Think Protests Don't Change Anything? Think Again.

December 5, 2014

We’ve moved to http://rachellemeechapman.com. Please join us there! Follow me on instagram: @magpiegirlrachelle. Find actions in your neighborhood #blacklivesmatter + your city. I don’t know what I thought I’d accomplish, as I strode the long blocks from my office to the main shopping district in downtown Seattle. I hadn’t marched in a long time, and police engagement had […]

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The Selfie as Little Ritual

October 28, 2014

Have you every wondered why self-portraits and the ever-present selfie are ringing such a resonate gong these days? Surely there’s something we are hungry for that’s getting fed by this cell-phone enhanced habit. I’m curious about the phenomenon, and I thought you might be too. That’s why I’ve invited soulsister and self-portrait specialist Vivienne McMaster […]

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Little Rituals: How to Honor Your Heritage

October 4, 2014

The icon of my Grandma for our Dia de los Muertos ofrenda —  from a photo taken while she was dancing at my cousin’s wedding.  In case you want to listen:

The Believer Last night my roots called to me, and my grandmother came in a dream. She was at her “mountain house” –the […]

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Little Rituals: How to Remember Your Roots

September 28, 2014

  During October in the Flock, we are learning to celebrate our ancestors in simple, meaningful ways. We’ll be learning the history of Dia de los Muertos via video, and getting tips and supplies together to make heritage icons. Won’t you click here to join us?   Wondering why roots matter? Here’s a vintage post to […]

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Little Rituals: How To Move Your Body Part II

September 25, 2014

In case you’d rather listen:

Our lives our made up of repeating parts. Habits. Traditions. Routines. You might see these things as merely a list of duties or must-does. You might be trying to get a more fun, fulfilling mix into your routines. Probably it’s a bit of both. When you bring your attention […]

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Little Rituals: How to Move Your Body

September 10, 2014

In case you want to listen:

I have not always been a runner. In fact, for many years I was so ill I couldn’t walk up the stairs in my own home. But last spring I decided to try. To do a little experiment and see how far my health had improved. To look […]

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{Little Rituals} How to Wake Up

September 8, 2014

In case you’d rather listen:

I  am not one to meditate upon waking. Let’s just be honest, meditating first thing in the morning, I should just call it “continued sleeping.” I do, however, need a ritual to tell my mind/body/spirit that it’s time. Time to transition from dream to waking. Time to stir. Time to move. Time to […]

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How to Thrive in the Magic and the Mayhem

September 7, 2014

In case you’d rather listen:

I know summer is supposed to be wonderful, right? Waterslides, and s’mores, and songs around the campfire. But this summer friends, this summer was HARD. Yes there were picturesque sunsets, and long-dreamed-of road trips to take the children to my hometown, and my sweet teenage nephew whispering, “I’ve never […]

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Finding Enoughness

September 4, 2014

You know that thing, where you don’t feel like you got enough done? Or maybe you yourself, at your core don’t feel like you are enough. You are not alone in that, my magpie friend. Not at all. In fact, it comes up all the time in my soulcare community, Flock. So much so, that […]

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Little Rituals: How the Hammock Holds You

July 17, 2014

This is my hammock. I try to get a little #hammocktime everyday. It’s one of the #littlerituals that keep me grounded in these sunny summer months of houseguests, maddeningly inconsistent schedules, and delicious garden-beckons days. Picturesque, isn’t it? Lush and indulgent and a little bit of a princess-thing, you might say. When you look at these […]

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Step into Juicy Generosity this Weekend.

July 3, 2014

Surprised to see such a patriotic image at Magpie Girl? As someone known for her leftist leanings, you may be stunned to find out that I actually LOVE the 4th of July. We live three blocks away from the biggest fireworks display in town — one that’s been repeatedly saved by the generosity of local […]

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A Rare Pay What You Can Offer on Coaching, Classes, and Community

May 24, 2014

NOTE: The Pay What you Can Sale is now closed. Payment links have been disabled. If you began previous arrangements with me for PWYC coaching, please be in touch. (Thanks, you.) Well friend, it’s almost summer. My kids are home, and your kids are home, and your mother wants you to drive to Kansas for […]

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When the body tells you what she needs, kneel.

May 21, 2014

photo credit: Darrah Parker Photography Rachel is walking us through a meditation. We are asking each part of our body  what she is hungry for, what she needs. It is very minute. Very detailed. Every part gets a chance to speak. Toes, feet, ankles…on and on. As the host of this gathering, I am only […]

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Art + Soul :: A Body Compassion Party for Everyone!

May 1, 2014

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that art is powerful. Art takes an untrue story and drags it into the light. Art stops a crisis of imagination and opens us to new possibilities. Art connects us to wisdom. That’s why I’m kicking off a series of gatherings called Art + Soul — […]

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Body Compassion: 6 Self Care Things to Do Instead of Looking At your Phone

April 24, 2014

One of the things I see often in my coaching practice, is the mistaken assumption that selfcare shifts have to be HARD. The reality is that simple, do-able practices create big shifts in how we see ourselves, and how we care for ourselves. That’s why I recently gathered up some crowd-sourced soulcare to give you […]

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Before and After: Body Compassion

April 23, 2014

This is me, four years ago, before I found Body Compassion. When my husband took this picture I had a level 7 migraine — which I had most days. We were taking our children to a holiday theme park for Jule in Denmark and everyone was bundled up and excited. I couldn’t move my neck […]

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Feed Yourself Body and Soul with These...

April 14, 2014

Reconnecting with my own body compassion with our featured artist Natasha Komodo of Femmeography. More on that experience soon! “What you are offering as a gathering is sooo needed and I’m so moved just knowing you and others thought to gather this way xo” “I waste so much time and energy being at odds with my […]

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Money, Worth, and the Power of Bringing a Friend

April 10, 2014

It’s interesting to watch what has been happening as I’ve been writing and speaking about Body Compassion. The chatter on my social media outlets is way up. My mailing list is growing faster than it ever has in the past 5 years. People are emailing me to say, “Oh, this is so important. I need […]

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Give Up on Body Image.

April 5, 2014

We are all pretty caught up in the idea of body image. Is ours good or bad? What ads and images mess it up? Do we change our bodies so that our body image is always awesome? Or do we engage in a mental and emotional fight so our body image is good, even if […]

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Why We Need Body Compassion.

April 4, 2014

There’s so much good in hearing each other’s voice, don’t you think? It helps to round out the virtual. So today, I have a short video message from my heart to yours. Just 6.5 minutes long and full of behind the scenes info as to why I’m working on body compassion right now, and what I see […]

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Step Out of the Body Image Struggle

March 26, 2014

“Love your Body.” You know this is the goal. But it feels like an uphill battle. You’ve seen the videos of someone morphing from plain-Jane to diva in a few photoshopped minutes. You’ve memorized the mantra, “diets don’t work.” You get that you have to counter message the hell out of billboards, and commercials, and […]

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How to Find Your Sexy

March 12, 2014

This is how I feel these days. Not all the time. But often. When I’m made up and when my face is bare. When I’m in a tank top and when I’m wearing my one and only legitimate designer dress. When I’m out on the town sipping bourbon, and when I’m at home eating hummus […]

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How to Trust Your Body

March 7, 2014

For many years I thought my body had betrayed me. When my first child was stillborn. When my head raged with migraines for the better part of a decade. When my hunger led me repeatedly to foods that made me increasingly sick. When I was molested as a child. It took me a long time […]

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How to Find Body Compassion

March 4, 2014

Image Source : unknown. Last weekend as we drove home from a family gathering, I absentmindedly rested my hands on my stomach. My fingers touched a a roll of skin that folds when I bend at the middle. “Gross.” I thought. And then just as quickly, “Love.” “Gross” is the message of the culture. “Gross” […]

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Single? Partnered? Seperated? (A gift for you on Valentine's)

February 11, 2014

Every year I think I should write new blessings for Valentine’s Day. Then every year I read these, and I think, “Oh, The Muse was good when those came to me.” So, I send them out again into the world, as is. Kissed with love. Sealed with affection. May one of them be just right […]

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Give Yourself a Valentine!

