29 things: What you wouldn’t know about me and what I’ve learned in 29 years….

29 things: What you wouldn’t know about me and what I’ve learned in 29 years….

 

What you wouldn’t know about me: 

1. By nature I’m shy and reserved, especially in a social setting. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come out of my shell but it still makes me uncomfortable. 

2. That’s why I connected with blogging so quickly. I could be open and connect with other women, and it made it easy because there was a screen barrier. 

3. I secretly have a semi good voice ;) and music, especially church or faith music has always been a huge part of my life. I sing to my kids every night until they tell me to no more or until they’ve fallen asleep. When I was younger I listened to church music every night on repeat as I fell asleep and I listen to it now when I’m driving. So calming and its where I reconnect and come up with a lot of my best ideas for mothering, family and my businesses. 

4. I am such a night owl. My best ideas also come to me late at night, my mind races. I’ve been trying to get to bed earlier for so long and I’ve done better but I love staying up. Usually until 1 or 2am. When I was little I would stay up late and tinker around in my room making things, drawing things or organizing. I’ve always been the last to go to bed. Drew is a night owl too so we spend some of our most quality time late at night talking new ideas and future plans/goals. 

5. Mornings are my favorite part of the day, fresh and new. Which is funny being that I’m a night owl. 

6. One of my favorite things to do in the entire world is simply getting dressed up and go to a restaurant. I get butterflies when we go. Drew asked what I wanted for my birthday and I said I want to go out to lunch with my kids after preschool and I want to wear a sequin dress to my favorite restaurant for dinner. 

7. I’m a homebody. I love being at home and I get a tinge of anxiety if I have to leave. Especially when I go somewhere alone. So weird, always been like this. Even when I was young. 

8. I still sleep with my baby blanket. Her name is Marsha. I refer to ‘her’ as a person. I take her on trips with me. Took her to the hospital when I had my babies. Can’t sleep without her. 

9. I’m always cold. No matter what. My favorite spot in my house is next to my fire and my favorite spot in my office is next to my space heater. Drew and I always battle over the thermostat temp ;) 

10. In high school I wore high heels almost every day and I remember thinking to myself, I need to keep a journal of all my outfits…little did I know. 

11. I danced growing up and one of my dreams was to move to Texas be Dallas cowboy cheerleader. My mom shut that dream very quickly though ;)

12. When I was younger I always wished so badly for blonde hair. I thought I wasn’t pretty because all my friends had blonde hair and I had dark hair. Now it’s one of my favorite features. I love how dark and striking brunettes are and I wouldn’t trade it. 

13. My sisters and I will FaceTime or call each other and say absolutely nothing other than hi. We just put each other on speaker and continue what we’re doing while the other is on the other line doing what they’re doing. Our calls get so long. So strange but we’ve always done this. Or we will chat for 30 min, and never hang up. And just sit on the phone with each other in silence. 

14. I’m super hard on myself. Not in necessarily a bad way, but I’m constantly trying to better in all areas of my life. 

15. From Amy: You have a tender heart and you cry at church hymns

16. From Megan: You still pee your pants when you laugh lol

17. From Emily: You played barbies with Megan and Amy until you were in high school  

What I’ve learned:

18. I’m the only me and that’s my super power

19. My confidence isn’t about if someone will like me, it’s still knowing my worth and being ok when someone doesn’t like me. 

20. Decisions determine destiny. The secret of my success lies in my daily routine. 

21. Things don’t fulfill me. People, relationships and making memories do. 

22. What others say about me is none of my business because it has more to do with them, their life experiences and what they know, than me or who I really am.  

23. It’s ok to say no.

24. Life is busy and full of decisions of where to spend time. You will always have to disappoint someone. Don’t let it be your husband or children. Be ok with disappointing someone who isn’t in your core circle. 

25. Don’t be extreme with where you spend your time working on a goal, or dream. Rather, be dedicated and consistent. 

26. It’s ok to day dream. You’re really meditating , visualizing your future, your dreams and manifesting it. Keep day dreaming!! 

