Welcome friends!

If you want to reclaim some of that excitement for life you had before kids, job, and daily drudgery sapped it all out of you, this is the place is for you.

If you’re wanting more out of life, but you can’t just up and leave everything behind on a yearlong tour of the world, ala Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love

If you want to have a strong connection to you the joy and happiness and enthusiasm you used to feel, then lovely lady, you are in the right place!

Who am I?

Hey. I’m Rachel, a mountain girl from North Carolina, loving my family of one girl, one boy, and one husband (cause I can’t even imagine dealing with more than one husband!). I’ve got too many seed catalogs and just barely enough garden. Every year I convince my man to let me turn a little more lawn into garden.

On any random evening you can find me curled up with a good book (or even mediocre book, I’ll read that too!), wearing funky socks and munching on chocolate-covered almonds.   

So, why am I so big about reclaiming joy and happiness?

A few years ago I was going through a rough time. My mom had terminal cancer, then 6 months later my dad got cancer. My husband and I were still trying to fix up our fixer-upper house (that came with broken windows, holes in the floor and doors that wouldn’t keep small rodents out). I was spending time with my parents every waking minute that I wasn’t working at my job as a teacher or renovating my house.

My marriage was struggling- partly because renovating is tough and I have no idea how the smiling couples who you see on HGTV or blogs DIY without DYING of frustration, information overload, and screws that don’t fit! The other part was I was giving everything I had to my students and my parents and had almost nothing left to give to my husband or myself. 

Add to that we were trying to conceive because we really wanted a child and were racing against the clock to have a baby so my mom could see her grandchild before she passed on.

It was a dark time where every day I felt like I was just treading water and trying to get by.

I got pregnant, but my mom was fading fast. She passed on, I had my baby 2 months later and there I was at home- fulfilling my dream of being a stay-at-home-mom and homesteader. Except I felt miserable. I had postpartum depression & anxiety and was grieving my mom. 

A few months into living out my ‘dream’ of home life, I had to admit to myself that I wasn’t happy and things weren’t working. Cue my re-evaluation of what it means for me to be happy and my dedication to helping those around me who are struggling to find happiness & joy again.

Listen Ladies…

I’m don’t think I’m just meant to live a humdrum life doing predictable things, and I have a feeling neither are you.

But it sometimes feels like life doesn’t care about that.

It can feel like society or responsibilities need so much of us that it drains all the time we have to pursue our needs and dreams and we end up spending the days, the weeks, even years doing something for everyone.

Everyone but ourselves. 

I know where you’re coming from, and I’d love to share my triumphs and lessons learned with you. 

I want to help you get moving and leap years past where you are now.

I want to help you learn essentials for living – living true to your heart and your vision and your center. Essentials for living an aligned life that no one ever taught you. I want to help you to fast-track to what I’ve learned the hard way.

I’ve dedicated my days- and sometimes my nights- to living this life with intention, happiness, and mindfulness. Often this has meant kicking convention out the door and surprising people with my fierce dedication to things. 

Do you know when you feel like you’re supposed to be doing great things, but everything in your life has a serious BLAH to it?

Are you feeling like you’re out of alignment with your life as it is meant to be?

You feel like you have a calling, but that life so out there and not right here?

It’s as if your entire life is in a holding pattern.

And you keep thinking you’re going to do something about living with more intention. But the months pass and you feel like you’re stagnant and stuck doing the same thing again and again.

I don’t think that I have all the answers but I’ll let you in on what has worked and hasn’t worked for me. I have tried and read a lot of things over the years.  And because I love to learn more and explore with more, I will be sharing whatever new info that I come across that is helpful. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so we can keep in touch.

Once upon a time…

I’m an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) and empath. I believe that being a dreamer, an idealist, a believer of ‘unrealistic” and fantastical things is what makes you amazing.

I’ve been a spiritual gal since my early days when I ran out of books to read that interested me from my local public library and started reading the New Age books lining the bookshelves at home.

In addition to my love for the spiritual life, I have a deep interest and love for science, hence getting a Master’s in Science – Soil Science. Did I mention, I love gardening?

I love finding the intersect between the material and the spiritual; logical and emotional.

I’ll tell you upfront, I don’t have a divinity degree, yoga teacher certification, or even experience sitting at the feet of the greatest minds of our times.

No, I’ve had to hike this trail myself.

I’ve figured this out through grit and determination, years of journaling, and lots of quiet reflection- while immersed in a world that wants to minimize living a purposeful, aligned life as something too woo-woo for honest consideration.

If you feel a yearning for a richer, brighter, more aligned life…..

..a life that seems better suited to you and your inner compass, then let’s stay connected and grow and blossom together.

I know that the world wants us to be our best versions of ourselves. When I look out at the trees and shrubs on a hike, I don’t see plants that wish that they had been more; I see plants that express the essence of their true nature. I know that you and I can do the same.

Let’s journey on this hike together and bring back delight.

Let’s stay in touch!

I hope that this writing enlightens, inspires, and empowers you. If it does, send me a note!

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Have a fabulous day! ~Rachel

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