R a c h a e l D e e

my name is rachael.
i've always been better moving
than i am standing still.

It took me a long time to realize this:
We get to choose what defines us.
Sarah Addison Allen

|rachael runs | y o g a | outfits |


things that should be allowed to be used in essays:

  • i shit you not
  • you feel me
  • no but get this
  • i’m just sayin
  • let me explain to you a thing
  • and yeah
A long time ago I asked you for advice on how to get started with running as a person with no experience or stamina whatsoever. You gave me a long and thoughtful answer and I just wanted to let you know I ran my first 5k recently! (Legitimately a big feat for someone as out of shape as I was.) I ended up using a training app to build my stamina initially and also took your advice about alternating running for speed and running for distance. THANKS you're great


Hi! You present as an organized person with really solid consistent habits, both in terms of work and exercise. I was wondering if you have any tips on keeping yourself in a beneficial routine when you're just feeling lazy (if that happens to you). I feel way better when I stick to a schedule & get lots of exercise but find myself skipping runs or the gym a lot of days I plan to go (and of course regretting it). How do you get yourself to do these things without feeling you're forcing yourself?

i honestly get a lot of variations of this question and wish i had a better answer to give you but i really just love what i do. i don’t have to force myself because i enjoy it. i love the way i eat, i love to run, i am the luckiest person to be studying in a program for my dream career. so the vast majority of the time, i eat extremely well, i run on more days than i don’t, and i study. sure, there are days when i feel lazy and am not absolutely itching to run, but big picture i know that i like a day better when i’ve run. and i feel like when you make things enough of a habit and you love it enough, just knowing that you’ll feel better about your whole day at the end of it when you’ve run and nourished yourself and worked hard and loved hard is motivation enough. it’s a self-perpetuating system because when you feel that good you just keep doing it, or at least that’s what works for me. there’s no big secret and i’m not exaggerating. i just love the way i live so i keep living that way, you know? 

there’s days i skip going for runs and watch netflix, there’s days when i eat terrible but insanely delicious foods, there’s days when i blow off studying because i was partying with my friends, and there’s days when i’m a brat to the people i love. but those days are few and far between and just because they happen doesn’t affect my overall lifestyle because they’re just small blips. it’s okay to not be perfect, but missing one day or doing something out of the ordinary doesn’t mean you have to miss a week and it doesn’t mean you can’t start getting back on the self-perpetuating happiness train, you know? 

first flannel day of the season! I reeeeally like this outfit.

"Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in the small things, because it is in them that your strength lies."
Mother Teresa  (via sorakeem)
is your Clarisonic still part of your skincare routine?

yes for sure! this december will be three years since i got mine and can’t imagine not using it. i tend to use it more frequently in the fall and winter - lately i’ve been using it in the evening, every 2-3 days. but sometimes if i wake up and my skin feels dull i’ll use it in the morning instead. i use the delicate brush head and my skin feels so healthy and smooth. it’s also really great to use on your body (especially decolletage and shoulders) after a workout in the shower! 

pleeeease keep posting your outfits! I love your style so much!

thank you!! i’ll try :) 

What are your must have winter clothes? You always look really effortlessly chic, I look like a snowman!

haha thank you! lots of warm sweaters (ones with raglan sleeves are my favourite), thermals, cozy scarves (gap makes the BEST ones, they’re actually called cozy scarves and they’re essentially giant blankets), sweater tights, regular leggings, and skinny jeans. i like to even it out, so if i wear something big and bulky up top (like a flannel or a boyfriend sweater) i’ll pair it with skinny jeans or leggings, and if i go for a more fitted look up top i’ll wear looser jeans. i get a lot of my fall/winter inspiration from the Roots Canada lookbooks! in the winter i like to go more woodsy-earthy-camp inspired (kind of a masculine vibe) but worn in a way that’s still feminine for me. 

is the weather in montreal/toronto area honestly horrible. im going to school there soon and im coming from mid east coast in the states. so im really worried about the snow!!! i heard the school year is brutal bc its literally snow the whole time

haha yeah it’s pretty bitter cold from november to early march, and there is a LOT of snow. the worst months are january and february for sure. but it’s still an amazing city! i loved living there for six years and it’s just something you grow accustomed to pretty quickly.

it’s a boots and cabin socks day and I am eeeeelated because AUTUMN, GUYS. AUTUMN.

"You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather."
Pema Chodron (via thecalminside)


i hate days when you don’t want to run at all but you know you will have to run at some point in the day because you’re a good noodle 

i relate so hard

the photographer at yoga fest posted his photos and got a few of me! :) 

"Your real first love will make you realize that your first love wasn’t really your first love."
(via azzie)