So, I don't sketch or paint or draw. But my life is my art. My faith is my art. My work is my art.
Hello, you! My name is Hillary Rain and I am a Spirit-filled writer, maker & mentor for artists & soulfully-creative entrepreneurs.
That's a multi-passionate mouthful, isn't it? I've never been able to niche down into just one thing, and don't worry—I will never ask you to, either. But if you want to know more about who I am and what I do, here's a deeper look...
As a holistic life coach, I gently guide artists and entrepreneurs into spacious, meaningful, and sustainable lives. I do so while sharing my own experiences and stories along the way because I want you to know I'm real, just like you. Here's a snapshot of reality...
· As an entrepreneur, I am not yet making those magical “six figures,” but I live in true abundance. I can help you lay healthy spiritual & emotional foundations for a fulfilling life while living in true abundance, too
· As a middle-aged American woman, I have yet to own a house, but I've grown to love my cozy & quirky apartment. I can help you create a sacred home that nurtures and holds you well wherever you are. We begin within.
· As a lifelong “curvy girl,” I've gained over 15 pounds in the last year, so I intimately know the tender journey of body image & size. I can help you make peace with your body while also loving her enough to make wise investments in lifestyle, movement & wellness.
· And just so you know, I usually kill my houseplants, but am delighted to learn that the proper amount of water and sunshine does wonders for ivy and souls.
Read more about my mentorship practice & book a Wisdom Session here!
I find incredible joy in hand-blending essential oils, designing living spaces for highly-sensitive souls, gathering, creating & curating luscious accessories, and putting together helpful resources for the artists & entrepreneurs I serve.
Resurrecting this summer: Lush Folk—a lifestyle apothecary & bazaar for creative bohemians that may take a unique form.
Words are my way. This includes nourishing seasons of quietness, so both are found here. I am slowly writing my book, The Tenderness of Being Human, blogging when inspired, and sending words to inboxes everywhere.
I sometimes call myself a bohemian theologian because of the profound love I have for the Lord, salvation & scripture, and my simple, salt-of-the-earth ways of living it. I have been a believer for over thirty years. I do not have formal spiritual training, but remain grounded in prayer and Scripture and trust the one who dwells within me. (1 John 2:20-27) I am not affiliated with any particular denomination or religious movement; for a long time I called myself a Christian mystic because I am naturally introspective and love the poetic nuances and depth of the mystical traditions. While every label falls short of conveying the reality of one's personal beliefs, over time I found the term “mystic” to unnecessarily confuse others so I've let it go. My faith is simple. I hold to the authority of Scripture and salvation by grace through faith in the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, who paid the price for our sin so we can be forgiven & free, receive the Holy Spirit and eternal life. I believe we are in the “last days” according to biblical prophecy and resonate with what John O'Donohue calls the urgency of the eternal. I pray daily to walk in the Spirit and that all I do brings glory to God.
Read more about the gospel here.
27 things about me
- I am a highly-sensitive, introverted everything. INFP, 4w5, empathic, and I'm awkward with my spoken words. So I listen, I write, I pray, I feel. I talk when necessary.
- I make my own almond milk. It's delicious and so easy! Place 1 cup of almonds in a bowl, cover with water, and let sit for 4-6 hours or more to soften. Strain & rinse, add to a blender with 3 cups of pure water, and blend well. Strain through a nut milk bag and chill. Best when cold & fresh...and note: it will turn a little grainy if you pour it into steaming hot coffee. I usually add a small piece of ice to temper my coffee just slightly before adding my almond milk. (Store-bought almond milk does not because of added manipulators.)
- I spent a year growing out my greys and I just dyed them again. From a box. I know, I know.
- I can't abide: videos or music on websites that start automatically (looking at you, too, Instagram stories at 3 AM!), scratchy tags inside my clothes, and the smell of vinegar.
- To me, luxury means waking naturally without an alarm, luscious sheets, gratefulness, living debt-free, loving generously, having clean water, all of my senses, all of my limbs, and most of my teeth.
- Rain, as in Hillary Rain, is a name I've added to my own because it reminds me of blessing, of mercy, of the Father's lovingkindness. It reminds me to love.