February 7, 2014

Giddy about Valentine’s Day? Down in the Dumps? Totally Neutral? No matter how your feeling about Valentine’s, I have just the thing for you! Give yourself a Valentine! Order a Passion Card reading from my heart to yours. How it works: You decide what area of your life you’d like more passion in: Work. Home. […]

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Four Ways To Power Up Your Word of the Year

February 5, 2014

Before we get to far into February, cast your mind back to January 1st and your word of the year. Do you have plan to makes space for it to arrive? It’s nice to pick a guiding star word. But if it’s going to have impact in your life, you have to put a little […]

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Get More Passion (It's in the cards.)

February 2, 2014

How one twin knows when the other has broken her arm on ski slop three states away. How we are all made of stardust. Why the children cannot replace the roll of toilet paper. There are many mysteries in life. We cannot know them all. Oh, we can theorize and explore. Do blind studies and run […]

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How to Claim Your Name

January 30, 2014

You there, with the candles and incense. You with the prayer beads hanging from your bed post and the mala on your wrist. You, trying to explain to your Catholic grandmother what it means to be spiritual but not religious. I am thinking about you today. Friend, more than anything I want to see you step into […]

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What Your Calendar is Missing

January 21, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of tired of hearing how isolated we are. How online connections aren’t “real” connections. How the nuclear family is too spread wide to be of any support. How we don’t know our neighbors. This may be real, this isolation. Our kids no longer walk school. Our urban […]

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The Missing Lies Within

January 11, 2014

Hello Friend. The last couple of days I’ve been writing to you, pointing out a few things I’ve seen “missing” in our circles. Language is tricky. And this word can have a little bit of a negative vibe. “What’s missing! I’m not missing anything!” Now, I could just use the term hungry. It’s a really […]

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What Your Day is Missing (And how to mend it.)

January 10, 2014

Darrah Parker Photography captures a friendly moment at Soul Sisters ’13. I’m just going to get right to the point. Friendship. Your day is missing friendship. And I’m not talking about a comment on someone’s Facebook page. Those are great. God knows I love Facebook. But it is not the same as having a heart […]

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What Your Soul is Missing

January 8, 2014

Once upon a time, our days were rich with rites of passage. Withwomen gathered to anoint newborns. Ministers laid hands on foreheads to welcome confirmation classes to the community. Mayors cracked bottles on the helms of ships. Funerals held familiar phrases to help us say goodbye. Our world was once ripe with ritual. Everyone knew […]

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What You are Missing

January 7, 2014

Bright eyed and happy in my caregiving studio. I’ve been thinking a lot these past few months about how I work as a spiritual director, coach, and caregiver. After struggling for years to find my rhythm in this new world of soulcare, I finally started to find my stride last year.  I found ways to price and […]

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From My Heart To Yours, At The Threshold of a New Year

December 28, 2013

Dear Friend – I thought I might write a separate post about my new heartfelt offering. Then I realized, all my offering pages are just love letters from me to you. So here it is, my magpie love, my very best talents for your very blessed year. Thank you for being with me as this […]

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Happy Holidays for the Single Gal

December 15, 2013

One of the things I do as a life coach and keeper-of-community, is to watch the lay of the land. I observe the needs that are being expressed in our far-flung circle, and I look for the places that could use a little extra soulcare. Every year around this time, a handful of things come […]

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Six Tips for Creating Ease During the Holidays

December 12, 2013

“It’s the most fren-ET-tic time of the year.” (Sing it with me, friends!) Wait? That’s not how the song goes? Isn’t it mind boggling how the holidays go from the most wonderful time of the year, to one of the most challenging? Even if you’ve carefully curated Christmas with me last month in Flock, things […]

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Come to the Table

November 14, 2013

I believe in the power of the table. The power to connect. To nourish. To heal. That’s why I’m hosting The Giving Table–an intimate benefit dinner in my home–where you can be nourished body and soul. Join my Soul Sisters Jen Louden, Kirsten Helle, and Jennette Nielsen as we combine our passions to create this […]

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Why Gathering Matters.

