Stillness and Change

Rachel Off Duty: Stillness and Change

I was listening to a podcast on my way to work this morning (Reply All, if you wanted to know), and the storyline focused around this man who–for the sheer enjoyment of it–has spent every Sunday evening for the past 9 years fixing grammatical errors on Wikipedia. A silent internet hero, correcting the world’s sloppy […]

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Fear of Missing Out

Rachel Off Duty: Fear of Missing Out

We live in a social media-driven, impatient, insatiable age where the hunger to constantly be experiencing and sharing things is as much of a common denominator as it is a burden. Really though, I think that everyone in their 20s right now feels a similar insatiable hunger. A desire–a need–to go out and do everything, be everywhere, […]

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Self Love + Mental Health Month

Rachel off Duty: Self Love

No frills. No Photoshop. Just a little realness for you guys. I realize that there are probably a significant number of people who may read my blog, or see my Instagram, and not know anything about me and the things that make me who I am. This post is one small attempt at breaking the […]

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Off Duty in Oahu’s North Shore

Off Duty in Oahu's North Shore

As some of you know, I was born and raised on Oahu. I’m an island girl at heart, and I try to go at least once a year to visit my family and the beaches I grew up with. The last time I went home was last February, and I just saw my parents a […]

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A Final Thought on 2016

A Final Thought on 2016

2016 was rough, wasn’t it?   I didn’t really feel compelled to dwell on shortfalls and negatives from this past year. In fact, in my own personal bubble I call life, 2016 was a damn good year. But, everywhere on social media, there it was. People blaming 2016 for their problems. Posts exclaiming that 2016 […]

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Christmas in California

Christmas in California

This is the second holiday season in a row that I’ve not been able to go home (home, if you don’t know me, is across the pond in Hawaii). Now, I’m not complaining. I love California. But it’s always a little bit harder this time of year when I’m here and my family is thousands […]

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Slowing Things Down Before Christmas

Slowing Things Down Before Christmas

I love this time of year. I love how lively everyone gets, and how everyone seems to move with more purpose, hurrying to get all of the last-minute errands done before the year is up. But it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos. In between shopping for gifts, attending holiday parties, working, […]

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