Minding My Mindfulness

Mind your mindfulness Isabel Valoria Rao

I must confess: I am a laggard when it comes to most trends. Yoga, iPods, iPhones, skinny jeans, even Instagram! So when I started hearing all this hype about mindfulness and ‘living in the moment’, my initial thought was “give me a break”. Mindful eating? Meditation? Ugh. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Dream Wedding in the Philippines

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Hello, there!  Yes, I’m at that age in which almost everyone I know is getting engaged or married.  This year, Jett and I will be attending at least 4 weddings – one of them being our own in St. Lucia.  Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Why Travel?

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Hi, everyone! I am back into the swing of things after a month-long vacation to the Philippines, Thailand and Ethiopia. Naturally I now have to blog about “why one should travel”. For a while in the beginning of my professional life, I did not enjoy traveling. I did not understand why I needed to leave home because I love being home on that lazy Sunday, watching Netflix, reading a good book and/or drinking a delicious pot of tea. It was just recently when I had learned to appreciate traveling and I’m now going to tell you why. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: 2015 Reality Check

I’ve been fighting the urge to write this particular blog because I didn’t want this to be a typical “My Year on Facebook” sort of post. But now that 2016 has officially started, I feel the need to look back on 2015 and be grateful. The year flew by way too quickly so please allow me to reflect on it for a bit. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Taking Life Seriously

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2015 is quickly coming to a close so I started to reflect on this past year. It was such an exciting year with so many trips and so many life events for my close friends. But then I started reflecting way back. Back to when I was a little girl when the highest stress in my life was getting good grades. I took life so seriously then and I have to admit that I still do now. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Make Your Mantra for 2016

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Resolutions never work! At least for me they don’t. This year my resolution was to be punctual. Alas, I am still that friend who is always late. As a teenager my resolution was always to lose enough weight to get to 120 lbs. Never have I ever been that weight! Well, maybe when I was … say 11 years old?  If you’re like me, instead of making a resolution for 2016, try making a mantra. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Simplify Your Life

Things are getting hectic around the Valoria-Rao household.  Not only are we getting ready for a big vacation, we are still living in a construction zone due to last month’s leak issue (as we wait on our upstairs neighbour for the repairs), Jett’s busy flipping a condo with Acclaimed Properties, I’m trying to get all my year-end tasks done for work, we’re attending a bunch of Christmas events, I haven’t even started Christmas shopping … and the list goes on and on! Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Life and Lemons

Sometimes life gives you lemons that are so bad, you just can’t make lemonade.  Don’t panic!  Everyone gets lemons in varying degrees.  Try not to be a party pooper, deal with it and live your life!  Of course you can rant about it with your close friends and family, but don’t dwell on it for too long — vent and move on.  Life is not perfect and that’s what makes it interesting. Continue reading

Isabel’s Millennialogue: Software and Saris!

My future sister-in-law, Nisha, is getting married in Ethiopia and I’m so excited to be a part of it!  But this meant that I needed a green and black sari for her wedding as I’m a part of her unofficial bridal party 🙂 Continue reading

KNOVO: Supporting Women in Corporate Calgary

I love Calgary. But the fact that we are one of the “worst places to be a woman in Canada” irks me. We are a highly diverse, multicultural city with so much to do and so much to experience and I want people to see that. It’s time for change. It’s time to show people that Calgary is inclusive and diverse. It’s time to create an environment where women are fully participating in, contributing to, and leading efforts to build Alberta’s economy. And this is exactly what KNOVO aims to do. Continue reading