Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hello From New Zealand


Hello from New Zealand! I've been living here for just over three months and I thought it was time to write up a bit of an update on myself. 

I have been blessed beyond measure with the opportunity to live here. The experience has been incredibly exciting and challenging and I am so grateful for the way God has used it. I've been spending four days a week with a homeschooling family(helping teach and perform housework) and living with an amazing host family.

New Zealand is a beautiful and fascinating place. Noticing subtle cultural differences or seeing hundreds of sheep and rows of palm trees constantly excites me. The residents have welcomed me and given me the inside perspective of Kiwi life. I've been able to do a little bit of travel which is constantly thrilling. In November, I saw Mount Doom(Mount Ngauruhoe) and felt very geekily happy. I am staying here till mid-April and cherishing every minute until then.

During my (mostly) unplanned hiatus from blogging, I've realized this blog will never return to what I intended when I started it three and a half years ago. At the time I was obsessed with storytelling and happily spent hours writing posts on the subject. I still love film and literature just as much as I did before, but my interests have widened and I no longer have the time or energy I had for consuming(or writing about) that medium like I had then.

I never saw myself following the footsteps of bloggers I admired and neglecting/redirecting my literary writings. Yet things change and here I am: my life and blog are inevitably different. Recognizing this shift of priorities can lead me to feel frustrated and confused.

But if there's anything I've learned from the past few years in which this blog has degraded, it's my identity in Christ. I understand better than I did three years ago the reality of being a chosen child of God and my calling to live for His glory. So while I don't have a clear idea of my circumstances, personality, or interests  in the next few years, I know that I am a child of God and living for His glory is my lifelong direction. And that gives me an incredible sense of identity and comfort.

I still want to continue blogging. Maybe I'll even change my blog name or merge my other sites. Or maybe I'll give it up completely and save it for another stage of life. I don't know yet. But what I do know is the gospel of Christ and that keeps me anchored in this foreign and exciting chapter of my existence.

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I have had enough time to develop some new interests in music, books, etc. So here are a few snippets in that department:

~I started watching The Office and it's humorous but also super sweet

~I read Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman and was fascinated

~I decided Johnny Cash is one of my favorite artists (recs: Walk The Line, Boy Named Sue, Hurt)

~my friend and I memorized the lyrics to Waltzing With Bears

~I rewatched Stranger Things for the third time and loved it just as much

this scene <3 

~I started Unbroken and am hooked

~I watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople which is a "New Zealand classic" I didn't realize was from here till I came

How are you, readers? 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Watch More Movies

Watch more movies.

Stop looking for entertainment in endless video feeds on Facebook or YouTube or the exhausting corporation-packaged doses of stimulation that social media offer.

Watch more movies.

Enjoy projects put together by a team of people passionate for their art and a director with a vision for his or her story.

Watch more movies.

Acquaint yourself with the characters our parents and grandparents have loved or hated before we were born.

Watch more movies.

Experience the thrill of a film led by a script that has been revised and rethought to the brink of perfection.

Watch more movies.

Witness the echoes of the gospel.

Watch more animation.

Appreciate the vast and varying styles of animation artists and their painstaking craft.

Watch more sci-fi.

Allow your mind to explore alternate interpretations of reality.

Watch more drama.

See the unfolding behavior and interactions of creatures in God's image.

Watch more horror.

Search out the edifying but terrifying movies that portray the consequences of a sinful world.

Watch more kid movies.

Savor the stories that appeal to every age but were made with no less care than those for adults.

Watch more fantasy.

Enjoy the creativity of writers mimicking the Creator.

And when you've watched movies, make your friends sit down and watch them too.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Going On An Adventure: On New Zealand, Graduating, and Adulting...?

I kissed high school goodbye last week. That was happy. Honestly the reality that I'm a graduate hasn't quite sunk in yet, but that's okay.

I felt so relieved to be done in this xD pc: my sister

I was just hired at Subway, so that'll be a new experience! I've never worked in fast food before, but the discounts are a perk. Oh yeah, that's where the adulting I mentioned comes in. Also learning to drive, budget money, etc. I'm not an adult, so I don't even know if that counts. Maybe minors aren't allowed to adult yet.  I should rename the subtitle of this post, "On New Zealand, Graduating, and PRACTICING Adulting".

Other summer plans include reading a lot, studying for the SAT, road-tripping with my family, and Netflix. Maybe I'll do something wild and crazy too, like try running. Who's to say?
Okay, segway. This school year, I am going to fly to New Zealand and live there till April. The pastor who married my parents lives there and so he was able to make arrangements with friends to host me. It'll be so interesting to meet people from a different culture and country but with a similar passion for the gospel.

Besides driving through Canada, I've never travelled internationally before, so it's a huge big plan I couldn't have concocted in a million years. But the tickets are purchased and, Lord willing, this thing is actually going down. So yeah, I'm visiting MIDDLE EARTH, y'all.

I'll make sure to post pictures and write posts to share the experience. It's pretty exciting.

Also, psa: Paddington 2 is one of the sweetest, funniest, and most satisfyingly written movies you will see this year. Go watch it and thank me.

How is your summer going? Do you have any interesting stories  or -- I don't know-- thoughts to share? Do you like olives(the correct answer is no.)? 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Ahhh! What is this? I haven't posted since January? Oops.

I thought it'd be a nice idea to pop in and update anyone reading on some of the recent happenings in my life. First of all, I'm graduating high school this spring, so that's exciting. My parents, sister, and I visited several colleges in February and I am immensely looking forward to whatever God has in store in that respect. I'm planning to major in English, but who's to say what might happen?

we saw D. C. too

I had a birthday this month and turned an age I won't disclose, but it feels kind of old. (but not really) My dad and I went to see The Godfather at our theater since it was playing that day. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. :P

I started watching Stranger Things and fell in love. I've also been listening to a lot of 80s music lately which isn't entirely coincidental.

A friend from out of state visited and we did some sight-seeing and discussing life's problems over coffee. That was really fun.

The school year is wrapping up soon and I may have more time to post then? We shall see! Until then, thanks for reading!

What have you been doing this year? Do you have a favorite decade of music?