Badass Women: Rachel

It's been a while since I shared a new post in the Badass Women series here on Alive in the Fire, and I couldn't be more excited to share Rachel's story today.

Rachel is a blogger over at The Confused Millennial (TCM), where she shares her stories about #adulting, and offers a community space where other confused millennials can share, connect, learn, and grow together. She is also a blog and business coach, and a contributing writer at Forbes, where she reflects on finding a work/life balance.

I love Rachel's spunky style, heartfelt enthusiasm, and courage. She is a badass blogger for sure! I hope you enjoy reading more about Rachel, below.

1. What sorts of things do you do to connect in with your inner goddess / warrior woman badass energy?

I love to listen to Beyonce. Something about her music makes me feel like such a powerful and fierce woman that can take on anything. Fear just going out the window. 

2. What has shaped your journey to this point in your life?

Oh wow! That would be a novel! Without going into all of the events that shaped me, I'll focus on the "lightbulb" moments: through therapy I had a lot of realizations, both in the way I look at the world and about realizing a greater spiritual relationship that supports me in life. I would say sitting down and writing out my life's mission statement has also really shaped me, it acts as a filter for decisions I am making and whether or not those decisions are moving me towards the woman I want to be. 

3. What practices help you stay grounded and help you rejuvenate?

Definitely spending time in nature. There is something so grounding about mother earth. Breathing deeply and feeling the earth beneath my feet gives me clarity and strength I cannot describe. I try to leave my phone behind too. 

4. What would you tell a woman who needs help tapping in to her inner strength?

Life is going to happen, but we always have a choice in how we respond to the situation. It's perfectly okay to cry, I think it's actually really important in feeling the emotional wave fully, that way when you do choose to respond to the situation it's not from an emotional place. You can choose to respond from a place of love rather than fear. 

5. Who are your role models? Any badass women who have inspired you, and in what way?

Honestly, I try not to have role models. I know that sounds kind of weird, but I realized earlier this year that looking up to others in that way can unrealistically idolize them and place expectations on them (and expectations always lead to disappointment in my experience). At the end of the day we are all people. 

However if you realllyyyyyy pushed me, it would be Ellen Degeneres of course. Seriously, she always touches my heart and I hope to be as kind and loving of a person as she appears to be.

6. Any badass plans for the year, or goals you're working toward?

I'm working on cleaning up my business as I looked at this year as really a rebuilding and refocusing year since I launched the blog. 

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your story! Head on over to The Confused Millennial to read more of her work, or follow her on Instagram at @theconfusedmillennial.