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Rachel Awes is the kind of person who doesn’t seem like she could possibly exist in real life…in books and in movies probably, but not in real life. I don’t think there is a hair on her head that is not authentic and true to who she really is inside. I have gotten to know Rachel through Brave Girl University and have absolutely loved every second. I can’t wait to meet her at the Brave Girl Symposium this July. She has some incredible things to teach! Here’s a little bit about her to get you excited, too!
(Speaker at the Brave Girl Symposium July 6-8, 2016)
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I live in Minnesota with my husband and two sons, ages 17 and 19. I am passionate about encouraging them to pursue their joy. To race after what makes them feel alive. To live who they authentically are, out loud. I think that doing so makes for happier and kinder people. I also love bright and playful clothes. The combination of all of us wearing bright socks, being kind, and doing what we love to do, makes my heart sing. I think this began in 6th grade, when I covered my bedroom walls, floor to ceiling, with rainbow drawings. I imagine I was making me, and there has been no going back.
What do you do?
I work as a psychologist, author, speaker, and art playgroundist. I’m especially excited right now about my 3rd book releasing April 18, 2016 with Wise Ink Creative Publishing called The Great Green Okayness: A Field Guide to Seeing Your Uncommon Magnificence.
If you had a free day all to yourself, how would you fill it?
It would need to balance all my beautifully active days of being with people and activity, and simply be, sweetly curling up at home with a juicy book, naps, and nutritious/simple foods, such as good bread, salads, and soup.
In your eyes, what makes life worthwhile?
Having people to cherish and love, and receiving the gift of people cherishing and loving me. Plus a dash of all the little things: a bunny/rainbow/sunset sighting, eating an ice cream cone, putting on a new dress, hearing birds sing in the morning.
What have you accomplished that you are the most proud of?
Teaching my sons that they are amazing, being married for 26 years, telling people they are beloved through my psychology practice and through my books/artwork, freeing myself to wear what makes me happy, and approaching strangers in public to tell them they are beautiful/special.
What is one big dream or goal that you are really working toward in your life?
Having more time for the ordinary. Time to reorganize my cabinets and pantry. Spend more time with friends. Read more books. Belt out more songs. Write lullabies. Pray for my children to be deeply happy. Find more colorful clothes. Play. Rest. Repeat.
If you had one message to share with the world, what would it be?
Remember how you were as a child. Think of what you wore, what you played with, how you felt. Then reflect on the defenses you have built over the years, because you needed to. Honor how you have coped. Love up every ounce of everything in you. Then imagine letting your child back in, as a consultant/bff. Let her free you. She is you, unafraid. Step forward, you of golden worth. It is never too late. Honor what she has to say now. Take the time to listen. Does she want to dance, wear purple polka dots, overalls, play lite brite, write, draw, sing, play the triangle, hold hands? Dear friends, I love who you really are. xoxo
What is the bravest thing you have ever done in your life or what is the bravest thing you have ever been through?
My parents divorced when I was 9, and my mom and I moved into subsidized/low-income housing soon after. I was determined to cultivate beauty, despite my tough surroundings. I worked as a teen and bought myself fun clothes and created art and did creative writing. I did well in school and was determined to continue through graduate school and into a meaningful profession. I did my fair share of rebelling (ha!), but also seemed to know where the lines were, in protecting my highest goals. I was a brave, brave girl.
When did you first learn of Melody and Brave Girls Club?
Around the same time I was writing my first book, “All I Did Was Listen”, a friend recommended I get on this inspiring daily email list, called Brave Girls Club!
How is your message similar to and different from Brave Girls’ message?
Similar! Twinsies! I LOVE girlfriends and supporting them! I deeply value living a life of connection, where we are each bravely stepping into an authentic, free, and happy life, encouraging one another along the way.
What has you most excited about the Brave Girl Symposium?
All the encounters with all the DEAR women who will be there! Both new and existing friendships! And secondly, being with an abundantly resonant heart tribe to share my new book with!
What’s the best place to learn more about you and see your work?
You can also check out Rachel’s class included in Brave Girl University
We hope you’ll come meet Rachel and the other amazing speakers at the very first Brave Girl Symposium this summer! Tickets are still available here.