Reading? Like it’s a challenge…my 2019 Reading Women challenge

Rachel truth: I hate being told what to read. Maybe it is because I spent a LONG time in college and was made to read many things I was not interested in (to be fair, it's also how I discovered some new favorite authors like Chinua Achebe and Emily Brönte). It could be because I…

Rachel’s Best Books of 2018

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Best Christmas Gifts of 2018

I love Christmas. The lights, the decor, the food, the emotions...all of it. But my absolute favorite part of Christmas is the gifts. I love buying gifts, receiving gifts, and trying extra hard to get that perfect little something for those I love. I like gifts - sue me. I never worry about the gifts…

I hope I always feel butterflies

The husband is away for work frequently. The length of time and frequency of trips has varied through our 15 years of marriage, but it is a constant in his career and in our life. He just returned from a 2 week trip and asked me to pick him up at the airport. Pretty routine…

A Mental Health Check-in

Time for a little mental health check-in. I wrote over a month ago that I was going through a difficult bout of depression and anxiety. I was not sleeping or eating well. I was having difficulty with work, writing, and simply living a normal life. I had returned to therapy, and I was beyond thrilled…