Beachin’ it 🌴 // Best Oahu Beaches

Lanikai Beach

One of my favorite beaches, located in Kailua, is Lanikai beach which is beautiful and perfect for all types of beach-goers. The weather isn’t always the greatest, but the scenery and rolling waves always make for a fun time. Famous for the two small island peeking out of the ocean, with its white sand and barely crowded shores, I would highly recommend visiting this beach. 

Sandy Beach

My #1 favorite spot. Where all the locals go and where the waves can be scary big. You will have a true Hawaiian experience when you visit this body surfing beach. Personally, I love watching the brave surfers and body surfers here, and although I don’t do either at this beach I have the most fun swimming in the big surf. If you aren’t a strong swimmer I’d suggest just sun bathing on the beach, but it’s still worth it to check this one out. 

Cockroach Cove

Located right next to Sandy Beach, Cockroach cove is a fun little destination spot. After walking down the rocky path you’ll find yourself in a pretty cove where you can swim in the small waves, explore the rocks on either side (where we jumped off) or even venture into a cave that goes under the road above. It’s a mellow beach, but can easily get crowded because of how small it is. 

Haleiwa Angel Wings

I know this one isn’t a beach, but I felt like I had to include it! If you have an Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen these pretty wings. Located on the North Shore, they’ve become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Kaimana Beach

You can find this one in walking distance to Waikiki beach. However, Kaimana is much less crowded, the water is cleaner and you won’t be suffocated by tourists. I think this beach was once known as a gay beach, but over the years has lost that reputation. You can surf out to the left of the channel, snorkel over the reef or simply relax in the shallow, calm water. This beach is close to town, but still beautiful and doesn’t feel too much like you’re in a big city. 

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4 Amazing Hikes on Oahu 

I recently visited the breathtaking island of Oahu with my sister and three of our close friends. I always joke that when we go on vacation it’s not the relaxing type… it’s the go go go type. I think there’s just too much beauty to miss out on when you’re only on the islands for 10 days, so our vacation consisted of a lot of hiking, swimming and eating. And today I’m sharing 4 of my favorite hikes with you. 
The Ehukai Pillbox Hike

This one is seriously one of my favorite tropical hikes ever. It’s short and sweet, with some intense inclined portions. I love getting to experience several different sceneries within this one hike. First you weave through a rainforest-like atmosphere, then you go through a dirt path that is interwoven with tree roots and slippery from mud, next you walk through a serene path that is lined with delicate hanging trees that are light in color… and finally you make it to an opening where you see the ocean and the first abandoned military pillbox. You can even go inside of it where there is graffiti and a view of the shoreline. Make your way down the trail a bit further and you’ll run into the second pillbox where a peace sign is painted with the word “peace”- making for a great photo op. This is located on the Northshore, overlooking the famous Pipeline beach. 

Pali Puka

I will warn you that this had a “Do not enter” warning sign at the start of the trailhead. So honestly I’m not sure if it’s illegal or just frowned upon. My sister and I bravely began this hike on a windy, overcast morning. Luckily we didn’t know what to expect… because sometimes it’s better not knowing and just going for, it if you know what I mean. 

I am pretty scared of heights, so this one was one of the most challenging hikes for me. But nonetheless, the views were definitely worth it. It is a short, but steep hike. You begin by gradually climbing a muddy path where there are ropes to help you out on the sides. Then you make it out of the trees and find yourself on the side of a very steep mountain ridge, which you slowly walk along (and hope you don’t die) for a while. Finally you will find yourself right above the famous hole in the mountain face where you’ll have to climb down to. I am probably making this hike seem scarier than it is, but that’s just because I’m afraid of heights and had a few mini panic attacks. But I made it and I’m happy that it pushed me out of my comfort zone. Couldn’t have done it without my sister, who is fearless when it comes to heights! 

Koko Head Crater @ Sunrise

Koko head is a well known hike located in Hawaii Kai. It consists of 1,048 steps to the top of a large mountain. It was my fourth time doing it, but my first time attempting it at sunrise. My sister and I started around 4:30 when we needed flash lights to see where we were going. Luckily it was much cooler than hiking it during the day, but that didn’t stop us from dripping sweat and labored breathing (lol). Even if you think you’re in good shape, Koko head will kick your butt on the way up. But man is it worth it when you make it to the top… especially at sunrise, the feeling and the views were unreal. I love the feeling of being up before the sun, the anticipation before it rises and the stillness you experience on the top of a mountain when the skies are painted with pinks, blues and purples. 