27. Be kind, everyone is going through a struggle you know nothing about. 

28. A consistent and religious skin care routine pays off 

29. Let yourself take a break to refuel and recharge, It’s essential.

xo, Rach
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31 thoughts on “29 things: What you wouldn’t know about me and what I’ve learned in 29 years….

  1. #24 and #25 are such wise words. I am printing those out and putting them on my mirror for a dailY reminder, #24 especially. Thank you for sharing parts of your life with us and inspiring everyone along the way! Happy Birthday!

  2. I recognize the getting anxiety when leaving the house from my self. It’s agoraphobia – social anxiety. I’ve Come a long way my self with mine, and can now go to work without a problem. But I too prefer staying at home.
    And I really needed the reminder About what others say about me isn’t as much about me as them. I recently started a new job training course in a new city were I know no one. And I so often go home from work fearing what the others might be saying about me, because I so badly want to make new friends and be on good terms with everyone. I need to remember this each afternoon as I leave. As long as I know I’ve been the best version of myself at work, I can’t bother my self with worrying if they all like me. So thank you! And a very happy birthday to you! You looked stunning in your sequin dress ❤️

  3. Happ birthday! So happy For your pregnancy and success. Your relationships with your sisters Is so fun to see.

    please share some of your favorite church music!

  4. Happy birthday!!!! I love your blog and how adorable your family is! I too sit on facetime with my mOm
    Or sister and just got about doing things while theyre just there listening/watching!

  5. I still have my baby blanket too and refer to as a “her” (her name is blankie) and taKe her EVERYWHERE with me includiNg the hoSpital when i had ny daughter!

  6. Happy birthday rachel. I never knew when i come across your profile. All i know now that I always love your contents and loving Energy you share with us. Just want to say thank You. All the best to you and your family. Lots of love. Saya xxx

  7. Happy Birthday Rachel!

    Your aN amazing woman and a beautiful One as well! I can tell your a great mom and make gReat choices in your life! Thamks for Sharing all these things about you! Its makes you be even more sPecial!!!
    Happy birThday!!
    May god bless you with the best possible ever!!

  8. This is sweet to read, Rach. I hope you hold all these values and lessons close to your heart, they are good to know at a young age. Thank you also for the reminder and for the uplifting posts.

  9. I think you being a bRunette makes you stand out. You and your sISteRs are gorgeous… but you stanD because of your dark haiR.
    I havE 2 older sisters, and when we were young… there was the brunette, the redhead aNd thE blonde. I was the blonde until i was anout 7-8 years old… and Now my hair is darKer than my oldest sisTers!
    Thank you for your blog… i loVe it!

  10. One of my favorite posts! So much wisDom! I Admire you for always putting your family first. That Is honorable! Praying You are bLessed in year 29. Xo

  11. GOSH, SO MANY OF US ARE HOME-BODIES AND EXPERIENCE SOCIAL ANXIETY. I THINK THIS IS MORE NORMAL THAN SOCIETY LEADS US TO BELIEVE. I’ve read A BOOK BY DR. ANDREW WEIL, WHO WRITES ABOUT HOw FAST OUR WORLD changes, AND THAT OUR BRAINS AND EMOTIONS CAN’T ADAPT FAST ENOUGH TO THE BOMBARDMENT OF NEW INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE OR REQUIRED OF US. I have found his books helpful in lots of ways.
    but, more importantly, Happy Birthday, Rachel!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and many talents with us. Wishing you a healthy and happy year!

  12. Dear raCH,

    although i love the posts about home decor and lifestyle so much, these posts actually tend to be my favorite. i think we have the same bday (january 14!), i may be wrong about that, but i’m almost 10 years older. ironically, you seem to have learned some key lessons that it took me 20 years of marriage and 10 kids to get :) 22 and 24 are so important, they can’t be stressed enough. they really can’t. 13 and 17 are almost magical in their ability to keep your soul intact. and they almost certainly brought your mom comfort over the years :) i normally don’t post (to anything actually) but i’m always introspective around my birthday, too. if you haven’t read gretchen rubin’s books, i think you’d like them a lot. happy birthday and god bless you and your family. you guys are a positive light.

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xo, Rach