A Year Ago

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 New York, NY, USA

A year ago I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life and how I wanted to live it. Honestly, up until now I still don’t know what’s really meant for me but what I’ve realized is that it’s okay to not know everything. Slowing down and living at your own pace gives more purpose and meaning to life than you could ever imagine.

A year ago, I decided to listen to my inner self, to be a risk taker for a change and to go out of my comfort zone . I did it. I moved to the concrete jungle where dreams are made, or so the song goes. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but now, I can say it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

A year ago, I was anxious because I kept seeing people accomplish so many amazing things while I was just trying to find my way and figure my life out. Months passed, and I realized how everyone deserves a break from reality  — doing things for themselves- exploring  the unknown,  crossing things off  bucket lists and simply doing things that make you happy. I took six months off and it changed my life forever.

A year ago, I was insecure about myself and little things online would affect me. I won’t deny it - I still have those moments. But I continue to push past it and take life as it comes, no matter how hard or unexpected it can get.

A year ago, I started to fully commit to myself— doing things and making choices for me. It sounds a bit narcissistic, but it was because I learned one important thing: that you need to fully love yourself in order to love others fully. 

A year ago, I never thought I’d make it here- stronger and more independent than I could ever see myself being. So, to the me of a year ago, you did it, bud. You made it here, even when you thought you couldn’t. Believing in yourself just that little bit more has become the magic spell to living your life the best way possible.  

So, if you ask me what the greatest thing I learned after living in New York for a year now? It’s plain and simple really - you have to constantly work to live your worth no matter who, what or where you are. If I’m worth it, you’re worth it too.

Buy a cup of coffee.
Ride the subway.
Go for a walk in the park.
See a Broadway show.
Visit the sights (at least once).
Shop vintage.
Go to brunch.
Try as many ice cream places as possible.
Say yes to something you never thought you would.
Plan a trip to Walt Disney World.
Escape the room 
Visit Museums
Watch Broadways Again
Go for Brunch 
Paint A Little 
Go on road trips 
Simply, Travel
and do a happy dance  

Do all the things that make you happy because you are special and you have your own unique story. You might not be where you want to be right now but hey, you’ve made it this far and that counts. Be proud of every little thing you’ve accomplished and endured ‘cause the journey is what made you, you.

It’s not going to be easy, especially with all the uncertainty but hey, you have the support of those who love you and your faith - both of those things are enough to keep you going.

Don't be afraid of not being who other expect you to be. Have the courage to be true to yourself and become who you were meant to be. 

Give yourself a break. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Learn something new.  Be kinder to yourself. You deserve all of it.

Cheers to you, me and everyone in the universe who a year ago thought couldn’t make it here, but did it. This year has been amazing, and so have you.

“And hey, New York City, I won’t forget you. Thank you for being a life-changing experience. I’ve lived in 365 and I’m happy to have called you home for that past year. You’re definitely some kind of wonderful, and will always be a very special place in my heart. Thank you.”


Monday, August 27, 2018 Page, AZ 86040, USA

This is a short photo journal of our quick trip to Page, Arizona last April 2018. We actually did 3 dessert states in a span of 5 days (AZ-UT-lV) but I'd like to share with you all the beauty of each of these amazing paces.   It was definitely a trip to remember and here are three reasons why PAGE should be on your bucket list:

First, you'll appreciate nature like never before. 
Being in a desert for the first time was a memory in itself but what made the moment so special was the simple yet breathtaking surroundings all around.We chose to unplug from social media during our whole trip, which by far was the best decision ever.

Second, you'll be left speechless (most of the time you're there)
You'll appreciate the little details that make up the beauty of the dessert. To be honest, visiting Antelope Canyon was a dream come true and it's best appreciated if you actually go there in person. I was sold by the photos and stories but really I was changed for good when I was actually there underground and in the moment. Horseshoe bend was another heart-raising stop.  We decided to go during the sunset. You sit over the edge, appreciate all that is and just simple enjoy the breathtaking view in front of you.

Third, you'll be left with an experience you won't ever forget
Being able to see every detail of mother nature for what it is made me appreciate it even more.It was just one of those trips where I was in awe the whole time, just really lucky to experience a world that is extraordinarily beautiful.

