“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” 
Steve McCurry

Blissful Snapshots is a lifestyle blog and a creative space where travel, photography, and motherhood intersect. I write about my experiences as a married mom who loves being her own self, and who loves to travel solo or with friends. I realized a lot of moms are hesitant or guilty to do that (because ya know, kids) which is why at the beginning of 2018, I worked on rebranding Blissful Snapshots from a photo blog into Blissful Snapshots 2.0! ;) 

The new space is a hang-out spot for parents to feel that “It’s okay - you never have to leave your pre-parenthood self.”  You can still be that person if you want to. You might not be exactly the same person as before, but delight in the fact that now you’re better. Maybe you’re still a work in progress just like me or forever learning just like me, but that’s the beauty of life. You don’t focus on perfection. You focus on progress. 
I’ve been married for almost 8 years and have a 7-year-old son. I’ve been very blessed to have a family and a great support system that allow me to continue what I want to do in life and to work on still being me while also having a family. 

What I want to advocate is that every mom (and dad) should be able to pursue her passion and still do the things she loves even though she already has a family of her own, and even though she already shares a lot of her decisions with her husband or partner, and yes kids too.

For me, one of the things I love is traveling. I don’t get to do it all the time because of so many hats I put on my head. But when I do get to travel, I make sure to travel either alone or with friends. 

Sometimes you’re scared to travel without the kids. You feel guilty because you also want to enjoy without the kids. I want you to know that you can still maintain your individuality even though you’re already a mom or a wife. You can still do what you love without feeling guilty of leaving the kids at home for a while. 

Of course, we all have different situations in life and maybe you as a mom don’t have the support or resources yet to travel without your kids. It’s okay - I assure you that things will get better when you just believe and take action. :) 

Maybe you can’t do some of the things you love for now (like traveling), but that doesn’t mean you can’t do even just one thing you love that you can do in the present. Start small, why not? #LiveInTheMOMent while you’re planning for the future. Easier said than done! Ha! But the good thing is -- you’re not alone, yey! #MOMPowerment 

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It's 2018 and the collage above shows some super outdated photos of me. Hahaha! 

1. My name is Rea Alducente, 29, and a thriving millennial! I live in Cebu, Philippines but was born and raised in General Santos City. I’m a wife to my husband of 6 years, and a mom to Reiko – my 7-year old son whose name means love and gratitude.

2. I graduated with a degree in Communication Arts from the University of the Philippines with a major in Speech & Organizational Communication.

3. I worked as a Lead Trainer in a BPO company for 6 years and 8 months. Currently, I'm taking a break from the corporate jungle so let's just say I'm living my life as a millennial. ;) I'm the creator of Call Center Ninja (my passion project).

4. I have a passion for happiness and living life to the fullest. I believe that happiness comes when we stop complaining and worrying about the things we cannot change.

5. I love food!!!

Chocolates. Pizza. Potatoes. Pistachio & Cashew Ice Cream, Cheesecake Milk Tea, Green Tea Matcha - these are some of my favorites.

6. Good music and good books make me happy. I love singing too! I love Jason Mraz songs and pretty much all feel-good songs. As for books, I'm currently loving Young Adults books. ;)

7. Invite me to an adventure and I'd most likely say yes. I love the mountains and the beach. I love going to places! Anywhere - even just in our neighborhood.

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8. Writing is my passion. Thus, this blog came to life. I also love taking photos or snapshots. Thus, the blog name. I'm not a professional photographer but the mere act of snapping photos here and there is, for me, cathartic.

9. I'm obsessed with unique planners, organizers, journals, notebooks, fun post-its or notepads, colorful pens like Sharpies, and anything beautiful to scribble and write on.

10. I'm a total fan-girl. I love Leighton Meester especially in Gossip Girl and Jennifer Lawrence in whatever movie she has. I'm no fashion expert but I love the street style of Miranda Kerr.

I'm excited to get to know you better! Feel free to follow me on social media and let me know so I can follow you back. You can also contact me through rea@blissfulsnapshots.com or visit my Contact page for more information. Thank you again and hope to see you here every so often! Stay happy! xoxo ♥