- East or west coast? Definitely west. One of my dearest treasured experiences is traveling with my husband along Highway 1, top down, sun and wind in our hair, stopping to listen to the seals where the mountains meet the sea. And then standing among the redwoods and biting into sweet figs and luscious strawberries purchased from a California road stand.
- I'm passionately married to the human I love most. He and I are coming up on 16 years of marriage.
- I have a tender and profound love for Jesus the Messiah. I spent most of my life working for the assurance of eternal life. Really and truly understanding the gospel, that I am saved by grace and not by works, radically changed everything.
- I believe we are living in the last days as prophesied in Scripture. This provides an endless stream of urgency which compels me to live & love generously, be mindful of my Yes, my energy, time, words, and service, do the work I'm here to do, and to live in truth and tenderness.
- My favorite Psalms are 23, 27, and 91. My favorite verse is Gen. 1:2.
- I am a very private and quiet person, with strong boundaries.
- My favorite flowers are ranunculus, peonies, daffodils in the woods, & I think there is nothing sweeter than lavender stems in old vintage bottles on windowsills in the sunshine.
- My favorite things are windchimes that sound like church bells, rich coffee, Japanese incense, books, rain, interesting old doors, and falling asleep with my husband stroking my hair.
- A few years ago I became obsessed with finding the perfect sheets. I experimented for a year before falling in love with the ones used by my massage therapist. H.E.A.V.E.N. I looked for: softness, durability, affordability, smoothness, staying snugly on my mattress, and did they pass the swoon factor? I settled til death do us part on these.
- I am very sensitive to smells...apple cider vinegar makes me crazy; also synthetic fragrances, cigarette smoke, cheap incense, musty old coffee (you know...the thermos that rolled under the seat in your car and you forgot about until...). On the other hand, aromatherapy is my favorite and I swoon daily over my favorite essential oils, perfume, Japanese incense, fresh coffee brewing, earthy root veggies roasting, soft yeasty bread baking, the earth after rain...
- My desk stays cluttered but I try to keep within easy reach: my Vanilla Chai lip balm, my phone, pens and notebooks, the holy scriptures, hand cream, essential oils, scissors & something to burn (candle or incense).
- I do not enjoy shoe shopping.
- I really do not enjoy prying conversations, lots of personal questions or questions with hidden agendas, prolonged extroversion, feeling obligated, emotional or psychological manipulation, feeling overwhelmed, cramped spaces, and coffee you can see through.
- My body loves movement through dance, stretching, and being in water.
- I like to write down my favorite words. Meridian. Indigo. Whispery. Liminal. Interesting that they all have at least three syllables.
- I have a giddy love affair with fonts. I'm also very picky—um, selective. I change fonts like some people change their hair color.
- My favorite smoothie is this: peel & pit an avocado. Place it in a strong blender (I use a Vitamix, but anything that holds a large volume and can crush ice will work). Add a whole tomato, a peeled orange, a banana, and 2 or 3 handfuls of chopped kale (I buy it from the salad bar at Whole Foods—it's already washed, chopped, and ready to go). If you have it, add a leaf or two of fresh Basil or Mint. Then pile in whatever frozen fruit you have—this is your alternative to ice—maybe a berry blend, last summer's strawberries, or something with Mangos. Top with a splash of 100% juice, any kind, and whirl until smooth. Pour into pretty glasses & share with your loved ones. Optional add-ins: plain yogurt, a little honey or agave nectar, some protein powder, or all-natural creamer for extra creaminess.
- Let's autumn all the things! I love when October tempers the searing southern heat. Sweater weather is my favorite. And as it gets colder, I love to bake squash in the oven because it adds a heartwarming & decadent earthy-sweet aroma that must be experienced at least ten times throughout fall and winter. PS. I do not like pumpkin spice lattes.
- I also really love springtime. Flowers and soft winds sending perfumed fingers through my hair. Heaven breathing on my skin!
- I'm on again/off again with social media. Right now I'm starting over with Instagram.
- I want to hygge my whole life. And that's basically what I do.