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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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

    Living a Meaningful Life: Redefine Your Story

    WHAT IS A MEANINGFUL LIFE?

    It’s not just about trying to be happy.

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    “Redefine your story by redemption, growth,  and love.”

    From Emily Esfahani Smith’s Ted Talk, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” 

    Considering the perpetual society we live in, we tend to neglect the present moment and instead constantly strive for the ideal future. Admittedly, this realization only came to mind recently when I experienced loss in life- a true test of purpose and meaning. I had previously lived my life constantly working and going to class, saving up and striving towards a glorified future. This future consisted of a specified money goal, a change in career and location, and pure happiness. With only the future and a seemingly unattainable bliss in mind, I paid no attention to my current mental well being or the state of happiness I was in. Emily Esfahani Smith’s lecture, “There’s More to Life Than Being Happy” truly hit home as I could relate to the bold pillars of a meaningful life.

    4 PILLARS OF MEANING

    1. BELONGING – develop relationships

    2. PURPOSE – focus on the moments leading to your goals

    3. TRANSCENDENCE – What moments bring you existential happiness

    4. STORYTELLING – Redefine your story

    “Happiness comes and goes… Having meaning gives you something to hold on to.”

    There is more to life than being happy. Smith discussed the 4 major pillars of a meaningful life to be: belonging, purpose, transcendence, and storytelling.

    With this structure in mind, I became aware of the imbalance of these 4 factors and prioritized my efforts on having a sole purpose in life, which was to earn money and a degree. Money and a degree were the gateway to happiness, and thus a meaningful life. Truthfully, this thought still lingers, but it would be an unrealistic expectation to digest the grandness of the meaning of life at once. I believe Smith’s 4 pillars provides an ethical resolution to defining the meaning of life, yet it lacks the difficulty of finding a balance between each.

    As I noted before, I prioritized having a purpose compared to building valuable relationships or redefining my important experiences to change the direction of my life. Part of this incessant drive towards a better future led me to forget the present moment and life that was passing in front of me. I had lost chances and time in my life to find happiness with the situation I was in. After experiencing loss, I noticed that life is shorter than expected and the time we have is valuable. Despite the feeling of unfulfillment in my life now, I should continue to cherish the other aspects such as developing relationships or shaping a new perspective on life. Valuing the time in the present moment and changing the way you look at your current situation, whether it is bad or good, is how to live a meaningful life.

     

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    I NEED A BREAK! 3 Tips to Recharging and Resting Your Mind

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    Hope you are all enjoying your 3 day weekend before it’s back to work! I’ve had quite the relaxing weekend spent at home, recharging for the upcoming week. This past week involved a huge focus on mental health and glorifying solitude. Often, when things go wrong I turn to work to keep myself occupied. I block out my feelings and keep moving forward. Don’t get me wrong, moving forward is essentially what is best, but not allowing myself to digest emotions and feelings in the present is not the way to go! Shaping your mind and allowing yourself the time to process feelings is a must, so here are my top 3 tips on how I rest my mind and recharge.

    1. DISCONNECT YOURSELF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

    Honestly, I love Instagram. 100%. Hands down, it is my favorite and most frequently used. I’m obsessed. Often I find myself scrolling over the same posts and stories I’ve already seen! Terrible, I know. Soo…. to combat this insane obsession, I picked up a strategy from the amazing photographer and boss queen Jessica Whitaker (https://www.instagram.com/jessicawhitaker) and delete all my social media apps before I go to bed and reinstall them a few hours into the day. Granted, I don’t do this every single day, but I do try my best. Another way is to simply put your phone down when you’re out with loved ones! Be present!

    2. UNWIND WITH MUSIC & CLEANING

    Okay, this one sounds a bit strange, I know. Who wants to clean?! Me. LOL! I’m a huge supporter of a clean space and working environment. I believe that an organized work space is just a visual motivator for you to continuously maintain things as they are. Whether you work from home or in an office- a less cluttered work space really reflects through your work and attitude. The music part is a bonus… throw on your favorite jams and get to cleaning!

