Life Update

Hi guys, wow it has been a minute since I last posted!

I interviewed and was offered a part-time Pilates job at a local gym. I’m super excited to start. I’m hoping to make a Pilates video on YouTube and I’ll post it here if I do.

I haven’t been doing much writing (sadly).

Life has resumed back to normal after the holidays.

How are you all doing?

I’m on Twitter frequently and if you have your own account I’d love for you to reach out! My Twitter is @Rachel_McKee.

Xo Rachel

Checking In

Hi friends,

I just wanted to say a quick “hello”!

I hope everyone is doing well here. We celebrated our son’s third birthday in July and our daughter’s first birthday on Sunday. Miles’ birthday is also July and mine is later this month. I guess we like to knock out birthdays in one swoop around here!

Our son starts preschool in September and I’m excited/dreading it.

I look out my window and see a wall of smoke. We are getting a lot of the smoke from the fires in Canada. It seems smoke is something to expect from our PNW summers now. This is the third/fourth year it has been an issue. It makes me sad and worried about our environment.

Summer is probably my least favorite season and to say I’m excited about fall starting is an understatment.

I hope you all are doing well.

-Rach

Word of the Day Wednesday

I love the word “maritime”. I think it’s wonderfully romantic and classic. Also, I’ve been dreaming of the water.

For Miles’ birthday we took our camper up to Bellingham and stayed for two nights. I did get some water time in with my family.

Do you see the rock formations in the foreground? I took the paddle board out and climbed all over them. They are incredibly beautiful.

Happy Wednesday friends.❤️

-Rach

Parenthood Can Break Your Heart And Make it Stronger

My daughter had a reaction to yogurt, eggs, and peanut butter (puffy eyes/ hives).

Turns out, she is allergic to dairy, eggs, and pretty much all nuts. Dogs and cats.

But not dust. Which honestly blew my mind. Isn’t everyone allergic to dust to some extent?

Anyway.

I thought after learning my oldest was born with a heart defect, nothing could phase me. I was very wrong.

I’ve been a nervous wreck since we found out on Friday. Questions keep emerging: What will she eat? Will people bully her? Will she have a “normal” life? How many time will I have to save her life with an epi pen? What if I’m not there during a reaction?

I’ve already cleansed the house of offending ingredients, I just wish I could organize (control) her future.

Perhaps the most important task as a mother with two children who have health conditions is to teach and encourage them to be their own defender.

I’ll write more as time goes on. If I tried to cram all of my feelings into this post I’d have a million bunny trails and a Costoco-size pile of Kleenex by my chair.

-Rach

Word of the Day Wednesday: Gaslighting

According to Urban Dictionary, gaslighting is,

A form of intimidation or psychological abuse, sometimes called Ambient Abuse where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity.

See you next Wednesday where I will present a new word that catches my attention.

*I saw the word gaslighting in a Twitter conversation regarding feminism and I was so intrigued I had to look it up!*

-Rachel

Reader Question: What’s My Favorite Picture Book?

Reader Question: What’s My Favorite Picture Book?

https://inkedautist.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/reader-question-whats-my-favorite-picture-book/
— Read on inkedautist.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/reader-question-whats-my-favorite-picture-book/

Lynn was kind enough to answer a question I had for him. I asked: What’s your favorite picture book?

Read his reply.🐞🐞🐞

Rachel