What to do when you don’t know what to do

Life is hard and confusing, and it comes at you from all angles and leaves you feeling tiny and lost. We have our lives planned out – school, work, family, bills, repeat.

But what about when you’re in the in-between? What happens when you’re in the process of getting that job or getting into school or meeting that person? How do you get where you ultimately want to be? What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

Things aren’t always perfectly laid out for you, and sometimes you have to go through the infamous season of waiting and unknown in order to realize what you were made to do or be.

1. Have a heart-to-heart with yourself

When was the last time you checked in with your heart and mind? Truly checked in?

Take society, expectations and pathways out of the equation and simply focus on what you want out of this life. What makes you overflow with happiness? What’s one thing you could spend countless all-nighters for? One thing you can’t live without. Something you’ve reluctantly pushed aside in order to do other things.

Take out all the other distractions and seriously ask yourself what you want. Then, you can narrow down which direction to head in.

2. Etch it into your brain that no one knows what’s going on

When you open Instagram, what do you see? Happy, fit families with perfectly clean houses and well-behaved children? A young adult traveling the world while seemingly paying for travel and her student loans while still being able to live (how do they do it…?!).

Whatever the scenario may be, it always seems like everyone else has it together, like everyone else know’s how to play the game of life, like they know some secret to success and happiness that we just can’t grasp.

But guess what! No one knows what’s actually going on, no one has it all together all the time.

And I don’t know if you realize this, but social media is just a highlight reel. Personally, I only post my very best, beautiful photos on my Instagram because I love the way they look! I love photography, but my photos in no way, shape or form depict what my life actually is. (Heck, it’s 4am, I’m sitting at my desk in a half-dark room, wearing the same leggings I’ve worn all week, with greasy hair and a rumbling stomach. Does that sound like my Instagram? Nope.)

No one has it all together all the time, even if it seems like they do. So when you’re caught in the “I don’t know what to do with my life” phase, for the love of God, don’t go to social media and compare yourself to others.

3. You have time! Nothing but time.

A few months ago when I was knee-deep in my existential crisis, all you would hear me say was: “I’m 25… I’m running out of time… I should be X by now… I should have accomplished Y by now…”

But over the months, I’ve come to realize that there is no deadline. Why are we setting up deadlines? We have so much time, and there isn’t a right or wrong way to approach how you want to live your life.

Life is about discovery and exploration. Life is allowing yourself to learn and love and grow. It doesn’t all have to be so serious! We’ve got time. Stop setting unrealistic deadlines. You don’t need to be married at 25. You don’t need to own a home at 30. Do what makes you happy.

Listen, life is about living. Let’s do more of that.

Tips for handling your existential crisis

We’re human, crises like these are bound to happen to everyone. What separates those who learn from these moments and grow, is simply how they deal with it. I probably have some sort of “quarter-life crisis” a few times a month, so I’ve gotten pretty good at this (haha!)

Here are some things that can help:

Get your thoughts out of your head

Letting all your thoughts circle around your brain is detrimental. Keeping all your thoughts cooped up inside you is like sitting in a bathtub of your own filth.

As soon as your thoughts begin to wander toward the black hole that is an existential crisis, grab a journal and write them down. Write down all your fears, anxieties and issues you’re facing. Write down every single negative thought you have and while you do that, visualize your brain getting emptier and lighter, imagine your brain going from shades of gray to shades of white and yellow.

Talk it out with someone you trust

Sometimes just having someone to talk to, who will simply listen, can make all the difference. You don’t need to solve anything or come to a grand conclusion in this chat, just talk it out. Tell them what you’re struggling with and toss all your anxieties on the table.

Just like writing everything out in a journal, this will lighten up the load on your shoulders and likely make everything seem a lot less daunting.

(Plus, having a chat with a friend usually means coffee and snacks, and you can’t go wrong with that!)

Let yourself be negative (but then be positive)

Recently, I was having a bad day. So I opened my journal and made a list of every single thing that was making me upset, every ounce of negativity left my body and found a new home on paper.

Then, I wrote down everything that is good. Everything that is going well in my life, all the positivity, blessings and great things still to come my way.

I left this exercise feeling much better, and I highly recommend doing it if you’re ever feeling low!

Take care of yourself

If you feel like you aren’t in control, do something you do have control over. For me, this is taking care of my health. In the last few months, I lost complete control over my situation and happiness and I felt totally lost. But one thing I could do was carve out the time for myself to exercise and eat healthy.

