A Weekender’s Guide to Santa Barbara

A Weekender’s Guide to Santa Barbara

I’m just going to get straight to the point: Santa Barbara is basically the coolest place in the state of California. Need convincing? Check out my post 10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara!

I am so fortunate to call this place home for my time in college, and over the course of my freshman year I have gotten to experience so much of this amazing city! So, I felt compelled to share with you some of the best that Santa Barbara has to offer.

I’ve put together a weekend-long travel itinerary with a little bit of everything: nature, good food, beach, shopping, landmarks. With that being said, I hope you can someday enjoy this place just as I have!

Continue reading “A Weekender’s Guide to Santa Barbara”

10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara

I have been living in Santa Barbara for about seven months now, and while that is not a huge chunk of time, it is certainly enough to do a good deal of exploring and experiencing. And in that seven months, I have pretty much concluded that Santa Barbara is the greatest city ever. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s ten reasons why…

Continue reading “10 Reasons to Love Santa Barbara”

Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip

Ten miles southeast of Ensenada, Mexico lies the small, poor village of Lomas Bonitas. For a decade now, my church has returned to this struggling community each summer on a missions trip. Some of the most notable accomplishments: in 2007, volunteers built a brand new church; last year, they constructed a house for the village’s Pastor Carlos and his family, who had previously been living in the church’s basement. This year, our team focused on rebuilding the children’s crumbling play structure, painting and repairing homes, and teaching the creation story through a vacation bible school program.

Continue reading “Missions 101: A Look at a First-Timer’s Mission Trip”