(This page was last updated on July 2, 2021.)
Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog and swinging by my “About Me” page. So… about me….
My name is Rachel. I’ve been married to Tim since 2005. I’m a dog mom to a five(ish)-year-old, recently rescued (adopted on July 22, 2020) Pit Bull named Jaxx.
I’m an employee relations professional who works remotely from my home. We just bought a new home and moved in May 2021. We live in the beautiful south Puget Sound region in farm and horse country. Our property is on 4.54 acres about 18 miles from Olympia and 70 miles south of Seattle. Mt. Rainier towers over the area where we live, and it’s always a thrill when “the mountain is out!” We are beginning our journey as small-time farmers, so stay tuned for that!
Religiously, I am a progressive Jew, although I am taking a 12-24 month break from all forms of organized religion. In that time, I am working through complete readings of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and possibly the Quran and the Book of Mormon. During this time, I really identify as nothing but a follower of God, and I’m not sure where I’ll end up religiously.
I am still in a weird transition in my life that is the result of my father dying in July 2017, my mother-in-law dying in September 2017, and my younger brother dying in August 2018. These deaths have rocked me to my core and changed me in ways with which I’m still coming to terms. I wear grief like a cloak – it’s become part of who I am.
I am also in a weird place politically. I have been, for the most part, pretty liberal, although I am becoming more conservative all the time as the world moves farther to the left. I was raised in the Midwest and grew up Republican, but time, experience, and education changed me (in more ways than just my political views). My political views are continuing to evolve. While I don’t identify as a strict Democrat, I reject everything those who wear the GOP, Republican, or right-wing labels stand for because they are just mouthpieces for Trump, who is an evil, horrible man. (And it’s not up for debate.)
My favorite place on earth is amongst the trees of the Pacific Northwest, wherever I can find them. Those tall trees are my chapel, and the wind blowing through them is the voice of the Divine.