Lately, I haven’t had much to say. I’ve been in a funk, but I guess that’s when you really should be writing instead of letting your thoughts banter back and forth.
So here is a list of thoughts. Maybe I’ll elaborate on them once they have been fully formulated.
1. It’s easy to be bitter, harder to see the good, even though good is better than bitter.
2. I feel like God is walking with me through something, but I don’t know what that something is.
3. It’s okay to acknowledge the sadness in your life. If you don’t, you diminish what it truly means to be human.
4. The older you get the more you see a world of broken people. I wish they only knew the love, hope, joy, and restoration Jesus Christ could bring them.
1. I’m grateful for this season of singleness. I get to pour more of my time into relationships with my family and friends.
2. The possibilities are endless. I am expectant because God is the extraordinary author of life.
3. There is no replacement for community and I feel like I am finally finding it in Nashville.
4. Simple joys are easy to find if you open your eyes to see them.
It’s remarkable how the Lord emulates the seasons of our soul like seasons over the earth. The important part is remembering each season has a beginning, an end, and they will never stop changing.
Photos by the one and only @innatelight_
Literally wore all my moms clothes when I was home. She’s a trendsetting queen.
Jacket Free People
Sweater Not sure
Earrings Imago Dei
Around the world we go. Last year around this time I was exploring a new city. If you are visiting Zurich soon here are three suggestions...
Fondue - Make a reservation
Frau Gerolds Garten
Geroldstrasse 23, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
I would try to describe this place, but I would not do it justice. If you don't make a reservation, don't worry. You'll be able to enjoy gluehwein by the fire outside.
Store: Confiserie Sprüngli
Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Buy tickets before hand online - I can’t get the website to work but you can go to the store and see.
A nice place to sit and take in the ambiance of the city.
I don't think I did Zurich true justice while I was there, but one day when I have significantly higher cash flow, I'll go back. Being the most expensive city in Europe, Zurich has the habit of taking all your money. Next time I think I'll discover the art scene, but for now I'll return to my coffee and croissant.
Captures by Alba Quezada
It makes me sad to see people stuck in their own lives. We all have dreams and we all have excuses. All too often I see people look at their lives and think their dreams are unattainable because X, Y, and Z (I’m not going to make your excuses for you, so you fill in the blank). The reality is most of the time there is no right answer or game plan for our dreams. Sometimes the Lord opens multiple doors. Other times there are no answers in sight, but I am a firm believer that if your ambition is trumped by your desire to glorify God, He will make a way. God is good. He wants to see us fulfill the desires of our hearts. Ultimately, I think God would rather see us have faith and jump, instead of spinning our wheels with fearful excuses.
So if you don’t know me, I recently moved to Nashville for a job. Was it my entry level dream job? Yes. But the move was more about getting out of my comfort zone and personal growth, and the end result was experiencing the Lords faithfulness like I never have before. The amount of doors He opened and closed to get me exactly where I am is insane to me.
April 30th, 2016 - Had no idea what I was doing after graduation
April 31st, 2016 - First trip to Nashville
April 31st, 2016 – (Later that day) Gut feeling, aka the Lord, said I was moving to Nashville
May 5th, 2016 - Graduated College
May 6th, 2016 – Moved home to Minnesota
June 20th, 2016 – Took a nannying job for the summer...
December 1st, 2016 – Still nannying
January 10th, 2017 – Well I guess Nashville isn’t happening
May 1st, 2017 – Still nannying (what am I doing with my life?)
June idk, 2017 – Last day nannying
July 31st, 2017 – Moved to Nashville
Intermixed through that timeline were countless job applications that went unanswered. In hindsight, I have never been so grateful for unanswered prayers. God knows me better than I know myself, His plan is greater than mine, and He doesn’t do half answered prayers. My year at home allowed me to be close to family for the first time in 4 years, something I value so much more now that I am gone. There is good in every season.
And now for the hard parts. Awhile ago my boss said something that was honest and true. This isn't verbatim, but it will have to do. "Sometimes in life you make big decisions for the better and they bring unintentional consequences." This is the first time I realized that consequences are not always bad, just unexpected. Today marks 100 days in Nashville and the unintentional consequences have started to set in. The exciting thrill of moving has slightly faded revealing a new reality of solitude. When you move away for college your whole social life is served silver platter. After college is much different. Unintentional consequence #1 is friendless Rachael (don’t worry, I think I am pretty good at making friends, but you can’t replace your girl gang). Unintentional consequence #2 is not seeing Jake as much. When you get a full time job and you are in a long distance relationship, your freedom to take long weekends significantly decreases (but yay cause I am writing this blog in Washington which means I finally got to see my man after 130 days apart). Unintentional Consequence #3 I got a full time job, so I am officially an adult. I am a very sentimental person and have realized letting go of my childhood is harder than I expected. I’ll get there eventually…
all good things
But all in all, I would rather have my unintentional consequences 100 times over than never chase my dreams. Now I get to date myself. No longer do I have the excuse “ugh, I have no one to go with, so I guess I’ll stay home.” You get to experience things by yourself (which I think everyone should try because you will learn something about yourself guaranteed). I get to do what I want, when I want, and I don’t have to worry about what anyone thinks, because no one knows me here. Sure you can do that wherever you are, but this experience has forced itself upon me, so here I am taking it on.
