My Beauty Routine Helps My Anxiety, It’s Not Just Vanity

Depression and anxiety have always been present in my life. Early on, I thought it was simply an overreaction to circumstances. I was too emotional, I wore my heart on my sleeve – not realizing that it is a chemical imbalance in my brain, which constantly leads to dilapidating thoughts. It comes in waves: constant […]

(I Was) a Slave to My Beauty Products

I’ve resolved not to create a Best of 2018 series; please bear with me, and allow me to explain my “plight”. I’ve been doing a lot of introspection, and it was only proper to let this be out in the open. 2018, literally, changed me (and my spending habits). Here I was, this beauty enthusiast, this […]

The Elusive Pursuit of Christlikeness (And Why It’s Okay)

As a “new” Christian, I was in the process of rediscovering my faith. These recurring words I’ve heard since I was a child — salvation, grace, and surrender — finally found its way into my heart. These became foundations of a single-minded pursuit of a relationship with God. For moments of struggle, I was pointed to a powerful thought […]

What Christianity Tells Me About #LoveWins

When I tell people I’m a Bible-reading, church-attending, Hillsong-singing Born Again Christian, they ask me a number of things – one being what I think about homosexuals. In the years that I’ve been a professing and baptized Christian, I’ve seen and heard much from both ends of the spectrum. We have gotten bad reputation time and […]

Top 6 Lessons from My First Corporate Job

At the age of 20, I graduated from university. For 4 years, I studied to be a graphic designer in a beautiful campus in Katipunan. By graduation, I was well-aware of 2 verily inconvenient truths: I hated designing – yet can appreciate good design when I see it – and most importantly, I was horrible […]

Exchanging Apathy for Passion: How to Restart Your Spiritual Life

Burnt out, exhausted, and lifeless…are these words to describe your time with God? We’ve all been there. There are divine seasons marked by one breakthrough after the other, fueled by God-breathed passion – when Scripture feels supernaturally alive, life is full of purpose, and God’s mission is clear. Then we wake up, barely willing to […]

3 Things I’m Taking with Me from 2017

One glorious breakthrough after another, 2017 is a year of relentless, God-ordained humbling (and heartbreak, if I may truthfully say so). Some days were lusterless and devoid of hope while others were painstakingly designed by the Creator – to reveal Himself to me, or through me. I cannot ask for anything better for I’ve learned […]

Serving a God Who Weeps

A part of me has always been ashamed of my emotions. When you grow up with a heart like mine, your expectations of love and understanding of grace limit your actual communion with it. As a young girl, I let my heart do the leading. I allowed my emotions to control my response to situations […]