I’ve always had a thing for finding things outside my normal vantage point. Growing up, my family’s home was tucked in a little corner of the Georgia woods, and our days were spent carving out paths behind our house to see what we could find. Those explorations got bigger as I got older, and whether it’s traveling overseas, finding the perfect breakfast spot, or hiking somewhere mountainous, adventures always give me a feeling of home. I think that’s why adventures matter; it’s not always about finding something new. Sometimes, the adventure is in the reminder of from where we’ve come.
True hospitality is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Over the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to be wholeheartedly welcomed by a new community, and it has given me a greater appreciation for the small things we contribute to the people around us. Out of the Lord’s love for us, our love for others can overflow. Buying coffee for the stranger behind you, giving up a seat on a crowded train for another passenger, inviting a new neighbour over for dinner – all these things are more precious than we realise.
3. All day coffee
As a lover of coffee, I’m a firm believer that its place reaches far beyond the morning hours. It might be a simple cold brew in the summer, a sweet espresso-based drink from Starbucks, or a decadent pour-over from your favourite speciality coffee shop, but when I think about the perfect day, I think about coffee all day long. There’s something undeniably comforting about coffee, and that comfort all day? Yes, please.
4. City strolls
I recently moved to Sydney, Australia, and am lucky enough to have an apartment right in the heart of the city. I’ve found the best way to acquaint myself with this place is by walking, especially if I wind up slightly lost. There’s a distinct beauty in big cities – towering buildings, bustling sidewalks, lush parks – and what better way to fall in love with that beauty than to walk amongst it daily.
My fiancé has an old record player and a growing collection of vinyls, and one of my favourite times of day is when he puts on music while we’re cooking dinner. We’ll sing along, dancing together through the kitchen and living room, and that time is so sweet. Maybe it’s the faint scratch of the needle as it hits the record or feeling the record in my hand as I turn it over to hear the second half of the songs, but I’ll take vinyls over YouTube, Spotify, or iTunes, any day.
Grace Greene hails from Georgia, but now calls Australia home. She’s an up and coming blogger, a fighter for global social justice, and a lover of all things cozy. Her days are mostly spent cooking, cycling, and serving as her pastor’s PA. You can read more of her writing on her blog, and follow her campaign with Dressember 2014 as she advocates on behalf of exploited women. She’d love to have you adventure with her.