Here are my answers to the questions you all submitted for me!
How tall are you?
Beach or mountains?
That’s a tough one! But if I have to pick between the two, I’ll say mountains. I love hiking, breathing in the crisp air, and exploring the little mountain towns. After lived in Orlando for three years, I got to
experience the beach a lot and love it, too.What subject are you majoring in at college and what areas do you potentially see yourself working in the future?
I’m double majoring in political science and public policy and I have a minor in public relations. I’m currently studying for the LSAT with plans to attend law school.
My “dream job” would be to be a chef and own my own restaurant that uses fresh, unprocessed ingredients, but I’ve heard so many people say that turning your hobby into your job takes the joy out of it, and I can definitely see how that could be true.
What running shoes work well for you?
My last 6 (yep, 6) pairs of running shoes have all been Adidas Energy Boosts, the cushiest and most springy shoes ever. I was so excited to find running shoes that fit really well (my #1 priority) that also happen to come in hot pink– icing on the cake! I also just got a pair of Mizuno Wave Enigmas that I’ve been enjoying, but they’re not pink, unfortunately.
Apart from Indonesia, where else have you traveled to (with family/friends)?
I feel really fortunate to have grandparents who love to travel and who have taken my siblings and me to places like Italy, France, England, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Monte Carlo, the Cayman Islands, and Puerto Rico (all before I started blogging).
I also went to Kenya for a monthlong missions trip a few years ago…and did an exchange program in China the summer before my first first year of college. I helped teach English classes in the mornings and I got to explore the city with just my group of three girls in the afternoons.
What healthy baking substitutions do you use?
In general, I don’t make a bunch of healthy changes to dessert recipes because I think that desserts are worth the occasional splurge, but I do have a few substitutions I like to make for other baking situations:
-For quick breads and muffins, I like to use half unsweetened applesauce and half “healthier” oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, naturally refined coconut oil (no coconut taste) instead of all canola oil, peanut oil, etc. Substituting in all applesauce usually results in a gummy texture, plus a little healthy fat from the oil isn’t a bad thing!
-I’ll almost always reduce the amount of sugar in a sweet recipe after the first time I make it and you really can’t tell a difference. I’ll generally cut up to 1/3 of the sugar, depending on the recipe.
-I use whole grain flour in recipes that can handle it (i.e. muffins and quick breads).
Where would you like to visit in the future and what would you most like to do in these destinations (ie. visiting specific landmarks/cultural centres, volunteering, working, running a marathon, etc.)?
I would love to visit anywhere I haven’t been! My ideal trip would include things like running, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors…or in the winter, curling up in front of the fireplace with a good book.
What is your favorite book and why?
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It’s the story of a romance between a farmer and a former prostitute (sounds scandalous but it’s actually based on a story from the Bible!) and it’s such a beautiful picture of unconditional love.
What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
This year, my days have been more jam-packed than ever before and I typically use any free time I have to blog, which has definitely cut down on my TV watching. I’ll occasionally get to watch an episode or two of TV on the weekends, though, and my guilty pleasure is Scandal. My sister and I both love it!
Have you ever tried putting nut butter on your oatmeal? If you haven’t, it’s delicious.
Sometimes! I love the almond butter/peanut butter & banana combo.
What shampoo do you use?
I use Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner and they work so well for my hair! They’re super concentrated so I just have to use a little bit each time, and I love the scent is a little bit minty, which I love.
What kind of dog is Gracie?
We’re not 100% sure. We rescued Gracie about 9 years ago when she was just 8 months old, and we were told that she’s 3/4 Pomeranian and 1/4 pug.
That’s all I have for now! Feel free to keep submitting questions–I’ll do round 2 of Q&As some soon.