We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachelle Law and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachelle, how do you think about risk?
There are times when I can be impulsive, and that can be a bad thing, but on the other hand, taking a chance can be a good thing, and that’s part of my personality-taking risk. I believe in the entrepreneurial principles; it’s important to dream big, to move fast, to learn from reality, be solution-driven, maximize my strengths, and when I get knocked down to bounce back with passion. Taking risk is the fear of not measuring up to what is expected to happen, and this will cause you to overestimate the risk. When I decide to take a risk, it is my willingness to achieve a goal, to have a dream come true.
If I play it safe in life, I find myself repeatedly, doing the same thing and missing out on learning and great opportunities. We all take risks; some are more dangerous than others. Taking risks helps me to learn what I like and what I don’t like. The risks that I have taken have led to wiser decisions later in life.
What are you willing to lose? Taking a risk will cost you something.
Not taking risk or challenges, affects every area of my life. When I first ventured out to write my first book, there was a fear of failing. Why did I think I could write a book, publish it, and then have readers purchase it?
My goal was to share the story of my son. Had I waited for someone to give me permission, I would have never written My Whisper from God. Life taught my son and me many lessons, and I wanted to share his journey. The solution was for me to write a book, to tell his story no one else could tell. Storytelling is a strength and although, I was rejected early on my journey. I got back up and went back to work.
In the season of my life, I believed God had given me a great gift, and I wanted to share that gift with the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In 2017, I received a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I was offered a position with the Kauffman Foundation. College was deferred my freshman year. I begin working in the medical field (Certified Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, and then EKG Technician). After that, I begin working as an Executive Assistant for the City Clerk’s office. It’s hard to believe I have remained in the administrative field for 35 plus years. Also, during that time, I worked in sales and ended up becoming a top performer before leaving. My life has been an emotional journey, a journey that I would not change for anything. It is what has made me who I am. For every mountain and valley, I have markers to remind me of the lessons along the way. Good and bad, these seasons of trial and triumph are all working for my good!
At an early age, I began writing poems, learning more about poetry as I grew older. It was my 5th grade English teacher that taught me how to write a Haiku, a type of short form poetry from Japan. I had some great English teachers, and I still remember many of their names, Mrs. Weintraub, Mrs. Purefoy, Ms. Birdsong, and Mrs. Belser.
Through the years, my poems became stories, then plays that manifested into backyard productions and then in church as the Youth Director.
There was never a time that I didn’t like writing even when punished in school, and made to write, a hundred times, “I will not talk in class” on the blackboard. I love the feeling I get when my pencil meets paper. I love drawing random and abstract lines while expressing myself in words. Some consider doodling as scribbling. I know it to be part of my creative process.
I continue to work for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Writing while working full-time allows me to do something that I enjoy and to maintain financial security as I’m building my writing reputation.
It takes time to build your name as a dependable writer with a solid portfolio.
I spend most evenings writing. I am learning to be more intentional with my writing time.
My dream is to have my first book, My Whisper from God, to be a movie on the BIG screen, and to become a world-renowned screenplay writer!
Timing is everything. The right timing is a crucial aspect of following your dreams and achieving your goals. God’s ways are not our ways, and His timing is not our timing. His Will be done.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s Friday, and my BFF (Best fried forever) is flying in, and the Delta aircraft is scheduled to touch down at the ninth hour. The temperature is a nice 78 degrees, a slight overcast, but not for long.
Before parking curb side, at no cost, a call would come across the cell phone to let me know the bird had landed. It would be a little while before the BFF’s bags would make it from the airplane to the baggage carousel. Meanwhile, I would sit curb side in front of the terminal. Although prohibited.
Through the rear-view mirror, I would see that smile as bright as the sun smiling back at me. I would get out of the car, an embrace, swiftly load the luggage, and then drop the top on the black XLR Cadillac to feel the sun rays from an open heaven. Simultaneously, we would put on our sunglasses and grab our seat belts, locked and rolling.
We would move quickly and noisily over the highway. I would fiddle with the radio to fill our ears with the latest tunes. I could feel the gentle rise and fall of the road beneath us. Not providing an itinerary beforehand, my guest has no idea what was in store.
My home, by far, is the best and most affordable accommodations, but we decide to check into the Inter-Continental, a luxury hotel on the Plaza. We’d dropped off our luggage, get back in the car, and headed down I-70, weaving in and out of traffic. Then pull into a parking spot around 4:30 pm, just in time, to reserve a table at the Phoenix, to hear one of Kansas City’s finest musical talents, Lee Langston.
At 8:30 pm, off to 18th & Vine to spend time at the American Jazz Museum. 10:00 pm, a perfect time for food and conversation, then check into Soiree Steak & Oyster House. Nothing left to do, but to go to the hotel, and catch a few Z’s.
The next day. We’d picked up where we left off, 18th & Vine. A chance to hear the real story about number 42, Jackie Robinson. It’s 10:00 am, and we have tickets to The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. At 2:00 pm, and we are heading to Crown Center/Union Station. Then, over to City Market, for some light shopping. Around 3:00 pm. we will stroll around the River Market/Columbus Park. At 5:00 pm, swing by Starlight Theatre, and just over the hill is the Kansas City Zoo. The first pitch to cheer on The Kansas City Royals baseball team at the K, begins at 7 pm. While the Royals are ending their season, the Chiefs are holding pre-season games, and we have tickets.
After the game, stop by the Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial, a tranquil place where everyone is welcome, just up the street is The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a few blocks over some eats that are, easy on the pocket, at the Classic Cup. From there, take a nice brisk walk over to Cooper’s Hawk for a wine tasting.
Pick your favorite barbecue, Gates, Q39, or Jack Stack. If you have a taste for chicken, there is a popular spot near the campus of the University Missouri-Kansas City, Go, Chicken, Go. The Kansas City is known for its theatre houses, the New Theatre, Unicorn, etc., and then for the golfer. Topgolf.
My BFF isn’t ready to turn in for the night, so we head over to the Power and Light District and danced all night long.
After worship service at Macedonia Baptist church, we return to the airport for my guest to take to the friendly skies.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are simply not enough words or ways to say thank you to my mother, Ernestine Marion Gilbert. Thanks for loving me when I didn’t love myself. She was the first to recognize the potential that was within me. Truth be told she is the true writer of the family. She showed me strength and perseverance to the very end.
To my only son Clarence Willard Smith Jr., there would be no story without you. I am forever grateful for the male role models; George Byers, Billy Williams Sr. and Naleathon Byers who willingly gave of their time and of themselves to teach you lessons I couldn’t. You once said I was afraid of success. Well, I no longer have that fear, Thank you.
To my biggest supporters my beautiful daughters Michele and Ashley thanks for your unconditional love. You taught me motherhood is like the two sides of a coin: there were days when I felt I was the head, and I was on top of the world. Then there were days I felt like the tail. You encouraged me to hold on when everything around us was falling apart.
Thanks, Christi, for your honesty, encouragement, teaching, and technical assistance. Thank you for guiding me to a published product, My Whisper from God.
God is truly amazing! I am nothing without HIM! Grateful for this journey, and I look forward to the next chapter He has for me. All praise and glory to the ultimate Author of my life.
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