Hi Everyone! I’m Rachel and welcome to my blog. First off, Better LIVIN is about living your best life. For me, that means getting out to the mountains as much as possible, staying fit and healthy, and trying as many new things as I possibly can.
For almost ten years I was your typical Weekend Warrior. Monday- Friday I was chained to a desk and computer, dreaming of the weekend and what adventure I could fit in to my schedule.
I started this blog as an outlet to remind myself that I had a have a fun, adventurous life outside the typical 9-5. When I turned 30 I was FINALLY brave enough to quit my job and return to university to pursue my degree in Physical Education.
I graduated in December 2017 and currently work as a substitute teacher, waiting for that PE job of my dreams to open up.
Sports are so important for our children. The confidence, the healthy habits, and the friendships I had growing up were all due to my participation in sports, to having a strong body, to being a part of a team. I can’t wait to find a job as a gym teacher and instil these in students. I also can’t wait to start coaching!! I want to build a killer track & field program.
Living in Southern Alberta so close to the mountains is awesome. I spent a year working in Waterton Lakes National Park which is one of the most beautiful places in the world, I spend every second I can there.
My main outdoor activity is hiking. It’s free, it’s fun, it gets you outside.
SPORTS & FITNESS
A former collegiate track & field athlete and competitive cheerleader, fitness is a priority. I have picked up a few new sports since leaving college; distance running, softball, and curling.
It’s tough staying fit when you live in Canada. Most of the year is cold and dark, not exactly ideal running weather. Ever notice how many health bloggers are from warm climates? But it’s a balance I’ve been able to find with snow boarding, snow shoeing, and Bikram yoga.
I live with my husband Ryan, our son Tynan and our two fur babies Rocky Barkboa and Apollo Breed (yes I am one for puns).
After years of trying and tests, we were diagnosed with unexplained infertility and thought IVF was our only option. I went back to school to take a break from the stress and to focus on other things and surprise! In my last semester, after a week and a half of “food poisoning” I found out I was pregnant. My miracle was born in April 2018 and I’m now navigating the new and scary world of motherhood.
Imagine my complete surprise when one month after TyTy turned one, the test said ‘Pregnant’ again! I was shocked and have been working through a second pregnancy and trying to wrap my head around having two under two!
I’m also step mommy to two wonderful kids, Ryan and Ace who live two doors down from us and play a significant role in our lives. They are THE BEST older siblings to Tynan and watching their bond is so sweet.