In the simple act of treating my body right, I gained so much happiness and stability.


What do you do to get through your rough moments? What do you do when you don’t know what to do? ❤

What to do when you don’t know what to do

Life Lately: Crazy Hawaii weather, finding happiness + lots of changes

My life lately has been anything but boring, bland or “routine.”

Since coming back from my trip to Nevada and Arizona, I’ve made A LOT of changes in my life (and I’ve actually stuck to them!!) And when you’re reading this, I’ll be unpacking from my trip to San Diego!

I’ve been so busy, that I haven’t had time to post here, but I have been posting a lot to Instagram and Twitter (if you want to follow me there).

Anyway, here’s what’s been going on in my life lately.

coffee

Spent my first Valentine’s Day alone for the first time in many years. It was tough because it was different and filled with memories of the last few Valentine’s I spent with him.

But I got through it, I treated myself to flowers, sweets, a bubble bath and my favorite Mark Ruffalo movies.

desk, work at home, home office

maui mountains

I started a brand new job and I as of today, I’ve been working here for a month! I rearranged my work area and this is what my desk and view from my office space looks like! It’s a super fast-paced job and I really jumped in at a hectic time, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I love the people, the company mission and how important my job makes me feel. I’m in a really great place career-wise.

The weather in Hawaii has been insane lately. Our “winter” consists of lots of storms, rain and strange things like water spouts! Can you believe these two pictures were taken less than an hour apart? Crazy.

Another thing I’ve been LOVING lately is being awake every single morning for the sunrise. I used to wake up before the sun every morning, just to sit in silence and watch the skies wake up. But in the last few years, I haven’t done that.

In the last month, I’ve been awake for every single sunrise, and I love it. (I also start work at 5am, so technically I have to be awake, but that’s beside the point). But starting next week when the time changes, I’ll start at 4am… yikes.

san diego marina

san diego marina

A few days ago, I got back from a trip to San Diego. It was the first solo trip I’ve taken since leaving Canada, and it was liberating. There’s something about walking through an airport on your own, catching a cab and sleeping alone in an unknown place. It was wonderful.

Lastly, the other night I sat down and wrote prose for the first time in YEARS. It felt so good to let my heart spill out onto paper.

I write every day, but I haven’t written anything poetic in a long, long time and I hadn’t realized how much I missed it.


Would you be interested in my posting some of my prose here? I’ve been thinking about what I want this online space to be. I’ll be honest, initially I wanted this to be a place for many topics for the sake of monetization. However, I’m in a much different mindset now and want to focus more on my writing and photos – a more personal approach.

What do you think? ❤

Life Lately: Crazy Hawaii weather, finding happiness + lots of changes

Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

I’ve never known much about where I come from, but I’ve always been interested.

My mother did genealogy research about 10 years ago, but that’s only half of me.

I don’t have a close relationship with my birth father, and my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young.

So I had no way of knowing what makes me, me.

Then I decided to order a DNA kit, so I could finally figure out what I’m made up of and where I come from.


I decided on 23andMe’s Health and Ancestry kit because it gives you over 80 reports on your:

  • Ancestry
  • Carrier status for certain diseases and illnesses
  • Genetic health risks
  • Traits
  • Wellness

I ordered this thinking it would be interesting to know if any diseases run in my family, and exactly what percentage of Filipino I am.

See, before I took this test I thought I was just Filipino and a small mixture of Caucasian (French and German).

So I was blown away when I got my results back.


How does it work?

I may be living under a rock, but when I thought about DNA tests, I thought they could only be done via blood sample. But that isn’t true!

When you order 23andMe, they send you a small box with a saliva vile, you spit in it, send the box back and that’s it! It was super easy.

This map shows everywhere my ancestors are from.

North Africa?

South Asia? (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh)

Middle Eastern?

I was blown away. But that’s not all!

The test then breaks down your ancestry by the time period and ancestor.

Looking at this timeline really got me emotional, because I had never thought I was all these things.

And, each of these lines represents one of my ancestors. A person who lived and passed on traits to their children, and children’s children, and their children’s children, who eventually led to me.

It’s incredible.


Now that I know what makes me me, I want to learn more. I want to start studying my genealogy and learn about my ancestors, who they were, where they came from, what they lived through.

