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Conversations with the Inspiring Rachel Rhee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Rhee.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Rachel. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my health and wellness journey at a time in my life when I had allowed life experiences to hold weight over me. I developed low confidence in myself and needed to find an outlet where I could do something positive and get my happy back. That’s when I decided to start an Instagram account and post photos of myself at a new workout class every day. I realized that working out gave me such joy because I left feeling stronger from the inside, out. It wasn’t about achieving an aesthetic, it was about identifying what made me feel good inside and what gave me confidence and higher self-esteem. From there, I’ve realized that it’s not just fitness that can make me feel good. I’ve evolved my wellness journey to incorporate ways on how to live with more intention in how I feel not just in my body but my mind and soul, too.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road – life never really is! Last year, really at the peak of my fitness and healthy lifestyle journey, I found out I had kidney cancer. I feel so grateful that it was stage 2 and luckily had not metastasized yet but what a shock it was! At a time when I felt my healthiest, I also suddenly felt the worst. Looking back, I learned so much about how I cope and process emotional struggles. I went through all the phases of feeling denial, depression, indifference, and finally acceptance.

For any woman out there that is struggling with hardship or unexpectedly has had to deal with a road bump – that is just what it is – it’s a bump. The feeling that you feel right now is not permanent. Allow yourself to sit in your thoughts, feel your feelings, but just know that in time, everything will make sense and you will get closer to your larger purpose in life.

I walked away from my experience with cancer with such a deeper level of understanding of how I want to live my life, who I want to live it with, and how I want to impact the world around me.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I have been a health and wellness blogger and social media content creator for about three years but it wasn’t until last year that I took my business full-time. I love that in this job I am able to be creative. I predominantly publish content related to self-love, holistic health, and positivity. A goal of mine this year is to really focus on service and give to those who may be struggling. I regularly host wellness events around LA and at these events, want to use it as an opportunity to foster community and also create awareness for non-profit organizations.

Prior to content creation however, I was a management consultant working for a global consulting firm, guiding clients on their digital strategies so they can increase revenue and maximize their operational efficiencies. Because I have this background I’m also able to consult individuals and companies on my own, so that they can excel with their own digital footprint.

I love that I have both business and creative first-hand experience to be able to help grow my own business and also help others as well. I have years of experience in working in digital from SEO to paid search to email marketing – every job I’ve ever had has helped me get to where I am now and for that, I’m really grateful.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
As a natural extrovert, going to meet-ups and joining networking groups is right up my alley! However, I know that it can be overwhelming for a lot of people and it does not come naturally. I would suggest even connecting with other like-minded people on social media as a great place to start. Instagram is where I’ve met so many women I look up to and I’ve also attracted clients that way, as well. There’s nothing wrong with sending a positive and supportive DM here and there to try and make true connections with people you look up to or want to learn more from.

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