Happy Thursday, friends!
Today's Feature is Rachel Allene Heckman who I met through Instagram a while back and ordered some various lovelies from her shop as a result... She started the "less hustle more grace" movement that I am of course a huge fan of and we've since kept in touch, ended up in a great Mastermind together and, of course, I keep ordering goodies from her! :) Rachel, you are such a treasure- thank you for being gracefully authentic and vulnerable day after day!
Share where you currently live and where you grew up:
Share about your family/your job/living situation:
I am a grateful wife to my husband, Joel. We are currently expecting our first little babe in July 2017! We recently purchased and home and are know trying to find the balance between being homeowners and expecting parents! I and the owner and creative stylist at Rachel Allene--an online shop providing products and services for the creative, joyful, and inspired dreamer. I am also a grateful daughter, sister, auntie, and friend.
Share your favorite book and/or podcast:
I am currently reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevensen--a book I believe every human should read, especially if you care about other humans. I also love listening to The Creative Empire Podcast, The Liturgists Podcast, The Goal Digger Podcast, and This American Life.
Share your favorite quote and/or Bible verse:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” MLK Jr.
Share your favorite beverage:
Since being pregnant: almond milk chai latte. I miss red wine!
Share one of the biggest losses you’ve experienced:
One of the biggest losses I have experienced is the loss of self-love. Now, hear me out. That probably sounds confusing and a very privileged “loss.” But let me explain. Towards the end of high school, I started battling with body image. I know all women struggle with body image, but this felt different. Without going into too much detail, this began the long, painful journey of self-hatred and physical destruction. After my freshman year of college, I spiraled into a depression, isolated myself, and began a pattern of incredibly restricted eating and exercise.
Share some of the choices that have been most helpful in continuing to move you forward and supporting you while you are healing:
The process of healing from this time in my life has been long, and continues to this day. I ended up moving home and taking time off from school. I went to counseling and spent my days seeking health and healing for my mind and body. Meeting my husband (then boyfriend), was also helpful in my healing process. His support and love taught me a lot about self-care and beauty.
Share some ways you have tried to incorporate laughter and fun in the midst of the hurt:
In the midst of the most painful seasons with this battle, I have had to surround myself with family and friends that love me well and encourage me to seek health and healing. They have also helped me to not overthink things, be kind to myself, and to find joy in eating.
Share how this experience has been instrumental in leading you to where you are today:
This experience has helped me to draw closer to the Lord, learn how to practice self-care, and taught me that I am not alone in my struggles.
Share any tips/advice/love for others who have gone through something similar:
Seek professional help, share your struggles, don’t isolate yourself, learn the root issue, and be kind to yourself. If my story resonates with you, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
You can keep in touch with Rachel in any of the following places- and, definitely do yourselves a favor and check out her shop!