I’m so intrigued and fascinated by this, and I can’t wait to dive deeper!

Want to find out what makes you YOU? These kits are on sale on Amazon!

   

Have you done a DNA kit or studied your genealogy? Tell me your stories, I’d love to hear! 🙂

 

*Note: This is not sponsored, I’m just really passionate about this and HAD to share! Some links may be affiliate links, because milk is $7 a gallon in Hawaii.

Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

Life Lately: New job, getting healthy, and moving

The last few months have been a whirlwind.

I can’t even believe I’ve been back in Hawaii for almost half a year already (what?!) and since being back here, I’ve been really focusing on myself for the first time in years.

My breakup, leaving my job and home, and relocating back to America in the span of a week or two was rough on me. And while I’m being honest, I’m still healing. Every day is a struggle, and I think that’s important to recognize.


Heartbreak hotel.

I recently took a trip to Arizona and Las Vegas, and it was everything I needed. Being in the desert, driving for hours each day, immersing myself in foreign surroundings, seeing new people and new places was healing.

On my last night there, I broke down in my hotel room. I cried and asked “why, why, why” and when I woke up the next morning, it was as though I woke up in God’s hand. I felt okay. My heart opened up and I breathed out the biggest sigh of relief and felt thousands of pounds of resentment, guilt and regret lift right off my chest.

I got on the plane back to Hawaii, and watching the desert grow smaller and smaller, I knew I was ready to move on. I’d been holding on for so long, I didn’t realize how tired it was making me. It was time to let go.

I left my heart there in that desert, but I gained so much more.


Health (It’s all you got)

While I’m on a roll with “epiphanies,” I should mention that I realized that I’m getting older and should start taking care of my health. (I know. I’m only 25, but I’m sure not getting any younger!)

Tea

I started drinking mate tea every morning, afternoon and night. It’s an amazing metabolism booster and detox/cleanser, and it’s filled with antioxidants!

This is the one I got (because it was on sale and they sent me a free bottle too).

Vitamins

I also bought some personalized vitamins from Care/of! I’ll admit, I saw their sponsored posts on Instagram and was drawn to their marketing and clean design.

So I went on their site to take the health quiz, and they built a personalized program for me! It’s pretty awesome.

Also: They’re giving customers discounts and free shipping right now because shipping will take 1-2 weeks. So if you’re interested, now’s the time to try it out! 

(If you’re interested in a separate post about this, let me know!:))

Skincare

For the past two years, I’ve neglected my skincare. A typical night involved a makeup remover wipe, and that’s it.

So, I recently decided to splurge on some skincare products for myself, because again… I’m getting older and Father Time waits for no one to realize their neck is wrinkled and skin spots don’t disappear.

So if you need me, I’ll be diving head first into my Glossier skincare products I just ordered.


New year, new job

When you’re reading this, I’ll be starting a brand new job!

It’s a remote job that I landed by checking out these sites, and I’m thrilled to join their team of incredible, incredible people.

I’ll probably talk more about this later. Until then, just know I’m excited to put my skills and passions to good use 🙂


Moving. Again.

I’ll dedicate an entire post to the details about this, because it’s something so huge I can’t fathom squeezing it into this post. There’s just too much to say!

In short, I’m moving in June! I’ll be leaving Maui for the last time, and I’m excited, nervous, anxious and thrilled all at once.

The craziest part of it all? I have no idea where I’m going to.

I’m just going.


That’s what life has been looking like lately! What have you been up to? What’s something you’re looking forward to? ❤️

Life Lately: New job, getting healthy, and moving

Living Through the Hawaii Missile Threat

January 13th, 2018 will be a day I’ll remember forever. It was the day I was told I had 10 minutes left to live.

At 8:08am, my phone blared with this Emergency Alert:

hawaii ballistic missile threat

My mom came running up the stairs screaming, but all I could do was stand there. Whether it was disbelief or complete shock, all I kept thinking was: Is this really happening? Is this real?

I immediately jumped to all the news sites, social media, TV, radios – but there was nothing. People were talking about it on Facebook, posting the same screenshots of that emergency alert. But all the news stations were silent.

We didn’t know what to do. If it was real or not. Where we should go. How long we had. Where it would hit. We didn’t know anything.

So I called my loved ones, told them I loved them. And then I waited. My family and I sat and waited, because that’s all we could do.

10 minutes passed.

