Hi! I’m Rachel. I’m 25 years old and currently living in Wilmington, Delaware. I’m just a newbie blogger, fitness addicted, regular chick trying to make my mark in this big world. I work as a Crossfit coach and I love helping others reach their truest potential through health and wellness. I love to travel and am always planning my next big trip!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice, or phrase I’ve ever heard, is “effort is a choice.” This is our motto at my Crossfit gym, coined by our head coach and my best friend…and usually said as “Effort is a f*cking choice.” It really has resonated with myself and all of our members. Not only is it something to sit with you while you’re in a grueling workout, but it always can apply to other aspects of life as well. The effort you put in to something, anything, is truly a choice. And it’s your decision. It reminds you to always take responsibility for your decisions, actions, and efforts.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Dear 16-year-old me…do your thing girl. Every step you make is for a reason and it will all be worth while in the end. Trust your gut, forget the naysayers, and follow your dream. Oh, and, always listen to your friends. They’re usually right about him. 😉
What do you love most about yourself?
The thing I probably love most about myself is that I live my own life, for me. I don’t really care what others have to say or comment about my life, because at the end of the day, its mine, not theirs. The choices I make are for myself and my happiness, because in the end the only person really looking out for yourself is you. Everyone is on their own path and for their own reason and mine is exactly where it needs to be.
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I’ve been pretty lucky this far in life, so far, and not had much I would really consider “adversity.” My younger brother went through a really tough time with drugs a few years back and for a long time it tore my family and our relationships apart. But through time, patience, and support, we’re all better and closer than ever. It’s truly made us all stronger than we were before.
What motivates you most?
What motivates me the most is really truly my travels. Every time I go somewhere new and experience new things, it truly humbles me. I feel so small in this big, vast world. It makes me realize how much is out there, how I can go anywhere I want, I can do anything I want. There’s SO MUCH POTENTIAL, so much around me!! It’s so inspiring and motivating. I want to go everywhere, see everything, adventure, meet new people, learn new things, grow into my best and highest self, and never stop chasing happiness!
They have this volcano in Costa Rica or Nicaragua or somewhere else in Central America… you can hike to the top and ride basically a snowboard down the sand dunes all the way down the volcano. That is definitely up on my bucket list. I also want to see the pyramids in Egypt. And go on a real safari in Africa.
What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions are definitely coaching Crossfit and educating people about health and fitness. I’ve realized you can’t force people to exercise, or eat a certain way, but if you give them the right information and education, they want to do it on their own. That’s how you get lasting results. It’s so important, especially with the disease and obesity problem we have these days in America. A lot of the health issues are not only treatable with exercise and diet, but PREVENTABLE with exercise and diet. I absolutely love helping others help themselves through health and wellness.
Why did you start traveling?
I started traveling because I had this overwhelming urge to see what was out there. Even from a young age, the thought of staying where I was born sounded crazy to me. I thought, “How can I know where I want to start my life, if I’ve never been anywhere?” And since then, I’ve been hooked. There’s an endless amount of destinations, sights to see, people to meet, all over the world. It’s just so big and I want to see all of it.
Have you ever had an extra-ordinary experience? Describe it.
When I was in Thailand, I met a boy one night at one of the bars. He was from Brazil, and spoke pretty decent English, but not the best. But enough for us to have some wonderful life conversations. He had been backpacking for a few months throughout Asia, by himself. We spent a week together and became so close. We were staying on a small island, Koh Tao, so there wasn’t much to see (you could see all of it in a day or two). We spent our time going to every different beach, doing everything there was to do, eating all the good food. One day we went to this beach to snorkel and when we got there, the lady told us there was no beach access to the water…we had to jump off the rocks into the bay to snorkel. We literally climbed the rocks, left our clothes and belongings on the rocks, put our snorkel gear on, and hopped into the water. I saw my first shark that day! It was awesome. When we got back to the rocks, we both climbed onto different ones and just sat and watched the ocean. After about 10 minutes I look over at his rock, and he was sitting there asleep. I laughed and realized how truly happy I was in that moment.
Another day we went to a different beach, and he told me he felt like swimming. So while I tanned in the sun, he just dove right into the water, and swam out about 200 meters. From a distance, I could see him pull himself up onto a rock. He sat there for about 10 minutes, watching and playing with the fishes. I was just looking at him, thinking about how truly carefree and wild he was. It was so inspiring. He swam back and proceeded to tell me about all the fishes he saw. It just really stuck out to me how adventurous and independent he was. He taught me so much about being brave while traveling alone, doing whatever you please, whenever you want. And for that I am forever grateful.
What have you learned about people all over the world?
I’ve learned that in most places around the world, their outlook is way different than ours (Americans I mean). Here, we let our career define who we are. When you first meet someone, we usually ask “What do you do?” when you meet people overseas, they ask you different kind of questions. They don’t really care what your job is, because that’s not who you are. I really love that. Also, people tend to be way more relaxed, and way more family-oriented. I feel like they appreciate the small things that we take for granted. Often, they live with much, much less, and are much happier.