Rachel Varkey


2021 – The Year I Got Better at Celebrating

I typically choose a word to define my year. This year, that word is “celebrate”. Read why below. I entered into 2021 exactly the way I exited 2020– a little anxious, mildly hopeful, but incredibly bogged down by the things…


#3: I am the lily. (2020 Lessons)

Charles and I, like most people in America, got a dog in April, right around the time the country began quarantining. Meet Pickles, our Pitbull Terrier. For the record, I’m not a dog person. When we first got her, I…

#2: Spiraling gets you nowhere (2020 Lessons)

I’m known to get a little ahead of myself. I often go to the absolute worst-case scenario for any given problem I’m facing. If I am struggling at work, I’m about to get laid off. If I am experiencing challenges…

Anxiety ridden at the Thanksgiving table

If you’re feeling a bit anxious this Thanksgiving, I want you to know you’re not alone. I’ve been struggling to compartmentalize the anxieties of my life—the utter terror of being exposed or exposing someone to the coronavirus, changes in our…

Shame makes it about you

“Shame focuses it on the I AM. I am a bad mother. PPD makes you question your identity. You begin to focus on the I—how terrible, and bad I am. I am unworthy. PPD attacks the narrative of who you are. ”

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