Who am I?
Hi! My name is Bean and welcome to my blog, where I love to share my thoughts on life, my adventures in my gluten free (and sometimes other allergen free) kitchen and my photography.
What do I do? I graduated from university with a degree in Chemical Engineering and in January 2012 I started working as a junior project engineer at a relatively small engineering firm. Before that, I was enjoying my time as a housewife and working on my photography and baking skills.
My favourite hobbies are baking/cooking and photography, both of which I try to showcase on this blog. I am gluten intolerant and shouldn’t really eat dairy, eggs or refined sugars. I love to experiment with vegan baking given my own and my family’s allergies, but I could never go truly vegetarian or vegan as I like meat too much.
I married my wonderful, supportive husband almost four years ago – pretty much the best thing I have done in my life. We’re both nerds, enjoy being silly and eating good food together.
I was diagnosed with depression in November 2008 – by the grace of God I’m still alive, I’m going to counselling for my issues and trying to work towards being the person God intended me to be!
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, … Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4
A common practise at our church is for the people involved in the service to pray beforehand. Sometimes, they get words, pictures or phrases that are then shared with the congregation as prompters for prayer.
One Sunday morning in the fall of 2008, one of the pictures/phrases was a Christmas tree set up and completely decorated paired with the image of that same tree in a forest completely unadorned. The priest explained what he thought a possible meaning for this would be: When the tree was decorated for Christmas, it was pretty but dead. However, the unadorned tree was alive.
This really spoke to me. (ie. I almost burst out crying in the middle of the service – not something I am comfortable with.) I really struggle with what people think of me and sometimes focus too much on what the secular world wants, which leaves my life and self esteem lacking. Thus, this blog will be outlining my quest to be without adornment, be myself and be alive (and random babbles along the way, of course!).
Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoy the ride!
Please email me at bean[dot]plant[at]hotmail.com – I’d love to hear from you!