,

Is even worse,

Because

That country has become home.

It has felt familiar.

So, going home,

Well,

Home is gonna be the same.

But,

With a changed perspective,

And, that’s exciting.

That’s why,

Leaving your new home,

To go back home,

Is bittersweet.

But,

As I leave my new home,

I remember all the good times,

And lessons learned,

And, I feel ready to leave.

I’m ready to discover more new things,

And, learn more lessons,

And, meet more people.

So, with a bittersweet heart,

I say: “See you later!”

To my new home away from home!


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Solo Traveling Tip #1

YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO DO EVERYTHING, BUT THAT’S OKAY!

. . .

So, a few days ago, I went out with the expectation of doing a tour of a really tall, historical palace in Buenos Aires, and towards the end of the tour you get to go to the very top to get a full 360 view of the city.
I was super excited for this adventure, to learn more history, and honestly, to get a good Instagram picture. But, when I arrived I learned that it was WAY out of my budget, and I really could not afford it (if I wanted to eat that week).
So, with a saddened heart, I decided not spend that money (food is more important). But, also because budget traveling is all about planning your adventures, and choosing which ones are worthwhile, and which ones you could live without.
And, sure, it wasn’t easy turning down this great adventure, but I quickly realized that I would be able to do and see so much more with that money.

Saving that money will actually help me go to another country, so in the long run, it will be worth it because I’ll get to see another country, instead of a view of a city that I can walk around and explore.

. . .

So, that’s my budget travel lesson for you.
~ You won’t be able to afford to do everything that looks fun and exciting, but that’s okay because you’re still be in another country. You can explore and learn about that country by exploring the streets and finding free tours. ~ Free; the budget travelers’ favorite word.
Don’t get discouraged when you can’t afford to do something you really want to do. Just remember that you are still experiencing another culture, and that’s pretty amazing! So, just get out there and explore!

. . .

Oh, and by the way, I might not have been able to afford that tour and amazing view, but a few days later, I found a great view of the city for literally 7 times cheaper.
So, the real lesson here is to search for all your options.

I think this view makes up for that expensive tour!
This view is just as good, for much, much cheaper.
This just shows what you can find on a budget.
Click the picture to see the location of this amazing breathtaking view!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this helped you realize that budget traveling might not be glamorous, but it’s definitely worth it!
You can still have an amazing experience and adventure in a foreign country on a budget! Don’t let that stop you from traveling abroad (you’ll learn more traveling on a budget than you would if you could afford all the fancy hotels)!



-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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Apologies & Promises (A Letter)

*I’m writing this for Mother’s Day, but it can also work for Father’s Day.*
It can pretty much work for any day (i just recently got inspired).

Dear mom / dad (or anyone else),

   I just want to apologize for some things:

I’m sorry for ever letting you down.
I’m sorry for ever doubting you.
I’m sorry for ever being scared.
I’m sorry for ever letting fear & doubt take over.
I’m sorry for all the times I hurt you.
I’m sorry for all the times I failed when you believed in me.
I’m sorry for ever being inconsistent without valid reason.
I’m sorry for ever lying to you.
I’m sorry for ever taking you for granted.
I’m sorry for ever offending you.
I’m sorry for not always trusting you.
I’m sorry for ever giving up on you when things got tough.
I’m sorry for ever yelling at you.
I’m sorry for ever rejecting your love.
I’m sorry for ever rejecting your grace.
I’m sorry for ever tarnishing your faith in me.
I’m sorry for ever breaking your trust.
I’m sorry for ever walking away.
I’m sorry for ever not being good enough.
I’m sorry for all the pain I’ve caused you.
I’m sorry for ever rejecting you.
I’m sorry for not being the best child you could of asked for.
I’m sorry for ever…ything! – I am so sorry for everything!

   Now, I want to promise some things:

I promise to always trust & have faith in you.
I promise to never let you down again.
I promise to face all my fears.
I promise to be more consistent.
I promise to always tell you the truth.
I promise to never take you for granted anymore.
I promise to love you forever without conditions.
I promise to accept your amazing love & grace.
I promise to never walk away again.
I promise to try to be good enough.
I promise to not cause you anymore pain.
I promise to be the best child that I can be.
I promise to all those things from the bottom of my heart.
    One last promise: I promise to try my very best to keep all those promises because I, now, understand your unconditional love for me.

   So, all there is to say now is: Thank You!  
Thank you for always loving me, no matter what. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you. Thank you for never doing to me what I did to you. You are truly amazing. You are my role-model. You make me want to be the best version of myself.


Thanks for reading! 🙂

I hope this letter encouraged you because we all have things to apologize for (to someone), & we should all make more promises that we actually try to keep.
And, we all need to start saying; “Thank You” more often.
-If you can relate to anything above, comment below with the apology, promise or thank you that you would say to your mom or dad (or someone else).

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S. This letter was originally intended to be: A Prayer to God, but while writing it, I realized that it can work for anyone because apologies, promises, & thank you’s are very underrated in today’s world & we need more of them.