Rachael and Jason have been married 8 years. Rachael was born and raised in Minnesota, attended an Arts High School and traveled the world after she graduated. She hiked the Appalachian Trail, worked as a salmon seiner or a fishing boat in Alaska for 5 seasons, visited 34 countries and made her goal of seeing all seven continents before she “settled down” and got married. Rachael and Jason lived in Asheville, NC for 4 years while he went to school for his engineering degree. During that time Rachael discovered the power of massage and became a massage therapist. After graduation Jason was hired at a company in Roanoke, VA along with half of his classmates. Fun Fact: Jason and Rachael met while working the winter in Antarctica at McMurdo Station.
The couple happily relocated farther North along the Blue Ridge Mountains which Rachael is madly in love with. Jason and Rachael settled into a cozy life in a 4 bedroom rental, 2 Subarus in the driveway, and a bunch of geeky friends. Rachael worked as a massage therapist for a year before the business closed down. Rachael was visiting her parents on their liveaboard wood sailboat (that her dad built in his barn) with when she experienced a psychotic break and spent a week in the psych ward where she was diagnosed with bi-polar. She was released in time to celebrate the couple’s 7th wedding anniversary. In 2015 Rachael opened her own massage business at The Cave Spring Wellness Center. She ran her business for 14 months before Jason and Rachael decided to sell their belongings and move to Munich Germany.
One evening we were talking about our life plans and what direction we wanted to go in and Jason brought it up again how he had always wanted to live overseas. I guess I had thought it was just talk but that ‘talk’ turned into a serious conversation. The only thing keeping us in Roanoke was Jason’s wonderful job but that night a realized in all my travels a good job would have NEVER been the deciding factor in whether I traveled or not. The next day I said, ‘let’s do it,’ and that was it. Jason told his boss that same week and we began planning.
Rachael successfully sold her massage business (with some tears) and the story is just beginning. . .