Hello & Welcome to LE Woman!
My name is Rachel Maria Scheyer. I live in New Jersey with my husband, Scott. In December 2014, we moved into The House on High Street (a 200-year old Historic Home which we completely renovated). We believe that God has provided us with this 3-story home (in desperate need of TLC) for reasons that are currently unfolding in our lives.
The first thing you should know about me is that there is NOTHING ordinary about me or my life.
My family and friends are extra-ordinary. I’m not sure why God blessed me so much in this way. But He did. My adult-life experiences (mainly from college to 40 years old) have also been extraordinary.
There was a time I thought I knew what my future would look like. At 17 years old, I planned to graduate college, obtain and work my dream job (thru retirement), have a fairy-tale wedding, marry my prince-charming, experience pregnancy and motherhood, remain healthy and strong, and retire with my husband in a house like everyone else while spending my spare time with grand-babies and drinking lemonade on a wrap around porch. I figured this was the norm. This is what women “ordinarily” do.
From the time I left college, up until the conception of LE Woman (Summer 2013), my life had experienced quite a few unexpected outcomes. One divorce. Multiple health issues. TWO medical-leaves An early-retirement. Several infertility failures. And, four different zip codes. Perhaps I was hard-headed, but it wasn’t until after all this happened that I realized I needed to let go and allow God to shape my life the way HE planned. That’s when I began to experience living extraordinary.
The more I tried to get settled and do what the ordinary woman seemed to do…the more out-of-the-ordinary my life would become!
In August 2013, (right before we sold our ocean-view condo in Margate, New Jersey) I spent many afternoons walking the beach, reflecting on my past life-experiences, brainstorming ideas, and praying for guidance on how I could still have a purpose in life in spite of feeling so out-of-place and uncertain about my health, career path, and future.
I talked to my husband, 2 dear friends, and my parents about this. I had this indescribable burden in my heart to start writing and sharing my stories and inspirations with other women (Men, too. But, mainly women.) These five individuals encouraged me to pursue my heart’s desire.
First, I needed to make the change I planned to model to my readers. I decided to let go of everything I was trying to control in my own life and make a choice and commitment to live an extraordinary life, in spite of my circumstances. I realized that God had the perfect plan for me, and it was time for me to trust Him with my life and put my efforts only into the things I could control (like sharing my stories and even my mistakes to help encourage others).
By the grace of God, and my faith in the power of His Word, along with the support and prayers from my family and friends, I have decided to share my stories, ideas, recipes, health issues, and day to day randoms with you…here on LE Woman.
My stories are real. I write about the good days and the bad days. Yes, I love God and nothing can take my faith away, but please know that I acknowledge my imperfections, weaknesses, and mistakes. I choose to write from the heart…in the now. I don’t want to be the kind of writer that comes off like, “Ok, I’m there. I have it all figured out and I’m sharing this formula with you so you can live this perfect life, too.” Thus why I didn’t name this website, “Living PERFECT Woman”.
My ideas are authentic. We all have gifts from God. God-given gifts are the things our hearts gravitate towards. I know what my gifts are. I’ve always had an “out-of-the-box” imagination. I love expressing my ideas in any shape or form. I love teaching, sharing, and encouraging others. I love to travel, try new things, embrace other cultures, explore new places, and share about my experiences. I love everything House & Home from decorating, sewing, and gardening to creating my own recipes and serving others.
My future is a surprise. If my future looks anything like the first 20 years of my life, I am preparing myself for a roller-coaster ride! With that said, I have no idea what God has in store for me. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I hope to make the most of this journey. So, I’ll be sharing this with you…as I go!
LE Woman is meant to be a helpful, inspirational, and encouraging resource for you. I truly hope that you will choose to live extraordinary with me. I hope we meet someday. And I hope that your future goes beyond the desires of your heart!