About

My name is Haley and I’m somewhat obsessed with living a healthy, fit, and fun life.  I’ve been called a human garbage disposal more times than I can count-that’s how much I absolutely love food.  Chocolate and coffee, especially in the form of a warm latte, are my staples and I try to incorporate them into as many meals and recipes as possible.

Recently I’ve discovered I have a serious passion for cooking, baking, and just being in the kitchen.  It’s brought so much healing, fun, and good conversation to my life.  I strongly believe that a good meal can bring families, friends, and strangers together.  I believe nutrition and education about leading a healthy lifestyle is the key to stopping all of the health epidemics we’re encountering on a more regular basis every day.  I repeat that I really believe that cooking does bring healing to our souls and our relationships.

While I try to make healthy choices as often as possible, let’s get real here…I’m not the girl who will ever pass up chocolate (especially in the form of Nutella) and I don’t believe in restricting any foods from your diet.  I don’t believe in dieting, period.

What I do believe in is balance.  Balancing the fruits with the cakes, the vegetables with the cookies.  Julia Childs couldn’t have said it more perfectly-“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”  Life’s too short to obsess over what we look like, what we eat.  It’s so important though to do our part to be healthy, so that we can do what we’re called to do and have the energy and desire to live!  It’s about taking care of our bodies through healthy eating (most of the time) and exercising in moderation, but doing that in the midst of living this wonderful life.

About Me

I’m 20 years old, living in a small hick-town attending college, trying to get a degree in biochemistry and genetics.  I was born in Singapore and spent middle school in Germany (as well as traveling all over the world), but apart from that I grew up in good ol’ Texas.  I lie when I say good ol’ Texas-I can’t wait to get out of here.

I’m extremely blessed in that I come from such a wonderful family it’s unbelievable.  I have the cutest dog in the world-Wally-and he tends to capture my heart everytime I’m around him.  I grew up super active-played soccer for 13 years, basketball and baseball for 4, and spent the last 6 years running track and cross-country. Until I relocated to the kitchen, running was my hobby.  I still love it and do it almost daily because of the peace (and the endorphins) it brings me, but it’s only a recreational thing now.  Now I spend what free time I do have cooking, reading recipes, trying to create my own, and contemplating the miracle of bread rising from a powder and the smell a cooking onion gives off.  I see God in it all and it’s seriously brought me so much closer to the awesome Creator that we serve!

Did I mention that Christ is the center of my life?  I became a Christian 3 short years ago, and haven’t turned back.  My desire in this blog, in cooking, in my future is to glorify God through whatever He calls me to do.  He’s given me a heart for food, people, and cultures and although I don’t know what the future looks like in that respect (or any respect at all), I’m trusting that He’ll use me however and wherever He sees fit.  My life verse as of now is Psalm 63:5-“My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”  Yes, it does have to do with the fact that it mentions food in there.  Growing up a runner, I never struggled with body image at all.  Not even in highschool, thankfully.  When I came to college everything changed.  I spent the summer before starving myself on a daily basis, eating as little as possible to get by.  I dropped weight like crazy, but slowly that turned into seeking comfort in food.  I became an avid binge eater, but would then workout for hours to burn it off.  I spent 2 years in a cycle of absolute darkness and depression, and the only reason I’m alive today is because Jesus came to free me from that.  He changed my heart, my direction, and ultimately my life.  It’s still a daily struggle and I slip and fall all the time, but I know His grace is enough to pull me out of it.  While I find such delight in exquisite (and cheap) food, I know that He is better, He is more satisfying.  Because of what He’s done with my life, my heart seeks to praise Him through the passions that I’ve received.

The night my life changed

Travel

I love the world!  Is it cliche to say that I want to travel the world??  I honestly do though.  Like I said, I love how food can bring people together and you can truly get to know someone over a meal.  I’m slightly jealous of people like Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods who get to travel everywhere and just eat.  So glorious.  Is it weird to say that I don’t feel like I fit in in America?  I do consider it my home, but from what I’ve seen of the world (I’ve been on 6 continents, but who’s counting?) I really want to leave.  I love learning about other cultures, the people, the language, the history.  It’s all so beautiful to me.

