VOCATION: Stepping into the Fullness of Who You ARE

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs There is a lot of talk about “vocation“, especially in relation to God’s plan for us. It can be confusing, but put simply, vocation isn’t just a ‘career choice’ or ‘relationship status’ (whether you’re married, single, or going into religious life); it’s being who you REALLY ARE and who you were…

The Beauty in SURRENDER

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  It’s funny how ‘freedom’ and ‘surrender’ are two words that seem to contradict each other—freedom usually referring to “doing whatever one wants.” But I learned recently that sometimes the opposite is true: that freedom, in the deepest sense, is surrendering what we want in place of something greater. LET ME…

Lessons Learned from "Penelope": LOVE YOURSELF

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  I fell in love with the movie “Penelope” for several reasons: 1) It starred James McAvoy <3, 2) It was funny, and 3) It was cute, lighthearted, and fairytale-like. At first, that was all I saw in it — just a cute movie, with a cute story, and a VERY cute…

Lessons Learned from My 8 Year Old Cousin

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3The past month has been a swirl of activity since my cousins visited from the Philippines. Unlike many people, I rarely get the opportunity to see my relatives. Being the…

Doing What Works for YOU

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  Sometimes we use other people’s lives as standards for how we should live our own. A friend graduates from university and you think, “I should’ve graduated by now too.” A friend gets married and you think, “I should be married by now too.” A friend gets a promotion and you…

Spring Cleaning Your Life (Part 2): RIGHT MINDSET

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Last week’s post (Part 1) was the weed-plucking stage: removing the negative baggage from our lives to make space for the new. Now with the soil cleared up, it’s time to plant seeds — seeds in the form of the “right mindset”. THE 4 MINDSETS … Mindset #1: Embrace Discomfort It sounds…

Everyone Has a Story to Tell: What’s YOURS?

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  It’s crazy because lately the events in my life have been pointing towards one thing: the importance of telling a story.I attended a musical last night titled “Right Here, Write Now” (fantastic use of talent to raise funds for a great cause, by the way) about a girl who felt…

Feel Like You’ve Got Nothing to Offer? Don’t buy it.

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsOne of the most paralyzing things that prevent us from offering our gifts and talents is the belief that we do not have something valuable to offer.MY STRUGGLE … For a long time my struggle with self-esteem was related to accepting that I was an introvert. Susan Cain explains it excellently…

"Self-Appreciation" vs. "Self-Improvement"

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  While reading a magazine, I came across a tragic article about young women who committed suicide, despite being accomplished & successful. These women were highly driven and goal-oriented, with big dreams and great expectations. However, the constant desire for self-improvement left them feeling stressed, disillusioned, isolated, worthless, and disappointed that they could never…

"Walking Resume" Epidemic? NO MORE.

Follow this blog on Twitter: @realtalkblogs I recently had the pleasure of attending an event in my university where I got to meet other young women like me who were interested in (what you might call a cliche) “making a difference in the world”. Now these were all beautiful, very talented, very capable women who…