next 365 days
I already have an ongoing bucket list, but for the next 365 days I am adding these to the list - paint more, take a pottery class, get involved on a worship team, visit 2 new counties, go on a solo vacation, run 2 marathons, take self-defense classes…. Any other suggestions?
Take a chance on yourself, trust God, and make some dreams come true this year.
Photos by Abigail Perrigo
The City that Romanced My Heart
Salzburg is my favorite place. Simply put and so true. This is where I feel so alive yet completely steady. It is the perfect place. Its character, timeless. Its beauty, effortless.
This places holds more memories than I know how to remember. All the growing up, finding pieces of who I was along the way. I know and hope I will never stop growing, but there will always be turning points in life we will remember and this place is one of them. I hope to return soon, but for now, here are all my favorite little places. May you visit them with your best friend as I did with mine.
Disclaimer: you will have 5 cups of coffee in a day if you visit.
Chiemseegasse 5, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Best coffee in Salzburg, not open on Mondays I believe, check about Sunday's.
Schwarzstr. 3, 5020 Salzburg
Swanky vibes. Super cute. Right on the river. This place features cute old Austrian couples reading the newspaper with their dogs.
Getreidegasse 3, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
YOU HAVE TO GO HERE. THAT IS ALL. Go when they open, it is small and they get very busy around "coffee hour"
Gasthof Alter Fuchs - make a reservation
Linzer G. 47-49, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Get schnitzel or goulash and then apfelstrdel
If you need a snack
Any and all sausage carts. Get Kasekrainer, it's a cheese filled sausage and now I'm sad cause I want one and can't have one :(
Cheap and quick and SO GOOD. I'm not a huge curry person but this made me fall in love. Rice/noodle bowls/sushi, they have lots of options.
Look out point
Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
Kapuzinerberg 4–6 5020 Salzburg, Austria
Go the Crepe place on Linzer Gasse, go up the narrow road, it is pretty steep, less than a ten minute walk. It's an amazing view of the city and fortress.
Church to see
Salzburg Cathedral on Domplatz
The biggest church in Salzburg. You don't need to pay even though it looks like it. Just donations.
Walk through the Mirabell Gardens.
If you are there during the Christmas markets, Hellbrunner Adventzauber is the best one - Fürstenweg 37, 5020 Salzburg.
And you better go on The Sound of Music Tour.
till next time,
Photos by the wonderful Alba Quezada.
you woke up like this, kinda, not really.
In recent months, my love for mature pajamas has grown, upgrading my drawer of old tee shirts to cute little sets. Talk about good timing because apparently it's socially acceptable to wear them out on the town now. Hehe. Dreams do come true. So think of your go-to, comfy-cute outfit. Now times by 10 and you have reached silky pj dreams. I honestly adore this pj set - collared button down, long sleeve and high waisted ankle pants (note: they would be full length on anyone shorter than 5'6"). A handful of people following this trend opt to leave the top untucked, but I like to accentuate my waist most of the time.
How to pull this off.
Tip 1: Get ready like you would every other day. Hair. Makeup. Shower...
Tip 2: Treat it like any other outfit. Accessorize. Personally, I can't leave the house without wearing a watch.
Disclaimer: Trend has been known to make people fall asleep randomly in public.
Pajamas: Anthropologie, Eloise
Imaging By Ivy Christina
sunny london town
Happy February, everyone! Oh, sorry. It's May? I must be confused because it was snowing today. Well, regardless, the cold weather doesn't bother me much. Moving back to Minnesota from California, this really is to be expected. Big comfy jackets and a warm cup of joe typically get me through the day. And lots of quality time with my couch as we bond over old movies. Not really, cause I have no time, but that sounds so nice.
