appearances and introductions

I find the most interesting people to be the ones that don’t fit a particular mold, but are instead a mixed bag of surprises. You know, the people that you subconsciously judge because they look a certain way, or maybe you just fight some unknown reflex to dislike them… sometimes first impressions can be off, and perhaps it’s insecurity attempting to rear it’s urgly, yes I said urgly, little head. I’ve been guilty of attempting to sum a person up after one interaction while also been on the other end of the spectrum where I’ve felt prematurely judged—which I’m sure you could easily speak to an experience that you’ve had in your own life. If I could only tell you how many times I’ve been told that “You don’t act like I thought you would,” you would probably be intrigued enough to want to meet me yourself to see if you felt the same way! So a little about me in case you were wondering and I began to go too far off into a tangential diatribe about appearances…

I’m a licensed mental health therapist in two states, currently working as a children’s mental health therapist, getting ready to join a group private practice, and am selling my original artwork in a local shop in my downtown community. Most recently, I begrudgingly set up an Etsy account ( ) to help further display my art to the public (I only say begrudgingly because I just voluntarily added another semi-time consuming activity to my plate although I take full responsibility! ; )-but really, if you paint, draw, craft, whatever and you want a venue to sell your work-Etsy is a wonderful community to be a part of! Tons of unique creations in just about every genre you could imagine-and maybe some that you have never thought of! This world we live in really is a vast vacuum of opportunity although when you’re first starting out, it can seem slightly overwhelming on how you’ll be noticed…

Which brought me to the bloglife. I’m getting started on this blogging adventure to share some life lessons I’ve already acquired at my ripe young old-soul age of 30! Daily musings as I call them. Analytical observations about love, relationships, jobs, person to person interactions, children, and family that I’ve accrued over the years and I know can be of value to you. I want to help encourage you and create a sense of universality of experience, a concept from Irvin Yalom, one of my favorite group theorists who advocated that sharing experiences with others allows you to become connected with them because you realize that you’re not the only one! A beautiful idea, really-the idea that sharing our experiences can bring us closer and even normalize life from one person to another.  My dream would to be to have an interactive experience, one where you feel comfortable commenting and eventually I could jump into some consulting ventures-if I can ever be of assistance to you or your company on self-image, self-respect, relationship issues, and how to deal with conflict, please contact me at My husband calls me a hard charger and a Renaissance woman-ha! He’s my biggest fan and has always encouraged all of my ventures (every woman that chooses to be in a relationship ideally needs her partner to be her number one supporter-I’ll be writing about this in the future so check back!). When I told him I wanted to write a blog, he matter of fact stated, “If that’s what you want to do, do it.”

And so here I am.


Rachel Ann