Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

5 questions with guest interview

Hi! My name is Gabriella “Gabbie” and I run @gracefullygabbie and @luckyreads on Instagram. I am a 17-year-old content creator, bookstagrammer, and small business owner from Colorado. I love being active, traveling, and reading. I want to go to Paris one day. I also really love fries and pizza, and typing this is making me want some :)

1. How do you cope after a breakup?

So I’ve never actually had a breakup before 😂 However, when one happens, I am sure I will cope with it by crying tons, like a lotttt, and I’ll probably read to distract myself. Then I think after lots of tears, movies, and good food, I’ll pick myself up and focus on moving on. I really hope I care about myself and don’t hate on myself because of the break up.

2. Do you think it’s much better to document everything or enjoy the moment as it is? 

I love having pictures and videos of what I do because they’re so fun to look back on, however, sometimes I focus too much on taking the pictures and the videos that I really don’t enjoy the moments. When you think about it, the best memories and moments aren’t always the ones that are captured, but they are the ones that happen when you’re fully present in the moment. So if it came down to it, I would choose to enjoy the moment as it is, because while I may not have documentation of it all, I will at least have the memories.

3. Do you believe in the quote, “The truth will set you free?” Why or why not? 

I believe that the truth will set you free. The truth can definitely be hurtful and ugly, and often times I feel like we wish we didn’t know the truth. However, when you don’t know the truth, you’re often believing lies that aren’t healthy for you and that hold you back. Knowing the truth releases you from all of that. It can hurt at times, but it ultimately helps you let go, move on, grow, and become better because of it.

4. What do you think is the biggest problem teenagers face today? Why? 

I think the biggest problem teens face today is the pressure for perfection and success. From the lives we see people lead on social media, to the pressures of college and our careers, to the way society and the media praise and define success, teens feel like we have to have our lives together all of the time. However, 99% of us don’t have it all together or have everything figured out, so we feel like we can’t talk to so many people because everyone around us seems to just have it together. And just the pressure to have your life figured out by the time you’re 18 is so stressful. The world has changed a lot and there’s no one path fits all for what we’re gonna do in life. The problem is no one wants to break the perfect facades and talk about how they’re actually doing. We want to be told that it’s okay to not be perfect, that it’s okay if we don’t know what we wanna do, that it’s okay if we need help, that it’s okay if our lives are not all together. Because in reality, no one has got it all figured out all of the time.

5. How do you respectfully step out of awkward situations?

This honestly depends on what the awkward situation is, the circumstances surrounding it, and where I am. Depending on all of the above, there’s pretty much four different actions I’ll take. I’ll either politely excuse myself and go to the restroom or go get water. Or sometimes I’ll signal my exit and acknowledge bye, and in some cases I’ll just tell them I’m not comfortable with whatever it is and excuse myself.


  1. I definitely agree with the biggest problem teenagers face today! Social media has changed everyone's perceptions!

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  2. This was so much fun to do! Thank you Monique!

    1. You're welcome, Gabbie! Thank you for participating.