20 minutes passed.

Our world was silent. The streets were empty. The sound of cars ceased. Even the sound of my breath seemed to disappear.

After 37 grueling minutes, I got another emergency alert:

hawaii ballistic missile threat

A false alarm. Sent to over a million people.

Over a million people were told they had 10 minutes before a ballistic missile would end life as they knew it. Over a million people hugged their loved ones tight and desperately made phone calls. Over a million people sought shelter in bath tubs, closets, parking garages, and storm drains. Over a million people lost their safety and sanity for 37 minutes because of one person’s careless mistake.


January 13th changed me forever. I now know what it’s like to be faced with a missile threat. I now know what it’s like to be told I have 10 minutes. I know what it’s like to feel completely and utterly helpless and scared beyond belief.

But possibly most importantly, I know what it’s like to wish for more time. I now know what it’s like to be faced with the threat of death, have an out-of-body experience and ask myself if I’d done everything in my life that I wanted to do.

While I was sitting and waiting for the inevitable, I asked myself these questions:

  • Am I happy with how I lived my life?
  • Did I accomplish enough?
  • Was I nice enough?
  • How will I be remembered?
  • If I live, how will I live my life differently?

Then when I received that second emergency alert stating that it was a false alarm, I thought about all those questions I asked myself. And I decided that from this point onward, I’ll live my life as though I only have 10 more minutes. I’ll let go of the built up anger and stress and worry and just live my life.

Because you know what? In those 10 minutes, I realized that nothing matters. The cars in the driveway, the clothes in my closet, the university degree on the wall didn’t matter when we were faced with a ballistic missile or nuclear bomb or whatever we thought was headed our way.

So for the rest of my life, I won’t live as though those things are the only things that matter.


After we were 100% certain it was a false alarm, and we were safe, we decided to make the most of the day and do things we would miss had that threat been real. We went out on a boat and spent the day swimming with whales and listening to happy, country music and soaking up the sunshine.

We lived. We spent that day living and enjoying living and being grateful for life. And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of my life.

Living Through the Hawaii Missile Threat

2018

 

It’s here. A brand new year. A fresh page. Clean sheets. New eyes. Open book. Empty road. Endless possibilities.

2017… Never before have I been so moved by a year. There was good, bad, blessings and a whole lot of questioning, “Am I doing the right thing?” It was love and loss all wrapped into one. It was discovery, turmoil and awakening. It was a year I’ll never forget, because it was a year that shaped me, yanked me, nurtured me, changed me and ripped me apart all at once.

But 2018? 2018 is the year that puts me back together. 2018 will be my rebirth. And I’m ready, oh so ready.


Things that will be mine this year:

Before I get into my personal goals, I’m going to preface this: What do the words, “want” and “hope” mean to you? For me, they’re empty. They don’t tell me anything. You can “want” all you want, but as long as you don’t DO something, you’ll never achieve anything. When I hear people talking about their New Year Resolutions, all I hear is “I want to do X” or “I hope to achieve Y” or “I want to quit Z.”

How about we rephrase our goals a bit? What if instead of:

I want to eat healthier this year.

We say:

I WILL eat healthier this year.

Doesn’t that just sound 10 times better?

Food for thought. Okay, now here are some things that will be mine this year.


Happiness & Strength

This past year was extremely rough on my overall happiness and personal strength (emotionally, mentally and physically). I endured so much during that time, and it has been a long drawn out process getting back to ME again. But I’m determined!

I’m determined to find happiness in the little things, in every day life, in myself. I’m determined to not seek happiness in anyone or anything else – because I know it all starts within ME.

Vibrant Health

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know that I used to be really sick. But over the last two years or so, I haven’t been! In this new year, I am going to kick my health up a notch. Say goodbye to sugar (for the most part, let’s be real), cut down on unhealthy foods, and figure out a workout that works for me.

But that isn’t all. I need my body to make me proud. I don’t want to do this to “look good,” I just want to feel good. (Of course, looking good is great too! So I’ll take it 😉)

My First Book (!!!)

About a month ago, I started writing my first book! I’ve had ideas floating around my head for years, but I finally put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). I am determined to finish it this year to get it ready for publishing in the next year!

New Surroundings

Late last year, I relocated back from Canada to Hawaii. This is a temporary, “long vacation,” if you will. I’ll be moving again in June, but the exciting part is, I haven’t decided where I’ll be going yet! I just know the new year will bring new surroundings, new adventures and yet another brand new start.