The Makapu’u Tide Pools

You will find this hidden gem on the way to the Makapu’u Lighthouse hike. I don’t know if it’s actually considered a hike, because it is basically just climbing down the side of a rocky mountain. Nevertheless, once you make it down the make shift path you’ll find yourself in awe of the clear, emerald water and serene closeness to the powerful crashing waves. There are multiple large tide pools that you can swim and snorkel in- so bring some goggles. I would recommend going at high tide (which was 11 am while we were there) because the tide pools will have more water in them. Be careful of large sets that crash on the rocks, you don’t want to be swept into the ocean at that location. 

I hope my hiking suggestions were helpful for anyone traveling to Oahu. If you want me to write about places to eat or beaches to go to, please leave me a comment below and I’d be happy to make another post! 

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November in a Nutshell

img_4874I will start by saying that this month has brought an abundance of blessings.

When you’re caught in a blustering rain storm without a rain jacket, it’s hard to remember to be grateful for anything really; not because you are ungrateful, but simply because your mind is occupied with so many different things that a rainstorm might invoke.

To me, life resembles a rainstorm more often than we might like to admit. Ever since the beginning of the school year, my life has been nothing less than chaotic. Wake up early, go to school, work, pick up kids, earn money, be creative, take photos, do homework, drive to the mountains, run errands, cook, bake, blog and the list goes on. I feel as if I’ve barely had one moment to breathe during the past two and a half months.

I wanted to share my heart today as a reminder to be thankful, even when your life might resemble a rainstorm that caught you off guard. And I thought it was only fitting since Thanksgiving (probably my second favorite holiday) is in a few days, and what better way to celebrate such a wonderful time than to exclaim your thankfulness.

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To start off with the small stuff…

I’m thankful for health. I have not gotten sick throughout the chilly months yet, and I wish for it to stay that way. Now that I mention it, I can’t even remember the last time I got sick so I guess I’m doing something right.

My hair has finally noticeably grown out from the last time I chopped it, which was now two whole years ago. I’m very happy with how healthy, long and shiny it is.

I only have about three weeks left of school before Christmas break. I am a senior in high school, but I’m also enrolled in my local community college where I am taking Biology (one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken) and I currently have a B which I have worked very hard for.

I get the opportunity to work with Kindergartners two days a week as a part of my high school elective credits, and they bless me so incredibly. My heart is always warmed by their unique and quirky personalities; they are too funny and adorable. Yes, sometimes it can be tiresome having to constantly reprimand them, but at the end of the day, they lift my spirit more than anything else.

All my life, my family has supported me, but now more than ever I feel extremely blessed by them. Recently, I have become closer with a couple of my cousins. I am starting to realize how important family is, because they really are the only ones who will be there for you no matter what.

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And now onto the bigger picture of thankfulness…

I am thankful for a loving God who carefully designed me and gifted me with a creative heart. All along I have known of my innate desire to create things, but at the point I’m at in my life, I am beginning to pursue my creative nature more than ever before. I want to capture feelings, memories and moments; whether it be through writing, through a camera lens or through paint smeared on a white canvas. I have a fire burning inside of me to make beautiful things, and to share them with the world.

With all of that being said, I have some exciting stuff planned for the near future.

My sister and I will be purchasing a Cannon 70D within the next two or three weeks, which we will use to photograph and video each fleeting moment. I am hoping to delve into videography (and maybe vlogging) on my youtube channel once I get the hang of the new camera. I can’t wait to capture this beautiful life; people, places and things with a new perspective. Not to mention, I will be able to create so much better and more content for my blog, especially food recipes. Stay tuned!

I am tossing around the idea of starting some type of “project”. I don’t know why I am so intrigued by such an endeavor, but I think it has to do with the thought of continuously creating something that all comes together in the end to form something unique and (hopefully) beautiful. Not too long ago, I started reading the book “The Happiness Project”, written by Gretchen Rubin. Basically, she summarizes her happiness journey in which she spent one year pursuing. Each month, she set goals for herself which ideally helped her achieve happiness; things like, lighten up, enjoy now, give proofs of love, or make time for friends. Two months later and I still haven’t finished the book… whoops. But, from what I’ve read, which is almost all of it, I can say that just reading it made me feel happier. I loved the fact that she took one whole year to focus on and practice things that improved her mood and overall attitude, she didn’t just give up after January.

