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HOW TO USE TIME WISELY

Efficiency and patience. Life is what you make of it.

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Last year blessed me with dynamic relationships in a budding collective of untamed creators, where we steadily (sometimes stubbornly) drive each other to reach our handful of life and career goals. Unfolding 2020 together at Lazy Turtle Group has been more than sleepless nights and clench-worthy anticipation, it has helped me streamline and visualize life landmarks as attainable, at the tip of my fingers.

How do I use time wisely?

1. You have 24 hours to make it happen.

If you want it enough, extend your efforts a little further each day and you’re there. Prioritize active goals that by completing, will drive you to progress towards achieving passive goals. Active goals I define as short term goals that can be done in a matter of hours or less, whereas passive goals are those life landmarks. Take advantage of the 24 hours in your day by creating active, reasonable goals. Short term “goals” can be anything from working out for an hour or getting out of the house! Give yourself some credit. Step by step and you are there. Catch you on the flip side!

2. Be patient with yourself.

Some things just don’t happen overnight. So you’ve put in the effort, but you haven’t met your goals yet? Be patient. Do not rush the work you put in if it is careless or without good intention and heart. If you truly put in the effort, you would be comfortable with letting the clocks run while you sleep. Take care of your mind and body; without them, your goals carry no value.

3. Bask in gratitude.

In your aimless hurry to rush down the timeline, take a minute out of your 24 hours to appreciate how far you have come. Praise your work ethic and attempts at bettering yourself, while acknowledging all of the hardships it took to get to where you are at this exact moment. Time is fleeting— bask in gratitude for the minutes that come and go.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” —Maya Angelou

Thank you Omar for this awesome photo!
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Rachaelle

 

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What I REALLY think about Influencers

The stigma around “influencers”

is that pretty Instagram girls make a living off of sponsorships and free products, promoting brands and foods they might not even believe in- just because they are blessed with the life they have earned. Don’t get me wrong, an influencer in our age is more than just posting eye catching content that sells almost anything, it is about developing trust and a brand that reflects who you are. Everyone wants to be an influencer.

Disregard the money and unreal amount of PR package unboxing- what is really left over? Sure, everyone has their own definition of success and financial stability, but what about wellness and mental health?

I try to stay as genuine as I can on my socials, revealing the raw truth about what makes me who I am today. Sometimes authenticity does not get you far but I believe potential is recognized and rewarded in the long run. Everyone works hard to be where they are now. But where do you picture yourself to be in the future?

How do you see yourself as an influencer to not just your friends and family, but to yourself? Put aside the money for a moment and consider your well-being. Authenticity and a goal driven mindset takes you further than you could have ever imagined.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

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MATTHEW 4:1-11

There is no temptation, no greed, hunger, unhealthy desire or hardship so great that He will not help you overcome.

You are never alone, one is “with you always, even to the end of the age” Matt 28:20

In daily realities we have faithfulness in His grace that is sufficient for us.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

Does Religion Exist in My Life?

Let’s talk about GOD.

Being born into a strictly Catholic and large family, I had the understanding that religion and going to church was an obligation or task, rather than a relationship with a higher power. However, this was my view on Catholicism and church throughout my adolescence. We would make the hour drive to a specific church in Los Angeles every Sunday morning to meet with the rest of our extended family, and attend mass altogether. Routine-like ceremonies would occur, ranging from readings of the Bible to worship songs. All of it seemed strictly procedural. Reflecting back on all of this, my view on religion has shifted dramatically in the present.

Religion can be quite a sensitive and controversial topic to discuss, and it often scares me to bring it to light. I believe religion is your own personal set of beliefs on the creation and purpose of humans on earth, with consideration of a higher power that has a stronghold on the direction of your life. Religion exists as a sense of stability in life. We attend church to form a closer relationship to God, hoping he will bring us control to our lives when we feel powerless. Admittedly, I do have wavering faith, or trust, in God’s power, but I mainly attend church to self reflect and understand that some things are out of your control, and others you have the power to change. Rather than attending church to have a definite sanctuary to claim as your place of religion, I go to church alone, when I wish to learn more. Granted, I have began going to Christian mass over Catholic mass because I feel like their lessons have more relations to my own personal life, and I can further understand the words of God on a personal level. To me, a single figure, or a God, is the creator of the universe, who has the power to change the direction of your life, only if you are willing to work to improve your life as well.

Though I do attend Christian mass, it has been a struggle for me these past couple years over the idea of fate and faith. I admit my faith in God is not quite steady, to say the least. In Christian belief, fate is the idea that your life is set out for you. I am having difficulties understanding this certain aspect of Christianity because I believe everyone has the power to change the direction of your life, and no one has a set future. Reflecting on my own path, it has redirected several times that I am not even sure it is just a single path! Still a little confused, a little broken, and just looking for direction. In my perspective, no matter the religion, we all share the same power of changing our own lives and altering our own path according to our own time.


