Where Was Rachel in 2022 – A Blog Post in Pictures and Captions


Built a custom closet shelving unit with my housemate Lorri

Visited the Space Needle for the first time since the floor was redone

Dined at the Loupe Lounge (revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle) for the first time since I was a toddler.

Dad got a jackfruit to try! I loved it.


Moved into a new apartment in Bellevue – our first place with just the two of us

I Ate vegan for a week 

Walked a neighbor’s Corgi – a dream come true!

Painted and gave away some more rocks


Volunteered as a pole pixy at Pole Sport Org’s competition

Completed a few puzzles

Started playing Wordles and nailed this guess-in-one for Spanish

Celebrated our 4th meet-anniversary at Din Tai Fung


Jon won company tickets to the Pokemon box to see Monster Trucks

Leveled up in Pokemon Go

My credit score bumped over 800

Jon took me out during one of his flight lessons

Jon’s work company rented the Woodland Park Zoo for their Spring Festival


We won May the Fourth Trivia and some pretty neat prizes!

We visited family and my house in FL

We booked The Chandrila Line Starcruiser Hotel at Disney

I made my own lightsaber

We spent the week going to all the Disney World parks and the Starcruiser Hotel.


I volunteered at the inaugural Seattle Donut Fest

I volunteered for the 10th time at Maple Valley Days

Divine Movement had a party for Ambassadors and Instructors at the skating rink


We watched fireworks from Jon’s office building in downtown Bellevue

I set up my pole in the park several times and invited friends to join

Joined the Pokemon Go Fest in downtown Seattle – guess which team we’re on

Had to walk my bike .25 with a flat up and off the bridge after using a fork to get the tube out of the gear mechanism (now I have a tool bag)


Watched and sat for a lot of local cats

Made my own Apprentice

Surprised Jon with a day at the races

Sought out new cuisines (Pani Puri) after watching Laal Singh Chaddha

Grew one cucumber from a pot on our porch with no sun

Went to the yearly Pokemon Party


Met up at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens with a college friend who moved locally

Tried out straps for the first time at Emerald City Trapeze

Worked on Duo Lyra with my friend Caitlin at Ascendance

Did some cat yoga at Meowtropolitan

House sat in Seattle for a cute little puppers

Performed on Lyra for the first time (as a cat)


Went to Turkey for the first time

Went to a traditional Hamam for the first time

Swam at a rooftop bar

Rode in a hot air balloon for the first time

Leveled up again in Pokemon Go

Went paragliding for the first time

Went to a soccer game in Istanbul

Didn’t win anything at the Kirkland car bingo

Took alatte art class for the second year in a row


Tried out flying trapeze for the first time (and managed a hand-to-hand catch)

Moved to Austin, TX

Ate BBQ for Thanksgiving


Spent a weekend getaway in Seattle for dim sum and to see Kevin Hart

Went to Jon’s Holiday party at Apple

Found several new studios near Austin for dance classes

Went to a Star Wars party at a local pub with our Grogus and won the costume contest

Wore my Oura ring all year

Tried out some new aerial classes – like sling, bungee, wall harness, and trampoline

Continued to score some impressive discounts on food with an app called Too Good to Go

House sat for a cuddly cat over Christmas

Happy New Year!

January is my birthday month! Giveaway and Birthday Wish

Happy Birthday Month to me! It’s a milestone birthday. Can you guess how old I will be?

For my birthday this year I have two wishes:

  1. To sign my updated will
  2. To sell/give away books

I think I have the first wish figured out (it’s complicated getting a will signed apparently because you need two witnesses and a notary willing to sign wills).

The second wish is something I’m hoping you as my reader can help me with. You can enter my giveaway and tell all your friends below and you can also buy one of my books. While supplies last I will sell any of my four novels for just $10 (this includes sales tax and media mail shipping using re purposed mailers within the US not including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska). Every purchase will include something special in the mailer along with the book of your choice.

Just send $10 via Paypal with the book title of your choice and the address you want it mailed to paypal.me/rachelauthorbarnard

For the giveaway, you will get a copy of Donuts in an Empty Field by Rachel Barnard as well as Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things and Nichole’s Book of Practical Things via media mail in a re-purposed mailer. For every additional five books that I sell during the month of January, I will draw an additional winner of the giveaway.

Giveaway Enter Here

Seattle Specific Saturdays: Rachel Barnard’s 25th Birthday Book Bash!

Stay tuned for the video of my stand up comedy!


Thanks for coming to my birthday book bash everyone! It was so cool to have 15 people come out to celebrate my 25th with me and to bring customers to a lovely local business (St. James Espresso). Thanks for my wonderful cards and gifts and I have some cool new books to read now! The following photos courtesy of  Rosemarie of the Eastside Social Meet up: 600_433617709 600_433617739 600_433617793 600_433617831

I had a really fun time raffling off those neat mugs and doing my short comedy routine (it was not that bad)!  The following photos courtesy of Paul (the one in the suit)