Welcome to my vulnerability project, Little Miss Curious: a blog about adventures with curiosity. I’ll be sharing about what I’m learning about being a human, a business owner, a creative person, a professional, a seeker of the divine, and whatever else curiosity has in mind. You’ll find out about all kinds of helpful and interesting resources for information, practices for personal development and things that will make you say "huh?". I hope you’ll continue to join me on my adventures as I follow curiosity. Maybe you’ll be inspired to go on an adventure with her, too.

Inward and Onward, Rachel


Cultivating Well-Being
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
 Cultivating Well-Being

YOU'RE INVITED! Cultivate Well-Being this Winter Among other things, I am student of yoga, HeartMath and Grateful Living. All of which offer rich practices from varying perspectives. These certainly - in part - inform my theoretical orientation at Be Still Counseling, too.  As we enter the season of winter, I invite you to join me in cultivating well-being from this inside out. This blog will provide you with a few resources to cozy up with as you practice some established habits or try out something new.  Blessings!Rachel  ONE: The Four Constituents of Well-Being Dr. Richard Davidson with the Center for Healthy MindsRichard describes in this 13:36 ...

Stress: The choice is yours...
Friday, November 03, 2017
 Cultivating Well-Being

My father, a road construction business owner and father of seven, has many times said to me “stress is a choice.” Often his nugget of wisdom came through the other end of the phone after I had found myself getting caught up in the responsibilities of to-dos, comparing myself to other’s version of success, or spinning in emotions which left me in foul moods or too exhausted to think clearly. I smile and laugh just remembering the utterance of this now familiar phrase with it’s predicable arrival. I have often wanted to disagree with him or ignore what he was trying to tell me. Yet, here I am writing about stress as a choice? I imagine you’re expecting me to say ...

Overcoming Pain
Thursday, October 12, 2017
 Cultivating Well-Being

Overcoming Pain The older I get, the more compassion I have for folks living with pain. I am not intending to minimize the experience of those living with severe and chronic pain or pretend I can come close to fully grasping those realities. While I error every day, I try very hard not to get caught in assuming another person’s experience. Yet, my body is shifting with age and with that comes more frequent pain and unfamiliar oddities arising. Not to mention the body transformation during pregnancy and the anticipatory pain related to the birthing process. My pain events got me curious about the causes of pain, what keeps us stuck in pain and what maximizes resilience around the ...

Too Much! Too Fast!
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
 Cultivating Well-Being

I got invited to be a guest writer for the Healthy Relationships Initiative Blog. What an honor! Families and communities can do amazing things! Too Much! Too Fast! There are many definitions of trauma that are used by counselors. Some are super technical and others a bit more understandable. All have their value. The definition that often makes the most sense to me and to the families and children I work with is – anything that is TOO MUCH! TOO FAST! When we have experiences that are too much too fast our body’s natural survival response system gets overwhelmed often leaving us stuck with uncomfortable or even seriously problematic symptoms. Some common ...

Big Magic!
Thursday, August 24, 2017
 Cultivating Well-Being

Yes, I confess! I believe in magic. You’re probably thinking - “WHOA, BACK AWAY” - at this point, but hang on with me here. I’m not talking the illusion of David Copperfield’s escape from Alcatraz. Instead, I’m talking about the process of combining elements to bring about a new creation – something that never existed before. Not because it didn’t want to be in creation yet, but because it couldn’t exist…yet. Quite simply, all the uniqueness of each element just had not found themselves in the same place at the same time for the same purpose. This kind of magic is amazing, profound, spiritual…indescribable in a lot of ways. ...