1. Coffee Shops
I absolutely hate coffee. It breaks an unspoken rule here in Portland, but luckily my love of coffee shops makes up for it. I’ve had some of the greatest, most life bringing conversations in coffee shops over cups of hot chocolate or tea. Something about being in a unique coffee shops makes me feel at home.
Front porches speak to me in ways nothing else can. There’s something so simple and neighborly that happens when people hangout on their porch. I’m uprooting from Portland to Nashville next summer, and I spend my time daydreaming about all the sweet tea and community that’s going to happen on a grand southern front porch.
I’ve never been someone to rush out the door with a coffee in hand and call it breakfast. Breakfast is a sacred time of my day where I can nourish my body and take a few moments to breathe before the craziness of my day really begins. It’s my favorite meal of the day, and I’ve been known to eat breakfast three meals a day on the weekends.
4. Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass music has recently taken hold of my heart. Something about a banjo and mandolin brings people together. Especially good live, it makes me forget about whatever is going on in life, and remember to enjoy the little moments.
5. The Ocean
Portland is great for a lot of reasons, one being that the beach is just two hours away. I think everyone has a soul place: somewhere to go when you need rest. The ocean is that for me. I can stand on the shore and breathe in the salt water smell and know that God is in control.
Alyssa Landreth is a Portland, Oregon native saved by the grace of Jesus. She is a dreamer and doer at her core, and is on an adventure to be the best version of herself she can be. Alyssa is a lover of travel, sunshine, and creating. You can follow Alyssa’s pursuit of living a life as Jesus intended on her blog and Instagram.