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Rachel is a proud Houstonian recently transplanted to the beautiful state of North Carolina. She provided her friends and family with simultaneous reactions of elation and disbelief when she married Peter only 50 days after she met him while on vacation in Honolulu. She is a mama to two spirited girls who have taught her the meaning of fierce love and spontaneity.

The pendulum swung in Rachel’s life as a self-proclaimed “good girl who rode the spiritual coattails of her family,” to a “substance-abusing, anxiety-ridden, 20-something woman who hit rock bottom.” Now, she just considers herself to be a simple gal who tasted freedom and believes living free is attainable to all because of what Jesus did. Nothing refreshes her soul like nitty-gritty conversations and hearing another person’s story. Rachel enjoys cooking, a glass of rosé on a lazy summer evening, and the timeless sound of Big Band Radio.

This Is How to Avoid Stagnation and Get More out of Life

My husband, Pete, once asked if I’d be content if I died today. “In other words,” he continued, “do you feel like you’ve accomplished

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Why Putting Others First Will Make You More Successful

The best boss I ever had was a woman who had a great knack for empowering people to discover and cultivate their unique gifts

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Can You See Past Your Brokenness?

Instead of lounging poolside or sharing a plate of barbeque with friends, I kicked-off this past summer by spending Memorial Day weekend in the

To the SAHM Who Struggles Because Her Man Works a Lot

For the SAHM whose man travels frequently or has long hours at the office, the days can feel monotonous or lonely and isolating. She

5 Slogans from AA That Will Make Every Woman Wiser

My former chosen method of numbing pain included self-medicating with pills and toxic relationships. It’s taken years, open sharing and honest conversations, lots of

All the Ways Gratitude Is the Game Changer You Need

Potentially, summer can be a time to recalibrate after a full school year or seize opportunities for a mid-year inventory on the goals set

This Is Why Women Are Great Defenders of the Helpless

I grew up around resilient women who modeled for me the small ways that one could stand against the face of oppression and seek

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Dear Mama, There’s no doubt about it: motherhood isn’t for sissies. As a mom, you are a leader. An advocate. A nurse. A teacher. A mediator.

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With its budding flowers, crowded farmer’s markets, tasty seasonal produce, and summer looming around the corner, there’s no doubt that springtime is a vibrant

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This Is What I Do When My Child Has “Big Emotions”

I lay down in bed with my daughter, snuggle close, and whisper, “Guess what? You have a superhero power.” The last 45 minutes have driven

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5 Helpful Tips for Loving Your Body the Way It Is

My body shaming started in fifth grade shortly after a classmate made up a “clever” little saying about my breasts. She recruited a group

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If-You’re-in-a-Hard-Season-It’s-Time-to-Speak-Life

“There aren’t gloves thick enough for this job!” With my teeth clenched, my gaze shifted around the “vintage” bathroom floor. “What in the world have we

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Is-Your-Anger-Holding-You-Hostage-Freedom-Can-Be-Found

The assault stole more than my innocence: it also taught me how to withhold forgiveness. As time marched on, that single event began to chisel

In-Need-of-Mom-Friends-7-Ways-to-Reach-Out

Like a deer caught in headlights, I was blindsided when I became a mom. I found myself in the throes of mommyhood right after my

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7-Easy-and-Natural-Methods-to-Boost-Your-Immunity

Ah, winter. ‘Tis the season for crackling fires, family and friends gathered around the table, Clark W. Griswold, and sledding down the snow-covered hillsides. It’s

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