Why I Want to Get to Know You

One of my most treasured memories is with my friend, Ana. We’re in an outdoor pool in rural South India, drifting through the water like lily pads. Then, one of us—I can’t remember which one—asks the other: “Who were your closest friends in high school?” For the remainder of our time in the pool, we take turns describing the inner circle of people who shaped … Continue reading Why I Want to Get to Know You

Is Women’s Ministry More Than Motherhood?

Honestly, I don’t like church when it doesn’t apply to me. I mean, what is the point? (Daaaaamnn, Savvy…real talk here… – Rachel 😉 ) The same goes for women’s ministry. Yes, I’m talking about those late morning brunches with pastries and strawberries, craft evenings, going-through-how-to-be-a-woman-of-God book evenings that are just a few examples of what encompasses women’s ministry (at least in my experience). Now … Continue reading Is Women’s Ministry More Than Motherhood?

How I Feel About My Life Now

Saturday afternoon. Late. Like 5ish. I roll over in bed at the dregs of my nap, gaze out my bedroom, straight into the lounge. Glowsticks in place. Non-alcoholic wine lining the fridge. A drizzle outside to rinse out the Florida air. In two hours, my friends will be here, filling my apartment with noise. I’m ready. When Savvy and I wrote our end-of-year blog post … Continue reading How I Feel About My Life Now

When You Can’t Stand Your Privilege

Because I have a sense of humor—and ten minutes to kill at the airport—I whip out my phone and take a quiz to determine just how privileged I am. Because, as I sip San Pellegrino lemonade and queue for my first-class flight to Caicos Islands, I realize I have no idea. This seems like a job for Buzzfeed. And the results are: 68% privileged. Buzzfeed … Continue reading When You Can’t Stand Your Privilege

What I Like About Myself the Most

Earlier this week, I blogged on sanfordcoffee.com about how volunteering for Palate Coffee Brewery improved my confidence. And I wanted to go further into something. Particularly about how it’s been a pattern in my life to hear people say: “Rachel, you don’t talk much.” Honestly, I hear that ALL the time. My friend tells me, “You don’t ever have to worry about talking about yourself … Continue reading What I Like About Myself the Most

How to Travel in London (When You Hate London)

So here is the issue, I don’t hate London. But crowds, small places like tube stations, and stressed/busy environments make me mildly anxious. London is one of the greatest cities in the world. Actually this is an issue that I’ve heard a lot over the past few years. People agree that yes, London is amazing but that to be honest, I hate London, I can’t stand London, … Continue reading How to Travel in London (When You Hate London)

We Need to Talk About Our Friendship

Why did I move to Florida? I’m sitting in the parking lot outside my friend’s apartment, browning under the sun’s hot breath. My fingers pick at Publix sushi that’s gone slimy. Orlando is wet, sticky, violent. It’s the place where you learn the contours of your body through sweaty shorts and tank tops.* Except, I’m wearing long pants. Why did I wear long pants? And … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Our Friendship