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

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.

CREATE WITH PASSION

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Day 7 into 2018 and it has already been an incredible start. I left off 2017 with great friends, both old and new, as well as better work habits that I accumulated throughout the end of the year. I hardly follow any clear cut resolutions but instead set out small, attainable goals. One of the goals is to create with passion, rather than generate frequent posts with less effort. Quality over quantity.


HOW I PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL

is to focus on my interests and what inspires me. It’s easy to throw out content just to provide you with something to read, but this can become a horrible habit! Hopefully I’ll be able to create content that is interesting and helpful for times in need of fashion and wellness advice!

FINDING A NICHE

has been one of my biggest struggles with blogging, as I have many interests and feel limited if I structure everything into a single category. I am getting to know myself further every day and discovering what I love to share with you or what I don’t quite like. For now, my posts will be related to fashion, photography, wellness, and weekly favorites.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

or QUANTITY WITH QUALITY will be my goal for these upcoming months. Granted, I’m sure there will be days where I go MIA, but I am definitely going to try my best to push out more content that I genuinely love and am proud of.


Thank you for sticking with me through another year. Hope you all had an amazing start to 2018. Here’s to growing together!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY: CHINATOWN

Here are some new portraits from a few days ago, featuring one of my good friends Roanne! We decided to take a drive to Chinatown, Los Angeles since we haven’t been in a while.

Shot with Canon 60D + 50mm f/1.8

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BE GRATEFUL

The fact that March is nearly over is insane! Time has been passing by so quickly lately that it has been a necessary part of my day to stop and take a moment to reflect on everything and what my general goals are. Ambition and drive tends to whither down when you get caught up in work, school, life, and everything in between.
During these few short months, I have had the blessing of meeting a variety of people, those who inspire me daily to not only work hard, but to cherish life and all of the subtleties that are often unnoticed. It’s a stressful balance to manage at times, but this is something we learn with time.

Be grateful for each day, as the clock continues to tick and time slips away. Just as you seem to have a confident grasp on your responsibilities or emotions, each day presents an entirely new page of possibilities, and you will never be the same as you were yesterday. You are the youngest you’ll ever be, right at this very moment! Be grateful for your youth, even though it seems to last forever, age is nothing but a number. Wisdom is a glory you gain with experience. Be grateful for the times that you feel proud of yourself, yet never neglect moments where you feel unaccomplished or useless. You are always learning.

OUTFIT BITS:

  • Forever 21 High waisted Jeans – I found an inexpensive dupe for those shopping on a budget! Ripped Knee High Waist Jeans
  • Vintage Members Only Men’s Jacket https://www.membersonlyoriginal.com/
  • Scoop Neck long sleeve crop top http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=top_blouses&productid=2000251683
  • Chunky lace up heels http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&category=Shoes&productid=2000221615
  • A bit pricy for a pair of eyeglasses, but if you are on the hunt for some chic quality frames and you are willing to splurge, definitely give Prada a browse! Prada Cinema Eyeglasses Frames

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle