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Meet Rachel Wolchin

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

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My writing embodies a culturally relatable voyage of self-discovery and spiritually conscious living. My writing expands on topics such as pain, growth, self-forgiveness, self-love, as well as love and forgiveness of others and all things, explaining that where there is the most pain, there is also the most room for growth.

I believe that my inspirationally compassionate messages of encouragement reveal how the patterns we repeat are continuously reflected back to us in the form of different people and situations so that we can become aware and objectively grow from them. The topics I write about remind us (myself included) that the most powerful transformations occur through the desire to heal from our past.

Our journey through this lifetime is filled with moments of both darkness and Light, and it is in these moments—between each blink of our eyes—where we gain the clarity and certainty we need to face any challenge, and the power to redefine the life we are meant to live.

Where it all began: Twitter has always been my first love. Having a place where I could write anything, about anything, and as many times as I wanted to be felt like freedom.

Soon, unfiltered streams of consciousness turned into curated tweets where I had to train myself to write what I wanted to say as simply as possible in 140 characters or less. It is through Twitter that I met Meggan Roxane and Wale Kalejaiye, founders of The Good Quote—a picture quote account on Instagram with over 15 Million followers.

I’ll never forget the morning I woke up with thousands of new followers on Twitter and on Instagram, and the message Meggan wrote to me about wanting to start creating content from the minds of ordinary people rather than celebrities and famous people like they had been doing. Together, we coined the term Fameless and have become like family ever since.

The picture quote era on the Internet was born around the same time The Good Quote began creating picture quotes with my tweets so you could call it luck or chance or divine inspiration—but I’ll just call it destiny. Once my words were spread over continents, I began receiving numerous messages from people making me even more aware of the power of my words, and I’ve been committed to raising the global consciousness ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Firstly, social media can be tricky. When I first began using social media platforms as my way of expressing myself and forming connections with others, the new social era was just beginning. I was a part of this era before it became a trend to be social and introduce yourself to strangers on the Internet. I was unfiltered and wrote and shared anything I wanted to.

I became friends with people from all over the world, and we became an online community, supportive of one another—sometimes more so than the people standing right in front of us. It was only when social media became a trend and a scene that I found myself second guessing what I was posting—feeling judged by others and afraid to share what I really felt.

There were months that I wouldn’t share anything. To me, that was a huge obstacle to overcome. It has taken me a few years to get back into the social media world and unapologetically share because I know now the power of my words and the hearts they heal all over the world.

Secondly, being a writer hasn’t paid my bills yet (book coming soon), and it has always been very difficult to balance working my jobs that do pay them while wishing I could be writing or creating picture quotes. The goal for 2019 is to pay my bills with writing, and I will make it happen—consistency over perfection.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
If I were to narrow down my writing into two consistent foundations and sources of inspiration, they would be my background as a Preschool Teacher and my life surrounded by the spiritual teachings of Kabbalah at The Kabbalah Center. I was born in South Africa, and only made it to America after my Mother attended a Kabbalah lecture in Joburg that changed her life—and mine—forever.

The teachings of Kabbalah contain the spiritual rules of life and is pretty much the foundation of who I am. I highly recommend looking it up and/or attending a beginner’s lecture if you’re like me and don’t want to live through life wishing you knew the solutions to your challengers sooner. Trust me.

Being a student and teacher of life simultaneously is the secret to always being right where we’re meant to be. I have been a preschool teacher for almost 12 years now and honestly believe that I’ve gained more teaching the basics of what it means to be a person in society to 2 and 3-year-olds students than from anyone else.

Having to constantly remind children to use their words, respect another’s space, wait for their turns, and engage in positive conflict resolution, has reaffirmed those same skills in my own life that most of us forget as we grow older and become more ‘experienced.’ With experience, many believe they know how things should be, but the true gift of experience is to know how they can be but accept that they may not know anything at all. It’s in those moments we grow the most.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always different. I had a sense of independence about me and beat to the rhythm of my own internal drum. I didn’t mind being ‘weird’ or standing out from the crowd. Peer pressure was never an issue for me—I knew who I was and who I wasn’t and no one was going to tell me otherwise.

At times, I do have Gemini tendencies where I’m either super committed to something or completely not. It all depends on what my heart is into that day. When I think back to my childhood, I was outgoing, adventurous, but also very responsible because, from an early age, I learned to TAKE responsibility for my words and actions and the true power of the conservation of energy. Being mindful of what I put out into the world and how I can’t take it back, only transform it, supported me throughout my childhood and continues to support me today.

I moved into my first apartment at the age of 19, and although it was tough to pay the bills and balance a social life, I made it work by working a job or two or three. Growing up, I felt forced to become independent and even found myself resenting it at times but when I look back now and reflect, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The family’s that we are born into are carefully calculated and curated for us and are purely meant to push all the right buttons to assist our own personal awakening and growth.

Furthermore, I always believed there was more than meets the eye and two sides to every story.

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1 Comment

  1. JRX

    January 22, 2019 at 18:17

    Rachel Wolchin for President 2020

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