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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HAPPY WEDNESDAY

It’s been one of the slowest weeks yet. From work to school, everything seems to be moving in slow motion. Personally, to get over this rut I have been really cherishing alone time and reminding myself of the little things that make me happy. Keep pushing through the week! I’m here for you and believe in you.

KEEP MOVING FORWARD

KEEP BUSY

Thank you to my good friend Yeab for taking these awesome shots! Find more of him HERE.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle



NOVEMBER 2018 SET, ROANNE





ROANNE (Instagram: @baabyro)
Los Angeles, CA
BODY/LENS: Canon 60D + 50mm f/1.8

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

Reaching Your Goals: How to Stay Positive and Have Inevitable Success

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.

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

OUR SPOT: Online Wellness Community and Networking Nook

MODEST NOOK: OUR SPOT

Hi everyone! I have been in and out of social media lately, truthfully confused with my personal life and what direction I’m headed in. I constantly picture my future… Living in a house, working a stable job, and just purely happy. Lately the motivation to get there has been fading. I have always been one to neglect certain aspects of my life while I’m focused on another- always trying to find a balance. I feel like once we realize life always has its ups and downs, we should aim to keep moving forward and work with what we have in the present moment.

Create, share, reflect, grow.

All of this being said, I am ecstatic to grow and share my new project with all of you, our special spot. OUR SPOT is an online wellness community and networking nook of creatives that aims to integrate the necessity of caring for mental health into our continuous progress towards our goals and future. Create, share, reflect, grow. This online network will be an environment and safe space for those to share their work and stories, connect with other influencers, and more importantly lift each other up.

Keep close as we develop and create a space that allows us to connect. Join and start sharing!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

*HUGE EXPLODING THANK YOU to my friend Yeab for taking these awesome shots of me. You’re the best! Find more of his work here.

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.

Impatience, Lacking Motivation, Finding Inspiration Again





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.
Rachaelle