Rachel and I had known of each other socially for years, we weren’t friends yet but I had a respect and a warmth for her when I reached out to her after a particularly challenging time in my life. We had a fresh coconut on a Bali beach and I shared the stories of my recent challenges. I had just been through a lot of public media, telling my story of nearly losing my life to medical mesh; as a creative writer I was toying with the idea of writing a book about my experience and my life over the last 50 years. This felt like a monumental challenge when my health was still poor and I wasn’t through the worst of it yet. I had written 2 chapters in The Australian Autism Handbook about my journey with my son and my clients through the maze of Autism, so I knew I could do it, but alone would have been too intense, my story was too raw and it felt like a huge mountain to climb alone. Rachel talked me through her journeys with others, writing their life stories and the magic in the process. It felt divinely lead that she reached out at just the right time to be there. We agreed to begin Skype sessions, as we were living in different countries, and see how the process flowed. Well it did. The sessions found a synergetic groove instantly and having Rachel bear witness to all my innermost secrets, thoughts about myself and my life’s journey were taking form in chapters of the book. Rachel’s empathy for my journey deepened my own and allowed me to face and expose the most shameful feelings about my story and my life so far. Her crafting of messages and words were masterful and it was like I was telling the story with an elevated eloquence that she brought to the table in every chapter. It was a deeply intimate journey to undertake, and the rewards were infinite, she was always on the “same page” when we discussed progress, tones, flavours and the outcomes. I will be forever grateful to Rachel for her grounded and systematic approach with the buckets of heart and love she offered me, her patience with my process was unshakable and she picked me up when it felt simply too hard to take another step … Justine Watson, “An Abominable Mesh”
Thank you so very much for your beautiful words. You have done a really great job. You have managed to catch my life story in a beautiful way. I am very happy. Thank you so much. I love the way you write, your words. Excellent!
All the best and hope to see you soon again, Richard
You won’t believe how much impact your words had. We got several reactions from people from all over the world who read it. Everybody loves our story, including Jenny and me. Although we know the story of course, you helped us reminding how special it is. So thanks again.
Tjeerd and Jenny
Subject: RE: Komodo interview published in Exotiq magazine
Many thanks, reads really well!
(Co-founder Lonely Planet)
Rachel, I have just cast my eye over that copy and it looks absolutely fabulous. You are the only writer so far who seems to have managed to read the whole brief and file the copy exactly as it should be. Is it too early in our relationship to say I love you? Well, your writing at least. Work like yours just makes my job sooooo much easier.
I love the way you have crafted the words together! I think the new text we will be using is “perfect”.
Thanks and regards,
Hey Rachel, i love your writing! thanx a lot! Antoine
Dear Rachel, Thank you so much for your beautiful words. The design of the pages is also perfect. It was a pleasure to see you at the studio and to show you my work. It was a good time. Thank you again. All the best, Jean-Philippe.
Thanks so much for your wonderful and personal article “SEEKING
ALHAMBRA…IN MALTA”. I clipped the article, and have enjoyed rereading it many times. I loved the sense of discovery and delight I felt while reading it and felt I was on the adventure right along with you. I was also inspired by your interview, in the same issue. Terry
Rachel, it’s fabulous!!! thankyou so much for capturing the essence of my story and presenting it in such an enticing manner.
Rachel, this article is the most beautiful one ever done among all articles ever done on all the Tugu properties since we opened the very first time!
Love it! Well written and inspiring! Jane
I finally read your article. Had heard it was a great piece and now I can attest to that myself. Thank you for writing such a personal and enticing article.
Yesterday was my birthday and let me tell you that you made my day. The article is really well done! thank you very much,
Your article is beautiful and really clear how you describe everything.
Thanks a lot,
Nobody does it better! Makes me feel sad for the rest. Fab, love it. Thanks, Dan
Read your article. Great stuff, hope you live your dream.
The article is truly wonderful and I truly believe that you have captured everything there was to say about my life.
Many thanks & well done!
It reads beautifully…
What a fab article you have done very nice, you are an excellent writer.
Thanks for the great story. You really are a master of the craft.
Thank you so much for the time you took to get to know us. I love the way you organised our story and the enthusiasm with which you wrote it. Thank you for your excellent work.
All the best,
THANK YOU!! I am very impressed with your writing. I can see that you also read all the books that I lend you, so you can truly grasp what I wanted to say. Of all the articles written about my business, yours is the best so far.
You are fantastic, I love it, indeed you have saved my day….Many thanks..
Thanks for the great write up, i really appreciate your writing style and ability plus obvious talent for this book.