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Thank you for being a part of my life




One of my favourite things to do on my birthday, is eat dessert (my mother in-law made this amazingness for me)  and take some time away to reflect on my year, what I’ve learned, what I’m still learning and who really impacted the major moments of it. 

I think one of the most important things I learned this year was the power of “It’s not about me”. My goal over this past year was to wake up every morning (I missed some mornings) , be open and willing to bless someone that day. I can honestly say it changed the way I think, act and react to situation and people. When we are so wrapped up in our own problems, how tough things are for us, who’s coming up short ect we lose sight of what life is really about and lose the joy that comes with it. I truly believe that I have learned one of the greatest treasures in life’s journey…It’s not about me and there is unspeakable joy in letting go of our selfish nature and putting our energy whole heartedly into the people that are brought into our lives.

With all that being said, I really want to take the time and thank some people that took the time out of their everyday lives to bless me, and because of that I will never be the same.


Carly Mitchell-VO2-Max Kelowna



Dear Carly,

Words can not express my gratitude for your investment of time and energy into my health and weight loss after having McCarthy. I came to you frustrated, confused and feeling as though I was losing the battle with my Hypo-Thyroidism. You were the first person who believed in me, made me believe my goals were reachable, stood behind me not just with words but with action as well. Because of you I am a healthier woman, mother and wife. I’m eternally grateful to you for pushiong me beyond my comfort zone 


Dana Skoglund-Mission Yoga/Oranj Dance and Fitness


Dear Dana,

You walk through life at the beat of your own drum and I truly admire this about you. There are very few people we meet in life that will impact us in such a dynamic way, that we walk away feeling refreshed, challenged and strengthened. You have inspired me to be a trainer who walks with integrity,honesty and without fear! Thank you for your consistant encouragement and for believing that pregnant women can do hand stands:)


Gail Doell-Grandma Doell

Dear Gail,

Words will never be able to express how much your love, support and wisdom has meant to me. You have walked out these past 15 months of being a new mom with me and gently held my hand without judgment or criticism along the way. You inspire me on a daily bases with your open heart, gentle nature and your willingness to serve your family with love and excitement. Thank you for helping me to always see the light at the end of the tunnel when my days seem to long, for always reminding me that laughter is the best medicine and for loving McCarthy with everything that is in you! I love you and am so blessed to have you in my life.


This blog post could continue on with countless names of people that I am so thankful for and I feel like that is such a huge blessing in itself. This has been one of the most dynamic years of my life and I am so excited for many more years of being stretched and strengthened. 

Enjoy your day~~*


  1. Dana Skoglund says:

    Rachel – you are an inspiration. This is such a good reminder that it's not about you (this becomes extremely apparent when you have kids!). I really meant what I said in class that you are embodiment of strength and have a huge open heart (you morning ritual shows through). But what I didn't say (and meant to) – is that you are connected to your center and live with authenticity and that is what magnetizes all these people to you – you are YOU. And that's why I love you : )
    So happy we've gotten to know each other better over these past few months and I look forward to more. xo

  2. Jillian says:

    You are loved girl!! I hope this year ahead is even better than the last!! You have so much to look forward to and I am so glad I can be apart of it all 🙂 xo

  3. Carly says:

    AWWW!!! Thanks so much Rachel – you are AMAZING!!! I'm SO proud of your and your new role as Ambassador! You truly deserve it! You're a role model for all women, pregnant or not! You ROCK!!!!!

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