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About the Blog
I started blogging in May 2012 as a way to document the ways that I live my life to the fullest through eating well, exercising (most of the time), adventuring, exploring God, and authenticity. Each of these five components make up the posts in Mochas and Musings. You’ll find recipes, breakups and makeups with my half marathon training, outings, spiritual musings, and more of my daily escapades. Of course, there will always be a few pictures of the glorious white chocolate mochas I pick up along the way. 😉
About the Blogger
I’m Amanda Whitehurst, a 19-year-old college student at William & Mary. I was born and raised in Virginia, and I still live here today. During the school year I hang out in Williamsburg, and during breaks I chill with my family in Northern Virginia (but all the cool kids call it NoVa).
Even though I’ve lived in Virginia for my entire life, I love traveling. So far, I’ve traveled to Italy, France, Spain, England (for a day!), and Mexico. I am also half Puerto Rican, so I go to the Caribbean quite frequently to visit family and friends. My goal is to check out India or Africa at some point in my life–hopefully, the summer of 2013 is my time.
My adventurous spirit takes me lots of places. I love exploring, hiking, kayaking, and anything that involves going to new places and trying new things. One of the most important things about me–I hate not being busy. I’m not the kind of girl who can sit at the beach reading a book for five days. I have to do something, to be with people, and to explore. I try to force myself to be a little bit of a daredevil sometimes too, which will culminate when my best friend Kayla and I go skydiving in the near future.
But when I’m not plotting my next adventure, I love grabbing some friends and sitting on the steps of the Wren Building on William & Mary campus and just taking it all in. I have Tribe pride through and through, and I love my school to bits. The people are definitely my favorite part–everyone is a community that really comes together into a sort of family. I love that, and I never want to graduate.
I love to cook, and I love to eat. But more than that, I love the feeling of feeding my body the good things that it needs to stay healthy. That doesn’t mean that I have a strict diet or that I eat on some sort of timetable–I eat when I’m hungry, and I eat what I’m craving. I don’t deny myself junk food if I feel like it, but the majority of the time I’m trying to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. There is nothing like preparing a nutritious meal for yourself and people you love, especially when you can surprise them with how good it tastes. 🙂 I firmly believe that healthy can also mean delicious!
Growing up, I was always really active. I would do two sports at one time, and there was never a day that I wasn’t working out at my full capacity. Once I quit sports to focus on academics and applying to college, it was much more difficult to get myself to run or workout when there wasn’t a competitive aspect anymore. I realized that I love competition, but I hate exercise. Ever since my last soccer practice, I have been chasing that love of exercise, hoping Cupid’s arrow would eventually strike.
I love being healthy, and I try to hit up the gym as often as possible. Sometimes this means going every day for two months. Other times, it means I’m lucky if I get there three times over the course of the week. Recently, I have begun training for a half marathon, which I hope to complete sometime in the winter. This has helped kick-start that running bug in me that I’ve often heard people talk about, but I don’t think it’s fully there yet.
Living Life to the Fullest
My favorite verse in the Bible is John 10:10, which says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
When I first became a Christian, I was afraid that God would restrain me because I had to follow all these rules. I was scared that I wouldn’t have any fun and that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy life at all. But what I’ve come to realize is that I’m actually more free than I ever was before. I talk a lot about God on Mochas and Musings because I’m stoked about what He’s done in my life, and I really can’t help but share it.
Although this blog is not a journal of my innermost emotions and feelings, I do think its important to be authentic with what’s going on in my life. You can read my thoughts on authenticity here.
I am an only child to two very different parents.
My Mom is your typical crazy Puerto Rican lady. She’s pretty fiery and very family-oriented, and she works incredibly hard. It’s crazy to think that she came to Virginia only a few years before I was born without knowing a lick of English and with hardly any money, and now she is one of the most successful women I know. My Dad is more introverted than my Mom, but he shares that hardworking nature. He is one of the most loyal people I know, and he gives up every ounce of energy in his body to support family members.
Kayla is my best friend, and pretty much my favorite person on planet earth. We met on the second day of middle school over seven years ago, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. I’ve never known or been known by someone as deeply as I’ve known or been known by Kayla. She has the purest of hearts, and I love her so much. Plus, we have a pretty good time together, too. 😉 I posted about my friendship with Kayla here, and you can read her blog here.
People and blogs that I think are pretty cool:
- August and After
- Footsteps in My Faith
- Lindsay’s Summer 12 Bucket List
- Mine Eyes to the HillsShe Has Worth