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…

Messy Grace

Blue skies. Snow covered trees. Empty benches. Sunrises. Sunsets. These are a few of my favorite things. I was going to complain about a few things today, but then, I was reminded that most of the things that I want to complain about…a lot of people would loved to have.. But before you judge me…

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…

Looking But Not Seeing. Listening But Not Hearing.

There is a stats feature in my blog where I can see how many people visited or read my posts for the day, weeks, months or the year to date.⁣⁣This photo is from last month to today of this year. Number 1 on the stats is USA followed by China, India on 3rd and Philippines…

Finding My Circle

The past few days have been quiet for me, literally. I have been racking my brains and tugging at my heart hoping I’ll come up with something to write about. But then, my writing is not all about made up stories or forcing myself to come up with some “feel good moments” or “I don’t…

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…

I See You!

I’m telling you, I’ve been trying to find Mrs. Positive for the last four days and nowhere can I find her. I’ve been trying my best to be this upbeat, happy and always eager human and nope – she’s not cooperating. But then again, since when talking about real-honest-raw feelings, negative? Just like this… I…