A Better Blog/Brand

This year will be the year that I officially up my blog and brand. This will be the year I turn a profit from this blog, make it a secondary income (or main income? Wishful thinking…), and increase brand sponsorships/collaborations.

Another huge thing that will be happening this year, is my freelance consultations! If you take a look at my work page, I’ve listed some services that I will offer come the new year! I’ve been working in this industry for 5+ years and I’m proud to say I’m pretty good at it (semi-professional, if you ask me). SO! All that to say, I will be offering services in the new year and I’m so thrilled!


Lastly… Thank you.

I want to wrap this up by saying thank you. If you’ve been with me since I started back in my college dorm room, or if you joined me while I was in China, or when I moved to DC, or if this is the first blog you’re reading, THANK YOU. 

These last few months has been the hardest time of my life, and sharing my thoughts here on this blog and reading your comments serves as an escape.

I’ve gotten lots of warm messages from readers over the years, and it warms my heart to know that my words mean something to you. That I can inspire you, or uplift you, or bring you some sort of comfort, advice or entertainment, means the world to me.

Writing is all I know, and the fact that you are here reading this right now brings me so much joy.

I’m so grateful for this space and I’m so grateful for this teeny tiny community of incredible, beautiful people. Here’s to another year together!


What are you going to achieve this year? Tell me, I’d love to know! 💛

2018

Blue Christmas

This year’s Christmas was full of love and I was so lucky to be surrounded by family and people who love me. However, that doesn’t mean the holidays weren’t hard on me, because they were.

I think it’s tough on anyone who just got out of a relationship to celebrate the holidays because of all the memories associated with them. Also, ’tis the season to be jolly, right? Well, I’m sure we can all agree it’s hard to be jolly when everything is so different.

This year, I didn’t have a sappy caption under an adorable photo. I didn’t kiss anyone in front of the tree. I didn’t buy gifts for my “future in-laws.”

This year, I’m alone. But it’s okay.

Sure, I still find myself fighting back tears when all the memories start to weigh on my heart and the loneliness seeps in like a blinding fog.

But with each day, it’s getting easier, and I know it will only continue to get easier as time goes on and I become stronger and happier.

The holidays were exceptionally hard for me this year. And now, I finally understand why there are so many people who dread this time of year.

And if you’re one of them, I truly hope you find comfort in the coming New Year – a time to start fresh, push the past year aside, and move toward your future.


Now that I’ve got that off my heart, here are some photos from my Christmas this year.

I was lucky enough to spend it with my family and loved ones. We cooked, baked, laughed and shared memories. It was a wonderful day, that I’ll miss next year when I’m somewhere new.

Here’s what my Christmas looked like.


How did you celebrate this year? ❤️

Blue Christmas

Thanksgiving at Home

The last two Thanksgivings have been very different. Last year, I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving because I was in Canada (so I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in October). The year before that, I was living on my own in DC, and I spent Thanksgiving by myself.

So this year when I was able to celebrate Thanksgiving at home with my family, I was over the moon.

We spent the day baking and cooking, watching the parade, playing board games, and of course… napping. It was perfect. Here are some photos from that day!


Spending the holidays with my family will always be my favorite thing to do. Did you celebrate Thanksgiving with your family? How did you spend the day? 💛

Thanksgiving at Home

Thankful

I love the holiday season, because it has a special way of reminding us to show gratitude and make family time a priority.

So much has happened this year, and I think it would be strange if I wasn’t thankful for it all.

It’s been filled to the brim with ups and downs. I’ve been at my highest and I’ve certainly been at my very lowest. But you know what?

I’m very thankful for everything that I’ve gone through over the past year, because all of it has helped me grow in one way or another. And, if I hadn’t experienced the things I had this year, I wouldn’t be where I am – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Before I get into what I’m thankful for, I feel like I need to preface this by saying I’m the type of person who is simply amazed by everything, I’m grateful for everything, and I think everything is beautiful. So picking and choosing just a few things to add to a list is difficult. But here we go…

Here are just a few things I’m thankful for 🍂

A perfect & loving support group

Right now, I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I’m constantly overwhelmed with love. Since moving back home, I’ve been supported non-stop. Being back home again helped me realize that family really is the only constant, and no matter what happens in life, no matter how far I move, no matter how big the mistakes I make, my family and close friends will always, always be here supporting me and lifting me up when I need it the most.

