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22 Mar

PEOPLE THAT I LOVE : RACHEL

Considering Rachel and I are embarking on our crazy, beautiful, fun journey across the USA in a few short weeks, it seemed like the perfect time to write my Rachel “People That I Love” post because working with her on this project has reminded me how much I adore her. Among the women I call my dear-dear-dear friends, Rachel is the newest addition. I am amazed by what an important energy she has become in my life in two short years.

I guess I should tell you how we met because it’s kind of funny and serendipitous story! I was in a rough spot in my life and in need of a change and I decided that Venice was where I wanted to live- that Venice was the answer to all my problems. I may have been oversimplifying my life a bit at the time but go with me on this.

I had a list of things I wanted my new magical, life-changing home to include- I wanted it to have hardwood floors, be bright, feel cheerful and have outdoor space. I quickly learned that this is hard to find in Venice unless you want to spend $5,000 a month- which I didn’t. I was about to lose hope when I stumbled upon a Craigslist ad- female in her 20’s, with a house, with hardwood floors, looking for a roommate. I liked the sound of this! I clicked on the ad, saw pictures of the house and knew it was my new home. I could feel it in my bones. It was my home. I took it a step further (as I usually do) and looked up the girl renting the house on Facebook- and guess what…I loved everything about her as well! I am starting to sound like a stalker, huh? But, I swear it wasn’t like that! Think what you want.

So I sent this random girl renting a magical, life-changing house in Venice, who seemed to be fabulous via her facebook account, an email letting her know I was really interested in the place. I shared a bit about myself- I work in fashion…I was from LA…blah blah blah. I decided not to share that I was a writer, host, blogger at the time because I thought that might make her wary of my ability to pay rent. So I went with my other career at the time- fit model for fashion labels. I hit send and smiled with excitement! I had found my home!

Then, a funny thing happened…I heard nothing back from my new home…days went by…I re-checked my outgoing emails to make sure it sent…It did…I re-sent it thinking something must have happened in email space because otherwise she would have responded by now! But nothing and then the ad disappeared.

Another two months went by and I still hadn’t moved. I was drinking tea, still hating my current home and searching craigslist for places in Venice and then it happened- I saw my magical, life-changing home in Venice for rent again!! I was terribly excited but then the excitement wore off and I thought, why didn’t she respond the first time? Asshole. But, in true Kate fashion I still reached out (I have since gotten over this need to be liked) and re-sold myself again via email and this time it worked! I got a response!

To make a long story short (I missed that opportunity already, huh?) Rachel and I met, she rented me the room in her house and we have been friends ever since. Rachel has since admitted to me that she first ignored my emails because she thought- ugh a girl who’s from LA, who works in fashion…yuck. 

HA

Over the last two years Rachel and I have shifted from roommates to friends, moving into a more interesting, thoughtful and connected friendship every day. I value her support (she shows up for me no-matter what kind of melt-down I’m having or what she has going on), creative energy (she’s probably one of the most talented photographers I know…she can create something beautiful out of nothing), kindness (I honestly can’t think of an un-kind she has every done..how often can you say that about somebody?) and advice more than she may know. She has become family.

I trust her with everything and anything and I don’t doubt for a second that she has my best interest in mind at all times. She’s “got my back” as the saying goes.

Rachel is a goofy, loving, happy and positive force of energy.  She’s one of those rare people who really embraces life. She instills magic into everything she does. She’s a delightful person to laugh with, work with, cook with, work-out with,  play with, drink with, cry with and be in silence with.

I count my lucky stars that she came into my life (thanks craigslist!) because I am better for it and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect person to drive across the country with.

Adventure awaits.

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9 Responses to “108”

  1. iamnotshe March 22, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I’m thinkin’ Thelma and Louise!!!! 🙂 Have a blast! xo melis

  2. stephanie fitzpatrick March 22, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Have fun adventuring with one of your best friends! Great story!

  3. txurrosytxocolate March 22, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    You need to tell this story about living in Venice! I have Venetian roots myself, and have been to Venice once. I think it would be a crazy place to live! Do tell this story. 🙂

    • katemcclafferty March 22, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      I wish it was Venice, Italy!!! Sadly I meant Venice, CA- the little beach community. Venice, Italy would have been a much better story! 🙂

      • txurrosytxocolate March 22, 2012 at 9:44 am #

        Oh! Haha, sorry for the confusion. That would’ve been a great story, indeed! Venice the beach community also sounds nice. 😉

      • txurrosytxocolate March 22, 2012 at 10:05 am #

        Here I had this vision of you escaping from life in Venice, Italy. Very Eat Pray Love -esque. 🙂

      • katemcclafferty March 22, 2012 at 10:10 am #

        I dream of that too!!! It will happen in the next chapter I guess….:)

  4. onepartgypsy.com March 22, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    YOU are one amazing lady… can I do a Kate “people I love” guest post on your blog so your readers can hear how incredible you are??? Thank you for EVERYTHING and for being my friend!! I am SO excited for our trriipppp!!! xoxoxoxo

  5. gregorychankins March 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Friendship is one of the sweetest parts of life. You’ve celebrated it well here.

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