GCW Reflection: China March 29, 2013
During this course I learned a lot of things about the culture and service of China and also about myself. We helped volunteer for the pandas and learned all about how there are only a couple hundred left in the world and how these reserves were to help save the species and help them repopulate. We learned about how they live and I was just amazed that I had the opportunity to go on this trip. We also learned about how they filtered dirty, polluted water naturally and ran many water tests to see just how effective it was. We focused on assisting with the pandas so I think the community service hours were focused on that an it was just a great experience. Not many people get to do that. Chinese culture really interested me. Before going on this trip I had a church leader who was OBSESSED with everything Chinese: The language, the culture, the people, and I never really understood why until I went to China myself. Every meal we had we got to experience a different type of Chinese dish and a different style of eating. We got to go to a village and it was beautiful. I think we experienced a lot of Chinese culture during this trip. I learned from this experience that I was more grown up than I thought I was. It was the first time I ever went on an airplane without my parents and just being responsible for myself really did open my eyes. I feel like after this GCW trip I am more responsible and I am capable of taking care of myself more. I must admit this trip was not all that I expected it to be. At first I really didn’t want to go on this trip, my friend Lane was the one who dragged me along and I expected it to be a miserable experience and that I would be completely bored the entire time. I was completely wrong. This trip helped my development so much and it was surprisingly super interesting. There was never a dull moment and because of this trip I met a lot of really amazing people. It’s kind of hard for me to make friends so I was really happy with this unnatural occurrence. I think the most challenging part of this course was the weather. I had no idea what to pack or how much I needed to pack so I think I went a little bit overboard but even though it was freezing I also kind of enjoyed the break from the hot, humid Thai weather. I think another challenging part of this course was coming home. After this amazing life experience you had to come home and it feels like none of it ever happened, that now you have to go back to your old life and go back to school. I did keep the new friends I made on the trip though and I am so grateful for that. The most rewarding thing about this course? Too many things to list, the whole experience in general was absolutely amazing and completely worth my while. Unfortunately this is going to be my last GCW because I am moving but the past two GCWs have probably been the most rewarding and memorable parts of my life so far.
How I Dress For Church March 24, 2013
So today i realized that I had the same routine of picking out clothes for church every week and basically the same styles so I thought I’d share it with you guys!
Okay so my church essentials are:
I literally do not leave the house without wearing bright red lipstick and my super tall high heels. I don’t know how these actually became essentials but they somehow did 🙂
Now regardless of the top/skirt (I rarely wear actual dresses) I will tuck my top into the skirt:
I guess I do this because it makes the outfit look more complete and like a dress (I on’t understand why I don’t just wear a dress then) but I think it looks cute!
I actually just discovered the amazing beauty of scarves so lately I’ve been wearing a lot of scarves ❤
BEAUTIOUS ❤ haha aaaaaaand this all comes together t this cute outfit:
If you just ignore my hideous face you’ll see that the outfit is ready and modest enough for church while still being cute 🙂
Sorry it’s another video! Working on a blog post right now though!
Send your weird little questions here: http://ask.fm/Britisabrit I will be answering all ❤
QUESTION TIME! March 23, 2013
Oh my heavens guys, I’ve been posting ONLY videos lately and I can see how that would be pretty boring for you. I’ll try to start Blogging more instead of just VLOGGING everything so I’m going to make a Questions post! And this is going to be interactive! Just send me any questions you have for me (Favorite color, favorite childhood stories…. etc) You can ask as many as you want just send it to Britisabrit.gmail.com, http://ask.fm/Britisabrit, or just comment on this post by April First and I’ll answer them 🙂 THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK ME ANYTHING! IT CAN BE AS WEIRD AS YOU WANT IT! Love you all!
Make Something From Scratch – Things to do before you die #6 March 17, 2013
We made raspberry brownies 😀
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup Scharffen Berger natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325°. Line an 8x8x2 inches glass baking dish with foil, pressing firmly into pan and leaving a 2 inches overhang. Coat foil with nonstick spray; set baking dish aside.
Melt butter in a small sauce-pan over medium heat. Let cool slightly. Whisk sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Pour butter in a steady stream into dry ingredients, whisking constantly to blend. Whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously to blend after each addition. Add flour and stir until just combined (do not overmix). Scrape batter into prepared pan; smooth top.
Bake until top begins to crack and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 25-30 minutes.
Transfer pan to a wire rack; let cool completely in pan. Using foil overhang, lift brownie out of pan; transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares