We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Farabaugh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what makes you happy? Why?
Happiness is waking up each day and having a choice as to how I want to spend my time. The freedom of getting to wake up naturally without an alarm and look out the window first thing in the morning brings me so much peace and happiness. I make sure to really enjoy the space I’ve created for myself and not rush out the door. I like to make espresso and look out the window at the mountains and then plan for my day ahead. Usually it includes painting, reading Tarot or working with clients. Having so much variety and knowing that no two days are ever the same is what makes life so exciting and worthwhile. It also adds an incredible amount of gratitude when you realize just how special each moment is.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
About two years ago I decided to start painting and it has changed my life more than I ever imagined. It was a decision I didn’t have the confidence to make years ago when I graduated with a BFA in fine art. Back then I chose graphic design as a career thinking that was the only way to make it as an artist. But I stopped being an artist that day. I became a designer. And for the next decade, my entire focus was on pleasing clients and bringing their visions to life. I worked in fashion in LA and became really skilled at building websites and branding. It was rewarding at first, but eventually everything in me needed to break free and get back to my roots as an artist. After ten years of living in big cities as a designer, I moved to Sedona. I spent the first two years adjusting to a slower pace of life and letting my body and nervous system readjust. My desire to paint lingered in the background, but I still continued running my business long distance. I lost all excitement for my graphic design career and my creativity was getting drained. My body no longer wanted to be stuck behind a computer all day, and the urge to paint only got stronger. So one day I signed a lease on an art studio and gallery in Sedona and I started painting mythological creatures. It was a somewhat impulsive decision, but I have to be honest.. Some of my biggest life decisions have been made this way and they ALWAYS end up being the most life changing. Once I started painting, I knew I could never go back. I was reborn again as an artist and my soul felt alive again. As I reflect back two years later, I am so glad I took the risk of leaving an abundant career to follow my dreams. Those dreams have now become my new form of abundance, and there is no longer a compromise happening within myself. I am free to be unique and expressive, and my art brings joy to others as well. As I live this life of my dreams, the rewards are endless. I am grateful everyday to wake up and create beauty. And I am grateful to be so supported on this path. I just finished two years of painting hundreds of spirit animals. From that collection of work, I have completed a 77 card oracle deck as well as a new book that will be coming out in January of 2021 called Spirit Animal Wisdom. The joy of painting and writing has been so uplifting and I can’t wait to share this new book with the world. The book will be a complete 300 page guide to spirit animals which includes both the art and the message. It will be a full color, hardcover book.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I spend a lot of time entertaining friends when they come to Sedona, and I have a few go to spots that I’d love to share. In the morning, I highly recommend the butter beet latte from Creekside Coffee along with the all butter crumb cake. Mmmmm butter! If you’re more into chai, head across the street to The Chai Spot in Telaquepaque to hang out on a beautiful patio of Moroccan cushions. It’s a quieter spot and makes an excellent place to read or write. Creekside is the social spot to run into friends or make new ones. Every hike in Sedona is gold and you can’t go wrong with any of them. Go outside and spend time in nature while you’re here. The red rocks are healing to your body and soul. My favorite food options for takeout is sushi from Sezchuan or Thai from Fresh and Healthy Thai Kitchen. Local Juicery is amazing for grab and go salads and smoothies. They also have the best avocado toast in Sedona. The Hudson or Dellipianes are my go to dinner spots. For shopping, I might be a little biased when I say Bohemian Dreamer is the best spot in town (that’s my shop and gallery) but it is! I curate handmade goods, jewelry and crystals from all around the world. Everything is made with love and makes excellent gifts when looking for something special. I also love walking around the galleries in Telaquepaque or shopping at Clearcreek Trading Co. for authentic shaman tools. As far as experiences, there are so many amazing things to do in Sedona. If you’re looking to get creative, I offer Spirit Guide Painting classes as well as Magic Wand Making and Tarot Readings at Bohemian Dreamer. Sacred Elements has an amazing salt room that you can meditate in. They also offer Aura Photos and are, in my opinion, the best in town. For late night entertainment, go to Synergy chocolate lounge. Order the sipping chocolate and enjoy impromptu late night musical jams from local musicians as you make new friends.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I give so much credit to where I’m at thanks to the support of many former mentors, teachers, friends, artists and authors. Reading books is probably the biggest contributing factor because this is where I learn so much new information that really helps me to keep unleveling. It can be the smallest shift in mindset that contributes to some of the most profound and significant life changes. When an author puts a new thought into your mind, it can really challenge you in the best way possible. Reading books has really inspired me to want to write my own stories, and I’m grateful that so many other authors have paved the way. I especially love reading non-fiction books by Gregg Braden, Joe Dispense and Jeff Foster. And I absolutely love J.K. Rowling for creating such a beautiful world of fantasy and entertainment. The inspiration is endless and fuels my desire to create!