From Life

Biking my way out of Depression

It’s March 2015, my husband’s alarm goes off. I lay in bed staring at the ceiling. I’ve just returned from two months’ home with my Mom after her first mastectomy. My day to day life helping her heal was packed.  Now I lay in bed with a cloud of depression. I finally have time to…

Are you lifting people up or pushing them down?

In January, I convinced myself to take a singing class. Something I thought I’d never do… again. If you knew me back in high school this would seem weird because, I used to sing all the time. I was in the choir, every musical, I took voice classes, I was even in a girl band.…

My truth about anxiety.

I have always had anxiety. I didn’t know what it was for a long time. Looking back, it’s something I’ve struggled with most my life. But, I also have a very adventurous spirit.  Juggling these two sides of myself has always been a challenge. When I graduated High School, I knew it was LA or New…

The chase for approval. Will I ever be good enough?

Hi my name is Rachel and I’m an “approval addict.” I measure my success based on what other people think of me, not what I think of myself.  There it is.  It all started when I was a child.  Think about it, we’re all taught if we do something good, we’ll get praised and that praise feels good. For…

How to have the perfect wedding day.

It’s been one year since I married this guy, and it truly was magical.  I woke up the next day with sore face muscles from smiling so damn much.  I want this for you.  As a life coach and overall spiritual human being.  These 8 things will guarantee that your wedding will be EVERYTHING you want…

How to not suck socially… (Japan)

Japan stole my heart for many reasons. (1): There’s a principle the Japanese people live by, which roughly translates to: “Read the air.” What does this mean? Well, when you enter a social situation it’s your job to literally “read the air,” meaning if the room feels mellow, you don’t walk in loud and aggressive.…

My little glimmer of hope. Max.

I have volunteered the last four years for a charity called, “The Young Storytellers.” It’s a program where students are paired with mentors to write a screen play. Last year I was paired with a special needs kid, we’ll call him Max.   He came in every session with Tania, who was on crutches. Each session…

The Good Guys vs The Creepers

It’s been an interesting week to be a woman, to realize how connected we are in sexual assault.  Even writing that statement is infuriating.  As I reflected on my own life, and all the times I was degraded, touched, violated because I’m a woman. To be a woman is to deal with these things with…

#Blessed? Really?

I felt emotional after spending ten days with family and friends wrapping their arms around me, in celebration of my up-coming nuptials. The amount of love and kindness I received was overwhelming. I couldn’t help, but feel “Do I deserve all this?” I truly wanted to post #blessed everywhere, don’t worry I avoided the urge,…

Life-What is the point??

After a whole month home with my Mom after her mastectomy, I had a lot of time to think. Think about what the point of all this is. What I’ve learned through cancer is that there actually is no point. No ‘End Point’ I mean. Let me explain… that idea that we all have…that.. “Once…