When I was in London over NYE, I got together with the girls over at @FreePeopleUK. This jacket is beeeeautiful. (Sold out, sadly). These jeans have a perfect mix of boyfriend and fitted. (They are on sale now. Yay for things on sale.) And these shoes are also on sale. (Double Yay!!) I'm a 26-27 in jeans typically, but wore a 27. Shoes, I wear an 8, so a 39 felt good. Grab 'em while they're still there.
On another note, my brother is getting married in 11 days. Lets all pray for no snow. Yeah?
Wishing you the best.
There is something about getting on a plane that keeps my heart beating. Whether I am revisiting old places or stepping into new territory, there is always excitement in my veins. As the Brits would say, my London holiday was smashing. A little time away and some much needed QT with my cutie of a friend, Alba. She toured me around her current city like a local. All the nooks and crannies were so quaint. Endless coffee was probably the real excitement in my veins once I arrived, but nevertheless, London is perfect. The ability to walk everywhere is really my cup of tea. Never needing to fight traffic or find a parking space really speaks to the depths of my soul.
But at my core, my excitement for planes, trains, and anything on the move, comes from wanting to push myself to go further - physically, emotionally, spiritually. Becoming comfortable with my days makes my skin crawl. Not being challenged or learning is terrifying to me. And lately I've been terrified. So now I am forced to focus on the things I can control. Moving beyond what you know forces you to take on a new perspective and the more perspectives you find, the more you will truly know why you think the way you think, or why you believe what you believe. When was the last time you weren't completely comfortable?
Now that I've written this, I realize it really doesn't go with the happy-go-lucky pictures above. But that's just the way it goes sometimes.
I hope 2017 brings you uncomfortable situations and new things to learn.
Jacket // Trouve @ Nordstrom Sweater // Madewell Jeans // Seven For All Mankind Boots // Vagabound Crossbody // Kate Spade
Captures by Alba Quezada
New Year's Eve is always filled with high expectations that never seem to come to fruition. Maybe that's just in the world of twenty two year old Rachael, but regardless of what I am doing this year I know it will be a night to remember since I'll be ringing in 2017 in London - dancing the night away with one of my very best friends. Even though I'll be away from my honey, I'll be blowing him kisses from the other side of the world.
On NYE sequin will never be overrated. In all honesty, the more the merrier. It adds a little more magic to the euphoric feeling New Years already gives you. The warm, romantic, nostalgic excitement that comes when the clock starts ticking down. I love NYE for it's nudging reminder to make us reflect. On ourselves. On the year. But my favorite thing is thinking about last NYE and how I thought this year would have been different. All the plans in my head that changed so drastically in a short 12 months - for the good or the bad - in the end I know things are meant to be just as they are. God has a way of changing our plans little by little. We could never believe it cause our plans are just so good, but God's plan is always better. And bigger.
I'm so excited for London, but I'm even more excited for family Christmas - Lee family farm fun includes intense bingo and homemade ice-cream. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas. I'll talk to you after the New Year <3
Dress // Free People
Capture // Josiah Davie
Edit // Alba Quezada
Holiday season is here and I am a big fan of rocking white. Whoever said that wasn't a thing needs to check their facts. One of my favorite things to do when styling an outfit is play with textures. Knit, lace, leather. And it's all the more fun when it is all one color. The maxi skirt is enough to make me feel feminine and the sweater is enough to remind me it's winter and I'd rather be curled up by the fire. Cozy feminine. How could you go wrong? Side note: I wear these shoes with everything, so why not wear them with this.
Summer is long gone and here we are heading into the dead of winter in Minnesota. I keep finding myself wishing for California sunsets - the ones I used to take for granted weekly, but now I get to be awed by God's beauty of white. There is nothing like fresh snow coating the ground. Everything is pure and perfect as if nothing has ever been touched before. A snowy night may not bring heartwarming sunsets, but waking up to the utter crisp calm of fresh snow is nothing short of perfect.
Be grateful in your current season.
Good Evening, lovelies. I hope everyone is happy and feeling content today. I am so happy to finally - finally, finally, finally - be back. Rachael Lee Rausch, me, needed a break, so a solid twelve months later, here I am, bringing my site back to life without the doubts that hung on my back before. Blogging brings on so much comparison at the beginning it is daunting to start. You see so many talented people that you immediately disqualify yourself from the game, but it is not a competition. Blogging is about what you bring to the table that can inspire others.
A wee bit of time has past since this shoot (if you have paid attention to my hair evolution I don't even have to say). Regardless, it is one of my favorites and I also thought it fitting since I feel as though I have 'weathered the storm' of blogging this past year. Slav is such a talent. It has been so cool to see him grow as a photographer. To be able to create images that provoke feelings is incredible and something I love to be apart of.
Captures / Miroslav Skorykh