Welcome to the playground of rachelawes.com ~ a place where you are invited to be yourself. Where you are accepted + treasured for the rise + fall of your chest, the dreams in your heart + the distinct you who you miraculously offer the world every gloriously messy day.

Some of the ways I get to meet the amazement of you are through my work as a…


Out of a private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I am passionate about traveling beside people + being on the look-out for your gold + encouraging sight of your beauty + fully living it out. As I grow more deeply into being myself, I find my language becoming more bare + less academic/dressed up. I like words + art that bridge my heart to yours. That say hello. You matter. Thank you. Possibility.


Who wrote + illustrated the book “The Great Green Okayness: A Field Guide to Seeing Your Uncommon Magnificence”, publishing april 18, 2016, with Wise Ink Creative Publishing. These pages are designed to remind you of your magnificence, through page after page of colorful and deep encouragement.

Who wrote + illustrated the book “all i did was listen”, inspired by all the times I gasped at the beautiful things I heard my clients say. I didn’t want to keep these lovely words to myself + sensed the gaspy moments were not only individual stories but all of our stories. I gathered them up, wrote prose-like reflections for each one + followed the wisdom of my younger son to begin creating art + got busy drawing pictures to befriend them all.

Who wrote + illustrated the book “diving in”, inspired by my experience of swimming + recognizing the singular beauty that exists in feeling more fully alive. The pages are an invitation for you to come alongside.

+ art playgroundist

Where making art feels like recess to me. Wind in my face. Swing sets. A wide open field + running it with all my friends.

I play shop + offer books, art prints, t-shirts, mugs + cards. My work has been featured in Artful Blogging + Somerset life magazines, Sprout + Wild Sister online magazines, The Breaking Free online talk show, SARK’s WINS video + on a bunch of blogs i just lovelovelove.

If you are also hoping to express yourself in some creative way, my encouragement is this. Write out pages of your ordinary thoughts. Spill you on to the page. Then read your life. Notice what moves you. Don’t judge. Pull out crayolas. Let cornflower tell your story or all one hundred + twenty colors. In words. In pictures. Send love to your whole story. Play with it all.

Thank you for being here. Please make yourself at home + check out all that’s here: my books (you can listen HERE) + shop (HERE) + blog (HERE) + links sprinkled throughout this place!

If you have any questions or comments about my art or counseling services or me, I’d love to hear from you at rachelawes@gmail.com

Straight from my heart to yours,

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