What do YOU believe?

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

FRIDAY FAVORITES: Here’s to The First Week of 2019

And…We’re back! I’m a little late but I would love to wish all of you a wonderful New Year, I hope you had the night to celebrate with your loved ones. From food to music, I wanted to share all of my recently loved items with you. Here is a brief recap of my current favorite restaurants, fashion favorites, and artists that I listen to daily. Thank you so much for your support over the past years. Let’s do this…

FOOD

Pasta e Pasta by Allegro

Okay okay, props to my boyfriend for taking me to new spots and broadening my foodie dreams… But how did I never know this glorious restaurant existed?! Pasta e Pasta is a humble little Japanese Italian restaurant located in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Admittedly, I have only been there twice but their Mentai Japanese Cream Pasta is the winner. Killer 10/10 for me. They tend to fill up right at opening so try to arrive early or mark your spot in line through Yelp. So convenient and incredibly worth it. I am a hardcore fan

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

http://organicmilkbar.com

Listen, as someone who loves desserts of all kind… I would have to admit, Bumsan has become one of my favorite ice cream shops. What I love about it is their unique flavors and simplicity- probably because their products are 100% organic USDA certified, non-GMO, antibiotic-free dairy. Not too sweet or overbearing. Includes a free topping. Super Instagrammable. From matcha to taro milk tea, I’m pretty sure Bumsan will please any ice cream connoisseur. Check em out if you’re in Koreatown, Los Angeles!

FASHION

It’s truly heartbreaking that I have only one day off to express myself through fashion, since the other days I’m trapped in my work uniform. As a SoCal baby here is my go to item I have been utilizing this winter:

Members Only Sherpa Coat

*Members Only is currently having a 50% off sitewide sale! Grab your favorite styles before they discontinue!*

This Members Only Sherpa Coat has been keeping me warm this chilly winter in LA! For a SoCal girl, anything below 50 degrees requires a thick coat and a scarf. Luckily I can dress this coat up or down according to the occasion. Thank you to Members Only for gifting me this jacket a while back! Always a favorite.

MUSIC

Click this super secret link to head to my January 2019 Spotify playlist. I will be constantly adding to this throughout the month: https://open.spotify.com/user/v-llv/playlist/056nrnwQP0lT56NAJ87lia?si=Q6ds1dGxTd2m7Z0Iu2AeiQ

  • Imagine – Ariana Grande

https://open.spotify.com/track/0todbbT9g5uQGbeFCiBf2F?si=Gtez4uOQRsSwHAGZowZqcQ

https://open.spotify.com/track/3cv85xV2JVxgCwOFZ0RILS?si=rH3lpEhgRN-lo7CRNwH5Xw

  • Coolin’ – Mya

https://open.spotify.com/track/0tz3Mkdo8ihsBnffleihod?si=OrUqsvh8RA6naM_A3oPu1g

  • Shelter – Porter Robinson

https://open.spotify.com/track/2CgOd0Lj5MuvOqzqdaAXtS?si=wnN2itykSiiSneT-3sF5qQ

  • Widdit – Boombox Cartel, QUIX
  • https://open.spotify.com/track/3M1QKRWsVzmG9WCQ6ULNt6?si=iFJYQd6BRmyd9gt_PBqEfQ

  • That concludes my favorites from fashion to music throughout this first week of 2019! Happy New Year, I am so grateful to have this modest little spot on the internet that allows me to connect and share bits of my life with all of you. Wishing you all the best this year, I hope we all continue to work hard towards our goals and support each other’s growth.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle


    LOFT

    Acne Treatment: How to Clear Severe Allergic Reaction Acne on Face

    I cleared my acne and hives in 4 days with these drugstore products.

    As someone who loves all food, more specifically food leaning on the unhealthier side of the spectrum, I was pretty devastated and shocked  to find I was allergic to something I had ate. From the corn puff snacks to sashimi, I am still not too sure what exactly caused the hives and allergic reaction acne. Admittedly I had munched on a variety of goods. I am usually not one to let my physical appearance stop me from doing things, but this was the worst my skin has ever been and I needed to find an immediate solution. Whatever the cause of my reaction was, this is how I healed my breakout within a week! MY TOP SKIN CARE EMERGENCY PRODUCTS:

    1. CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER

    For a couple years now I’ve been using Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. I tend to have combination skin and this gentle cleanser does the trick! For someone who wears makeup everyday, this lathering wash removes all of it off easily… That’s why it’s been a staple! Never dries out my skin. https://amzn.to/2St1Edi

    2. NEUTROGENA OIL FREE ACNE STRESS TONER

    This is especially helpful for treating infection directly, as it targets superficial debris that may lead to clogged pores. This topical treatment toner is quite drying, but does the trick when your body is producing more oil than usual! Whenever it has been an especially long day, I use this toner to deep clean and remove excess oils and dirt that have been building up. Also acts as an exfoliant! Be careful and use this stuff in moderation though, it does tend to dry out your skin. This is what I found most useful for the allergic reaction acne.