Places to visit if you're staying overnight like we did (it was enough time for us)
L O W E R  A N T E L O P E  C A N Y O N ( K E N  T O U R S)
H O R S E S H O E  B E N D

L A K E  P O W E L L 

photos taken with Canon Rebel T3i, Iphone
editor: VSCOcam, slides

-- T O  B E  C O N T I N U E D--

One Click Wonder: Being That Extra Voice You Didn't Know You Needed

Saturday, August 4, 2018

With all the  struggles of life coming right at you, sometimes you just need to be reminded of the good things around. I know, I talk about my life learnings and thoughts too much that it’s crazy but I feel it’s better to think and share out loud than to just keep things to myself especially when I know it might help some of you out there who might be reading this. 

I know what you’re hearing from me is something similar to what you’ve been told before or might be be something you’ve heard  about already.  But sometimes it’s not enough to know things in life especially if it’s just one perspective. It’s about constantly embracing the things you learn throughout your entire lifetime and reminding yourself that you’re worth the struggles you face. 

Life’s uncertainty can keep overwhelming us and because it gets too much on us, we forget how to fully live a good life. 

As you know by now, I’m choosing to live this life of passing on positivity, and inspiring people to fully experience their worth through a life lived in 365.  And the best way to do so is to share what I constantly learn from life, which I believe is the best teacher in this lifetime. 

With Social Media being more popular these days, it can take a toll on how you live or find meaning in  life to the point that sometimes you don’t even know what’s real or not anymore. Worse is that you can never seem enough in a world that wants more for you. I’ve been a victim and I hate that. 

This is why I want to change all that. The constant insecure loop brought to us by Social Media constantly motivates me-- to use my own voice to help you realize that you don’t have to be more than who you are to meet other people’s expectations. You don’t have to give up on yourself when you can’t find answers to life's questions.  You just have realize that being more than who you used to be is enough and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this journey called life. 

Let’s be real though. I am no expert, AT ALL. I just genuinely believe in the power of being there for you and how living uncertain lives deserves a ton of support and good vibes. 

Also, I use Instagram and my blog a lot to put my voice out there. I love visuals and words put together so excuse my long posts and maybe the hashtags I use if you follow me. This is not to bore you or to gain more followers or anything but this is the only way I know I can reach more people and put my message out there. 

If you choose to follow me on this journey of mine, thank you so much but really this one’s for you and me- it’s a sporadic space full of thoughts and moments that can help you and me live life better. 

I know my content can come in passing cause it can get too wordy or it can get too serious but hey - no matter how much you deny it, sometimes you need it to keep you going. 

This is what I want to be known for- believing in our soul’s purpose of being there for each other and this journey to living our worth is a work-in-progress, we take together. 

It’s you, me- all of us together.  Let's make our story the greatest one ever. 

Embrace Life's Little Changes

Saturday, July 7, 2018

After being in New York City for almost nine months now, I can’t help but feel that a lot has changed- and yes, definitely the good kind. It hasn’t been easy being fully independent in a  country that’s far away from the luxuries and serendipities of home but to be honest, I’ve never felt this fulfilled and “alive”. Here I am doing a 10-6pm job, trying to balance a social life with a passion project while enjoying hang outs with family & friends, doing errands & chores and simply making dreams a reality. 

Having to go through all these while also committing to do things for myself for a whole year, has made me realize that the little changes that have been happening to me lately, continuously make me proud of the person that I've become today. I’ve realized that I may not be the biggest person when it comes to huge success stories and that’s okay. What matters is that I've become the “bigger” person than what I used to be which I believe is the best success story there is. Think about it for yourself. Be proud of the little changes that have happened to you. Embrace the fact that you're a work in progress- working on being the best possible you.

I’ve always been told that the greatest change happens throughout the course of time but come to think of it, it isn’t all that. It actually sparks from the little "accidents" we encounter in our lives everyday.  These accidents are  the unexpected moments we allow ourselves to experience. Think about it...a month ago you wouldn’t style yourself the way you do now or you wouldn’t have found so much interest in a hobby you currently have.

 Change is unexpected and happens in every moment even when we don’t realize it. So this is simply me trying to tell you that you are your own success story and that in itself is the biggest achievement you can ever have. You’ve changed a whole lot from the person you were a month ago to be the real person you choose to be today. Embrace it. 

I’ve changed and I’ll always be grateful. It wasn’t easy getting here but here I am, ready to share with you all a quick life lately which includes some new interests and life updates:

Living Sustainably
Three months ago, I decided to live a more sustainable lifestyle.. I haven’t completely changed my ways, but I took the challenge to start which I’ve been happy to see results for so far. Ever since getting back on the grind, I’ve been investing on zero waste stuff. Right now, I’m just giving myself more time to live the journey cause what better way to make change than by choosing to begin, learn and live the routine.

