Rachael Anthoney

Journal

Hello there! I'm Rachael, a free-spirited adventurer, dog walker, lover of road trips and period films. I'm trying to figure things out but loving the ride along the way.

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Going Home

Looking at posts and photos from a year ago, I was reminded of our wonderfully magical drive home form last summer’s road trip.

Road tripping is always a bittersweet thing; you start with so much hope and excitement for what is ahead of you and as the days progresses, that excitement never dwindles, but instead, your heart begins to long for home. 

By this point, even though I would've loved nothing more than to take a month and drive around, I think my body knew it was ready for home; for a familiar bed and familiar faces. As we left Conner Prairie, all that was between us and our driveway was a stretch of highway longer than we could see. Passing through central Indiana, we were blessed with the most beautiful and surreal sunset. If you look, you can see individual "fingers" stretch out as the sun bid us adieu.

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The Season for Slowing Down

Can you believe we’re already in the 10th month of the year? It feels like just last week that I was waiting for summer blossoms to open themselves to warm sunshine and now the clouds are settling in. Gone are the afternoons of basking in the sun, swimming in crystalline waters, and walking hand-in-hand in the heady embrace of a sultry evening. Fret not! While I love a good lazy day in the sun, there are so many wonderful things to look forward to as my favorite month of the year begins.

Cozy sweaters? Absolutely. Warm drinks under thick blankets? Check. The warm, brassy colors of the surrounding woods? Need I say more? Countless, splendid lists have been growing on my desk of experiences and recipes and ideas for the coming weeks. Pinterest is a bottomless trove of treasures for your “Top 10 Must Autumnal Dos” and I wholeheartedly recommend checking out some of these lists to plan yourself the most fantastic autumnal time.

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Why Titles Shouldn't Matter

Back in college, I can remember friends and I picking out what our career paths would look like and how exciting it would be to have a proper title on LinkedIn. (For some reason, "Aspiring Photographer Currently a Student" never had the right ring to it.)

In my mind, I always felt like I was racing colleges and friends to some sort of magical finish line where we'd all spit out what our job titles were and the best and coolest sounding ones would win some sort of golden, glittering prize. I can tell right now, at the prime age of twenty-six, NO ONE CARES but you.

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Allow Overwhelming Emotions Just a Moment and Nothing Longer

I remember this world religion class I took in college. While at first, I was just happy to be in a theological class that wasn’t the predominant practice of my school—I attended a religious college that wasn’t my family’s denomination; that’s a story for another time—there are a lot of fundamentals that I still lean back on nearly five years later.

I can still picture us sitting in a large lecture hall, about one hundred or so seats, waiting patiently for our professor to come in. (We’d learn later that his level of leisure was turned down so far to chill, it was lucky our class had time constraints at all.) When he finally did appear, he sort of swooped in: picture Gilderoy Lockhart, Kenneth Branagh-style. He held a beautiful Tibetian Singing Bowl in one hand, a ginormous stack of books in the other.

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