Updated: Feb 15, 2022
Well, hello beautiful people. I would like to introduce myself to you all, my name is Rachel and I am so incredibly happy that you are here. I am finally sitting down to write the blog post that feels like it's a lifetime in the making and yet I don't fully know what to say. For some time now, I have wanted to develop my own content and I am just now getting to it. So I am so happy you are here and hope you follow my accounts and walk with me for a while as we try to figure out this big crazy thing called life. I hope you enjoy this photo of me sitting on a rock and check out the prompts below. Be well and I hope you come back soon.
What is Radical Lover RA?
Radical Lover RA is my love letter to the world. To remind us that in each and every moment of our lives, exactly as we are, we deserve love. To reflect on the continuous journey of healing, health, wholeness, and life. To acknowledge how much courage, strength, and magic it takes for us to genuinely honor our true and authentic selves 7 days a week. Come walk with me for a while.
Who is Rachel Westenberg?
I have to be honest with you all, I am still fully trying to figure that all out. But here is what I do know. I am a 28 year old white woman born and raised in Green Bay WI. I have always had a genuine burning desire to leave the world better than I found it, which has manifested itself in many ways throughout my years. I have some things that I am really proud of right now:
I am in my final semester of finishing my bachelors degree in Leadership Development and on track to graduate May of this year.
I am currently working full-time for a nonprofit that I helped to establish right here in my community that is doing culturally specific holistic healing work for the African American community. Our agency's sole purpose is to love, advocate for, and walk with black folks. (Check out our website: https://www.weallriseaarc.org/)
In 2021 I started therapy to have a space devoted to me and what I needed to sort through in the present.
I have some things that have been really hard lately:
My mom's dad passed away in May of 2020, my dad's dad passed away in November of 2020, and my dad's mom passed away in June of 2021 - still takes the breath out of my lungs.
I have had several folks who are really close to me who have vocalized a wish for me to show myself some of the love that I so freely give to others, which have felt like someone has plopped a big mirror in front of me, super uncomfortable, but really needed.
Finding a balance in my life between work life and everything else - baby steps have started which I am excited to share more with you all soon.
I have some things that just "seem to be" lately:
I have for years struggled with body image issues being a plus sized woman most of my life and continue to try to embrace and love my body as it is.
I am coming to terms with the trauma I have carried for some time and am trying to become more comfortable with not only healing but also talking more about these areas of my life.
Faith is a big area of my life that no matter how much time and energy I put into it, it feels like there is so much more to learn and understand.
I am leaning into this tension that has been following me for years to write, to share, to pass along what I know and experience.
I am sure each and everyone of these points will become unpacked more and more in the next weeks and months. I need to stop this post now before it goes on forever. I can't wait to share more with you all soon.