Capturing Moments through Film
A month ago, my sister and I took a trip to the dessert and all we had to capture our crazy memories was our phones and a disposable film camera. From them on, I found interest in having a film camera that felt like my own eyes --capturing moments for what they are. Cause of this,  I decided to invest in an old-school camera that I bought on Etsy for just 18 dollars. I haven’t finished my first roll but I can’t wait to have it printed. 

Working in Operations
Right now, I work as a Customer Success Associate in a wonderful startup called Mercato and I am grateful for the things that I have and yet to learn. Being in customer service is no easy task so kuddos to you out there if you work under operations! It’s tough but learning to be patient is a reward. Also, the team is really nice and I’m glad I’m a part of it. 

Reading Self-help Books
As much as I want to help others, I also want to continuously help myself too.  I do this by reading self- help books and these are my favorites so far. If you need any suggestions, I made some notes for each book cause I love doing so. Currently Reading: The Art of Not Giving a F***

Trying out new Food and Dessert Places
If you know me so well, you know how much I love trying out new food most especially desserts. It makes me the happiest person in the world and I’ve come to realize how something as simple as this can turn my day around. If you have any more suggestions, feel free to let me know or the other way around.

You know I love coffee and I try my best to try lattes from different cafes. They are so many beautiful cafes in this city, I am obsessed. 

Brunching Around the World
My sister, Mel and I thought it would be amazing to do this thing called brunch around the world where every month we save some money to have a good brunch featuring a different cuisine. So far, we’ve tried French and Mediterranean.

Thrift Shopping
Ever since coming to New York City, I’ve been obsessed with thrift shopping. I find joy in finding amazing pieces for such an affordable price. My favorite stores would have to be L Train Vintage, Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill and Salvation Army. There’s so much you could do to amp up your style and it doesn’t have to always be brand new. Plus, it’s a more sustainable way of both feeling and looking good which makes me happy.

Monthly List Journaling
To be honest, I haven’t updated my journal in the longest time but I’ve come to realize a new but more efficient way of doing so and simply making a monthly list of things I’ve done, watched or eaten it. I do it every end of the month now and it’s amazing especially for me who forgets a lot of times.

Thought Journaling
I’ve been having too many thoughts lately that I thought I could share them all by launching in Living in 365 again. I want to help others as much as I can especially those who are having a tough time and I now surprise words and motivation might do the trick. 

Surprise Motivation Messaging
I’ve been loving it when I surprise some of my friends with motivational messages. Sometimes all it takes is for you to take the first step in making someone’s day bright. Try it out. 

Being a Grown up 
The biggest change that has happened to me in this city is definitely being more independent - doing laundry, grocery shopping, sheets changing and all that grown up things. It’s tough to be a grown up but it’s also an interesting journey. 

Weekly Family Bonding
Family is forever. We  always try to hang out as much as we can because a week isn’t complete without it and I’ll always be grateful to them for making my stay here worthwhile. 

Snail Mailing
If you know me so well, you would know how much I love creating personal notes for people. Now that I’m away, I’ve been obsessed with snail mail and finally I’ve sent out 15 postcards which I hope goes to my friends and family. Let me know if you want one! 

Future Goals: 

Working on a Positivity Project
I’m working on a new segment in living in 365 to create surprise motivation and mindful posts for my reader which I hope to launch soon. 

Going on a Monthly Tourist Day
One thing that I miss doing in this city alter being back in the grind, is exploring and being a tourist. I thought of committing one day a month to actually self- explore and act like a tourist again. 

Collaborating with Friends 
The best way to keep passion projects alive is to do what you live while supporting others as well. 

So that’s all for now. This is me so far and I can’t wait for what is to come.

All these changes have made me, ME and I do hope you too embrace every change that makes you, the best YOU. 

Starting Again: Not Giving up on YOU

Saturday, June 23, 2018

As I am worthy of living this beautiful life; you are too. Never think less of who you are because you’re worth it. 

I know life’s hard. It gets tiring when you try to keep it all together, but hey, what matters is that you’ve given it your all. I’m sure it wasn’t easy getting to where you are now but you did it despite all the pitfalls and breakdowns.

Praise yourself, because this is no simple thing. This is your success story in the making. 