    3. HAVE YOUR ALONE TIME

    We live in a society where everyone is connected 24/7 through Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook- all of it! When I’m lonely I tend to completely immerse myself in all of these platforms… because the beauty of the internet is that you are truly never alone! Although I am grateful to be surrounded by friends and family through social media, it’s necessary to have time alone just to give your mind a rest. Use this time to get work done, watch your favorite show, online shop… whatever makes you happy!

     

    And there we have it folks. I really hope these simple tips inspires you to take the time out of your day to really care for your mind and wellness.

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    ANNIE, a series





    I’ve been incredibly MIA from my blog lately. Truthfully, struggling on the direction and development of my brand but I’m gradually getting there! Learning to produce quality content that I’m truly satisfied with has been challenging, but the process of it all makes me happy. Still making sure to work hard and still have fun. It’s not about finding balance in your life but accepting that there will be ups and downs! Life is unpredictable.

    Here are some lovely shots of one of my good friends, Annie! If you see this, I love you and I am grateful for having you around through my hard times.

    WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5-10 YEARS?

    Here is a smidge of work I did this week on the wellness dimensions most important in my life currently, and the role of psychosocial health in relationships.


    Most of us are generally in the same stage in life, if not the same age, we all struggle with transitioning and adapting to new changes. Through these daily changes, it is essential to apply all dimensions of health and wellness in order to thoroughly take care of your mind and body. Currently, the occupational and emotional dimensions are the most important in my life. As a transfer student, I am struggling to adapt to new systems and teachings, while working and earning money to pay for school. It’s a tough balance, but the occupational dimension is a huge factor in my life that ensures I push myself at work in order to have savings to pursue an education. In addition, I try to ensure that my time at school does not go to waste. This goes hand in hand with the emotional dimension, because it is often tough to keep a positive and steady outlook on situations that seem unbearable or even impossible.

    Hopefully, in 5 to 10 years I will not be as narrow minded as I am now, and try to find my balance in all the wellness dimensions. Finding this steady balance and prioritizing all of the dimensions is what produces a healthy mind and body. In relation, psychosocial health is a key factor when achieving a healthy mind and body. Having friends and family to share your thoughts with allows you to fully express your emotions. As a result, these relationships are bonded further when connecting emotionally.


    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    Rachaelle

    IT’S A WRAP! SUMMER 2017

    Well, not just yet. Just a few more weeks until the beloved Summer 2017 comes to a closing. Here are my tips to soak up the sun.



    Go out and do something you've always wanted to do!

    As always, thanks for stopping by.
    – Rachaelle

    *Sushi pictured is from Osawa Shabu Shabu & Sushi! Located in Pasadena, CA. Definitely drop by if you're in the area.

    4 DEFINITE WAYS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS 

    Self explanatory? Yes. But we all need this reminder every now and then. Go out there, take action, and actually accomplish your goals! 

    1. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS 

    Yes, I love to browse Instagram and online shop too. But if you are set on accomplishing something, you have to set things aside for a bit! If this is a goal that is truly important and beneficial to you, putting aside all distractions will help you get there faster. Work hard, and remember what you are working for. 

    2. TAKE STEADY, SMALL STEPS 

    The most of us are impatient and want to quickly finish tasks in order to move on to the next. Unfortunately, this is not the way to go! By taking small steps, bit by bit you will find that you are closer to your goal. Take it easy, yet work hard. 

    3. REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU ARE DOING IT 

    Why are you even doing this in the first place? If you have a goal, stick to it. The road to accomplishing it will be tough, and it is most likely that you will make mistakes here and there. It’s up to you to push yourself to keep going. 

    4. REWARD YOURSELF 

    Small steps deserve rewards too. Work hard, but don’t overwork yourself. It takes time to succeed, but it is essential to take care of your mind and body first in order for you to be successful. Take breaks and pig out sometimes! You deserve it. 

    Good luck my friends, let’s get shit done! 

    As always, thanks for stopping by.

    – Rachaelle