*8Things: What I Know For Sure

8things from Magpie Girl

I’ve been in a funny space lately. After 18 months we are finally on furlough from Copenhagen, Denmark and are able to come “home” for awhile to Seattle, Washington. This means big reunions with family and friends, lots of cocktails and laughter, and a fare amount of disorientation.

My Facebook quiz for “Which Mental Disorder are You” brought up “bipolar” — to which I say “No doi!” I’m really feeling my tendency to swing between polar opposites as I spend the summer alternating between a happy sense of belonging, and a disquieting sense of displacement. I’m shuttling between Seattle (for migraine treatments) and Hartsine Island (my parent’s retreat) so my bag is always packed and my head has seen many different pillows. I don’t have a regular sleep schedule; my meals are extraordinarily ad hoc;  and at one point I had to brush my teeth in the car using  the watered-down leftover diet coke for a rinse. Yes, I am a vagabond.

All this joy and confusion has got me to wondering: “What are the core things I know about myself?” In the face of expectations from family and friends, what do I know to be true? Furthermore, what do their response to my presence tell me about myself? So here’s *8Things I Know for Sure About Moi.

1. People like me, they really like me. It’s been so touching to have everyone receive me with open arms; confess that they secretly kindasorta hoped Paul would get laid off so we could return to the States early; and make ticks on a cocktail napkin to start counting down the days until we are back for keeps. Some how I never really got it before. Thanks peeps!

2. I really do create community wherever I go. I always doubted if there was a real “there there” amongst my community-building efforts. But yesterday my darling neighbor Barbie drove some reality home when she told me, “You never know how things are going to be in advance, you know? But this street just isn’t the same without you.”

3. I am getting stronger. My health was really in the crapper when I got here, but if I can keep going relatively pain-free with all this wacky sleep and these long drives, then I MUST be getting healthier.

4. I Like Working. My vocational calling as a writer/teacher/community builder is very strong right now. I miss writing and coaching while I’m away, but it’s just been too busy for me to get much work in. I’m trying to trust that I can pick up all my series when this trip is over.

5. My health demands life in GranolaVille. Naturopaths, NAET practitioners, treatment massage, and stores that carry gluten-free foods are a must for me. I can’t live in the land of western-only health care. It just doesn’t work.

6. I’m closer to my husband than I thought. Paul and I are not all that mushy-gushy romantic, and I LOVE solitude (see my post on the hermitish life.) So  I didn’t think I’d miss him that much while we are apart for 6 weeks. WRONG!  I totally adore our daily talks and IM’s and feel super confident in our partnership together. (Mwah, Baby!)

7. I can survive without solitude. It’s not easy, but I can get through.

8. I can’t think of one more…why don’t you tell me a true things about me as you see me? Oooo….intriguing!

What are the *8Things I Know for Sure about yourself? What truths help you hold your core? Put them in the comments below, or grab a buttonand play along by putting your permalink in the list below. Thanks for being here!

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Tonya July 12, 2009 at 2:35 am

#8 You are wise and understanding when your friends need your help! Thank you!

Jennifer July 12, 2009 at 2:49 am

One of my professors challenged us to do this with the bible….Find a blank journal and fill it with ONLY the stories/verses that you could confirm with your own life are true, even if it makes for a very short bible. And let everything else (those verses that dont get put in the journal) just be what they are.

Becky July 12, 2009 at 4:00 am

Wow, this is a doozy Rachelle. I will try it, but I wonder if I “Know For Sure” anything about myself right now. I feel that’s what this year is all about. I may have to get back to you on this one!

Goddess Leonie | Goddess Guidebook July 12, 2009 at 4:15 am

I adore this, woman.
So many lessons. So much beauty. So much love.

Rachelle July 12, 2009 at 4:24 am


It’s okay to know something right now, and have it change. Change is the name of the transformational game!



Susan Young July 12, 2009 at 6:18 am

You are resourceful! I’ve observed you many times somehow figuring it out that you already have all you need or somehow figure out how to get what you lack. Much love to you, Paul-y, and the girls!

Lori-Lyn July 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

You are a natural teacher/leader/inspirer. Your words always illuminate, always shed light on truths and questions that start me thinking and show me my own life in a deeper way.

Lisa July 13, 2009 at 12:42 am

I LOVE this list!

SO very cool!

Glad to know you’re feeling better (despite the vagabond lifestyle) :-0

Here’s what I would add:

You are not afraid to be you.

(And it’s really cool to watch you do that and see how it all comes together as you manifest yourself into the world!)

Jeanne July 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm

You have a beautiful blog. I look forward to Unravelliing with you!

Alexis July 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Hello fellow Unraveller! Glad to meet you!

Tess July 14, 2009 at 9:04 am

This is lovely, so good to think about yourself in this beautiful, positive way.

Natural Mom Loves Prada July 17, 2009 at 4:42 am

Mine are up!! This was a good one!

Emma July 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm


#8: The world needs you. :)


Emma July 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm

oh.. hm. that smiley looks oddly aggressive.. how about this one:


Kristi Piper July 21, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Magpie girl — love your blog. Thought I would pass along what your thoughts inspired in me just incase you need a boost — please know you boosted me :)


Have a lovely day!


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