Rachel Awes: Psychologist, author, and art playgroundist

Love Rolled Up in a Violin

By Rachel Awes on September 21, 2020

I chose this dress as a nod to one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world: my BELOVED Grandpa Ole Olson. He died when I was only 8 years old, but his big love made up for the too little years. He was from the Lofoten Islands in Norway and then moved to Billings, Montana, where he and my dearest Grandma Lillie (who I called “Cookie Grandma,” because she would bake cookies and caramel rolls when they visited) raised my dad and his sister. Ole tuned pianos for a living but the violin was his primary instrument. If you look closely at this green dress (made by Gudrun Sjoden of course!) you will see violins in the pattern!

I just got his old advertising sign framed and it hangs nearby as I am writing to you, from my desk in the corner of our kitchen.

And here are these dearest ones! I thank the Heavens for sharing these stars with me and maybe someday I’ll be lucky enough and he will play his violin for me and I will dance and sing.

Shared with great thanksgiving for how you too send love into the world. Sometimes we underestimate our impact, thinking we have only spent a short time with someone or didn’t say anything special. Our hearts are knit together powerfully and sometimes even the briefest of gazes, even if wordless, can alter something quite important in another.

Thank you for being here xox, Rachel

Razzle-dazzle river

By Rachel Awes on September 14, 2020

Hey all, I’m super excited to let you know I’ve got new ideas and creations and will be offering and sharing more and I can’t wait to love you bigger. By signing up for “Worthy Eyes” at the following link, you will be sure to catch all that’s coming down this razzle-dazzle river. With love, love, love! https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

Willy Wonka & a Rainbow

By Rachel Awes on September 11, 2020

I got my dress all wrinkly from playing, and that way of living makes this Gudrun Sjoden ensemble even more delicious than it already wonderfully is! What else would one do with a purple Willy Wonka jacket and a rainbow?

And if you haven’t yet received my free guided meditation for you called “Worthy Eyes,” designed with LOVE to affirm your deep and unconditional worth, you can find it by clicking on this link: https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

All with love! xox, Rachel

Worthy Eyes FREE download!

By Rachel Awes on September 8, 2020

“Worthy Eyes” is a FREE guided meditation I designed with love for you, to meet you in any places inside that might sometimes feel small and insignificant, and re-direct your focus to think about and experience your worth in a newly unconditional and more positive way. You can download this free guided meditation at the following link!: https://www.rachelawes.com/worthyeyes/

With all my love! xox! Rachel

Rock painting

By Rachel Awes on August 31, 2020

I’ve gotten into some rock-painting again, and putting together a puzzle, prompted by a few refreshing days along Lake Superior in Minnesota. So needed and good. What are your latest creative pursuits and refreshments? I’d love to hear! All with love, xox Rachel


By Rachel Awes on August 13, 2020

I’m thankful for peeks of fall weather, and for what comes with it: the layering of clothes (ADORING the newest collection from Gudrun Sjoden!) refreshing air, leaves giving a colorful performance, and still much is green.

With love to you, this half of August XOX, Rachel

New walls painted green, green.

By Rachel Awes on August 5, 2020

Green, Green is My Sister’s House by Mary Oliver

Don’t you dare climb that tree or even try, they said, or you will be sent way to the hospital of the very foolish, if not the other one. And I suppose, considering my age, it was fair advice.

But the tree is a sister to me, she lives alone in a green cottage high in the air and I know what would happen, she’d clap her green hands, she’d shake her green hair, she’d welcome me. Truly.

I try to be good but sometimes a person just has to break out and act like the wild and springy thing one used to be. It’s impossible not to remember wild and not want to go back. So

if someday you can’t find me you might look into that tree or– of course it’s possible– under it.

All the layers

By Rachel Awes on August 4, 2020

Sending out colorful support this summer from all of the layers of me to all of the layers of you! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

(& I’m LOVING Gudrun Sjödén’s newest blue-ist Autumn boots!!)

The last word

By Rachel Awes on July 23, 2020

Turns out our neighbor’s tree was hollow and a humongous branch fell into our backyard (we are all well.) It was super unsettling but what falls does not have the last word. This rainbow does. Light has the last word and hope has the last word and so does everything beautiful.

More to come soon! All with love xox, Rachel

New art & online shop open just for the week!

By Rachel Awes on May 3, 2020

Affirming words for your clothing and dear life! This new art is available now in my temporarily re-opened online store just for the week at http://rachelawes.etsy.com! All with love, Rachel xox