About Rachel

This is me after several days without a shower. And, clearly, super excited to be hiking.

This is me after several days without a shower. And, clearly, super excited to be hiking.


I hate writing things like this- about myself. Partly because I don’t know who’s going to be reading this and partly because I just don’t know what to say.

I have always loved to write, almost as much as I have always loved learning languages, traveling, hiking, reading, teaching, working with children, running, politics, theology, and probably a million other things I haven’t tried yet. I believe that life is a gift and today is all we have, so I tend to love a lot.

Here, I write about my life and who I am and what I believe. This is my space to breathe and to process and to be, and I’m so glad you came to visit.

I am a teacher and a traveler and a truster. I write about my students, about learning Spanish and teaching English, about finding good and loving people both at home and far away.

I am a follower-type and an arms-wide-open type and usually one of those hippie-types too. I love Jesus and I love Justice and I love eating vegetarian. I’m for the downtrodden and the lesser and the women and the poor, for social justice and universal healthcare and grace upon grace.

God has created this world with an order and a regularity that we can see and understand and that shows us some of His character as a creator. I write about what I discover about God as I discover more about the world he has made.

When I’m not blogging, I’m teaching middle school ESL in Nashville, TN. Before this chapter, I lived and taught in Mexico for a year, and before that, I was raised in New York. I really hate ketchup, bad drivers, injustice in any form, and dirty dishes.

Even if you’re not like me, I hope we can talk and learn and grow together. So pull up a chair and let’s get started, because there’s a big old beautiful world out there to discover and love.

Rachel Haltiwanger Asres

To introduce you to the blog better and what we’ll be talking about here, check out my post Why “The Inspired Story”?

If you’re interested in hearing more about my teaching adventures, check out my teacher blog The Cozy Learning Cottage

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  1. Hey Rachel…so nice to “meet” you! I am from NYC…born and raised until I went to college in SC. Now, my family and I live in Bangkok, where I teach at an international school! So glad to have stumbled upon your blog!! I look forward to reading more!

  2. I am really glad that I took the time to sit in my local coffee shop and get to know you better here. Can I tell you that I long to live the adventure you are living? My heart felt swollen when I first gazed at the photo of you with a backpack on hiking. This is my dream. I am so glad you are living yours. I can’t wait to know more.

  3. Hi Rachel! I’ve so resonated with the comments you have left on my blog recently, and now to find that you have this beautiful blog? I am looking forward to reading and getting to know you more.

    1. Carly, you’re too sweet! Thanks for finding me (and I love your blog too!).

  4. Hi Rachel!

    I’m swinging over from Addie Zierman’s blog link-up, and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed scoping out your site and reading your perspective on things. I’m currently in college majoring in ESL, so it’s fun to read the perspective of someone who’s living abroad and doing what I would love to do someday!

    1. Hi Anna! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’d love to talk to you more about teaching abroad and ESL (I’m going back to the States next year to teach ESL in public school).

  5. Hey, that would be great! I love hearing other people’s stories.

  6. Hey Rachel! So glad to have found you! I am an aspiring speaker of Spanish (my enthusiasm waaay outweighs my ability) and former high school history/ESL teacher. Look forward to following along here :).

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jenn!

  7. Annette Glavich · · Reply

    Hello Rachel! Wow! I was so blessed by many stories in your blog. You are a wonderful, gifted writer and you spoke straight to my heart. I attend TVC and I know your parents. Keep up the good work! I look forward to hearing about your life!

  8. Cari Baisley · · Reply

    Hi Rachel! You may remember me from TVC. Your mom posted your blog. I would like to follow it but I’m tech-impaired & can’t figure out how. My general email is bslycari@yahoo.com. I love how real the stuff you talk about is. In Christ, Cari Baisley

  9. Dora Norris · · Reply

    Rachel, while reading the inspiring story of your request that President Trump meet your refugee students I was struck by your last name. It’s the same as my first cousin Billy Joe Haltiwanger. He had 7 children. I’m not in touch with any of them, but I was wondering if you’ve ever heard of him – grandfather or great- uncle? Since I looked at your beautiful wedding post, and saw you’re from New York, I’m doubtful that you are related but how cool for me if that were true. You’re an inspiring young woman. Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place.

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