Another person who inspired my desire to start my own project was a friend of mine named Keeli. Man, let me tell you, this girl is such a gem, and I couldn’t be more thankful that God connected us through blogging recently. Just a few weeks ago she started something that I’m going to call the “I am” project. What she wants to do is photograph people, portrait style, and with each new picture, she has them write a sentence or short phrase about something that they are, whether it’s true now, or they want it to be true in the future. I had the opportunity to participate in her project and I wrote my own “I am” statement. I think it is such a wonderful idea, it’s creative and connects people that might not think to spend time together otherwise.

Keeli has a blog too, which you should go show her some love–>Sip Seek Serve

Click here to see the portrait she took of me and read my “I am” statement–>Keeli’s Instagram

And lastly, I am so incredibly thankful for this blog. I am able to share any and every random thought that pops into my head with people that may actually enjoy my writing. It is a dream of mine to be able to look at my blog and see my creative dreams become reality, and for that reason, I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my writing space. But for now, I’m content with the progress I have made over the last two years, and I am very proud of myself for sticking with blogging for so long.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I want to know what you are most thankful for in your life. Is it a person? A book? A place? An opportunity?  Let me know in the comments!

xoxo.

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Be Joyous

Find joy.

Today and everyday I encourage you to find something that brings a smile to your face.

Even in the wake of a momentous election, that may or may not have turned out in your favor, I think it is so important to spread love and happiness. Actually, I think it’s especially vital to use kind words, have compassion and lift others up in these times of doubt.

Just the other day I braved the criticism and posted a brief opinion of my political stance on facebook. And wow, all I can say is, be careful out there, it’s pretty brutal, and even when you don’t intend to personally offend anyone… you will.

I guess all I’m trying to say is that I’m entirely blown away by the way people react to circumstances in which they are unhappy with the outcome. America, now more than ever, needs to realize that in order to sustain being the greatest country on earth, we need to be united. We cannot continue to hate our neighbors, kill the men and women in blue, burn American flags; which so many courageous people have died to protect. We cannot forget the truths that our great country was founded on, and spend our time caring about someone’s hurt feelings instead of the ludicrous-ness that an unborn baby isn’t considered human and has zero rights, making it OK to murder it.

I have faith that we, as US citizens, can turn our country around and remember that we are “One nation under God.”

I think that everyone has the right to state their opinion on any subject, but what I strongly dislike, is that people shove their beliefs down others’ throats when no one asked them what they thought. They belittle others’ just because they believe that they are right, and their “opponent” is wrong.

I encourage you to speak what’s on your mind, but I ask that you do it in a gracious way. Be kind to others, no matter what.

Today I found joy in the little things. In driving on a long, windy road very close to home, and driving up a mountain where I watched the sun set with my cousin, sister, and friend. I found joy in things that I normally wouldn’t glance twice at. And the whole day I was surrounded by people that warmed my heart and filled my cup.

Now that’s somethin’ to be grateful for.

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God is so good. 

Throught my roadtrip I feel blessed to have been drawn closer to God. 

He makes it difficult to overlook his power and mercy when you are surrounded, daily, by his handcrafted mountains, lakes, greenery and wildlife. & the fact that I have been able to experience a whopping 20 Us states in just three weeks is something I will be forever grateful for. 

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord; The Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2



On my trip, I have been reading the Word more than ever; helping to grow my faith and expand my knowledge. If you don’t know this about me yet, I have a tendency to worry about insignificant things throughout the day, and burden myself for no reason. & recently I have been saying a lot of prayers and doing my best to put my trust into The Lord. 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” 

– Matthew 6:33-34



During the silence and intimacy I was given for my faith, I feel as though I am called to establish (and even lead) an amateur youth bible study in my small town, inviting anyone and everyone to join in the glory and Word of God. I wish to touch people of all walks of life while on my spiritual journey as well. 

“You will be hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” – Matthew 13:14-15



I thank God for the precious time I was blessed with on the long road home. He is truly greater than any power or creator that will ever be. 

I wish to use my blog as an outlet to touch more people than I would be able to in my day to day life. Therefore, if you have any questions about my faith or the bible I would love to personally answer them for you. Or if you ever need an uplifting or inspirational conversation. 

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Love all. Love Madeline. 

the long road home. 

Where do I start? 

Should I first begin to explain my parents (incredibly insane) decision to drive all the way across the country? Or that they insisted on driving our huge green truck (that runs on vegetable oil) loaded with 3,500 pounds of oil so that we’d have enough to make it the 7,500 miles there and back?

I’ll admit, at first I was quite skeptical of the three week long road trip. Call me crazy, but between 10 hour days crammed into a not-so-big truck with my family of four, and the hankering I felt to have a normal summer hanging out with friends, I was less than trilled to reluctantly agree to the adventure. 

