Rachel Dow

Problem Solver

      The older I get, the more I realize how easy it is to dwell on the negative. When something goes wrong or it's been a rough day, it is so easy to complain. And in fact, sometimes, I feel justified by it. I had a bad day. I'm allowed to complain. I'm allowed to be in an ugly mood. 

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February 13, 2017

The Unexpected

The end of another semester has arrived, and I'm breathing a bit easier these days. I'm finally on Christmas break! Since I'm still working in Chattanooga, one of the families that I go to church with have graciously opened their home to me until I get to go home. 

The roads leading to this family's house have a ton of hills and . . .

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December 16, 2016

Gratitude Days 23-25

As I finish up these blog posts, I am amazed that I actually stuck with (for the most part) a 30 day blogging challenge/experience. I have enjoyed looking at all the things I'm grateful for: past, present, and future. Gratitude is a habit, and I'm glad that I chose to practice it this month.

What do you like about your job? What spiritual . . .

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December 02, 2016

Gratitude Day 22

What is a special memory from childhood?

 I have always loved to read. As a child, I read anything I could get my hands on. The Magic Treehouse books, Junie B. Jones, A Series of Unfortunate Events, you name it, I read it.

I loved the way that books transported me to a different place and let me create my own world. . . .

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November 29, 2016

Gratitude Day 21

What is a trial or challenge that has strengthened you?

I'm going to school to learn and teach Spanish. While I began to love Spanish in high school, I never really pictured myself doing anything with it in the future, so I quit taking the classes for it. I quit learning the language. I stopped trying to figure out Spanish conversations . . .

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November 23, 2016

Gratitude Day 20

I am a people-person. I love spending time with others, and go a little crazy when I'm not around other people for a while. I love learning about people and cultivating relationships. Even though I like spending time alone, I am recharged largely through connection with other people. There's nothing like a hug from a friend you haven't seen . . .

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November 23, 2016

Gratitude Day 19

What do you like about where you live?

I go to college in Chattanooga, which is where I currently live.

 We have just about everything: a stunning walking bridge, tons of cute shops, great places to eat, and fun little markets every now and again. There are stunning places to ride bikes, walk, and even hike. I love my . . .

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November 21, 2016