Welcome! Here’s a little about me.

My name is Rachel Donné and I’m a UI/UX designer working near Portland, OR. I’m also an illustrator and sometimes, I will sell my work. I enjoy creating anything with my hands and will often get away from the computer to craft objects of little or no practical use. I believe that is the point; to do things because your inner child still finds magic in the process.

Lately, I’ve taken some time off from visual design to work with my words. That was the real inspiration behind this site; it’s an opportunity to see and describe my world through a different medium. It’s also an exercise in sharing my thoughts and feelings; working past my fear of judgment.  

Focusing on mental and physical well-being are essential topics for me.  For example, my husband and I have adopted and abandoned many diets over the years. Currently, we follow the Keto diet with intermediate fasting. It’s been an exciting journey getting to where we are with our health, and there is still a long way to go. He is exceptionally fit, and while that’s a passion I don’t currently share, I would certainly like to. I think this year will bring a lot of progress for me in that department.

More stories on this site will cover my practice of Zen Buddhism. I regularly attend classes and group meditations at Dharma Rain Zen Center, here in Portland. Zen is a philosophy near and dear to my heart, but I’m inclined to think deeply about many different viewpoints. Writing has been a great outlet for self-reflection on what I’ve learned over the years.

Life can take some pretty interesting twists and turns. For the last decade, I’ve lived 2,500 miles from the nearest family member, and that has presented its own unique challenges. I’m able to travel and see people semi-annually, which is lovely. Still, there are many stories and thoughts to share about my experiences living away from where I grew up and the culture I knew as a child.

There are a lot more topics I’m sure to bring up as this site grows. The point for me here is authenticity. It can be easy to feel like you’ve nothing worth sharing. There is an endless stream of perfectly edited posts out there about other’s itineraries and world travels, fine dining, beach vacations, or staged reading sessions at local coffee shops. I think the web has made us all a little crazy; a bit too perfectionistic and afraid to be ourselves. We’re always editing and refining our lives; shaping them into a standard ideal until, eventually, they are no longer our own. Here, I hope to change that, if only a little, for my personal sanity and for anyone else who finds there way here.  

Thanks for stopping by!