Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

My dreams are coming with me & blog update

By Rachel Awes on January 8, 2018

Dear friends, Out of a sense of surrender to all that calls, and after more than 10 years of weekly blog posts, I am going to begin posting just once a month. Behind the blog scenes, I’ll be continuing to cook up a new art print once each season/quarter, engaging in Gudrun Sjoden ambassador adventures, writing my middle grade fiction book (it’s been a couple months since I’ve written, given holidays, unexpected care of my mom following her fall, some lovely and commotion-filled house construction, and other life stuff–which I know you can all relate to!) and additional spontaneous gallivanting–all of which I’ll share here in monthly love morsels! (I post more frequently on Facebook these days at: https://www.facebook.com/rachel.awes) ♥

Into 2018 we go together, with deliberate loving care for our dear lives ♥♥♥

Listening To You

By Rachel Awes on January 5, 2018

This darling artist is Bella Sinclair!

Butterfly Angel

Go Fish



Spring Ruckus

Dilettante Extraordinaire: She’s an advertiser-turned psychologist-turned stay-at-home mom, caught between yearnings for intellectual stimulation and creative explosion!

You can find Bella’s beautiful blog HERE ♥

If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

Happy New Year

By Rachel Awes on January 1, 2018

Happy New Year, beloveds. XOX Rachel


By Rachel Awes on December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, & a deep hearted YES to all your light, tenderness, & might! With much love to each & all this holiday season! XOX Rachel

Join the dance

By Rachel Awes on December 18, 2017

Dear friends, This little sketch was inspired from the animated film, “The Prince of Egypt” & you can see this particular inspiration here: Through Heaven’s Eyes

Shared in the spirit of illuminating your deep & wide value, in full color & dance! With all my heart! XOX Rachel

Visiting my mom, and hugging our lives!

By Rachel Awes on December 11, 2017

Hug your loved ones tight, including your own precious life! All is well, and, this was me on my way to visit my mom in the hospital Thanksgiving day, following her fall and subsequent hip replacement surgery. She is doing remarkably well and now in a rehabilitation facility! I was loaded with bags of her clothes and wearing Gudrun Sjoden holiday clothes to cheer her up! 💚💚

& a view of us in rehab with goodies brought to continually lift her heart (a plush wonderlove of a Gudrun pillow & a tremendously delightful book from my dear friend, SARK!)

All shared with much love to you friends, this December, and with encouragement to gift yourself and your loved ones, with all kinds of colorful & abundant & outside of the box care! We are all such tender and extraordinary beings! XOX

Tales of Empowerment

By Rachel Awes on December 4, 2017

Dear friends! I had shared a post back in May from a NYC trip alongside dear Gudrun Sjoden ambassador friends. We had flown out for a photoshoot, to create a feature about empowering women, and it has finally released! You can see the stories releasing weekly here!: TALES OF EMPOWERMENT

I’m deeply honored to be part of a company that empowers women, eco-fashion, sustainability, running a business with soul, and is soaked in glorious color. 

Their holiday collection just released, and you’ll see me dancing in their tulips (dress!) in next week’s blog post. You can see the whole collection here!: HOLIDAY

Shared with love, to encourage & celebrate all of our empowerment, soul, and color! XOX Rachel

Tales of Empowerment

Rachel Awes_gv.jpg

Coloring Outside the Lines

Author and psychologist Rachel Awes is an ebullient force of nature, color, pattern and empowerment, an “art playgroundist,” who equates making art with being at recess. But she’s most powerful at listening and hearing the stories of women’s hearts and souls and then transferring those stories into words and art that speak to us all, lift us up and color our outlook brilliantly. As one fellow artist put it, Rachel is a “rainbow in a human form.”

This colorful Minnesotan might just be Gudrun’s single biggest style fan. There is no holding back in the way Rachel styles her Gudrun outfits, each one a greater explosion of color, pattern and fun than the previous. “What I found in Gudrun is that she captured all this in me, and raised up my wardrobe about who I was. Being an ambassador for her is life changing, it’s saying yes to my own authentic evolution and revolution of being me. I love what Gudrun represents and adore her clothing. When I stand in the sunshine wearing her polka dots and flowers and stripes and luscious colors, I am deeply being myself and inviting others to do the same.”

Rachel embraces the concept of Gudrun’s World wholly, completely and in a very visceral manner. “When I walked into the store for the first time, I was bellowing ‘THIS IS MY FAVORITE STORE EVER!!!’ My sons and husband left me in there for two hours and when they came back, I was in a circle of the girls and the clothes and crying. One of the associates gave me the dress off her back! When I became a Brand Ambassador, it was truly so seamless, so part and parcel of where I’m at, as an individual.”

As a psychologist, Rachel says her passion in healing as a therapist is “to point out what is most deeply beautiful about women and address what gets in the way of them seeing that and what allows them to live out their magnificence. I’m a speaker about peoples’ magnificence and all those things meant to lift people up out of their deepest being.”

She empowers women on so many levels. “Loving people is transformative. And the ripple effect of loving each other is good for the planet… I think in terms of not wanting to harm the earth. I see the animals and the flowers and the earth as living beings that we can learn from and I care what happens to them. Sustainability is about being in a relationship and caring about all of that and the beloved beings that need protection.”

The more she empowers others, the more she empowers herself. “In my 40s, the decade of writing and illustrating my books, I was drawing these girls and these outfits and affirming these women deeply. And I couldn’t do it without being ME. I started to dress more and more like them. And then the more I dressed like them, the more I realized who they were. They were me!” Meet you on the playground, Rachel!

Listening to you

By Rachel Awes on December 1, 2017

This beautiful artist is Pamela Zagarenski:

Connecticut artist Pamela Zagarenski

Pamela is a painter and children’s book author & illustrator.
She owns the greeting card company here at: Sacredbee.

Look for her newest picture books! …HENRY & LEO &
THE WHISPER … both Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

She has won two Caldecott Honors for her children’s books.
& in 2010 for RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS: A Year In Color.

You can find her SHOP HERE! 

If you would like your art/photography referencing listening here, please email me with 1-2 attachments, your links + short bio to rachelawes@gmail.com

New winter illustration: A whole wild flower garden

By Rachel Awes on November 27, 2017

Art print added to my shop with L♥VE xox: HERE

Happy Thanksgiving, dreamers

By Rachel Awes on November 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, dreamers! XOX Much love!

(Next week’s new winter illustration is releasing! See you here next Monday!) ♥