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The Beauty of Mindfulness + My Writing Journey

steph cruz

We live in an age where we find ourselves getting carried away by the constant hammering of societal pressures.  Our minds get spindled into this web of never-ending discord, perpetually grasping for air because we lose focus of what truly matters. 

Before I started exploring the world of blogging back in 2011, I was first a freelance creative writer and a virtual assistant. I was assigned projects to work on poetry pieces, children’s stories, contemporary romance novels and even erotica. I enjoyed the process of drafting a novel and writing down plot points. Back then, I earned a decent amount from merely writing novels but as I started branching to lifestyle, fashion and beauty articles, I realized I could potentially earn more by tapping onto these niches. 


With opening up to a new style of writing, I ultimately launched my own blog entitled, “Pretty Little Dreamer” and was able to connect with different bloggers from different walks of life. It was a fulfilling experience being a part of a community that empowered and motivated you to become the best version of yourself. But alongside new opportunities coming my way, I had to embrace another significant change in my life – moving to a new country. 

Leaving my grandparents and the life I’ve always known behind was hard enough for me, let alone adapting to a new country. I had a lot of questions at the time whether I will survive or not but then there was this small voice inside me saying that I finally have a chance to make my dreams a reality. This same determination led me to decide to pursue Journalism. 

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During my last two semesters for my Associate’s Degree, I remembered feeling burned out on a constant basis as I was under the pressure of producing content. At that point I realized that as a Journalist, I should learn how to thrive in a fast-paced environment or I won’t survive a day. That’s when things got worst as I was always on the edge, anxious, tensed and felt lost and disconnected.

I would go to school but it didn’t feel like I was there physically. Like an off-switch in my brain, I shut down on all my school responsibilities for about a month and decided to take a break. At the time it didn’t feel right to just leave everything hanging but I had to do something to refresh my brain and that’s when I started being more aware and more mindful of my mind and body. 


After graduating from my Associate’s Degree, I realized I needed time to just rewire my entire being before I jump back into the scene. I needed time to recollect why I’m pursuing this career path when I know for a fact that I can make a living out of something else.

My relentless pursuit of creating alternate worlds and breathing life onto characters fueled by my imagination has provided much comfort in my life. Piecing words together and constructing poetry and narratives were not a mere hobby, but an illuminating realization that this is who I am. This is the passion that defines me from the very beginning. 

To help me remember and acknowledge the need for mindfulness, I wear this bracelet from EvaDaneI chose the Libra charm to remind me of my strengths and to utilize them to my fullest potential. Likewise, the beads I chose were Rosewood as its energetic properties are known to shield the bearer from negative energy and helps manifest your dreams and desires. Made from semiprecious stones, EvaDane crafts these bracelets with mindful attention and care as each piece of jewelry reflects your life’s journey, beliefs and the energy you want to attract. 

We all have days where we feel lost and disconnected but after going through a slew of ups and downs in the past, I realized the importance of mindfulness and living with intention. We currently live in an economic climate where individuals operate in an atmosphere with increasingly extra pressure to do more. Being fully attentive and enhancing our awareness equates to a productive mindset. We can hustle all we want but then we must learn to understand that our bodies are only capable of so much stress until we break down. In the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, we find ourselves losing our connection with the present moment. Fast forward to this day, I’m spreading my wings onto other career areas but from time to time, I touch base with the creative writer living inside me.

She heaved a weary sigh as she let her heavy eyes droop. The four gray walls and four gray towers that overlooked a space of flowers had held her captive for an eternity. She craved freedom and yet she was terrified of the shadowy world that lay beyond her castle walls and the banks of her river. So she sat in her castle on her river and watched peoples lives unfold before her. Sometimes when she was too tired to watch she closed her eyes and listened instead to the rush and the gurgle of the river all about her. It was then that she would let her imagination run down the castle steps to be carried away by its unending flow. That river would carry her where she could never go herself.

I hope this inspires you to practice mindfulness no matter what it is you do:)


P.S. Thank you to EvaDane for generously sending me the Libra charm bracelet. Feel free to check them out on Amazon and for their collection of beautiful and meaningful jewelry pieces to guide your journey, no matter what path you choose to take.

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  • Reply Catherine

    youve improved so much, steph! cant help but smile:) continue to reach your dreams! btw, nice and clean layout you got here. (jelly of your typewriter)

    September 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Steph

      Thank you so much Ate Cath – for always believing in me.. <33 P.s. have yet to tweak the theme but will leave it like this for now muna 😀

      September 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm
  • Reply Rose

    Congrats on your degree. When you start on a degree journey you have so much motivation and energy and that hard work and goal sucks the life out of you. I like that tour bracelet is a beacon of hope and calmness. Looking at it to remind you where you have come from and where your headed. Good luck in your writing.

    September 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Amber Myers

    You are doing so awesome! What a cool typewriter! And I really like that bracelet. It’s such a gorgeous design.

    September 5, 2017 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Akamatra

    The bracelet is a great token of concentration and determination. I love the typewriter so much!

    September 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Karyn Locke

    It really is a pretty bracelet. If that’s what reminds you to keep to your goals, i’m all for it.

    September 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply jhilmil

    Loved the way you have photographed that typewriter with yourself! Great to know that you pursued your dreams and is consistently moving to nurture more.

    September 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply CurvyLogic

    Your past as a creative writer shines through your posts. I love your descriptive words and your overall writing style. I look forward to reading more from you!

    September 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Edwin Prasetio

    I can see how much you are so zealous in writing. Passionate and full of inspiration. Keep up the good work!

    September 6, 2017 at 10:24 am
  • Reply Amila

    It’s nice to read about your journey until the degree.And I really like these photos with cute type writer.This bracelet sounds good to wear.I checked their site.There are lot of beautiful designs available!

    September 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm
  • Reply lakisha

    Congrats on finishing your degree! Woot Woot! Also I totally love that you’ve found something that you are passionate about and using it to fuel your dreams! Creating a reality you love!

    September 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Jade

    Writing is so therapeutic no matter the medium. Thank you for sharing! And love the shoot!

    September 10, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Wasifa Hasan

    Loved the pictures!

    September 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Krystle Sanders

    Congrats on getting your Associates! Those bracelets are beautiful! Journalism can definitely be a high stress career so don’t forget to take time out to do the things you love and feed your soul. 🙂

    September 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply rich hanson

    Great post! Very inspiring. Mindfulness is a beautiful thing. Thanks for the reminder. Wishing you all the best.

    September 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Manju

    One point of time we have slow down… I could relate myself in few areas.. All the best lady!! Keep writing such inspirational posts!! loved the bracelet!

    September 14, 2017 at 2:41 am
  • Reply priyanka

    Lovely Post. Beautiful pics and amazing writing style best combination.

    September 14, 2017 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Nadica

    Great post! It’such a beautiful bracelet. Keep posting. Wishing you all the best.

    September 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Maria Ingrid | Wander with MI

    I can totally relate.. It really helps to pause and disconnect for a while when you feel pressured and at lost with what you are doing.. Love the bracelet and the typewriter.. Do you still use typewriter? Just curious 🙂 I remembered I was having a hard time using that back in the days when you have to rent computers because it is very expensive to buy one.. 🙂

    September 19, 2017 at 2:12 am
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