The Art of Being Like You

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Hi! My name’s Rachel and I’m the content creator of Living in 365. Just like you, I live an ordinary life - working hard to make all my dreams come true and just simply living life the best way I could.

Just like you, I wake up everyday- doing the same things over and over again. Eat, sleep, repeat. What’s new? 

Just like you, I have my own responsibilities-working for a 9-5 job, paying some bills and doing so much chores and errands at home that it gets tiring and really boring. Adulting can have its perks and pitfalls. Sometimes, I just want all the perks, really. 

Just like you, I have a support system who can make me or sometimes even break me but no matter what, I know will be there for me. 

Just like you, I treat myself and others when I can be it food, movies, gifts or whatnot. Everyone deserve to be spoiled with good things around. 

Just like you, I’m on social media. I have been for a while now and because it has changed so much, I constantly get overwhelmed. Social Media has become obsessive with how our lives should be. It can get really annoying. 

Just like you, sometimes I just want to give up cause life can get so difficult to handle. There are happy days and tough days but I mean we can’t help it, right? We live uncertain lives. We don’t even know what will happen tomorrow. 

Just like you, I cry when I get too tired or emotional. I can’t help it. Life’s a climb. 

Just like you, I question myself and my choices. What if? It not today, when? What will? So when? All these serious life stuff makes me anxious. Sometimes people don’t see it but everything doesn’t have to be shown. It’s personal but let me tell you, we all have it. Reach out. Don't drown in a hole. 

Just like you, I dream of traveling the world someday. I know we all joke around when we say we want to win the lottery but if I do win a million bucks, that’s what I’d do with half of my share and then donate to charity or have a CSR business, my ultimate dream. 

Just like you, I want to live a life of purpose. I want to live two lives- living for myself while living to help other people (the best of both worlds) 

Just like you, I love food. I can eat for two and maybe sometimes even for three people. Don't judge, okay? 

Just like you, I can choose how to live my life. I can even choose what legacy I want to leave behind. 

This list can go on for days but what matters is that because we’re alike- we’re one in the same. We might not have the same stories or experiences but we have similar opinions and feelings about it. 

So trust me when I say that you deserve nothing less and allow those around you to help you live your worth.

You’re not alone and never will be. 

It’ll always be you and me- both alike, never the same and just living our greater purpose together.  

This is #YourVitaminBe

Friday, October 26, 2018

Life is a constant struggle - unpredictable and unexpected. There are good days, bad days or even neutral days when you just don’t know what to feel anymore. Don’t you ever wonder how even in a single day you can feel on top of the world, and the next thing you know you’re in a deep dark tunnel? Life’s weird like that and that’s okay. Life is full of its own surprises and making it this far is truly amazing. 

The past few months, life has been constantly showing me its true colors and I’ve been learning a lot from it.  It hasn't been all easy but I’ve been so inspired by other people’s stories and even my own that I decided to start this new content series called #YourVitaminBe because really... we all live our own crazy lives and through it all, we deserve a much needed boost when times get difficult. Life's so crazy that even when you think you have everything figured out, there will always be that struggle. So what better way to address this than by just reminding you of the simplest yet most beautiful realities of life and how it's possible to turn your life around even if takes some time. 

Vitamin Be is a space simply made to nourish what matters most, YOU. Together with my Mindful Mondaze content, this series is focused on helping you live the best life you deserve. Cliché? It seems like so...but we all just need to be reminded of the simplest  yet most meaningful realities of life like what's coming ahead and how far we’ve already come. It’s really doing these little things to nourish our own lives (be it as simple as being grateful to get your favorite food or simply checking up on you and the people around you) that can make so much of a difference you might not even realize until now. 

Life, just like your physical body, needs it’s own supplements and strength to keep it going. So with this initiative, I'd like to help you not by telling or teaching you what to do but making you realize the little things your day to day life that life has and will always be beautiful.  In this space, we all support and encourage each other to live our own worth and mainly to keep in mind, that you'll never be alone. 

Through life's up and downs, the universe will bless you with great turnarounds cause of the love you have for yourself and the support of your loved ones around.  

We all deserve to live a good life and we can make that happen, together.

This is for you and also for me. This is #YourVitaminBe

Begin Again

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ever since launching Living in 365, I’ve always envisioned it to be more than just a personal blog but an online space where I’m able to constantly help the people who matter the most, and that’s all of you here today. I’ve always believed that everyone deserves a good life including me and life as crazy as it is, gets in the way of that which I understand. 

It has been really tough getting myself to sit down and spend some time to write again. I mean I keep my own private journal but I’ve been having so many thoughts and stories lately that I realized  I’ve hidden them all in the notes app of my phone or I use them as my Instagram captions. It’s really hard to be consistent in this space especially with the  lifestyle I’ve chosen to live in the past year. Moving abroad has its ups and downs and I feel like my inconsistencies here has affected you.

I know this sounds really strange- me worrying about what people think about this space or my writing. I don’t even know if there’s someone out there who actually reads my content but deep in my heart, I know I can help a number of you in a small way because  even my own writing has helped me. 

I’d like to be honest here and even say that there was a point in time during the past few months where I lost sight of the value of my writing cause I was thinking more of how many people I wanted to read my post instead of what kept me anxious for a while and that was my constant need to help people and just be there for them. 

I’ve realized throughout the months of on and off writing that there was always something missing in my day to day and that is using the online voice I already have to help other people. You might be thinking, “Rach there are more people out there who need you help. Yes, I do understand and someday I do hope I can help them with what I plan to do but right now, I know each of us deserve the help we think we don’t need. We need each other to keep us going in this crazy world called life. 

So here, I am again, on my third try to be more consistent in this space to simply be there for you and to remind you of the life you deserve. I’ve missed this so much and even spent some time working on what really  Living in 365 is meant to be so allow me to share with you again this passion project of mine. 

I’ve re- created this space to share about the wonderful things that life has to offer in the hopes of helping YOU realize that the simplest yet most fulfilling way to say you’ve fully lived is simply living life as is, the way you want to. Here, we embrace our own stories, memories, mistakes and everything that’s truly us and realize that all these things make our lives imperfectly perfect yet so special. Life is crazy and always will be no matter how much we try to live perfectly so allow me to help you realize that you don’t need to live a perfect lifestyle to be happy. You just need to live life perfectly as it is for you - in your own pace and in your own terms. This truly is a life well-lived… simply living your worth everyday of the 365 days of every year.

If you need a little help navigating this space, check out some of my ongoing feature series where I combine my passion for living life fully, photography and sharing the things I’ve learned in life so far:
Your Vitamin Be: A self-help initiative to constantly nourish what matters in life, YOU! Here we embrace everything about life, learn from our own struggles and learn to appreciate life as it is.

Restless Realizations: A self-care journal where I share  random thoughts, learnings and experiences that have shaped me and I know will help you too.

Live in the Moe: A photo dump from the lens of Live (my canon m5), Moe (film camera) and my iPhone

Rach for the Moment: A visual journal where I share stories of good food, wonderful cultures and amazing adventures around the world

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! 


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