November 11, 2013

Our inaugural Soul Sisters gathering last month in Portland, OR. Photos copyrighted by Darrah Parker Photography. In case you’d rather listen:

Listen Friend, what I want to tell you is this. Gathering with like-minded women is not a luxury. It’s not an add on. It’s not “just” dark chocolates and red wine. Powerful things happen […]

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The Power of Touch. The Ritual of Welcome. The Rite to Belong.

October 23, 2013

I am touching things. Over and over again. The same items. The same large, white envelopes. Because I am new to this and I know not what I do. I take each envelope into my hand. Lay down a stripe of washi tape, affix a colorful label. I am preparing. Nothing else is ready yet. […]

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Chakra Love with Bridget Pilloud

October 15, 2013

I remember when I was pregnant, it got to the point in the gestational game where I just wanted them to be here already! That’s how I feel this week, just ten days away from the first annual Soul Sisters gathering. (The expectation! The hopefulness! The can’t-wait-to-see-your-face-ness of it all!) I feel so grateful for […]

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Tithe Your Power : How to lead collaboratively.

October 12, 2013

Psst – This was written freehand, and it got a little long. But there’s no time or space for nuanced editing today, and the message wants to get born. So if this bit resonates with you, you should read the rest. Because I need you with me on this one. “Women should lead. We can […]

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How to Remember Your Power

September 30, 2013

It’s Saturday morning as I type this, and I’m sitting at the kitchen table watching Master Chef Junior with my 13 year old daughter, Catie. One of the (male) chefs just asked an 11 year old girl, “Who makes a better chefs? Women or men?” “Women!” she said, “Because even in the olden days they […]

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What are you truly hungry for? (And one way to find it.)

September 13, 2013

Are you hungry for connection? Companionship? Friendship? You are not alone. click to spread the good word In fact, when Rachel Cole surveyed her friends, follows, and clients the results were loud and clear–almost all of us are hungry for more interpersonal connection. Whether it is a friend you can count on, or a romantic partner […]

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How to Be Sad. How to be Happy.

September 11, 2013

Image is from my kind, wise soulsister, Liz Lamoreux. Yesterday was suicide prevention awareness day, which I noted whilst not one, but two sweet friends fight a depression so deep they’ve considered self harm. Today is 9-11. This morning in the car I discussed Syria with Eden, while remembering that two of the first words she learned […]

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When Dreams Seem Far Away: A Story of Hope

September 9, 2013

   Six months ago I had a dream–a dream of 100 women in a lovely setting, feeding themselves on wisdom; connecting to their creativity (and thus, by default to the divine), and laughing with their new-found soulsisters. I put everything else in my business on hold. I stopped work on my book. I didn’t launch […]

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Dear Friend: A Video Love Note

September 3, 2013

Dear Friend, I think that you are having one of those weeks. You know the kind. The rollercoaster sort with high highs and low lows. Or one with so much “just average” it’s making you sleepy. One that inspires Facebook updates with  words like “squee” and “awesomesauce.” Or the kind that  has a little tug of loneliness that gets you […]

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The Power of Selfies (And Other Handy Thoughts)

August 25, 2013

I have stellar colleagues. They are full of wisdom, generous of heart, and able to distill their smarts into bite-sized tips. That’s why I’m interviewing some of my favorite co-conspirators as we walk along together on the way to our gathering of Soul Sisters this fall. Today I’m chatting with photographer and teacher Vivienne McMaster. […]

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Finding Sisterhood: Friendship Practice

August 17, 2013

All of my life I’ve been a connector. From planning the all-night party in high school, to cohousing and neighborhood potlucks, to juicy retreats, I bring people together. (It’s kinda my superpower.) But what comes naturally to me can seem confusing to some, or overwhelming to others. (I see you, introverts and HSP’s. I see you.) […]

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Finding Sisterhood: 3 Tips for Making Friends (as an Adult)

August 16, 2013

I keep bumping into conversations around sisterhood, finding friendship, and making friends as real, live grown ups. I’m making space for that to happen for you here; I’ve written about it quite a bit; and this week I got to hear friendship expert Shasta Nelson share her wisdom on the topic. Shasta only had ten minutes on stage […]

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