1. Hashtags are not embarrassing.
It’s silly, but I never used to add hashtags to my Instagrams. I saw it as clutter, it wasn’t my style and besides, all those big ‘grammers never used them.
But I’m not a famous Instagrammer and who am I to think that I’m above something as useful as a hashtag, right??? So last month, I started adding relevant tags to my photos and this resulted in a handful of new followers. Frankly, I was a little surprised because I didn’t think hashtags could be that effective!
So use a few, use only what’s relevant, or use an entire paragraph (and let people judge)— just use them!
2. Going pescetarian is easy.
Several people have asked me how I do it. Well… I just did. I wasn’t even planning on it! I had gone a couple of days without eating chicken and decided to keep going.
Did you know that pigs and chickens are said to be smarter than toddlers and that cows have emotional depth? Did you know that one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water that could otherwise go to people in need? It’s easy to assume that I gave up (land) meat to lose weight but that’s not the case at all. I’m doing it because I love animals and because it’s also better for the environment.
Here’s to hoping I can keep this up forever!
3. Being pescetarian doesn’t equal to being a healthy eater.
It’s not all raw greens, acai bowls, and green smoothies with chia seeds!
You guys should see the amount of white rice and potatoes (potato chips, really) I eat. I figured that if I’m “depriving” myself of steak, liempo, and Chicken Joy, why should I deprive myself of my favorite carbs? Back in college, I attempted to go vegetarian for all the wrong reasons, but quit a week in because I was living on a diet of instant noodles and Skyflakes. Super unhealthy and made me fatter (in my head), so I went running back to Box O’ Rice’s Beef Salpicao faster than you can say “calories.”
Skinny is a young woman’s game and I’ve (thankfully) aged out of that. I don’t care if my diet is making me gain weight because I feel cute and good about myself anyway.
4. Small minds will always be small minds.
If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that people’s knee-jerk reaction to things they don’t agree with will always be:
“Sino ba siya? Sikat ba siya?”
Babbies, let me tell you this: you don’t need to be famous or a celebrity just for your voice to matter or for your thoughts and feelings to be valid. Be an Edward Droste in a Taylor Swift world. Don’t dismiss people based on their social status or klout score; dismiss them because they’re stupid, wrong, and/or oppressive.
5. Why I blog.
When Lifestyle Bloggers are Useless kind of blew up, it gained the attention some undesirables. I never read more than the first few comments, but friends reported that there were folks spewing BS like how I use high-tail or long-tail keywords for SEO or something like that. And I was sitting there thinking… “what?”
post press releases “blog” for hits, some for event invites, some for freebies, some for money. That’s totally okay because blogging is a legitimate job/business, but don’t assume that everyone else blogs for those same reasons.
I make a living writing and being creative for other brands. It’s fun, but like all jobs, it can drain you. It might seem silly to still be writing during my free time, but blogging is my way of fighting the umay. It’s also where I can write and be creative for myself.
Why do you blog? :)
Other recent (life) lessons that don’t need paragraphs of explaining:
I snore louder than Joey.
Contouring is fun and easy.
Gadgets don’t last forever.
Katsu Cafe’s Fish Katsu Set is super yummy.
I really am deathly allergic to cats.
My work inbox will be my downfall.
I should really read ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS.
Tequila isn’t so bad (I am going to regret this).