Something Amazing Happened Today!

Between email and text messages my phone dings and lights up throughout the day. Much to my surprise I received an email in my inbox titled “Blog.” I opened it with great anticipation! What could this be?

What I found was a message that literally brought me to tears. It is almost impossible for me to put into words how this email made me feel. I felt a rush of emotion and the whoosh of my breath being taken away upon reading it. So I have decided to share it with all of you.


Hi Rachael,
I cannot express how much I have enjoyed reading your Dare2Dream page.  What an incredible writer you are! 

In response to your blog I am so happy you have had amazing female role models.  It got me thinking that I have not had a female relative in my life that has taught me how to be a strong woman.  Many have taught me to rely on males……ha, can you really rely on a male? 

The biggest obstacle in my life is myself.  I can be my hardest critic and hold myself back from many things.  Reading your blog has made me realize I also have not been a good role model for anyone else 😦  I feel I have done some good by trying to be a responsible pet owner and giving a decent life to a few animals.  I also have hopefully made a difference with tutoring students who struggle.  BUT, there is still me, and I am still a huge obstacle. 

I know this isn’t really what you were looking for but I wanted to touch base with you and let you know how much I enjoy reading your work.  I assume Willoughby Pet Clinic will have a jar to take donations for your 30 project????? 

Congrats on all you have accomplished!


Can I just say HOLY UNEXPECTED! When I decided to embark on this raising $30,000 in 30 days business I never really expected people to openly email me. I figured I’m gonna have to beg and plead, probably sell my kidney, and call in a whole lot of favors. And then BAM the most beautiful – sincere message appeared in my inbox.

Did I respond? Why of course I did!

I cannot put into words how much your email means to me. It made me cry, but in a good way. 🙂 Would you mind if I shared what you wrote? I think it is exactly what we are looking for. We all face different circumstances in life and the more we talk about it the more we learn and grow.

Willoughby Pet Clinic will have a collection jar. I am also working on an online fundraising site. It should be up and running very soon.

Thank you again. You made my day!


PS- I am not sure you can rely on a male or rather there are a few that perhaps you can. 😉

To be clear, I am not a man hater, but I do understand where the feeling of being unable to rely on them comes from. We can talk more about this later.

And the conversation continued……..

Well I’m glad we both cried, because reading your blog made me cry 🙂 Sure you can share what I wrote……I’m learning every day how I be a better person and trying EVERY day to BE a better person. This retirement thing sure has given me a lot of time to wonder about a lot of things…………

Have a great day!


Needless to say I have been riding this high all day! People continue to surprise and amaze me. It never fails to give me such hope for all that we can accomplish……Like, how about our first donation and the campaign hasn’t even started yet?! Oh yea, that happened today too! Not only did my hair stylist, Jena, hook me up with a killer – daring new do, but the woman who owns her own Salon mind you, donated $50 to 30 in 30!

Shout to all the amazing women out there! Deb and Jena you are my new heroes!!!

I gotta show off my do!

New Do1New Do2


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