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. Last year I FINALLY was brave enough to quit my job and return to university to pursue my degree in Physical Education.
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 finish school and find a job as a gym teacher and instill these in students. I also can’t wait to start coaching!! I want to build a killer track & field program.
I love living in Southern Alberta. I am actually a Northern Alberta girl but living so close to the mountains is amazing. I spent a year working in Waterton Lakes National Park which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. My dogs and I spend every second we 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, softball, curling and golf and distance running.
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 and our two fur babies Rocky Barkboa and Apollo Breed (yes I am one for puns). I’m also step mommy to two wonderful little kids, Ryan and Ace who we have with us every other weekend. Because I want to respect their privacy I rarely show photos of their faces but stick with side profile and back of heads of them in most of my posts. That may change as they get older but for now that’s how it will be.