We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Oof – for a long time I avoided risk like the plague! My husband is a total risk taker and watching him take risks, fail, pick himself up and try again really allowed me to see that taking a risk didn’t have to be life or death. Another turning point as far as risk goes, was when we lost our first pregnancy. I felt so alone and took a risk by sharing about it on social media. That was the first of many “taboo” things I started talking about on Instagram and it allowed me to see that there are so many other people out there going through similar situations.
Now, risk taking is something I try to integrate into my daily routine. Do I still get that nervous feeling in my chest? Absolutely. But it gets easier. And the reward I’ve seen from the risks I’ve taken far outweighs that anxiety. The conversations I’ve had about infertility, loss, NICU, special needs children, mental health, body positivity, etc. have been life changing for me and would not have happened had I not taken a risk to post what we were going through. I still get nervous before I hit “post” on a blog or social media post but I know I’m not the only one who needs to hear what I’m saying.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
So I am a blogger and content creator, which I know might conjure up some unflattering thoughts! But I have found so much JOY in sharing our story and connecting with other people who have been through something similar. It was not easy and still is not easy to be so open and I don’t always feel like sharing but I know how important it is to not feel alone in something. My hope is that my platform is genuine and relatable and gives a voice to people who aren’t sure how to communicate how they are feeling or what they are going through.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First of all, I would take them to Legacy Hall up in Plano! Shameless plug, but my husband owns Press Waffle Co. which is located inside of Legacy Food Hall. I would also take them to Wild Detectives, a bookstore and bar combo down in Bishop Arts District. In fact, I could just eat my way through Bishop Arts! In a pre-pandemic world, we would go to a show at the Winspear, go to Eatzi’s to grab a picnic for the arboretum, and catch the latest exhibit at the DMA. I guess we can still do those last two!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Huge shoutout to my husband, Bryan, who never looks at me like I’m crazy when I ask him to take the ideas in my head and run with them! He has truly embraced his role as an “Instagram husband!” And I have to shoutout my friends Lindsay and Erin who originally pushed me to be so open, recognizing that other people needed to hear what I had to say.
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