I just finished The Deathly Hallows and I’m still so sad about Dobby, Fred, and Colin Creevy, agh! The series started out so happy and bright! *sob*
embarkonnewadventures said: What part of Canada do you plan on visiting? Or do you plan on trying to see as much as you can? I'm Canadian and it somehow always catches me off guard when people say it's a place they really wanna visit haha.
Oooooh, I have absolutely no preference aside from wanting to go to Montreal because my rad friend Jade (www.heyjaade.tumblr.com) lives there! But I do hope to also visit a French speaking province, a snowy alps type place, and one of those beautiful foresty lake areas that are so abundant in Canada. I would be happy and privileged to go anywhere in such a lovely country, though!
Anonymous said: Ashlee I worked out and ate really healthy today and I'm so proud of myself and I wanted to share it with someone (: (:
I am so proud of you too, not only for taking care of your body but also for acknowledging how awesome you are! Keep up the self luuuuuurving bug, it’s so lovely to hear!
"tea is just leaf water!" "yeah well coffee is just bean water!" wow, it’s. it’s like everything is made of things. this door is just wood rectangle. this poster is just ink paper. this lemonade is just lemon water. wow, it’s like you can combine ingredients to make things that are more enjoyable than the initial parts of the equation. sure is a magical world we live in
Anonymous said: how are you saving up for your gap year?
I have saved enough money for one of my flights through the ebook (which is amazing and I can’t thank you guys enough), and I’ve also earned money writing weekly columns for a Yahoo! New Zealand teenage project. I plan to save the rest up working this summer, selling some of my clothes, books, and CDs, and generally decluttering my life! I also would like to begin making zines for people as I think they are crazy cute and good creative outlet. THANK YOU for reminding me of the gap year, I am beyond excited and buzzing with anticipation!
Anonymous said: Do you follow some sort of diet/lifestyle, or eat a certain amount of calories a day- because you seem to eat much more than I do, and I keep gaining, and so am curious. I know our bodies are different, but I am just wondering, and trying to find what will work best for me!
My only lifestyle requirements are that all of my food is vegan! I have days where I will eat excessive amounts of pizza and gourmet vegan desserts, and other days where banana icecream and stir fried vegetables will suffice. I believe that it’s unhealthy, both mentally and physically, to restrict your body to the same type and amount of food for days, weeks, months, and years on end. You naturally require variation in your diet, and although you may lose weight eating from a certain meal plan, you will not necessarily be healthier for it!
I do not count calories, and I do eat quite a large amount of food, but this is necessary because my body cannot survive on small amounts of food, I am rather tall, and I eat predominantly raw vegan so I need a lot of food to keep me going (most fruits and vegetables are less calorific than other foods). Perhaps you are not eating enough? When you are both eating too much and enough your body will tend to preserve and potentially gain weight - you need to find that happy balance. I suggest trying different ratios of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, experimenting with the types and amounts of food that you eat, and ensuring that you drink lots of water, get enough sleep, and keep stress levels down. A healthy lifestyle is the key to healthy body and mind!
Anonymous said: How did you decide that taking a gap year was right for you? I've been debating taking one but am a little nervous about it, but I do love to travel and I feel like the best time to do that would be before college and work. Thanks!
There are a few reasons why I am going to do a gap year:
- I have absolutely no idea what I want to study at university and need this time to figure things out and discover what I’m most suited to, what I’m passionate about, and how I’m going to pursue it
- I’ve always wanted to travel but have not had the extended freedom or financial security to do so for a long period
- I feel as if I continue this 13-year-long era of cramming information into my brain without some form of a break I will have a severe breakdown
- I’m not afraid of going to university with people a year or two younger than me, which is a deciding factor for a lot of people
- I don’t like following the crowd, and I want to go off the beaten track, meet more likeminded people, volunteer for a while, see some natural landmarks, experience different cultures, learn new languages, open my mind, and not be confined to one perspective of the world
All in all, I think that deciding to go on a gap year is a personal decision. If you think that it’s the right time for you to go travelling, then embrace the opportunity with open arms! Don’t let anybody else tell you otherwise, because what’s good for them may not be good for you, and vice versa. You can always travel again during and after college and work, but you can never go back and have this experience of exploring the world through eighteen-year-old eyes!
Anonymous said: Mmm i just made my first banana ice cream and am eating it right now! Thanks so much for introducing me to it! Can you suggest toppings that would go great with it?? Xo
A day with banana icecream is a good day! I am so glad that you love it as much as I do - here are some of my favourite combinations to try out:
- Raspberry and rosewater with crushed pistachios and pear slices
- Cacao and vanilla bean with peanut butter swirled on top
- Maca and mesquite with a date caramel swirl
- Coconut thread and vanilla bean with a hardening chocolate sauce and extra coconut chips on top
- Blueberry, drizzled with coconut cream and topped with more blueberries
- Peanut butter banana icecream with melted raspberries and crushed peanuts on top
- Mango with coconut milk and chips
- Matcha green tea with coconut milk and chips on top
- White chocolate (with melted cacao butter as opposed to cacao powder) topped with melty raspberries
You can find more suggestions and a whole bunch of recipes in my ebook ‘Sundae Morning’ (pun intended) - get a sneak peek here!