If you haven't already discovered Rach MacDonald, and subsequently fallen in love, then buckle yourself in.
And then- if you ever get the ridiculous privilege of meeting her in person- your heart will inevitably melt even more, because in the flesh, she surpasses the beauty, grace and kindess that she shows up with online.
You can take all of that enthusiasm and vigour for life, and all of that thoughtfulness that pours out onto the pages of her wildly popular blog In Spaces Between, and magnify it with a zoom lens, and then, you'll be getting closer.
Rach and I have an ACTUAL love story. She is my sweet, sweet friend who I am constantly both proud of and mesmerised by. I love it when she picks up the phone with a high pitched 'Hi babe!', I love the way she speaks about her love, Ramai, and I especially love it when she says the F word.
She is spectacularly beautiful, inside and out, and hands down, the sweetest human being I have ever met.
I've made a bit of a habit out of summing up these Vixens in one word. Rach's word? Everlasting, always present, forever joyful LOVE. Good old fashioned - yet utterly profound - LOVE.
Sum up your mission in one sentence.
To move women into their magnificence by empowering them to dream bigger, slice through fears and limiting beliefs, connect back up to their true selves and own their greatness!
Can you share with us one of your most vulnerable moments (and in hindsight, what made it so beautiful?).
A recent shaky-knees moment was at a public speaking course where I had to stand up and speak to a group of people with barely enough time to get my head around what I was going to say, let alone rehearse it.
What made it so beautiful was that it shone a light on that part of me that needs to contemplate things to find the right answer, and allowed me to instead just trust my intuition and go for it on the spot. A pretty exhilarating oh-hey-I’m-totally-outta-my-comfort-zone-but-it’s-sweet experience.
What turns you on?
My husband. Blogging. Photography. Awesome writing. Exercise. Meditation. Our Vitamix. New stationery. Astrology, crystals, Reiki, oracle cards – anything metaphysical. Scandinavian design. Apple products. Alexander Wang bags. Miracles ‘n’ magic.
What makes your blood boil?
Thankfully this is a rare occurrence these days, but it absolutely kills me to hear of someone hurting or being dishonest to any of my friends or family.
How do you define confidence?
Self-belief. It’s about turning inwards for answers rather than seeking validation outwardly. Having an unshakeable foundation of trust not only in what you can do (your abilities) but who you are (your essence).
Can I just say here, it’s HOT-AS-HELL seeing true confidence in action. Phwoar!
When was the last time you experienced pure, unadulterated joy? Can you give us the juicy details?
I try and live my life from a place of joy daily, so there’s plenty of rollicking good times and lots of laughter in my world, but a recent special memory was playing soccer with my husband, my Dad, step-mum and my half-brother and sister (who are 6 and 3 years old) in the backyard, sun coming down, all of us chasing the ball around in fits of laughter.
It took me right back to my childhood and was such an incredible reminder of the beauty of simplicity. We’ve got all the gadgets in the world these days but there’s nothing more sublime than time spent outside, connecting and appreciating life with the people you love.
What makes you feel most ENLIVENED?
+ Heading to the beach every morning to marvel at the sun coming up over the ocean.
+ Travel. Glorious, mind-blowing, heart-expanding adventures in far off places.
+ Connecting with joyful souls that I feel like I’ve known forever (after a minute of meeting them).
+ A few parts of a long run – the bit where I hit my stride and can feel the energy pumping through my cells; the sprint home where my heart is beating out of my chest but I feel accomplished and totally stoked; the pulse-y, endorphin rush that I feel for hours afterwards. Nothing better.
Also: coaching extraordinary women; writing that flows easily; green juice; good music – either raw ‘n’ powerful or something I can move my body to; making things with my hands; deep belly laughs with my soul sisters; LOVE.
Combining my passions with a business I love makes me feel ….
Incredibly grateful. Super inspired. Deeply, deeply fulfilled.
It feels right.
I am MOST grateful for…
My husband, family, friends (my beautiful clients included), health, where I live… and that we live in an age where women are freely tapping into their soul’s purpose and creating businesses that allow them to share their gorgeous gifts with the world.
I secretly wish I could…
Dance… like MJ. ‘Cause this is Thriller…’
To me, the words 'Such Different Skies' mean...
One of my favourite quotes is this one by Anais Nin: “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are” and to me, that sums up Such Different Skies.
Each of us is looking at the world through the lens of our own experience, conditioning and desires, but even though our ‘skies’ might look different, we’re all in this together. An eclectic band of merry-makers looking to love and be loved.
Rachel MacDonald is a Life and Blog Coach, writer and creator of In Spaces Between. Problogger deemed her one of the "Top 15 Bloggers to Watch in 2013" and through one-on-one coaching, e-products and her blog, Rach moves women into their magnificence by empowering them to dream (way) bigger, slice through fears and limiting beliefs and truly own their greatness.