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.
Working Towards Your Future & How to Live in the Present
To think you’ll ever be done growing and evolving mentally is such a narrow outlook on your life- this my personal view.
I know that I’ll never stop learning how to handle situations and process emotions. Life is always changing, presenting you with new moments, feelings, and people. Having the mindset that life will eventually settle and reach a balance is setting a limit on your own capabilities and potential. You will always be striving for the moment you are content with your life, when you should instead appreciate what you have in the present. Work with what you have.
If unhappiness strikes you in a way that makes you feel like you “hate your life” right now, change your perspective. Notice it and grow from it, not forgetting that this is a part of life. This is life, some situations we cannot avoid and others we have the ability to part and grow from. Rather than relentlessly aiming for the future, live in the now. This is your life, filled with your opportunities, your time, your goals, your happiness, your own path.
Cultivate your passions, strive for success. Surround yourself with uplifting people who are inspired to consistently work hard.
Recently been feeling motivated by uplifting creatives who work hard towards cultivating their passions and goals. Success seems unattainable at times, but when you surround yourself with positive people you’ll find that it is inevitable. Cheesy, but it only gets better from here.
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.
Hello everyone! I’m taking it back to the old days when I used to write journal type posts about absolutely anything and everything. Going into 2018, I imagined to take this blog further than I had planned, with great expectations that consumed me in the end. It has barely been a month into the new year, and I feel like I am failing myself already. I have admittedly lost motivation and have become so impatient with personal growth and self care.
The impatience with the growth of my blog and photography has also been bothering me, holding me back from even posting content. The last thing I would want to do is spam you with irrelevant posts just to keep up with a constant schedule. Truthfully, I just need to find inspiration again and really think about what direction I want to use this platform in… What niche, target audience, so on. All I know is, I love blogging and sharing everything from my favorites to confessions with you.
We are all growing and go through these schlumps every now and then. Please stick it out with me! If you have any tips on how to dig myself out of this schlump, send them my way.
As always, thanks for stopping by.
Welcome back, I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Nearly through another week of 2018!
Choosing an outfit to wear is one of the daily tasks that truly takes up an unnecessarily long amount of time. As someone who tends to make spontaneous plans throughout the day, I try to choose outfits that can transition from day to night. My main goal is to include both comfort and versatility into my outfits! Also… having a car is a huge plus. It’s your second closet. Trust me.
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THE OVERSIZED T + CLASSIC JEANS
With this outfit in particular, I style an oversized t with my classic dark wash jeans. Wearing an oversized tee that has a bit of detail allows you more wiggle room to adjust your outfit accordingly! If your chosen tee is long enough, you can transition it into an appropriate night time look. Wear it as a tshirt dress with some thigh high or chunky boots.
Of course, I had to wear a coat since it was a bit chilly. Adding a statement coat or jacket to an outfit is my favorite way to accessorize. Depending on the outerwear you choose, it can completely change your look. You could always play around with it as well, if you want the jacket to be the main focus of your outfit! Having a black coat in the car is always a plus,
BASIC CHUNKY BOOTIES
With this outfit I paired brown chunky booties to dress it up a bit. I always keep a pair of black jeans and black booties in the car just in case I need to switch up the outfit for a night out. That describes the level of extra I am…
Hope you all enjoyed this post on how I fit in comfort and versatility into my every day outfits!
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!
It is well known for the skin to dry out as the winter months approach, and the humidity levels drop. Lately, my skin has been feeling especially dry, leaving a flaky and rough texture around my nose and cheeks. Rather than avoiding this, I’ve adopted this simple routine to ensure my skin stays moisturized and soft in the winter months. Regardless, everyone has varied skin types. This is what works for me!
Changing up your face wash is absolutely essential as the seasons change, as the weather shifts from hot to cold. Observe the physical changes in your skin- if your skin tends to build up more oil in the summer, look for an oil free face wash. I absolutely love Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser, which tends to work for all skin types. On the other hand, if your skin tends to flake in the winter, find a cleanser that will re-moisturize your skin. This fall/winter I have been hooked to Cetaphil’s Daily Facial cleanser, because of it’s gentle cleansing capabilities while still removing all of the excess makeup and dirt. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, while not stripping away the natural oils!
Next up, EXFOLIATE! I’ve stressed how important exfoliating is, but I cant express how necessary it is in the dry winter months! Designed for men and women, this mud mask leaves your skin visibly pore-less after one use. I have been using this product 3x a week and noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my forehead and nose, where I have the biggest pores. I have to admit I was gifted this product by my good friend (THANK YOU JIAOJIAO!!), and it’s value is quite pricey, but I would probably buy it again after I hit empty. This mask also does wonders for those massive pimples that you wish could reduce overnight.
The reason why I tend to rave about Philosophy is because of how versatile all of their products are, regarding skin types. Philosophy’s Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker has been a favorite of mine this winter due to its ability to thoroughly replenish my skin’s natural moisture, without feeling a heavy layer on my face. This product is meant for managing wrinkles however it is a creamier consistency to use in the winter, as the skin becomes drier.
Following the cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, I like to apply Mederma’s gel formulated scar treatment to my acne prone areas and scars, old and new. Admittedly, I don’t apply this every night because I don’t enjoy sleeping with too many products on my face, however I have been using this quite frequently after seeing the results. I have had a large patch of acne scars on my left cheek for quite a while now, and decided to try out Mederma after hearing the raging reviews. The main reason why I’ve added this product to my nightly favorites is because it has reduced a majority of the discoloration on my cheeks due to scarring. My scars have not completely vanished, but Mederma has helped a ton!
The last element to my fall/winter night time rituals has been taking my daily vitamins! These are some of the vitamins I tend to take regularly, however the ones I make sure to never skip out on would be Vitamin D and C! Vitamin D is essential in allowing the body to absorb calcium which leads to healthy bone growth. As for vitamin C, it is important to protect your body from immune system deficiencies during the cold winter months. Stock up!