About

Hi, my name is Rachel. I am a nurse who writes & draws about life.

My background – My professional background is healthcare and nursing.
I explore this world as a woman, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am curious about life and the universal human experience that is shared between all of of us, particularly how we care for ourselves and others.

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness

Maya Angelou

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Welcome!

This space exists to explore the idea of being my own best friend. The idea first resonated with me when I reflected on conversations with close friends and the advice or feedback we gave each other. I often found the support I gave to my friends was very different from what I gave to myself. As I started paying closer attention I was shocked by the pattern.

What I was sending out into the world was often kinder, quieter, more thoughtful, more supportive, more optimistic. What I was sending internally was generally harsh, judgmental, negative, more limiting. Oh boy. So, what if I treated myself or talked to myself the same way I talked to my friends?

“If I were my own best friend” has been a space where I explore what it means to be kinder and gentler with myself, still honest but softer. It is a space where I remind myself to get back up when I fall or make mistakes. To choose again when I cut myself down. To be there for myself. Don’t quit. Keep going. Because when we do better for ourselves we are able to do better for everyone around us as well. And for those of you who have come on this journey with me, I would challenge you to do the same. Be your own best friend.

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Seeing, Being & Caring – A subcategory within this blog. My reflections on actual experiences I have had in healthcare. The stories have been adapted to protect the privacy of the people who kindly shared their lives and their stories with me. Consider them to be fictionalized reality. Anything that resembles “real life” probably happened but not in exactly the same way it is written here or with exactly the same details. Some of these stories are combinations of multiple experiences all so similar I have combined them into one story, hopefully capturing the bits of truth most clearly.