This album has been the soundtrack of my life for about a year. @indiaarie I often wonder if you ever knew how impactful these particular songs would be in the lives of your listeners when you were in the writing process. I mean from  beginning my healing process  of child molestation, to accepting that I am enough, trying to figure out what my life purpose is,  to quitting 2 jobs because I was absolutely miserable and felt stuck, to the passing of my grandmother, to working backstage at fashion week for the first time, to doubting if my career goals were realistic, to finally following my dreams… My story is far from over, but I thought I might send someone a little encouragement today. Don’t let my photos fool you! We ALL are going through something. My life isn’t  perfect, but I am the happiest that I ever been. And I refuse to let anything or anyone kill my vibe. It is possible to be genuinely happy no matter what.  #MyYearSoFar #ButGod #BreakTheShell #IamLight #SongVersation #SoulBirdRise #Choices #Purpose #Happiness #LoveLife #Divine #LifeSoundtrack #MyStory #Encouragement #NotPerfect #JustDoYou #ArtThatSpeaksLifeIntoOthers #KeepMoving #ThankYouIndia ✨✨✨✨

-Raquel 🌻

This album has been the soundtrack of my life for about a year. @indiaarie I often wonder if you ever knew how impactful these particular songs would be in the lives of your listeners when you were in the writing process. I mean from beginning my healing process of child molestation, to accepting that I am enough, trying to figure out what my life purpose is, to quitting 2 jobs because I was absolutely miserable and felt stuck, to the passing of my grandmother, to working backstage at fashion week for the first time, to doubting if my career goals were realistic, to finally following my dreams… My story is far from over, but I thought I might send someone a little encouragement today. Don’t let my photos fool you! We ALL are going through something. My life isn’t perfect, but I am the happiest that I ever been. And I refuse to let anything or anyone kill my vibe. It is possible to be genuinely happy no matter what. #MyYearSoFar #ButGod #BreakTheShell #IamLight #SongVersation #SoulBirdRise #Choices #Purpose #Happiness #LoveLife #Divine #LifeSoundtrack #MyStory #Encouragement #NotPerfect #JustDoYou #ArtThatSpeaksLifeIntoOthers #KeepMoving #ThankYouIndia ✨✨✨✨

-Raquel 🌻

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Not right now ≠ No
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#Grateful #RespectTheProcess #KillThatFearOfRejection #ThatOneOpenDoorThatChangesEverything #UpstateNY #Mountains #NewBeginnings #Reflections #Latergram #RoadTrip #SayYes #Purpose #Living #MyStory #ItsNotOver #Blessed #Testimony

Not yet ≠ No
Not right now ≠ No
Wait ≠ No

#Grateful #RespectTheProcess #KillThatFearOfRejection #ThatOneOpenDoorThatChangesEverything #UpstateNY #Mountains #NewBeginnings #Reflections #Latergram #RoadTrip #SayYes #Purpose #Living #MyStory #ItsNotOver #Blessed #Testimony

Dear Diary

Social Media has made us feel so comfortable to share every single detail of our lives. From who we’re dating, to where we are eating lunch, pictures of the children in our family, job promotions, unemployment, and other matters that we might have otherwise kept private. But why? Why do we share so much of lives online? Is it a form of therapy? Is it to prove to our followers/friends that everything in our life is picture perfect? Is it to gain validation from others?
Some of us use these platforms as our personal daily journals. When and where do we draw the line?