Or tea? Or water? I am so glad you came by so I can introduce myself and Owl Be Me!
Owl Be Me, You Be You.
I’m Rachel Batchler; Frazzled Mom, Wife- extraordinaire (don’t worry about asking my husband. He agrees, I promise), Direct seller of jewelry and confidence. I am a Harry Potter, Star Wars and Disney lover, I am a Yankees and Raiders fan. I believe in always being true to yourself and finding your confidence in who you are. Listening intently to your intuition, making from-the heart decisions and drawing your own map of how life should look.
This blog has come to life because I have felt a calling to share my experiences. Some, I thought others could relate to, find comfort in and learn from. Some might give ideas, or inspire a thought or two to help you in your journey through life. At least I have a tip or two to help you in your journey through the mid-Atlantic states.
Born and raised in New York, I now live in North Carolina. I made my way to Wilmington, NC at age 21 with my best friend. She was thinking about moving to be with her boyfriend who had moved into a house his father willed to him, but she wasn’t sure that she wanted to leave all of her friends and family. So I said I would come. Just like that. It was all in one conversation, no thinking about it or planning.. “I don’t know if I want to leave all of my friends and family though.” “I’ll go.”
This story is important in my life, because as I look back I see that the best decisions I’ve made have been from the heart, so the older I get, the more I believe in following your intuition.
I now live 20 minutes outside of Wilmington. My husband and I are planning a life for ourselves and our two children. We are planning some farm-living, some homesteading, and raising goats and chickens (and hopefully more). We have travels planned and goals set. He is transitioning into being a stay-at-home Dad, while I am transitioning into being a full-time work-at-home Mom; running two direct sales businesses and now a blog. These businesses, and this blog, are all from-the-heart decisions that mirror my move. “I can do that” “I want to do that” “this feels right” (“I’ll go.”)
Somewhere between moving to Wilmington and where I sit now, I met a man who supports (and sometimes encourages) my from-the-heart decisions. Even the crazy ones. Since we met and started dating; I got pregnant, we had a baby, we got married, I started a business and found out the next day I was pregnant again. Aside from that last pregnancy, those were all from-the-heart decisions (don’t get me wrong, the second pregnancy was wanted- in fact, it was planned more with head & heart than just heart.. so a bit of a different decision)
Nothing ever goes as planned.
That second pregnancy only lasted 25 weeks and 5 days. Which, luckily, was 3 weeks and 5 days longer than could’ve been. I have my beautiful Alice, thanks to so much scientific advancement in the last decade. We went through almost 4 weeks of me being in the hospital. Followed by Alice being in two different NICUs for a total of 102 days. She finally came home at adjusted age 2 days. Meaning 2 days after her actual due date. (You can read about our journey from early labor to bringing Alice home here.)
Being a preemie mom has changed me and my view of life. In fact, the experience changed my whole family. I believe even more now in from-the-heart decisions and in listening to what the universe is telling you from inside yourself.