All of this seems so random to you now, I know. But one of the most important things I’ve learned about living my best life is that it’s never just self-lived, it’s “lived-together.” Think about it. In all the experiences you’ve ever had in your life, there will always be people behind them. It’s never just you figuring out life alone. It’ll always be with the help of people you know and love. 

With everything happening lately, I want to remind people that the world is beautiful because they’re in it. No matter who they are to me- friend, family, or even a stranger, they deserve to live a great life and to be in this world as much as I do. That’s why I hope instead of all of us searching for a purpose, we realize that being there for others is enough,  I have. 

I mean to be honest as much as I want my life to be all figured out, it’s still so unpredictable. I go through so many things just like you and I know it’s not easy. I cope with all of it the best that I can and through it all, I've learned that there is one thing that makes me never give up: my passion- be it passion to travel, write, inspire. Once you find it, it’ll help ground you.

Ever since starting Living in 365, I’ve envisioned it to be a thought space creating a community where we can all continuously help each other live our lives the best way we can. 

Everyone deserves a great life and here in this space, I’ve chosen to remind them of what matters: being treated equal to their worth.

With Living in 365, I may not help the billions of people I want to help in this world. But I can help YOU, and that’s what really matters. 

At the end of the day, always remember that the world is much more beautiful when you’re around. Don't take yourself for granted. When it gets hard, don’t hesitate to reach out. It’s not easy, but we got your back. 

The world truly doesn’t deserve any more good people to be taken away. It just needs more people to understand that life will never be easy, but it’ll be easier to face when we know we have each other’s backs. 

We’re in this together. You…me... all of us. 

Be Kind. Be Grateful. And most importantly...proudly Live Your Worth. 

This is Me: Simply, 0.0

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Hi, I’m Rachel and Welcome Back to Living in 365--

A space meant to inspire people to find happiness 
and contentment in what makes them 
feel most alive, and
that is living every moment 
in 365.

Towards the end of last year, I took a leap of faith. I left the Philippines, the place I called home, and moved to New York City. And you know what? It’s been, by far, the best experience, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to fully describe it. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

After being here for more than six months, I’ve realized that to constantly live life to the fullest, it’s important to always take care of what really matters most: you. Self-care comes in many forms, and it should always be a priority - no matter who or where you are.

We place a lot of effort in trying to figure out who we are or what our purpose is. But what if instead of being (insert your name here), version 2.0, you become (insert your name here), version 0.0, your truest self outside of the craziness of this world, instead? 

This is Living in 365 - a self-care project told through real life stories and realizations that’s meant to inspire others to remember that their lives - the things that make them uniquely them - are always worthwhile.
The secret to living this life is simple...Make peace with you are and what you love and take good care of you, so you can take good care of others, too.

If you need a little help navigating this e-journal, check out some of my ongoing feature series where I combine my passion for living life fully, photography and sharing my thoughts.

Stor-We: A collaborative project where everyone is invited to read, share and learn from shared life stores. Here, everyone is free to be a storyteller, reader, friend or mentor.

Mindful Mondaze: A self-care initiative I started in order to stop dreading Mondays to start my week off right, a little ritual that I hope does the same for you.

Restless Realizations: A self-care journal where I share what I’m thinking, what I’ve learned and the experiences that have shaped me.

Rach for the Moment: A collection of photos and stories of the different things I enjoy, focusing mainly on food and travel.

Join the journey and together, let's live in 365! 

Mindful Mondaze: April 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Be the greater person. Treat yourself right and never turn back. You’ve done so much to get to where you are now so focus on rewarding yourself. You deserve it.

Sometimes life can get overwhelming that we forget to take care of ourselves. It’s important that we don’t lose sight of what matters despite the struggles and challenges we face.

So for this week’s mindful practice, ask yourself the simple question of What’s next? Spend 5-10 minutes everyday thinking about things you want to do and try then make it happen. No buts. The greatest investment in life is doing the right things for yourself so why wait for the future when you can do it now? Think about it. #MindfulMondaze🌷

Start the day bright to end the day right. Try to keep a constant mindset that your attitude in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. So, do the little things that make you smile as soon as you wake up cause something simple as doing this can work wonders for you and even others too. #mindfulmondaze🌷

Mindful Mondaze: March 2018

When was the last time you fully focused on what makes you feel most alive? For today’s practice, simply pause, focus and take 2 deep breaths. Clear your mind and avoid any distraction. Take a moment to just feel and think about your breath. Slowly breathe in (count to 6-approximately), Hold it (count to 2 ), and breathe out (count to 8-approximately). Repeat this as much as you can. Don’t rush. Keep your own pace.

