Hi, I’m Rachel! I’m a blonde twenty-something who loves science, nature, and stilettos equally. My hope is that by sharing bits and pieces of my life as an environmental scientist and fashionista, I may give other girls the confidence that they can be anything and have it all. I believe our future is so much brighter when women are equally present at the table.
After growing up in small town Indiana, I decided to attend the University of Southern Indiana close to home. I thought that graduating cum laude with a biology degree would be the best thing ever, but I had no idea what was around the corner. I accepted a position as an environmental health specialist in the beautiful state of Hawaii! This move to a small island in the Pacific Ocean, over 4,000 miles from home, was a catalyst for me. I’ve always been in love with the ocean and although I didn’t think it was possible, I fell in love even more. I spent all my free time enjoying the view at the beach, diving in the ocean, hiking the mountains. So you can imagine my frustration when I found plastics and other marine debris washing ashore on the beautiful island I called home. It wasn’t enough to work a “9-5 job” to regulate waste management in our state. This was personal now and I felt social media was the avenue for me to make a bigger difference. I partnered with the nonprofit organization 1 Piece Each to begin hosting beach cleanups, and I began speaking out more about the harm we are causing to our environment.
I made the tough decision to leave the island that will always have a large place in my heart, but I continue to raise awareness and work with other amazing women who are making waves in their communities. Currently, I am located in Nottingham, United Kingdom and cannot wait to bring you more environmental news, eco-friendly fashion, and other fun snapshots from my life. Kick up your stilettos and let’s talk science!