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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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


Evil and An Omnipotent God: How to Become Part of His Elected Few





To believe there is an existence of a great, all knowing, and powerful God provides us with the faith that evil is surmountable.

Yet if the reality of such an absolute being is present throughout our life, we must consider the presence of evils in our life, and why God has allowed them to remain.

Why do unexpected deaths occur? Why are injustices present within our government? Why does God allow such evils?

With these common tragedies and personal struggles, it is likely to assume that evil exists, despite the presence and power of an omnipotent God. Within each individual’s journey, hardships that often become origins of self uncertainty and suspicion of faith, coincide with the belief that an almighty and divine being carries the power of eliminating evils present in the world.

To a certain extent, some may believe that these horrors can be a sign of destroying or removing evils. This encourages the idea that God chooses to allow various evils for justified reasons. God’s divinity and goodness can create possibilities of defeating selected evils, on a global scale, but is unable to defeat the evils within one’s personal life. Why?

I believe that God allows certain evils to be present in each person’s life to build strength in faith and feel a deeper connection to Him. Though we cannot control the amount of evils that we run into in life, it is a glorified idea that there is an elected few in which God gives a good life, where sufferings are tolerable and endurable. This “chosen” life is not HIS choice, but ours. Those who CHOOSE to be faithful to His word. It is all about your mindset. This doesn’t apply to solely religion, but in every aspect of your life, you have the power to make your decisions. To fight off the evils present in your life, with either God’s guidance or your personal strength and spirituality.

It may seem unreasonable for God to present evils in a person’s life as they search for their meaning, but I believe His true purpose is to build their relationship with Him. Though it seems to be illogical for both a wholly God and evil to exist, a test of faith and arising intimacy with God is the ultimate purpose.

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.

Feeling Overwhelmed in Social Settings: How to Deal with Anxiety and Stress

I can openly admit that I am the most tense, awkward, and quiet person when it comes to large social situations. It’s something I try to work on, however it truly haunts the introvert inside of me when I look back at how horribly I handled the situations. Whether its meeting new people, or having small talks in a casual social scene, I tend to close up and become easily anxious and overwhelmed. Like I said, I am slowly working on it! Here are some tips I’ve put together that keep me sane.


1. IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL.

For some odd reason, when I meet friends of friends, the anxiety builds up inside me and I want to make a good impression so badly that it freaks me out! No one is going assume you’re nervous or anxious to begin with! Enter with a positive outlook and set it off on a good note. Sometimes we expand things so large in our minds that it becomes this huge cloud that consumes your true intentions and emotions. Don’t go into it thinking it’s a chance to make an impression, view it as a possibility to meet new faces and learn from them. Relax, take a deep breath, and stop overthinking.

2. I REPEAT, STOP OVERTHINKING.  

This one is killer! I am the crazy of crazies. I overthink to the point where it stops me from doing things. I overthink to the point where I completely close up and become a mute. Sucks, I know! Haha. If you are just as nervous in social situations, you have to take the chance and be completely open to listening to others and vibing out. Stop worrying about what others might think or say about you, stop caring if your nervous habits are weird or noticeable. Instead, focus on the people you are with, be attentive and listen to what they have to say. Ask questions, be interested. Even if you’re not! Make this your goal, instead of worrying so heavily on what others are going to think about you.

3. FACE YOUR FEARS

So you’re there, in the pit of it. You are in this group of people, you’re listening to side conversations about their new jobs…moving house…that new Korean spot down the street. YOU ARE THERE TOO. You are a part of it! Join in. Even if you feel like you have absolutely no relation or common interests. As a huge introvert who gets easily overwhelmed, it’s a strange but recurring feeling to feel invisible, not present, or almost existential in large social settings. You have to hold on to that string that’s keeping you from floating up into your thoughts, and tug it back down into reality. You are a part of the conversation, you are a part of the setting. Include as much of yourself and personality as you can… and eventually you will face your fears.


I hope you enjoyed my quick tips on how to deal with feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed in seemingly large social settings. This is something I struggle with working on and truly envy those who are social butterflies. All you butterflies out there…

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

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.

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.

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As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle

 

ARE YOU HIDING SOMETHING? 

Keeping it short and sweet today. 

Today’s day and age of feeling recognition has become a situation of expressing subliminal messages through social media posts rather than straight up verbal honesty and communication. Be truthful to the people who you care most about. 

That is all.

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle