Writing an about me page is like having a tooth pulled, without the bonus of painkillers at the end. I feel full of myself, and the need to make my life seem glossy and wonderful from the outside can be overwhelming. I am going to try and stick to the basics, and let you learn about me naturally, through my posts… which is the whole point of blogging, right?

So, the basics….

My name is Rachel. Do not call my Rachie. You may however call me Shiny. I am swiftly approaching 30 and don’t have many qualms about that. I am an INFJ. I married a childhood friend in hopes of beating my youngest sister to the big ‘I do’. My marriage didn’t last, hers is going strong. There are no miniature versions of me terrorizing the world at the moment, so I content myself with the 5 amazing nieces and nephews my two sisters have blessed me with.

I live near the Oregon Coast in house that is more thrift-store cheap, than shabby chic. It is breathtakingly beautiful out here, even if it does rain 75% of the year. The ocean speaks to me. I can’t imagine living far away from it. My home is run by two bratty cats, each of which came in to my life at just the right time. God has a wonderful sense of timing doesn’t He? So much of my life is because of Him. I am slowly learning to live a spirit led life.

At the moment I work in health care, and while I love my job I know it 'just for now'. Something bigger is waiting for me. It may in nutrition, or nursing, or social work… all three interest me. I volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and sometimes I clean cages and fed kitties at the local animal shelter. Soon (I’ve been saying that for years now) I will go back to college and earn a degree in something. For now though, I just dream and wonder why I wasted so much money in art school?

Speaking of art, I like to think I’m crafty. I crochet, sew (not very well), paint, play around in Photoshop and have a huge love for hand created beauty. I also LOVE to cook, and make things like rice milk, almond butter, cheese, and lots more from scratch. I'm also a little bit crunchy when it comes to skin care and body products.

My life is full of wonderful people, places, and things. Yet I still struggle with depression. I can’t remember a time in my life where I haven’t… as a child I was diagnosed with ADHD, Tourettes, ODD, dyscalculia, and maniac depression. Some of these things have resolved themselves to where most people don’t notice them. Others are managed with self-administered behavior therapy and prayer.

Originally I started this blog to chronicle the transformation of my RV. Now it serves as a place to talk about weight loss, nutrition, mental health, running, crafts, family, God, pets, natural living, yaddy yaddy ya… I just need a place to talk. To be me.

If you are interested, I will tell you about the meaning behind the blogs titlle.

Sol was an ancient Roman god who personified the sun. It also a poetic word for the sun. Despite my struggle with depression, I am generally seen as a sunny, bright person. My nickname growing up was sunshine.

This partly poke at my difficulty with numbers (think dyslexia, but with math), and partly a nod to our human ability to change. To transmute. To interchange. To alter. To do differently. I am constantly transposed.

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