Seeing in Black & White

“I think it’s because it was an emotional story, and emotions come through much stronger in black and white. Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” Kim Hunter I’ve been actively uploading my photos in my Instagram account for the last two weeks. I am…

Embracing Negative

I’ve seen it all and read it all. This thing about positivity. Positive thoughts. Positive feelings. Positive influence. Positive vibes. Positive crowd. You get my point? I have nothing against someone who sees and feels nothing but positivity. In fact, I have so much respect for those people. But you know… Negative feelings matter too….

Spring of Hope

It’s been a while. So what should I write when the whole world is hurting. When isolating ourselves, social distancing, working from home for most and classes being held online becomes the norm. I am currently on administrative leave from work and I’m not really sure for how long. My daughter celebrated her eighteenth birthday…

Things I Learned Before Fifty

Next month, yours truly, will be celebrating the big 5-0! Actually, no big celebration is in the works as I don’t like partying or socializing much. Every year, I write myself a birthday letter but this year, I don’t feel like doing it. Instead, I am going to share the things I’ve learned in no…

What’s Your Blueprint?

It’s been a quiet few days, (or was it weeks?) here at Charina.Writes. Actually, I have about three drafts written in my “Charina Writes” folder in my notes application. But quite frankly, it sounded desperate. You know, like I wrote it just for the sake of being intentional. So I am here to admit, that…

What’s Your Story?

When all is said and done. And it’s time for us to go. These writings will be a beautiful reminder of who we are, A life beautifully expressed and lived…. In writing. charina.writes If you are a writer, chances are – you know what I’ll be talking about (be sure to read the underlined, I…

One Day

Busy. If busy is not the most used word, what do you think would it be? Suppose that you are only given just one more day to live – what would you do? I think it would make a big difference if we were given the chance to know this in advance. The problem is,…

Picture Perfect!

In photography, it’s not enough that we have a good camera. Knowing how to use it properly is of upmost importance. I am a natural light photographer, so the time of day plays an equally important role. Luck and timing is needed at certain times if not most. But one that is not given much…

Genuinely Authentic

How do you define authenticity? You all, I am sitting in my favorite spot right now (top floor stairwell), being intentional in my writing. Do you all think there is power in being genuinely authentic? I’m talking about not being afraid to show our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, how deeply we love, how limited our knowledge of…

How Much Is Enough?

Nine days ago marked my 10th year working as a housekeeper. Eleven years actually – if we count my first year working as a temporary. If you would’ve asked me 11 years ago if I knew that I would last this long here, my answer would probably be a no. When I started working as…