Finding Faith

With an Atheist father and a Catholic mother, I was always encouraged to explore different religious views. There are so many different paths of enlightenments to follow and deciding on one can be daunting. Growing up I have never had any interest in actively participating in religion.  The idea of sitting in a church pew on my only day off of the week never appealed to me. Instead I chose to…

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She Will Be Loved

She Will Be Loved

She loves to curse — maybe a little too much.

She spends every minute of every hour of every day just learning how to be somebody.

She knows things that you would never expect.

She is smiling, or is she?

She needs your kindness and your friendship.

She is adventurous, but there is a threshold for how far she will go.

She is shy, but…

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It’s A Gamble

It’s A Gamble

picking a baby name

Some have meaning, while some were chosen at random. Most hold tradition, while others are a bit strange. Regardless, the process of picking one can be as tedious as completing your NCAA March Madness winning bracket. Damn you Wichita State – sorry the wound is still fresh.   A name is never chosen by you, yet once it is placed it holds permanence. When picking a name for your little bundle of…

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Can you too make a Haiku? This is my challenge to you with this post

Your hands and my hands Have a peculiar way of fitting Just like a puzzle   Something doesn’t fit…

Can you too make a Haiku? This is my challenge to you with this post

Your hands and my hands Have a peculiar way of fitting Just like a puzzle   Something doesn’t fit…

I Have A Few Thoughts

I Have A Few Thoughts

And that's who I am

I have thoughts, but I unfortunately can’t talk about them. These thoughts aren’t inappropriate — for the most part — they are just trapped and jumbled inside my crazy, confused mind. I want desperately to get these thoughts out, but more than that I want to be able to turn these thoughts into eloquent words.

Only write what you would bother to read yourself. Follow these words and I might never…

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Women are crazy awesome. 

Roar by Katy Perry

Katy Perry has a new song and like all of her other songs it combines a cheese-tastic message with a catchy pop beat that is sure to get stuck in your head for days, weeks, or even months until the next Katy Perry song comes out. Here is a my unqualified, line by line analysis of her song “Roar” because Katy Perry songs are often hard to interpret for yourself. What is expressed in this blog does not express my own personal opinion of this song or Katy Perry in any way. Or maybe it does.

No emoticons were used or abused in this post; the same can not be said about the use of sarcasm.


"I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath"

This song starts off with some really good advice. Don’t bite your tongue it hurts and always remember to breath.


"Scared to rock the boat and make a mess"

This is actually a reasonable fear if you can’t swim or have Ataxophobia.


"So I sat quietly, agreed politely"

Never be afraid to voice your own opinions.


"I guess that I forgot I had a choice"

You always have a choice, even if that choice seems wrong.


"I let you push me past the breaking point"

Don’t be a pushover.


"I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything"

Also, don’t be gullible.


"You held me down, but I got up"

Always stand up on your own two feet.

 ”Already brushing off the dust”

Yeah, that dust can often get annoying and sometimes it can make you sneeze.


"You hear my voice, you hear that sound"

No, speak up!


"Like thunder, gonna shake the ground"

Katy Perry says Speak up!


"You held me down, but I got up"

Stop letting people pull you down. Again, great advice.


"Get ready cause I’ve had enough"

Apparently, she’s had enough of something.

 ”I see it all, I see it now”

And she also sees something.


"I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire"

She’s got the eye of the tiger song stuck in her head and also don’t dance through fire it will burn you. This would be an example of some bad advice.


"Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR"

She’s been listening to Queen and also now thinks she’s a lion. I am not sure how the two are related.


"Louder, louder than a lion"



"Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me ROAR"

She’s a champion. However, winning is not everything losing is okay too.


"Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Oh oh oh oh oh oh

Oh oh oh oh oh oh”

This girl likes her ohs.


"You’re gonna hear me roar"

Yes, yes I will.


"Now I’m floating like a butterfly"

Butterflies don’t float, they fly because they have wings.


"Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes"

So she died, because a bee usually dies after they sting.


"I went from zero, to my own hero"

Zero to hero. Pretty sure that’s Hercules.

It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone… but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
― Kahlil Gibran (via thetaoofdana)

Well, That’s Embarrassing…

Everyone has those special, original traits that make them who they are. Extraordinary hidden talents that inspire envy in others or cool hobbies that keep friends interested in your spectacular life. Unfortunately, at this stage of my life I am having a hard time thinking of such traits that exist in my own sense of being. Instead all I can think of are the embarrassing things that I wish didn’t exist.  So here it is, a few things about myself (that I would prefer nobody knew).

Sometimes if I laugh too hard you may hear a little snort.  In fact, this is one way to tell that I am truly and genuinely laughing at your absolutely hilarious anecdote. Sure, I may try to deny that it happened, but unfortunately that never works because that leads to my next hidden trait…

I cannot tell a lie. This is true, I can’t lie. My face turns red, cheeks get flush, palms sweat, and maintaining eye contact becomes next to impossible.

My clumsiness often gets me down, literally. On more than one occasion I have been known to fall  down for completely no reason at all. Whether there is a ditch, flight of stairs, a wall, or just my own two feet, the odds of me falling flat on my face are pretty high. In fact, as I am writing this I have just discovered three bruises on my knee, calf, and elbow because apparently I bruise like a soft peach.

My words often get all jumbled. Sometimes this thing happens where I find myself saying something that does not make any sense at all. Some may call it word vomit or some may refer to it as stupidity. However, I will refer to it as “Rachel’s Speak”. What is this so-called “Rachel’s Speak? Well, if you have ever found yourself contributing to a conversation without putting any thought into your words and at least one person has given you the classic eye roll because of it; congratulations you have just used my very own form of communication. Another thing that tends to hinder my social skills, is my amazing talent for misusing and mispronouncing words. Oh well, big words are totally stupid and overrated anyway.

Sappy, fake, unrealistic romantic comedies get me every time. From the tumultuous relationship of Ross and Rachel to just about any terrible chick flick with Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling.  What is so wrong with watching these romances and daydreaming yourself away in these scenarios…. You know what, no, I do not and will not justify this behavior.

There it is, a few simple and embarrassing things about me. After twenty-four years, I have finally come to accept that awkward and embarrassing moments are bound to happen to me. It is just who I am and unfortunately it is not something that I can change, nor do I want to. So with this post, I encourage you to think of some of the things that you may not like about yourself and celebrate them for those are the things that make you both interesting and incredible.