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

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

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

MY CALL TO YOU





Dear Lord,

Please lead us as we pray for our families and loved ones, those who are conflicted mentally and physically, and those suffering their own stresses, as we strive for your guidance. You have given us the gift of life in this world, and I am grateful. My faith in you is strong as your faith and love for me is insurmountable. Gracious and merciful God, please forgive us for our sins that have offended you, as we desire your nurture and love. Our love for you will last all eternity. Lastly, thank you blessing us with another day.

Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Are you there, God?

We look up to higher beings when we feel like we have lost control or when we can no longer see the future ahead of us. We feel powerless. Admittedly, I have wavering faith in the power that HE has. His love is powerful. We ask for guidance only in desperate times, but fail to appreciate everything he has already shown and provides for us daily. The humor in this is when I prayed and wished for a sign or direction in life today, he literally led me to a sign. Plenty of signs.

There is no sign. Only trust.


As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle

FOR A DAY LIKE THIS ONE

Dear Father in heaven, we praise and exalt you. We thank you for everything for being faithful on your promises. Forgive us in all the moments we questioned our faith, in times that our faith bends and in times our faith crumbles. Father, we do not understand your majestic plans for us, but we entrust our lives in to your hands. Give us strength to overcome all our adversaries and keep hold on to our faith. Lastly Father, guide us, keep us in the right path and lead us to your kingdom in heaven. We ask this through Christ our savior, Amen. 

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:6