And that is exactly what it has been; an adventure. 

During the first week we made it through Oregon, Idaho (where we saw Shoshone Falls)

Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Conneticut, and, our final destination, Massachusetts.

I’ll just say riding in a car for a week solid is not my idea of… fun.    

When we arrived in Massachusetts we were all just very happy our big truck made it! It was a relatively relaxing vacation, filled with spending time with family, shopping and even a weekend getaway to Newport, RI (another state visited, check!) 



On the drive home (which I am currently in the middle of) we have made it through Massachusetts, New York (and visited Niagara Falls)

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota (where we saw Mount Rushmore), And Wyoming. 

Later today we should be in, or around, Yellowstone National Park where we are planning to spend a full day and two nights. 

Along the way, I have learned a good number of things. For example, never expect too much from low costing hotel rooms; you may find blood on the floor, damp sheets, questionable complimentary breakfasts, a tv that turns it’s self off or that your room is in the basement…. I’ve also found that finding good, mom and pop restaurants on the road is not as easy as Guy Fieri makes it seem; be cautious of mediocre diner food, a plethora of fast food (where, if you order chicken, you should be sure to watch out for something that looks more like a sponge than meat), wilted salads and nothing but big chain restaurants. Also, driving for hours on end makes me want to do nothing but sleep, ironically. 

I now know all the lyrics to twenty one pilot’s vessel and blurry face album songs (because I’m the type of person who listens to the same songs for 3 weeks long). It pains me to admit that I am now a coffee drinker, whereas, a few months ago I wanted nothing to do with the substance. Also, so far I have read six books during my car time, including Blue Like Jazz, The Summer I turned Pretty trilogy, Wonder, The good, the bad and the grace of God. All lovely books by the way, which I would completely recommend. 

But the largest thing I have learned during these past 2 and 1/2 weeks is that I love Oregon the most. Although many states are beautiful, something will always draw me to Oregon, my home- overflowing with adventure and really, the nicest people I know. 

However, all of this said, I have (and still am) really enjoying our adventure and I wouldn’t trade these past weeks for anything in the world. I got to spend quality time with my family, grow closer to God and see many wonderful things, which is something to be grateful for is you ask me. //

Something that is more than prominent throughout the whole United States is simple… God is love, beauty and grace. His work is everywhere, and I am blessed beyond words to have been able to see so much of it this summer. 

What have you guys been doing this summer? And where have you been to? 

Love all. Love Madeline💜💜

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Prayers, answered. 

I recently went camping in Bend, Oregon. The scenery is killer, the people are outdoorsy and the style is envious. 

And let me tell ya, thrift stores in wealthy, sporty cities are treasure troves of beautiful clothing. A lot of beautiful clothing. 

So here’s a small story. For only a couple of weeks before the trip I had a  (very weird) yearning for a pair of hiking sandal (like Tevas or Chacos) since summer is quickly approaching. I even asked my mom if she ever spots any at second hand stores, and her reply was simple, “no, they are too valuable”. So, when we get to Bend I see nearly everyone sporting the sandals that I so desperately want. 

Now, as we’re on our way out of town, vintage travel trailer in tow, we happen to stop at a Goodwill superstore. And of you’ve ever been to one of those on a lucky day, ahhh you know it’s like you’ve entered heaven. Low and behold my sister finds me a pair of Chaco’s that look barely worn! And they’re my size! It would be easy to say that was the highlight of my trip, but we also went to beautiful places like the Painted Hills, so really the whole voyage was a blessing!

I also managed to find a little boy’s tshirt. Because what teenage girl doesn’t want to look just like a 12 year old boy? 

But seriously, I see quite a lot of potential for this small shirt. I’m hoping to cut of the arms and pray I still look like a girl. hah



I picked up this simple nike workout top that looks brand new. And this pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans; something I’ve been wanting for forever (although they are missing a button). 



This American Eagle peplum loose shirt isn’t too shabby either. 



Aside from the Chacos, I found yet another amazing item. 

Yes, I found a new Free People dress. It’s bohemian and flowy and lacy. It’s beautiful. However, I won’t be keeping it, but rather selling it because it doesn’t fit me the way I’d like and someone else would like it much more than me. If you’re interested in buying this cute number from me, here’s a link to my Vinted site where you can view it and a handful of other adorable  things. 

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Here are a few photos that perfectly captured the beauty of central Oregon…





I hope you enjoyed my small rant filled with excitement and entirely amazing scenery. Thank you for the constant support and endless love. love you all.

Have you been on any adventures lately? Have you found any clothing treasure? Tell me about it

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