With the constant hustle and bustle of life, we are so caught up with our own responsibilities, that we forget the one thing in our lives that significantly matters- out daily breaths. We forget to slow down and to be grateful for the things that happen to us everyday.

So find time everyday... even for just a minute or two to focus on your breaths. You’ll be surprised how it changes the way you see and treat things.

So go ahead...treat yourself right and feel fully alive. #mindfulmondaze🌷

Hey there! Don’t scroll down. Pause, take a deep breath and focus on yourself for just 5 minutes. It’s time for our first Mindful Mondaze: a chosen initiative to start the week right with a peaceful mind.

For our first practice, it’s important to reflect on the one and most important mindset when living mindfully and that is to take care of yourself—something simple yet most likely forgotten nowadays.

Ask yourself these... What was your most recent life-chievement? Do you remember each step you took to get there? Did you thank or praise yourself first or just waited for others to congratulate and validate your action? Think about it.

Sometimes we virtually focus too much on other people’s lives and validation that we forget the one thing that matters, living content and praising ourselves in real time... This time around, be your life’s biggest fan. Be mindful of who you are and how you are. Don’t get carried away by the ‘destination’ or how others feel about you, just enjoy everything about the journey and how you personally feel for taking the leap of faith.

Give yourself a pat on the back when good things happen, treat yourself to your favorites when you’re not in the best mood, listen to songs that give you crazy good vibes…and just do the little things to praise you. At the end of the day what matters is how you treat yourself and how mindful you are of the steps you take to get to where you are and want to be. I get it’s not an easy journey. Let me tell you that. But you did it. You’re here. You'll never lose your way.

Take this as a mindful reminder to praise yourself, to listen to yourself first and to embrace every little step, ALWAYS. #MindfulMondaze🌷

It’s post-Easter Monday and you know what that means... It’s time to rejoice and be glad. Forty long days have passed and we’re blessed with chances to start over again. Have you ever felt lucky? This should be the moment.

Today is such a long and difficult stretch. I know. Some of us are having a difficult time getting back to the weekly grind while others are easily motivated to be back on track. Whatever you feel, don’t miss out on those 5 mindful minutes of pausing, taking deep breaths and just focusing on yourself.

Keeping this #mindfulmondaze🌷 short and simple. Decided that we focus on the one thing that keeps us going, our mindset. Have you ever asked yourself what keeps you motivated to wake up everyday or what inspires you to move forward? Take some time off today to understand the greatest motivation that pushes you to LIVE.

Keep in Mind: You shouldn’t expect yourself to have it all or be it all at the end of this practice. What matters is you keep a healthy mindset of contentment. Learn to appreciate all that is and was. Be grateful for the ins and outs of your own story. Living with a grateful heart goes a long way. Believe me.

The best way to be mindful is to practice it everyday. Challenge yourself to take 10 minutes off to do something different starting today even if it’s as simple as taking a walk, changing the first song you listen to every morning or switching up your style one day a week. It’s the little things that matter. Take it one step at a time. #MindfulMondaze🌷

Mindful Mondaze

It’s MONDAY yet again...Where has the weekend gone?

Time seems to fly by faster these days with reasons I’ll never understand. It has been 3 months into the new year already. Can you believe it? I still can’t.

Two weeks ago, I encountered an article on a magazine that instantly changed my perspective of things. It was about the practice of mindfulness and how in our day and age, we seem to forget to slow down, breathe and appreciate the little things. It hit me that most of us already say these things now but I’ll never know whether each of us just say it and not practice it daily. So this got me thinking... Why not make Mondays more meaningful than being the most dreadful day? Why not make Monday hate into appreciate? I know it’s hard with our time and own responsibilities but I’m taking a chance on it. ‘Cause sometimes, with all the excess noise around us, we just need to be reminded of the great things in life that we might have missed out on.

So I decided to take initiative and use this platform to bring back mindfulness in our daily lives. I say “our” because I too am currently working on it. Living in a world of social media mentality, I  realized how a scroll down or an encounter online can make a big difference in one’s life, big or small.  So every Monday starting today, I’ll be sharing some thoughts and practices that could help us start the week right. I’m calling this Mindful Mondaze, a weekly reminder for us to see life beyond rushed pace…and to just pause, breathe and focus on what really matters. #MindfulMondaze🌷


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