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Japan (Again)

I’m in Japan. I leave in three days. I’m doing one of those ‘I have no time and I’m panicking so I’m not going to think about it by wasting the time I don’t have’ things by making another blog. It’s not really going that well so I gave up for a second. Time to brave the Japanese winter and go for a walk with the siblings. I learned the Japanese word for walk today. It’s sanpo. Yay. I become more and more cultured by the day.


I miss our little white house on Magnolia Street.


Pumpkin muffins to the person who can guess how many ‘I’s were in this post.


Say: O’nara

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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Too. Much.

Too. Much.

So the start up of this neverland was my first blog fail as far as staying consistent goes, but I’m not giving up yet. From February onward of this year, my life has turned a little topsy turvy. I don’t feel like the same seventeen year old girl who started this blog. For one thing, I’m eighteen now–a legal adult. For another, I’m in college, a full-time student at Pepperdine University and a part-time team member at Jamba Juice; and the four members of my immediate family have made their home all the way across the Pacific Ocean on a little island most people call Japan. I think it’s time I probably start a new blog, more pertinent to my stage in life–any chance of neverland is gone I think. I’ve grown up now and I have to face grown up challenges and consequences. It’s a scary world. Sometimes it all feels like too much. For now, I’m going to hold on to what I know is true–nothing is too much for God.

Now it’s just a matter of holding onto him. Prayers welcome.

Also, here’s the link to my mom’s Japan blog: My family would love your support as they share God’s word in Japan (:

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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Just Life


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Oh Ellen.

ellen-katy-jpg_022624[1] We all know that Ellen De Generes is a comedian. And this means that she does and says a lot of funny things. This picture,  however, is one of my favorite ellen moments.

There was a dress code at the Grammy’s this year! No butts and minimum cleavage! Katy Perry missed the memo…which brings us to the hilarious look on Ellen’s face as she stares at Katy’s boobs and Portia standing there thinking, ‘Oh my God. This is my wife staring at Katy Perry’s boobs right now with the look on her face like she just stepped in dog poop’

Oh Ellen.


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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized


rain will make the flowers grow

A Little Fall of Rain 2012

A Little Fall of Rain 2012 (samantha barks and eddie redmayne ❤ )

I just had to save this song somewhere because it’s basically my favorite scene from Les Mis and it’s not on the soundtrack! If you haven’t scene Les Mis, now’s your chance.

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Practice Cactus Seuss Moose

brenb_books_02[1]More from Bounce, by Matthew Syed:

Before Dr. Seuss, or as he was known then, Ted, went to sleep at night, his mother would sing him and his sister rhyming songs. So all through the night, Ted was dreaming in rhymes. (Me=Mindblown) Also, he was never seen without a pencil in his hand.

Immerse yourself in your craft people.

Let it be with you as you eat your cereal in the morning, as you drive to work each day, and as you fall asleep at night.

What has been sown into your craft is what you will reap.


10,000 hours

10,000 hours

My mom is reading this book called Bounce by Matthew Syed (who’s this amacrible(amazing/incredible) olympian table tennis player and other stuff but just go with me on this)  and it’s pretty amazing. I think my mom and I make a great reading team. We could be world famous and travel the world in an attempt to become the world’s most well-read mom and daughter. Ever. She’d read the non-fiction and I’d read the fiction and maybe every spring break or so we’d switch genres for a week.

Anyways, the whole reason I’m here is because mom read in her non-fiction book that it’s scientifically proven that it takes about ten years (about a thousand hours a year) of practice to become a professional at something. We all know that practice makes perfect but, no really. And it’s been found that it is ONLY the practice that makes people good. They weren’t born with innate talent. They aren’t unusually blessed. They practiced. Child prodigies? Practice. Yeah, sure their parents probably beat them and made them go without food if they didn’t keep they’re squishy little hand on those piano keys. Sure they’re probably a little emotionally…in need of healing. But what I want you to get out of this, is that in ten years, you could be anything you want to be. Anything. Now I don’t know what it is that calls to your heart, that maybe, you’ve never pursued because you don’t think your any good, but I do know, that if you practice and you learn with a humble and teachable heart, you will succeed.

Keep me accountable guys–this is my list of things I’m going to do/become:

  • a successful published author
  • a pianist and song writer
  • how to dance (now this is a huge one for me because right now I suck and I’ve been telling myself I suck for about three years)

I’m taking a accelerated shot at this writing thing over the next twenty or so days (: (That’s when I turn EIGHTEEN!!!!) And of course I’m gonna keep writing until I’m a pro. Leggo!…Okay I give up being hip or ghetto or whatever: Lets GO!

P.S. I just finished a fiction book called Paper Towns by John Green and it was pretty good. I read it in a single yesterday.




As you probably didn’t know, my blog is entitled: thisneverland, a seventeen-year-old’s perspective on life and that second star to the right... Now I realize that most people probably don’t care a hoot about what a seventeen year old thinks. Therefore, (and also because I feel that a focused blog will probably be better) I am brainstorming ideas either about a new blog, or about ways to change thisneverland, or both. Probably both.

And just as a heads up (because maybe somebody possibly might (and I say ‘might’ in a really high-pitched voice) have an interest in bettering their lives, improving their relationships, paying off debt, and securing their future, I am going to be writing about my experience this past weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. This is going to include lots of amazing real-life stories that you need to hear so make sure to check back!

For now, you can go to and get a taste of what I was learning.

P.S. Did you know that ‘blog’ stood for web-log?

It took me a while folks! But I have finally learned the name of this thing I’m writing here.

P.P.S. (post post script) here’s the link to and  in case you’re having a wedding-low! Or if you’re a guy who likes either funny things or harry potter OR Paramore, you can go here: or

Have an awesome weekend!

Love Always,



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