˜ "My dream would be to help people get unstuck, which is why 'The Unstuck Project' exists. It started because I felt really stuck in my life. I had been in this really abusive relationship and I had some stuff going on even from when I was a kid. I think being stuck is that feeling where you feel hopeless in something; it's all mental stuff. I would venture to say that almost every person in the world, in one way or another, has felt that feeling.
So this project started when I was going through a difficult time. I was on a walk and I was praying. I was living in Nashville, working in the music industry, and I was pretty much in the depths of despair. I don't usually dwell, I consider myself pretty strong, but I would say if there was a bottom of the barrel, it felt like I was scraping rust from the bottom. I heard someone say, 'You are either going to rise up or you're going to sit and wait to be taken out.' I was like, those really are the only two options. On this walk, I swear to you I'm not the sort of person that's like, 'God said this to me,' but I heard something and it told me that I was going to go to Hawaii and start 'The Unstuck Project.' I was making pretty decent money and I had been saving up for a few months, so I booked a one-way ticket. It was going to be a documentary. I was there for six weeks and it was my first time solo traveling and as a female, which is it's own feat. I went and interviewed around thirty people who had felt stuck in their lives. What was absolutely insane to me was the realization that if people have a reason to tell you their story, they will. Have you experienced that with your blog? People are telling you things they otherwise would never tell you because they have a reason to and that creates psychological comfortability. I don't think, at the time it was actually supposed to be a documentary because it didn't become a documentary. It was really my first foray into journalism and to understanding human condition in a bunch of different capacities." ˜
Really cool to speak with someone like Rachel who had experienced something similar to me when I felt stuck in school. If this topic is meaningful to you, follow her Instagram: @theunstuckproject
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