    3. CLEARASIL VANISHING ACNE TREATMENT

    It’s exactly what it is. An acne treatment that dries out pimples throughout the day, reducing the spot if not getting rid of it entirely. The only downside of this cream is that you have to remember to reapply it throughout the day as it dries. https://amzn.to/2Pkk7Xs

    4. MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION

    Similar to the Clearasil Spot Treatment, the Mario Badescu drying lotion is a little more potent and is an overnight treatment for whiteheads. A gentle dab and rinse the next morning, your pimples are gone! Definitely a lifesaver.

    5. TRETINOIN CREAM

    This last cream was a true treasure prescribed by my doctor! This topical treatment worked by irritating the first layer of the skin, allowing the cells to grow, divide, and rebuild a new layer. Amazing stuff! If you have trouble with acne and stubborn spots, ask your doctor about this treatment.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY…

    – Hydrate with lots of green tea and water

    – Take antihistamines

    With professional medical permission and help, antihistamines do tend to help allergic reactions. Personally, taking Benadryl reduced the swelling but did not get rid of the acne that the reaction left, which is why I resorted to this skincare routine.


    And that wraps up my top skincare products that saved my skin after this uncalled for and super unfortunate allergic reaction mess. Good luck, I hope this helps if any of you come across this situation!

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle






    A Summary of 2018



    WITH 100% HONESTY- it oddly feels less and less like the holidays as I get older. There is no excitement or sense of magic in the air, but instead a lack of spirit and crumbling faith. Looking back at 2018, I realize the list of unrealistic resolutions I didn’t accomplish, people I disappointed, and moments I regret. With a burdened heart I constantly compare my life to others and impatiently trudge in my own path with very little confidence in the direction I have set off in. I did not make the most of this year and it’s something I deeply regret. This is probably the least festive end of the year post, but I know a few of you understand the overwhelming pressure you can inflict on yourself when your goals seem unreachable.

    With all of this being said, I do know that another year has passed where I have built a stronger mindset. I know that I have grown and gained a different perspective on life and success. This period of disappointment and wavering faith is something I will overcome with time. I know that His guidance will lead me in the right direction. If any of you felt the same as we finish off 2018, this is just 1 year out of many. Wishing all of you only the best.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle




    HAPPY WEDNESDAY

    It’s been one of the slowest weeks yet. From work to school, everything seems to be moving in slow motion. Personally, to get over this rut I have been really cherishing alone time and reminding myself of the little things that make me happy. Keep pushing through the week! I’m here for you and believe in you.

    KEEP MOVING FORWARD

    KEEP BUSY

    Thank you to my good friend Yeab for taking these awesome shots! Find more of him HERE.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle



    NOVEMBER 2018 SET, ROANNE





    ROANNE (Instagram: @baabyro)
    Los Angeles, CA
    BODY/LENS: Canon 60D + 50mm f/1.8

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    How Do You Define Love?




    A Relationship With Love

    With much grown acceptance, I have realized that my perspective is constantly shifting- regarding holistic growth, wellness, relationships, and love.

    Delving into the glorified topic of relationships and love, it is fair to say that you learn as you go- picking up your likes and dislikes, and factoring in your morals and beliefs. Hearts break, your storage of love-filled and love-less memories build up, and finally you are left with truths of what you believe is to create a “better next time.” As of now, the most important factors of a long lasting relationship are the presence of love, the enduring efforts made, and trust. These are my findings. Consideration for each other’s well being is a huge part in it as well.

    What is best for both individuals? Does your presence in each other’s lives take a toll on your individuality, or does it encourage you to progress forward and grow?

    It is incredibly common for most to be in love with the idea of being in love- sharing happiness with another individual and creating a bond that no one else could imagine. We tend to put others first before ourselves, and forget that each of us are living our own gifted lives before tending to the happiness of another. Your personal development of happiness and wellness, above all, should be a top priority before creating a lasting love. This love is the result of two individuals who strive to become better as separate people, with acceptance of each other’s progress as a step towards building a strong relationship.

    Love, in it’s many forms, is a twisted yet essential part of life that is defined on your own terms. How do you define love? How do you wish to receive love?

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle