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

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

What I Long for the Most

“Rachel, are you joining?” A woman at church points to a stack of paperbacks in her Amazon Prime box. I stare. Open my mouth. Close my mouth. “The women’s Bible study?” she adds. Oh. Bible, good. Women, good. Studying together, good. “Yes,” I say. She hands me a copy of the study book. I examine the Instagram-perfect cover: Seasons of Waiting: Walking By Faith When … Continue reading What I Long for the Most

What’s It Like to Be a Flight Attendant?

What are the pros and cons of being a flight attendant? Guest blogger Daniel Bhowanidin has the scoop: Imagine, if you will, that you have the ability to travel to anywhere on this tiny but beautiful blue planet. Anywhere your heart desires and BOOM, you can go at a free or close-to-free price. Pretty amazing, right? Well, let me tell you: it is. Hi, my … Continue reading What’s It Like to Be a Flight Attendant?

What the Enneagram Taught Me About Self-Love

What’s so great about personality tests? Okay, guest blogger Melodie Castellanos, enlighten me: If you’re reading this, you’ve probably taken a personality test. For the sake of accurate statistics—I won’t give a random numerical percentage—but I do believe it’s safe to say that if you are, in fact, a human being who stumbled upon this blog post, there is a pretty big chance you’ve taken … Continue reading What the Enneagram Taught Me About Self-Love

Choices and Cheeky Boys

Where do I start? Ah yes. With a twentysomething-year-old boy. One evening, I’m longboarding down the red-brick streets of my town (because my life is an indie movie) and I run into a friend of a friend. He comes into the coffeeshop regularly and compliments my face. "Your face is so round and soft-looking, like really cuddly." – guy at cafe #mylife — Rachel Noelle (@RachelNoelle21) October … Continue reading Choices and Cheeky Boys

Rachel Gets Road Rage

Okay. I don’t think this actually constitutes as road rage. But all I can say is: one minute I’m driving down a one-way road—there’s no sign but it’s definitely one-way, I know—and the next minute this lady in a van—blonde hair, like all the mean girls you see in teen dramas—comes head-to-head with me and suddenly, I have entered a game of chicken. You know, … Continue reading Rachel Gets Road Rage

What Happens When You Judge Me

I’ve encountered the holier-than-thou attitude in Christian circles more than once. My friend recalls a man in church who once told him: “There are first-class Christians and second-class Christians. First-class Christians are on fire for the Lord. They love Jesus, they come to church every Sunday eager to worship, and they read their Bible a lot. Second-class Christians, well, they just don’t get it. They … Continue reading What Happens When You Judge Me