1 Corinthians 3:7-9

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God's service, you are God's field, God's building.

Humility

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” - Rick Warren

It's always humbling to be removed from a place and explore a place that's bigger and unknown. This Christmas season, I really didn't want to be in Vegas, but visiting The Valley of Fire State Park reminded me that no matter where I am, Christ's love never leaves or will leave me. We only got to explore a small portion of the park, but I was excited to feel a sense of adventure, wonder and joy again. I'm thankful to be celebrating this holiday season with parents who love me so much. So much it's overwhelming at times.....but nonetheless, I've come to realize it's His love through my parents, friends and family that's always pursuing me and I need to constantly remind myself to turn to Him in surrender and receive it. Continue to open up my heart Lord to your will and your way. Help me not think less of myself, but think of myself less.

On another note - The Valley of Fire State Park is an awesome park to visit when you're in Vegas and have a car. It's only an hour drive north of the strip and a $10/car fee. I've never seen so much red rock before. And 250 million years ago, this area was a sea! Crazy.... people compare this valley to Mars...I've never been to Mars, but sure, it looks different! Ha! I'd definitely come back again and spend at least a half day here. We spent too much time outlet shopping that we only caught the last 1.5 of the park being open before we had to leave. Nonetheless, a great place to get outdoors and explore and be reminded of His true beauty and wonder!

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Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop

My friend Christine brought me to Yasukochi's Sweet Shop to try the Coffee Crunch Cake. I learned it's been open for 40+ years by Moses and Hatsy (pictured to the right) Yasukochi. Read more about the sweet shop here. Or better yet, just head over to Yasukochi's yourself to try the cake and meet the owners yourself!

Yasukochi's Sweet Shop
1790 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Work Field Trip: Ai WeiWei Art Exhibit on Alcatraz

It was nice to get out of the office and go on a little field trip for work today.  Instead of heading to the office, a few of us from the Marketing Team went to Alcatraz to check out Ai WeiWei's art exhibit to get some inspiration and a fresh breath of air.  It was cool to see an art exhibit within a former state penitentiary and I appreciated the meaning behind each art installment.  I think it's definitely worth it to take a visit to Alcatraz to see, hear, and read the artwork for yourself.  My favorite pieces were With Wind and Stay Tuned.  The art exhibit runs till April 2015.

 

Read all about Ai WeiWei and his art exhibit here.

Good morning San Francisco!  We took the 11am boat out to the Rock.

Good morning San Francisco!  We took the 11am boat out to the Rock.

With WindT

With WindT

Trace

Trace

View from the upper level.

View from the upper level.

Refraction.

Refraction.

Stay Tuned.

Stay Tuned.

Yours Truly. They gave us the opportunity to communicate directly with individual prisoners.  

Yours Truly. They gave us the opportunity to communicate directly with individual prisoners.  

I randomly chose a prisoner in Vietnam.

I randomly chose a prisoner in Vietnam.

Blossom.

Blossom.

Till next time!

Till next time!

RECIPE: (Paleo) Chocolate Muffins

I know, paleo chocolate muffins may sound gross to some people.  But these muffins are really good.  They taste like chocolate cake from the good ole' Pilsbury box mix - chocolate and fluffy.  I'm not sure if how I make these muffins make them paleo since I replaced the Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips with Guittard Dark Chocolate Chips, but nonethless, these are pretty healthy chocolate chip muffins.  Great for breakfast or a pre/post-workout snack!

[RECIPE from PaleOMG]

Happy Friday!

Super busy week - here's what my day looked like today:

  • 5:30am - wake up
  • 6:00am-7:30am - swim practice with Albany Masters
  • 8:30am - breakfast
  • 9:00am - photoshoot with NutHouse Granola in Berkeley
  • 10:30am - meeting with Michelle Tam from Nomnompaleo in San Mateo
  • 11:30pm - quick lunch at Whole Foods Market San Mateo (sushi + kombucha)
  • 12:30pm - 5:00pm - photoshoot for Whole Foods Market Nike Women's Half Marathon sponsorship
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm - stuck in SF traffic!  woot!
  • 7:00pm - Christine's Catholic wedding rehearsal
  • 8:00pm - home at last with dinner and cheesecake!

One highlight from today - meeting Teddy, a 6 year old Pomeranian dog with his owner.  Him and his owner walk to Golden Gate Park everyday to people watch.

Golden Gate Park - a man with his 6 year old dog named Teddy.  He comes to the park everyday to people watch.

Golden Gate Park - a man with his 6 year old dog named Teddy.  He comes to the park everyday to people watch.

Some other snapshots from my day:

Seattle

My new favorite summer travel destination!  This past weekend was my first time in Seattle and it was awesome!  Such a green and beautiful place with lots of hiking trails!  I went up to celebrate my good friend, Christine's bachelorette party and our time in Seattle made it a memorable experience for all of us!  I'm backlogged in uploading my photos, but here's a few photo highlights from my trip. 

Lake Serene Hike - the hardest and best hike I've done in a while.

Lake Serene Hike - the hardest and best hike I've done in a while.

Lake Serene hike pit stop at Bridal Veil Falls.

Lake Serene hike pit stop at Bridal Veil Falls.

Doing the touristy thing - Pike's Place.

Doing the touristy thing - Pike's Place.

Cute and delicious brunch - The Fat Hen.

Cute and delicious brunch - The Fat Hen.