It’s Not About Me

For the past weeks or was it months (at least that’s how it felt like), I have this empty feelings about my IG account. Now if you know me personally, you would know how much I love photography. But then it came to a point where all I see are people posting photos every day…

What’s Your Routine?

Ah the constant struggle with the busyness of life. It’s this daily thing to stay with a routine, like a clockwork. Get up, check phone, post something and check social media, coffee, messages, emails, get ready for the day, drive to work and meet the day’s work and school deadlines. Throughout the day up to…

That Thing Called Legacy

I can’t remember when was the last time I write or at least tried to write. I don’t think the problem was about not having anything to write. I just don’t want to. Period. Does my writing and stories matter? I told myself that it didn’t. It’s a waste of time to be writing and…

Don’t Do That

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” Markus Zusak I feel like it’s been forever since I tried writing my thoughts down. For the past several years, I’ve been very open about my feelings. I have no qualms in showing my vulnerability to others. I…

{Brave}

“The only way to being at peace with yourself is to be accepting and loving of who you are.” Let me share you a story. Before I started blogging fourteen years ago, I was in a woman’s group and from there I became aware of this thing called blogging. And I told myself, Charina…you can…

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….

{Stillness}

I’m sitting here in our living room by myself. No noise but the occasional sound coming from our wind chime hanging in our front porch. Windows open wide letting the cool breeze in. Peace. Calm. Quiet. I wonder why some thrive on too much noise. Noise from the tv screens. Noise from others talking. Noise…

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…