My health

If you’ve been following my story for a while, you’d know I used to be very, very ill. (Like, almost needing a transplant, almost being put onto an IV drip twice a week, taking oral chemotherapy sick). But over the past year, my health has drastically improved. I’m happy to say I’m no longer on medications of any sort, and I’m just happily living my life, pain-free!

My faith journey

Over the past year alone, my faith has gotten so much stronger. I’ve been a huge part of my church, I dive into the bible every day, and I live each day with a more christ-centered focus. I was raised a Christian, but never really had a strong, personal relationship with Jesus until this past year and I’m so glad I found it. I look forward to continuing my faith journey and getting deeper into the bible and gaining more fellowship and community!

Sunsets, waterfalls, beaches, rainbows (you get it)

Since being back in Hawaii, I see everything with a fresh pair of eyes. And I have a newfound appreciation for all the little things. I never thought I’d miss Hawaii so much, but after being away from my islands for over two years, I realize now that this is my home and my heart. Every day, I’m given a new piece of beauty to be thankful for. Yesterday, I was given not one, but two rainbows! The night before that, the skies were painted purple and pink. And even though it’s raining and storming outside today, Maui still has its magical way of turning a gloomy day into a beautiful one. I’m grateful to live in paradise, but I truly believe there’s beauty everywhere. Wherever you are in the world, find the beauty in it. Seek the wonder and be thankful that this is your home.

The opportunity to live all around the world

Over the past few years, I’ve lived on two continents and on a rock smack dab in the middle of the pacific. I’ve gone from Oregon to Hawaii to China to Hawaii to Washington DC to Canada and back to Hawaii. (And I’ve got something in the works for the next place I choose to live, but I’ll wait to announce that one… Hint: it’s going to be huge, like really huge)

Anyway, I’m thankful that I’ve been able to live all over the world. And I even lived out my dream of living abroad!

The ability to plan for the future

I’m thankful for the ability to make plans for the future. I know lots of people who are so stuck in their lives or limited by jobs, debt, finances, or family situations that prevent them from even dreaming. And that’s heartbreaking. So, I make sure to show gratitude when I make plans for my future, because I know there are so many people who are unable to do that.

My last relationship

This one is a bit tricky, and you might be thinking: “Why would you be thankful for a relationship that ended?” And well, I’m thankful for it because it taught me a lot about love, life, and ultimately, myself. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ve read all my posts about my relationship as it was unfolding – all the good, the happiness, the love, how we went from long distance to living together. But I haven’t spoken about how it all came crashing to a halt, and I don’t intend to. It’s private, personal and out of respect for others involved, I’ll keep it all to myself (and my journal).

But there are some things I do want you to know.

Sure, it was tough, it was heartbreaking, it made me an emotional, anxiety-ridden wreck.

Even so, I am unbelievably grateful for it all.

I’m thankful for all the fights we got into – how minuscule or colossal they may have been, for all the nights spent crying and alone, the yelling and driving off, the anger, the frustrations. I’m grateful for it all because they all taught me something about living with someone, loving someone else, and most importantly, they taught me things about myself, too.

I’m also thankful for all the good, happy memories we made together. I’m thankful for the laughter, the slow dancing in the kitchen at midnight, the banana bread baking on a Tuesday afternoon, movie nights with his family, and making plans and promises together. I’m thankful for being loved, and being able to love so greatly.

It’s because of this relationship that I’m in a place right now where I’m focusing on myself, my happiness, my overall well-being, my growth.

For that, I’m thankful.


What are you thankful for this year? Tell me, I’d love to hear!

And, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!  ❤️

Thankful

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 2012, I lost my stepmom to breast cancer. Last year, my mom got checked for lumps (she’s okay, thankfully). This year, one of our friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. And with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it just seemed fitting to join a walk.

I thought about my stepmom a lot that day. I was surrounded by other survivors, fighters, and people (like me) who have been affected by breast cancer by losing a loved one.

It was emotional, but smiles were everywhere.

It felt good doing good.

My mom and I before the walk!

We had a pink sunset that night. It seemed fitting after a day filled with pink and love.

Do you know anyone who is battling or has battled breast cancer? Tell me! I’d love to add them to my prayer list ❤️

Breast Cancer Awareness Month