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

Think Big-Picture To Find Passion

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If you Google “passion quotes”, an endless list of inspirational pictures and page results appear! You don’t need anyone to tell you that “finding your passion in life” is a hot topic. Continue reading

Blogging Is My Happy Place

I’m a big advocate of having a hobby that you love. Something you can lose yourself in and be completely happy. Whether it’s baking, running, motor sports, or fashion, this hobby completes you as a person.  Continue reading

How to Throw a Blog-Worthy Birthday Party

My Scorpio Sister, Lyndee, and I recently celebrated our birthdays together and it was a blast!  We wanted to set it up all nicely so that I could take photos of the party for my blog.  Some things didn’t go according to plan, but it didn’t matter as we had the time of our lives.  So here are my lessons-learned so that you can throw yourself a blog-worthy party.  Scroll to the bottom for a short gallery of guest photos.

1. Book an accommodating venue.

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Getting Better with Age

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Some of my current anti-aging products …

Sometimes I feel OLD. My two wrinkles are particularly obvious that day, my back is aching for no reason and I’m going to bed early on a Saturday night. No wonder people complain about aging and dread growing old. Well, I’m tired of it! No, I’m not tired of getting old. I’m tired of hearing the complaints. Call me delusional, but I really don’t think it’s as bad as it seems. Here are some of my optimistic reasons why growing old means that life only gets better.

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So Jelly … How to Turn Envy into Positivity

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One night I was scrolling through good old Facebook when I came across a friend of a friend of a friend. (Yes, it was that kind of night.) She was just fascinating, so allow me to share what my train of thought was like as I “stalked” her: Continue reading

A Letter to the Tweens and Teens

Dearest Tweens and Teens,

You’re now in your tween or teen years. The best years of your life – KIDDING! School is starting to get stressful, kids are mean, your body is changing … I can go on. I like to call this stage of life “The Awkward Years”. 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