Random

Apart from food and working out, I’m a Harry Potter fanatic, I love to read good books instead of study, my ideal day would be waking up before the sun rises reading a good book over a hot cup of coffee and then going to bed as the sun sets, I love winter (what am I doing in Texas?), the only food I don’t like is whipped cream, I’m not an outdoors person unless it involves star-gazing, and I’m photo-crazy.  I also love to write, which sucks because I’m a science major.

Feel free to email me at haley0806@hotmail.com … I’d love to hear from you!

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” -Julia Childs

18 responses to “About

  1. Hey , I just found your blog and after reading your ‘about me’ page I’m convinced I’m going to be following regularly . Cheers!

  2. Hey, I really enjoy your blog. Thank the Lord for people who also have a love and passion for food.

  3. Holy cow! I’m so glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours!! I’m convinced we were separated at birth. I too love love love traveling, am jealous of Travel Channel foodies, can’t wait to get out of Texas (and the humidity haha), and adore the Lord! 🙂 I’m totally stoked to read more, you rock chica!!

  4. I l-o-v-e that your blog name was created from Scripture-that’s amazing! Jesus does amazing things 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!

  5. Sam

    hey 🙂 your story is awesome! God is awesome! Jesus is awesome! By Grace we have been saved indeed.
    Similar story from me with the restricting, overeating, exercising to burn it off thing..still trying to get through that.
    I’ve been thinking of starting a blog..do you find it helpful?
    Thanks
    and biggest congrats on your journey & coming so far!
    In Christ
    sam

    • Thanks for stopping by! You should TOTALLY start a blog if you’re considering it-it’s been a bigger help than I thought it would. Even if nobody reads, it’s so stress relieving to just get your thoughts out into words and it’s been awesome to read other stories of people who are going through the same stuff.

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You are right, we have so much in common! I look forward to reading more posts and getting to know you!

  7. Hey girl! After reading your about me, I realized we have so much in common! I’m a huge advocate of staying fit through exercise but love cooking and eating too 🙂 I also wish that I could just get paid to travel to exotic places and just see as much of the world as possible. I can’t wait to read more of your writing and see what you’ve been up to. Keep it up 🙂
    Angie at eatlovecure.wordpress.com

  8. I’m so glad you commented on my blog, so I could find yours! You sound like a great person and I’m excited to start following your blog 🙂

  9. So glad to have stumbled across your blog.
    I love that you have such strong faith in God & a passion for fitness/health!

  10. hey girl!! i just found your blog – i am really loving everything i am reading! i love your blog name firstly, “my sole will be satisfied,” and it was an awesome reminder to me today to see that bible verse too. my relationship with God is so important to me but it’s definitely something that I’ve been struggling with lately so your “about me” was so refreshing to read. i also love to travel and have traveled LOTS!!! so now i am sort of ready to settle down a bit…and by settle down i mean not leave the country for awhile but i still travel back and forth between the east and west coasts very frequently. anyhow, i’m excited to get to know you more through your blog, and thanks so much for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring story!

  11. jenandberries

    Amen to that! Such a beautiful and meaningful blog name and one you can live by, you seem like you have got to a really good place in your life and within yoursef and that is awesome! I love Nutella too nomnom. Its cool that you like sciences and writing, in fact I totally have a similar outlook to you to exercise and eating, I look forward to following your blog 🙂

  12. Rachel

    your about me made me smile. i just LOVE to see young people who love Christ as much as me, and who have been healed by Him in the ways He has healed me. it’s so awesome how much of the world you’ve gotten to see, and how much you’ve gotten to experience in just being you. i look forward to following your blog and seeing all the wonderful things God is doing in your life (as well as seeing some good eats!)

  13. nicetomeetya haley! i really respect everything you had to say about god 🙂 i am also christian, but wouldn’t specify myself as a religious person. my mother’s father (my grandpa) was a minister and my mother grew up going to church a lot and loving god. my dad on the other hand did not go to church when he was younger so my mom tried to take me when i was younger, and we ended up not going after a couple of years. nowadays i still pray to god and know he is watching out for me. 🙂 i’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  14. Hey! I loved reading about you. So fascinating that you were born in Singapore and have lived in different places. I’m from California but going to school in Texas. I definitely can relate to you. Love your view on eating healthy, too! I’ll never pass up chocolate!

  15. hey girl! loved reading and getting to know you! your relationship with Christ is a beautiful and inspiring thing so see! Your view on eating was perfect and great!

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