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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Florida Weather: Christmas Week

This is just a little vlog that I made a few days ago when I went to the beach! Hope you enjoyed it!










xx, Lillie

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday Nights

Coldness hits my hands. I close my eyes feeling the room, the people, the warmth. Slow, rhythmic sounds fill the room. Deep breaths, high voices, strums of guitar, slow beatings on the floor in a melody tone. Warmth fills my body all the way from the center of my heart to my fingertips and toes. All at once it comes together, the music, the voices, the high and lows and then, movement. I’m standing, rising to the balls of my feet, back to my heels. Repeat. Fingers stretching and collapsing, out, in out, in. Muscles coming alive throughout my whole body and in an instant, I begin.

            Hips moving side to side legs circling around one another arms higher and higher stretching to the ceiling and collapsing falling over my legs. Head shoots up with right elbow jerking up towards the ceiling and I’m turning. Chin up, Arms extended, fingers soft but alert. Feet springing off the floor in sync with the instruments and the singing. I start to move to the beat of the harmony. Leg up, foot pointed, muscles burning like a rubber band stretching as far as possible almost snapping but not quite. Satisfaction fills my body releasing the tightness in my muscles as my foot guides my leg back to the floor. Hunched over, arms out in front of me guiding my steps one after another. One last push with my hips and another leap up to the air legs straight out and gracefully back to the floor. Singing comes to a close, instruments fading away and me, back to reality. I open my eyes and I see familiar faces, wooded floors, chairs, dim lights and a tabernacle in front of me.


Friday, December 18, 2015

SUCKS TO SUCK...but not #TLF

Hello hello! We meet again for another lovely TLF! Thanks so much Sofia for being a part of this with me and all of the other women who gave God their yes to this! It was a pleasure being able to spend that time with you and learn more about you and your love for Christ :)






xx, Lillie

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas VEGAN Sugar Cookies!

Happy Advent! What a beautiful time of year and of course a time to experiment with new ingredients... which I did for you! I made some impressive tasty Christmas Cookies that are cruelty-free!

Thanks to my roommates for helping me throughout the whole night with always keeping it fun and upbeat and especially Madi for filming the whole video for me! We were all definitely in the Christmas spirit and I am so grateful for all of them!


What's your favorite type of Christmas cookie? 






xx, Lillie



Friday, December 4, 2015

Trader Joe's Shopping! VEGAN FRIENDLY

I am so excited to share this with you all! I went shopping and bought VEGAN FRIENDLY food! That's right, cruelty-free, no harming of any animal was harmed in the making of this film! Haha, jokes. But yeah! It's possible to be Vegan and it's easy!

Hope you enjoy watching this video and have a great weekend!







xx, Lillie

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In The Moment

I went home this weekend for Thanksgiving and it was a nice time to relax and be with family of course. I became really homesick since I haven't been able to go home since August and that is a long time for me. Being home made me start to reflect on how I treat people when I am with them and how I use up the time I have with someone individually. I realized good qualities with myself, and also bad qualities that I am now trying to work on.

I see myself as really taking the time to see as many people as I can and to ask many questions. I am a question person and I like that about myself. Questions are always popping up in my head even if it gets awkward with someone, so no worries, if you talk to me, expect a question. When I am in Orlando I have noticed that I never use my phone if I am talking to someone one on one. I give them my full attention and use up my time wisely. Since I wasn't in Orlando and wasn't in my 'home' this past week, I wasn't with the people I see on a daily basis. So being with people one on one at home, I realized I was on my phone a lot. I didn't realize that until the last day which upset me since I couldn't really fix it until I go home for Christmas break. It hurt me to see that I took some of those family members for granted even though I kept saying how much I missed them. Did I miss talking to them or being with them, or did I just miss the presence of that person that was now removed because I live in Orlando? I'm not too sure.



On the last day I was talking to my mom outside on her patio and I looked over to see this beautiful garden that she made.. I first thought it was our neighbors which then became a joke and a quite funny one at that. I realized an hour before I left to drive home that I didn't give the attention my mother deserved this week. I kept realizing 'ok I will be with my mom from the time she gets home to the time she goes to bed and then go out with my friends'. I realized - a little too late - that yes, I was with her but I wasn't WITH her in a sense of giving her my time and my ears 100% as I do with others. 





So my challenge, now, to really think about this and to not take for granted the people I see, is to really be with them in the moment and care for them while I am with them and while I am away from them. Give the person I am with, the time they deserve and love them the way Christ does. 

Do you do the same? Do you struggle with being on your phone when you are with others?

xx, Lillie
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