We had the good fortune of connecting with RACHAEL RILEY and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi RACHAEL, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
My peace is not an option; it’s a priority. I didn’t always have this mindset but as I grew to love myself I came to realize that my happiness began with me. My inner peace brings me happiness.

Everything I do in my life aligns to my purpose….at least the things that I can control. Meditating on the beach at sunrise and hearing the waves as they hit the shore brings me peace, and makes me happy……. so I do more of what makes me happy…..always.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a designer, an Artisan and owner of RaeShelle (raeshelle.com), an African inspired South Florida online boutique. I sometime showcase my designs as well as handmade leather purses and beaded jewelry at local markets and expos. My team in Ghana has been working diligently to provide RaeShelle with high quality clothing and jewelry. My business helps them to sustain their families. When I began this business I started with ten African print dresses and some jewelry made by my sister. I now have a full RaeShelle collection (handmade purses, jewelry, sandals and clothing).

I am also an author of the memoire I am Enough available on all major platforms. I am creator of the EBook/Workbook ‘How to build resilience after divorce or a breakup’.

Lastly, I have been a mental health professional for the last eight years.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to Adrienne Arsht Center for the performing Arts. There is always something artsy going on. I love the water, so a boat cruise to Star Island, dinner at Shops at Bal Harbor, The Guitar, Bar One to name a few. I would be sure to spend a day at Islandmorada and one on Bourbon Street ,Key West. South Beach, Miami Beach, Hollywood Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Pompano Beach will be on the list of beach days. A final stop at Wynwood and Brickell. South Florida is so much fun

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story has several moving parts. None of this would be possible without me being guided by my Devine Power. I am grateful to my ancestors, my mom, my sister and my children for being the ones I adore.

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