For Patti

I have struggled with the perfect words to say for this; I realized that there are no perfect words, only feelings, beautiful memories and pure love and joy to share with all of you.

This is for Patti.

May you forever rest in peace.

 

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Blooming Books | Spring Reading List (+ Giveaway!)

There is something about a lovely stack of books that is just oh so appealing. With a fresh stack of books on my desk I can’t help but smile. Spring is finally here and I am going to introduce some lovely, colorful and blooming (literally) books that you absolutely need on your Spring reading list! Excited to share my Spring reading list with you, plus a little somethin’ somethin’ at the end. <3

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The R|S Edit

Rach & Charlie grew up.

 

I am elated to announce that Rach & Charlie is now The R|S Edit. In the recent months I really stood back and took a look at my blog, my brand and what I want to be.

 

Rach & Charlie was created when I created Charlie Knolls. Charlie Knolls was my pen name. I no longer need a pen name because I am comfortable enough to be my authentic self. Charlie Knolls is still a part of me; however, I no longer feel the need to sign off on things as Charlie.

 

The R|S Edit is going to encompass all things that I love, including more personal posts. I think it is really important to experience life as authentically as possible, and that is what I aim to do here. Of course there will still be beauty, food and travel posts, because that is what I love. I want to continue to share everything I love with you and I hope you are here to stay.
Cheers to a new beginning, y’all

 

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Rach Reads: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Oh, Dark Matter. Where to even begin. Honestly though, this book was wild. At one point I was actually saying out loud ‘dude…what!’ while death gripping my hair at the scalp. It was going to be one of those books.

Created in the dark and beautifully dramatic mind of Blake Crouch, Dark Matter is a thrilling and brilliant science fiction novel that explores the duality of multi-verses. It is a fast paced roller coaster through worlds that manifest from your thoughts and emotions, your ‘what if’s’ and unknown paths. And in turn, unknowingly, creating nightmarish worlds that pull you away from your reality. You are taken on a wild ride, whipped through many Chicago-esque landscapes while you follow Jason’s desperate attempts to reconnect with his universe.

But, let’s take it back for a second before things get to that ‘Oh Damn’ moment (and let me tell you, they start right away).

Jason. Average middle aged dude. Beautiful family. Living a ‘normal’ life. I use normal loosely because Jason ‘1’ does live a normal life, until the 32 other Jason’s show up. Never the less! Jason is a college physics professor living in the ‘burbs of Chicago. In his mind, a very average life. In his wife, Daniella’s eyes, a very average life. This story plays on the idea of the what if’s and the forks in the road. Well, what if I decided to not have a kid. What if I decided to turn left rather than right. Jason learns how dangerous it is to think that way.

Hold up. You see how this book is literally an ‘at the edge of your seat’ book? Not yet? Just wait…

 

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Let’s Talk: Mind, Body, and Soul in 2017

I always find it fun and interesting to read or talk about resolutions. Like, why is it a thing that at the beginning of each year we all decide to pick a list of things we need to work harder on? I don’t know, but I love it.
My resolution lists are always so embarrassingly long. I nit pick away at what went well and what did not, to try to recalibrate my new year. So my very first resolution was to sit back and reflect on a few things that I really wanted to focus on this year.
All of the boring “I am going to go to the gym more,’ or ‘I am going to drink more water and eat better’ resolutions, oh trust me they are here, but those are long term life goals that I want to adopt in as a life style… and they are also super cliche, but they still are important! Plus, they fall under the umbrella of my resolutions below. So fold those up and put them in your pocket. I want to focus on self detailed resolutions this year.
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My Three Mantra’s: A Quarter of a Century Year-Old’s View Point

Last week, I turned a quarter of a century. Now, by all means, this does not mean I am a life hacking genius (even if I would like to think so). I have, however, learned a few things along this short road of life. These are handed down from other people, which have been shaped and molded to fit into my unique being. I like to call them my ‘mantras,’ but really they should be on everyones mental daily checklist. If these are not part of your daily gratitude log that you should me mentally ticking off, please, let them be reminders. I know some days these things are not easy… trust me, I know. Sometimes you feel like you have to drag yourself out of bed, and no amount of coffee is going to make you a decent person for the day. But, I must say, by following these mantras daily, these hard, dragging days are few and far between.

These are not groundbreaking; it is nothing we do not already know. They are just so important that I think reiterating them as an adult is something relevant. They were important when we were young, and they are going to continue to be important as adulthood continues. I challenge you to sit back and reflect with me on these, as it is something all of us can continue to learn from.

 

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Autumn Reading List

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. So many fun festivities happen during the autumn months, that it is hard not to get excited! From pumpkin patches and spiced lattes, to a *very* full tummy on Thanksgiving, what is not to love about autumn? I love being out doors in the cool and crisp weather, but there is something about a hot apple cider, a fireplace, piles of cozy blankets, and a good book that is just all too appealing. Books make me happy and I love sharing my to read lists. Here are my current, and autumn reads.

 

Currently Reading

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

What a perfect read for this time of the year. Of course I needed to add in some horror! I have been wanting to read this, year after year, when my group reads it for our October pick, but I never got around to it. This year, I finally got it and I cant wait to finish it.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This has been on my to read list for a while. So many people have told me I need to pick this up and read it. Well, I finally did! I cannot wait to dive in deeper. I love books where you can place yourself into the character, and really actually learn something about yourself as well.

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Selected Sixes: Current Podcasts

Podcasts are all the rage. There are endless lists of podcasts that talk about any topic you can dream of. It is safe to safe that I am a Podcast junkie. I listen to them when I workout, when I am working, driving, walking… basically, whenever I have time.

Without any further delay, below are my current top favorite podcasts!

 

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Say Bye to Stress!

We live in a world where we are constantly go-go-going, and we never stop. A factor of this feeling of a never ending cycle is stress, and it plays a huge factor in our daily life. Most of the time, we don’t really realize how it is negatively affecting our body and mind.

I wanted to share with you my ways of ‘de-stressing’ myself (+ some helpful apps, since… there is an app for that!)

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